Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952668 | Print ISBN: 9781412909488 | Online ISBN: 9781412952668| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Religious/Spiritual Beliefs: Espiritismo
Espiritismo (spiritism) is a way of life that provides a profound understanding of the human soul, humanity's purpose, and spiritual evolution, helping establish important scientific principles of communication between the spiritual and physical worlds. It has opened new horizons for the study and interpretation of many psychic phenomena (i.e., channeling, clairsentience, clairvoyance, clairaudience, automatic writing, distant healing, mental telepathy) and has helped establish a scientific classification for mediumship. What was once explained as a magical phenomenon is now defined as the psychobiological predisposition inherent in those who under certain conditions are allowed to capture the thoughts of discarnate spirits, experience the astral plane, and establish contact with the spirit world. Important principles found in the theory of relativity of quantum physics, and the newly developing ...