by Josie RavenWing, Casa guide
spent much of the past six years in Brazil myself, being exposed to aspects
of Spiritism and reading some books on Kardecism, I applaud Bragdon in taking
on the challenge of writing her book on the subject. It is a vast topic, but
while hundreds of books have been published on the subject in Brazil - in Portuguese
- few are available in English. This makes Bragdon's contribution to the growing
interest of the English-speaking audience even more important. And for those
who visit the Casa de Dom Inacio, her book gives a Spiritist context for the
Kardec's Spiritism, Bragdon gives the reader the history of Spiritism, contrasts
it to other spiritual / metaphysical paths and religions, and gives several
fascinating and in-depth examples of Brazilian Spiritist centers in which
she has spent time. All of these well-researched descriptions leave the reader
wondering why such an in-depth system of healing and spiritual development
(Spiritism) has not flourished to the same extent outside of Brazil as it
has there - and what we could do to plant the seeds of possible Spiritist
centers in the U.S. and other countries! Bragdon not only helps the reader
appreciate the immense value of Spiritist centers, but thankfully gives us
some guidelines as to what might be involved in creating such a center where
I feel that one of the most important things this book does is to "de-glamorize"
mediumship. Bragdon emphasizes that Spiritism describes mediumship as work
- work that involves long-term, careful training - and that mediumship is
a mission to be performed out of charity, not for self-aggrandizement or any
other personal gain beyond the medium's own spiritual development and satisfaction
in performing service. The basic element in this is, of course, love, and
Bragdon portrays this element in her descriptions of the various centers and
through her own obvious love of the subject.
Josie RavenWing, Casa guide and author of "The Book of Miracles: The
Healing Work of Joao de Deus," "A Season of Eagles," and "The
Return of Spirit: A Woman's Call to Spiritual Action" www.healingjourneys.net,
Ron Roth, PHD. author of Reclaiming Your Spiritual Power, Founder and Director
of the Casa of the Saints:
" A very well done and comprehensive guide to Kardec's concept of
Spiritism. An uplifiting and practical approach for all who are interested
in Kardec's work of Spiritual Healing."
Dr. James Gordon, author of Manifesto for a New Medicine, Founder and Director
of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine:
"What we call spiritual healing is central to all our healing. Emma
Bragdon gives us rare and intimate glimpses into how this healing manifests
itself to millions in Brazil."
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. Co-author, Extraordinary Dreams and Becoming Psychic:
"Allan Kardec's books have played a historic role in the development
of several spiritual healing traditions, yet they are virtually unknown to
the American public. Kardec's Spiritism by Emma Bragdon attempts to rectify
this situation. It is thoroughly researched and thoughtfully written; its
diagrammatic drawings assist comprehension and its lively illustrations provide
some balance to the text. Bragdon's goal is to demonstrate how U.S. health
care would benefit by incorporating spiritual perspectives, and many of Kardec's
insights seem surprisingly contemporary, even though he wrote them in the
1800s. Both Bragdon and I have spent time in Brazil where numerous spiritist
centers base much of their diagnosis and treatment on Kardec's pioneering
discussion of what is now called "energy medicine."
John Zerio, Ph.D. President of the Allan Kardec Educational Society:
"Written with insight and sensitivity, this book is an extraordinary
introduction to the rich wellness tradition of Brazilian Spiritists. Authentic
and lasting body wellness comes with a sound and well adjusted spirit. This
is the foundation of Spiritist thought. Spiritist communities have become
notable centers of healing by treating and engaging the whole being in the
process. Through research, interviews, and extensive time spent in many such
communities, Dr. Bragdon captured the essence of this grass-roots model that
will one day transform our medical care environment. A book that will change
the way you think about yourself, and give you strength to explore new pathways.
A book that has strength and soul."
David Lukoff,PhD, Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School:
professionals in the West have become much more open to including spirituality
in their clinical work. Yet few have received any training in how to incorporate
spiritual healing approaches. While Kardec's approach cannot be transferred
en toto to contemporary medicine and psychotherapy, Dr. Bragdon's cross-cultural
study of Brazilian Spiritists is a rich resource for seeing how spiritual
healing can be taught and practiced."
Ron Holman, PhD and his wife Linda who own and operate a mental health HMO,
providing pre paid mental health insured benefits to 450 corporations, organizations
and governmental agencies employees and family members since 1979:
today's world the rising cost of Health Care Insurance in the United States
is headed for a time when only the rich can afford Health Care Insurance!
What to do? Emma Bragdon, PhD's book Kardic's Spiritism: A Home for Healing
and Spiritual Evolution brings to light the infinite possibilities available
to our species. All we human beings have to do is REALIZE those possibilities!
This Realization brings with it a much greater degree of responsibility for
health and healing and when combined with allopathic medicine there is indeed
Hope from financial ruin!"
Marilyn Feldberg, Psychosynthesis Therapist/Teacher; Founder and Director
of WYSE [World Youth Service and Enterprise]:
"We are not just this body, or mind, or feelings. We are essentially
the eternal spirit that has no end. We need the experience of a human form
to learn to be the divine beings that we are. I honour Bragdon's great respect
for other cultural approaches and can quite clearly see a new spirituality
coming from Brazil that will lead our world towards deep healing through a
renewal of the teachings of the Christ."
Kay Sandberg, CEO/ Executive Director Health Medicine Institute/Forum, Lafayette,
" Dr. Bragdon's book offers a refreshing solution for transforming
healthcare in a way that builds community and supports the individual in a
holistic manner. The United States healthcare establishment would do well
to apply and adapt the winning strategies and altruistic values employed by
Dr. Bragdon has illuminated a revolutionary phenomenon little known outside
Brazil, and has elevated Spiritism to its rightful place mong major spiritual
movements based on universal love, wisdom, and compassion. Kardec's
Spiritism illustrates both what the human community, in partnership with the
Spirit world can accomplish, and the overall role of enegy medicine in healing
at all levels.
highly recommend this book to students of those social movements which actively
contribute to mind/body/spirit/emotional integration of individuals, families,
communities, and quite possibly, the planet. I am proud to have personally
experienced some of the healing phenomena Dr.Bragdon is bringing to international
audiences and am convinced of their power to effect real transformation through
Toby Symington, Executive Director of the Lloyd Symington Foundation :
"A superb and timely introduction to the spiritual philosophy of Alan
Kardec and its practical application to several Spiritist centers in Brazil."
Jeffrey D. Rediger, M.D., M.Div. Medical Director, McLean Hospital SE Harvard
Medical School, Cambridge, MA:
" Dr. Bragdon is on the leading edge of issues of issues that must
be addressed if we going to realize a transformation in the ways in which
health care is currently conceptualized and delivered. The future lies in
the development of capacities which lie latent within all of us, and in technology
which is more commensurate with recent scientific developments. Dr. Bragdon's
book is an important step in that direction."
Bob Dinga and Diana Rose, tour leaders from USA taking groups to the Casa
de Dom Inacio:
"As fellow tour leaders who guide people in their experiences at the
Casa de Dom Inacio in Abadiania, Brazil, we appreciate Emma's thorough research
and compelling perspective. Her book succinctly offers the reader a clear
look at a new option beyond the conventional standard of current healthcare,
and one that's long overdue for our country."
Heather Cumming, a translator for John of God:
"Reading this book enhances appreciation and understanding of our
role as mediums. We have recognition of palpable interaction with the Compassionate
Spirits. This spiritual collaboration opens our hearts to limitless healing
potential. Great book - beautifully written, a wonderful asset for anyone
planning visiting John of God."
Alan Bolotin, guide to the Casa de Dom Inacio:
"The work, the thought, the research, the writing, and the relationships
Dr. Bragdon has created are tremendously important in the world today...We
live in a world where science is god and yet science is as political as government
elections and rarely is any scientist, or corporate executive, who is a leader
in his or her field interested in knowing anything about any other field.
Specialization has become the norm, and there is rarely any integrity of thought
or action as befits all concerned. Kardec's Spiritism: A Home
for Healing and Spiritual Evolution is the first practical attempt Im
aware of that will change the short-sightedness of most of our culture, and
do so at an accelerated pace."