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« Reply #60 on: August 08, 2007, 07:00:42 pm »







Spiritual evolution and karma




Spiritist Doctrine stresses the importance of spiritual evolution. According to this view, we are destined for perfection; there are other planets hosting more advanced lifeforms, and happier societies, where the spirit has the chance to keep evolving both in the moral and intellectual sense. Although not clear from Kardec's works, later writers elaborated on this point further: it seems that we cannot detect more advanced life forms on other planets, as they are living in a slightly different "plane" from ours, in the same way the spiritual plane is superimposed over our own plane. There is no scientific evidence to back this claim, despite attempts to apply concepts from modern physics -- quantum theory, multiple universes and so on -- to explain it.
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« Reply #61 on: August 08, 2007, 07:01:55 pm »







Mediumship




The communication between the spiritual world and the material world happens all the time, but to various degrees. Some people barely sense what the spirits tell them, in an entirely instinctive way, while others have greater cognizance of their guidance. The so-called mediums have these natural abilities highly developed, and are able to communicate with the spirits and interact with them by several means: listening, seeing, or writing through spiritual command (also known by Kardecists as psychography). Direct manipulation of physical objects by spirits is also possible; however, for it to happen the spirits need the help (voluntary or not) of mediums with particular abilities for physical effects.
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« Reply #62 on: August 08, 2007, 07:04:59 pm »






SPIRITIST PRACTICE




Kardec's works do not establish any rituals or formal practices. Instead, the doctrine suggests that followers adhere to some principles regarded as common to all religions. The religious experience within spiritism is, therefore, largely informal.


Spiritism shares its roots with many other religions and denominations, mainly Christianity and Western traditions. It is unknown the extent of the influence of Hinduism, Buddhism and Shamanism over the doctrinal aspects of Spiritism, as set by Allan Kardec because the mentions of such religions are sparse in all his works. Kardec, however, acknowledges the influence of Socrates, Plato, Jesus and FranciS of AssisI, as well as the religious tradition of Greek and Roman Paganism.







MEETINGS




The most important types of practices within Spiritism are:

Regular Meetings - with a regular schedule, usually on evenings, two or three times a week. They involve a short lecture on some subject followed by some interactive participation of the attendants. These meetings are open to anyone.



Medium Meetings - usually held after a regular meeting, only those deemed prepared or "in need" of it are expected to attend.

Youth and Children's Meetings - once a week, usually on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings, are the Spiritist equivalent to Christian Sunday schools.

Healing

Lectures - longer, in-depth lectures on subjects thought to be "of general interest" which are held on larger rooms, sometimes at theatres or ballrooms, so that more people can attend. Lecturers are often invited from far away centres.

Special Meetings - special séances held in relative discretion which try to conduct some worthy work on behalf of those in need

Spiritist Week and Book fairs.
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« Reply #63 on: August 08, 2007, 07:06:43 pm »







ORGANISATION



Spiritism is not seen as a religion by its followers because it doesn't endorse formal adoration, require regular frequency or formal membership and claims not to be opposed to science, instead trying to harmonise with it. It should be noted, though, that there's no acceptance to Spiritism in mainstream science and that its belief system is largely coherent with the notion of religion (that doesn't include regular frequency, membership, formal adoration or declared opposition to science).

Spiritism is practiced in different types of associations, formal or not, which can have local, regional, national or international scope.

Local organizations are usually called Spiritist centres or Spiritist societies. Regional and national organizations are called "federations", as the Federação Espírita Brasileira [1] and the Federación Espírita Española [2], while international organizations are termed "unions", such as the Union Spirite Française et Francophone [3].

Spiritist centres (especially in Brazil) are also often active book publishers and promoters of Esperanto.
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« Reply #64 on: August 08, 2007, 07:22:21 pm »





REFERENCES




CROOKES, William. Researches on the Phenomena of Spiritualism, Burns, London 1874,.
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The History of Spiritualism. New York: G.H. Doran, Co. 1926. Volume 1 Volume 2. ISBN 1-4101-0243-2.
HESS, David. Spirits and Scientists: Ideology, Spiritism, and Brazilian Culture, Pennsylvania State Univ Press, 1991
KARDEC, Allan, The Spirits' Book ISBN 0-922729-27-1
KARDEC, Allan, Book on Mediums ISBN 0-87728-382-6
KARDEC, Allan, The Gospel Explained by the Spiritist Doctrine ISBN 0-9649907-6-8





See also

Allan Kardec
The Spirits' Book
The Book on Mediums
The Gospel According to Spiritism
Heaven and Hell
The Genesis According to Spiritism
Chico Xavier
Karma in Christianity
Arigo - John G. Fuller






 BOOKS



Spiritist.INFO Spiritist books for sale

Spiritism Online offers book downloads

The Spirits' Book in HTML format, translated by Anna Blackwell

The Spirits' Book (pdf file)

All Kardec's books and other related works.

The Spirits' Book and other related works as translated by Allan Kardec Educational Society (AKES)
 
Arigo - John G. Fuller






GROUPS AND SOCIETIES



International Spiritist Council
 
Spiritism Online

Spiritist Society of Baltimore
 
Federação Espírita Brasileira (Portuguese)

Medical-Spiritist Association of the Porto’s Metropolitan Area(Oporto-Portugal). (Portuguese)
 
Federación Espírita Española (Spanish)

Spiritists in the Philippines Discussion Forum open to all Spiritists and students in English and Pilipino

Maryse and John Locke, researchers in Transcommunication

Allan Kardec Educational Society
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« Reply #65 on: January 15, 2008, 11:21:52 am »



CASSADAGA, FLORIDA 

Southern Spiritualist Camp
Historic District






                                                       C A S S A D A G A,   F L O R I D A




Cassadaga (a Seneca Indian word meaning "Water beneath the rocks") is a small unincorporated community
located in Volusia County, Florida, just north of Deltona. It is especially known for having a large number of
psychics, also known as "Mediums", and as such is sometimes referred to as being the

"Psychic Center of the World".





History


Cassadaga got its start when the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association was founded by George P. Colby, a medium from Pike, New York, who attended summer "Camp meetings" at Lily Dale, New York (adjacent to Cassadaga, New York), subsequently moving to Florida. The Southern Cassadaga Association received its charter on 18 December 1894.

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« Reply #66 on: January 15, 2008, 11:31:27 am »







                                       Tourists Drawn To Spiritualist Community





They arrive daily – sometimes by the busload.

They are the bereaved seeking comfort, paranormal enthusiasts, and the curious.

They are tourists, and they come to consult one of the more than 50 mediums, psychics, and healers. Where they come to is Cassadaga – home of the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp – the oldest active religious community in the southeastern United States.

Cassadaga is one of those quaint little Central Florida towns that you might just drive through on the way to somewhere else with hardly a glance. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and thus provides a step back in time. It is filled with residents that don't look any different from you or me. There is nothing scary or spooky about Cassadaga.

Cassadaga was founded in 1894 by spiritualists who were looking for a warm weather retreat from the harsh New York winters.

Today, Church members occupy fifty-seven acres of land that is collectively owned. Defined by its folklore, this religious group is really not very different from other religious groups. They believe in God and the Golden Rule. They are different only in their belief that they can communicate with the dead.
Readings by the Camp's certified mediums are intended to give you insight into your life or perhaps let you commune with the dearly departed.
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« Reply #67 on: January 15, 2008, 11:38:00 am »










Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is a 113 year old community of spiritually-minded people located in Central Florida.  We invite you to learn about the history, the religion, and the people of Cassadaga on the pages that follow


http://www.cassadaga.org/
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Cassadaga, a Seneca Indian word meaning "rocks beneath the water" was established as a Spiritualist community by George P. Colby in 1894.

Born in New York in 1848, Colby was told during a séance that he would someday be instrumental in founding a Spiritualist community in the South. That prophecy was fulfilled in 1875 when Colby was led through the wilderness of central Florida by his spirit guide "Seneca" to the future site of Cassadaga. Colby and the followers who joined him at Cassadaga belonged to the American Spiritualist Association, a movement that sought to foster communication with spirits and encouraged people to develop their psychic abilities.

The movement was founded in the 1840s in Chautauqua County, New York, and eventually spread nationwide.  The Spiritualists were only one of several religious groups to establish Florida communities in the late nineteenth century. Florida appealed to many people because of its relatively untouched landscape, and to religious practitioners as a tropical "Garden of Eden" where they could freely express themselves and develop communities dedicated to their needs. Settlements by the Shakers and the Koreshan Unity were established in the same year as Cassadaga but failed to survive, owing in part to the utopian goals of the organizations' members. Cassadaga is one of the few religious communities founded in Florida during the 1890s to remain in existence to the present day.



Spiritualists do not all agree with one another about various aspects of Spiritualism and you will find many trains of thought on the spirit and ethereal world. 

What is commonly held by them all, as fact, is that the spirit survives physical death and moves into another "dimension" where it continues to exist as an individual, with all the characteristics of its human personality.

It is commonly held that  spirits actively seek communication with the world which they have now left behind.

No spiritualist "conjures up" the dead.

Mediums only act as channels where a spirit takes the initiative to make contact.   Spiritualist communities have very strict guidelines on who may or may not 'channel' or give 'reading' within their grounds.  This is to avoid becoming associated with the multitude of fraudulent individuals who portray themselves as true mediums or psychics. 

While there are many genuine individuals who have the gifts outside of these communities, there are many, many sham artists. 

Spiritualist communities insure their mediums are genuine through a series of training circles and tests that may often take years to accomplish before becoming 'certified' by the communities. 



Within the grounds of the community are regularly scheduled events such as:  message services (tenants of spiritualism followed by open readings/clairvoyant demonstrations from various camp mediums), healing circles, guest speakers and psychic development training circles.   

Cassadaga is a 'must-see' for individuals who are interested in opening their perspectives on life after death.   

Members of FPRF have been privilege to know many of the camp mediums and have witnessed the paranormal phenomena known as 'table tipping'.  A type of séance where spirits cause heavy objects (like tables) to bounce up and down - at times to the point of levitation (literally lifting off the floor) with no apparent mechanism causing the event to occur other than a medium (along with our members) placing the tips of their fingers on a table and asking questions of spirits.  Similar to pendulum techniques but on a much larger scale. 

A must see for both ghost hunters and parapsychologists.



Cassadaga is located between Orlando and Daytona Beach just a few minutes off I-4.
Directions: From I-4 use exit #54 (S.R. 472), travel west to C.R. 4101 (Dr. Martin Luther King Beltway), then turn right to C.R. 4139, then right again for the short ride into town.



Truly a place in time where spirits roam freely.






www.floridaparanormal.com
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                                                     The Helen Duncan Story


   
          The remarkable story of Helen Duncan Spiritualist and medium branded a traitor in WWII.
   




  Helen was born in Callander, a small Scottish town on the 25th of November 1897 the daughter of a master cabinet maker. Her family was far from rich. Like many of her fellow Celtic lassies she struggled to earn a living even after her marriage at the age of 20. Her husband, Henry, another cabinet maker, had been injured during WW1. She had 12 pregnancies, but only six children survived. To sustain this large family and a disabled husband she worked in the local bleach factory by day and her Spiritual work and domestic duties by night. The small amount of cash she made from her sittings,
   
   mostly token donations rom friends and neighbours existing in a similar poverty to her would often discreetly go to their local doctor to pay for those patients who were destitute. This was in the time before Britain's National Health Service concept of free medicine for all had been introduced. But her skill lay in Mediumship of a particular kind, that rare psychic gift of being a vehicle for physical phenomena whilst in trance state. A precious gift that brought comfort to thousands, but one which was eventually going to cost her earthly life.

By the 1930s and 1940s she was travelling the length of wartime Britain giving regular seances in hundreds of Spiritualist churches and home circles. The evidence that flowed from these physical phenomena seances was astonishing.
   
  'Dead' loved ones appeared in physical form, spoke to and touched their earthly relatives and in this way brought both proof of survival and much comfort to thousands of traumatised and grieving wartime families.
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One such sitting was attended by a man named Vincent Woodcock, he had brought his sister in law for an evening's demonstration. Those 60 minutes changed both their lives. Vincent gave evidence in London's premier Old Bailey courtroom that the medium Helen Duncan slipped into trance and began producing the much-scoffed 'ectoplasm'. Then his 'dead' wife materialised from this ectoplasmic matter and asked both Vincent and his sister in law to stand up.
   
  The materialised spirit then removed her wedding ring and placed it on her sister's wedding finger, adding, "It is my wish that this takes place for the sake of my little girl". A year later the couple were married and returned for a further seance during which the dead woman appeared once more to give her renewed blessings to the happy couple.
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But this touching human story, along with other similar unsolicited and genuine testimonials to her remarkable gifts, were ignored by the law courts for Helen Duncan was destined to 'go down' to appease an establishment terrified that she might accurately discern the date of the D-Day Normandy Landings.
 
   
  During the Second World War Helen was in great demand from anxious relatives, especially those who had lost close family on active war service. One of many such sittings took place in a private house in the homeport of Britain's Royal Naval fleet, the southern coastal city of Portsmouth on the evening of January 19 1944. It was a dangerous place to hold any meeting - such was the German Luftwaffe's intent on reducing Portsmouth to rubble and disable Britain's fleet. But the real danger lay not in a hail of enemy bombs but with the scepticism and fear of the establishment. For that night a plain-clothes policeman who blew his whistle to launch a raid disrupted her seance. Police hands made a grab for the ectoplasm but the spirit world was too quick for them and it dematerialised quicker than they could catch.

Thus Helen Duncan, together with three of her innocent sitters, were taken up before Portsmouth magistrates and charged with Vagrancy. At this hearing the court was told that Lieutenant R. Worth of the Royal Navy had attended this seance suspecting fraud. He had paid 25 shillings (then worth about $5) each for two tickets and had passed the second ticket to a policeman. It was this policeman who had made the unsuccessful grab for the ectoplasm, believing it to be a white sheet. But the subsequent finger tip search of the room immediately after the raid failed to discover any white sheets.
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