“Spirits assure us that the time appointed by
Providence for a universal manifestation of their existence has now come; and
that their mission, as the ministers of God and the instruments of His will, is
to inaugurate, through the instructions they are charged to convey to us, a new
era of regeneration for the human race.” Allan Kardec (The
Spirits’ Book – Prolegomena)
What It Is
The Spiritist Movement is the cluster of
activities whose objective is the study, dissemination, and practice of the
Spiritist Doctrine, as contained in the basic works of Allan Kardec, placing
it within the reach and at the service of all Humanity.
The activities which compose the Spiritist
Movement are carried out by individuals, jointly or on their own, and by
The Spiritist Institutions consist of:
Spiritist Groups, Centers, or Societies,
which develop general activities related to the study, dissemination, and
practice of the Spiritist Doctrine. They may be small, medium, or large in
Federations, which develop activities aimed
at the union of the Spiritist Institutions and the unification of the
Specialized Entities, which develop
specific Spiritist activities, such as those devoted to social assistance
and doctrinal dissemination; and
Study Groups of Spiritism, basically
concentrating on the initial study of the Spiritist Doctrine.
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The Influence of
Spiritism on Progress
798. Will Spiritism become the general
belief, or will its acceptance remain confined to the few?
“It will certainly become the general
belief, and will mark a new era in the history of the human race, because it
belongs to the natural order of things, and because the time has come for it
to be ranked among the branches of human knowledge. It will nevertheless
have to withstand a good many violent attacks - attacks that will be
prompted rather by interest than by conviction, for you must not lose sight
of the fact that there are persons whose interest is to combat this belief,
some from self-conceit, others from worldly considerations; but its
opponents, finding themselves in a decreasing minority, will at length be
obliged to rally to the general opinion, on pain of rendering themselves
(The Spirits’ Book - Chapt. VIII -
SPIRITIST GROUPS, CENTERS, OR
“These Groups, corresponding together,
visiting each other, and transmitting to one another the results arrived at by
each, may, even now, form the nucleus of the great spiritist family which will
one day rally to itself all opinions, and unite all men in the common
brotherhood of Christian charity.” Allan Kardec (The
Mediums’ Book – Chapt. XXIX – Item 334)
What They Are
The Spiritist Groups, Centers, or Societies are:
Nucleuses of study, fraternity, prayer, and
activities practiced within the Spiritist principles;
Schools of spiritual and moral education,
operating according to the Spiritist Doctrine;
Posts of fraternal assistance open to
everyone in search for guidance, enlightenment, help, or consolation;
Workshops which provide participants
opportunities to exercise their inner growth through the practice of the
Gospel in their activities;
Places where the children, the youth, the
adults, and the elderly have the opportunity to socialize, study, and perform
activities together to unite the family under the guidance of Spiritism;
Retreats of peace which offer participants
opportunities for spiritual renewal and fraternal union through the practice
of the maxim “Love one another”;
Nucleuses characterized by the simplicity
typical of the first congregations of the nascent Christianity; by the
practice of charity; and by the total absence of images, symbols, rituals, or
other exterior manifestations; and
Institutions that represent the fundamental
units of the Spiritist Movement.
The objectives of the Spiritist Groups, Centers, or
To promote the study, dissemination, and
practice of the Spiritist Doctrine, while tending to individuals who:
seek enlightenment, guidance, and help for
their spiritual, moral, and material problems;
wish to get acquainted with and study the
wish to work, collaborate, and serve in any
field of action the Spiritist practice has to offer.
Their Basic Activities
The basic activities of the Spiritist Groups,
Centers, or Societies are:
To conduct meetings for the study of the
Spiritist Doctrine, in a programmed, methodical, and systematic form, open
to individuals of all ages and every cultural and social standing, and aimed
at enabling a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of Spiritism in all of its
To conduct meetings for the explanation of
the Gospel according to the Spiritist Doctrine, the practice of passes (laying
on of hands), and to extend fraternal assistance through dialogue to those
who approach the Spiritist Centers in search of enlightenment, guidance, help,
and spiritual and moral assistance.
To conduct meetings for the study,
education, and practice of mediumship based on Spiritist principles and
objectives, thereby enlightening, guiding, and preparing individuals for
To conduct meetings for the Spiritist
evangelization of children and the youth, in a programmed, methodical, and
systematic form, thereby assisting, enlightening, and guiding them within the
teachings of the Spiritist Doctrine.
To carry out the work of dissemination of
the Spiritist Doctrine through all modes of social communication
compatible with the Spiritist principles, such as lectures, conferences,
books, newspapers, magazines, bulletins, pamphlets, hand-outs, radio, TV,
posters, audio and video tapes.
To carry out Spiritist assistance
activities for the needy by helping them with their most pressing needs,
and by enlightening them with the moral teachings of the Gospel according to
the Spiritist Doctrine.
To encourage and offer guidelines to
individuals who attend their meetings toward implanting and maintaining the
“Gospel at Home” practice, as sustenance for the spiritual harmonization
of their families.
To participate in activities aimed at the
union of Spiritists and Spiritist Institutions as well as the unification of
the Spiritist Movement by joining their efforts together; summing up their
experiences; providing mutual help and support; improving Spiritist activities
in general; and strengthening the actions of the Spiritists.
To perform the administrative tasks
necessary to their regular operation in accordance with their organizational
structure and in compliance with all applicable local legislation.
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WORK OF THE FEDERATIONS AND OF UNIFICATION OF THE SPIRITIST
“Spiritism is a question of depth; to be
bound by form would be a folly unworthy of the magnitude of the subject.
Therefore, Centers which believe they fully understand true Spiritism should
extend a helping hand to others, in fraternity, and so unite in order to combat
the common enemies: incredulity and fanaticism.”
Allan Kardec (Posthumous Works – The
Constitution of Spiritism – Item VI)
What It Is
The work of the Federations and of
unification of the Spiritist Movement serves to strengthen, facilitate,
expand, and improve the efforts of the Spiritist Movement in its ultimate goal
of promoting the study, dissemination, and practice of the Spiritist Doctrine.
It derives from the fraternal, voluntary,
conscientious, and operational union of Spiritists and Spiritist Institutions
through the exchange of information and experiences, mutual help, and joint
It is fundamental to the strengthening,
improvement, and growth of Spiritist Institutions, and for the correction of
eventual deviations from proper doctrinal and administrative practices.
What It Does
It promotes a continuous contact with the
Spiritist Groups, Centers, or Societies, thereby promoting their union and
integration while placing at their disposal suggestions, expertise, and
supporting programs and materials needed for their activities.
It conducts meetings, courses, fellowship
gatherings, and other events directed at administrators and workers of
Spiritist organizations to refresh and update doctrinal knowledge and
administrative procedures aimed at improving and expanding the Spiritist
Institutions’ activities, and to open up new areas of action and work.
It organizes events directed at the general
public for the dissemination of the Spiritist Doctrine, thus enabling
Spiritism to be better known and better practiced.
How It Is Structured
It is structured through the union of the
Spiritist Groups, Centers, or Societies which, while preserving their autonomy
and freedom of action, join forces and sum up experiences aimed at the
continuous improvement and strengthening of their activities and the Spiritist
Movement in general.
By joining together, the Spiritist Groups,
Centers, or Societies constitute the Federations and Entities of Unification
of the Spiritist Movement at local, regional, state, or national level.
AThe Federations and Entities of Unification
of the Spiritist Movement at the national level constitute in turn the Entity
of Unification of the Spiritist Movement at the international level: the
International Spiritist Council.
Guidelines for the Work of the Federations and of Unification of the
The work of the Federations and of
unification of the Spiritist Movement, as well as that of the union of the
Spiritists and the Spiritist Institutions, is based upon the principles of
fraternity, solidarity, freedom, and responsibility as prescribed by the
It is characterized by offering assistance
without demanding compensation; by helping without creating conditions; by
instructing without imposing results; and by uniting without inhibiting
initiatives, thereby preserving the values and distinctive characteristics of
both individuals and institutions.
The integration and participation of
Spiritist Institutions in this work, which shall always be voluntary and
conscientious, are carried out on the basis of equality without subordination,
thus respecting and preserving the institutions’ independence, autonomy, and
freedom of action.
The programs and supporting materials made
available to the Spiritist Institutions are not obligatory. It is left to
their own discretion to adopt them or not, partially or in their entirety, or
to adapt them to their own needs and conveniences.
In all activities the methodical, deep, and
constant study of the works of Allan Kardec, which constitute the Spiritist
Codification, should be always encouraged while underscoring the basis on
which the Doctrine is established.
All work and activities have as their highest
objective the placing with simplicity and clarity of the Spiritist Doctrine’s
consoling and guiding message within the reach and at the service of everyone
through study, prayer, and other joint activities.
Work of Federations as well as activities of
unification of the Spiritist Movement must always preserve the participants’
inherent right to think, create, and act, as professed and praised by the
Spiritist Doctrine, with the understanding, however, that each and every
activity must be in accord with the works of the Codification by Allan Kardec.
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The Mission of
Go forth then and take the
Divine Word: to the great who will be despising; to the learned who will
demand proof; to the humble and simple ones who will accept; because it is
principally among the martyrs to work, this terrestrial probation, that you
will encounter fervour and faith.
Fortify your phalanx with decision and
courage! Hands to work! The plough is ready! The land awaits; plough!
Go forth and thank God for the glorious
task which He has entrusted to you; but pay attention! Amongst those called
to Spiritism many will go astray; so then, mark well your pathway and follow
Erastus The Gospel According to
Spiritism - Chapt. XX - Item 4
1. The Regulations of the International
Spiritist Council state that:
The International Spiritist Council (ISC) is
an organization resulting from the union, on a world-wide level, of the
organizations representing national Spiritist Movements.
The main purposes and objectives of the ISC
I - To promote the fraternal union of the
Spiritist Institutions of all countries and the Unification of the
International Spiritist Movement.
II - To promote the study and dissemination of
the Spiritist Doctrine in its three basic aspects: scientific, philosophical,
III - To promote the practice of spiritual,
moral, and material charity according to the Spiritist Doctrine.
The purposes and objectives of the ISC are
founded upon the Spiritist Doctrine codified by Allan Kardec, and on the works
which, by following its guidelines, become complementary and subsidiary to the
The programs and supporting materials offered
by the ISC shall not be obligatory. It shall be left to the discretion of the
Spiritist organizations of each country the decision to adopt them or not,
partially or in their entirety, or to adapt them to their own needs or
The organizations affiliated to the ISC shall
maintain their autonomy, independence, and freedom of action. Their
affiliation with the ISC shall be based upon, and have as its objective,
solidarity and fraternal union.
2. The activities related in this document are proposed as
suggestions. The Spiritist Institutions, at their discretion, may adopt them as
their growth and development create the appropriate conditions, and at such a
time as their administrators consider suitable.
3. Spiritist activities shall always be carried
out in a manner compatible with the social environment characteristics and in
full compliance with local legislation.
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The Workers of the
The time approaches when those things
which have been announced for the transformation of humanity will be
accomplished. All those who have worked in the field of the Lord with
disinterestedness and no other motive than charity, will be blessed! Their
working days will be paid a hundred times more than was expected.
Blessed are those who have said to their
fellow men: “Let us work together and unite our efforts so that when the
Lord arrives He will find His work finished’ ”, seeing that the Lord will
say to them: “Come unto me, you who have been good servants, you who knew
how to silence your rivalries and discords so that no harm should come to
The Spirit of Truth
(The Gospel According to Spiritism –
Chapt. XX – item 5)
Just as Christ said: “I am not come to
destroy the Law but to fulfill it”, so Spiritism says: We have not come to
destroy the Christian Law but to carry it out. It teaches nothing contrary
to what was taught by Christ. Rather it develops it, explains it in a manner
that can be understood by all and completes that which had previously been
known only in its allegoric form. Spiritism has come at the predicted time
to fulfill what Christ announced and to prepare for the achievement of
future things. It is then, the work of Christ Who, as He also announced,
presides over the regeneration which is now taking place and which will
prepare the reign of the Kingdom of God here on Earth.
Allan Kardec (The Gospel According to
Spiritism - Chapt. I - Item 7)
In the Work of
The work for the unification in our ranks
is urgent, but not rushed. One assertion seems to contradict the other.
But it is not so. It is urgent because it defines the goal that we should
aim at; but not rushed because it is not granted to us to violate anyone’s
Let us preserve the purpose of uniting,
approaching, and understanding one another; and, if possible, let us
establish at every site where the name of Spiritism has been brought to
light, a study group, however small, of the works of Kardec, in the light
of the Christ of God.
The Spiritist Doctrine holds its
essential aspects in triple configuration. Thus, no one should be
restricted in their desire to work and produce. Let those inclined toward
the sciences to cultivate them in their dignity; those who devote
themselves to philosophy to ennoble its postulates; and those who
consecrate themselves to religion to turn divine its aspirations. Yet,
above all, it is necessary that the basis of the Spiritist Doctrine remain
in everyone and everything so that we don’t lose the balance at the base
over which the organization is raised.
To teach, but also to put into practice;
to believe, but also to study; to counsel, but also to exemplify; to
unite, but also to nourish.
It is indispensable that Spiritism be
maintained exactly as it was conveyed to Allan Kardec by the Divine
Messengers, that is, without political compromises, without religious
professionalism, without degrading personalisms, and without burning
desires of conquest of fleeting earthly powers.
Let us follow Allan Kardec in our
studies, aspirations, activities, and deeds so that our faith does not
turn into hypnosis, whereby the power of darkness establishes its
influence over the weaker minds, enchaining them to centuries of illusion
Let Allan Kardec’s work not only be
believed or felt, proclaimed or manifested in our convictions, but also be
sufficiently lived, suffered, wept over, and put into practice in our own
lives. Without this foundation, it is difficult to forge the Christian-Spiritist
character which the troubled world awaits from us through unification.
May the love of Jesus be upon all, and
the truth of Kardec be for all.
Bezerra de Menezes
(Excerpts from the message
“Unification”, channeled by Francisco Candido Xavier – Reformador, Dec/1975)
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