- The supreme intelligence - First cause of all things
- Our guide and model
- The fundamental base …
- The Spirits Book
- The Mediums Book
- The Gospel According to Spiritism
- Heaven and Hell
- The Genesis
What it represents
- It is the set of laws of principles, as revealed by the Superior Spirits, contained in the works of Allan Kardec, which constitutes the Spiritist Codification: The Spirits Book, The Mediums Book, The Gospel According to Spiritism, Heaven and Hell and the Genesis.
- “Spiritism is a science which deals with the nature, origin and destiny of spirits, as well as the relationship with the corporal world.”
(Allan Kardec, taken from: “Qu’est-ce que Le Spiritisme?” – Preambule)
What it reveals
- It reveals new and more profound concepts with respect to God, the Universe, Mankind, the Spirits and the Laws which govern life itself. It also reveals what we are, where we have come from, where we are going, what is the objective of our existence and what is the reason for pain and suffering.
What it comprises
- By bringing new concepts about man and everything that surrounds him, Spiritism touches on all areas of knowledge, human activities and behaviour, so open a new area for regeneration of Humanity, and is analysed and practiced in all the fundamental aspects of life: scientific, philosophical, religious, ethical, moral, educational and social.
What it teaches
- God is the supreme intelligence, first cause of all things. God is eternal, immutable, unique, omnipotent, supremely just and good.
- The Universe is God’s creation. It encompasses all rational and non-rational beings, animate and inanimate, material and immaterial.
- In addition to the physical world inhabited by discarnate spirits (human beings), there exists the spiritual world inhabited by discarnate spirits.
- Within the Universe there are other inhabited worlds, with beings of different degrees of evolution; some equal, others more or less evolved that earthly Man.
- All the Laws of nature are Divine Laws because God is their author. They cover both physical and moral Laws.
- A human being is a spirit incarnated in a material body. The perispirit is the semi material body which unites the spirit to the physical body.
- Spirits are created simple and ignorant. They evolve intellectually and morally, passing from a lower order to a higher one, until they reach perfection, where they will enjoy constant happiness.
- Spirits preserve their individuality before, during, and after each incarnation.
- Spirits reincarnate as many times as necessary for their spiritual advancement.
- Spirits belong to different orders according to the degree of perfection they have attained: Pure Spirits, who have attained maximum perfection; Good Spirits, whose predominating desire is towards goodness; Imperfect Spirits characterised by their ignorance, their tendency towards evil, and by their base passions.
- The relationship between spirits and earthly humanity is constant and has always existed. The Good Spirits attract us towards goodness, sustain us during life’s trials, and help us bear them with courage and resignation. The Imperfect Spirits induce us towards error.
- The morality of Christ, as contained in the Gospels, provides the lost reliable guidance for the progress of Mankind. Its practice is the solution for all human problems and the ultimate objective to be reached by Humanity.
- Human beings are given free-will to act, but they must answer for the consequences of their actions.
- Prayer is an act of adoration for God. It is part of natural law, and the result of a deep inner sentiment within Man, just as the idea of the existence of the Creator is innate.
- All Spiritist practice is gratuitous. It follows the orientation of the moral principle found in the Gospel: “Give for free what you receive for free.”
- Spiritism is practiced with simplicity, without any external forms of worship, within the Christian principle that God should be worshipped in spirit and truth.
- Spiritism has no clergy or ministerial body, nor does it adopt or use at any of its meetings or during its practices: altars, images, candles, processions, sacraments, concessions of indulgence, robes, alcoholic or hallucinogenic beverages, incense, tobacco, talismans, amulets, horoscopes, cartomancy, pyramids, crystals or any other objects, rituals or external forms of worship.
- Spiritism does not impose its principles. It invites those interested in knowing it to submit its to the test of reason before accepting them.
- Mediumship, which allows the spirits to communicate with incarnated people, is a faculty which many bring with them at birth, independent of whatever religion or belief they may come to adopt.
- The practice of spiritism Mediumship, is solely that which is exercised on the basis of the principles of the Spiritist Doctrine and within the moral concepts of Christ.
- Spiritism respects all religions and doctrines; values all efforts towards the practice of goodness; works towards peace and fellowship between all nations and all peoples, regardless of race, colour, creed, cultural or social standing. It also recognises that “the truly good person is one who complies with the Laws of Justice, Love and Charity, in their highest degrees of purity”.
(The Gospel According to Spiritism – chapter 17 – item 3)
“To be born, to die and to be born yet again, and constantly progress, that is the law.”
“Unshakeable faith is only that which can meet reason Face to face in every human epoch.”
“A study of the works of Allan Kardec is fundamental for a correct understanding of the Spiritist Teachings.”
“Without Charity there is no salvation”
Charity: benevolence for everyone, indulgence for the imperfections of others,
forgiveness of injuries, (Spirits’ Book - Q. 886)
ROBERT WEBSTER, SSL volunteer worker writes…
The Spiritist Movement is something I'd not heard of until six months ago. My Brazilian wife Monika has knowledge of the Movement through her mother in Brazil.
Monica wished to attend meetings in Bethnal Green, that she had heard about through a friend. Trying to be a supportive husband I accompanied her to the first meeting to keep her happy.
I thought I'd meet friendly and well-meaning people but that it wouldn't be my ‘cup of tea’ as we English say. The first part was correct and we were made very welcome by everyone. The second prediction was not true however, as although I was unsure after the first meeting I kept going back for more and just can't stay away now. Feeling under no pressure at these meetings, I felt I could just listen or speak without being criticised.
Over the years I've formulated my own philosophy on why I believe I'm here and on God, the Universe and everything. Whilst I could accept much of what the different religions teach us, none seem to fit in with all my beliefs. Spiritualism was probably the nearest. Healing in particular interested me greatly, but there was much I didn't feel comfortable about. It was a shock to find that there were many who thought along similar lines to myself and they called themselves "Spiritists".
Maybe I'm a little disappointed to find I'm not such an original thinker after all, but that's more than compensated for by making new friends, fellow travellers to debate with, learn and most importantly move forward with. It's just so easy to comfortably stagnate and ignore our continued development.
Robert Webster, 20-02-12
P.S. By showing this initial interest as a newcomer to the Spiritist Movement, you've pushed the door ajar. Why not see if this door leads to anywhere of further interest to you? There's no lock on it so it would be easy to walk back out if you feel the need to.
Destructions that Brings Benefits - By: Elsa Rossi
In the first moment, it seems incoherent to mention the phase in which we are in. With Allan Kardec bringing forward the light of reason with faith, we are able to attest to the beautiful understanding found under Chapter VI of Part 3 in the Spirits’ Book, “The Law of Destruction”, opening a new window in the horizon of the Spirit Life.
In Nature, when we read about the great torments that “destroy” cities, we can say that fluidic clouds of bacteria and mental viruses were banned from the area, all of which contributed for pollution in the atmosphere, deviances of all sorts, where progress of life is concerned, strengthened and fed by the human minds that still find themselves in the “chaos” of the moral inferiority.
These clouds move about, where “destruction” should take place, fired up by the “spiritual moral force” and are impacted in the form of tsunamis, in the form of any other phenomena found in nature.
Once the “storm” has passed, we see the effort of renewal, the formation of fraternal groups and unification, the growth of solidarity, of mutual help, touching the hearts of cities, countries and continents.
In the same manner, this too should touch our hearts, the overwhelmingly destructive cloud that touched England, should be considered under the Studies of Philosophical Spiritism, that “there are no victims”.
Everything that happens in Nature follows its own course of Action, Reaction, Cause and Effect, and the “tsunamis” or “wave of agitation of the peace of the Spirit”, only happens collectively when necessary for the “awakening of soul and of hearts” so they may start paying attention to one another, in a supportive, understanding and strengthened manner within the greatest law of “Love and Charity”, forgiveness of offences” acting as signatures found in our moral contract that we have to execute before God