Scandals involving the American president, the threat of war in Asia, Europe, Brexit, political scandals in Brazil ….
Are we at the end of the world or just a world-wide reform?
What can we learn from the past, to transform our actions to help in the world of transition?
What principles are we tracing our life? How will we establish where to arrive?
Can we be happy even in times of turmoil?
How to maintain serenity in difficult times?
Spiritism is a philosophical doctrine of scientific, religious and philosophical (mainly ethical) implications. There is thus no “framework of rites” within it.
In fact, what Spiritism seeks to do is to understand human life in its multiple aspects from a spiritualistic point of view, that is, one that foresees the survival of the being to the phenomenon of corporal death and its existence before entering it, or From birth. The fundamental goal of Spiritism (as well as that of any doctrine of thought, at least in its origins) is the happiness of the human being.
Thus the Spiritist doctrine predicts that this happiness is achieved in the direct reason in which we know the important things around us, as well as know how to apply that knowledge in favor of us and our fellow men. The stages we are going through are thus simply stages of human existence that are to be fully understood within a worldview (which includes the whole Universe) and not “ritualized.”
Birth is the return of the soul to the bodily life, a return that is not unique but only one among many already occurred and that are about to occur.
Death is the return of this same soul to the spiritual life, an equally common phenomenon in the greater life of the Spirit.
Puberty is understood within the current physiological knowledge, as well as a phase of maturation of the newly incarnated being and living his first stages of adaptation to the difficult reality of the world.
Marriage in no way constitutes an institution within the Spiritist practice. It is only the union, according to the consciences of each one, of two beings who recognize themselves as having mutual responsibilities for loving each other. This union, too, must not be obligatory since freedom of conscience is a fundamental principle, and no one must have violated it in the name of any other secondary idea.
Prayer is a healthy relationship practice of the creature (who already possesses such knowledge for this) with his creator and with other beings (the spirits), closer, aiming at the balance of the spiritual body that is fundamental to the balance and success of the Life of being. This balance is achieved not only by prayer but also by the adjustment of the individual’s activities according to the practices of the good.
There is no explicit formula for prayer, neither number nor extension, but it has as fundamental question that is practiced with the above heart
of everything. This means that the individual must be aware of his / her responsibilities in the face of any shortcomings
Against others (if any) before seeking any divine help.
There is no “exchange of favors” between men and spirits or God.
Those who thus think to act are misinformed about the true relationship that must exist between men, God and spirits.
Finally, to say something about “liberation” I will make a personal interpretation of that word. To liberate means to restore liberty to the one who has been subtracted from it. If we are dealing here with the freedom of being, it is in its freedom to come and go, to think and to act. This freedom implies certain Responsibilities, since it has a boundary drawn in the place where the freedom of others begins.
The being (or Spirit) acquires freedom as he evolves.
Coincidentally, he also gets happiness. The spiritual evolution of the creature is thus synonymous with this gain of freedom. Spiritism prescribes that this is achieved only (as I have said) by the adjustment of the creature’s acts to the rules of good, ethics and happiness of the like.
All spiritist morality is thus summarized by that which Jesus prescribed in his Gospels and which was summed up by the golden rule of “not doing to others what one would not have done to oneself” added by “loving others as one” . By “others” or “near” Spiritism understands all the creatures that are close, that is, in contact with the being (and not those that are expensive).
As Jesus still added the “as I have loved you,” the practice of this love is modeled on Jesus himself.
The fundamental point of the golden rule brought by Jesus is in the mercy that should guide the acts of the individual, a principle enunciated in “loving your enemies”, still very difficult to accept today. Finally the
Spiritism understands that this spiritual “liberation” extends to all
Individuals on Earth, there is no condition for them to belong to this or that religious denomination (not even to Spiritism itself).
These rules or laws I quote above are natural laws, as are the laws of Physics, Chemistry, and so they govern and judge the acts of all beings. It is clear that knowledge facilitates evolutionary advancement and this is the reason for existing of all the religions of the Earth, to reflect portions of the divine knowledge between us.
Published in Bulletin GEAE Number 337 of March 23, 1999 and reproduced with author’s authorization