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The Spiritist Doctrine based on the works of Allan Kardec

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Spiritism and Allan Kardec

 

For more information on the principles of Spiritism please visit any of our English sites:
http://www.SpiritistSociety.org/
http://www.SpiritistSociety.com/
In addition to these websites a summary of the Spiritist Doctrine can be found in the following sections:

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Spiritism in three lines (the essential take home message)

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The Principles of Spiritism ( Philosophy, Reincarnation, Mediumship, Allan Kardec )

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References: Recommended Websites

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Spiritual Healing

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The Cuban Spiritist Society
 

bullet Spiritism in three lines (the essential take home message):
bulletThe spirit world is real. This is the dimension where spirits dwell. The community of all spirits connected, form a greater unity, which is the Spirit.
bulletSpirits R Us. We are all spirits having a human experience. We have been spirits before we were born, and will be spirits again when we cross over into the spirit world through the process called death. Some people living on earth have the ability to communicate with spirits in the spirit world; whether they are called mediums, intuitive psychics, or channellers, the name doesn't matter, but in many cases the phenomena is real.
bulletReincarnation happens. Reincarnation means soul evolution. We have free will and we live on a planet of free choice, although we are subjects to the natural laws including the Law of Cause and Effect. When we are in the spirit world we can choose to return to earth for another life lesson. Most of us have chosen this option many times before.
 
bullet Summary of the Principles of Spiritism (Kardecist Spiritist Doctrine or Kardecism):
bulletPhilosophy:
bulletGod: God is the Supreme Intelligence of the Universe and First Cause of All Things. The Creator is All Love, All Just, and All Powerful.
bulletSpirit: Spirits are the intelligent beings of the creation. The community of all spirits connected, form a greater unity, which is the Spirit. From the perspective of the spirit world, humans are incarnated spirits; this implies that in essence we are all spirits having a human experience.
bulletHuman Duality: A human being has a physical (biological) body and a soul (or spirit). From the human perspective there are two planes of existence, the material (physical) and the spiritual (ethereal) worlds, which constantly interact upon each other.
bulletLaw of Cause and Effect: For every action there is a reaction. In other words, "we reap what we sow". This implies self responsibility. Our actions, positive or negative, will have a similar effect on ourselves either in our present life, or in the the spirit world (afterlife), or in future incarnations (reincarnation). The Law of Cause and Effect is an expression of Divine Justice. This is why the Golden Rule makes perfect sense, "do unto others what you want others do unto you".
bulletLaw of Progress: Spirits evolve intellectually and morally. During their evolution, spirits go through different hierarchical levels. Spirits progress by setting their own path towards relative perfection and by working on it. Having human experiences is part of the spiritual evolution process. Spiritual progress is always open to all. It is through the practice of Love, Forgiveness, and Compassion that we facilitate our own soul progression.
bulletLaw of Affinity: Like attracts like. This law applies to the spirit world and to communications between spirits and humans; that is the phenomena called mediumship. In the spirit world, spirits tend to organize in groups that have similar level of vibration (level of spiritual evolution). The Law of Affinity applied to mediumship states that persons endowed with this faculty are more easily able to communicate with the spirits in the spirit world when they are in a mental state where they can tune to the vibrations of the communicating spirits.
bulletJesus Christ: According to the numerous spirit communications received from various trusted sources, the man named Jesus of Nazareth was the most spiritually advanced and morally superior spirit to have incarnated on this Earth. His mission was to provide us with a living example of the level of love, goodness, and values that human beings can attain on this planet. Spiritists consider Jesus to be a model for all humankind and strive to follow Jesus' teachings. That is why many Spiritists call themselves Christians.
bullet Reincarnation:
bulletReincarnation allows evolution of the soul. Spirits reincarnate into successive material existences in order to evolve intellectually and morally. Humans have a degree of free will while living on planet Earth, although they are subjects to natural laws including the Law of Cause and Effect. When spirits return to their home in the spirit world, they have the option to come back to Earth for another life lesson. Most spirits choose this option many times.
bulletThe goal of reincarnation (or soul evolution) is to reach relative perfection. Then reincarnation is no longer necessary and there is no need for suffering. Human beings determine their own path by the choices they make in this process. To love, to forgive, and to be compassionate are some of the lessons spirits should learn to apply while incarnated on Earth.
bulletThe spirits of human beings do NOT reincarnate into the bodies of animals. Reincarnation is soul evolution, this implies that regression to less evolved life forms in not possible.
bulletEach person’s actions or non-actions (in thought, word, and deed) are subject to the Law of Cause and Effect. Each person must, during their material existences, expiate and atone for its current and past life indiscretions, and make appropriate reparations. This allows for spiritual balance and soul progression. We always receive assistance throughout our spiritual journey from spirit guides assigned to us.
bulletWe are responsible for any wrongs we have committed, and for any good we could have done, but failed to do. In some cases spiritual progress may be very, very slow. It may take myriads of material existences to reach our goal. But, the path of redemption is never closed and ALL can reach relative perfection and communion with God. There is no such place as a “Heaven” or a “Hell” -- our behavior and the choices we make determine our set of circumstances and our conditions, in the material world and as well as in the spirit world.
bulletThere are many inhabited worlds in the Universe. Spirits incarnate as human beings on our planet Earth, but they can also incarnate in other inhabited worlds of the universe. Also, spirits from other worlds (more or less developed than Earth) can incarnate in our planet. We are told that at any given time there are a lot more disincarnated spirits (in the spirit world) than there are incarnated in all inhabited worlds, so as world population grows there is always plenty of spirits ready to incarnate in the new physical bodies.
bulletMediumship:
bulletAccording to the practices of Spiritism, mediumship is a sacred faculty and should be solemnly practiced. Consequently, mediumship should not to be used for profit or material gain. Mediumship is mainly a tool or instrument to be used by the spirit world for communications with human beings. It has the Divine purpose of revealing to mankind the Universal Spiritual Laws, instructing mankind regarding the true purpose of existence; the reason why mankind needs to progress and evolve; and, it assists in clarifying what our relationship is to the Creator. Mediumship acts as a doorway between the two worlds, the spiritual and the material.
bulletThere are some inherent dangers in practicing mediumship, specially with inexperienced mediums. According to the Law of Affinity, when the faculty of mediumship is not used for the higher good, the medium could attract imperfect spirits that may cause several psychological and physiological problems. That is why the advise to "test the spirits" is so important. Mediums can and should be trained to learn how to develop and control their mediumship skills, including working with their assigned spiritual guides, so they can successfully fulfill their missions.
bulletAll human beings are mediums to some extend since we can all spontaneously receive communications and help from the spirit world in many different ways; during sleep, in lucid dreams, during prayer or meditation, through synchronicities (which are apparent coincidences with deep personal meaning), as special feelings or intuitions, or through other people that may be mediums themselves without knowing it.
bulletSpiritism emphasizes that the practice of mediumship in spirit communications should be sincere, instructive, and serious, to be distinguished by the subjects discussed, which should convey the teachings of morally superior spirits on points of philosophy, science, and moral values. They can also be used to assist those spirits who need help orientating themselves to their change from this material world into the spirit world; in addition, it is an avenue for spirits who have gone on before us, to communicate with their loved ones still here; and, it can be used to provide for spiritual healing. The study of mediumship phenomena is also very important from the scientific point of view since it provides proof of the reality of the soul and life after physical death.
bulletAllan Kardec:
bulletAllan Kardec (1804-1869) was the pen name of Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail. He was born in Lyon, France on October 3, 1804. He was well educated and became a professor involved in public education. He wrote books on mathematics and French grammar. As a Professor, he taught all subjects, especially the sciences, and he spoke six languages. He opened his own school in 1825. In 1831, he married Amelie Gabrielle Boudet, who was also a teacher. They had no children.
bulletIn the mid 1800’s in America and Europe, phenomena called “table rapping” became a sensation that eventually developed into an outpouring of important spirit communications. At the urging of a friend, Kardec attended a séance, and when convinced of the reality of the spirit world, he devoted his entire life to studying spirit communications. He established the Parisian Society of Psychological Studies and was its President until his death. His group, plus other similar societies throughout Europe, received much information from the spirit world. Kardec himself was NOT a medium.
bulletAfter analyzing and collating the spirit communications received, enough material was supplied for him to publish several books. These books contain what is considered the foundation of the Spiritist Doctrine (Spiritual Science); the science of the interaction of the spirit world and material world, with its philosophical and religious implications. These five books are: The Spirits Book (The Principles of the Spiritist Doctrine), The Mediums Book (Practical Instruction Regarding Spirit Manifestations), The Gospel (Explained by the Spiritist Doctrine), Heaven and Hell (The Divine Justice Vindicated in the Plurality of Existences), and Genesis (Miracles and Prophecies explained through Science). Many are now in English, but a few are still only available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
bulletThe word Spiritism was coined by Allan Kardec in The Spirits' Book in 1857 to distinguish it from the concept of Spiritualism. Allan Kardec did not conceived Spiritism as a religion. Spiritism, according to Allan Kardec, is a philosophical doctrine with moral implications. However, because the moral implications of the doctrine are very similar to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the ethical values of Christianity in general, many Spiritists consider themselves Christians in values. Although, as Kardec intended, the message of Spiritism is offered in love to all human beings, of all cultures, all religious beliefs, and all denominations.
 
bullet References. Recommended sites about Spiritism and the philosophy of Allan Kardec:
bullet http://www.allan-kardec.org/
bulletThe U.S. Allan Kardec Educational Society (AKES) has recognized that the unconventional sentence structure and terminology used in the original English translation of The Spirits' Book made it a hard book to read, "at times obfuscating Kardec's flawless logic and the guides' superb discernment and wisdom". They commenced a comprehensive new translation, published in 1996, which can be ordered on the internet or by mail at the AKES addresses given on their website.
bullet http://www.SpiritistSocietyFlorida.com
bulletThe Spiritist Society of Florida contains an excellent summary of the Spiritist doctrine as well as many inspiring messages channeled through the mediums that work at this center.
bullet http://www.sgny.org/
bulletThe Spiritist Group of New York.
bullet http://www.ssbaltimore.org/
bulletThe Spiritist Society of Baltimore.
bullet http://www.spiritismonline.net/
bulletSpiritism Online (USA Portal).
bullet http://www.spiritistdoctrine.com/
bulletSpiritism 101.
bullet http://www.usspiritistcouncil.com/
bulletUnited States Spiritist Council.
bullet http://www.spiritist.org/
bulletInternational Spiritist Council.
bullet http://www.geae.inf.br/en/
bulletGEAE represents a group of organizations devoted to the study of the Spiritist Doctrine. They publish a newsletter in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
bullet http://www.spiritwritings.com/library.html
bulletFree books about Spiritualism and Spiritism including The Spirits' Book and The Mediums' Book by Allan Kardec (original English translation by Anna Blackwell), The History of Spiritualism by Arthur Conan Doyle and many more.
bullet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritism
bulletWikipedia, the free encyclopedia, has several articles about Spiritism and Kardec's works.
bullet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Kardec
bulletAllan Kardec biography.
bullet http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/kardec/
bulletAllan Kardec University Study Group (Austin, Texas, USA).
 
bulletSpiritual Healing:
bullet The Gospel - Explained by the Spiritist Doctrine
bulletThe Gospel Explained by the Spiritist Doctrine, written by Allan Kardec, is specially recommended for people who are looking for a deeper understanding of the teachings and miracles of Jesus Christ. This book is a must read whether you are a Christian or not. We recommend the AKES translation which can be ordered online at www.allan-kardec.org or through www.amazon.com.
bullet Kardec's Spiritism
bulletAlthough Kardec's Spiritism is a vast topic that has been covered by hundreds of books published in Spanish and Portuguese, few are available in English and even fewer have been originally written in English. This makes the book Kardec's Spiritism by Emma Bragdon, Ph. D., an important contribution to the growing interest of the English-speaking audience. Emma Bragdon has spent time in Brazil studying the healing aspects of Brazilian Spiritism and her books are an excellent source of information for anyone who is interested in modern's day Spiritism, spiritual healing, or in complementary medicine. Visit her website at www.EmmaBragdon.com.
bulletBooks about Reincarnation in Christianity
bulletThe Gospel Explained by the Spiritist Doctrine, by Allan Kardec. This exceptional work offers a reasonable and logical explanation for the teachings and miracles of Jesus from the perspective of reincarnation and spirit phenomena. The book also explains the origins of the reincarnation belief in the Western world, from the times of the ancient Greek civilization when great philosophers like Pythagoras, Socrates and Plato, taught this concept. We recommend the AKES translation of the book which can be obtained through their website: http://www.allan-kardec.org/.
 
bullet Kardec's Spiritism, by Emma Bragdon. Emma Bragdon, Ph.D., has been studying the modern movement of Brazilian Spiritism (Kardecism) and its practical therapeutic applications as alternative medicine. In the appendix of her book there is an excellent summary of the relations between the concept of Reincarnation and Christianity and how this relationship has changed in different times: http://www.emmabragdon.com/review_kardec.html
 
bullet Children's Past Lives, by Carol Bowman and Steve Bowman. This book, along with the classic Twenty Cases Suggestive Of Reincarnation by Dr. Ian Stevenson about children that remember their past lives, are the best documentation for this kind of scientific evidence we have today about reincarnation. Chapter 14 of Children's Past Lives contains a summary of the political events that lead to the removal of the reincarnation concept from the official Catholic theology of the time, in spite the fact that the belief in reincarnation was supported by several Church Fathers, including Origins of Alexandria. An extract of Chapter 14 (Dogma Bites Man) can be found online here: http://www.childpastlives.org/dogma.htm
 
bullet Reincarnation The Missing Link in Christianity, by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Using information from The Bible, as well as from the Gnostic Gospels found in Nag Hammadi (Egypt) in 1945 and the Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947, the author makes a very strong scholar case in favor of the presence of the reincarnation concept in the teachings of Jesus as well as in some early Christians. From Jesus, to the Gnostics, to the European Cathars killed during the Crusades, to Giordano Bruno judged and killed by the Inquisition, the belief in reincarnation did not completely disappear from Christianity in spite of the efforts of several powerful Emperors, Kings, and Church leaders.
 
bullet Reincarnation A New Horizon in Science, Religion, and Society, by Sylvia Cranston and Carey Williams. This book, as others from the same author Sylvia Cranston, like Reincarnation: Phoenix Fire Mystery, offer an excellent background on the concept of reincarnation, pulling information from Western and Eastern traditions as well. It should be noted that even though Sylvia Cranston writes from the perspective of Theosophy, the information she provides is extremely valuable for anyone interested in studying the concept of reincarnation through different historical times and different cultures.
 
bullet Edgar Cayce On Reincarnation, by Noel Langley. Contains an excellent analysis of the information obtained through Edgar Cayce, internationally known as the American Sleeping Prophet, about reincarnation and karma. The author also gives detailed accounts of several ecclesiastic councils, like The First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD sponsored by Roman Emperor Constantine and The Second Council of Constantinople in 553 AD sponsored by Emperor Justinian, where the issue of the pre-existence of the soul (another name for reincarnation) was declare anathema and removed from the official theology of the time.
 
bullet Reincarnation: A Study of Forgotten Truth, by E. D. Walker. Anthological work about reincarnation in Christianity and its relationship with the Eastern concept of karma. This book is an important reference for anyone studying the concept of reincarnation in Christianity.
 
bullet The Cuban Spiritist Society:
bulletNote: The following pages are automatic translations of the Spanish site using Google.
bullet Book: The Cuban Spiritist Society
bulletThis book is based on some recently discovered manuscripts of a Spiritist Society in Cuba, which was created in the early 1900's around a family of mediums that reincarnated together during several lifetimes. The book tells the story of the Spiritist Society and it also contains many valuable channeled messages that explain with actual examples how the Spiritist principles apply to the karmic relationships within a family.
bullet The Cuban Spiritist Society
bulletHome Page of the Spiritist Society today.
bullet What is Spiritism 
bulletA definition of Spiritism based on the works of Allan Kardec and its relationship to the religious movement of Modern Spiritualism.
bullet The Kardecian Spiritist Doctrine
bulletThe main tenets of Kardecist Spiritism: Afterlife, Reincarnation, and Mediumship.
bullet Scientific Evidence
bulletCurrent scientific research on the afterlife, the paranormal, reincarnation and mediumship.
bullet Spiritist Centers
bulletDirectory of Kardecian Spiritist Centers and Societies in Miami, Florida, USA.
 
bulletContact Information:
If you have any specific question about Spiritism or about this website please send an email to:
WebMaster@SociedadEspiritistaCubana.com
or www.UlyssesCastillo.com
bulletFor more information on the scientific evidence that supports the philosophy of Spiritism and the please visit the site of www.SpiritAndScience.org at:
http://www.spiritandscience.org/
 

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