A COLLECTION OF SPIRITIST PRAYERS
1. The Spirits have always said: "The form means nothing but the thought is everything. Say
your prayers in accordance with your convictions and in the manner which is most agreeable to you
since a good thought is worth more than numerous words which do not touch the heart."
The Spirits do not prescribe an absolute formula for prayers. When they do give us one it is
merely to help us form our ideas and above all to call our attention to certain principles of the
Spiritist Doctrine. Or perhaps to offer guidance to those who find it difficult to express their ideas,
because there are some who believe they have not prayed properly if they have not been able to
formulate their thoughts well.
The collection of prayers contained in this chapter are a selection of some that the Spirits
have dictated on several occasions. They could beyond doubt have dictated other prayers, in
different terms, appropriate to various ideas and special cases. But the style is of little importance if
the thought is essentially the same. The object of prayer is to elevate our soul to God. The diversity
of forms should not establish any difference between those who believe in Him and even less
between the adepts of Spiritism, because God accepts all of them when they are sincere.
Therefore you should not think of this collection of prayers as an absolute formula, but
rather as a varied selection of those received from the Spirits. It is a way of applying the moral
principles as taught by Christ which have been developed in this book, a complement to their
writings based on our duties before God and our neighbour, in which we are again reminded of all
the principles of the doctrine.
Spiritism recognises the prayers of all cults as being good, as long as they come from the
heart and not just from the lips. It does not impose them nor does it condemn them. God is far too
great, according to Spiritism, to consider repelling a voice which implores Him or which sings His
praises, just because it is not done in this or that manner. Anyone who wants to launch anathema
against any prayers which are not within their own formulas will prove they know nothing of the
greatness of God. To believe that God has some kind of attachment to a certain formula is to
attribute to Him the smallness and the passions of humanity.
According to Saint Paul, one of the essential conditions of prayer (See chapter 27, item 16)
is that it be understandable, so as to move our spirit. Nevertheless, for this it is not enough that it be
said in ordinary language, since there are prayers which although they are couched in modern
terms, say nothing more to our intelligence than an unknown foreign language does, and for this
reason do not touch our hearts. The few ideas which they contain are usually suffocated by the over
abundance of words and the mysticism of the language.
The principal quality of a prayer is clarity. It should be simple and concise, without useless
phraseology or an excess of adjectives which are nothing more than decoration. Each word should
be of value in expressing an idea and in touching a fibre of the soul. In short, it should cause you to
reflect This is the only way in which it can reach its objective, since in any other manner it is
nothing but a noise. However, in most cases it can be seen with what distraction and inconstancy
they are said. We see lips which move, but by the expression on the faces, by the sound of the
voices, we can verify that it is only mechanical, a solely exterior act, to which the soul remains
The prayers in this collection are divided into five categories, as follows: 1) General
Prayers. 2) Prayers for oneself. 3) Prayers for the living. 4) Prayers for the dead. 5) Special prayers
for the sick and the obsessed.
With the objective of calling special attention to the aims of the various prayers and making
their meaning more comprehensive, they are preceded by preliminary comments giving an
explanation of the motives behind each one, entitled preface.
1 - GENERAL PRAYERS.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
2. PREFACE. - The Spirits recommended that we begin this anthology with the Lord's
Prayer, not simply as a prayer, but also as a symbol. Of all the prayers, this one is considered the
most important because it came from Jesus Himself (see Matthew, 6: 9-13) and because it can
substitute all others, according to the intention and the thoughts that are joined to it. It is the most
concisely perfect model; a truly sublime work of art in its simplicity. With effect, in its very
reduced form, it manages to summarize all Man's duties before God, before himself and before his
neighbour. It includes a mark of faith, an act of adoration and submission, a request for those things
necessary to terrestrial life and the principle of charity. Whoever says this prayer for another, asks
for them what they would ask for themself.
Nevertheless, because of its shortness, the deep meaning of some of its words escapes most
people. This is usually because they say it without thinking of the meaning of each of its phrases.
They say it just like a mechanical formula, whose efficiency is proportional to the number of times
it is repeated. This number is almost always cabalistic: three, seven or nine, in view of the ancient
superstitious belief in the power of numbers and of their practical use in magic.
In order to fill the void often felt by the shortness of this prayer, the Spirits recommended
and helped us to odd a commentary to each of the phrases which increases their meaning and shows
the best way to make use of each one. In accordance with individual circumstances and the time at
your disposal at any given moment, you con say the Lord’s Prayer in its simple form or in the more
(1) Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name!
Lord, we believe in thee, because everything about us reveals Your goodness and Your
power. The harmony of the Universe is proof of a wisdom, a prudence and a foresight which
surpasses all human faculties. The Name of a Being Who is supremely great and wise is written on
all the works of Creation, from the humble grass and the smallest insect up to the stars and planets
in space. On all sides we see proof of a paternal solicitude. Blind then is the one who does not
recognise Your works, prideful is the one who does not worship You, and ungrateful is the one who
does not give thanks to You.
(2) Thy kingdom come!
Lord, you gave Man laws full of wisdom, which would make him happy if only he observed
them. With these laws, justice and peace could be established, and all could help each other instead
of causing mutual harm as they do. The strong should uphold the weak instead of crushing them.
All the evils which are born of abuses and excesses of all kinds could be avoided. AH the miseries
of this world stem from the violation of Your laws, because there is not one infraction that does not
bring its fatal consequences.
You gave the animals an instinct which traces the limits of their necessities and to which
they respond mechanically. But to Man, as well as instinct, You also gave intelligence and reason.
Still more, You gave the liberty to keep or to violate those of Your laws which concern each one
personally, or rather the faculty to choose between good and bad, so that we have the merit and the
responsibility for our acts.
No one can protest ignorance of Your laws, because in Your paternal providence You
desired that they be recorded in the consciousness of each one, without distinction as to cults or
nationality. In this manner those who violate them do so because they despise You.
The day will come when according to Your promise, all will practise these laws. Then
incredulity will have disappeared; all will recognise in You the Supreme Lord of all things and the
reign of Your laws will herald Your Reign here on Earth.
Lord, deign to hasten Your accession by giving to Man the necessary enlightenment which
will conduct him along the pathway of truth!
(3) Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!
If submission is the duty of a son towards his father, of the inferior towards his superior,
how much greater is that of a being towards his Creator! By the words: 'Your will be done, Lord,' it
is for us to observe Your laws and to submit ourselves without lamentations to all Your divine
designs. Man will become submissive when he understands You are the source of all wisdom and
that without You he can do nothing. Then he will do Your bidding on Earth as do Your elected
ones in Heaven.
(4) Give us this day our daily bread!
Give us the necessary food for the maintenance of our physical strength and give us also
spiritual nourishment for the development of our spirits.
The animals find their pastures, but Man depends on his own activity and his mental
resources to produce his food because You gave him freedom.
You have said: "You will earn your bread by the sweat of your brow," and with these words
You made work an obligation, which makes us exercise our intelligence in the search for the means
to provide our necessities and to attend to our well-being: some by their material work, others by
their intellectual work. Without work, Man would remain stationary and could not aspire to the
happiness of the Superior Spirits.
Please help those of goodwill, who depend on You for what is necessary, but not those who
take pleasure in being lazy and like to receive all things without any effort, nor those who seek
superfluity (See chapter 25).
How many succumb throught their own fault, through negligence, through being
improvident, through ambition, or through not being content with what You had given them! These
are the authors of their own misfortunes and do not have the right to complain, since they are
punished according to the manner in which they sinned. But You will not abandon even these
because You are infinitely merciful and will extend a providential hand to them, if they return to
You with sincerity, like the prodigal son (See chapter 5, item 4).
Before lamenting our bad luck, help us ask ourselves if it is not our own work; at each
misfortune which befalls us, help us to verify if we could have avoided it; help us repeat to
ourselves that God has given us intelligence so as to be able to get ourselves out of any slough and
that it depends on us to put this intelligence to good use.
Seeing that Man is subject to the law of labour here on Earth, give us the courage and the
strength to fulfill this law, Give us also prudence and moderation so that we may not lose its fruits.
Give us then, Lord, our daily bread, or rather the means of acquiring our necessities through
work, because no one has the right to ask for superfluity.
If we are unable to work, help us have confidence in Your divine providence.
If it is within Your design to test us with great privation, despite our efforts, we accept this
as a just expiation for the faults which we have committed in this life or in a previous one, because
we know that You are just, and that there are no undeserved penalties since You never punish
Lord, preserve us from envying those who have what we have not, or of those who have
superfluous things at their disposal, when we are wanting in what is necessary. Forgive them, Lord,
if they forget the law of charity and of love towards one's neighbour, which You have taught (See
chapter 16, item 8).
Withdraw also from our spirit the idea of denying the existence of Your justice when we see
evil prosper, and the unhappiness which sometimes falls upon the godly man. Thanks to the new
enlightenment which You have given us, we know that Your justice never fails and does not make
any exceptions; the material prosperity of one who is evil is as fragile as his bodily existence and he
will experience terrible reverses; whereas life will be eternal bliss for those who suffer with
resignation (See chapter 5, items 7, 9,12 & 18).
(5) Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us!
Lord, each one of our infractions against Your laws is an offence we commit against You, a
debt contracted, which sooner or later will have to be paid. We implore that You forgive us through
Your infinite mercy, subject to the promise we make to employ all our strength in not contracting
You made charity an express law for everyone; but charity does not only consist of helping
our fellow beings in all their needs, but also in the forgetfulness and the forgiving of offences. With
what right do we demand your indulgence, if we lack charity towards those who have given us
motive for complaint?
Dear Lord, give us the strength to stifle within ourselves all resentment, hate and rancour.
Do not let death surprise us with a desire for vengeance in our hearts. If You approve of our being
taken from this world today, help us to be able to present ourself to You completely cleansed of
animosity, just like Christ, Whose last words were in favour of His tormentors (See chapter 10).
The persecutions which those who are evil inflict upon us constitute part of our earthly tests;
we should accept them without complaint, as we should accept all other tests, without cursing those
who by their wrongdoing, open up a pathway for us to eternal happiness seeing that You said,
through the intermediary of Jesus: "Blessed be those who suffer for the sake of justice!"
Consequently, blessed be the hand that injures and humiliates us, as the mortifications of the body
strengthen our soul, and we shall then be raised up from our humiliations (See chapter 12, item 4).
Blessed be Your name Lord, because You have taught us that our destiny is not irrevocably
fixed after death; we will find in yet other existences, the means by which we may make atonement
and repay all our past debts, and be
able to realise in a new life, all those things to help our progress that we were unable to do in this
one (See chapter 4; chapter 5, item 5).
In this manner all the apparent irregularities of life are finally explained. The light is cast
over our past and our future, as a brilliant sign of Your supreme justice and of Your infinite
(6) Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all evil. *
Lord, give us the necessary strength to resist all impulses towards evil which will try to
divert us from the path of goodness by inspiring us with bad thoughts.
But nevertheless we too are also imperfect Spirits incarnated on Earth so as to expiate our
sins and to be able to better ourselves. The cause of evil lies deep within our souls and the bad
Spirits only take advantage of these inferior tendencies so as to be able to tempt us. Each
imperfection is an open door to their influences; just as they are powerless and give up any attempt
against perfect beings. We are only unable to get rid of them as long as we do not put up a decided
and unshakable desire for goodness, together with total renunciation of all evil. Therefore it is
against ourselves that our strength must be directed and if we do this, the bad Spirits will naturally
leave us since it is the evil which attracts them, whereas goodness repels them (See further on in
this chapter: Prayers for the obsessed).
Dear Lord, uphold us in our weakness, inspire us through the voices of our Guardian Angels
and the good Spirits, with the desire to correct our imperfections so that we may prevent access to
our soul by the evil Spirits (See further on, item 11).
Evil is not Your work Lord, because the source of all goodness cannot engender any badness. It is
ourselves who create it when we infringe Your laws and through the bad use we make of the liberty
You concede to us. When Man has learnt to keep Your laws then evil will disappear from Earth,
just as it has already disappeared from more advanced worlds.
Evil does not constitute a fatal necessity for anybody and only appears to be irresistible to
those who take pleasure in it. So if we have a desire to practise evil, we can also have a desire to
practise good. For this reason, dear God, we beg Your assistance and that of the good Spirits so we
may resist temptation.
(7) So be it!
O God, may the realisation of our desires be accomplished! But we nevertheless bow down
before Your infinite wisdom. In all things that we are unable to understand, may Your blessed Will
be done and not ours, since You only desire our improvement and know better than us what is best
We offer You this prayer, Lord, not only for ourselves, but also for all suffering creatures,
both incarnate and discarnate, for our friends and our enemies, for all those who demand our help,
and especially for X . . . We beseech Your mercy and blessing for all.
(NOTE: Here you can offer thanks to God for all that has been conceded to you and formulate any request
you may have, either for yourself or for others (See further on, prayers No. 26 & 27).
* There are some translations of the Bible which say: do not induce us to temptation (et nos inducas in tentationem).
This sentence gives us to understand that temptation stems from God and that He voluntarily impels Man towards
evil; which is a blasphemous idea putting God on an equal basis with Satan and therefore, could not have been in the
mind of Jesus. Actually, it is in accordance with the popular idea that exists about the part played by Devils (See
HEAVEN & HELL, 1st part, chapter 9 - THE DEVILS).
4. “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst
of them” (Matthew, 18: 20).
5. PREFACE - In order to be gathered together in the name of Jesus, our material presence
alone is not enough, because it is indispensable to be assembled in the spiritual sense as well, by
means of a communion of intentions and thoughts towards goodness. In this way Jesus will be
found in your midst, that is to say either He or those pure Spirits who are His representatives.
Spiritism enables us to understand the way the Spirits can be with us. This is by means of their
fluidic or spiritual body, and if they should make themselves visible they do so with an appearance
that allows us to recognise them. The more elevated in the spiritual hierarchy the greater is their
power of radiation, so that on possessing the gift of ubiquity, they may be present in various places
simultaneously. In order to achieve this it requires merely the emission of a thought.
With these words Jesus wished to show the effect of union and fraternity. It is not the
greater or lesser number of people which attract the Spirits, but the sentiment of charity which
animates them reciprocally. If it depended on numbers, He would have said some ten or twenty
instead of two or three people. Well, for this purpose two persons are enough. But if these two
people pray separately, even if they direct themselves to Jesus, there will be no communion of
thought between them, especially if they are not motivated by a mutual sentiment of benevolence.
If they are animated by mutual prejudice, hate, jealousy or envy, then the fluidic currents of their
thoughts will repel each other instead of uniting them in a harmonious impulse of sympathy. So
then they Will not be united in the Name of Jesus. In that case, Jesus will only be the pretext for
that meeting and not the true motive (See chapter 27, item 9).
This does not mean to say that Jesus will not listen to only one person. However, if He did
not say: "I will attend anyone who calls Me." it is because He demands, above all else, the love of
one's neighbour, far which it is possible to give greater proof in a group than in isolation, and
because all personalized sentiment denies it. It follows then, that in a large meeting, f two or three
people joined themselves through their hearts in a sentiment of true
charity, while all the others remained isolated, concentrating their ideas on selfish and worldly
things, Jesus would be with the first group and not with the rest. It is not then the simultaneity of
the words, the songs or the exterior acts which constitute the gathering together in the name of
Jesus, but rather the communion of thought according to the true spirit of charity, of which He is
the personification (See chapters 10, items 7 & 8, and 27, items 2 & 4).
This should be the character of all serious Spiritist meetings, in which the assistance of the
good Spirits is earnestly desired.
6. PRAYER (For the commencement of a meeting):
We beseech You, O Lord God, the All Powerful, to send us the good Spirits to help us and
take away all those who may induce us towards error; give us the necessary light so that we may
distinguish truth from falsity.
Remove too, the maleficent Spirits, be they incarnate or discarnate, who may try to launch
discord amongst us, and so turn us away from charity and love for our neighbours. If some of these
Spirits try to enter our ambient, do not allow them access to any of our hearts.
Good Spirits, you see fit to come and teach us, make us yielding to your counselling, turn us
away from all thoughts of selfishness, pride, jealousy and envy. Inspire us to indulgence and
benevolence towards our fellow beings, present or absent, friends or enemies; lastly, through the
sentiments with which we are animated, make us recognise Your beneficial influence.
To those Mediums You chose as transmitters of Your teaching, give awareness of their
mandate and the seriousness of the act they are about to practise, so they may perform this act with
the necessary fervour and meditation.
If at our meeting, there be any persons present driven by sentiments other than those of
goodness, open their eyes to the light and forgive them Lord, as we forgive them, for any evil
intentions they may harbour.
We ask especially that the Spirit of X..., who is our spiritual Guide, assist us and watch over us.
7. PRAYER (For the closing of the meeting):
We give thanks to the good Spirits who have come to communicate with us, and implore
them to help us put into practise the instructions they have given, and also, that on leaving this
ambient, they may help us to feel strengthened for the practise of goodness and love towards our
We also desire that Your teachings help all those Spirits who are suffering, ignorant or
corrupt, who have participated in our meeting and for whom we implore God's mercy.
FOR THE MEDIUMS
8. And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit
upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall
see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my
handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy (Acts, 2: 17&
9. PREFACE - God wishes that the light shines for all men and that the voices of the Spirits
penetrate to all parts so that everyone may obtain proof of immortality. It is with this objective in
mind that the Spirits manifest themselves in all parts of the Globe, and that mediumship is
revealing itself in people of all ages and all conditions, in men and in women, in children and in old
people. This is one of the signs that the predicted times have arrived.
In order to know the things of the visible world and discover the secrets of material Nature,
God has given Man bodily vision, the senses and special instruments. With the telescope his eyes
reach into the vastness of space; with the microscope he discovers the world of infinite minuteness,
and to be able to penetrate the invisible world He has given Man mediumship.
Mediums are interpreters who have undertaken to transmit to mankind the teachings of the
Spirits; or rather, they are the material organs of which the Spirits avail themselves so as to be able
to express themselves to Man intelligently. They fulfill a sacred mission, seeing that the aim is to
open up the horizons of eternal life.
The Spirits come to instruct Man as to his destiny, so that he may be led towards the path of
goodness, and not to save him from material work which must be fulfilled in this word for his
advancement, nor for the furthering of his ambition and covetousness. This is something which
must be clearly understood by mediums so that they will not make bad use of their faculty. Those
who fully understand the seriousness of the mandate with which they have been invested will carry
out this duty religiously. Their conscience will condemn them if by any sacrilegious act they
transform into a distraction or amusement, far themselves or far others, those faculties which were
given to them far a serious purpose, which is that of placing them in communication with beings
from the other world.
As interpreters for the teachings of the Spirits, mediums should play a very important part in
the moral transformation that is in process. The services they are able to offer will be in accordance
with the correctness of the orientation they have given to their faculty, because those who follow an
incorrect pathway cause more harm than good to the cause of Spiritism. More than one person will
delay their progress due to the unfortunate impression these mediums produce. Therefore because
of this, all mediums will have to given an account of the use to which they have put their faculty,
which was given to them for the purpose of doing good to their fellow creatures.
The medium who desires to be constantly helped by good Spirits will have to work hard
towards self-betterment. Those who wish their faculty to grow and be enriched, must therefore
enrich themselves morally and abstain from all that can turn them aside from their providential
If sometimes good Spirits make use of an imperfect medium, it is in order to give good
advice, with which they try to make them take the road to goodness. If, however, they meet
hardened hearts and their advice is not listened to, they will leave and the field will then be free for
the evil Spirits (See chapter 24, items 11 &12(.
Experience has proved that on the part of those who do not take advantage of the advice
received from the good Spirits, communications which initially showed some brilliance will, little
by little, degenerate and finally fall into error, either in the wording or by becoming ridiculous,
which are incontestable signs of the retreat of the good Spirits.
To obtain the assistance of the good Spirits and to remove the lying and frivolous ones,
must be the aim to which all serious mediums should join forces and without which mediumship
becomes a sterile faculty; even capable of causing detriment to the one who possesses it, since it
can become the cause of a dangerous obsession.
Any medium who understands their duty and is not proud of a faculty that does not belong
to them, seeing that it may be taken away, will always attribute the good things they receive to
God. If their communications receive praise, they will not become vain because they know that
these are independent of their personal merit. They will give thanks to God for having allowed the
good Spirits to be able to manifest through their intermediary. If there is occasion for criticism,
they are never offended because the communications are not their own work. On the contrary, they
recognize in their inner selves that they were not able to be good instruments and do not possess all
the necessary qualities which would obstruct interference from backward Spirits. Therefore, take
care to acquire these qualities and implore, by means of prayer, that your strength does not fail.
Almighty God, permit the good Spirits to come and help me in the communication that is
solicited. Protect me from the presumption of judging myself to be safe from evil Spirits; from the
pride which may induce me to err with respect to the value of what I receive; from all sentiments
which are the opposite of charity towards other mediums. If I fall into error inspire someone to alert
me of this fact; and give me the humility that will enable me to accept the deserved criticism and to
recognise that the advice the good Spirits wish to give through me is not only addressed to others,
but primarily to myself.
If I am tempted to abuse in whatever form, the faculty whose bestowal You approved, or to
become proud of it, I ask that You take it back rather than it be permitted to stray from its
providential objective, which is for the good of all and my own moral betterment.
2 - PRAYERS FOR THE ONE WHO PRAYS.
TO GUARDIAN ANGELS AND PROTECTING SPIRITS
11. PREFACE - From the moment of birth everyone has a good Spirit linked to them who
constantly protects. At our side this Spirit carries out the mission of a father to his children which is
that of conducting us along the path to goodness and progress, throughout the various tests of life.
He feels happy when we respond to his solicitude and suffers when he sees us succumbing.
His name is not important because it is quite possible that it is not known an Earth. So then,
we call him by the name of Guardian Angel or our good Spirit. We could also call him under the
name of one of the superior Spirits with whom we feel a special sympathy.
Apart form this Guardian Angel, who is always a superior Spirit, we have other Spirit
protectors, who although slightly less elevated, are just as good and generous. These are the Spirits
of friends and relations, or even people we have not known in the present life. They help us with
their advice and quite often intervene in the happenings of our life.
Sympathetic Spirits are those who are linked to us through certain similarities of taste and
tendency. They may be either good or bad, according to the nature of those of our inclinations
which have attracted them to us.
The seductive Spirits endeavour to turn us aside from the paths of goodness by suggesting
bad thoughts to us. They take advantage of all our weaknesses, as if these were so many open doors
which give them access to our soul. Some of them hold on to us as if we were their prey, but they
withdraw when they recognise themselves impotent to fight against our will.
In the form of our Guardian Angel, God has given us a principal and superior guide and in
the form of protecting and family Spirits secondary guides, but it is a mistake to believe that
inevitably we have a bad element at our side to counter-balance the good influences we receive
from them. The evil Spirits seek us voluntarily as long as they can dominate us by reason of our
weakness or our negligence in following the inspirations of the good Spirits, so it is ourselves who
attract them. The result is we are never without the assistance of good Spirits, and the withdrawal
of the bad Spirits depends entirely on ourselves. Due to his imperfections, Man is the primary cause
of all the miseries which afflict him and is, in most cases, his own bad genius (See chapter 5, item
A prayer to Guardian Angels and protecting Spirits should have as its objective the
solicitation of their intercession with God, to ask for strength to resist evil suggestions and to ask
for help in all of life's contingencies.
Wise and benevolent Spirits, messengers of God, whose mission is to help Man and conduct
him towards goodness, uphold me in life's tests; give me the strength to suffer without complaining;
turn away from me all evil thoughts, and do not allow me to give access to any bad Spirits who
may try to induce me to evil. Clarify my conscience with respect to my defects, and take away the
veil of pride from my eyes which can prevent my seeing them and admitting them to myself.
Particularly to X. . ., my Guardian Angel, who watches over me specially; and all the rest of
you protecting Spirits who take an interest in me, I beg you to help me to become worthy of your
protection. You know my needs; may they be attended to according to the Will of God.
Dear God, allow the good Spirits who accompany me to help me when I am in difficulty
and uphold me when I falter. Lord, may they inspire me with faith,
hope and charity; may they be a point of support, an inspiration and a testimony of Your mercy. In
short, may I always encounter in them the strength that I lack for the tests of life, the strength to
resist all evil suggestions, the faith that saves and the love that consoles.
Beloved Spirits and Guardian Angels, who God in His infinite mercy has permitted to assist
mankind, be our protectors during all life's tests! Give us the necessary strength, courage and
resignation; inspire us towards all that is good, and restrain us from the downward incline to evil;
may your sweet influences fill our souls; make us feel that a devoted friend is by our side, who can
see our suffering and who participates in all our joys.
And you, my Good Angel, never abandon me because I need all of your protection to be
able to support with faith and love the tests that God has sent me.
TO TURN AWAY THE BAD SPIRITS
15. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of
the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind
Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may
be clean also. Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited
sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones,
and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye
are full of hypocrisy and iniquity (Matthew, 23: 25-28).
16. PREFACE - Bad Spirits are only found where they can satisfy their perversity. In order
to turn them away it is not enough to ask them to go, nor even to order them to go. It is imperative
that Man eliminates from within himself that which is attracting them. Bad Spirits discover the
ulcers of the soul, the same way that flies discover those of the body. In this manner then, as you
cleanse the wound in order to avoid maggots, cleanse also your soul of all its impurities so as to
avoid bad Spirits. We live in a world which teems with these Spirits, so the good qualities in the
heart do not always make them abandon their attempts on us. But nevertheless, these qualities give
us strength to resist them.
In the Name of God the All Powerful, may the bad Spirits turn away from me and the good
Spirits defend me from them!
Wicked Spirits, who inspire bad thoughts in men; deceiving and lying Spirits, who delude
men; mocking Spirits, who amuse yourselves with mankind's incredulity, I repel you with all the
strength within my soul and close my ears to your suggestions; but l also implore that God's mercy
be upon you.
Good Spirits, who undertook to accompany me, give me the necessary strength to resist the
influence of bad Spirits and the necessary enlightenment
so as not to become a victim of their intrigue. Safeguard me from pride and presumption. We beg
that you turn aside all thoughts of jealousy, hate, badness, and all sentiments contrary to charity
from my heart, which are all as open doors to the bad Spirits.
IN ORDER TO ASK THAT SOME DEFECT WITHIN OURSELVES
MAY BE CORRECTED
18. PREFACE - Our bad instincts result from the imperfections of our own Spirit, and not
from our physical body. If this were not so then Man would be exempt from all responsibility. Our
betterment depends on ourselves, because every person who has all their faculties has in everything
the liberty to do or not to do. In order to do good the only thing lacking is will-power (See chapter
15, item 10 and chapter 19, item 12).
Dear Lord, You gave me the necessary intelligence so as to distinguish right from wrong.
Thus, on recognising something to be wrong, I am guilty in not struggling to resist the temptation.
Preserve me from pride which can prevent me from perceiving my defects, and also from
the bad Spirits, who can incite me to continue in the wrong.
Amongst my 'imperfections I recognise that I am especially inclined to..., and if I am unable
to resist, it is because I have already acquired the habit of giving in to it.
Because You are just, You did not create us guilty but with equal aptitude for good and for
bad. If I have preferred the bad road it was because of my free-will. But for the same reason that I
had the liberty to do wrong, I also have the liberty to do good and therefore to change my pathway.
My actual defects are the remains of the imperfections I brought from my past existences;
this is my original sin, from which I may liberate myself through the action of my will and with
help from the good Spirits.
Accordingly, protect me kindly Spirits, and above all my Guardian Angel, by giving me the
strength to resist evil suggestions and so be victorious in this battle.
These defects are the barrier which separate us from God, and each defect surmounted is a
step further along the pathway of progress which will draw us nearer to Him.
O Lord, in Your infinite mercy, You thought fit to concede me this present life so that it
would serve for my advancement. Good Spirits, help me to take advantage of this opportunity so
that I may not lose it. When it pleases God to remove me from it, help me to leave it in a better
condition than on entering (See chapter 5, item 5 & chapter 17, item 3).
TO ASK FOR STRENGTH TO RESIST TEMPTATION
20. PREFACE - Every bad thought can have two origins: our own spiritual imperfection or
the action of a harmful influence. In the last case we have the indication of a weakness which
exposes us to these influences, and it is for this reason that our soul is imperfect. So that the one
who foils cannot offer as an excuse the influence of a strange Spirit, seeing that this Spirit would
not hove led them to wrongdoing if they were inaccessible to seduction.
When we have a bad thought, we can suppose that it was an evil Spirit which suggested the
evil, leaving us complete liberty to accede or resist, just as if we were facing a living person. At the
same time, we should make a mental picture of our Guardian Angel or protecting Spirit who from
his side combats within us the bad influences and anxiously awaits the decision we are going to
make. Our hesitation in acting upon the evil suggestions is due to the voice of our good Spirit, who
makes himself heard through our conscience.
One recognises a thought is bad when it draws away from charity which is the base of all
true morality; or when it comes laden with pride, vanity and selfishness; or when its realization
may cause harm to another person: in short, when we are induced by our thoughts to do to others
what we would not like someone to do to us (See chapter 28, item 15 & chapter 15 item 10).
All Powerful Lord, do not let me succumb to the temptation to fall into error! Benevolent
Spirits who protect me, turn this bad thought away from me and give me the strength to resist this
evil. If I succumb, then I will deserve the expiation of my failing in this same life and in the next,
because I have free will to make my choice.
THANKSGIVING FOR VICTORY OVER A TEMPTATION
22. PREFACE - Those who resist temptation owe this fact to the assistance given by the
good Spirits, whose voice they listened to. So, you should thank God and your Guardian Angel for
My God, I thank You for having permitted me to be victorious in the battle which I
sustained against evil. Allow this victory to give me strength to resist new temptations. And you,
my Guardian Angel, receive my thanks for the assistance you gave. Allow that my submission to
your counsel makes me worthy to receive your protection once again.
TO ASK FOR ADVICE
24. PREFACE - When we are unsure about something we have to do, before anything else,
we should ask ourselves the following questions:
1st) Will what I am hesitating about cause harm to anyone?
2nd) Will it be useful to anyone?
3rd) If someone did this to me would I be pleased?
If what we think of doing is of interest only to ourself, it is permissible to weigh the
personal advantages or disadvantages which may arise.
If it concerns others and if, in doing good for one person, it redounds in badness for another,
it is also equally necessary to weigh the advantages and disadvantages before deciding whether to
act or abstain.
Finally, even when dealing with the best of things it is necessary to consider the opportunity
and the circumstances being offered, in as much as something that is good in itself con give bad
results when put into the wrong hands, or if it is not directed with prudence and circumspection.
Before putting it into effect it is best to consult our strength and the means of execution.
In any case, we can always solicit the assistance of our Protecting Spirits, remembering this
wise maxim: When in doubt, do nothing (See chapter 28, item 38).
In the name of God, the All Powerful One, in my uncertainty, I call upon the good Spirits
who protect me to inspire me to make the best decisions. Lead my thoughts always towards
goodness and protect me from the influences of those who tempt me to stray.
AFFLICTIONS OF LIFE
26. PREFACE - We can ask God for earthly favours and He will concede them to us when
they have a serious purpose. But seeing that we judge their utility from our own point of view and
as immediate necessities, we do not always recognise the bad side of what we ask. God, Who can
see things in a better perspective than we can and only desires the best for us, may refuse what we
ask for, just as a father would refuse his child what he knew would be prejudicial for him. If what
we request is refused we should not be disappointed; on the contrary, we should think that to be
deprived of our wish is a test or an expiation, and that our recompense will be in proportion to the
degree of resignation shown towards what we have to put up with (See chapter 27, item 6 &
chapter 2, items 5-7).
God Omnipotent, who sees all our miseries, please deign to hear the supplication we direct
to You at this moment. If my request is inconsiderate, forgive me. If it is just and convenient,
according to the way You see things, may the good Spirits who execute Your wishes, come to my
aid and help me to realise my request.
However it may be, Lord, let Your will be done! If my request is not answered, it will be
because it is Your wish that I be tested, and I submit without complaint. Help me not to become
disanimated and that neither my faith nor my resignation be shaken.
(Then formulate your request).
THANKSGIVING FOR THE OBTAINING OF A FAVOUR
28. PREFACE - We must not consider as blessed successes only those things which are of
great importance. Frequently things that are apparently insignificant are those which most influence
our destiny. Man easily forgets the goodness received, preferring to remember only afflictions. If
we were to register day by day the many benefits we receive, without even having asked for them,
we would be greatly surprised to perceive there are so very many that we have swept from our
minds and would feel ashamed of our ingratitude.
On lifting up our soul to God each night, we should remember in our innermost self the
many favours that He has granted us during the day and offer thanks for them. But most especially,
at the moment we receive the effects of His goodness and protection, we should spontaneously bear
witness to our gratitude. For this, it is enough that we direct a thought attributing the benefit to
Him, without even interrupting our work.
Benefits from God are not limited to material things. We should also thank Him for the
ideas and happy inspirations we receive. Whereas the selfish person attributes all of these things to
his own personal merits, and the incredulous person to mere chance, the one who has faith renders
thanks to God and the good Spirits. Long sentences are not necessary for this purpose. "Thank you,
dear God, for the inspiration of that good thought", says more than a long prayer. The spontaneous
impulse which makes us attribute to God what has happened to us, bears witness of an act of
thanksgiving and of humility, which will earn us the sympathy of the good Spirits (See chapter 27,
items 7 & 8).
Beloved Lord of inifinite goodness, may Your name be blessed for the benefits conceded to
me! I would be unworthy if I were to attribute these happenings to mere chance or to my own
Good Spirits, you who execute God's wishes, I thank you and most especially my Guardian
Angel. Turn away from me all idea of being proud of what I have received and help me to make
use of it exclusively for good. Most of all, I thank ...
AN ACT OF SUBMISSION AND RESIGNATION
30. PREFACE - When we are suffering an affliction, if we look for the cause, we will
always find it in our own imprudence, thoughtlessness or in some past action. As con be seen, in
these cases we have to attribute the suffering to ourselves. If the cause of an affliction cannot be
found to stem in any way from our own actions, then we are dealing with a test in this life, or an
atonement for an error committed in a previous one. In this case, by the nature of the expiation we
can know the nature of the error, as we are always punished in the same manner as our sin (See
chapter 5, items 4, 6 & subsequent items).
In general, we can only see the evil that is present in our afflictions. We do not see the
favourable consequences they may have later on. Goodness is frequently the outcome of a past evil,
just as the cure far an illness results from the painful methods used to obtain it. In any case, we
must submit to the will of God and courageously support the tribulations of life
if we want them to count in our favour. These words of Christ could then be applied to us; "Blessed
are those who suffer" (See chapter 5, item 18).
Dear Lord, Your justice is supreme. Therefore all suffering in this world must have a just
cause and be of use. I accept the affliction which I am undergoing, or which I have just suffered, as
an atonement for my past errors and as a test for the future. Good Spirits who protect me, give me
the necessary strength to support this without complaining. Help me to look at it as a providential
warning; may it enrich my experience, reduce my pride, diminish my ambition, stupid vanity and
selfishness. In short, may it contribute to my progress.
Dear God, I feel the need to ask You for the necessary strength so as to support the test that
You have sent me. Allow my Spirit to be enlightened, with the necessary understanding, so that I
can appreciate the full extent of a love that afflicts because it desires to save. I submit myself with
resignation, dear Lord, but I am so weak I fear I will succumb if You do not uphold me. Do not
abandon me, Lord, because without You I am nothing.
I lift up my eyes to You, Eternal Father, and feel fortified. You are my strength, dear Lord,
do not abandon me! I am crushed under the weight of my iniquities! Help me! I recognise the
weakness of my flesh! Please, do not take Your eyes from me!
I am being devoured by an ardent thirst! Make the spring of living water burst forth to
quench this thirst. May my lips open only to sing Your praises and not to complain about my
afflictions! I am weak, Lord, but Your love will sustain me.
Eternal Father, only You are great, only You are the reason and the finality of my life!
Blessed be Your Name even if You make me suffer, because You are the Lord and I am an
unfaithful servant I bow down before You without complaint because only You are great, only You
are the aim of all our lives!
WHEN IN IMMINENT DANGER
34. PREFACE - Through the dangers we run God reminds us of the frailty of our existence.
He shows us that our lives are in His hands, and that being held by only a thread, it may break
when we least expect it to happen. From this point of view privilege does not exist for anyone
because the same alternatives are to be found for both great and small alike.
If we look at the nature and the consequences of danger we will see in most cases that these
consequences, if they are verified, will have been a punishment for a misdeed or for an unfulfilled
Almighty God, and you who are my Guardian Angel, help me! If I must succumb, may
God's Will be done. If I am to be saved, may the rest of my life be given to repay the evil I have
done, for which I am truly repentant.
THANKSGIVING FOR HAVING ESCAPED A DANGER
36. PREFACE - By the danger we have been through, God shows us that from one moment
to another we may be called to give account for the way in which we have utilized our life. This is
to alert us to the fact that we should examine ourselves and mend our ways.
Dear God! Dear Guardian Angel! I thank you for the help I received during the danger that
threatened me. May this danger be a warning to me and enlighten me with respect to my errors that
have brought me this peril. I understand, Lord, that my life is in Your hands and that You may take
it away when You see fit. Inspire me then, through the good Spirits who protect me, with the idea
of how best to take advantage of the time You grant to me in this world! Guardian Angel! Uphold
me in my decision to correct my faults and to do all the good that is within my power to do, so that
I may arrive in the spiritual world with fewer imperfections, whenever it pleases God to call me!
38. PREFACE - Sleep is for the purpose of resting the body; however, the Spirit needs no
rest. While the physical senses are in a torpid state the soul partly frees itself from the body and
enters into the enjoyment of its spiritual faculties. Sleep has been given to Man to enable him to
repair both his organic and moral strengths. While the body recuperates the spent energies which
have been used during the waking state, the Spirit fortifies itself amongst other Spirits. From all he
sees, all he perceives and from the advice he is given, he takes the ideas which occur to him
afterwards, in the form of intuitions. This is the temporary return of the exile to his true world, a
momentary liberty that is conceded to the prisoner.
But it sometimes happens, as it does in the case of perverse prisoners, that the Spirit does
not always take advantage of these moments of liberty for the purpose of progress. If he has bad
instincts, instead of seeking the company of the good Spirits, he seeks out those who are like
himself and goes to those places where he may give vent to his tendencies.
So then, the person who is convinced of this fact will lift up their thoughts to God before
they go to sleep. They will ask for advice from the good Spirits and all those whose memory is dear
to them, so they may go to join them for the brief moments of liberty which are conceded to them.
On awakening they will then feel fortified against evil and be mare courageous when facing
Lord, for a few short instants my soul will be together with other Spirits. So I beg the good
Spirits to come and give me counsel. Guardian Angel, please help me to keep a lasting and
beneficial impression of this encounter on awakening!
ON SENSING APPROACHING DEATH
40.PREFACE During our lifetime to have faith in the future, together with the elevation of
our thoughts towards our future destiny helps in the process of rapid liberation of the Spirit because
this weakens the links which tie it to the material body. So much so that quite frequently, even
before the physical body has expired, the soul being impatient to be free, has already launched itself
into the great immensity. The contrary being the case of the person who, having concentrated on all
that is material, finds these ties more difficult to break and the separation more painful and
difficult, to be followed by an awakening full of anxiety and perturbation in the after-life.
Dear God, I believe in You and Your infinite kindness. Therefore, I cannot believe that You
have given Man intelligence which allows him to gain knowledge of You and an aspiration for the
future, so as to plunge him into nothingness.
I believe that my body is only a perishable covering for my soul and that when I cease to
live, I will awaken in the world of the Spirits.
Almighty God, I feel that the ties which hold my soul to my body are breaking and that in a
short while I will have to account for the use to which I have put the life that is now slipping away
I know that I will experience the consequences of the good and the bad that I have practised.
There will be no possibility of illusions, no subterfuge. My past will unfold before me and I will be
judged according to my works.
I will take nothing with me of earthly possessions such as honours, riches, satisfactions of
vanity or pride; in short, everything which belongs to the body will remain in this world. Not even
the most minute particle of these things will accompany me, nor would they be of use to me in the
spiritual world. I will take with me only what belongs to my soul, that is to say, the good and bad
qualities I possess, which will be weighed on the balance of strict justice. I know that the judgement
will be even more severe according to the number of times I refused the opportunities that were
given to me to practise good due to the position I held on Earth (See chapter 1(3, item 9).
Merciful God, may the depth of the sincerity of my repentance enable it to reach out to
You! May You see fit to cast over me Your cloak of indulgence!
If You see fit to prolong my present existence, may I utilize that time to make good, as far
as I am able, all the evil that I have done. But if my hour has
come, I take with me the consoling thought that I will be permitted to redeem myself by means of
new tests, so that one day I may deserve the happiness of the elected ones.
If it is not given to me to enjoy such perfect happiness immediately, which is known only to
those who are pre-eminently just, I know nevertheless that I am not denied hope for ever. Sooner or
later I will reach my goal, according to the amount of effort I put into working towards that
I know that good Spirits and my Guardian Angel are near to receive me and that soon I shall
see them, just as they see me now. I know too, that if l deserve it, I will meet again all those I have
loved here on Earth, and that those I leave behind will later come to meet me. One day we shall all
be united for ever, and until that time arrives I will be able to come and visit them.
I know too, that I will re-encounter those I have offended; may they forgive me for
whatever they have to reproach me for, such as my pride, my hardness and my injustices, so that
their presence will not overwhelm me with shame!
I forgive all those who have either done or tried to do me harm; I hold no rancour against
them and beg You, dear God, to forgive them.
Lord, give me strength to leave all the material pleasures of this world without regret, which
are as nothing compared to the healthy and pure delights of the world into which I am about to
enter, and where for those who are just, there are no more torments, or miseries, and where only the
guilty are subject to suffering. But even they always have the consolation of hope.
Good Spirits and you who are my Guardian Angel, I implore you not to allow me to fail at
this supreme moment. If my faith should waver, then cause the Divine Light to shine in my eyes, so
that it may be reanimated.
NOTE - See further on, paragraph 5: "Prayers for the sick and obsessed."
3 - PRAYERS FOR OTHERS.
FOR SOMEONE WHO IS AFFLICTED
42. PREFACE - If it is in the interest of the afflicted person to continue their test then any
request we might make will not shorten it. But it would be a lack of charity to abandon this person,
alleging that our prayer would not be heard. Apart from this, even if the test is not interrupted, they
may obtain some degree of consolation that will lessen their suffering. What is really useful for
someone who is supporting a test is courage and resignation, without which whatever they are
going through will bring them no results, because without these attributes they will have to go
through it all again. Therefore, it is with this objective in mind that we should direct our effort
towards asking the good Spirits to help them, or by lifting their morale through counselling and
encouragement, or even by helping them in a material way, if this is possible. In such cases prayer
can have a decisive effect by directing a fluidic current towards them with the intention of
fortifying their morale (See chapter 5, items 5 & 27; chapter 27, items 6 & 10).
Dear God of infinite goodness, may it please You to soften the bitterness of the position in
which X . . . finds himself, if this be according to Your will.
Good Spirits, in the name of God Almighty, I beseech you to help in his afflictions. If it is
not in his interest to be spared this suffering, make him understand that it is necessary for his
progress. Give him confidence in God and the future, which will make him less bitter. Also give
him strength so that he does not give himself up to despair, which will make him lose the fruits of
his suffering and make his future even more painful. Conduct my thoughts to him so that these may
help him to maintain his courage.
AN ACT OF THANKSGIVING FOR A BENEFIT RECEIVED BY
44. PREFACE - Those who are not dominated by selfishness rejoice over the good that
comes to their neighbour, even if they did not make a solicitation by means of prayer.
Lord, we thank You for the happiness conceded to X... Good Spirits, help him to see that
this benefit is the consequence of God's goodness. If the good received constitutes a test, please
inspire him with thoughts about how to make the best use of it and not become conceited, so it does
not redound to his detriment in the future. You, the good Spirits who protect me and desire my
happiness, turn aside from me all sentiment of jealousy or envy.
FOR OUR ENEMIES AND THOSE WHO WISH US ILL
46. PREFACE - Jesus said: Love your enemies. This maxim shows us all that is most
sublime in Christian charity. But Jesus did not mean to say that we should have the same tenderness
for an enemy as we have for a friend. By these words He teaches us to pardon offences, to pardon
all evil done to us and to repay all evil with goodness. Apart from the worth that this conduct has in
God's eyes, it also serves to show Man the nature of true superiority (See chapter 12, items 3 & 4).
Dear God, forgive ... . the evil he has done me and still desires to do to me, as I wish You to
forgive me; I also ask him to forgive me for the offences I have committed against him. If this
person has been put in my pathway as a test, may Your Will be done. Turn me away, dear Lord,
from any idea of cursing him and from all other wicked sentiments against him. Do not ever allow
me to be happy at any misfortune that may befall him, so as not to blemish my soul with thoughts
which are not worthy of a Christian.
Lord, may your mercy extend to him and induce him to harbour better sentiments towards me!
Good Spirits, induce me to forget all evil and remember only the good. May neither hate,
rancour nor the desire to pay back evil with evil enter my heart, since sentiments of hate and
vengeance belong to bad Spirits, be they incarnate or discarnate! On the contrary, may I be
prepared to extend a friendly hand to him, so repaying evil with goodness and help him if it is
So as to test the sincerity of my words, I beg You to give me an opportunity to be useful to
him, but above all, Lord, preserve me from doing this out of pride and ostentation, smothering him
with humiliating generosity which would only cause me to lose the fruits of my action, since in that
case, I would deserve these words of Christ: You have already received your recompense (See
chapter 13, items 1 & subsequent).
THANKSGIVING FOR BLESSINGS RECEIVED BY OUR ENEMIES
48. PREFACE - To not desire evil towards your enemies is to be only partly charitable.
True charity consists in wishing them well and in feeling happy about the good that comes to them
(See chapter 12, items 7 & 8).
Dear God, in Your justice You saw fit to make X... happy, and on his behalf I thank You,
despite the evil he has done to me and still tries to do. If he seeks to use this benefit to humiliate
me, I accept this as a test of my capacity for charity.
Good Spirits who protect me, do not let me become regretful because of this. Turn away
from me all jealousy and envy, which only degrades. On the contrary, inspire me with the
generosity that elevates. Humiliation comes from evil and not from goodness, and we know that
sooner or later justice will be done to each one according to their works.
FOR THE ENEMIES OF SPIRITISM
50. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the Earth.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the
Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall
say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for
great is your reward in Heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you
(Matthew, 5: 5 & 10-12).
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul but rather fear
him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew, 10:28).
51. PREFACE - Of all the liberties, the most inviolable is that of thought, which includes
the liberty of conscience. To cast a curse against those who do not think as we do is to demand that
liberty for ourself but refuse it to others, which is a violation of the first commandment of Jesus,
which is that of charity and love towards one's neighbour. To persecute others for the
beliefs they profess is to attack the most sacred right of Man, which is to believe whatever he
wishes and to worship God as he sees fit. To compel him to practise exterior acts similar to those
we ourselves practise is to show that we are more attached to the form than the essence and to
appearances rather than conviction. Forced renouncement will never produce faith. It can only
make hypocrites. It is an abuse of material power, which does not prove the truth. Truth is sure of
itself, it convinces and does not pursue, because there is no need.
Spiritism is an opinion, a belief; even if it were a religion, why should its adepts not have
the liberty to call themselves Spiritists, as do the Catholics, the Jews and the Protestants, or the
participants of this or that philosophical doctrine, of this or that economic order? A belief is either
true or false. If it is false it will fall by itself, seeing that error cannot stand up against truth when
intelligences are enlightened; and if it is true then persecution will not make it become false.
Persecution is the baptism of all new ideas that ore great and just. it grows with the
development and the importance of the idea. The fury and wrath of its enemies are in direct
proportion to the fear it inspires. This is the reason why Christianity was persecuted in the past, and
why Spiritism is today, with the difference however that the former was persecuted by the Pagans
and the latter by Christians. It is true that the time of bloody persecutions is now past; nevertheless,
if today they no longer kill the body, then they torture the soul; attacking it even in its most
intimate sentiments, in its most dear affections. Families are divided, exciting mothers against
daughters, wives against husbands. Even physical violence is not absent, the body being attacked
through the lack of material necessities by taking people away from their means of livelihood,
thereby attacking the believer through hunger (See chapter 23, items & subsequent).
Spiritists, do not be upset by the blows that are hurled at you because they are the proof that
you have the truth. If this were not so they would leave you in peace and not attack you. It is a test
for your faith, since it is through your courage, resignation and perseverance that God will
recognise you as being one of His faithful servants, on whom He is counting as from today, to give
to each one the part that rests with them according to their works.
Following the example of the first Christians, carry your cross with dignity. Believe in the
words of Christ when He said: "Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the love of justice, for
theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, for they cannot kill
the soul." He also said: "Love your enemies; do good to those who do you evil and pray for those
who persecute you." Show yourselves to be true disciples and that your doctrine is good by doing
what He said and did.
The persecution will not last for long. Await with patience for the coming of the dawn,
since the morning star is already appearing on the horizon (See chapter 24, items 13 & subsequent).
Lord, You have said to us through the lips of Jesus, Your Messiah, "Blessed are those who
suffer persecution for love of justice; forgive your enemies; pray for those who persecute you."
And He gave us an example of this by praying for His tormentors.
Following this example, 0 Lord, we beg Your mercy for those who despise Your most
sacred precepts, which are the only ones capable of bringing peace to this world and the next. As
did Christ, we also say: "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do."
Give us strength to support with patience and resignation their mockery, insults, slander and
persecutions as a test of our faith and humility; free us from all idea of reprisals, seeing that the
hour of justice comes to all, and we await it submitting ourselves to Your holy Will.
PRAYER FOR A CHILD THAT HAS JUST BEEN BORN
53. PREFACE - Only after having passed through the tests offered by physical life can
Spirits reach perfection. Those who are in an errant state await God's permission to return to an
existence which can offer them progress, either by the expiation of their faults by means of the
vicissitudes to which they will be subjected, or by the undertaking of a mission which will benefit
humanity. Their advancement and future happiness will be in proportion to the manner in which
they employ the time given to them on Earth. The duty of guiding their first steps and of leading
them towards goodness is up to their parents, who will have to give an account to God for the
degree of fulfilment they gave to this mandate. It was to help them that God made paternal and
filial love a Law of Nature, a law which can never be transgressed with impunity.
54. PRAYER (To be said by the parents):
Dear Spirit, who has incarnated in the body of our child, we bid you welcome. We thank
You, Almighty God, for the blessing of this child.
We know that this is a trust You have deposited in us and for which one day we will have to
give an account. If he (she) belongs to the new generation of Spirits who are to inhabit the Earth,
we thank you Lord for this blessing! If it is an imperfect Spirit, it is our duty to help him/her
progress towards goodness, by means of counselling and good examples. If he/she falls prey to evil
through our fault, we shall be responsible for this, seeing that we shall have failed in our mission.
Lord, uphold us in this task and give us the necessary strength and willpower so as to be
able to fulfill it to the best of our ability. If this child has come to test our Spirits, may Your will be
Good Spirits, who have watched over this birth and will accompany this child during the
course of his/her new existence, do not abandon him/her. Turn away from him/her all the evil
Spirits who will try to tempt him/her into badness. Give this being strength to resist all their
suggestions and courage to suffer with patience and resignation the tests which await here on Earth
(See chapter 14, item 9).
Dear God, You have entrusted me with the destiny of one of Your Spirits; therefore, Lord,
make me worthy of the task You have set me. Grant me Your protection. Illuminate my
intelligence so that I may perceive right from the beginning the tendencies of the one it is my duty
to prepare for ascension to Your peace.
God of infinite goodness, since You have seen fit to permit the Spirit of this child to come
once again to undergo earthly trials, destined to make it
progress, give it enlightenment enough so that it may learn to know You, love
You and worship You. Through Your omnipotence may this soul regenerate itself from the source
of Your Divine Teachings. That, under the protection of its Guardian Angel, its intelligence may
develop, amplify and lead it to aspire to move closer to You. May the science of Spiritism be a
brilliant light which illuminates it throughout the many choices of life. And finally, may it learn to
appreciate the full extension of Your love, which puts us to the test so that we may purify
Lord, cast a paternal eye over this family to which You have entrusted this soul, so that it
may learn to understand the importance of its mission. May the seeds of goodness within this child
germinate till such time as, by its own aspirations, it elevates itself to You.
O Lord, may it please You to answer this humble prayer, in the name of and by the
worthiness of He who said: "Let the little children come to me, because the Kingdom of Heaven is
for those who resemble them."
FOR ONE WHO AGONIZES
57. PREFACE - Agonizing is the prelude to the separation of the soul from the body. It can
be said that at this moment the person h05 one foot on Earth and the other in the next world.
Sometimes this phase is painful for those who are deeply attached to worldly things and who live
more for the possessions of this world than those of the next one, or whose conscience is agitated
by regrets and remorse. On the other hand, for those whose thoughts seek the Infinite and who are
able to disengage themselves from matter, it is less difficult to break the links which tie them to the
Earth and there is nothing of pain in these last moments. Only a thin thread links their physical
body to their soul, while in the first case there are thick roots which hold them prisoner. in every
case, prayer exercises a powerful action in the work of separation (See HEAVEN & HELL, 2nd
part, chapter 1 - "The Passing").
Merciful and omnipotent God, here is a soul who is about to leave its terrestrial covering in
order to return to the Spirit world, which is the real homeland. May it be given to them to make this
passing in peace and may You extend Your mercy to them.
Good Spirits, who have accompanied this person on Earth, do not abandon them at this
supreme moment. Give them strength to support the last sufferings which they need to pass through
in this world, for the good of their future advancement. Inspire them to use any last glimmerings of
intelligence or any fleeting awareness they may have, to the consecration of repentance for any
faults. Allow my thoughts to act in such a way so as to help them achieve this separation with less
difficulty, and may this soul take the consolation of hope with it at the moment of departure from
4- PRAYERS FOR THOSE NO LONGER ON EARTH.
FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS JUST DIED
59. PREFACE - Prayers for those who have just left the Earth ore not for the exclusive
purpose of showing our sympathy. They also have the effect of helping to release them from their
Earthly ties, and in this manner shorten the period of perturbation which always follows the
separation, so allowing a more peaceful awakening on the other side. Nevertheless, in this case, as
in all other circumstances, the efficacy depends on the sincerity of the thought and not on the
quantity of words offered with more or less solemnity in which very frequently the heart does not
Prayers which truly come from the heart encounter a resonance in the Spirit to whom they
are directed, whose ideas are still in a state of confusion, as if they were friendly voices come to
awaken them from sleep (See chapter 27, item 10).
Almighty God, may Your mercy be shown to the soul of X . . . whom You have just called
back from Earth. We beg and implore that the trials suffered here may be counted in their favour
and that our prayers may soften and shorten the penalties still to be suffered in the Spirit form!
Good Spirits who came to fetch this soul, and most especially their Guardian Angel, help
them to free themself from matter. Give them light and a consciousness of themself so that they
may quickly leave the state of perturbation, inherent in the passing from the body back to the
spiritual life. Inspire in their Spirit a repentance for all errors and faults committed and a desire to
obtain permission to remedy them, so as to quicken their advancement in the direction of the life of
those who are eternally blessed.
And you, ... ., who have just entered into the World of the Spirits, we wish to say that despite this
fact, you are still with us; you hear and see us, since you have merely left the perishable physical
body, which will quickly be reduced to dust.
You have left the gross envelope which is subject to vicissitudes and death, now retaining
only your etheric body which is imperishable and inaccessible to material suffering. If you no
longer live through a physical body, you live instead through your Spirit, and the spiritual life is
free from those miseries which afflict humanity.
You no longer have over your eyes the veil which hides the splendours of the future
existence from us. Now you may contemplate new marvels, while we remain bathed in darkness.
You may travel through space and visit the worlds in all liberty, while we still painfully
drag ourselves about here on Earth, prisoner in our material bodies, which are like heavy armour.
The infinite horizons stretch themselves before you, and on seeing their grandeur you will
understand the vanity of terrestrial desires, of worldly aspirations and the futility of the so-called
joys to which Man delivers himself.
For Man, death is nothing more than a separation from matter, lasting but a few instants.
From this place of exile in which we continue to live according to the Will of God, and with the
duties we still have to fulfill in this world, we will continue to follow you in thought till the
moment when it is permitted for us to join you once again, just as now you are reunited with those
who preceded you.
We cannot go to where you are, but you may come here. So come then to those who love
you and whom you love; help them in the trials of life; watch over those who are dear to you;
protect them as much as you are able; lessen the bitterness of absence by suggesting to them the
thought that now you are happier and that one day, for certain, you will again be reunited in a better
In the place you are now, you must extinguish all earthly resentments. You must hold
yourself inaccessible to them now, for the sake of your future happiness! Therefore forgive all
those who may have incurred debts towards you, just as those against whom mistakes were
committed now forgive you.
NOTE - To this prayer, which applies to everyone, can be added some special words according to
the intimate circumstances of the family, the relationship to the deceased of the one who is praying or the
social position of the departed. When dealing with a child, Spiritism teaches us that we are not referring to a
Spirit that has been recently created, but to one that has already lived other lives and may even be well
advanced. If the lost existence has been a short one, then it is because it was needed only to complete a test
or trial, or because it was needed as a test for the parents (See chapter 5, item 21).
61. PRAYER *:
All Powerful Lord, may Your mercy extend over all those brothers and sisters who have just
left the Earth! May Your light shine upon them! Remove them from darkness! Open their eyes and
ears! May the Good Spirits surround them and let them hear Your words of hope and peace!
Lord, even though we are not worthy, we beg and implore Your merciful indulgence for this
brother (or sister) who has recently been recalled from exile. Make their return that of the prodigal
son. Forget, O Lord, the faults they may have committed and remember only the good they have
done. Your justice is immutable, as we know, but Your love is immense. We beseech You
therefore, to mitigate Your justice from the fountain of kindness which emanates from You!
You who have just left the Earth, may the light shine brightly before your eyes, my brother!
May the good Spirits come to be near you, to surround you and help you to break your earthly
chains! Now you can understand and see the grandeur of God: so submit yourself without
complaint to His justice; however, never despair of His mercy. Dear brother! (or sister) May a
profound examination of your past open the doors of the future, by making you understand the
errors you have left behind, as well as the work that awaits, so you may remedy them! May God
forgive you and may the good Spirits uphold and animate you! Your brothers and sisters on Earth
will pray for you, and ask that you pray for them.
* This prayer was dictated to a medium from Bordeaux at the moment when an unknown funeral procession was
passing by their residence.
THOSE FOR WHOM WE HAVE AFFECTION
62. PREFACE - How terrible is the idea of nothingness! How deserving of pity are those
who think that the voice of one who weeps is lost in a vacuum, without encountering the least sign
of response! A pure and saintly affection has never been known by those who think everything dies
with the body. They believe that the genius who enlightened their world with vast intelligence, is a
mere combination of matter which, as a flame, is extinguished for ever; that of a dearly loved
person such as a father, mother or adored child, nothing remains but a handful of dust which time
will inevitably disperse.
How can anyone who has a heart remain indifferent to this idea? Why are they not frozen
with terror at the thought of absolute annihilation and do not even show a wish that this be not so?
If till now reason has been insufficient for them to have been able to dissipate their doubts, behold,
Spiritism has come to dispel all uncertainty as to the future, by means of the material proof of
survival of the soul and the existence of beings in the beyond that it gives! This is happening to
such an extent, that on all sides these proofs are being received with joy. Confidence is reborn,
because Man henceforth knows that terrestrial existence is only a brief passage leading to a better
life, that work done in this world is not lost and that really pure affections are not shattered beyond
hope (See chapter 4, item 18 & chapter 5, item 21).
O Lord, may You see fit to favourably receive this prayer in the name of X... Help them
perceive the divine lights that will make their pathway to eternal happiness easier. Permit the good
Spirits to take them my words and thoughts.
You who were so dear to me in this world, listen to my voice which calls to offer anew my
pledge of affection. God allowed you to be liberated before me and I cannot complain about this
without being selfish, because this would be equal to a wish that you be still subject to the
sufferings of life. So wait with resignation for the moment of our reunion in this happier world,
where you have arrived before me.
I know that this separation is only temporary, and that however long it may appear to be, its
duration is nothing compared to the blessed eternity which God has promised to His chosen ones.
May His goodness preserve me from doing whatever it might be that could delay this longed for
moment, so that I may be saved from the pain of not encountering you when I leave my earthly
Oh, how sweet and consoling is the certainty that there is nothing between us but a material
veil which hides you from my sight! That you can even be here at my side, hear me speak as of old,
or perhaps even better than then; to know that you do not forget me as I do not forget you; that our
thoughts are constantly intermingling and that your thoughts accompany me and uphold me.
May the peace of the Lord be with you.
FOR SUFFERING SPIRITS WHO ASK FOR PRAYERS
64. PREFACE - So as to appreciate the relief that prayer gives to suffering Spirits, it is
necessary to remember by what manner this is achieved, as has been previously explained (See
chapter 27, items 9, 18 & subsequent). Those who are convinced of this fact will be able to pray
with greater fervour, because of the certainty that they d0 not do 50 in vain.
God of clemency and mercy, may Your goodness extend to all the Spirits we have
recommended to You in our prayers, especially the Spirit of X .
Good Spirits, whose only occupation is to do good, intercede together with me for their
relief'. Make a ray of hope shine before their eyes and enlighten them as to the imperfections which
maintain them distant from the homes of the blessed. Open their hearts to repentance and the desire
to cleanse themselves, so they may accelerate their advancement Make them understand it is by
their own efforts that they may shorten the duration of their trials.
May God, in all His goodness, give them the necessary strength to persevere with their good
May these words, infused with benevolence, soften their trials, so showing them that there
are on Earth those who sympathize and wish them happiness.
We ask, Lord, that You shower the blessings of Your love and mercy on all who suffer, be
they wandering Spirits or incarnates. Have pity for their weaknesses. You made us fallible, but
gave us the capacity to resist evil and conquer it. May Your mercy extend to all those who are not
able to resist their evil tendencies and still continue to drag themselves along evil pathways. May
the good Spirits surround them; may Your light shine in their eyes, and so attracted by the life-
giving warmth of this light, may they come to prostrate themselves at Your feet, humbly, repentant
Merciful Father, we also ask for those of our brothers and sisters who have not had the
strength to resist their earthly trials. Lord, You gave us a burden to carry, to be laid only at Your
feet. However, our weaknesses are great and our courage fails us sometimes during the course of
the journey. Have pity on these indolent servants who have abandoned the work before time. May
Your justice spare them and allow the good Spirits to take them some relief, consolation and hope
for the future. The prospect of pardon strengthens the soul; Lord, show this pardon to those guilty
ones who have given themselves up to despair, so that upheld by hope they may absorb enough
strength from the actual immensity of their failings and sufferings, so they may redeem the past and
prepare themselves for the conquest of the future.
FOR AN ENEMY WHO HAS DIED
67. PREFACE - Charity towards our enemies should accompany them into the Beyond. We
need to understand that the evil they did was a test for us, which can be useful to our state of
advancement, if we know how to take advantage of it. It can be even more beneficial to us than
purely material afflictions, by the fact of our being allowed to join together courage, resignation,
charity and the forgetting of offences (See chapter 10, item 6, & chapter 12, items 5 & 6).
Lord, it pleased You to call the soul of X... before You called me. I forgive him the evil he
did and the bad intentions nurtured towards me. Maybe he is regretting this now that he no longer
feeds off the illusions of this world.
Dear God, may Your mercy descend upon him and turn away from me any idea I might
have of rejoicing at his death. If I am in debt towards him for any reason, may he forgive me, as I
forget those misdemeanours committed against me.
FOR A CRIMINAL
69. PREFACE - If the efficiency of prayer was proportionate to its length, then the longest
ones would be reserved for the most guilty, because they are in more need than those who have
lived saintly lives. To refuse prayer to criminals is to Lack charity towards them and to be unaware
of the mercy of God. To believe they would be useless because a man has committed this or that
grove crime would be to prejudge the Almighty's justice (See chapter 11, item 14).
Lord God of Mercy, do not repudiate this criminal who has just left this Earth! Man's justice
has condemned him, but this does not exempt him from Your justice, if his heart has not been
touched by remorse.
Take away the blind-fold that hides the gravity of his faults! His repentance may deserve
Your kindly treatment and soften the sufferings of his soul. Our prayers can also help and the
intercession of the good Spirits may offer him hope and consolation. Inspire in him the wish to
make amends for his actions in another existence and give him strength so as not to succumb in the
new battles which he will undertake!
Lord, have pity on him!
FOR A SUICIDE
71. PREFACE - Man never has the right to dispose of his life, since it is only given to God
to retrieve him from captivity on Earth, when He judges opportune. Nevertheless, Divine justice
may soften the rigours in accordance with the circumstances, reserving however all severity
towards he who wished to evade the trials of life. The suicide is like a prisoner who escapes from
prison before he has served his sentence, and who when recaptured is treated with greater severity.
The same happens with a suicide who imagines he is escaping from the miseries of the moment,
only to plunge into even greater misfortunes (See chapter 5, item 14 onwards).
We know, Lord, the destiny that awaits those who violate Your law, by voluntarily
abbreviating their days. But we also know that Your mercy is infinite. So please condescend to
extend this mercy to the soul of ... . May our prayers and Your commiseration lessen the harshness
of the sufferings they are experiencing for not having had the courage to await the end of their
Good Spirits, whose mission it is to help those who are wretched, take this Spirit under your
protection; inspire him to regret the error committed. May your assistance give him strength to
support with greater resignation the new trials through which he will have to pass in order to make
reparation. Turn aside from him the evil Spirits who are capable of once again impelling him
towards that same act and so prolonging his sufferings by making him lose the fruits of future
We also direct ourselves to you, whose unhappiness is the motive for our prayers, to offer a
wish that our commiseration may diminish the bitterness and help to create within you the hope for
a better future. This future lies in your hands; believe in the goodness of God, whose bosom opens
to accept all repentance and only remains closed to hardened hearts.
FOR REPENTANT SPIRITS
73. PREFACE - It would be unjust to include in our category of evil Spirits the suffering
and repentant ones who ask for prayers. They may have been bad; nevertheless, they no longer are,
ever since they recognised the error of their ways and deplore them; they are only unhappy. Some
of them have even begun to enjoy relative happiness.
God of Mercy, who accepts the sincere repentance of the sinner, be they incarnate or
discarnate, here is a Spirit who has taken pleasure in evil, who recognises his errors and is entering
into the good pathway. Condescend, Lord, to receive him like the prodigal son and forgive him.
Good Spirits, whose voices he did not pay attention to but now wishes to hear, permit him
to glimpse the happiness of the elected ones of the Lord, so that he may persist in his desire to
purify himself in order to be able to reach them. Uphold him in all his good intentions and give him
the necessary strength to resist his bad instincts.
To the repentant Spirit of X..., we offer our congratulations for the inner change s you have
made and we thank the good Spirits who have helped you to do this.
If you previously took pleasure in evil, it was because you did not understand how sweet is
the enjoyment of doing good, and also because you felt too lowly to be able to manage to do it.
But, from the moment you placed your first step on the path of goodness a new light shone in your
eyes. Then you began to enjoy an unknown happiness and hope entered your heart. This is because
God always hears the prayer of a sinner who repents; He never repels anyone who seeks Him.
So to be once again completely within God's grace, you must apply yourself from now on to
not only never again committing evil but to doing good, and above all else to repair the evil that
you have done. Then you will satisfy God's justice; each good action you practise will wash away
all past errors.
The first step has been taken; so now as you continue to advance by this path it will become
easier and more agreeable. Persevere then, and one day you will have the glory of being counted
amongst the good Spirits and those who are blessed.
FOR HARDENED SPIRITS
75. PREFACE - The bad Spirits are those who hove not yet been touched by repentance,
who delight in evil and who feel no regrets for this. They are insensitive to reprimands, repel prayer
and frequently blaspheme in God's name. They are those hardened Spirits, who after death seek
vengeance upon men for the suffering they had endured and pursue with hate all who practised evil
against them during their existence, by either obsessing them or by exercising all kinds of
disastrous influences over them (See chapter 10, item 6, and chapter 12, items 5 & 6).
There are two distinct categories of perverse Spirits: those who are plainly evil and those
who are hypocrites. It is infinitely easier to bring the first ones back to goodness than the last ones.
The first, more often than not, have brutal and coarse natures, just as is seen in men; they practise
evil more from instinct than from calculation and do not seek to appear better than they are.
However, there is in them a latent germ that needs to open up, which is usually achieved by means
of perseverance; firm benevolence, counselling, reasoning and prayer. It h05 been noticed that in
automatic-writing these Spirits have difficulty in writing the name of God, which is a sign of an
instinctive fear, an intimate voice of conscience which tells them they are unworthy. It is at this
point that they ore ready to convert themselves and we can hove high hopes for them; we only need
to find the vulnerable point in their hearts.
Hypocritical Spirits ore almost always very intelligent. But they do not have a grain of
sensitivity in their hearts; nothing touches them. They simulate all the good sentiments so as to gain
confidences and are happy when they encounter those who are foolish enough to accept them as
good Spirits, because then they can control them as they like. The name of God, far from inspiring
the least tremor of fear, serves them as a mask to cover their vileness. In both the invisible and
visible worlds, the hypocrites are the most dangerous of beings because they act in the shadows,
without anyone suspecting; they have only apparent faith, never real faith.
Lord, may it please You to cast a kindly glance over the imperfect Spirits who find
themselves in the obscurity of ignorance and so do not know You, especially the Spirit of X ...
Good Spirits, help us to make them understand that by inducing men towards evil, obsessing
them and tormenting them, they only prolong their own sufferings. Make the example of the
happiness You enjoy into an encouragement for them.
Spiritual brother, you who still take pleasure in the practise of evil, listen to the prayer we
offer for you; it should convince you that we only desire to help you and not to do you harm.
You are unhappy, because it is not possible to be happy while practising evil. So why do
you remain in suffering when the possibility of avoiding it depends on yourself? Look at the good
Spirits surrounding you at this moment and see how blessed they are! Would it not be more
agreeable for you to enjoy the same happiness?
You say this is impossible; however, nothing is impossible to he who wants something,
since God gave you, as He did all His creatures, the liberty to choose between good and evil,
happiness and wretchedness, and no one is condemned to practise evil. Just as you have the will to
do evil, you may also find the will to do good and be happy.
Cast your eyes back towards God. Direct your thoughts for an instant to Him and a ray of
divine light will illuminate you. Say these simple words together with us: Dear God, I repent,
forgive me! Try to repent and do good
instead of doing bad things, and you will soon see His mercy descending upon you and an
indescribable feeling of well-being will substitute the anguish you experience now.
Once you have taken the first step along the path to goodness the rest of the way will be
easy to follow. You will understand then what a long period of happiness you have lost through
your own fault. Nevertheless, a radiant future full of hope will open before you and make you
forget your miserable past, full of perturbation and moral tortures, which would be hell for you if
they were to last for eternity. The day will come when these tortures will be such that you will
desire to make them cease at any price. Nevertheless, the longer you leave it the more difficult this
Do not believe that you will always remain in your present state; no, this is not possible.
You have two prospects before you: to suffer very much more than you have done until now, or to
be blessed as are the good Spirits who surround you. The first is inevitable if you persist in being
obstinate, when a simple effort on your part would be sufficient to take you out of the bad situation
in which you find yourself. So hurry, seeing that each day you delay is a lost day of happiness!
Good Spirits, permit these words to echo in the mind of this backward soul so they may
help him to approach God. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Who has such great power over
5 - PRAYERS FOR THE SICK AND OBSESSED
FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK
77. PREFACE - Illness belongs to the tests and vicissitudes of earthly life. It is inherent in
the grossness of our material nature and in the inferiority of the world we inhabit. Passions and
excesses of all kinds create unhealthy conditions in our organism, which are sometimes transmitted
by heredity. In worlds that are more advanced in both physical and moral aspects, the human
organism, being more purified and less material, is no longer subject to the same infirmities and the
body is not secretly undermined by the corrosives of passions (See chapter 3, item 9). In this
manner we must resign ourselves to the consequences of the ambient in which our inferiority places
us, until we deserve to pass on to a better one. However, while we are waiting this does not prevent
us from doing whatever we can to improve our present situation. But if despite our best efforts we
do not manage this, then Spiritism teaches us to support our passing miseries with resignation.
If God had not wished that in certain cases bodily sufferings be dissipated and softened, He
would not have put the possibility of cure within our reach. His solicitude in this respect, being in
conformity with the instinct of self-preservation, indicates that it is our duty to seek these means
and apply them.
Apart from ordinary medication elaborated by Science, magnetism allows us to know the
power of fluidic action, and Spiritism reveals another powerful force in the mediumship of healing
and the influence of prayer (See below PREFACE 81, the note about the mediumship of healing).
78. PRAYER (To be said by the sick person):
Lord, You are all justice. The illness You saw fit to send me must be deserved, because You
never impose suffering without just cause. Therefore I entrust my cure to Your infinite mercy. If it
pleases You to restore my health, may Your Name be blessed! If on the contrary it is necessary for
me to suffer more, may You be blessed just the same. I submit without complaint to Your wise
purpose, since what You do can only be for the good of Your creatures.
Dear God, let this infirmity be a timely warning to me, which will cause me to meditate
upon myself. I accept it as an expiation for my past and as a test of my faith and submission to
Your blessed will (See prayer No. 40).
79. PRAYER (For the sick person):
Dear God, Your designs are impenetrable and in Your wisdom You have sent this affliction
to X... I implore You, Lord, to cast a glance of compassion over his sufferings and if You see fit, to
Good Spirits, you who are ministers of the Almighty, I beseech you to second my request to
alleviate his sufferings; direct my thought so that a balsam may be poured over his body and
consolation poured into his soul.
Inspire him with patience and submission to God's Will. Give him enough strength to support the
pain with Christian resignation, so that the fruits of this test may not be lost (See prayer No. 57).
80. PRAYER (To be said by the Healer):
Dear God, if it pleases You to use me as an instrument, although I am unworthy, may I cure
this infirmity if You so desire, because I have faith in You. But I know I can do nothing alone.
Permit the good Spirits to concentrate their beneficial fluids in me, so that I may transmit them to
the sick person and free me from all thought of pride and selfishness, which might alter their
FOR THOSE WHO ARE OBSESSED
81. PREFACE - Obsession is the persistent action which an inferior or bad Spirit exercises
over an individual. It may present many varied characteristics, from a simple moral influence with
no perceptible exterior signs, to a complete organic and mental perturbation. It may obstruct all
mediumship faculties. In automatic-writing this may be shown by the insistence of one Spirit in
communicating, to the exclusion of all other Spirits.
Bad Spirits encircle the Earth, due to the moral inferiority of its inhabitants. Their
malevolent action forms part of the afflictions which face humanity. Obsessions, just as much as
infirmities and all life's tribulations, must be considered as tests and atonements and accepted as
In the same manner that sicknesses are the result of our physical imperfections, which make
the body accessible to pernicious exterior influences, obsession is always the result of
moral imperfections, which allow the access of a bad Spirit. Physical causes pit themselves against
physical forces; a moral cause must be opposed by a moral force. In order to prevent infirmities we
fortify our bodies; to exempt ourselves from obsession it is necessary to fortify the soul, which
means that the obsessed person must work for their own betterment, which is frequently sufficient
to relieve them of the obsession without resorting to help from others. When an obsession
degenerates into subjugation and possession, then the help of other people becomes indispensable,
because not infrequently the patient loses their will-power and their free-will.
Obsession almost always manifest the vengeance that a Spirit desires, which is frequently
rooted in the relationship they had with this person in a previous life (See chapter 10, item 6 and
chapter 12, items 5 & 6).
In the case of a grave obsession, the person being obsessed is enveloped and impregnated by
pernicious substances, so neutralizing the action of healthy fluids and repelling them. It is very
important to free the person from these negative vaporous fluids. However, a bad fluid cannot be
eliminated by other bad fluids. By a similar action to that exercised by a healer in the case of
illness, it is necessary to expel the bad substances with the help of better ones, which in a certain
way produces the effect of a reaction. This may be called a mechanical action, but it is not
sufficient alone. It is also necessary and most important, to act upon this intelligent being by
speaking with authority, which can only be achieved through moral superiority. The greater this is,
the greater will be the authority.
This is not all however. In order to guarantee liberation from the obsessor it is also
necessary to induce the perverse Spirit to renounce their bad designs, to awaken repentance in them
and a desire to do good. This can be done through the means of skillfully directed instruction, given
during special private meetings for this purpose, with the objective of offering moral education to
this Spirit. Then it may be possible to have the double satisfaction of liberating an incarnate Spirit
and converting a discarnate one at the same time.
This task is made easier when the obsessed person, understanding their situation, joins in
with the prayers and adds their cooperation in the form of a desire to recuperate. The same does not
happen when, being seduced by the obsessing Spirit, the person remains deluded as to the qualities
of the entity who dominates them, even taking pleasure in the errors this Spirit induces them to
commit. In this case, instead of helping, he repels all assistance offered. This is what happens in
cases of fascination, which are infinitely more rebellious to treatment than even the most violent
case of subjugation (See THE MEDIUMS' BOOK, chapter 23). In all cases of obsession, prayer
is the most powerful means of help in the action against an obsessing Spirit.
82. PRAYER (To be said by the person being obsessed):
Dear God, permit the good Spirits to liberate me from the malefic Spirit which has linked
itself to me. If this Spirit is seeking vengeance as a consequence of wrongs I might have practised
against him in other existences, then You have permitted this, Lord, and I suffer for my own faults.
repentance make me worthy of Your pardon and of my liberation! But whatever the motive, I
beseech Your mercy for he who persecutes me. Lord; help him to find the pathway to progress,
which will turn him away from the practise of evil. May I, on my part, repay evil with goodness, so
inducing him to better sentiments.
But dear God, I also know that it is my own imperfections which make me accessible to the
influences of imperfect Spirits. Give me the necessary light so I may recognise these imperfections
and above all, remove the pride in me which makes me blind to my own defects.
How great must be my unworthiness to allow a malefic being to dominate me!
Dear God, may this blow to my vanity be a lesson for the future. May it fortify the
resolution I have made to cleanse myself by means of the practise of goodness, charity and
humility, so that as from now I may put up a barrier against all bad influences.
Lord, give me strength to support this test with patience and resignation. I understand that,
just as with all other tests, it will aid my progress if I do not spoil the fruits with my complaining,
because it offers me an opportunity to demonstrate my submission and to practise charity towards
an unhappy brother by forgiving him the evil he has done me (See chapter 12, items 5 & 6; chapter
28, item 15 and subsequent, also items 46 & 47).
83. PRAYER (For the one who is obsessed):
Almighty God, may it please You to give me the power to liberate ... . from the influence of
the Spirit that is obsessing him. If it be in Your designs to put an end to this test, concede me the
grace of speaking to this Spirit with the necessary authority.
I ask all good Spirits who help me, and you, his Guardian Angel, to give me your
assistance; help me to free this sufferer from the impure fluids which envelop him.
In the name of Almighty God, I urge the malefic Spirit which torments this person to retire!
84. PRAYER (For the obsessing Spirit):
Lord of infinite goodness, I implore Your mercy for the Spirit who is obsessing X... Help
him to see the Divine Light so that he may recognise the falsity of the path he follows. Good
Spirits, help me make him understand that he has everything to lose by the practise of evil, and
everything to gain by the practise of good.
To the spirit who is tormenting X..., I beg you to listen to me since I speak to you in the
name of God!
If you would but reflect, you would understand that evil can never outdo goodness and that
it is not possible to be stronger than God and the good Spirits.
It is possible for them to protect .... from your attacks; if this has not been done already it is
because he had to go through this test. But when this test reaches its end, then all action against him
will be blocked. The evil that you have done, instead of causing harm, will have contributed
towards his progress and happiness. In this manner, your wickedness will be a total loss for you and
will only rebound upon yourself.
God, Who is all powerful, and the Superior Spirits who are His delegates, being more
powerful than you, are capable of putting an end to this obsession whenever they wish, and your
tenacity will fall before this supreme authority. But because He is good, God wants to leave you the
merit for having ceased of your own will. It is a respite that is being offered to you, and if you do
not take advantage of it you will suffer deplorable consequences. Great punishment and cruel
suffering will await You will be forced to plead for mercy and for the prayers of your victim, who
has already forgiven you and prays for you, which constitutes a great merit in the eyes of God and
hastens their liberation.
So reflect while there is still time, seeing that God's justice will fall upon you as it does on
all rebellious Spirits. Consider that the evil you do now necessarily has a limit, whereas, if you
persist in being obstinate, you will only increase the extension of your own sufferings.
When you were upon Earth, did you never consider it stupid to sacrifice a great goodness
for a small momentary satisfaction? It is the same now you are a Spirit. What will you gain by what
you are doing? The misguided pleasure of tormenting someone, which does not stop you being
wretched even if you do not admit it, only leaves you even more unhappy.
On the other hand, see what you are missing! Look at the good Spirits around you and tell
me if their lot is not preferable to yours. The happiness they enjoy can also be yours whenever you
like. What do you have to do for this? Beseech God, and instead of doing evil, do good. I know that
you cannot transform yourself immediately, but God does not demand the impossible; He only asks
for good-will. Try, and we will help you. Make an effort so that very soon we may offer up in your
name the prayer for those who are repentant (No. 73), and no longer rank you amongst the bad
Spirits, while we await the moment when we can count you among the good Spirits.
(See also No. 75 - Prayers for Hardened Spirits).
REMARKS: The cure of grave obsessions requires much patience, perseverance and
devotion. It also demands tact and ability in order to direct those who are frequently perverse,
hardened and astute, towards being good Spirits, since there are those who are extremely rebellious.
In the vast majority of cases we must be guided by the circumstances. Nevertheless, whatever the
characteristics of the Spirit, it is an incontestable fact that nothing is obtained by either constraint or
threats; all influence resides in moral superiority. Another truth, equally well proven by experience
as well as logic, is of the complete
ineffectiveness of exorcism, formulas, sacramental words, amulets, talismans, exterior practises or
any kind of material symbols.
Prolonged obsessions may cause pathological disorders, which frequently demand
simultaneous or consecutive treatment, be it magnetic or medical, so as to be able to restore organic
health. When the cause has been destroyed, it remains for the effects to be remedied (See THE
MEDIUMS' BOOK, 2nd part, chapter 23 - "Obsession" - also REVUE SPIRITE, February and
March, 1864 & April, 1865 - examples of cures for obsession).