Spiritism: What is it?

Spiritism: originally the name for Spiritualism in Europe, and also the name still used by those in Brazil and the Philippines who follow the codifed principles of Spirits collated by Allan Kardec in the mid to late 19th century. See: The Spirit’s Book, The Mediums’ Book; The Gospel According to Spiritism, Heaven and Hell, and Genesis.

The codified principles of Spirits were revealed by highly-evolved Spirits channeling their messages through mediums.

Although channeled messages from Spirit are not unique to Spiritistism, the codification and collection of verbatim messages is perhaps the most extensive currently known. See for instance: channeled texts by Paul Selig: I Am The Word and A Course in Miracles edited by Helen Schucman.

A main tenet of Spiritism is that reincarnation is considered a fact. Spiritists believe there are other dimensions where discarnates, spirits not in body, can be contacted. Spirits like humans are in the process of evolution. Each spirit lives on in a progression of lifetimes, alternating between life in a body and life in the spirit world toward the goal of perfection.

Spiritism recognizes universal truths and principles to live by that continue from life to life and between lives. For example, the way one interacts with others has inevitable consequences. Spiritists do not generally use the word "karma" but their beliefs resonate with that concept.

Spiritists believe that every person is a medium, that is, a person with a unique way of perceiving and establishing connection to dimensions of life outside the range of our five sense perceptions.

Spiritism is to some a religion. To others it is a way of life. It is also a system of healing and caring for those in need that integrates the spiritual dimension fully and effectively. It posits that it is not the disease that must be exclusively treated but the person and his or her history that harbored the disease (perhaps through many lifetimes).

As with many alternative Eastern and Western therapies Spiritism knows how best to harness the "inner wisdom" of the patient, the part of a person that intrinsically knows what he or she needs at any point to heal and thrive.

Spiritism has influenced a social movement of healing centers, charity institutions and hospitals involving millions of people in dozens of countries, most of them in Brazil. See, for instance the book edited by Emma Bragdon: Spiritism and Mental Health: Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals in Brazil. The center set up to support the work of one medium-healer, John of God, is perhaps the most well known of these.

Spiritist centers throughout Brazil are not places of archaic rituals or questionable spiritual practices. They are centers that address the universal needs of today in terms of healthcare, healing, and resources for health management. People often heal with non-invasive treatments for cancer and AIDS and lesser diseases as well as psychological disorders like schizophrenia, bi-polar, depression, and addictions.


Click for information on Pittsburgh's Spiritist Center: JASG Joanna De Angelis Spiritist Group

Along with some mainstream Western medical resources, Spiritist centers provide help, healing, and changed ways of life through prayer, meditation, use of medical intuitives, laying on of hands known as "energy passes" by healer/mediums, psychic surgery, and messages and guidance from highly evolved spirits or loved ones who have passed by means of automatic writing, clairvoyance or clairaudience.

These centers also provide a special kind of healing for emotional disorders to help people liberate themselves from obsessions and compulsions. This dis-obsession or de-possession is accomplished through specific kinds of energy passes. In this case, the healer with the help of teams of mediums, helps to separate the patient from dis-embodied, negatively-motivated spirits or "entities," freeing both the patient and the entity to proceed on their paths of spiritual evolution.

For more information on Spiritism and the medical sciences, visit the website of the U.S. Spiritist Medical Association. See also, the Spiritist concept of reincarnation as it impacts changing perspectives on the newborn child in Wendy McCarty's book: Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies' Wholeness from the Beginning of Life: An Integrated Model of Early Development.