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The healthy do not need a Doctor (1) 04/ 12/ 2012

Theme: The healthy do not need a doctor Source: the Gospel according to Spiritism, XXIV: 11 e12.


11. As Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came down and sat with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick (Matthew, 9: 10-12). 12. Jesus addressed Himself most especially to those who were poor and deprived as they had the greatest need for consolation, together with the blind, the humble and those of good faith, because they asked Him to enlighten them. He did not address Himself to those who were proud or those who believed they had all the knowledge they needed and wished for no more (See the DO NOT HIDE THE LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL) These words, and many others, find their most fitting application within Spiritism. There are those who are sometimes surprised that mediumship is given to persons of little worth and capable of its misuse. They say that it seems that such a precious faculty should be given exclusively to those who are most deserving of it. Before anything else, we must say that mediumship stems from a certain organic disposition and therefore anyone may be gifted with this ability, in the same way that we are gifted to see, hear and speak. Moreover, there is nothing that Man cannot abuse by means of his free-will. If God had only conceded speech, for example, to those capable of speaking ill, then there would be more dumb people than those able to speak. God has given Man various faculties together with the liberty of their use. But those who abuse them are also punished by Him. If the possibility of communicating with the Spirits were to be given only to the most worthy, who would dare to make such a claim? Furthermore, where is the boundary between worthiness and unworthiness? Mediumship is conferred without distinction so that the Spirits can bring enlightenment to all walks of life, to all classes of people, to rich and poor alike, to those who are honest so they may be fortified in their goodness, and also to the corrupt so they may he corrected. Are these not the sick who need a doctor? Why then would God, Who does not wish for the death of sinners, deprive them of the help that can pull them out of the mire? The good Spirits come to their help and the personal advice which is received is of a nature which will impress them in a manner more striking than if it had been received indirectly. God, in His goodness, wishing to spare them the work of having to go out and get help from afar, puts the light straight into their hands. Are they not even more guilty for failing to notice this fact? Can they excuse themselves by claiming ignorance, when their own condemnation has been written, seen, heard and spoken by themselves? If they do not take advantage of this, then they will be punished by means of the loss or perversion of the faculty which was bestowed. In this case, evil Spirits will take hold, obsessing and deceiving them. But this will not lessen the receiving of real afflictions with which God punishes His unworthy servants and those whose hearts are hardened by pride and selfishness. Mediumship does not necessarily imply habitual relations with Superior Spirits. It is merely an aptitude to serve as an instrument, which may be more or less useful to Spirits in general. So then a good medium is not one who communicates with ease, but one who is agreeable to the good Spirits and who is helped only by them. It is solely in this sense that the excellence of moral qualities becomes the all-powerful influence in mediumship.

CONSIDERATIONS: As The Comforter is the successor of Jesus in the world, in conformity of what Jesus said that he would not leave us orphans, (John, XIV: 18), but would send the Comforter who would stay with us forever, (John, XIV: 16 Genesis, 17: 39) Allan Kardec assuredly was well inspired on explaining that as Jesus was the doctor, or, better the doctor of doctors, Kardec explains that mediumnity which is the means of receiving the Comforter which acts among us in the name of Jesus, hence mediumnity is conferred without distinction, so as that the Spirits may bring the light to every kind of people, to all classes of the society, from the poor, to the rich; to the righteous to strengthen them in good. To the vicious addicted to correct them, and adds Kardec: are not these the sick that need a doctor? Well, in this study is born in us a new doctrinal light, for at least gives us more light in the comprehension of the functions of the Comforter amongst us, regarding that Jesus was and lived among the sick to help and cure them, which was not just to doctrinate them, we also should have in view that the Comforter be among us to help

all the sick so as Jesus used to do and done, hence the Comforter is not exclusively for the churches or exclusive of them, but for all, as Kardec seeks out to explain that we all are more or less mediums (the Mediums
Book, XIV: 159).

Well, it is through mediumnity that the Spirits of the Lord do come to act amongst us, aiding us, remembering the doctrine which Jesus brought and explaining to our understanding the spiritual truths, however to the use of mediumnity, we should not believe in every spirit, but verify if they come from God, (I John, IV: 4). S. Paul says that Jesus was the medium of God, mediator between God and men, (I Timotheo, XI: 5) All Spirits are subjected to Jesus, the Spirits do pay him obedience or share with Jesus in the will of God the father, (Luke, IX: 28-36). *********

Let us see in the book The Gospel according to Spiritism the Preface: PREFACE
The Spirits of the Lord, who are the Virtues of Heaven, move as does an immense army upon receiving orders from their commander spreading out over the face of the Earth and, similar to the stars which fall one after another from the skies, are come to illumine pathways and open the eyes of those who cannot see. In truth I say unto you the times are come when all things will be established in their true light, when the darkness shall be dissipated, the prideful confounded and the just glorified. The great voices of Heaven reverberate like the sound of trumpets and the choirs of angels assemble. Mankind, we are inviting you to this divine concert. Take up the harp and lift up your voices in unison so that, in a sacred chorus, the sound may extend and reecho from one extreme of the universe to the other. Fellow beings, beloved brothers and sisters, we are here beside you. Love one another and say from the bottom of your hearts: Lord! Lord! In so doing you fulfill the wishes of the Father who is in Heaven; then you too may enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH NOTE: *********

Let us see about gratuitous mediumship in The Gospel according to Spiritism, chapter. XXVI: 7 a 10: GRATUITOUS MEDIUMSHIP
7. Mediums today (since the Apostles also possessed mediumship) have equally received a faculty gratis from God. This is of being interpreters of the Spirits for the instruction of mankind, to show them the pathway of goodness, conducting them along by means of faith. Not to sell words which do not belong to the mediums, seeing that they are not fruits of their conception, nor of WHAT HAS BEEN RECEIVED GRATUITOUSLY their research, nor of their personal work. God wants the light to reach everyone. He does not want the poorest to be deprived of it so they can say they have no faith because they could not pay for it, nor that they did not have the consolation of receiving encouragement and testimony of affection from those they weep for, because they were too poor. This is why mediumship is not a privilege, and is to be found in all places. To make someone pay for it is to turn it away from its providential objective. 8. Those who understand the conditions in which good Spirits communicate, the feeling of repugnance they have towards everything which shows selfish interest, and know how little it takes to drive them away, could never accept that Superior Spirits are at the disposal of the first who comes along and evokes them, at so much per session. Simple good sense rejects such an idea. Would it not also be profanity to evoke for money those we respect or those who are dear to us? Beyond doubt communications can be obtained in this manner. But who can guarantee their sincerity? Spirits of a frivolous, deceitful, mocking nature, and all the bank of inferior Spirits who are not at all scrupulous, always come running ready to reply to whatever is asked with no regard for the truth. Those then who desire serious communications should before all else ask with seriousness, and following this, should inform themselves of the nature of the sympathies the medium may have with the beings from the Spirit world. Therefore the first conditions necessary to attract the benevolence of the good Spirits are humility, devotion, abnegation, and total disinterest, both moral and material. 9. Besides the moral question an effective consideration also presents itself which is no less important. This refers to the actual nature of the faculty itself. Serious mediumship cannot be, and never ever will be a profession; not just because it would be morally discredited and rapidly become mere fortunetelling; but because there is a material obstacle in opposition. Mediumship is a faculty which is essentially unstable, elusive, and variable, whose permanency no one can count upon. It is a very uncertain source for anyone wishing to exploit it, and can fail at the moment it is most needed. A talent acquired by study and work is another matter, and is for this very reason a skill which can be legitimately used to advantage. But mediumship is neither an art nor a skill;

therefore it cannot become a profession. It only exists through the cooperation of the Spirits. If they are absent there is no mediumship. The aptitude can exist, but the exercise of it would be annulled. Also there is not a single medium in the world who can guarantee the obtaining of a spiritual phenomenon at any given moment. So then to exploit mediumship is to make use of something which does not really belong to that person. To state the contrary is to deceive the person being charged. What is more, it is not they themself whom the exploiter commands, but rather the concourse of Spirits, the souls of the dead, whose cooperation they put a price on. This idea causes instinctive repugnance. It was the trafficking, the exploitation by charlatans that degenerated into abuse, the ignorance, the incredulity and the superstition which motivated its prohibition by Moses. Modern Spiritism, understanding the serious nature of this question, has completely discredited this exploitation, so elevating mediumship to the category of a mission. (See THE MEDIUMS' BOOK, 2nd part, chapter 28 and also HEAVEN AND HELL (1) 1st part, chapter 11). 10. Mediumship is something sacred which should be practiced in a saintly and religious manner, and if there is one type of mediumship which requires this condition even more absolutely than the others, it is that of healing (2). A doctor gives the fruits of his study, which were often gained at the cost of painful sacrifices. A magnetizer gives his own fluids, sometimes even his health. A price can be put upon these. A curing medium however, retransmits healing fluids from the good Spirits, and consequently has no right to sell them. Jesus and His Apostles, although poor, did not charge for the cures they obtained. So then, those who lack the necessary means of financial support can seek their funds wherever they like, except within mediumship, and if necessary only dedicate their spare time to this work after material needs have been satisfied. The Spirits will take into consideration the devotion and sacrifices, whereas they will turn away from those who expect to turn them into a ladder for material ascension. __________ (1) by ALLAN KARDEC. (2) In Spiritism the word HEALING is understood to mean restorative work carried out by Spirits using someone, possibly a medium, as their instrument. (Translator's note.) ********* Mediumnity although being a Natural Law, has Always been badly understood in the past even by the very mediums, inclusive by Joana dArc herself who hardly knew to defend herself and said: the voices tell me. The non-comprehension of the church about mediumnity was total, the religious thought that Mediumnity was diabolic , and, persecuted and killed under torture or preconceived whoever had expressed mediumnity without pity or hesitation, Joana dArc did not escape to that devilry and ignorance, there was a hunting to the called witches who were but women who had expressed second sight, and, they themselves due to the folk superstitions or dogmatic of the church so being conditioned, they themselves were convinced that what were happening to them was not of God and would reason sometimes voluntarily to give up themselves to the torture and death, because they thought that in so doing in that action would be the saving of their soul; unfortunately the church ignorance was so great that the inquisitors believed that especially a bonfire would clean the soul of their victims, and would even encourage people to add a bit of fire in order to help in the saving of those people and it come there to be a saint victimed who saw an elderly woman adding a little bit of fire and said: Oh saintly There were religious wars in crusades and fanaticism in those days of spiritual blindness; it was not until the coming of the Spiritism that the covering of Mediumnity was lifted and tolerance, comprehension, understanding and relationship were instituted among the Humanity, because Mediumnity is now being accepted as a Natural Law by the majority of men, however let us not be eluded as to that acceptance, because we do deduce that many religious are still conditioned to the ideas that Mediumnity is diabolic, they do not deepen in the acknowledgment of Mediumnity as a Natural Law. It is possible that of the many things which Jesus had to tell, Mediumnity would be one of them. Because the ignorance of Mediumnity the whole Humanity suffered, and it is obvious that in the Mediumnity many people suffer for not knowing what is happening to them and believe to be out of mind; until someone explains to them or indicates to seek out an answer and even possibly to indicate a spiritual Center which could help, if in the case that the Doctor would not have the solution, and in the Center be explained to the person and given knowledge of the Mediumnic truth and as from that acknowledgement automatically the cure of preoccupations preconceived by ignorance and hence peace of spirit comes to those people who find themselves different, but with the knowledge about the Mediumnic Laws do accept themselves as they are and live as normal people seeking being useful to God with the gifts which God has granted to them.


Getting to know the Genesis , XVII: 59-61:


For a bit knowledge about the variety of mediums, let us see 1 the Mediums Book, XVI: 185 e 188: SPECIAL MEDIUMS.
Special aptitudes of Mediums - Synoptically table of the different varieties of Mediums. 185. Besides the varieties of mediumnity already described, there is an infinite variety of shades, which may be considered as personal being determined by the particular aptitudes of the medium himself without reference to the qualities and enlightenment of the manifesting spirit. The nature of a communication is always in keeping with the nature of the spirit by whom it is made, and bears the stamp of his elevation or inferiority, of his knowledge or ignorance; but, among spirits of equal advancement from the hierarchical point of view, there is an evident tendency in each spirit to occupy himself specially with one thing rather than with another. Rapping spirits, for example, rarely go beyond physical manifestations; and, among spirits who give intelligent communications, we find that some are poets, while others show themselves as musicians, draughts men, moralists, scientific searchers, physicians, &c. We are now speaking of the great mass of ordinary spirits; for, when spirits have reached a certain degree of elevation, their aptitudes are blended in the unity of perfection. But, besides the special aptitude of each spirit, there is that of the medium. who is, for the spirit, an instrument more or less responsive to his desire, more or less flexible, and in whom the spirit perceives peculiar qualities that are not always perceptible by us. To employ an illustration - A skillful musician possesses several violins, all of which appear, to ordinary observers, to be good instruments, but which, for the artist himself, are very different, presenting varieties of tone, &c., that lead him to choose one in preference to another; varieties of quality that he distinguishes rather through a sort of intuition than by any definite rule. Thus it is with mediums among those who appear to us to be equal in point of medianimic power; a spirit will prefer one or other, according to the kind of communication which he desires to make. Thus, for instance, we find persons who, as mediums, write admirable poetry, although, in their

ordinary state, they may never have made a couplet in their lives; and, on the contrary, we find poets, who, as mediums, can write nothing but prose, much as they desire to do otherwise. It is the same In regard to painting, drawing, music, &C. There are some who, though possessing, when left to themselves, no scientific knowledge, have a peculiar aptitude for receiving scientific communications; others have a similar aptitude for historical studies; others do best as interpreters of spirit-moralists. In a word, whatever the medium's flexibility to the will of the spirits who communicate through him, he generally receives, most easily, communications of some particular character. Some mediums keep to a special circle of ideas, beyond which they receive only brief, imperfect, or erroneous communications. And besides the question of medianimic aptitudes, there is that of the sympathies of the spirits themselves, which lead them to communicate more or less willingly with such and such a medium; so that, other things being equal, the same spirit will be much more explicit and successful with some mediums than with others, solely because they suit him better. 188. Varieties common to all species of mediumnity. Sensitive mediums; persons who feel the presence of spirits by a peculiar impression, general or local, vague or decided. Most of these distinguish good or evil spirits by the nature of the impression caused by them (164). "Mediums who are very sensitive and delicate should abstain from communicating with violent spirits, or with those who cause painful impressions, on account of the fatigue which results from such communication." Natural or unconscious mediums; those who call forth the phenomena spontaneously, without any action of their will, and for the most part unconsciously (161). Voluntary mediums; those who have the power of calling forth the phenomena by an act of their will (160). "However strong may be their will, they can, however, do nothing if the spirits refuse to co-operate with them; which proves that the phenomena are the result of the intervention of a power exterior to the medium." *********

Mediumnity has much to do with the laws of affinity, and one has no need to be a medium to attract Spirits, The Mediums Book, XXI: 232:
232. It is a mistake to suppose that a man must be a medium in order to attract to himself the beings of the invisible world. Space is peopled with spirits ; they are always around us, always beside us; they see us and watch us; they mingle in our meetings, and follow or avoid us, according as we attract or repel them. The medianimic faculty has no influence in this respect; for that faculty is only a means of communication. After what we have said respecting the causes of sympathy and antipathy in spirits, it will be easily understood that we are surrounded by those who are in affinity with us, whether our state be one of elevation or of degradation. If we consider the moral condition of our globe, we see what must be the character of the vast majority of the wandering spirits about us; and if we take each country separately, we may judge, by the ruling characteristics of its inhabitants, by their occupations, and by their moral and humanitarian sentiments, what sort of spirits are most intimately connected with it. Keeping this indication in view, let us imagine a party of gay, frivolous, unreasoning people, busy only with what they call "pleasure;" what kind of spirits would be most apt to keep them company? Certainly not spirits of a high order, who would be as little attracted to them as would be philosophers and men of science among ourselves. Thus, whenever men assemble together, they have around them an invisible assembly, sympathizing with their good or bad qualities, and this, as a matter of course, and without any evocation having been made or even thought of. Let us suppose, still farther, that the human beings thus assembled possess the means of conversing with the invisible beings about them through an interpreter, - that is to say, through a medium, - and that they make an evocation ; what spirits would be most likely to answer to their call? Evidently those who are already present; ready, and waiting, and only too glad of an opportunity to talk with them. If, in an assembly of such a character, a superior spirit should be evoked, it is possible that he may come, and may even give a communication, in the shape of good advice; but as soon as he finds that he is not attended to, he retires, as all sensible persons would do in his place, and leaves them to give free reign to their folly. *********

There is no doubt that the day of Pentecost were an exposition of Mediumnity, several Spirits had communication and many a person heard something in their own language: (Atos, II:1-18.)
Acts.2 [1] And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

[5] And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. [6] Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. [7] And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? [8] And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? [9] Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, [10] Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, [11] Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. [12] And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? [13] Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. [14] But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: [15] For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. [16] But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; [17] And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: [18] And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:


The Apostles undoubtedly had mediumnity and S. Paul explains a variety of gifts in: I Corinthians, XII: 1-10:
1Cor.12 [1] Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. [2] Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. [3] Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. [4] Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. [5] And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. [6] And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. [7] But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. [8] For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; [9] To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; [10] To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: [11] But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. [12] For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

********** The Spirits Doctrine advises Mediumnity with Jesus.

It also advises that the medium be evangelized, that is, moralized with the knowledge of cause; be a man of faith and dignified accepted to be used by Superior Spirits, and through his morality automatically to keep away inferior Spirits that have no condition to help, and the medium whom although still incarnated have condition to evangelize some back warded spirit who may come in a needing condition, hence a good medium to discern how he may help in pacifying advises without provoking annoying of an ignorant spirit of his situation, whose spirit who not understanding the reason of being attracted or brought to a medium which the superiority may have trusted. As much as a medium might be ignorant of the total spirituality, one must never use his mediumnity to do evil to anybody; one ought to consider his mediumnity sacred as coming from God who is Love. (I John, IV: 8) In the Mosaic conception had been tooth for a tooth (xodus, XXI: 24) and not in the one of Jesus, who taught: Ye have heard that it has been said, thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew, V: 43 e 44). There is a fact in the world of the erraticity which was not known and which the Spirits provoked to the knowledge of Allan Kardec, that there are spirits who think themselves still alive belonging to the material world. Yes, As a spirit does not die and in the bodys death, in a sequence he gains a similar body to the fleshly one, which is the perispirit body of the spirit, thats why he thinks to be alive and he is attracted to the physical world thinking to be exposed in the quotidian life and not knowing that he may be prejudicing someone specially who may have affinity to him, the spirit without having notion of that leans on someone and his magnetic force on the incarnated person causes nervous breakdown to that person, hence that spirit has to be taken away immediately, most people think that a perturbation be from a demon, but it may even be from a familiar, hence one ought not use violence to beat up the victim nor shouting, But to pray and in praying ask of God that that

spirit be directioned to the world of the Spirits. God does know about that and in the whole world there are second-sighted persons who do see Spirits and do have the gift of healing victims, sometimes the medium could be from a church, some other times even a healing gifted lady or person of faith, who although being simple and humble does have the gift of helping the neighbor spiritually and is happy in so doing.

********* Allan Kardec Genesis I: 15, explains a fact that some Spirits think to be alive:

* * * * * * * * * *Let us see a little about demons according to Spiritism in A.K. Heaven and Hell IX: 20-22.:

Well then, the knowledge of the Spirits doctrine only little by little we can absorb it, but let us not ever leave out the need to instruct ourselves and to love our neighbor as ourselves, as that is demanded from us . (The gospel according to Spiritism,
VI: 5 John, XV: 12)

Well then, may God be with us, as formerly, today and always.

(1)Study given by Martinho at the Centro Esprita Joana dArc, S.J. de Meriti, RJ. on 04/ 12/ 2012.