Before we discuss the general practices in a
Spiritist center, let us state the following facts:
1) the spirit world exists, interacts, and influences the material
world continually whether one believes in it, or not;
2) there are people who have problems which may be solely of a
spiritual nature but may be unaware of it (many who are in
3) the study of what we call Spiritism does not, in itself, cause
one to become obsessed by spirits; and,
4) the most important thing is that nothing happens without the Will
of God, Who is All-Powerful and All-Love.
People who generally first start a Spiritist group are interested in
the study of the Spiritist Doctrine (the study and practice of
communication with the spirit world with its philosophical,
scientific, and moral implications) and can form an informal group
at someone’s home to study the books of Allan Kardec, and similar
A group can be to solely study the Doctrine and another meeting can
be for the sole purpose of spirit communications.
Some Centers are very strict about this separation, but some groups
have successively combined both these types of meetings. Eventually,
among the participants, there may be some who develop the faculty of
mediumship, a person who acts as an instrument, in providing for the
likely communication between the spirit and material worlds.
A regular place for meetings is preferable so that the spirits can
prepare and continue to maintain a harmonious spiritual atmosphere
at that location. In addition, a set time is also advisable because
spirits are involved with many activities and duties in their own
world, and do not just sit around waiting for us to try and
communicate with them; this is just common courtesy.
The frequency of meetings can vary at different organizations, but
the well-being and health of the mediums should be taken into
consideration, and they should not be overworked; meetings for
communication with the spirit world should not be more than once or
twice a week according to Allan Kardec in his book Practical
Instruction for Spiritist Manifestations, Chapter VIII.
Meetings can be split up if the organization is big enough to have:
classes for mediums, classes for children, regular public meetings,
and special meetings to resolve particular spiritual problems. This
last type of meeting should be done by experienced mediums
preferably, who do what can be called charity work in assisting
troubled spirits and/or participants who may not feel well, and, to
educate those spirits who may be causing disturbances. Spiritists
should always recommend that anyone not feeling well, for whatever
reason, should always first go to their physician to see if their
problems are of a physical nature before coming to Spiritist Centers
for the possible resolving of spiritual problems. (spiritual
healing, magnetic “passes”, etc. will be dealt with in another
In the Spiritist Practice there are no clergy. Those who have
leadership abilities and are more knowledgeable about the Spiritist
Doctrine (many who are mediums) usually end up in charge of the
Material titles are not important, what is important is the level of
moral, spiritual, intellectual (and if any mediumship) qualities
the leaders have, in order to properly direct and provide for the
activities involved with the moral and spiritual education of the
rest of the group.
The group generally has a certain amount of confidence in their
leaders or, they move on to another group or, they may start their
As groups gain in membership and become large, they should look into
whatever particular city, county, state, and federal requirements
and laws may apply to them, if they accept donations and become more
active and formal.
Further, the Spiritist Practice does not require nor use altars,
images, candles, crystals, ashes, processions, talismans, amulets,
cards, incense, horoscopes, fortune telling, drugs, or any other
items or rituals or any other external forms of worship. None of
these items is necessary for the communication with spirits, and
none of these have any power, or control over spirits.
There are the people in the material world who sit to study the
Spiritist Doctrine and then there are the spirits, working in
partnership with them, and, communicating through the mediums to
relay messages. Chairs and tables are usually all that is needed for
our own physical comfort. Nothing else is required.
When the session, or séance, begins all conversation should stop and
all should prepare to receive instruction, and, the mediums to
receive the communications.
The group should open and close with a prayer in the name of God,
and, to request for spiritual protection from their spirit guides.
The number of participants is not important, but generally with
smaller groups (see The Mediums Book, Chapter XXIX, item 334), it is
easier to maintain a more harmonious spiritual environment and unity
The intent, spirituality, and morality of the people in attendance
generally determine what types of spirit communications will be
received, if any. A high moral and spiritual ambience of the
participants, who are in harmony of purpose and have a sincere
desire for spiritual truths, provides for the most beneficial types
of spirit communications and experiences.
As an example, The Spiritist Society of Florida conducts once a
month for each: a mediumship study class, a children instruction
class, and a public meeting for the study of the Doctrine AND for
the communication with spirits (this one held on the last Sunday of
The above are the very basics regarding the starting of a sincere
and serious Spiritist group. For more information refer specifically
to the books by Allan Kardec.