WHAT IS SPIRITISM
Spiritism is a philosophy codified in the 19th century by the French educator Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, under the codename Allan Kardec; it proposed the study of the nature, origin, and destiny of spirits, and their relation with the corporeal world.
“Spiritism realizes what Jesus said of the promised Comforter, by bringing knowledge of those things which allow Man to know where he came from, where he is going and why he is on Earth; so attracting mankind towards the true principles of God’s Law and offering consolation through faith and hope.” — Allan Kardec.
Spiritism is at the same time, a science of observation and philosophical doctrine. As a practical science, it consists of relationships that can be established with the spirits; as philosophy, it includes all the moral consequences resulting from such relationships.
Spiritism reveals more profound concepts with respect to God, the Universe, the Human Being, the Spirits and the Laws which govern life itself. Furthermore, it reveals who we are; where we have come from; where we are going to; what is the objective of our existence; and what are the present and past causes of pain and suffering.
Spiritism and its Codification
Spiritism is the set of laws and principles, as revealed by Superior Spirits, contained in the works of Allan Kardec, which constitute the Spiritist Codification:
“The Spirits’ Book”,
“The Mediums’ Book”,
“The Gospel According to Spiritism”,
“Heaven and Hell”, and
SPIRITISM FUNDAMENTAL TEACHINGS
God is the Supreme Intelligence, the first cause of all things.
The Universe is God’s creation. It encompasses all rational and non-rational beings, animate and inanimate, material and immaterial.
In addition to the corporeal world inhabited by incarnate Spirits, there exists the spiritual world, inhabited by discarnate Spirits.
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.
The Spirits are the intelligent beings of creation. They constitute the world of the Spirits, which pre-exists and outlives everything.
Spirits are created as simple and ignorant. They evolve intellectually and morally, passing from lower order to a higher until they attain perfection, where they will enjoy unalterable bliss.
Spirits preserve their individuality before, during, and after each incarnation.
Spirits reincarnate as many times as is necessary for their spiritual advancement.
Spirits are always progressing. The speed of their intellectual and moral progress depends on the efforts they make to attain perfection.
The Spirits’ relations with Human Being are constant and have always existed. The Good Spirits attract us towards goodness, sustain us in life’s trials, and help us bear them with courage and resignation. The Imperfect Spirits induce us towards error.
Human Beings are given the free will to act, but they must answer for the consequences of their actions.
Jesus is the Guide and Model for all humankind. The morality of Christ, as contained in the Gospels, is the pathway for the secure progress of all human problems and the objective to be attained by humankind.
WHAT IT REVEALS
It reveals new and more profound concepts with respect to God, the Universe, Human Beings, the Spirits, and the Laws which govern life itself.
Furthermore, it reveals what we are; where we came 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 bring new concepts about human Beings and everything that surrounds them, Spiritism touches on all areas of knowledge, human activities, and behavior, thus opening a new era for the regeneration of Humanity.
Spiritism can and should be studied, analyzed, and practiced in all the fundamental aspects of life, such as Scientific, philosophical, religious, ethical, moral, educational, and social.
The Spiritist Practice
All Spiritist practices are gratuitous, following 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 does not impose its principles. It invites those interested in knowing it to submit its teachings to the test of reason before accepting them.
Spiritism respects all religions and doctrines; values all efforts towards the practice of goodness; works towards peace and fellowship between all nations and all people, regardless of race, color, nationality, creed, cultural or social standing. It also recognizes that the truly good person is one who complies with the laws of justice, love, and charity in their highest degree of purity.
WHY SPIRITIST EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH?
What is accomplished in the area of children and youth under the name of Spiritist Education is the dissemination of Spiritist knowledge and the moral teachings given by Jesus, who was appointed by the Superiors Spirits that worked on the codification, as a model of perfection for the whole Humanity.
1- Promoting the integration of student: with oneself, with God and with others;
2- Providing to the student the study of the natural law that governs the universe; the nature, origin, and destination of the spirits, as well as its relationship with the corporeal world.
3- Offer to students the opportunity to understand themselves as an integral being, critical, participative, heir of oneself, citizen of the universe, agent of the transformation of one’s environment, towards the whole perfection one can achieve.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITIST EDUCATION
The main Purpose of a Spirit to return to the body of a child is to be educated again. The positive impressions the Spirit receives during childhood may be crucial to its current existence and even to future lives. It is because of the semi-conscious state of incarnate spirit in a child’s body that its mental barriers of defense are neutralized, thus it is softer and more receptive, as well as more flexible and open to all influences.
Hence, the importance of Spiritist Education, because to spiritually educate the children is to prepare them to face all times and all adversities of life according to the postulates of the Gospel. It is the only way to cultivate in the spirit of the child the understanding of practicing good deeds, the acquisition of morality and knowledge. So that it may teach the twilight of its physical existence conscious of its spiritual achievements, knowing itself and placing itself in the universe as a collaborator of the Supreme Divinity.