British Union of Spiritist Societies
7th BRITISH CONGRESS on MEDICINE & SPIRITUALITY - London
In the last 16 years, the connection between Medicine and Spirituality has been discussed in several international Congresses and meetings both in Europe and the Americas. These meetings were important attempts to reconnect Spirituality and Health after the gap partly imposed by unfortunate political offences committed on behalf of certain religions, resulting in a distancing of scientists and health professionals during 19th and 20th centuries.
The success of our six previous congresses held in London-UK encouraged us to organize the British Spiritist Medical Association (B.S.M.A.). Like nine other countries where these associations are already operating, the UK can now count on our Association (we are doctors, nurses, psychologists, counsellors, and medical anthropologists). read more..
At this time of family gatherings, Christian celebration and goodwill to all men, our hearts should consider for more than a moment or two those less fortunate, hungry, threatened by war, disease and family dislocation whatever their religious background, colour, race or creed. We fortunate people here in the security and stability of the United Kingdom should remember the words:'there but for the grace of God go I'.
The excited eyes of deprived children around the world opening their decorated shoe boxes in some of the most destitute countries shows that we care.
Whether the homeless are enjoying a shower, clean clothes and a Christmas meal we as human beings with a conscience should be just doing this at Christmas but helping these less fortunate souls throughout the year.
Problems of the family, arguments in the past and the misunderstandings should be cast aside during the festive period as we celebrate Christ's birth over two thousand years in a manger in the Holy land. Read more...
The importance of finding the right words
Submitted by Adam Osborne (Spiritist Society of Windsor and Maidenhead)
Reflecting on the article by Anne Sinclair in the previous BUSS Newsletter, without a doubt, words are powerful. They can be used both in positive and negative scenarios. They convey our opinions, ideas and emotions. When used wisely, they are poems and stories that uplift us; proposals and agreements that protect us; books and memories that we can study and learn from.
In Spiritism, we have been left with a legacy of material composed and compiled by Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, a.k.a. Allan Kardec. This collection of papers, studies and books have been published in multiple languages and distributed around the world. Kardec, as a dedicated educator, sought to ensure that the readers of his work would be able to understand the text in front of them, even if they were new to the terminology or subject.
An important step for Spiritism and the Spiritist Teachings to spread around the world started with Kardec himself, who, due to his travels, allowed other people throughout Europe to get to know about this new “Spiritualist Philosophy”. Read more...
Correspondence to Allan Kardec
This is part of a series of letters published in Le Revue Spirite, July 1858. Translation from Kardecpedia.
Brussels, June 15th, 1858
Dear Mr Allan Kardec,
I receive and eagerly read your Spiritist Review and recommend it to my friends, not the simple reading but an in‑depth study of your Spirits’ Book. I greatly regret the fact that my physical concerns do not allow me to spare the time for the metaphysic studies, although I had taken them far enough to feel how close you are to the absolute truth, particularly when I see the perfect agreement between the answers they give us – you and me. The spirits themselves who have personally given you the merit for the writings remain astonished by the depth and logic of the texts. You have elevated yourself to the level of Socrates and Plato by the moral and aesthetic philosophy. As for myself, who know the phenomenon and your loyalty, I do not doubt the accuracy of the explanations given to you and reject all ideas I have previously published about it with Mr Babinet, when I thought that there was only physical phenomena or foolishness, unworthy of the scholars’ attention. Read more...
A Message from Dr Bezerra de Menezes (Spirit)
Submitted by Janet Duncan, Allan Kardec Study Group (ASKG)
Fraternal friends and devoted workers in the field of the Teachings of Jesus!
We embrace you in the name of the workers from this side of life and pray to our Master and Friend for blessings and peace for all.
The new times occurring on the physical plane are announcing an era of transformations that are necessary for the implementation of the process of human evolution. The two planes of life are uniting and bonds of solidarity are becoming closer, having in view previously foretold events.
In accordance with the commitments set in place by the planet’s Mentors, selfless souls work incessantly defining responsibilities and tasks to be performed at specific moments.
However, not far away in the world of spirit, in regions of purgatorial suffering indicated by the aspect of the inhabitants, souls are stirring, moving, producing noise and clamour in the hope of benefiting in some way from the programme determined by the Higher Spheres. Read more...
No matter how difficult the situation, lift up your head and walk on. Discouragement is a subtle enemy that annuls your best efforts.
If friends have deserted you because of your financial problems, or emotional mishaps;
If relatives have drifted away for no apparent reason;
If everything threatens to push you into solitude;
If you are feeling lonely just because there is no one around, stop, lift up your heart and wait. This is
not a spiritual reality, it is only a fluttering reflection of your bitter state of mind.
You are never alone, really. As part of the whole Creation you are within it, as it is within you.
Wherever you are, God is with you: at home or at work; at leisure or at rest; in illness or in good health. Seek solace and strength in God to go on, and attend to your duties. Read more...
Medicine and Spirituality Congress
November 11th and 12th will see the 6th British Congress on Medicine and Spirituality being held once again at Rudolf Steiner House in London.
This event, hosted by BUSS and AME-International (the International Medical Spiritist Association), will
have speakers from the UK, America and Brazil, including the esteemed Dr Jim B Tucker, who is considered as a key researcher into scientific evidence of reincarnation.
Tickets are still available via Eventbrite: http://congress2017.eventbrite.co.uk
For more information about this prestigious event, visit: http://medspiritcongress.org
Friends from the United Kingdom and the World, the need to unite our hearts and strengthen our steps towards the long-awaited PEACE gives us the inspiration to change the landscape of our routines.
Jesus taught us to Watch and Pray, and it is with this purpose that we invite all Spiritists, Spiritualists and friends from around the UK and the world to come together to help spread love and forgiveness.
We need to read and re-read the messages from Dr Bezerra de Menezes inviting us to take the action of UNIFICATION, first received a long time ago through Chico Xavier and Divaldo Franco. These precious messages are pearls that help us reform and reflect on our behaviour.
Let us be those who answer the call we make to each other. Let's promote the World Peace, cultivating it first within our own hearts. Read more...
Prophets are known by their fruits
"My heart and my mind are deeply disturbed. I tremble all over. I am like a drunk person, like a person who has had too much wine, because of the way the LORD and his holy word are being mistreated. For the land is full of people unfaithful to him. They live wicked lives and they misuse their power. So the land is dried up because it is under his curse. The pastures in the wilderness are withered." Jeremiah 23:9-10
In chapter twenty-one of The Gospel According to Spiritism, we have a stark reminder, and warning, regarding the responsibilities and challenges of mediumship. With Spiritism, we learn that we are all mediums, that we all have the innate capacity to connect with spirits on one level or another. For some, this may be basic guidance received as intuition or a “gut feeling”, whereas for others it may include being able to receive messages that are spoken or written, which have a beneficial and noble purpose. read more...
Editorial: A Moment to Reflect
As we hustle and bustle through our ever increasingly busy and hectic lives, seeking the necessities of our daily existence and diverting our attention from what is important and fixating ourselves on the mundaneness that modern life brings, it is important for us to take a true moment of reflection to evaluate who we are, how we are and what we are doing.
How often do we really look at ourselves to observe, reflect and find ways to improve our being?
We might look at our health and think of diets, exercises or lifestyle choices that popular media dictates as being the current trend. Some might scrutinise their career and profession. Others may feel they need to be more charitable and decide to help others.
Most of the time, this is all temporary. A brief idea that passes after a few days or weeks. Read more...
Where are going wrong?
We have never had so many medical resources yet be so ill. We have never had such ease to communicate and so many people on the planet, yet still be victims of solitude. We have never had so much information freely accessible, yet find it so difficult to make decisions, creating anguish and anxiety. Where are we going wrong? We go in a hurry, stressed and always without time, but to arrive where? And to do what? Life expectancy has increased, but do we live well in this extra time we have conquered through intellectual progress?
Clearly we live in a paradox. We are physically very close, with numerous scientific and technological resources, with many theories of morality, but in need of humanity.
There is a classic phrase which is accepted and stated in various religions, which says “We are all brothers.” For some, this concept is banal and disreputable, for others it is a truth accepted without much reflection because they lack the experience of the concept. Few truly comprehend the phrase in its entirety and make the effort to practice it. Read more...
Thinking, before making a decision
At the time of writing, this editorial has been written, re-written and started fresh various times, partially due to the chaotic turbulence that the UK has been through in the recent weeks.
On the 23rd of June, the voting public set off to village halls, schools and even old pubs to cast their vote, providing their opinion on the question of whether the United Kingdom should remain or leave the European Union. After many months of fierce debates, marketing campaigns and political turmoil, the results were announced in the early hours of Friday 24th that, by a small margin of only 3.8%, the UK had voted to leave the EU.
For some this was a joyous event, and for others sombre, dark and worrying. Mixed emotions were shared, tweeted, written about and aired around the world. Currency destabilised, racist attacks were being committed, and some started to complain that immense walls had not magically appeared around the borders of the UK. Read more...
2016 is already showing itself to be a year of wondrous light descending upon those of good will. We started the year with an important meeting, attended by 16 Spiritist groups from around the UK. The main purpose was to give an opportunity for all Directors to meet each other, know each other and plan future events together, approving what we will embrace as a group. A decision was made for us to have more workshops for the preparation of Spiritist workers, as those who spread the light are the first to be enlightened.
Among the key events in the first months of 2016 was the Gathering of Spiritist Tutors for the Children and Youth, organised by the European Education Commission and BUSS, which took place in March.
In April, apart from the Spiritist Bookfair, which has been held for many years, BUSS will take part in the International Spiritist Council (ISC) Coordination for Europe meeting, which will be held in Basel, Switzerland, from 1st to 3rd April. Read more...
Reflection of 2015
Our thanks go to all readers and groups who participate in our initiative of promoting the Spiritist Movement.
Every three months, we have the opportunity to share with you the Spiritist events in the UK. The aim is to strengthen the fraternity and union between all Directors of this Great Spiritist Family.
During this period before the end of year festivities, hearts meet with the same loving harmony. A different and happier psychosphere can be felt in the air, along with warmth in our hearts. The lights in the streets, shops and homes, and the scented candles help our attention be with our family, and with those beloved ones who, even if it is only at this time of year, we exchange cards with messages of Peace and Health. This sentiment of fraternity is natural and transcends the concept of religion. What remains is a common religiosity based on goodness, that promotes love and peace among all people and nations. At Christmas, we Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, taking this time to show affection and attention to all brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of the same Creator. I wish that this Christmas is a reality in our lives every day.
Editorial - 50
On casually picking up Allan Kardec’s GENESIS, codified some 150 years ago, it fell open in the First Part (Chapter 6, item 32), where we found an interesting text about THE MILKY WAY. Let us take a look:
“On beautiful moonless starry nights, everyone can see that whitish glow which crosses the heavens from one end to another, and which the ancients dubbed the Milk Way… has become a vast field of unknown marvels…”
Further on: “In fact, the Milky Way is a prairie sown with solar or planetary flowers that shine throughout its enormous expanse. Our sun and all the bodies that accompany it are part of those resplendent orbs that form the Milky Way… However, the sun, notwithstanding its gigantic proportions in relation to Earth and the magnitude of its domain, occupies only an appreciable dot in this vast creation… By this approximate calculation one can judge the extent of the sidereal region… One can also judge the smallness of the sun’s domain; even more so, the nothingness of our tiny Earth. What would Earth be then, if one were to consider the beings that people the Milky Way!” Read more...
Editorial - 49 2015 - Celebration of the 150 Years of the book “Heaven & Hell” By Allan Kardec
One of the five basic works that make up the Codification of Spiritism
Its overall scope is to explain the justice of God in the light of the Spiritist Teachings.
Heaven and Hell is the fourth of the five basic works that make up the Spiritist Codification. Its main purpose is to explain God’s Justice from the point of view of the Spiritist Teachings.
It is aimed at demonstrating the immortality of the soul and its situation in the spirit world as a consequence of its own acts. The book is divided into two parts: The first is a comparative analysis of religious theories on life after death. It discusses matters such as the death of children, individuals born with birth defects, collective disasters, and a wide range of problems that only the immortality of the soul and reincarnation can explain satisfactorily. Kardec seeks to clarify themes such as angels, heaven, demons, hell, eternal punishment, purgatory, the fear of death, the mosaic prohibition against evoking the dead etc.
Additionally, it presents the Spiritist counter explanation on the doctrine of eternal punishment. The second part, which is the result of practical work, is a collection of examples concerning the situation of the soul during incarnation and after discarnation. These are testimonies given by repentant criminals, hardened spirits, happy, average and suffering spirits, suicides and spirits undergoing earthly expiation. Extract from the website EDICEI of America. www.ediceiofamerica.com
Editorial - 47 - Rationalisation about the subject matter!
This semester we are organising several talks and seminars emphasizing Mediumship Studies. We can see, in Kardec’s time, some of his considerations regarding this theme:
“It would be difficult for us to compute the number of those who have come to us since we have been occupied with Spiritism and how many of those we saw who remained indifferent or incredulous in the presence of the most evident facts and were only convinced by rational explanation. There are also many others who were predisposed by reasoning. Then there are a number who have already been persuaded about the truth of Spiritism, though they had seen nothing, because they had read and understood the rationalisation about the subject matter! We therefore say, from our own experience, that the best method of acquiring knowledge of Spiritism is to first of all bring reasoning to bear on the subject and afterwards to confirm reasoning by experiment. (Allan Kardec (Mediums’ Book, 1st part, Chap. III–Item 31) Read more...
Spiritist Societies. (written by Allan Kardec in 1869)
All that we have said concerning Spiritist meetings is equally applicable to regularly constituted societies; and as we have frequently been asked for advice respecting the mode of organisation which may be usefully adopted by such bodies, we proceed to state briefly our opinion in regard to this point.
Spiritism, being in its infancy, is still too diversely regarded, and its essentials are still too little understood, by many of its adherents, to constitute any very strong bond of union among persons associated in a society of this kind. Such a bond can only exist between those who see its moral bearing, and who endeavour to make a practical application of its principles. Between those who see in it only an order of facts more or less curious, no strong bond of union can exist ; its members being more interested in facts than in principles, a mere difference of opinion in regard to the phenomena would suffice to create disunion between them. On the other hand, a society that should be united in principle, and in which mutual trust and kindness should exist to the exclusion of their opposites, whose members should assemble with the sole aim of obtaining truth through the communications of superior spirits, would not only be likely to live, but would be indissoluble. But the difficulty of bringing together elements really homogeneous, has led us to the conviction that Spiritist should aim at multiplying small groups, rather than at forming themselves into large agglomerations. 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. Extract from The Mediums’ Book – item 334
150th Anniversary of “The Gospel According to Spiritism”
In 2014, when we are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of “The Gospel According to Spiritism”, we wish to call attention to readers of BUSS Newsletter about a letter from Krakow, submitted by the medium Mrs T. D., some seven years prior to the date of the correspondence at that time.
In this letter, the dear lady emphasises the progress of Spiritualism in Padólia, Poland and in the Ukraine. The Codifier had received a request from that same medium to join the Spiritist Society of Paris and she had sent four communications received through mediumship, signed simply "A Protecting Spirit", that were subsequently analysed by Allan Kardec. Two of these very beautiful messages Kardec then utilised in two chapters of "The Gospel According to Spiritism", now publicly available in PDF for free, from the Brazilian Spiritist Federation website, Chapter XI - LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF - item 13 - Faith and Charity, pg. 240 (Krakow, 1861) Chapter XVI – IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SERVE BOTH GOD AND MAMMON - Item 12 - pg. 335 (Krakow, 1861.)