- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Lightening Up Press (6 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962096059
- ISBN-13: 978-0962096051
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,889,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kardec's Spiritism: A Home for Healing and Spiritual Evolution Paperback – 6 Jul 2004
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It also give you some reference points, but is more about the Kaderk's spiritual centers then about the spiritual religion itself
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Not only does it provide a concise, accurate introduction to the spiritist philosophy as originally codified by Allan Kardec, or 'principles to live by' as she calls it. The book also shows how spiritism in Brazil is a living practice in Brazil, having a significant impact on health and healing of a lot of people. And thirdly, the book provides ample eye-witness, reporter-style descriptions of the organization and functioning in four spiritist centers in Brazil. With a lot of impressing stories.
In the book, chapters one to four describe the basic views and historical context of the spiritist philosophy in the line of Allan Kardec's writings, as it has developed in Brazil. Chapters five to eight describe the functioning, social context and healing practices of four spiritist centers in Brazil, which were visited and studied intensively by Emma Bragdon. Furthermore, chapters nine to eleven dig deeper into the organization of the spiritist centers, and show how knowledge on spiritual healing and mediunic capacities are developed in the communities of the spiritist centers. Finally, the book has a glossary explaining terms, a bibliography, and an excellent index.
The book is far more than an introduction to the spiritist philosophy and the healing practices based on the philosophy. Emma Bragdon points to limits of the Western world's medical science, that is based on a bio-chemical model of human health and illness. In this model, illness is a problem that can be countered by either surgery or allopathic therapy. From this perspective, concepts of health, illness and healing diseases that are not based on the bio-chemical approach, have to be rejected. And they are being rejected, mainly because of ignorance or because of research and industry lobbies that are not interested to look for remedies that cannot be patented in the form of drug formulas. Which is a bit surprising in view of the fact that the effects of regular medicine leave much to be desired. The book provides evidence saying that the US health care system is the most expensive in the world, yet ranks 37th in terms of cost-effectiveniss ratio. And the very health care system is said to be the third cause of death in the US.
However, Emma Bragdon brings together evidence that compellingly invites to look beyond the bio-chemical model of health and curing. First of all by showing that regular medicine itself is developing a promising interest in bio-electromagnetical medicine, a discipline originating within the field of regular medicine. And secondly, by pointing to changing concepts of consciousness, the human mind, and the impact of spiritual illness on physical health in the field of psychiatry, as introducted by David Hawkins, MD, Ph.D., co-author of two-times Nobel laureate Linus Pauling.
These developments in energy medicine and psychiatry have many parallells with spiritist philosophy. Spiritist healing practice as they are common in Brazilian spiritist centers use 'energy passes' as a means of healing, and the energy passed by spiritist mediunic healers can be measured by bio-electromagnetical devices also used in regular medicine.
And the insights of David Hawkins have a lot in common with spiritist views on conciousness and development of the human mind. Emma Bragdon shows, in clear and non-academic language, that it is too simple an approach to reject any alternative and complementary medicine, only because regular medicine does not have the capability to fully explain and understand complementary medicine such as the spiritist healing practices. Looking at the facts, the gaps between regular and complementary medicine are smaller than they appear at first sight.
All in All, Emma Bragdon's book offers lots of food for thought, both from the spiritist/spiritual perspective and from the medical perspective.