Originally Posted by MyLilPwny
I believe in reincarnation. We are all souls living in a temporary human body. We are really spiritual beings. Our true home is the spirit world. That is "heaven". There is no such thing as hell. Those are my beliefs.
That's what i believe too. I'm a kardecist. Kardecist Spiritism is a relatively common religion in Brazil and many kardecists were raised catholics.
Kardecists believe that when you die you'll be with your loved ones although some people need to spend some time in a place similar to a purgatory in order to reflect on their mistakes. It is not seen as punishment, but rather as a learning place (tough love, though!). We belive that we are always evolving and kardecism is really focused on self improvement and charity. We say that "there's no salvation outside charity". We dont believe in hell but we do believe that there are consequences to bad actions and that we may have to reincarnate and deal with situations tailored to help us mature and become better people. We tend to deal with hard times with a good atitude and most of us think of death as going back to a place in wich we have more understanding of ouselves, God and life in general. We believe everyone has a spitual guide, wich is a spirit more evolved than us, who is with us almost all the time. Some people, gifted ones, have the hability to see, hear, talk with or deliver messages from others spirits (channelling). Channelling should never be a paid job because we believe it is an hability that has been given to us so we can do charity through it. We also believe people dont have to be kardecists or believe as we do in order to be close to God. We believe there's no right belief because the important things is not our religion, but our actions and our desire to be good and overcome our flaws as we sail through life...Edited by Marina Brasil - 1/17/14 at 8:16pm