Know Thyself Thursday, January 28, 2016

Explaining the Absolute to the Relative Saturday, May 09, 2015

In a mother’s womb were two babies.

One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”
The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be lighter than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and She will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by Her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

The Kingdom of God is at Hand Friday, January 09, 2015

The Spiritist Center Sunday, October 12, 2014

God does not punish... Wednesday, June 18, 2014

“God does not punish or cause suffering. The law does not punish; it is educational. Pain is a result of our conflicts with the cosmic order, but the Lord’s mercifulness is always at our disposal and an arm and a prayer away. We are all learning to make less and less mistakes. One day, we will be so close to perfection that there won’t be any space for mistakes. It is up to us. We all have the right to happiness, peace, and harmony. Ask your loved one to help you in the common project to build this future.”

Herminio Miranda, in “Our Children are Spirits”, chapter 30.

Being a Spiritist... Friday, May 30, 2014

Being a Spiritist is not…

·        to attend regularly a Spiritist Center;
·        to be affiliated with a Spiritist Organization;
·        to receive Passes or work as a Pass-giver;
·        to donate goods and resources;
·        to volunteer in the Spiritist Center social works;
·        to be an avid reader of Spiritist literature;
·        to  participate in Spiritist studies;
·        to declare yourself Spiritist.

To be a Spiritist is…

·        To study and know the basic principles of the Spiritist teachings;
·        To research and continuously educate yourself about everything that is pertinent to Spiritism, as it is an ongoing field of study;
·        To meditate upon the teachings received and their moral consequences, by assessing your own conduct.
·        To apply the acquired knowledge, striving for your own moral improvement, and contributing to the progress of others and the place where you are.

“The true Spiritist can be recognized by their moral transformation 
and by the efforts they employ in order to overcome their bad instincts.” 
Allan Kardec

Adapted from the book “Terapia Espirita, by Louis Neilmoris

Consequences Saturday, May 24, 2014

“In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.”
Robert Green Ingersoll