Question 908: How can we define the limit at which the passions cease to be good or bad?
“The passions are like a horse that is useful when under control, but dangerous when it obtains the mastery. A passion becomes pernicious the moment when you cease to govern it, and when it causes an injury to yourselves or to others.” The passions are levers that Increase man’s powers tenfold, and aid him in the accomplishment of the designs of Providence but if, instead of ruling them, he allows himself to be ruled by them, he falls into every sort of excess, and the same force which, held well in hand, would have been useful to him, falls upon and crushes him. All the passions have their source in a natural sentiment or a natural want. They are therefore not evil in themselves, since they constitute one of the providentially-appointed conditions of our existence. what is usually meant by “passion” is the exaggeration of a need or a Sentiment. But this exaggeration Is the excessive action of a motive-power, and not the power Itself; it is this excessive action which becomes an evil, and leads to evil consequences of every Kind. Every passion that brings man nearer to the nature of the animals takes him further from the spiritual nature. Every sentiment that raises man above the nature of the animals is evidence of the predominance of his spiritual nature over his animal nature and brings him nearer to perfection. Allan Kardec, The Spirit´s Book
Book: Religion of the Spirits. Author: Emmanuel Medium: Francisco Xavier
Performed by Professor André Sobreiro
Participation: Roberto and Theodora
Photo: Miss Froggy
Chapter 10: Examine the very affliction
Emmanuel: Examine the very affliction that thy concern not convert in devastating emotional storm.
André: The author Emmanuel suggests a movement called “self-evaluation” or “self-analysis”. So if the person is distressed, anguished or suffering, she always seeks the blame on others. However, before judging others for our suffering, we must examine the very affliction.
Restlessness is a natural principle, it is necessary for us to grow spiritually. A natural principle is that compels us to Progress.
There is a philosopher who says, “the satisfied animal sleeps.” If the animal is fed and feels safe, he lay in the shade and sleep. It means that, if we are satisfied, the tendency is to accommodate ourselves and not see the needs to move forward in the progress. Because we are pleased with our Situation. Then, restlessness is not the problem. The problem are the uncontrolled emotions that come with this concern. Such as neurosis, depression, fear, panic, aggression and several others.
Emmanuel: All afflictions are characterized by types and special names:
The affliction of selfishness is called egomania
André: The person finds himself the most beautiful, intelligent, intends that all people to serve him, not divide anything with anyone.
Theodora: Always waiting to take advantage for himself own. Not care about the feeling or suffering of others.
Book The Comforter, Emmanuel
The affliction of addiction is called delinquency
André: The addicted person, leaves a lot of important thing in favor of addiction. Until own food is changed to maintain the vice.
Roberto: Many people have passion for many things. Much Passion, may turn into vices, as for example for special object or person … Then, the Person has no control anymore.
André: The affliction is that the delinquency. But we should not see delinquency as a crime, but to see the laws of God. Many people fail, for example, enjoying the opportunity to do something important for her life and others, because he is addict in a toxic .. As Kardec says: The passion is not bad. Bad is when you lose control of your actions and own reasoning.
The affliction of aggression is called Cholera
André: If the person has not the feeling planted within itself, she does not mug. The suggestion is: Work this feeling, learn to drain this energy to relieve yourself. If it is working properly, we do not are in danger of harming others. Whether verbally or physically. If the energy is stopped, stored, the chance of losing control is very big.
Theodora: There are many ways to work the energy: Psychologists, Yoga, Meditation. physical exercises, activities that are pleasing…
181 How to understand the feelings of cholera in the procedures of human life?
-The cholera does not solve evolutionary problems and means nothing more than a memory trace, of the beginnings of human life in its most vulgar expressions.
The serene energy builds up always, in the construction of feelings purifiers; but impulsive cholera, in its primitive movements, is a poisoned wine drunk whose soul always awakens with the heart touched bitter aftertaste. Book The Comforter, Emmanuel
André: If after remorse, I know correct my failure, the pain is less. The worst thing is if I repeat the same mistake other times …
The affliction of fanaticism is called intolerance
Fanaticism term can be seen as fundamentalism. The fundamentalist person does not tolerate different ideas.
Roberto: The fanatical person dictates the rules, only his opinion is valid, the truth.
Theodora: Many times using the aggression to make their idea be accepted.
The affliction getaway is called cowardice
André: The person does not have the courage to face the own problems.
Roberto: They are individuals who take refuge and enclose in religious temples, ashrams, leaving all the problems behind.
Theodora: Suicide is one way of escape. The problem is that life goes on. The person kills himself, thinking that with this act, the problems are over, but in reality they increase. They arrive in the spirit world, not understanding anything … Feeling hungry, feeling thirsty, cold, pain of the object that was the cause of suicide … Many people go crazy in the spiritual world.
If they have had depression, so they are in a depressed state, which often last for years and even centuries. Until they accept help from spiritual mentors. The spiritual guides try but they get no conexion with those suffered souls. The Person who commited the suicide is never alone, is never helpless. But the own person does not allow the aid. She can not, because it is a very low frequency. as an example, the movie Robin Williams …
We have to pray a lot for those souls… They need a lot of prayer, much feeling of affection and love. No judgment.