Reflections (Blog)

What Spiritism is and what it is not

What Is Spiritism Let’s start by understanding why “Spiritism” instead of “Spiritualism”. In his first published book, The Spirits' Book, Kardec notes that: “New terms are necessary to clearly convey new ideas  and to avoid the inevitable confusion that ensues from using the same term for expressing different ideas. The terms spiritual, spiritualist, and spiritualism … Continue reading What Spiritism is and what it is not

Historical Context of Spiritism (part 1)

From Dogmatism to Rational Spiritualism From Dogmatism to Materialism No science, culture or branch of knowledge can be well understood out the context that led to its rise and development. This would not be different for Spiritism, a science with philosophical implications that emerged in the complex context of the 19th century. It is critical, … Continue reading Historical Context of Spiritism (part 1)

Science, Religion and Spirituality

Broadening Our Perspective on Science Who am I? Where do I come from? What am I doing here? Where will I go after? For thousands of years the human being searches for its place and purpose in the cosmos. Religions offer their perspectives. Science adds some answers, and more questions. Whereas we’re far from getting … Continue reading Science, Religion and Spirituality

New Grounds for New Ethics

"Behold, I make all things new" (Holly Bible, Revelation 21:5) All civilizations, from the past to the present, have been erected on heteronomous grounds clearly expressed in their institutions, religions and laws. Values ​​of heteronomous morality are confounded with values ​​of culture itself, rooted in common sense. If heteronomy is an unfamiliar term to you, … Continue reading New Grounds for New Ethics

In search for Identity and Meaning

When I first designed the picture above, I noted that our intellectual life takes place in a network involving multiple intelligences (human beings in physical and non-physical forms) in vibrational resonance. I talked about the importance and necessity of engagement and collaboration in multiple levels of relationships, starting with ourselves and progressively evolving from there … Continue reading In search for Identity and Meaning

Karma under a new paradigm (part 2)

In a previous post, we have indicated the idea that every suffering is a condition of moral imperfection. Therefore, karma is not the result of our past deeds, but the reflection of our present state of consciousness.  In fact, our deeds are also a reflection of our present state of consciousness, so to change our … Continue reading Karma under a new paradigm (part 2)

Karma under a new paradigm (part 1)

Karma is a key concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Taoism and means action, work or deed. It is commonly understood as the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Thus, good intent and good deed contribute to good karma … Continue reading Karma under a new paradigm (part 1)

Who do you think you are?

#1 Each of us experiences the world from a self-comparative standpoint. What makes me short or tall is the height of others. What makes me rich or poor is the wealth of others. Comparison turns us into the center of the world and the world then is experienced through a self-centered perspective. Everything above our … Continue reading Who do you think you are?

#OneHumanity

Reflections on the Basis of Morality Must religion and morals go together? Can one be taught without the other? Those questions proposed by Annie Besant in her 1915’s book “The Basis of Morality” are perhaps even more relevant today than at her time. Annie notes that “religions based on revelation find in revelation their basis … Continue reading #OneHumanity

A New Earth

Many are the signs that Earth as a multi-dimensional planetary system is indeed passing through a major breakthrough. Sustainability (3BL), extrasensory perceptions (ESP), the UFO Phenomena… Could all of this be interpreted as small tips of the same iceberg emerging in this XXI century? Engage with us on this inspiring and important debate...

After all, what does it mean to be a “Spiritualist”?

I’d like to propose some reflections for you who consider yourself a catalyst of positive change in the world, especially if you also consider yourself a spiritualist. I have met hundreds of people that fit the description above and observed many more in physical and online (such as Facebook) groups on various religious and spiritualistic … Continue reading After all, what does it mean to be a “Spiritualist”?

What is Your Love Language?

A practical exercise of spirituality is only one that puts ideas into action. Knowledge devoid of motion does not exist outside the physical brain. Spiritual wisdom is only achieved when knowledge (concepts and ideals) reach the heart and is then put into action through our daily activities among others. This is why there is no … Continue reading What is Your Love Language?

Inner light to a brighter future

Spend a few minutes writing down at least five things you want to accomplish in this lifetime. What do you want your life to be? What do you want from life? What do you want? Read the next paragraph only after your list is complete. After compiling this short list of what you want, answer … Continue reading Inner light to a brighter future

How to deconstruct our need for a messiah, a savior, a leader?

Some believe a messiah will save us, others that science will ultimately help us achieve common happiness in a bright society. Some believe a particular economic system is needed, others that a specific party or politician will do the job. Many are the factors at play here, but the starting point of this article is … Continue reading How to deconstruct our need for a messiah, a savior, a leader?

Hyperspace and Hypertime from a Spiritual-Scientific Perspective

You might be familiar with the equation E=mc^2, however perhaps you don’t know this is just a simplified version of Einstein’s relativity equation, modified by a proportionality constant known as the Einstein-Lorentz Transformation. This simplification, in general terms, eliminates certain system’s properties such as time distortion and changes of length, width, and mass over different … Continue reading Hyperspace and Hypertime from a Spiritual-Scientific Perspective

After all, what does it mean to be a “Scientist”?

Who am I? Where do I come from? What am I doing here? Where will I go after? For centuries we have asked such questions and never fully answered them. Science and religion/spirituality are both trying to answer them and it is clear now that both are required so we continue to make progress on … Continue reading After all, what does it mean to be a “Scientist”?

Is there DOGMA in Science?

We know of religious dogma, but is there dogma also in science? Rather than discoursing about the topic, we'll share a banned TED Talk by Rupert Sheldrake (click on image below) where he approaches this topic. You can draw your own conclusions. According to Sheldrake, the 10 Dogmas of Science are: Everything is mechanical; only mechanistic … Continue reading Is there DOGMA in Science?

What is Spiritism?

Spiritism as defined by Allan Kardec is truly a remarkable science able to aid the serious student on holistic and spiritualist disciplines to sort out opinions from facts and challenge dogma, blind faith, mysticism and taboos. Kardec was a remarkable scientist who conducted his studies of spiritual phenomena with rare lucidity, open mind and rationality. His studies have a strong influence to me and that's why I decided to put out my own short version of  "What is Spiritism", highlighting a few points that is often missed. I hope you like it!

Psychic Self-Defense in Multiple Relationship Domains

Important preliminary point: Our intellectual life (mind and expression) takes place in a network that involves multiple intelligences (human being in physical and non-physical forms) in vibrational resonance. We are constantly surrounded and interacting with other intelligences that harmonize with us at some level. They are drawn to us due to common interests, desires, experiences, … Continue reading Psychic Self-Defense in Multiple Relationship Domains