5 thoughts on “Chico Xavier

  1. Eliana

    I just listened to your show on iTunes, and thought I’d stop by to attempt to answer some of the questions you guys had during the show, which by the way was fascinating. It was cool to listen to your fresh and unbiased perspective. I will be listening to the show more often.

    Although I’ve lived in the U.S. for the last 23 years, I was born and raised in Brazil. I was familiar with the life and the work of Chico Xavier before I heard the show. In fact, I found the show because I was doing a search for the movie about Chico Xavier. In my childhood, I had a next door neighbor who became really close to me, like a little sister. I spent a great deal of time with her and loved her dearly. Around the age of 8, this little girl died suddenly in a tragic accident. The blood stains on the sidewalk were visible for a long while and served as a harsh reminder of what had transpired. Both her parents became a wreck, understandbly, and one could say that they trule hated life and everyone in it. Even each other.

    Several months to a year later, one of the neighbors, who was related to the family in reference, convinced the little girl’s mother to take a trip with her to Chico Xavier’s “centro espirita”. It was in the city of Uberaba, in the state of Minas Gerais, I believe. They arrived there not knowing anyone and vice-versa. They didn’t have people interview you to find out why you were there. They knew people were there to received messages and if the message came for you, they would bring the psychographed letter to you. Since a great number of people used to show up hoping for a message, Chico only psychographed for a percentage of the visitors. After all, there just were so many hours in the day.

    My neighbor was one of the lucky ones who received a message. When they came back home, she gave us really close friends a copy of the letter that Chico had psychographed. It brought me to tears. It was clearly evident that my little friend had written the letter. Not only the letter described how the accident happen and how she felt about the whole thing, it also indicated knowledge of family members who were already “on the other side” and the ones that were not. She even mentioned us, close friends.

    Most incredibly, I think, is that at the very end of the letter, the scribbles became more and more clear, and eventually they clearly become the little girl’s hand-writing. The signature alone was undoubtedly hers, because she used to sign it in a unique manner. Bear in mind that Chico and everyone there knew nothing about the mother, the girl, anything at all when he psychographed this message and handed to her.

    If I had any doubts at that point, from that day forward, I had none. I ended up reading many of the books psychographed by Chico Xavier and some of them are really interesting to me. As one of you guys said, he certainly inspired a generations of readers. 🙂

    Now, I wanted to clarify a couple of things. “Centro espiritas” are not a form of organized religion or a church as you may have imagined. There are many “centro espiritas” in Brazil and they are just a gathering place for medium who channel and for other to come get messages. Typically there is no money involved at all, and it’s pretty much a community thing. It’s hard to explain, but having lived here, I can tell you that there’s nothing like it is here in the States in terms of churches and how they operate.

    Also, unlike what the article may have given you the impression, Chico was not a religious leader of any kind. He was only seen as a medium, a very good one at that, and nice man. Chico lived in near-poverty his whole life, he lead a very simple life of not many material possessions. Whenever he received donations and such, it would to into organizations that helped sick, homeless, displaced families and such. Chico was liked so much (as you could tell) because of his humility, simplicity, and sweet peaceful demeanor. I cannot and wouldn’t attempt to vouche for all “espiritas” or mediums, because I know for a fact there are a lot of deceitful bartards everywhere in the world – heck, I’m not even a “espirita” to feel the need to defend one – but as someone who lived in Brazil, read Chico’s books, understands the culture he lived in, etc. AND as someone who was exposed directly to his remarkable work, Chico was the real deal. He was a really kind soul whose presence made a suttle yet profound difference in the lives of many.

    Anyway, I thought your show was really cool and I will start checking out your archives to hear more. 🙂
    All the best,

  2. Elsa Rossi

    Thank you very much dear Michael.
    I really loved the podcast about Chico Xavier – and comments by Eliana…
    Allan Kardec books explain clearly about the religion… and we are not religion as such.
    • All Spiritist practice is gratuitous, following the orientation of the moral principle found in the Gospel: “Give for free what you receive for free.”
    • Spiritism is practiced with simplicity, without any external forms of worship, within the Christian principle that God should be worshiped in spirit and in truth.
    • Spiritism has no clergy, nor does it adopt or use at any of its meetings or during its practices the following: altars, images, candles, processions, sacraments, concession of indulgences, religious vestments, alcoholic or hallucinogenic beverages, incense, tobacco, talismans, amulets, horoscopes, cartomancy, pyramids, crystals, or any other objects, rituals or external forms of worship.
    • Spiritism does not impose its principles. It invites those interested in knowing it to submit its teachings to the test of reason before accepting them.
    • Mediumship, which allows the Spirits to communicate with Human Beings, is a faculty which many individuals bring with them at birth, independent of whatever religion or beliefs they may come to adopt.
    • Spiritist mediumship practice is solely that which is exercised based on the principles of the Spiritist Doctrine and within the Christian moral concepts.
    • Spiritism respects all religions and doctrines; values all efforts towards the practice of goodness; works towards peace and fellowship between all nations and all peoples, regardless of race, colour, nationality, creed, cultural or social standing. It also recognizes that “the truly good person is one who complies with the laws of justice, love, and charity in their highest degree of purity.” (The Gospel According to Spiritism – chapter 17 – item 3)
    • “Spiritism is a science which deals with the nature, origin and destiny of Spirits, as well as their relationship with the corporeal world.”
    Allan Kardec (Taken from Qu’est-ce que le Spiritisme? – Préambule) – Translated from the original French
    “To be born, to die, to be reborn yet again, and constantly progress, that is the Law.”
    “Unshakable faith is only that which can meet reason face to face in every Human epoch.”
    The study of the works of Allan Kardec is fundamental for the correct knowledge of the Spiritist Doctrine

    Chico Xavier, Medium of the Century By Guy Lyon Playfair, Published in the UK – 2nd Edition
    Very nice biography of Chico Xavier – http://www.amazon.co.uk — the scientists, Dr Stanley, Dr Playfair, and others are saying : CHICO XAVIER IS A MEDIUM OF ALL CENTURIES… His book, one day, will be a subject that will be studied in all Universities… Spiritist Science .
    Elsa Rossi – UK

  3. Mike Tappan

    Thanks for taking the time to leave comments. Eliana, your story was very enlightening and great to see the information from the perspective of someone involved with his work. Elsa, thanks for your comment as well. I hope you two check out some of our other podcasts as well 🙂

    1. teagish

      Sorry. We have a ton (15?) of recorded shows. Just need to edit out all of the bad jokes and “ums” and post them. We still record regularly, we’re just lazy editors.


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