The Five Pillars of the Spiritist Doctrine
The fact that Spiritism has no organized priesthood, no temples, much less dogma, leads many people not to understand that it has a serious, cohesive and fascinating doctrinal body.
In order for such yearning to be carried out, then, it begins with the existence of 05 basic principles that sustain it and, without any of them, this doctrinal body could not exist.
Existence of God
God exists. It is the origin and the end of everything. He is the creator, the cause of all things. God is a supreme perfection, with all the attributes that are the most attractive, and more.
Immortality of the Soul
Before we are human beings, children of our fathers, we are, in fact, spirits, children of God. The spirit is the intelligent principle of the universe, created by God, simple and ignorant, to evolve and to realize individually by his own efforts.
As spirits, we already existed before we were born and will continue to exist after physical death.
When the spirit is in the life of the body, we say that it is a soul or incarnate spirit. When you are born into this world, you are said to have reincarnated; when he dies, he has disincarnated. Disincarnated, back to the spiritual plane or spirituality, from where it came at birth.
Therefore, spirits are disincarnated persons who are at present in spirituality.
Plurality of existence (Reincarnation)
Created simple and ignorant, the spirit is the one who decides and creates its own destiny. For this, he is endowed with free will, that is, the ability to choose between good and evil. In this way, he has the possibility of developing, evolving, perfecting himself, becoming better and better, more perfect, as a student in the school, passing from one series to another, through the various courses. This evolution requires learning, and the spirit can only attain it incarnating in the world and disincarnating, as often as necessary, to acquire more knowledge through the multiple experiences of life.
Reincarnation, therefore, allows the spirit to live innumerable existences in the world, acquiring new experiences, to become better, not only intellectually, but above all, morally, approaching more and more what the Laws of God establish.
But just as the student can repeat the school year-one, two, or more times-the spirit that does not make good use of its existence on Earth can remain stationary for a long time, knowing greater sufferings, and thus delaying its evolution, until that awakens to the need to move toward progress.
We can not say how many incarnations we have already had and how many we will have before us. We know, however, that as evolving spirits we will reincarnate as many times as necessary until we reach the moral development required to become pure spirits.
Forgetting the past: we do not remember the past lives and there is also the wisdom of God. If we remembered the evil we or the sufferings we went through, the enemies that hurt us or those we harm, we would have infinite difficulties to live the fullness of life today. Often the enemies of the past are brought into our close relationship as children, brothers, parents, friends, offering us the opportunity of redemption, reconciliation and mutual protection: this is one of the reasons for reincarnation.
Certainly, today we are correcting errors committed against someone, suffering the consequences of crimes perpetrated, or even being supported, aided by those who, in the past, have harmed us. Hence the importance of the family, where it is customary to summarize the ties cut in previous existences.
Reincarnation in this way is an opportunity for reparation, it is also an opportunity to devote our efforts to the good of others, hastening our own spiritual evolution. When we reincarnate, we bring a "plan of life", commitments made during spirituality, to ourselves and our spiritual mentors, which concerns the reparation of evil and the practice of all possible good. Depending on our spiritual conditions, we may or may not have participated in these choices, opting for trials, sufferings, difficulties or facilities that will provide means for our spiritual development.
Reincarnation, therefore, as the perfect mechanism of Divine Justice, explains why there is so much inequality in the destiny of creatures on Earth.
Through the mechanisms of reincarnation, we find that God does not reward or punish. By divine mercy, we are the articulators of our own destiny, sometimes in need of suffering that instigates us to improvement and growth, by the law of "action and reaction."
Plurality of Inhabited Worlds
Not all incarnations occur on Earth. There are worlds above and worlds inferior to ours. When we evolve, we can be reborn on a higher order planet. The universe is infinite and "in the house of the Father there are many abodes," Jesus said.
The Earth is a world of inferior moral rank, given the lamentable panorama in which is the humanity. However, it is bound to become a sphere of regeneration, when men decide to practice goodness and brotherhood reign among them.
"God has populated living beings from the worlds, competing all these beings for the ultimate goal of Providence. Believing that there are only them on the planet that we inhabit out doubting the wisdom of God, who did nothing useless. Surely, to these worlds, He has given us a more serious destination than to recreate our sight. In fact, there is nothing, neither in the position, nor in the volume, nor in the physical constitution of the Earth, which can induce the assumption that it enjoys the privilege of being inhabited, to the exclusion of so many billions of similar worlds. " of Spirits, question 55)
Communicability of Spirits
Spirits are disembodied human beings. They are what they were when alive; good or bad, serious or playful, working or lazy, cultured or mediocre, true or liars.
They are everywhere. They are not idle. On the contrary, they have their occupations, as we, the incarnated, have ours.
There is no place determined for spirits. Usually the most imperfect are with us, attracted by the materiality to which they are still joined, and by the similarity of sentiments with which we are attuned. We do not see them, for they are in a different dimension from ours, but they can see us and even know our thoughts.
The spirits act upon us, but this action is almost restricted to thought, because they can not act directly on matter. For this, they need people who offer them special resources: these people are called mediums.
By the medium, the disembodied spirit can communicate, if it can and wants. This communication depends on the type of mediumship or faculty of the medium: it can be by speech (psychophony), writing (psychography), etc.
But every communication should not be blindly accepted; needs to be looked upon with reserve, scrutinized with due care, lest we fall prey to deceitful spirits. Communication depends on the moral conduct of the medium. If he is a suitable person with good moral principles, he offers a field for the approach and manifestation of good spirits.
It is necessary to be alert against mystifications and against false mediums, who try to deceive the less informed public in exchange for material advantages. Therefore, it is important that, before hearing a communication, the person clarifies about Spiritism.
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