Spirit Evocation

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For those spirits who don’t appear spontaneously there is the route of evocation, which basically means calling upon a certain spirit (or group of spirits) to appear to the medium. There are advantages and disadvantages to both the spontaneous and evocation routes. For instance, with spontaneous manifestations we are at more of a risk for inviting in a deceptive spirit, but that isn’t always the case and spontaneous manifestations shouldn’t be thrown out altogether. No, the main reason early Spiritists encouraged the use of evocation is to limit our communication to only those spirits we know will provide useful information. As Allan Kardec put it; it’s like having an assembly of people gathered together where anyone, at any time, can speak their mind, versus having a specific individual there to deliver a certain message. In the room full of people you might get a wise scholar, or you might get…

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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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The Goal of Spiritism

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What’s the goal of Spiritism as a philosophy? It might be an odd question, but it was certainly one on the minds of the early Spiritists like Allan Kardec. As a both a philosophical movement and “science” (as the early members would come to call it) Spiritism sought to ultimately prove the existence of an afterlife to those who might not believe, or redefine the definition of the afterlife for those still held in the grip of overbearing religious traditions. Most of these proofs came in the form of seances where mediums would channel certain spirits in order for the assembled group to gain some sort of new knowledge from the session. Much of this knowledge consisted of details and assurances about the afterlife, the role of spirits, the purpose of life, etc. Occasionally, as with the many channeled passages found in Kardec’s works, these spirits might also provide essential…

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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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What is Spiritism?

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As the first post in my new series called The Ozark Spiritist I thought I would take some time to talk about the basics of Spiritism and why I’m writing this series. This information can also be found on my website.

“The line of march of all spirits is always progressive, never retrograde. They raise themselves gradually in the hierarchy of existence they never descend from the rank at which they have once arrived. In the course of their different corporeal existences they may descend in rank as men, but not as spirits. Thus, the soul of one who has been at the pinnacle of earthly power may, in a subsequent incarnation, animate the humblest day-laborer, and vice versa; for the elevation of ranks among men is often in the inverse ratio of that of the moral sentiments.” ~Allan Kardec

This is one of my favorite quotes from Allan…

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Did You Know?

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During the period beginning on the first Friday in October until the second day of November, the veils separating spiritual realms are extremely sheer.

History of Spirit Keeping

Spirit Keeping, in the sense of how you keep spirits today, is nothing as it was even 120 years ago. Modern-Day Spirit Keeping is the by-product of the marriage between spirit conjuration and para-technology. Spirit Keeping, in its origin, is quite different. While those who were considered sages, psychics, or medicine men, would contact spirits for information, they were often sought for counsel through specific rituals performed to gain information for a specific person, or for personal awareness. Often times the person who had the ability to conjure the spirit was the only one allowed to converse with the spirit. The person coming forward to ask for guidance, or to ask for…

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Are You Grounded? A Clairvoyant Technique

Featured Image -- 3791I’m always amazed at the number of people that ‘work’ in the spiritual realm that have no idea about grounding themselves.

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Being grounded is that feeling you get when you walk barefoot on dewy green grass, sensing the breeze tickle your skin and the deepness of your chest expanding with every inhale. It is the feeling common to children, one of connectedness to the awe and wonder of simply being.

In an age where we find ourselves buffering our true existence with technology, the consequences run deep. You could experience everything from chronic crankiness, mental fatigue, and poor memory to lacking inspiration for a project or motivation for mundane tasks.

Ok, great, but that does seem pretty general in nature. Right? I mean…

You’re right! We will be dedicating plenty of content on chakras, energy healing, grounding techniques, psychic development, being an empath and how to cope. For now, I want to enable you to have the ability to know when you’re grounded and, if you’re not, get reconnected. And that…

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Astrorisa MINI Moon Blast – April 26,2017 Taurus New Moon

Source: Astrorisa

Written by Iya Olusoga ~ Bisi Ade
For Astrorisa Moon Forecaster
April 26, 2017
Taurus New Moon 6° in House 12
Taurus Sun 6° in House 12
8:17 AM EST

Planetary Energies
 Moon (Osupa / Yemoja),Sun (Orun / Orunmila, Olofi), Mercury (Esu-Elegbara), Jupiter (Obatala), Saturn (Obaluaiye), Neptune (Olokun), Uranus (Sango), and Venus (Oshun).
 Themes: 
Family, personal values, personal self-worth, loss and gains. Creative inspirations, freedom vs confinement, temptations, and stubbornness.
Welcome to the Taurus new moon! This moon portends a specific time for our consciousness to express strong desires for freedom, self-assuredness which can become stubbornness if not careful. We’ll be confronting many forms of temptations because the Taurus (earthy expression) is about our environment both physical and emotional and what those aspects of ourselves desire or feel secure. Hence, we on a collective level will be observing and discerning if our personal space is secure or perhaps we’re indeed trapped, closed in like a Bull. Only to be “let out” at the leisure of someone else’s pleasure or we’re subservient to some type of addiction. The 12th house, the house of solitude and confinement accentuates this energy field of being enclosed, being removed from the day-to-day realities of life. Like a patient who only watches TV not socializing; are we protecting ourselves from something or avoiding what’s really going on around us? Are we the Bull who eats by someone else’s diet plan and standards in a small stall instead of grazing on its own in a wider open space? This new moon time encourages our collective consciousness to identify how free or trapped we are and if anything, what can or should be done about it? This moon marks a time of ”boundaries.”