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Perhaps the Oldest Belief Known to Man

     One of the foundation stones of Spiritualism is the demonstration of the personality surviving death. A simpler explanation would be the continuity of life. We are not speaking of religion, but more of a cultural belief. Today, this belief is expressed through every known religion. The belief didn’t start with Christianity, but much further in history. We must turn our gaze upon the Ancient civilizations.


     When speaking of Ancient civilizations, we’re not referring to the Hebrews, Palestinians, Syrians, or any of the races listed in the Bible.[1] The civilizations we are referring to lie further back in time. Think of those nations as the second generation of humankind.[2] The first generation may have been the time of the Shaman, when civilizations consisted of tribes and clans. Perhaps this would make us the third generation. The people we are referring to are the Ancient Egyptians, the Mesopotamians, Mesoamericans, and early Asians. What may be considered intriguing about this exploration are their locations. They occupied different continents and had little, if any contact with each other. Yet, they managed to develop a peculiar belief simultaneously. They saw life as continuing despite the expiration of the body. We can only speculate upon whether communication with the so-called dead took place. However, we can be assured of their belief in the continuity of life. Thus, our focus continues here. After all, that may very well have been the forerunner to what we recognize as religion.


The Mesopotamians

     Mesopotamia is not a country or a race of people, it is a region known as the Fertile Crescent[3] or the Cradle of Civilization.[4] This breadbasket reached as far north as Southeastern Turkey and south to the Persian Gulf, specifically around the area of the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. Some archeologists put this near the city of Urfa, which is close to a group of monolithic stones.[5] Studying ancient civilizations has proven to be difficult for the professional and more so for the nonprofessional. The difficultly lies in the application of current beliefs to information discovered. For instance, earlier translations were based on the amount of information at the time, which is now considered limited. Many rushed to make a place for themselves in history and hastily interpreted discovered texts. As archeologists continued their explorations, new treasures were uncovered encouraging new ideas. Some were forced to revise earlier theories. For instance, some of the literature was found to be bilingual and some were trilingual.[6] Akkadian and Sumerian writing are very different and may have contributed to incorrect assumptions. Our interests though lie with their religious practices and beliefs, not their literary development.


     Our only evidence of spirit communication is not in the manner we employ today. To the Mesopotamians ghosts were perceived as dust clouds or will-o-the-wisps that were able to consume food and drink. These mysterious beings were often consulted, but they could never be touched.[7] Evidence suggests the practice was popular, more so than today. Our only evidence though appears to be in the literature of the time. In one of the stories of Gilgamesh, Enkidu, his companion, is questioned about an encounter with the dead. Enkidu relates a history of individual deaths and of how they were faring afterwards in the Underworld.


     During these early days, the pantheon of gods had not been organized as we know them today. It wasn’t until about 2,500 B.C. that the priests began organizing the gods after the nobility.[8] Prior to this, the idea of god lay within a family’s history or that of the clan. This type of worship often referred to as ancestor worship, was popular with many of the ancient Near East cultures. Most likely, the traditions were introduced by prior conquerors. Descendants often took the god of their father or a role model as their own.[9] This may be the source of the term, God the Father. We’re not searching for the origin of God, but this is worth mentioning. God, or any god appears to have a relationship with death and the afterlife.


     None of the Mesopotamian artifacts indicate a belief in physical resurrection, rebirth, or even reincarnation.[10] However, there remains a great deal to support the idea of a belief in the continuity of life on some level. The type of goods found in burial sites suggests the possibility of attaining some form of happiness or reward after the demise of the body.[11] The idea of some reward after death is evident in many of the present religions in the form of heaven, hell, nirvana, paradise, and purgatory. Our burial practices today mimic the idea of having an interest in the comfort of departed loved ones. Many are buried with letters, rings, and other forms of comfort and remembrances. While most of these behaviors are claimed to be for our benefit, this is not always the case.


     The popular concept of as above, so below one of its many references may be to one’s social standing remaining intact in the netherworld. Their belief was that the underworld mirrored the world above. A story recorded in the Gnostic text, The Secret Book of John, suggests Ildaboath created our world based on a reflection of higher existence. This may have been a carryover from the experiences of the Shaman. This suggests a clear indication of a belief in the continuity of life as Spiritualists understand it. Andrew Jackson Davis informs us that the transition is likened to crossing the ocean from one continent to another. Upon arrival, we are the same person as we were prior to departure. [12]


Egypt

     Research has not revealed where or how the idea of an afterlife developed among the Mesopotamians. They may have borrowed the idea from the Egyptians, though it is doubtful. The idea was well established before the development of written language. For the Egyptians, their belief of continuing life came from observations of nature.[13] In the morning, for those of us who are early risers, we witness the sun emerging from the eastern horizon. We go about our daily business only to watch the day expire with the setting of the sun. This simple observation has been the foundation for many religious philosophies, mystery schools, and doctrines when referring to a person’s life. When experiencing the seasons, life emerges from the ground in the form of awakening plants and later with animals conducting their mating rituals. With summer, life abounds. Newborns emerge and the first fruit of our agricultural habits begin to be harvested. As summer slips into autumn, those newborns have matured, and the plants are heavy with their bounty. Soon afterward, some animals prepare for a long sleep and the vegetation begins to wither. Finally, all appears to have died, though most have sunk into a deep sleep only to emerge once again. From these simple observations, the idea of life continuing is a natural development. As for the early Egyptians, “You have not departed dead, you have departed alive.”[14]


     In the Old Kingdom was the common belief of the ability of the deceased to move about though they were limited to the area of the tomb. Only kings were able to ascend to what was called heaven. Later, processions carried to the departed through the streets to the City of the Dead, which lay west of the city proper around the pyramids.[15] This accounts for the saying being carried into the West or living in the City of the West. As the culture transitioned into the Middle Kingdom, beliefs transitioned as well. The City of the Dead began to extend into our world. With its roots remaining firmly in the tombs around the pyramids. The Ba or a person’s personality began insinuating themselves amongst us. [16]


     Around 1500-1300 BCE, reincarnation became a popular belief.[17] The early Egyptian saw the body as having two aspects; life force and personality. The life force or Ka passed into the child via the parents.[18] This is more than just chromosomes being passed on. We are talking about the animating life force as described in Genesis. The unique properties of their life forces intermingled, bits and pieces of each coming together to ignite a new life. The second aspect, a person’s personality is what continues after the body is vacated. The personality inhabits the body, remaining within it until expiration. An example of this could be when the Christ spirit departed from Jesus during his expiration. Upon the demise of the body, the personality continues to move about. Like the rest of us, the Ba must rest and returns to the body.[19]


Asia

     Ancestor worship was most likely practiced in all of the cultures of the time; its significance warrants a brief mention. Evidence suggests the earliest recording of ancestor worship may have occurred during the Shang period in Northern China around 1200 B.C.E. The assumption is based on artifacts found at burial sites.[20] Before we begin entertaining the idea of figurines representing family ancestors, only those wielding a good deal of influence within the family were afforded that honor.[21]


     The earliest writings of the Hindus are the Vedas, specifically; the Rig Veda assembled around 1000 B.C.E.[22] The Vedas contain rituals regarding the care of ancestors. Within the Hindu practices, before becoming an ancestor, a specific ritual must be performed. During this rite, Agni is said to transport the departed from this world to heaven. This journey lasts a year. During this time, the son performs monthly rituals to feed the ancestor during their sojourn.[23] Afterwards, rituals are performed to continue support. For those not selected to become an ancestor, their only destiny lies in a dark underworld.[24] This is the first time a departed loved one truly dies.


Mesoamerica

     We have touched on the popular regions known to have given birth to civilization. A third location is Mesoamerica, specifically around Chile. Information about this region was sparse at the time of this writing. Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning.


     The empire of the Incas spread throughout the region, adopting the technologies, socio-political structures, ideologies, of conquerors and comprised a very diverse ethnicity. [25] Whereas the Egyptians and Mesopotamians separated themselves from the places of their buried ancestors, the Incans maintained their family bonds. Some even housed the mummified remains of family members in their homes. During the month of November, the dead were removed from their graves, washed, dressed, and fed.[26] We probably know this better as the Day of the Dead celebration or Halloween. Sometimes, they even danced in celebration with them. Family members thought nothing about seeking advice from their mummified ancestors. Unlike the aforementioned cultures, these people were more interested in gaining information rather than their social status.[27]


     From the ancient civilizations of Earth, comes the oldest belief known to us. Many of today’s religions still hold to this ancient concept. Life continues, despite the demise of the body. Whether in Heaven or Nirvana or Life’s other Room, the most important part of the person continues. The individual personality survives. We may even infer that our soul, the essence of who we are may be our personality. Another concept these cultures have in common is the belief that there is something beyond our senses speaking to us.

References

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Barrett, C. E. (2007). Was dust their food and clay their bread? Grave ggods the Mesopotamian afaterlife, and the liminal role of Inana/Ishtar. Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, 7(1), 7-65.

Bock, B. (2015). Ancient Mesopotamian religion: A profile of the healing goddess. Religion Compass, 9(10), 327-334.

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Davis, A. J. (1851). The Great Harmonia; Being a Philosophical Revelation of the Natural, Spiritual and Celestial Universe (Vol. 2 The Teacher). Boston, MA: Bengamin B. Mussey & Co.

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[1] Sometime between 195,000 and 160,000 modern man began to evolve (Dibble, et al., 2008).


Oct. 2019

The Conspiracy


   Nature conspires towards harmony.[1] Such a profound statement from a key figure in the development of Spiritualism. There’s not much we can add. It is the perfect theory, simple and elegant. Also, the most overlooked. To conspire is to purposefully move in a direction. There are no random movements.


   When facing challenges, where do we look for guidance? What if we turn to Nature? Nature has so much to offer. Unlike our predecessors, we turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to her. In our modern age or ignorance, we are of the opinion that we know better. If we should cast an eye her way, she would reveal a most basic secret. Most useful are the Natural Laws of Least Resistance and Acceptance.


   Many confuse acceptance with surrender. Just as they confuse the path of least resistance with one of simplicity. If we are mindful of our experience of life, we will discover the subtle differences and become wise. Acceptance feels different than does surrender. A path of few challenges is more satisfying then one with none or one fraught with many. Sensations and attitudes are noticeably different. Accepting means no longer struggling against. This doesn’t imply we just lie down and whatever we have been struggling against rolls over us. We apply our efforts more efficiently. A path with fewer obstacles allows us to prepare for the next instead of eternal failure.


     Much of the suffering people experience is due to their insistence to struggle. We are told to have high expectations. Thus, we invest a great deal in them, though often without a means of fulfillment. To struggle is not the same as meeting a challenge. When we meet a challenge, we formulate a plan. That plan leads us toward success. In order to succeed, we must adapt. If we fail to adapt, we begin to struggle. If the goal of our desire is too large, we begin to struggle. If we take the time to observe nature, we find her animals adapting. If we observe the tree from beneath our neighbor’s house, we will discover it is not so straight. If we have smaller goals and alter our plans according to what we encounter, success is more likely to occur. Plans such as these conspire towards satisfaction.


     People may suffer because they have no goal. If there is a goal, it may be the wrong goal. Many of the challenges encountered require a series of goals in order to be properly met. The first goal of any circumstance we find disagreeable should be to discover a way out. Ironically the best way out is often the way we got in. Retracing our steps maybe a good place to start. When this doesn’t work, adapt to the conditions while looking for an avenue to move forward. Surrendering fails to do this, because our power has been effectively given over to another. Not only do we stop moving in the direction we desire, but we begin to move according to another’s desire.


     The path of least resistance may be one that requires assistance. Assistance can come from friends, family, chaplains, or services provided or purchased. Assistance should move us forward. Sometimes we may appear to be going backward, but it’s no different than maneuvering out of a parking space. Sometimes the path of least resistance is to start fresh or walk away.


     Another act of conspiring is patience. Nature works in her own time. Sometimes she blusters through while other times she appears to meander. Altogether, she moves at a steady pace. We may want to follow her lead. When moving like gangbusters, we tend to miss opportunities. Of course, the other extreme is to do as little as possible, which is to do nothing. Again, we risk missing opportunities. While both approaches work, they may not be the most beneficial. What it means to surrender is do nothing or everything at once. A steady pace is different. A steady pace is one that adjusts to what is happening. Nature moves at a steady pace because it allows her to explore potential paths. Sometimes things pan out. Other times she abandons whatever was pursued. When she does this, she begins anew.


     Sometimes we should consider invoking Nature’s Law of Acceptance. Other times, we need to find the path of least resistance. Sometimes we need to just get out and look around. In either case, the goal should be to move forward. When a plan is going nowhere, satisfaction is not achieved, and a struggle ensues.


Works Cited

Davis, A. J. (1850). The Great Harmonia (4 ed., Vol. 1). New York: J. S. Redfield, Flowers & Wells.


[1] (Davis, 1850)


19 Sept 2019

Divining with a Pendulum

A pendulum is a weight suspended from a pivot that swings freely. When a

pendulum is displaced sideways from its resting (equilibrium position) it is subject to a

restoring force due to gravity. The force accelerates as it swings back toward the equilibrium position.

 

When released, the restoring force combined with the pendulum's mass causes it to

oscillate about the equilibrium position or swing back and forth. The time for one

complete cycle, a left and right swing, is called the period. The period depends

on the length of the pendulum and, to a slight degree, the amplitude, and width of

the swing.

 

The first scientific investigation of the pendulum occurred around 1602 by Galileo Galilei. The regular motion of a pendulum was used for timekeeping and was the world's most accurate timekeeping technology until the 1930s. Pendulums are also used in scientific instruments such as accelerometers and seismometers. The word "pendulum" comes from the Latin word pendulus, meaning 'hanging.

 

Important information about Using a Pendulum

The pendulum cannot tell you what to ask; and how you phrase the question is very important. Your state of mind is equally important. Choose a time you are relaxed and in a quiet state. A room that is not full of people is preferable, as we all carry a vibration.

 

Remember that your pendulum is a tool; and a way of communicating with higher sources of wisdom. Use it to facilitate insight and clarity. How information is used is entirely up to you. Bear in mind, your pendulum and the information you glean should not be a replacement for common sense, or for medical advice from a qualified health care professional. If you are concerned about a health condition, please see your health care practitioner for diagnosis and treatment options.

 

HISTORY OF PENDULUM DOWSING – DIVINATION

 

Historically, dowsing is known for its ability to locate water, gold, oil and other

minerals, and has also been used in many instances involving life and death issues.

In France, physicians have used the pendulum to assist in diagnosing. The use of pendulums is officially considered a science throughout Europe and is called Radiesthesia or in French "Radiesthesie." Many have used pendulums to

detect allergies and other ailments, and even determine the gender and

birth date of unborn babies. Sometimes, expectant mothers will suspend their wedding or engagement ring in place of a traditional pendulum.

 

Throughout history, people have used the pendulum for guidance during times of despair. In dire circumstances during the Vietnam war, some U.S. marines used pendulums to locate underground mines and tunnels.

 

What we can and cannot do with a Pendulum

Sometimes, we need simple answers. With patience and persistence in

practice, a pendulum allows to quickly discover answers that simple and accurate. It’s important to have a quiet place free from outside influences and where you will not be

disturbed. Always keep in mind, if you feel very strongly about an outcome, you

may influence the divination tool producing an incorrect response.

 

Take time to work with your pendulum on a regular basis. Keep a journal of your experiences and track the accuracy of answers received. Write the date, and time you worked with the pendulum. This will provide with valuable information for when the best times may be to use your pendulum.

 

Begin with a small crystal, pendent, ring or other small light-weighted object and attach it to a necklace chain, string, ribbon, or some other kind of material to suspend it. Use your pendulum only for divination purposes. It will be infused with your energy and purpose. Wearing it as jewelry will disturb the energy it has been infused with.

 

It has been my experience that swinging right/left, means no.

Forward/backward means yes.

When it goes in circles, the answer is uncertain. The wider the swing, the more accurate the answer.

Pendulums can be asked questions regarding how much or how many. The

pendulum will swing, stop, swing again, and continue to do so - a number of times before completely stopping.

 

To finding lost items, take the pendulum around the area and ask if you are near the object. Spirits can also communicate through pendulums.

 

Pendulums and Chakras

Stand in front of, or directly behind, the person you are working with.

Place the pendulum directly over their crown chakra. It will swing back and forth;

side to side; or in circles.

Next place the pendulum in front of the third eye. If the chakra is balanced the

pendulum will swing in the opposite direction of the crown chakra, or the circles will be

reversed.

Continue with each chakra moving downward in order: throat, solar plexus, spleen, and

root.

 

If a chakra is balanced the pendulum will continue to reverse polarities. If it is out of

balance the pendulum will swing in the wrong direction - or not at all.

 

You can also use the pendulum by placing it slowly a few inches away from a person's

body. The point should remain still and move when it locates a problem.

 

THE VARIOUS USES FOR A PENDULUM:

Pendulums are an excellent means for communicating with the spirit world, checking

the accuracy of other readings, divinations, and a variety of other uses.

 

TO FIND SOMETHING LOST - In a Room - hold the pendulum and ask where the

object is located. The pendulum will swing in the direction of the lost object.

In a House - Ask the pendulum, room by room. - is it in the kitchen? yes/no, bathroom

and so on, until you narrow its location. Then go into the room and section it off.

 

On a Map - Start by asking if the missing person or object is in the area of the map. (For

missing persons, it is helpful to have a photo and an item he or she has touched or

worn). Hold the pendulum in the hand you normally use to divine with it and a pointer or

pencil in the other. Point to places on the map, until you narrow their location and go on from there.

 

Outside - Ask - "Am I facing the right direction to find... If the pendulum swings forward

or backward, you are moving in the right direction. In circles, move with the circle slowly,

until it swings back and forth.

 

You can also draw a floor plan of a house or building and use the map method.

 

PAST LIVES - You can write dates on separate small pieces of paper or cards and

space them out, evenly on a table. Ask about your past life and the pendulum will swing

in the direction of the paper with the accurate date. You can keep going back this way in

time. You can do the same with continents, narrow it down to countries in which you

lived. People you now know and their relationship to you in a past life. Put on separate

pieces of paper- lover, friend, spouse, family member etc. Name the person and

ask the question.

 

HEALTH - Ask about each area of your body or ask the aura of someone you want to

know about. Keep narrowing down the questions with each answer you receive from the

pendulum. Remember, this is not a replacement for visiting a healthcare professional.

 

GAMBLING - Be careful because mistakes can be costly. You can take the

pendulum to a casino and ask if this is a table or slot machine, you can win at. The same can be done when betting on horses and so on. *It pays to

be well experienced before gambling for money.

 

RELATIONSHIPS - A pendulum can tell about other people. A photo or

personal item of the person is helpful, but not necessary. Hold the pendulum over the item and ask questions.

 

Yes or no questions can be answered accurately with a pendulum. Small cards or

papers with names of people, places, or things can be lined up from left to right and the

pendulum will start swinging in the direction of the card or piece of paper with the

answer.

 

How to Cleanse and Charge a Pendulum

As with any other divining tool, the pendulum needs to be cleansed and charged

regularly. Generally, pendulums should be cleansed before and after each use.

 

How to Cleanse a Pendulum

On a day when the forecast calls sun, place the pendulum outside on a ledge or

windowsill in the morning where it can get direct sunlight. Be sure to place it where it will not be disturbed and will be out of the reach of others. Leave the pendulum outside until the sun sets. Once the sun begins to set, bring the pendulum back into the house.

 

A Second Way to Cleanse a Pendulum

Sit and relax. Clear your mind and focus your intent and purpose. You may want to ask Spirit, or whichever Divinity you feel most comfortable working with, to guide you.

Light sandalwood incense. Say a prayer of cleansing and blessing.

 

Hold the pendulum in your power hand for a few minutes. Pass the pendulum through

the incense smoke while saying a prayer of cleansing and purification. Chanting works well, too. Repeat this three (3) times. Once the pendulum feels light, the cleansing

is done. Remember to thank Spirit!

 

How to Charge a Pendulum

Sit for a few minutes and relax. Take a few deep breaths and calm your mind. Focus

your purpose and intent.

 

Hold the cleansed pendulum in your power hand. Focus your positive, intended

energies and direct them to the divining tool. When the pendulum begins to "vibrate" with your energies the charge is complete. Put the pendulum away and allow it to fully absorb the energies.

 

Other incense you may use: Lavender and Frankincense

 

Do not attempt this, or any other working, while under the influence of an

intoxicating or controlled substance.


By Rev. Mahala D. Bacon Th.D.

A Different Kind of Séance

     Spiritualism rests on the foundation of being a religion, a philosophy, and a science. The science of Spiritualism rests upon the séance. The role of science is to investigate, and the séance provides a path to investigating the continuity of life.

   

     A typical séance is composed of its members and one medium. The members provide energy or power for the communication taking place through the medium. Often the energy is in the form of expectations on the part of those in attendance.


     The first public séance was the incident in Hydesville, New York which was a short distance from Rochester. This set the stage for early seances, as most of the communication occurred through raps. Shortly afterwards, during a private séance, Margaret, Kate, and Leah Fox were instructed by spirit to hold public seances as they travelled to New York in 1849. Attendees were charged $0.25 and $0.12. Exactly how these public seances were conducted is not clear, though we can assume they were similar to the Message Services of the Spiritualist churches. Yes, these services are public seances.


     In our present technological age, there are tools available to conduct an electronic séance. At the Golden Light Spiritualist Church in Highland, MI and the First Spiritualist Church of Prayer in South Bend, IN the EchoVox™ and Ghost Radar™ have been successfully introduce as means of exploring the realm of Life’s Other Room. These cellphone apps can be used to begin the formations of Circles. The success of Spiritualism was due in large part to these Spirit Communication Circles held in various homes throughout the country.


     Spirit has, throughout time, been referred to as a type of electricity. They communicate through the electrical impulses of our brain. This takes a toll on the medium. Using these electronic devices alleviates some of the strain. While a medium is still recommended, they may not be necessary in this type of exploration. When using the EchoVox™, the participants should have pen and paper at the ready. While the words heard through the EchoVox™ are often jumbled, they should rely on their own cognitive filters to retrieve their messages and quickly write them down. It’s time to form your own circle for Spirit Communication.

Soul and Spirit are not Interchangeable

     I can understand why reading is seldom encouraged. The approach has little to do with controlling the masses. Its more about perpetuating a deception. For the most part, people submit to others of their own choosing. I find this upsetting, disturbing even. However, pause and consider those you’ve encountered during the week. Consider those who felt trapped or overwhelmed. How did they allow that to happen to them? Did they follow through on their own, or did they follow another’s lead?


     The masses are starving for leadership. What’s amazing is that the leaders are few in number and could easily be over powered. The question becomes why don’t they. The response can be found in the Who’s Won’t Get fooled Again; Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Those in leadership positions are not necessarily leaders. They could be people starving for power and have usurped the guise of leadership as a means of satisfying their hunger. This has often been the case. Their intent behind the lack of educational encouragement or reading is to discourage those who would challenge them. The curious and the inquisitive often discover truths, which in turn challenge those in positions of power.


     Decades ago, when I first began inquiring into the validity of spirituality and the domain of religion, what I found was not unique. The questions put forth were not special in any way. What is God? Why is my fate determined by one supreme all-powerful being? What is spirit? What is soul? The company line, meaning the traditional response was and still is, don’t question God. Why can I not question God? This and similar questions are dangerous avenues to travel in pursuit of truth. However, it is not the validity of God I wish to present. I would like to examine spirit and soul. The response to what is spirit and what is soul appears to be interchangeable. If they are the same, why do we treat them as though they are not?


     The worst thing the average person can do is to set an intelligent mind loose upon a vast amount of information without knowing their agenda. Simply stating truth would be careless, because truth is relative to perception. To say truth is unchanging demonstrates ignorance. Such was mine until the realization of all inquiries became apparent. The nature of all inquiries is the need to understand. Comprehension is what makes a person dangerous to false leaders or power-hungry impostors. Knowledge is nothing more than loose ideas scattered about like seeds on the ground. Some will take root, embedding themselves deep into the minds of the curious. Others will barely take hold, risking the off chance of being supplanted. The rest, lie upon a sparse landscape starving.


     Many religions utilize the words spirit and soul. I say religions and not religious philosophies. The philosophies are often more practical and the proponents less volatile. Interestingly, there are few of both. Hinduism and all of its derivatives, which include Buddhism and Taoism, are primarily comprised of philosophies. Judaism, which is said to be the basis of Christianity and Islam, depends upon a duality. An interesting observation is the first is about the realization of suffering and relieving it and the second depends on it. However, all religions share the same source and basic terms, such as suffering, the soul, the spirit, and some sort of continuity of life.


     What is spirit and what is soul? I thought who better to ask than those attending Spiritualist churches. After all, they profess spirit communication and should be some sort of experts on the topic. The response received was that spirit is the personality of the departed. This is to be expected, as this is part of their doctrine. When questioned about the soul, the response was silence. Would this mean there is no soul?


     One of the many things separating us from our ancient ancestors is the words we use and how we use them. We tend to blend words together or add to their definitions because some believe close enough is good enough. This may be due to our desire for efficiency. Texting is an excellent example. Some use shortened versions of words in order to meet the limitations of phones, networks, and attention spans. Our ancestors had a bit more freedom and chose to be a bit more precise.


     The ancient Egyptians believed the Ka, which is the life force is passed on from a child’s parents. The Ba is a child’s personality, which is developed throughout life. Upon the demise of the body, the Ba moves about of its own accord.[1] Meaning, the Ba is independent of the body and is the soul. Ba is our personality, which develops throughout our lives. When the body ceases to function, who we are is reduced to an essence; much like a fragrance left behind after all else has been simmered away. This essence, this Ba is what escapes from the confines of a body. We now ask, what is spirit?


     Our society or perhaps we should say today’s religion, then again, this is also incorrect, kneaded together Ka and Ba into a single being. The idea of a single supreme being is not of Christian origin. The Greek philosophers had already discussed the matter and concluded that a single supreme being was more beneficial to human kind than having many gods. While this makes sense, the concept is not theirs. The Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaton introduced the idea. His version was not a vengeful or loving god as most modern religions condition us to believe. His was one based on observation. All life depended upon the sun for continued existence. Thus, the single most important aspect of all nature should be revered.[2] The Hebrews may have stumbled upon a similar idea. Perhaps they lost track of their origins as they mingled with the various cultures. Abraham, the patriarch of the religious culture we have come to call Christianity, wandered about the plains of Mesopotamia, moving his herds from one pasture to another. Like the people of his time, he built many altars, giving thanks to the elements. One such element was that of a mountain, he called El Shaddai, god of the mountain.[3] While Moses’ encounter in Midia was slightly different, he renewed the belief. Instead of a mountain, his was the foot lands of a volcano.[4] However, earlier still was the god El of the city of Ugarit off the Mediterranean and north of Lebanon. El is the creator of all creatures and is the father of humankind.[5] Though not the singular god we are familiar with today, El was/is the progenitor of all gods.


     During the Dark Age, which is so named because of the desire to suppress any form of progress that may have threatened those in power, established a pattern of blissful ignorance. While the higher hierarchy of Christianity may have understood the difference between the words spirit and soul, the lower echelons and peasantry did not. They were encouraged not to read and to accept what was provided for them. Perhaps here is when the two terms began to merge. Eventually, the many overthrew the few. Yet, because the many didn’t know any better, the tradition continued. Thus, today’s religion merely follows the pattern set before it.


     Please, don’t make the mistake of thinking the religious are doomed because of changes in their history. Not one thing is immune to change. To think otherwise is foolish. This does not mean anything changes at the same pace either. Through change, the term spirit was expanded to include many attributes, much as the Hindu god Shiva. However, change for the sake of change is never good. Not all changes are beneficial.


     Before ghosts became synonymous with the word spirit, the word meant swirling dust, and spirit was breath. Many of the early cultures also defined spirit as breath. The modifier of spirit determines the type of breath. Typically, the word had something to do with life, as in the breath of life, the animating force of all. Naturally, we can’t allow this because it smacks of paganism. Before the onset of gods, there was simply breath or anima as we call it today. Anima, that which vitalizes all that is alive, that which animates, continues to be worshiped.


     The life force or spirit is described in a variety of ways. Chi, Ka, and H. P. Blavatsky’s Fohat are only a handful of terms, but they all refer to the same thing. They refer to the creative process we call life. The soul, while being intimately connected to spirit, describes what follows the coalescence of the animating force of creation and intelligence. While this is a poor description and possibly incorrect, it is the best we can muster. The forces at work are so entangled, it is impossible to separate any of them, even for a brief explanation. Many of our ancestors realized the hopelessness of such a task. Yet, the need to do so was and is overwhelming. Psychology offers a way through the development of the personality that demonstrates the fluidity of soul.


     From the perspective of personality development, our traits would be comparable to spirit. As life is dependent upon that animating force, so too is our personality dependent upon our traits. Traits are received through our parents and are relatively steady throughout our lifetime. This doesn’t mean they cannot change, if they do it’s a slow process best explored through the teachings of reincarnation. Traits are generally seen as outgoing, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.[6] All of us have these traits, and some are more dominant than others. From these our personality develops.


     Throughout life, we experience numerous events that impact our development. This doesn’t mean other events don’t, because they do. Major events such as the death of loved ones, the birth of a child, and certain accomplishments have an almost immediate effect on us. Other events such as debt, marriages, and the many discoveries along the way have more of an accumulative effect. Only upon reflection do we discover our choices are linked to our personalities.


     Another way of presenting this is personalities are the summation of our habits. Depending upon a person’s belief regarding an afterlife, their personality may be a deciding factor.


     For those subscribing to Karmic Law and reincarnation, the personality one has developed may allow them to move up the evolutionary ladder or down the social ladder. For the Christian, the personality determines where they journey next, to heaven or to hell. To the Spiritualist, the personality follows their dominant habits. Theirs is a belief in life continuity based on the continuation of habits, with the option of improving them or continuing as they are. The personality or soul transitions into a new aspect of life when leaving the vessel. Andrew Jackson Davis compares the transition to the departure of a trip. Upon arriving at our destination, we no different than when we left.[7]


     Soul and spirit are not synonymous. For those who like their Bible, just read the first two chapters of Genesis. They are complimentary. Don’t allow their relationship or their designations to become blurred. Returning them to their former positions doesn’t change anyone’s belief. The spirit is the aspect of God within, that which animates them shaping the soul. When spirit withdraws, the soul is ready for the next portion of the journey.


[1] (The Trustees of the British Museum, 2010)

[2] Akhenaton’s monotheistic religion was not in recognition of a single god. He saw the sun as being the one obvious component in all that existed. The sun became Egypt’s living god (Assmann, 2002).

[3] (Bahm, 1964)

[4] (Bahm, 1964)

[5] (Wyatt, 2007)

[6] (McCrae & John, 1992)

[7] (Davis, 1851)


References

Assmann, J. (2002). The Mind of Egypt. New York: Metropolitan Books Henry Holt and Co., LLC.

Bahm, A. (1964). The World's Living Religions: A searching comparison of the faiths of East and West. Carbondale and Edwardsville, IL: Souther Illinois University Press.

The Trustees of the British Museum. (2010). Journey through the afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. (J. H. Taylor, Ed.) London: British Museum Press.


Spiritual Dissonance


     “… man, in his inner self, is one with the self of the Universe[i].” Within this sentence lies profound wisdom. The wisdom lies in the identification of the inner-self. We call this inner-self the inner-critic, the authentic-self, and the Christ-self. These are just a few of names we give ourselves. In addition, the inner-self dwells within the inner-reality, which may be the true reality. What do we know about our inner-reality? We know exactly what the spiritual, intellectual, and religious gurus tell us.


     We are told to seek Christ within. We are also told to go within to find answers to our questions, and anything else we find troubling. In short, we are to seek enlightenment from within. This search often becomes obsessive and may lead to the denial of self. Christ taught us the Kingdom of God lies within. Christ also taught that when we look upon him, we are also looking upon the Father. His last teaching, as recorded in the Gospel of John, was that the Father dwells within him, and he dwells within his disciples. Many spiritual schools teach something similar. The Buddha dwells within each of us. When saying Namaste, we are greeting the Buddha, or more appropriately, the god within whom we greet. Perhaps, this is secret-knowledge. For this lesson, we might better serve others if we use Christian teachings to demonstrate it.


     Secrets are best kept in the open because most will not believe them to be true. Simple deductions explain some of the mysteries taught by Christ. We see his teachings before the birth of Jesus, and after his transition. We can attribute the last to exposure, but what about beforehand? The concept of the three are one, and yet, separate is a common theme in many of the early mystery schools. From one came many and the many are the One. The idea is very simple and complex at the same time.


     If God dwells within Christ, then Christ must also dwell within God. This is a simple deduction, which many agree with. When a person lives with another, the two develop similar behaviors. This is because of their familiarity with each other. Their behavior reveals a certain intimacy. The longer they spend time together, the likelihood their actions will mimic the other’s increases until they begin to act as one. Thus, Christ becomes synonymous with God.


     Christ also said he dwells within his disciples and, consequently, us. If this is true, then we should eventually take on some of Christ’s qualities. By taking on some of his characteristics, we also take on characteristics God. This is where people betray themselves.


     The idea of becoming Christ-like, and therefore, God-like is an enormous attribute and responsibility. As long as we separate Christ and God, we avoid those qualities and actions called virtuous, righteous, and truthful. While we see God and Christ outside of ourselves, we can take comfort in knowing they are convenient scapegoats. For these people, everything can be in God, especially they. God can be in everything, as long as God is not in them. For the idea of God, existing in human beings is blasphemous. Humans are far too imperfect to contain perfection. Therefore, they deny God and vainly attempt to evict God from themselves and others. For them, perfection is blasphemous.


     There was a time with I would ask why people chose to separate themselves from their God, but not anymore. Responsibility is why others dissociate themselves from their God. They become inconsistent with their belief. The Hebrew Testament begins with God creating the Earth. One might infer that the definition of God is Creation. We were the last creation and were made in the image of God. Thus, God is also the Creator, whom we resemble. When God began meting out discipline, the idealized version of God became altered. What was thought to have been perfect became imperfect. God cannot possibly have created imperfection if God is perfect. Yet, here many of us stand, claiming to be imperfect creations of a perfect being. Perhaps the imperfection does not lie with us, but within our perception.


     Most agree with the assumption that God and Christ are perfect. They may also agree that all they create is perfect. Yet, they will also counter in the same breath that all is of perfect creation, except humankind. If we were to scrutinize nature, we will find that imperfection abounds. They may even claim that a creature’s slight imperfection is what makes them unique. They may even claim the creature is perfect. However, we are different, as we are imperfect. While our imperfections make us unique, they do not make us perfect. We are not of nature. How ridiculous is this? We are all perfect because our creator is perfect. Our creator is God, and because we are of God, we are part of the perfection.


     Unfortunately, it is not enough to understand, because it is not the same as knowing. Without knowing this to be true, we insist upon our separation through ignorance. Having a connection with our Creator is much easier to bear. Seeing ourselves as being connected to our Creator, the Divine, the Universe, or the Infinite is often too much. Having a relationship with our Creator allows us to acknowledge those aspects of God that we are in agreement with, and to dismiss the rest. Thus, our dissonance is not disturbed.


     Some are aware of our inner reality and comprehend the true meaning of being alive. They are able to grasp the concept of the many who are the one. They know the hidden meaning of what it is to be alive and to be dead. They recognize God within All. They no longer comprehend the dissonance experienced by others.


[i] Besant, Annie (1897). The Ancient Wisdom: An Outline of Theosophical Teachings. Wheaton, IL: The Theosophical Publishing House.


April 2019

Beyond the Change Called Death

   I often find inspiration in what I read. Sometimes the material sparks inquisitiveness, connections are made, and sometimes a need to update information. In this instance, I was reading Andrew Jackson Davis’, The Great Harmonia; Being a Philosophical Revelation of the Natural, Spiritual, and Celestial Universe. The section I’m drawing from deals with the immortality of the spirit. Within Spiritualism, the spirit is also considered the personality of the individual and that it remains intact after the change called death, which may or may not be true. Davis addresses a question put forth by an admirer. The admirer is not convinced of the soul’s immortality, specifically the intellectual faculties and memories remaining intact. I too am curious about this concept, particularly after having to investigate a church making connections with followers of John of God, who is popular in Brazil.

   

   Joao de Teixeira de Faria, better known as John of God, is a full trance medium, one who allows possession by a spirit(s). Through him, doctors and surgeons (up to 33 entities) perform healings. The principal spirit is St. Ignatius of Loyola (Dom Inacio de Loyola, 1491-1556) founder of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits.[1] Another chief spirit is identified as Dr. Augusto de Almeida. The entity claims to have been a doctor in a previous incarnation. No further information is provided nor can be found through a cursory search of the internet. Dr. Oswaldo Cruz (1872-1917), unlike the other entities was well known. Dr. Cruz was a bacteriologist who became director of the Federal Seropathy Institute, and later appointed Director-General of Public Health.[2] He eliminated yellow fever in Brazil through changing sanitation practices and took this to other parts of South America. With the exception of St. Ignatius, the spirit entities walked the earth during the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. The medical skills they demonstrate are appropriate to that era.


   In 2009, an incident occurred while I was a member of a Spiritualist organization’s board. We had to determine if the leaders of a charter had broken any of the organization’s by-laws. I took it upon myself to investigate. After our meeting, a member questioned me about the report I had submitted. Trance mediumship is an accepted demonstration of spirit influence, though it is not recommended. The question dealt with the methodology of Faria’s healings include making incisions upon those asking for healing. Individuals are given a choice between spiritual (psychic) operations or physical operations.[3] Physical operations consist of making incisions, which are performed without anesthesia or antiseptic.[4]


   After explaining that he does this while in trance and other spirits perform the operations through him, she asked another question. Why didn’t they grow? The belief in Spiritualism is that a person retains their identity after death and continues to progress. Why, indeed had these spirits not continued to expand in their respective fields?


   Several years later, I stumbled upon an answer from one of Spiritualism’s pioneers. “These are no inferences, no conclusions based upon hypothetical reasons, but they are the universal testimonies and absolute demonstrations of creation – indeed, they are simply Nature’s own instructions, (p. 241, par. 1).”[5] The universal testimonies, I assume, are pieces of information provided by spirit in much the same way as people provide testimonials for services. The Harmonia is a work dictated by spirit to Andrew Jackson Davis while under hypnosis. The instructions received by Faria were natural to those working through him.


   Davis goes on to explain the process of human creation as beginning with the body, which forms the brain, which gives shape to the mind. This is contrary to what we now know. Creation is top down process. If we were to apply this to Davis’ theory, it would be the mind creating the body. Matter is merely the compression of energy fields giving them shape. Energy provides cohesion for matter as a means of retaining its shape.[6] Some suggest an incorporeal existence prior to a physical existence.[7] Cosmologists suggest matter gives space-time form and space-time moves matter.[8] I do not dismiss the validity of Davis’ writing as it is relevant to the period. What I question is the idea of the supremacy of those who live in Life’s other room.


   A belief exists that the spirit of an individual continues to grow, and that there are schools in Life’s other room for them to attend. Unfortunately, beliefs are often generated through preconceptions.[9] Religion is riddled with beliefs regarding what happens when we transition. Such beliefs range from transitioning to heaven or hell to a dispersal of energy to reincarnation. Few have any real basis to them. Reincarnation, at least has some form of evidence outside of conjecture to support it.[10] With the exception of energy dispersal, the rest of the information is provided through divine beings and spirit entities.


   Davis explains it this way. “The passage from this sphere into the next is no more a change to the individual than a journey from America to England, excepting the almost complete emancipation consequent upon the change, from rudimental misdirection and earthly imperfections (p. 241; par. 2).”[11] Clear indications of a lack of significant personal growth are indicated. An almost complete separation from misdirection due to alleged earthly imperfections – being human, meaning we are subject to our own ignorance. Davis goes on to say the physical change called death imparts no significant alteration to the personality. At long last, an answer to the board member’s question; even if it is several years late. Why did the spirit doctors working with Faria fail to progress any further? If the person is not in the habit of taking it upon themselves to grow – expand mentally, emotionally, or even spiritually, the person is most likely not going to experience much progression in Life’s other room. However, given Dr. Cruz’s reputation as a leader of innovation, he should have continued his growth. His failure to progress lends doubts to the idea of progression as a spirit being, unless, the entity falsely identified itself, or possesses and egocentric personality.


   The spirit entities working through Faria insist upon making incisions because it is what they know. “The experience, character, and progress of an individual in this life is recorded upon, and will be, to a modified extent, manifested by, that individual in the life to come (p. 241; par 1)).”[12] Is this further indication of a person’s ability to continue their growth after transition or an allusion to reincarnation?


   If it is not in the nature of a person to inquire or exercise their intellect while serving in the physical world, they will probably not do so in Life’s other room. Perhaps we should take heed of Andrew Jackson Davis’ words. “Duty demands serious analysis and investigation of all conspicuous subjects.”[13] Life is a conspicuous subject and the philosophies meant to provide comfort are calling upon us to investigate.


[1] (Unknown, St. Ignatius Loyola, 2009-2015)

[2] (Unknown, Oswaldo Cruz, Unknown)

[3] (Amey, No Date)

[4] (Cumming, 2001)

[5] (Davis, 1851)

[6] (Lipton & Bhaerman, 2009)

[7] (Steiner, 1972)

[8] (Bousso & Polchinski, 2004)

[9] (Myers, 2008)

[10] (Stevenson, 1997)

[11] (Davis, 1851)

[12] (Davis, 1851)

[13] (Davis, 1851)


Works Cited

Amey, E. (No Date). Healings by John of God. Retrieved February 25, 2009, from Healing Brazil: http://www.johnofgod-brasil.com/Healing/

Bousso, R., & Polchinski, J. (2004). The string theory landscape. Scientific American, 291(3), 78-87. Retrieved June 10, 2008 from Academic Search Premier database.

Cumming, H. (2001). John of God. Retrieved January 10, 2016, from HealingQuests.com: http://www.healingquests.com/

Davis, A. J. (1851). The Philosophy of Immortality. In The Great Harmonia; Being a Philosophical Revelation of the Natural, Spiritual, and Celestial Universe (Vol. 2, p. 233). Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey & Co. Retrieved January 10, 2016, from https://books.google.com/books/reader?id=a_A3AAAAYAAJ&num=13&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&pg=GBS.PA233

Golog, N. (no date). Oswaldo Cruz. Retrieved from SJSU Virtual Museum: http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/Museum/aamenu.html

Lipton, B., & Bhaerman, S. (2009). Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (and a way to get there from here). New York: Hayhouse.

Myers, D. (2008). Social beliefs and judgments. In Social Psychology (p. 76). New York: McGraw Hill.

Steiner, R. (1972). Outline of Occult Science. Anthroposophic Press, Inc.

Stevenson, I. (1997). Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Unknown. (2009-2015). St. Ignatius Loyola. Retrieved January 10, 2016, from Ignatian Spirituality: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-voices/st-ignatius-loyola

Unknown. (Unknown). Oswaldo Cruz. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from Fiocruz: portal.fiocruz.br/en/content/oswaldo-cruz-0

 

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Psychic Fair does 47 readings: Three months in a Row

 

     Lynne’s psychic fair did 47 readings at her April event. How did she do this? Lynne sends out invitations every month. I decided to join her for April’s event. This is how it began.

     Friday night when the traffic had died down Lynne, her friend Lorna, and I went for a ride. We traveled along the main thoroughfare and hung signs. Some were bright pink and others were a bright green-yellow. On them were painted the words Psychic Fair beneath was an arrow pointing the way and below that was the address. Apparently, Lynne has been doing this for quite a while because she has developed a system. On the back of the sign are two long pieces of twine that have been attached with tape. Along our midnight drive, we stopped at various busy intersections and tied a sign to telephone poles, street signs, traffic light posts, or lamps. We were careful to ensure that the signs did not create a hazard. About 2:30 am, we finished and went to bed.

     The fair opened at 11 am. There were nine of us ready to give readings. Although it was a slow start, around 1 pm the crowd began to trickle in and remained steady until about 5 pm.  Lynne’s fair ran from 11 am until 7 pm. Although business slowed down it did not stop. At 7 pm, the readers packed up and left. That left the three of us. As long as there is a reader, Lynne does not close her doors. She tells me that often Spirit will tell her that two, sometimes more are coming and to be patient. Tonight, she said Spirit had told her there would be at least two more. As Lorna and I were her guests for the night, we had little choice. Therefore, we chatted about the day’s events. Just after 9 pm, a woman rushed into the building to see if we were still open. Filled with excitement, Lynne announced, “Of course we’re open. Spirit told us you were coming.”

     Like a little child who as just been told she can go to the movies, our guest rushed outside to tell her friend and the two of them came in for a reading. Then came the hard part, who should they get a reading from? Well, she was so excited that she paid for six readings, one from each of us for her and her friend. Just as these readings were finishing up, a family walked and asked for a reading for each of them.

     Lynne tells me that this is how it usually happens. The last group made the count 47. This seems to be the magic number so far; February and March netted 47 readings each. She tells me that this is not the norm, 30 is generally the average. Lynne has been doing this for the last three years and has learned a few things. In the past, she tried to offer crafts, jewelry, and oils for sale as well. The customers did not seem to care for this, so she keeps it strictly readings. Consistency is also a key, if you have readings periodically you will not have a good turn out. Lynne holds her psychic fairs monthly from April to November. This is the first year she held a fair in February and March, but she says Spirit impressed her to do so and Spirit has not let her down yet. Lastly, she recommends a variety of reading styles. At this event, there were card readers, an astrologist, and a spiritual reader. Most of the customers preferred a card reader or the astrologist.

     The event ended with another late night drive. This time we were collecting the signs. Lynne tells me that she has had little troubles with the city because she collects her signs. Of course, this also saves money because she uses them until they go missing. Occasionally, for whatever the reason, a sign disappears. She contributes her success to this grassroots approach. She claims that 65% of her business comes from the signs. The balance is a mix of repeat customers and ads in newsletters and the newspaper. Therefore, if you are not satisfied with the number of readings your church is doing you may want to consider a different approach.

 

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Events for you to Experience:

Meetings for Spiritualist Circle of Light will being 17 November and continue on the first and third as well as the occasional fifth Sundays at 1:30 pm. You can find us at 1101 North 5th St. Niles, MI. 


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Creativity, intelligence, and personality: A critical review of the scattered literature

The idea of creativity being the original product of a person is a Western definition. Through this idea, creativity is seen as a trait or gift. Eastern views of creativity are that of personal truth or self-growth. Creativity is seen as a process of understanding and enlightenment.


Batey, M. & Furnham, A. (2006). Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 132 (4) 355.

Bioinformation within the biofield: Beyond bioelectromagnetics

Some biofield researchers say we are composed of three primary fields; a quantum field, a potential field, and an electromagnetic field. This suggests our physical form may be due to the resonance of these fields.

Glen Rein (2004)

Merkabah, Voyage of a Star Seed

Developed by J. J. Hurtak and based on The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch. Images are archetypal. The music was composed for achieving certain frequencies. We recommend you investigate for yourselves.

Some Simple Rules for Mediumship Development

Spiritualist Circle of Light presents some mediumship development guidelines. Spiritualism is a religion focusing on the demonstration of the continuity of life. Some claim this ability was active when they were born. Others, like myself, have take the time to develop this faculty. There are many books and guides on the topic. This doesn't necessary mean experience. What we share today is some of the experience of development.

Impermanence

If we spend all our time preparing for the next life, how will we tend to the one we are living? At best, we can prepare to exit this life, knowing that our attention to this life will take care of us in the next.

Mysticism and temporal lobe signs and behaviors

Much of the religious or mystical experience appears to take place in the temporal lobes, specifically, the right temporal lobe. People exhibiting such sensitivity are those experiencing complex epileptic seizures with a focus on the temporal lobes, and those experiencing certain mental disorders. Another interesting fact of nature is that those with these strange experiences is almost equal to those who do not. Such an unusual equilibrium has been maintain by nature throughout history.


Murphy, Todd R. (2010). The role of religious and mystical experiences in human evolution: A corollary hypothesis for neurotheology. NeuroQuantology, 8 (4) p495-508.

Bringing the Mind Home

The purpose of meditation is to awaken us to the nature of mind. The nature of mind is awareness. Thus, the purpose of meditation is to become aware.


Sogyal Rinpoche

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Bird's-eye view of ancient and modern spiritual philosophy

When exposing others to Spiritualism, we should not advocate the dualism of good versus evil. We should promote a unification of being. Karmic law, as explained through the concept of action and reaction is sufficient.


Colville, W. J. (1906). Universal-Spiritualism.

The Difficulties and Delight of Mediumship

The spiritualist that fails to spiritualize and elevated humanity is of little value to the world.

E. W. & M. H. Wallis. A Guide to Mediumship and Psychical Unfoldment.

Exploring other worlds: Margaret Fox, Elisha Kane, and the Antebellulm culture of curiosity.

Margaret Fox's first denouncement of Spiritualism came in March of 1888 while in London. News of a conflict between Kate and their sister Leah over the care of Kate's children and a alcohol abuse problem prompted Margaret's response in a letter to the Herald. "Spiritualism is a curse. No matter in what form Spiritualism may be presented, it is, has been and always will be a curse and a snare to all who meddle with it (Page 284; par. 3)"


Chapin, D. A. (2000). Exploring other worlds: Margaret Fox, Elisha Kane, and the antebellulm culture of curiosity. University of New Hamphsire.

The Hydesville Incident

There is good and bad and all that is intermediate on the other side, as on this side of the veil. The company you attract depends upon yourself and your own motives.


The History of Spiritualism by Arthur Conan Doyle

Spiritualism Demonstration: Seances and Circles

This is an Independent Spiritualist Association education video. This video was recorded 14 September 2019 at the Golden Light Spiritualist Church. We discuss the difference between a seance and a mediumship circle. We also encourage you to start your own mediumship circle.

Ancient Egypt: 

The nobility and officials

The use of religion as a tool of manipulation occurred when the first ruler of Egypt began to curry favor with the priesthood. Many of the early Shaman were thought to be leaders or part of the leader class. When they were replaced by chieftains during the interim of cave paintings and written language, the priest caste was formed and political bodies developed.


Rosale, David &Hinnells, John R. (2007). Handbook of Ancient Religions. New York; Cambridge University Press

Spiritualism: It's Echoes, It's Foundation

When people ask where Spiritualism came from, most likely someone will point them to Kate and Margaret Fox. They are two of many who are responsible for the development of Spiritualism. However, we can find its tendrils reaching further back than any known religion. Join us as we scan history's horizon for activities identified today as being part of Spiritualism. You may be surprised where we find the bread crumbs of this natural part of life.We'll gaze towards the dawn of history to humanity's earliest vestiges of religion. Discover how divination began compared to where it is now. Uncover the oldest belief. Discern what Spiritualism may actually be about. It's not just about talking to the departed.Join us as we take a brief tour of how Spiritualism came about. This is not an in depth look. We'll follow buried connections, and perhaps you will make some of your own.

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Karma

Karma is action. Thus, karma is the power within action. Power is the ability to influence. Our karma is evidenced by those events and people who respond to our actions. While we have no claim to the fruit our actions, we are responsible for the fashion we chose to act.

Myth or Fact?

The chakras are like any other energy system. The sacral chakra takes in raw energy from the subtle fields and moves it down to the root chakra, up to the spleen chakra, or off to the heart chakra. Any of these points can be the second step in refining that energy. No matter what direction it is shunted in, it must pass through the throat, brow, and possibly the bindu vasarga chakras before exiting the crown chakra.

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Energy Healing More Effective than Physical Therapy for Reducing Pain

A study in 2013 revealed that the pain experienced by participants was reduced accordingly: 15% for those receiving sham treatment; 11% for those receiving PT; 10% for those receiving Reiki and over 23% for those receiving Reconnective Healing. The sham treatment consisted of the practitioner moving their hands around about six inches from the body. 


Interesting results.


LInda Ann Baldwin, Kristin Fullmer, & Gary E. Schwartz (2013).  Comparison of physical therapy with energy healing for improving range of motion in subjects with restricted shoulder mobility. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The method which a mind adopts to understand is not by choice, but by structure. The brain, first and foremost, experiences phenomena in accordance to its natural abilities, before the superficial methodology foisted upon it.


Davis, Andrew Jackson (1878). Views of Our Heavenly Home: A sequel to a stellar key to the Summer-Land. Boston: Colby 7 Rich

Considering divine mediumship

Mediumship is often referred to as evidential or instructive and sometimes divine mediumship. The purpose is to demonstrate contact with discarnate loved ones and friends.


Landro, Robert. Journal for Spiritual & Consciousness Studies.May2016, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p50-56. 7p.

Telepathy and clairvoyance

Crystal gazing or quietly looking into a glass of water is an introduction to developing clairvoyance. Any practice similar is conductive to this development. It is not good t to begin by just staring into a vacant space.


Colville, W. J. (1906). Universal-Spiritualism. R. F. Fenno & Co. New York

Paleolithic art and religion

The assumption is that religion came about through our ancestors' curiosity. Through curiosity came supernatural beings. Interestingly, today's human being is not much different in that respect. We still rely on supernatural being to fulfill our curiosity when answers are not forth coming.


Hinnells, John R. (2007). New York; Cambridge University Press

Comparison of physical therapy with energy healing for improving range of motion in subjects with restricted shoulder mobility.

The average reduction for pain in the shoulder study was 15% for those receiving sham treatment, 11% for those receiving PT, 10% for those receiving Reiki treatment and over 23% for those receiving Reconnective Therapy.


Baldwin, Ann Linda; Fullmer, Kristin & Schwartz, Gary E. (2013).

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013.

Transcendental experiences during meditation practice.

Meditation techniques are developed for the purpose of investigating the consciousness from different perspectives, and brain activities.


Travis, Frederick (2013). Annals of the New York academy of Sciences 1307 (2014) 1-8.

The spirituality of Buddhist teens: religious/ spiritual experiences and their associated triggers, attributes and attitudes

Religious experiences reflect an awareness of a benevolent power. Spiritual experience is considered to be more down-to-earth and independent of any religious beliefs. A third type of experience somewhere between the two is the mystical experience.


Thanissaro, Phra Nicholas. International Journal of Children's Spirituality , Aug-Nov2015, Vol. 20 Issue 3/4, p218-232

Spiritual practice and psychological depth 

Religion itself is a form of psychology. When all aspects of the body function in harmony, the body is said to be healthy. Religion, when it is in harmony with our emotions, body, and intellect will lead to a spiritual experience through ceremonial habit.


Moore, Thomas (1994). Care of the soul. New York: Harper Perennial