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Separation Into Spirit

Published August 4, 2020 by tindertender

Question: In what sense should we understand eternal life?

Answer: Only life of the spirit is eternal; the life of the body is transitory and fleeting. When the body dies, the soul returns to eternal life.

Question: Is the separation of the soul from body painful?

Answer: No, the body often suffers more during life than at the moment of death; the soul has nothing to do with it. The suffering that a man sometimes experiences at the moment of death provides satisfaction for his spirit, in that he sees his exile coming to an end.

Question: Can the definitive separation between soul and body occur before the complete cessation of organic life?

Answer: During the death throes, the soul sometimes has already left the body, which in this case possesses nothing except organic life. The dying man no longer has any consciousness of himself, and yet a last gasp of life remains. The body is a machine that the heart keeps running, and it continues to live as long as the heart pumps blood through the vessels, and for that it does not need the soul.

Question: What sensation does the soul experience the moment it realizes that it is in the spirit world?

Answer: That is as the case may be. If you have done evil for the sake of evil, you find yourself at first ashamed of what you have done. It is much different in the case of the upright person, who feels relieved of a great burden, and does not fear the most meticulous scrutiny.

Question: Upon leaving the body, does the soul immediately have consciousness of itself?

Answer: Immediately is not the right word, it finds itself in a state of bewilderment for some time.

Question: Do all spirits experience the bewilderment that follows the disengagement of the soul from the body to the same degree and for the same amount of time?

Answer: No, it depends on their elevation. Those who are already purified are almost immediately aware of themselves, because they had already detached themselves from matter during their corporeal life. The carnal man, however, who’s conscience is not clear, retains the impression from matter for longer.

Question: Does the knowledge of Spiritism have any influence on the shorter or longer duration of this confusion?

Answer: It has a great influence, in that the spirit understands its situation in advance. The practice of a good and a clear conscience have the most influence, however.

~ The Spirits’ Book by Allan Kardec
Chapter 3, part 1, 153 – part 2, 154, 156, 159 – part 3, 163, 164, 165

Annihilation Of The Soul, Future Life

Published July 21, 2020 by tindertender

Question: Why does man have an instinctive aversion to the idea of the annihilation of the soul?

Answer: Because there is no such thing as nothingness.

Question: Where does our instinctive sentiment of a future life come from?

Answer: We have already told you: before incarnating, the spirit is aware of all these things, and, once incarnate, the soul retains a vague memory of that knowledge and of what was seen during the interval in between incarnations.

Question: At the moment of death, what is the prevailing feeling in most people: doubt, fear, or hope?

Answer: Doubt in the case of hardhearted skeptics; fear, in the case of the guilty; and hope, in the case of the virtuous.

Question: Why are there skeptics at all, as the soul gives man the intuition of spiritual matters?

Answer: There are fewer skeptics than you suppose. During life, many pretend to be bold freethinkers out of pride, but at the moment of death, they are much less arrogant.

The consequences of the future life derive from the responsibility for our acts. With regard to the distribution of the joys to which all aspire, reason and justice tell us that the good and the wicked cannot possibly be ranked together. God cannot have wished for some to be awarded enjoyments without effort, whereas others only through struggle and perseverance.

The idea that God applies His justice and mercy through the wisdom of His laws does not allow us to believe that the righteous and the wicked are at the same level in His eyes. Nor can we doubt that some day the former shall receive a reward, and the latter a punishment, for the good or evil they have done. That is why our innate sense of justice gives us the intuition of future rewards and punishments.

Question: Is God personally concerned with each individual? Isn’t God too great and aren’t we too small for each individual in particular to have any importance in His eyes?

Answer: God is concerned with all the beings He created, no matter how small they may be. Nothing is too small for the goodness of God.

The Spirits’ Book by Allen Kardec, Chapter 2, part 1: 958, 959; part 2: 961, 962, part 3: 963

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A Buffalo Named Black Diamond

Published July 13, 2020 by tindertender

The historic, “Indian Head Nickel” once appeared on a 1970’s protest poster that read, “…The only Indian America ever cared about”.

The true story of the subject of the coin includes the account of the sad fate of, “Black Diamond”, the majestic bison that served as the model on the nickle’s reverse face. Black Diamond [nicknamed, “Toby”] was called The, “contrariest” animal in a New York City zoo where he was kept, hailed as the largest of his kind who in his prime weighed more than 1,500 pounds. After the Buffalo Nickel went into circulation, Black Diamond became something of a celebrity, with many people coming to the zoo just to see the buffalo from the coin. Amazingly, after an unsuccessful public auction, the Central Park Zoo sold Black Diamond to A. Silz, Inc., a meat-packing company.

Despite many efforts to save him, Black Diamond was slaughtered. A taxidermist mounted his head and turned his hide into an automobile robe. The A. Silz company began selling steaks to restaurants under the “Black Diamond” brand. ~ November 17, 1915.

New York Times article excerpt ~

“The mighty bison Black Diamond bravely stood his ground in the Joseph Stern & Co. slaughterhouse on West 40th Street in New York City, staring at the man aiming the .38-caliber revolver at him. When the man pulled the trigger, the weapon kicked in his hand as the bullet hit Black Diamond’s head, but didn’t penetrate his four-inch-thick skull, which was covered with a hide two inches thick. Instead, the bullet dropped to the ground, flattened, amazing onlookers [400 people were reported to be in attendance] , Black Diamond, angry and sensing danger, lowered his head to charge his assailant, but a second assassin was waiting, this one holding a sledgehammer. When the bison, nicknamed Toby, lowered his head, that man gave a mighty swing and the sledgehammer made a sickening thud as it crushed Black Diamond’s skull…”

What Is It?

Published May 13, 2020 by tindertender

It happens to all. To some brutally, to some, softly. Even though thought of frequently by most, it remains a surprise for many.

It remains this way still, so the truth will continue to be skewed.

Discernment requires practice you see.

All happens for a very specific reason. It’s okay that you don’t know what that is, yet.

We don’t always get what we want.

Peace.

May my mind, heart and soul reach a state of perfect serenity.

May all my thoughts and actions reflect my pursuit of a peaceful and tranquil existence.

“Detach from the illusory world that is crumbling in front of your eyes.

Detach, detach.

Drink your protein and burn your peace candle.

Detach …”

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