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FREE VIRTUAL COURSE

Initiation

into

Spiritism

Welcome!

“Initiation into Spiritism” is a virtual, self-paced course. Lessons are released weekly on Sundays at 10:00 am EST and will stay available online. A live Q&A session is held monthly with the instructors.

We recommend reading the chapters of the book Initiation into Spiritism prior to watching the lessons. 

About this Course

“Initiation into Spiritism” is a course meant to all audiences regardless of their previous knowledge about Spiritism or Spirituality, and sympathizers in general, since it deals with several contemporary topics with clarity and depth.

With extraordinary scope, this study will cover dozens of relevant topics presented in 40 lessons, based on the book written by the renowned author Therezinha Oliveira, one of the major authorities in the field.

One quick glance at its program should reveal its thoroughness: God; Spirits; Classification of Spirits and Worlds; Spirits’ Action upon Fluids; Miracle or Phenomenon?; Spiritism and Its Practices; Mediumship; Law of Cause and Effect; Reincarnation; and many others. Both beginners and current practitioners will find in this course “Initiation into Spiritism” the best understanding of Spiritism, thus building a safe path to reach the purest harmony in life.

VIDEO Lessons

The video lessons are released on Sundays 10:00 AM Eastern Time. To watch, click on the lesson title to find the link.

LESSON 1 - Preliminary Explanations | Radiations or Vibrations

Lesson 1 will provide you with preliminary explanations about this course, emphasizing the benefits you can gather from it, such as, guidance for a better life and an opportunity to begin to exercise your spiritual faculties. It will also introduce the practice of collective or individual radiations, irradiations or vibrational prayers. This is a very important tool in Spiritism because whoever opens one’s heart and thoughts to give of oneself, will promptly:

– Renew oneself (thoughts, feelings and spiritual fluids);

– Become a channel and an attracting zone to beneficial forces (“For it is giving that we receive.”)

Lesson Facilitator: Jussara Korngold
Recommended reading: Initiation into Spiritism, chapter 1

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LESSON 2 - God | Creation

The universe is a harmonious system that operates under stable laws. God is the supreme Intelligence who designed the universe and who is the cause of all things. Even though we are far from being able to understand God, we can observe nature and discern God’s attributes. Along the same lines, we are far from understanding creation. However, Spiritism helps us bridge the gap between, science and religion. Therefore, it reveals to us that everything evolves both physically and spiritually. There is comfort in knowing that we are all going to reach perfection sooner or later.

Lesson Facilitator: Glaucio Pessoa
Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism, chapters 2 and 3

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LESSON 3 - Spirits, Classification of Spirits and Worlds

For those new to Spirituality, especially Spiritism, it is of fundamental importance to have solid knowledge and understanding of spirits. Based on the book Initiation into Spiritism by Therezinha Oliveira, we will endeavor to explain the creation, where Spirits fit into the picture and their role in the process of evolution.

Lesson Facilitator: Luiz Lima
Recommended Reading:
Initiation into Spiritism, chapters 4 and 5

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LESSON 4 - Love of God and Neighbor

Lesson 4 is about Loving God and our neighbor. While this might seem like a concept we all know, this lesson dives deep into the message of the Greatest Commandment and the parable of the Good Samaritan, giving us a whole new level of understanding.

Lesson Facilitator: Beatriz Lopes
Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism, chapter 6

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LESSON 5 - Q&A WITH FACILITATORS

The presenters gave a brief summary of chapters 1-4 and answered the questions submitted by the group. A really great revision of the topics, you don’t want to miss it!

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LESSON 6 - The Perispirit and Spirits' Actions Upon Fluids

In this lesson, you will learn what is the “Perispirit”, its origin and nature; its functions, and its role in the spirit incarnation. You will also understand spiritual fluids and their effect on the perispirit and the body.

Lesson Facilitator:
Joao Korngold
Recommended Reading:
Initiation into Spiritism, chapters 7 and 8

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LESSON 7 - The Gospel At Home | Prayer

The practice of the Gospel at Home and its benefits to your family’s emotional and spiritual environment.

 The Gospel at Home is a Spiritist practice; it is a special time, set aside each week, for family members to gather within the safety and comfort of their homes to study and pray. This study is for those who already practice the Gospel at Home, and for those who are just starting it alike.  We will review the many benefits it brings, go over important guidelines for the practice, answer frequently asked questions, and much more…

Lesson Facilitator: Cintia Fabretti
Recommended Reading:
Initiation into Spiritism, chapter 9

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LESSON 8 - Miracle or Phenomenon?

Miracles are usually seen as something unusual and inexplicable, a derogation from the laws of Nature, through which God would show its power. In this lesson, we will learn how Spiritism explains miracles based on reasoned faith.

Lesson Facilitator: Luiz Villaca
Recommended Reading:
Initiation into Spiritism, chapter 10

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LESSON 9 - Law of Cause & Effect | Free Will & Progress

When thinking about life and the many opportunities it offers, but also the several limitations that it presents, it can be difficult at times to account for how much freedom a person has over one’s own destiny.  Spiritism teaches us that free will is a moral right that every spirit possesses, which is “is developed as spirits acquire consciousness” and that “without free will, there would be neither guilt in doing wrong, nor merit in doing right”.  Join us to better understand how the use of free will has influenced our past and how it can be a tool to create a happier future.

Lesson Facilitator: Ligia Carvalho
Recommended Reading:
Initiation into Spiritism, chapters 11 and 12

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LESSON 10 - Q&A WITH FACILITATORS

In this live session, broadcasted on YouTube, questions previously posted on the course form, and live questions will be answered by the facilitators of lessons 5-9.

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LESSON 11 - A Spiritist View of Marriage

The Spiritist View on marriage, and divorce: what do the Benefactors say? Does marriage offer men and women of today’s modern society the means to progress? Is divorce frowned upon as far as Spiritism is concerned? Join us and find out.

Lesson facilitator: Andreia Marshall Netto
Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 13

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LESSON 12 - Christian Confession & Communion

God and our relationship with the Creator. A good relationship with our Creator is a key element to our spiritual progress. In this session, we analyze our communion with God and practical ways to enhance our relationship with the Creator.

Lesson Facilitator: Leonardo Vieira
Recommended Reading:
Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 14

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LESSON 13 - Reincarnation

In this lesson, we will discuss the scientific, philosophical and religious aspects of the concept of reincarnation and its implication to our worldview.

Lesson Facilitator: Julio Carvalho

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapters 15 and 16

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LESSON 14 - Parents and Children in the Light of Reincarnation | Family in the Light of Reincarnation

While children usually bear physical resemblance with parents, that is not always true in regards to moral resemblances. We will analyze, through the lens of Spiritual life and Reincarnation, the important role of parents in developing the Spirit of their children. We will also study how Reincarnation strengthens our family ties, and what constitutes our spiritual and our material families. We will end with a reflection, enlightened by the principles of the Spiritist Doctrine, on how we should act in family, and take advantage of this blessed opportunity to achieve spiritual growth.

Lesson Facilitator: Marcelo Cintra
Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapters 17 and 18

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LESSON 15 - LIVE Q&A WITH FACILITATORS

In this live session, broadcasted on YouTube, questions previously posted on the course form, and live questions will be answered by the facilitators of lessons 11-14.

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LESSON 16 - Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

In this lesson, we will explore possible reasons for current sufferings and practical ways to resign ourselves to the designs for f God and to construct a better future.

Lesson Facilitator: Kirsten de Melo
Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 19

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LESSON 17 - Disincarnation (Death)

Have you ever wondered what death feels like? Are you afraid to die? Are dying and disincarnating the same thing? Spiritism explains the process of disincarnation, and lists the factors that are influential to the disengagement of the spirit from the body assisting both, the person who is departing and their loved ones to best understand and prepare for the inevitable journey that waits for all of us.

Lesson Facilitator: Suzana Simoes
Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 20

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LESSON 18 - Trials and Atonements

This lesson provides insights to the challenges we face during our incarnation on Earth. In this chapter of ‘Initiation into Spiritism’, we find answers to questions such as when, why, and who determines our needs to go through trials. We also find recommendations on what to do to spiritually atone for our mistakes and faults.

Lesson Facilitator: Marcia Trajano

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 21

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LESSON 19 - Inequalities of Wealth

This lesson will discuss the reasons why wealth is so unequally distributed on Earth.  If you have ever wondered why some are born poor and others wealthy, this lesson is right on point.  In the light of Spiritism, it will explain what determines one to be poor or wealthy, and what the purpose behind it is.  The lesson will also unveil questions like: why do we struggle to survive and make a living? Is wealth good and poverty bad?  Which one is more challenging for incarnated spirits?  And it will deliver some conduct guidelines to help make the best out of our incarnation when facing one or the other.

Lesson Facilitator: Cintya Guimaraes

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 22

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LESSON 20 - LIVE Q&A WITH FACILITATORS

In this live session, broadcasted on YouTube, questions previously posted on the course form, and live questions will be answered by the facilitators of lessons 15-19.

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LESSON 21 - A Study About Baptism

The study about Baptism looks into the historical roots of Baptism and its meaning for different cultures and religious segments. It also exams the idea of how Baptism came to play a significant role in Christianity. Finally, it shows Jesus’ perspective on the subject and, at last, how Spiritism sees it.

Lesson Facilitator: Luiz Lima

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 23

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LESSON 22 - Sleep & Dreams

This lecture clarifies the nature of sleep for the incarnated spirit. We learn about the experiences we might have during sleep and how to prepare for it.  The different kinds of dreams are also discussed.

Lesson Facilitator: Luiz Villaca

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 24

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LESSON 23 - Without Charity There is No Salvation

Does charity create salvation?  How so?  Citing the Apostle Paul, The Gospel According to Spiritism, and other sources, this course will outline charity’s attributes, why it matters in humanity’s progress, and how to put this universal gift into practice.

Lesson Facilitator: Peter Hays

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 25

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LESSON 24 - Prayer

In this lesson, we will talk about prayer as a way of communicating with the Higher Spiritual Plane, as we use our words or thoughts with sincerity. We will understand the mechanisms and effects of praying, the ability to use prayer to intercede for those we love, and how our will, combined with love and perseverance can find an answer from the Spirits – sometimes helping us find a way to solve our problems, or helping us to have the strength to go through times of difficulty.

Lesson Facilitator: Beatriz Lopes

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 26

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LESSON 25 - LIVE Q&A WITH FACILITATORS

In this live session, broadcast on YouTube, questions previously posted on the course form, and live questions will be answered by the facilitators of lessons 21-24.

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LESSON 26 - The Lord's Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful hymn known to men, yet, an understanding of this prayer is required in order to be able to arrive at such conclusion! Some enunciate it without knowing it’s profound meaning – just what does “thy Kingdom come” mean? In this class we shall dive deep into each line, each phrase to understand its meaning and significance. After all, the Master delivered and taught it with hopes that we too, could eventually remember “Our Father” and ponder about our divine origin.

Lesson Facilitator: Marcelo Netto

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 27

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LESSON 27 - Allan Kardec - The Codifier

For those who are students and practitioners of Spiritism, it is crucial to know the man that brought to light this knowledge to us. Allan Kardec was a very prominent figure of his time, a great educator and he managed to bring his expertise in the area of pedagogy, as a student of Pestalozzi, to present to us Spiritism’s teachings in a very didactical way. His shift to Spiritism and evaluation of the phenomena encountered lots of opposition but he resisted and remained faithful to his values to the end.

Lesson Facilitator: Jussara Korngold

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 28

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LESSON 28 - The Three Revelations

What do Moses, Jesus and Spiritsm have in common? All 3 brought new information to humankind to help remind and confirm truths previously revealed; undo and remove erroneous ideas, misrepresentations and additions; and to broaden human knowledge and perspectives. They came through mediums or prophets speaking in the name of God, and were shared only at a time when humankind was ready to receive it. Therefore, we can call all 3 of them “Revelations”.

Lesson Facilitator: Sergio Queiroz

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 29

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LESSON 29 - Spiritism and Its Practices

Is Spiritism a religion? What is mediumship, and can it be charged? Is Spiritism a Christian doctrine? Are there rituals and Sacraments in Spiritism? What is the philosophical aspect of Spiritism? This chapter will briefly explore the triple aspect of Spiritism and its practices.

Lesson Facilitator: Anna Moreno

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 30

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LESSON 30 - LIVE Q&A WITH FACILITATORS

In this live session, broadcasted on YouTube, questions previously posted on the course form, and live questions will be answered by the facilitators of lessons 26-29.

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LESSON 31 - Mediumship - Communication with Spirits

This presentation focus on some of the aspects related to mediumship and its development. Are we all mediums? Is it really possible to communicate with those that have died? What would be the requirements to exercise mediumship according to Spiritism?  These and other questions will be clarified during this lesson.

Lesson Facilitator: Jussara Korngold

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 31

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LESSON 32 - You Received Without Paying; Give Without Pay

To give freely what we have received gratuitously is what Jesus recommended his disciples to do. But how do we make sense of this teaching nowadays? What have we received for free? Knowledge about the Gospel? Spiritism teaches us that we should not turn this knowledge into an object of commercialization, speculation, or a means of livelihood.


Lesson Facilitator:
Flavio Zanetti

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 33

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LESSON 33 - On Christian Vigilance

Jesus’ recommendation to “watch and pray” shows us that we should be alert and use our Christian understanding to seek to avoid error or to correct it. In this lesson, we will see that if we allow our needs and feelings to control us, we could become enslaved by vice or passion – and that praying is one of the most effective tools that we have, as it helps us connect with the higher spiritual plane, bringing us in return the necessary and possible benefit to sustain us in our evolutionary path.

Lesson Facilitator: Marcelo Medeiros

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 34

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LESSON 34 - LIVE Q&A WITH FACILITATORS

In this live session, broadcasted on YouTube, questions previously posted on the course form, and live questions will be answered by the facilitators of lessons 31-33.

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LESSON 35 - The Parable of The Sower

Jesus’ parables are short stories, taken from the daily elements of life at the time, that elicit deep reflections and teachings that can be readily applied to our daily lives. This class will cover all the figurative aspects of the Parable of the Sower including the role of the Sower as well as the interpretation of the different types of grounds where the seeds are sowed.

Lesson Facilitator: Suzana Simoes

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 35

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LESSON 36 - The Parable of The Lamp Under a Basket

How is light a spiritual presence in our lives?   Through the famous parable by Jesus, this course goes beyond the metaphor to examine our journey toward “spiritual enlightenment,” including ambivalence and resistance, and some of the ways in which perception beyond the physical senses can help us to connect with goodness. 

Lesson Facilitator: Peter Hays

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 36

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LESSON 37 - The Parabe of the Laborers in the Vineyard

Jesus often used stories to introduce us to complex ideas. Now that we are familiar with the concepts of reincarnation, immortality of the soul, and spiritual evolution, the parable of the workers in the vineyard can be interpreted more deeply. Join us for a more spiritual exploration of work, rewards, success, and justice that may require us to change the way we think and act towards the world.

Lesson Facilitator: Dan Assisi

Recommended Reading: Initiation into Spiritism,  chapter 37

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LESSON 38 - LIVE Q&A WITH FACILITATORS

In this live session, broadcasted on YouTube, questions previously posted on the course form, and live questions will be answered by the facilitators of lessons 35-37.

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QUESTIONS?

QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE LESSONS?

Live Q&A sessions with the instructors will be held monthly. We will answer all questions posted here and/or asked on the live chats. We understand you may have lots of questions. While we will try to answer them all, for those seeking more in-depth answers, we recommend reading The Spirits’ Book. [ Free Download ]