Spirit Obsession

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Relationships between mortals and spirits can be viewed in a positive or negative light. Sometimes when we encounter spirits the information given (and the experience in general) is enlightening and helpful. Other times we encounter spirits who just want to joke around, or who pose as well-meaning characters as a sort of trick. Identifying spirits of this type will be talked about at a later time. For this post I’d like to look at those negative interactions with spirits, or what people have historically called “hauntings” or “demonic possession”.

In the light of Spiritism there are no demonic possessions, and there aren’t really even demons, in fact. There are only higher and lower order spirits. These can be viewed as “good” or “evil” but I tend to view them on the “ignorant” and “altruistic” spectrum instead. In Spiritism we don’t use the word “possession” because we believe that a person’s…

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Varieties of Spirit Mediums

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Spirit mediums play a very important role in Spiritism as a way of communicating vital information between the world of spirits and the world of mortals. The spirit medium, according to Allan Kardec, holds a specialized position, but it is ultimately open to anyone who is willing to learn and grow. Some mediums have a natural capacity for this kind of work, just like a musician might have a knack for playing a certain instrument, but the doors of mediumship are open to all people. In The Mediums’ Book Kardec lists a variety of different specialized mediums based upon how they interact with spirits and the means by which they might communicate these otherworldly messages. Kardec says that this list, along with the spiritual hierarchy, are the two most important charts that all Spiritists, mediums or not, should be familiar with. We will get into the importance of this list…

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Hauntings According to Spiritism

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First things first, in Spiritism we really hesitate to call places “haunted”. As a philosophy it has always sought to create calm, rational adherents, who are able to approach the spirit world with peace of mind rather than fear. One of the big questions that came up for budding Spiritists early on was that of haunted places, and whether we should be afraid of such locations. Allan Kardec in The Mediums’ Book encourages readers to rationally think through what exactly goes into a haunting. What is present? How is it affecting you or the family who lives in the place? And how are you able to help resolve the issue? There are many approaches to hauntings that we can look at through the lens of Spiritism, but below are just a few mentioned in detail in chapter nine of The Mediums’ Book.

What Creates a Haunting?

A haunting usually…

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Spiritism vs Spiritualism

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One of the first things that always comes up when I start talking about Spiritism is the question, “Is that the same thing as Spiritualism?” A lot of folks have heard about the latter, mostly through media portrayals of spirit mediums, and possibly the stories connected to greats like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, both of whom had extensive interaction with Spiritualist mediums. But not a lot of people have ever come into contact with Spiritism, unless of course you are from esoteric communities in South America, which has held the largest population of Spiritists since the birth of the movement in the latter part of the 19th century. In that case you’ve probably heard of Espiritismo, which will be talked about in greater detail in a later post as it has taken on some other, more unique forms. For now, I’d like to talk about some…

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The Spiritual Hierarchy

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According to Allan Kardec in The Spirits’ Book, the spirit world exists on a hierarchy, or a sort of sliding scale, of ten levels. For the Spiritist the whole purpose of life is learning to be better. You try and grow as much as you can while in your embodied form, then as a spirit you continue learning more and more, and then sometimes you are able to return to a physical body and correct the mistakes you made in your last incarnation. Spirits, even those who are considered “evil”, never regress, we only move forward. It might be a slow progression, but that road only leads ahead, never backwards.

On one end of the spectrum are the Third Order Spirits, or what have traditionally been called “evil” or “impure” spirits. I prefer not to think of things as being divided between “good” and “evil” (because more often than…

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First CLBA Spiritual Mass LIVE on Internet Radio

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8pm est, Miss Paula of KDCL Media and Dia Nunez of The H20 Network presents a live Spiritual Reunion.

Encarnacion De La Caridad y Rodriguez was the daughter of the king of her tribe. She was captured at a very young age and sold into slavery to a Portuguese trader that owned cargo ships out of Cuba. Encarncion traveled extensively with her master and gave birth to several of his children. She was also a Priestess of Oshun.

Encarnacion invites you to a Spiritual Reunion as she speaks through an Espiritista with many years practice, Iyalosha Carmen P. Rodriquez.

As a child in the late 1930’s, Carmen P. Rodrigeuz trained at the traditional Spiritualist Temple operated by her father in Cuba, and continues her spiritualist work to this day. She is a Lukumi priestess of 42 years to the Orisha Yemaya, and a founding member of The Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye.

Providing translation will be Oba Oriate Ernesto Pichardo, Lukumi Elder and president of The Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye.

We ask when you join us tonight that you have a glass of water, a white candle, and a small bunch of white flowers. If you are a practicing espiritista, medium, or spiritualist be sure to prepare as you would for a Misa. Leave your lights on in your living space, and if you are prone to getting lost among the spirits, listen to the show with a friend to help keep you grounded.

Traditional songs and Kardecian prayers in Spanish and English will be used.

Call the names of your honored ancestors, and get ready for a wonderful Spiritual Reunion.

This program is rated SST for Super Spiritual Trip.

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