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From The Physical Angle

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From the physical angle, Spiritism teaches us about the role of the spirit body, called the perispirit, which archives the past thoughts and actions of a spirit and holds the mechanism for employing the results of such a process, according to the divine law of action and reaction.  These results materialize, in subsequent, physical incarnations, as rewards or expiations, factoring in, as well, the actions engaged in by the spirit during the present incarnation.  The expiatory process is one in which a spirit who has committed crimes against himself or someone else in one life, without making reparations for such mistakes in that same life, comes to experience the suffering that results from his poor choices; this suffering, consequently, can be a vehicle to help him purify his soul.  Depending upon how he handles his present incarnation, however, he can often inhibit this purification and, contrarily, cause himself even more anguish.

The perispirit carries the code, the "spiritual DNA" if you will, for the formation of a physical body that can help to meet the spirit's needs for trials and expiations in a given incarnation. If the incarnate individual devotes himself to good and attains moral worth, he will not only remain in tune with the thought-frequency of good spirits, who will help him and protect him, but he may also inhibit, or at least weaken, those pre-established, conditioning factors of imposed suffering.  Should he regularly act, instead, with any one or more negative habits, such as pride, greed, selfishness, aggression, vengefulness, indifference, etc., he could activate a mechanism that begins the degradation of his health, thereby creating favorable conditions for the body to become susceptible to illness or disease.  As you can see, the perispirit is the key to the predisposition toward illness carried by the spirit.  In some cases, this illness can be one of mental derangement or emotional instability.

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