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

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)

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!

A Proposal for Spiritists Within and Outside Brazil

First of all, let me note that in this text I am presenting my personal perspective on Spiritism. Let me also note that this text is addressed to people of all nationalities, although primarily focused on the American public with which I have more direct contact. With these two basic parameters clarified, let me then … Continue reading A Proposal for Spiritists Within and Outside Brazil

The Spiritist Method of Study & How to Advance Spiritism Today

What is the spiritual practice of the awakened minds? We see it as being that of collaboration, of plurality of ideas, of humble and honest search for knowledge and inner development. This practice, however, cannot suit the flaws of character of those locked in their own pride, wishing to impose their beliefs on all and make the world cater to their needs. This practice is inadequate to those who are still constrained by sects of knowledge, closed to new paradigms and our urgent need to recycling ideas and make change. This practice is not adequate to those who do not question their own certainties. It is not adequate to those still attached to syntax rather than meaning. It is also not adequate to those who seek meaning without labor and study. This practice is for those who consciously celebrate freedom and diversity, knowing how to coexist among individuals who express opposing ideas. If alone we are tremendously limited, united we more thoroughly are able to reach the truth.

The Link Between Men and Animals

To this date, the scientists on Earth look for the so called "lost link". They are after concrete evidence, material proof of the union between the animal and the human being and seek to identify the exact moment when this would have occurred. In vain. The evidence is not on planet Earth, but then, where would it be? Come with us...

Is Karma the Same as Cause and Effect as Presented in the Spiritist Codification?

Basic Initial Clarifications The objective of this article is to discuss the title's subject matter from the standpoint of the research conducted by the author and in light of his own understanding of the Spiritist science. Therefore, all ideas here presented are not intended to reflect the Spiritist consensus on the topic, but instead, and … Continue reading Is Karma the Same as Cause and Effect as Presented in the Spiritist Codification?

Brazilian Mediums Shed Light on Brain Activity During a Trance State

Originally posted by http://www.newswise.com on 14-Nov-2012 10:00 AM EST. Source Newsroom: Thomas Jefferson University Newswise — (PHILADELPHIA) – Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil analyzed the cerebral blood flow (CBF) of Brazilian mediums during the practice of psychography, described as a form of writing whereby a deceased person or spirit … Continue reading Brazilian Mediums Shed Light on Brain Activity During a Trance State

Demystifying Sleep Paralysis

If you haven't had the experience commonly called sleep paralysis, it is certain that someone you know have - just ask a few people around you and you'll realize it is more common than you thought. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) stated that ‘‘40%–50% of normal sleepers report having had isolated episodes of sleep paralysis at … Continue reading Demystifying Sleep Paralysis

A Point Of Nuclear Physics About The Shroud Of Turin

A study published in 1995 lead us to believe that the marks left on the Shroud of Turin, which researchs have carbon dated to be about 2000 years old, suggests something quite impressive: "that [the marks in the shroud] might originate in the spontaneous disintegration of the deuterium nuclei contained in the body of the man … Continue reading A Point Of Nuclear Physics About The Shroud Of Turin