|Guardin Angel - Childhood|
He feels happy whem we respond to his solicitude and suffer when he sees us succumbing.
His name not important because it is quite possible that it is not know on Earth. So then, we call him by name of Guardian Angel or our good Spirit. We could also call him under the name of one of the superior Spirit with whom we feel a special simpathy.
Apart from this Guardian Angel, who is always a superior Spirit, we have other Spirits protector, who although slightly less elevated, are just as good and generous. These are the Spirit of friends and relations, or even people we have not know in the present life. they help us with their advice and quite often intervem in the happening of our life.
Sympathetic Spirit 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 our inclinations which have attracted them to us.
the seductive Spirit 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 then they 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 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 Spirit secondary guides , but it is a mistake to belive that inevitably we have a bad element at our side to counter-balance the good influences we receive from them.
The evil Spirit 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 Spirit, so it is ourselves who attract them. The result is we are never without the assistance of good spirit, and the withdrawal of the bad Spirits depends entirely an 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.
A prayer to Guardian Angel and protecting Spirit should have a its objective the solicitation of their intercession with God, to ask for strength to resist evil suggestions and to ask for help in all life's contingencies.
The Gospel according to Spiritsm - Allan Kardec.
THE VOYAGE OF LIFES.
by Thomas Cole.
A reflection about the homonymous series of paintings by Thomas Cole, in which he stresses the constant presence of our 'guardian angel'.
|The Voyage of Life Childhood|
|The Voyage of Life Youth|
The Voyage of Manhood
|The Voyage of Life Old Age|
The Voyage of Life series, painted by Thomas Cole in 1840, is a series of paintings that represent an allegory of the four stages of human life: childhood, youth, manhood, and old age. The paintings follow a voyager who travels in a boat on a river through the mid-19th century American wilderness. In each painting, accompanied by a guardian angel, the voyager rides the boat on the River of Life. The landscape, corresponding to the seasons of the year, plays a major role in telling the story. In each picture, the boat's direction of travel is reversed from the previous picture. In childhood, the infant glides from a dark cave into a rich, green landscape. As a youth, the boy takes control of the boat and aims for a shining castle in the sky. In manhood, the adult relies on prayer and religious faith to sustain him through rough waters and a threatening landscape. Finally, the man becomes old and the angel guides him to heaven across the waters of eternity.
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