“And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul; So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” (Acts 19:11, 14)
8.0 WHAT IS THE HEALING?
Since the beginning of times, the bestowing of hands has been one of the formulas used by people either to assist patients or to draw away bad spiritual influences. In many passages of the Bible, Jesus and His disciples bestow their hands over needed people, pleading with God to cure them. Jesus made ample use of this practice and He said that, if we wanted, we could do the same.
And then, from that time on, Man has been using this resource to alleviate, console, improve, and even cure physical and spiritual illnesses.
The practice of this costume was little known before the advent of Spiritism. The phenomena of curing were shrouded in mystery and looked upon as supernatural events.
Nobody ventured, at least publicly, to explain the strange power the hands had for healing and alleviating physical and spiritual ailments. At the beginning of the Spiritist Doctrine the Higher Spirits explained all those things. They taught us that the hands served as an instrument for the projection of magnetized fluids that were donated by the operator and the spiritual fluids that were brought by the Spirits. According to the Spirits, those healing fluids were absorbed by the persons in need through their vital center (chakras), which accumulate and deliver energy and are located in the perispirit and throughout the astral body, which works like a sponge. Thus, the cures performed by Jesus and by the healers of all times were theoretically explained.
Among us, Allan Kardec followers, bestowing our hands upon a creature with the intention of alleviating its suffering, curing any illness, or simply fortifying it, is known as “pass”.
In the Spiritist Centers, the pass is one of the methods utilized to relief or to heal people’s sufferings. When applied with faith, the pass is capable to produce real prodigies. The objective of the pass is the equilibrium between the physical and the spiritual bodies.
8.1 THE PASS-GIVER
The pass-giver is the person who administers the pass. To be a Spiritist pass-giver is to have a task of great responsibility, for it is to help and to bless people in the name of God. Needy people, seeking self-improvement, go to the Spiritist Centers looking at the pass as a means of relieving their psychological pressures and as sustenance for their moral and physical strength.
The pass-giver needs not to be a saint, but has to strive to attain inner betterment and intellectual learning. Armed with the sincere desire to serve, almost all beginners can work in this sacred ministry. The pass-giver must live a healthy life, both physically and morally. Little by little, the earthly vices must yield to virtues. The use of cigarettes and alcoholic drinks must be avoided. Since the pass-giver donates part of his fluids, and since those fluids will fortify the material and the spiritual sides of the person in need, they need to be clean from the deleterious vibrations deriving from vices.
Mentally, the pass-giver must cultivate good thoughts in his daily life. Pride, selfishness, gossip, exaggerated sensuality, and violent attitudes must be fought constantly. To the striving workers, the Higher Spirits delegate teams of Benefactors who multiply their ability to work.
Rational faith and the certainty of the good Spirits’ support are feelings that must be present in the heart of all pass-givers. When applying the pass, seeing the needy as a soul devoid of support and guidance.
The pass-giver must not play favorites, and his help must be equally distributed to all creatures. The pass-giver’s high moral standards are fundamental in order to achieve satisfactory results when applying the pass.
Therefore, we can all administer passes, although it is necessary a minimum moral preparation so that the aid is as efficient as possible. As with all tasks performed in the Spiritist Centers, this one also requires the attention and care from those who intend to perform it.
“Since all of us have the ability to plead to the Good Spirits, pray, and to want Good, many times it is enough to bestow a hand over pain to alleviate it; anyone can do this if faith, fervor, will, and confidence in God are brought forth.”
(Allan Kardec Spiritist Magazine, September 1865)
a) What is necessary to be a good pass-giver?
Regarding that, Allan Kardec instructs us as follows:
“The first requirement is to work towards self-cleansing (morally and ethically), so that the healthy fluids to be transmitted are not modified. This requisite cannot be achieved without complete lack of material and moral interests. The first is easier, and the second more rare, for pride and selfishness are difficult feelings to uproot and several causes contribute to their super stimulation among the mediums.”
(Allan Kardec Spiritist Magazine, November 1866)
b) Basic conditions for exercising the Spiritist Pass
The conditions are: faith; love towards others; self-discipline; willingness; knowledge; psychic equilibrium; humbleness; devotion; abnegation.
“Thus, if you intend to keep the benefits of the pass, which is in its substance the sublime act of Christian fraternity, purify your feelings and your reasoning, your heart and your brain.”
(Spirit Emmanuel passage from the book “Follow Me”)
c) Negative physical factors that jeopardize the pass
Those factors are: the use of tobacco and alcohol, nervous unbalance, and inadequate foods.
d) Negative spiritual and moral factors that jeopardize the pass
Those factors are: resentment, harmful passions, selfishness, pride, vanity, lust, dishonesty, adultery, etc.
“The human fluid is always more or less impregnated with the physical and moral impurities from the incarnate Spirit. The good Spirits’ fluid is more pure and because of that, it has more active properties, which allow for a more rapid cure although it may be altered when it goes through the incarnate body. Thus the necessity, for all healing mediums, to work towards their moral improvement.”
(Allan Kardec Spiritist Magazine, September 1865)
8.2 TYPES OF PASSES
The pass can be classified into three categories: the magnetic pass, the spiritual pass, and the mixed pass.
a) The magnetic pass
s is a type of pass where the person donates only his/hers fluids, using the magnetic force within his/hers own perispiritual body. At least in thesis, any creature can administer it. Its qualities vary according to the pass-giver’s moral standards, his/hers ability to donate fluids, and his/hers sincere desire to aid others.
During the magnetic pass, the medium generally receives spiritual assistance. This happens because the Superior Spirits always help those who tend to the needy with genuine good will.
It is worth remembering that the aid of the Benefactor Spirits is independent from the faith, either in God or in the Spirituality, that the pass-giver or magnetizer may have. In “The Book of Mediums”, question 176, the Spirits told Allan Kardec:
“...Even though a person who desires to do good deeds does not believe in God, God believes in him/her.”
b) The spiritual pass
This is a sort of magnetization performed by the Good Spirits directly into the perispirit of ill or perturbed people, without the aid of an intermediate. During the spiritual pass, the needy do not receive magnetic fluids from mediums. Instead, the Spirit that came to assist them brings other fluids, finer and purer, from the superior planes of Life.
Because it is not mixed with the animalized fluid, the spiritual pass is more limited than the other kinds of passes. Thus, we can understand that the resources offered at the Spiritists public meetings, where a large quantity of incarnate and disincarnate Spirits participate, are much wider than those that we can count with in our homes, where there is only the aid of our guardian angel.
c) The mixed pass
This is a kind of pass where fluids of the pass-giver are mixed with the fluids of the Spirituality.
The combination is much higher than the one in the purely magnetic pass and its effect is healthier. This is the type of pass that is administered at the Spiritist Centers, with the aid of spiritual teams working in this field, in order to help the needy.
The spiritual benefactors manifest at the moment of the pass, taking care of the incarnate spirits, as well as providing efficient aid to the entities in the spiritual plane. They act by magnifying, directing, and giving quality to our fluids.
In order to count with the aid of the Good Spirits, it is necessary to exercise the care previously suggested, regarding the self-inner-cleansing of those who desire to do good deeds.
“To attain cure through the fluidic action, the purified fluids are healthier; since those beneficial fluids come from the Superior Spirits, then it is their assistance that we need to obtain. That is why it is necessary to pray and to invoke. But to pray, and above all to pray with fervor, it is necessary to have faith. For the prayer to be heard it is necessary that it is said with humbleness and that it contains a real sentiment of benevolence and charity. Well, there is no true charity without devotion, nor devotion without disinterest.”
(Allan Kardec Spiritist Magazine, January 1864)
8.3 THE PASS IN THE SPIRITIST CENTER
The pass is intended for the treatment and the prophylaxis of physical and spiritual diseases of the needy that seek the Spiritist Centers. The team of pass-givers must unite in the same thought of helping people in need of support.
The service of pass-giver requires criterion, discernment, responsibility, and doctrinal knowledge. It is a complement to the resources of self-improvement and spiritual re-education normally used.
a) The technique of the Spiritist Pass
There is a certain disagreement, among the Spiritists, regarding to the way in which the pass should be administered. Some defend the thesis that the pass should be administered by moving the hands around the person’s body, so that the spiritual energy could better reach its objectives of cure. Others think that the act of simply bestowing the hands over the head of those who are going to receive the pass is enough.
In the book “The Spiritist Conduct”, Andre Luiz informs us that the pass does not need any spectacular resources and in the book “Mediumship”, Jose Herculano Pires says that the pass is so simple that one cannot do anything else but to give it.
Referring to the subject in the Spiritist Magazine, September 1865 issue, Allan Kardec says to the mediums that:
“Only your ignorance makes you believe in the influence of this or that form. Sometimes, you even mix practices that are evidently superstitious and to which one must give the credit that they deserve.”
Officially, the Spiritist Doctrine does not prescribe a methodology for the pass. Each group is free to position itself in one way or another, as long as there is no exaggeration. The technique must be as simple possible and formulas, exaggeration, and gesticulation around the patient must be avoided. Each group must have common sense to work in the way that they deem fit, as long as they stay within a logical doctrinal fundamental.
It is necessary to take into consideration that none of the two forms of administering the pass will have any effect if the medium does not have, deep inside himself, the desire to help nor the healthy moral conditions make it happen. Even if the best methodology is utilized good results will not be obtained if the pass-giver is a bad-natured person.
b) When must the pass be administered?
The variation of the perispiritual fluidic conditions of any live creature produces organic and psychological unbalance that can originate diseases. Psychological alterations or organic traumas can provoke fluidic changes in the exterior layer of perispirit, aggravating illnesses or initiating a morbid state. Hence the importance of the energetic therapy of the pass, not only as a treatment, but mainly as prophylaxis of illnesses. Therefore, the pass must be administered regularly, as long as it is specified that the procedure is not mandatory so it is not associated to a ritual or dogma.
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