Finding Hammed

Sandra Mussi

I found Hammed during an emotional disarray, when my role as mother had lost its way in the so famous "empty nest syndrome". My two children found their wings and were ready for their steady flight. Although shy, they took their first steps after graduating and got in touch with the world that opened ahead. This new arrangement did not allow me to continue to be the mother that always worried about their smallest needs. Becoming a point of internal emotional conflict, the freedom of having all my time available to meet my own needs brought a sense of selfishness and guilt.

I saw my soul seek other satisfactions and new ways to feel fulfilled. I found in the pages of Hammed, this beloved Spiritual Guide, messages that not only were so familiar, but that deeply touched the essence of my soul. They were the answers I sought. With his help I was finding the way through my re-born spiritism. I found myself once again in the spiritual center which I had left and was engaged in studying once again the magnificent work of Allan Kardec. The basic works of Kardec bring the fullness of consciousness, and all we need to understand ourselves and understand each other. He is indeed the great psychologist of the soul! In the visible and invisible worlds, many planes are drawn and much pain is required before the veil of ignorance is finally removed from our physical eyes and spirit.

Hammed became my dear spiritual friend and I shared with him my sorrows and joys. I was very surprised to meet the author and Hammed’s intermediary, our dear Quico, and observe an intense sense of joy fill my heart just as if I was finding a long lost brother.

I decided to return to my studies of the human soul. Guided by the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung, the beloved Joanna de Angelis, Dr. Manoel Philomeno Miranda and Hammed, who all inspired me in my spiritist mission, I resumed my career as a psychologist.

The word "psychology" is derived from two Greek words “psyche” meaning "soul", and “logia” which means "study". Today psychology is not the science of the soul, but rather the science of behavior and the human experience. When any psychologist discusses the human soul, he or she is speaking about a material soul, defining mind as brain functions. With psychology we evolve to the concept that our needs are the basic sources of motivating energy. And so, my attitude began to be renewed.

After more than 150 years since the birth of Spiritism, its message remains the light that illuminates the earthly social organism and opens across the landscape of the world a new age. It restores within human hearts the pristine teachings of Jesus’ Gospel and prepares humanity to a religion of inner reality.

Many are the facets that mark human diversity. In addition to differences between individuals in terms of perception and interpretation of reality, there are cultural, genetic, and social dissimilarities, not to mention the many experiences that we keep from our multiple reincarnations.

In the context in which we live, many concepts, theories and ideals succumb to the strength of contemporary circumstances and do not resist the "breath of fresh wind."

It is inside this complex modern world that the reflections of the spirit Hammed, the light of Spiritism, keep their natural relevance. The scope of his message, ingrained in the postulates and principles of Spiritist doctrine, reach beyond traditional walls, reaching human beings in their deepest essence.

Perhaps this is Hammed’s greatest merit: to place an individual in touch with his/her self, with one’s own reality and the emotional and affective world in which we live. Whatever race, religion, social or intellectual background, Hammed reaches each individual through observations and questions about the root of their own behavior, that point to the reasons for their anguish and pain, as well as to the source of your happiness and self fulfillment.

This approach is revealed in every sentence of Hammed, for example, by stating "in life, there is no need to change course, but rather the way you walk." Simple words, but reflective of deep content, that guide the spirit to change the distorted beliefs and values that it carries within its intimacy. We can only achieve change as we begin to understand ourselves.

Hammed writes: "we call the 'seven deadly sins' as the 'pains of the soul'. They are: pride, sloth, anger, envy, gluttony, lust and greed. Today, thanks to the valuable assistance of the psychological doctrines, in general, and spiritist psychology, specifically, these 'sins' are considered more as misfits, neurosis or inner imbalance. In fact, the 'sinners' need much more self-analysis, repair and treatment than conviction, prosecution or punishment."

He adds, "He who has a minimum intimate clarity wants to distinguish these psychological processes as disarray of the human psyche and not bring them to a priest for absolution, or simply write them down as faults or errors caused by the action of unhappy spirits, without assuming any responsibility."

I believe that this literature brings fresh air to spiritist thought.

The very titles of the works of the spirit Hammed, such as "Changing Attitudes," "The Pains of the Soul," "The Pleasures of the Soul," "The Big Sense" and others, reveal the universal language of his message, as pains and pleasures are not just felt by the spirit, but also by the Catholic, Protestant and Jew; similarly the development of consciousness and renewal of attitudes are common needs of the Brazilian, American, Canadian, Chinese, and Spaniard, in essence, anyone that seeks to unravel and understand their inner universe.

Hammed’s messages find no borders, even in areas of human knowledge, because many of his ideas have support in early studies in psychoanalysis, psychology, anthropology, mythology, history, in essence, connecting the vast intertwined fields of knowledge, providing evidence to the spirit of a wider reflection about life.

Hammed through his study of unconscious life, "the sea beyond" of our existence of immortal spirits, makes the connections between the mechanisms of the inner world and the various questions contained in the The Book of Spirits.

In the so called internal reform process, Hammed stands out as he leaves the shallowness of the topic and moves to the heart of the most troubling questions of the soul, such as anger, delusion, grief, pleasure, love, disappointment, cruelty, life and death, mediumship, marriage, relationships and many others. Feelings, emotions and relationships surrounding our everyday lives, though challenging and so misunderstood, become fully comprehensible with the help of this beloved spiritual benefactor.

I finally see that the greatest joy that all these great spirits have brought and will continue to bring in my journey is the power to enjoy the freedom to be myself, to feel as one with the certainty that God accompanies me on all my steps.

With the permission of my spirit friends and at the appropriate moment, these connections, so desired by my soul, will become clear and comprehensive, making room for my continued moral, mental, emotional and spiritual growth.

Sandra Mussi
Toronto Spiritist Society