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The Influence of Spirits in Our Lives

Excerpts from Explore Spiritism.com and The Spirits' Book by Allen Kardec

June 16, 2017

In addition to the good and friendly spirits that help us out here and there, each of us always has one specific spirit, sometimes referred to as our spirit mentor, or guide, guardian angel, etc., who is of a higher degree than our own and who accompanies us, in a given incarnation, from birth to death. This spirit helps us to make wise decisions, warns us of potential dangers, and offers us consolation as well as uplifting energies, all through the work of intuition, i.e., mental suggestions that we chose whether or not to follow, through our own conscience and discernment. 

 

The quality of the spirits, themselves, determines how they look upon us, as well as their objectives, should they attempt to communicate with us.  Good spirits empathize with those who are good or who want to improve.  They offer good advice, warn us of potential dangers, console us in our afflictions, rejoice with us in our successes, and encourage us to have strength and perseverance as we undergo our trials.   Good spirits also seek to advance, through the influence of key individuals, the moral and intellectual progress of humanity as a whole.  Hence, the great scientific discoveries, peace efforts, etc., that we attribute to men and women on Earth, most often originate from inspirations given to those individuals by collaborators in the spiritual realm.   

 

Do spirits exert any influence on the events of life?

“Certainly, because they counsel you.”

 

Do they exert this influence in any other way besides the thoughts they suggest?  Do they act directly in the outcome of things?

“Yes, but they never act outside natural laws.”

 

Do spirits have the power to divert misfortunes from certain persons and to attract prosperity to them instead?

“Not entirely, because there are misfortunes that belong to the design of Providence. Nevertheless, they lessen your pain by giving you patience and resignation.

 

Also, be aware that it frequently depends on you yourselves to divert such misfortunes, or at least to mitigate them. God has given you intelligence so that you may use it, and it is especially in this way that spirits help you by suggesting favorable thoughts to you; but they only help those who know how to help themselves. That is the meaning of the words: ‘Seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.’

 

Moreover, what looks like misfortune to you is not always such in reality. Frequently, something good will result from it that is far better, but that is what you do not always comprehend because you think what is occurring in the present situation.”

 

Why is the action of spirits in our lives so secretive? Why are they are protecting us, why don't they do so openly?

"If you counted on their support all the time, you would not act by yourselves and your spirit would not progress. In order for it to advance, it needs experience and experience must often be acquired at its own expense. It must exert its own volition; otherwise, it would be like a small child who is not allowed to walk by him or herself. The action of the spirits who wish you well always occurs in such a way so as not to hamper your free will, for if you did not have any responsibility, you would not progress on the path that must lead you towards God. Since they do not see who is helping them, humans rely on their own efforts. Their guides watch over them nevertheless and from time to time warn them of danger."

 

The frequent influences and suggestions that we receive from the spirits around us and, in particular, those who we attract via vibrational affinity, are most often picked up as subtle intuitions, in such a way that that they appear to be our own thoughts or ideas.  In this way, the suggestions do not interfere with our free-will.  They may come from external sources, but in the end, only we can make our own decisions, using our conscience and our knowledge to choose the actions we will take.  God allows the inferior spirits to tempt us, for they serve as the instruments through which our faith and constancy in doing good are tested.  When we do not listen to negative suggestions, and we overcome our temptations, we advance in our path of spiritual progression.  Likewise, when we listen to the suggestions of good spirits and choose wisely, the merit is ours for doing so by using our own free will.   To the contrary, however, when we do not follow their good advice, and when we listen to suggestions that lead us to opposite actions, the consequences we may suffer are only the effect of the cause that we created.  To protect ourselves from the influence of inferior, uneducated, or suffering spirits, we must keep our thoughts elevated, as much as possible, thus working to keep from letting our guard down during those trying moments, and seeking to live, always, with compassion, faith, and determination.”

 

So be it.

Source: Excerpts from ExploreSpiritism.com

Source: The Spirits' Book by Allen Kardec working with mediums receiving communication form highly evolved Spirits.

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