BRDNSKY and Spiritualist Circle of Light

Your guide to improved life satisfaction

Spiritualism

It's not about talking to the dead. It's about exploring the continuity of Life.

New articles appear at the top of the page.

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.


Have questions? Contact us.

Get Your Own 'Good News'

     If we are able to access the Good News for ourselves, how are we able to do this? We would like to say it is easy, but this is not always the case. We can say it is something we must practice. In many other writings, we say that meditation is a pathway to many realms, states of mind, and more. In this instance, meditation is a pathway to the Gospel that awaits us.


     There can be as many steps to this journey as one likes. We shall propose some for you to begin. All things, events, and rituals begin in the mundane. Through the mundane, we enter the sublime. Set a sacred place or better, a sacred ritual. Rituals are wonderful because the energy gathered through them is often charged with an intention. Our intention is to receive the Gospel set aside for us.


     Let’s begin with a prayer. Prayers are like poems, or they should be. While the words are important, the rhythm is even more so. This is were vibration plays an important role. The cadence of the words set up a vibration. Borrow one or write one. Select a poem that inspires beauty, truth, reverence, or awe. Practice it a few times in order to find its natural rhythm. If you’re not sure, take the time to allow it to speak to you. This is one of those times that is hard to explain. As the piece is being recited, the natural rhythm of the words will reveal themselves. Allow them to guide you towards their power.


     Candles always seem to carry a sense of ritual all by themselves. Perhaps it is the process. Strick the match, cup the wick against any wind, and allow the flame to warm and then ignite the wick. There can be majesty is such a simple act. Yes, we have lighters now, but this is about ritual, purposeful actions coupled with intention. So, use the matches. While going through this mundane ritual of lighting candles, recite the chosen prayer or poem. Use as many candles as you wish. The purpose is to create a sense of sacredness through ritual. When choosing a candle or two or more, select a style and color that inspires reverence. Some prefer the long-tapered candle, while others may prefer the short round ones, or even the tall thick ones. Build the space according the desired sensation.


     Incense is another way to enhance the sense of sacred space. Select a scent that is pleasant and relaxing. As with the selection of candles, chose a scent that inspires one to go within. For it is within our Gospel lies. All that is selected should be with care and delicacy. Some will use statues or pictures. Some prefer music, while others do not. Often, we use music during meditation as a timekeeper. This prevents us from becoming lost. While none of this is required, it is helpful if any are a novice. The important aspect is to create a sense of reverence for truth and beauty.


     After the ritual has been completed, it is time to sit. A chair is as good as merely resting on a bench, a great stone or on the ground. One may use an image, a statue, a flower, etc. with which to focus on. Eyes may remain open or they may be closed. So many avenues to the Divine.


     Once you have made yourself ready, allow mind to come to you. Thoughts will enter and entice you with their needs of attention. Do not give them any. Allow them to enter and exit of their own accord. Do not chase after them. Remain still and Mind will become still with you. When this has occurred, memories may rise. This is normal. All that you have experienced, the distractions, the need to move, the desire to plan, all are natural and should not be avoided. Allow them to act of their own accord. When they have settled, you will have some control. Direct Mind to the time you experienced love from another, or the sensation you recognize as love. Remember this. When you have achieved this, rest in love. Allow the sensation the move through you and over you. Rest in love. Here, you may notice something out of place. It could be a sensation. It could be a thought. It could be a voice you think you are imagining. All this is natural. You are beginning to commune with the Divine.


     At the moment this occurs, one may become excited and lose the connection. Again, this is normal. One the path has been traveled; it is easier to find your way again. During these instances try to remember as much as possible. Most will seem lost, only to surface again when required. Write as much of what is learned as you can. This is your Gospel. You may find great profoundness in the words that come through and may wonder how this could be. No, its not that you may wonder because you will. You may doubt yourself and the words written. This is natural. Rejoice in your success. Share your Good News with others, as your sojourn into the true-life experience is beginning.


Image by Gerd Altman from Pixabay

© 2020 Phillip J. Falcone

Galatians Chapt. 3: Justice

     The third chapter of Galatians focuses on the law and faith. Paul speaks of limitation versus Spirit. In a sense, he is speaking of being asleep or dead versus being awake or alive.

He goes on to say, ‘For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse…Now it is evident that no one is justified by the law.’


     We can follow the letter of the law and be right, but not justified. We all know the law is not about justice and that justice should be about the law. Laws are not necessarily rules, but guidelines. We operate best when we know what is expected. One of the Ten Commandments is we should not steal. If we follow the law, then to steal at any time is punishable. At no time is theft a good thing. However, justice is not about the law. Justice is about what is fair. If I have abundant food, it is within my rights to keep it from you. Is it fair? No, it is not. The law also states not to kill. The law says nothing about justifiable homicide. That rests within a court of justice to determine. The law simply states I shall not kill.


     I have abundant food. You want some I say no, but you choose to steal some anyway. Perhaps you have a family to feed, I don’t know. The question is, is it right? No, it is not right under the law. However, justice is not about the law. Justice is about what is fair. While the theft was not within my rights, it was the correct thing to do and this is where faith enters the picture.


     Faith is like trust. When we do something on faith, we are trusting we will be exonerated. While this is not often the case, it does happen. More often than not, the law is modified in order to satisfy justice, or what is right. Is it right for me to keep all of that food and not allow any for those in need? No, it is not. Is it right for you to steal from me to satisfy your needs? No, it is not. Then we ask is it fair for me to keep food from you? No, it is not. Is it fair for you to steal food for you needs? Yes, it is. This is the difference between justice and the law. One is strict while the other is flexible.


     When Paul says, ‘The one who is righteous will live by faith,’ he is telling us when we do what is fair, it is faith that will assist us. Faith is about trust. When we do something, we are not supposed to do, we are trusting that whoever is the authority will treat us fairly. In other words, we are relying on them to alter the law to reflect what is fair. We still have to satisfy the law, but through trust, through faith, the law can be lessened.


     The law is dead because it does not consider what is fair. The law has not part in fairness. It merely informs people of what is expected of them and the consequences of violation. Just as when Paul asks if the law is opposed to the promises of God. The law is dead because it cares not what happens. It is based on dualism. It is based on what is right and what is wrong, night and day. Justice is housed in faith. Justice is alive because it takes into consideration the motivation behind an act. If you stole food from me to feed your family because you could not find work, then true justice will take that into consideration and modify the law accordingly. Would this mean it was okay to steal? Try it again and find out.


     The is not concerned with equality or inequality. What we are seeing today is the law in action. The populace has been given permission to commit acts of prejudice. We have laws that allow others treat people in a fashion they would not treat their friends. We have laws that wipe away dignity. Today, we also have people who are acting in faith. We’re not referring to those who are instigating violence. We are referring to those who participate in protests. They are invoking faith. Faith that justice will aid them. Faith that those laws that allow others to abuse their neighbors, their community, their families will be altered.


     When look to the law for guidance, we should also rely on justice to shape it. Justice is not about creed, ethnicity, or beliefs. This is what justice is to be blind about. Justice is about what is fair. When we live with faith, we are trusting in fairness. We are not dismissing the law, for we need the law. We are looking to faith to temper the law.


     Under the law, there is division. Through faith, there is unity. Faith does not recognize Gentile or Jew. Faith does not recognize Hispanic, African, or Caucasian. When we are truly awake, there is only us.


Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Galatians Chapt. 2: Misdirection

     When we look through the second chapter of Galatians, we find the theme to be one many partake in. A first glance suggests there are separate gospels, one for the Jewish sect and one for the Gentile sect. The theme is one of misrepresentation.


     The ‘Good News’ is for all, though it may appear to be slightly different from one to another. It is through these differences many separate themselves. Paul traveled with many companions to many places. On one occasion, he traveled to Antioch where he found Cephas and Barnabas, who were associates of James. They had separated themselves from the Gentiles lest they angered members of the Jewish sect. Let me share the problem.


     It had been decided by the Apostles Paul and Peter there was no division between the Jewish and the Gentile sects. The Good News is accessible to all. Yet, this was not agreed upon by all. For instance, James appears to disagree. Cephas, an associate of James, separated from the Gentiles and convinced Barnabas to do the same. This was despite their teaching among the Gentiles. What happened was a separation occurred through them between the Gentile and the Jewish Christian sects. In other words, Cephas and Barnabas were teaching one thing, and practicing another. There is no separation between the sects. There is no separation. They are, in actuality, one people.


     This is what has happened and continues to occur. There are Baptists, Evangelicals, Lutherans, Muslims, Buddhists, Spiritualists, and so on. This is incorrect. We have divided ourselves in the hopes of becoming better. Many teach one thing and practice another.


     Part of the purpose of the First Spiritual Church of Prayer is to teach the equality of religions, past and present. As part of that teaching, we promote the idea of meditation and through meditation one accesses their Gospel, their ‘Good News.’ For us to suggest otherwise is to practice hypocrisy. While our flavor is of the Spiritualist nature, it is not in opposition to Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Wiccan or any of the religious systems of the past or present. We do not separate ourselves. We accept and often expand upon those teachings. We have merely identified the path we walk towards unification. We cannot say we are different from the others we can only speak of the gospel we follow because it is suitable for us. If we teach something and then do not practice it, then we are false teachers.


Image by Gerd Altman from Pixabay

Yesterday's Dream Culture


     We are always fascinated by how beliefs are eventually traced back to the seed cultures. In this instance, we are referring to the belief of the soul traveling during the dreaming state. The idea may have begun with the Mesopotamian culture.[1] Another interesting piece of information is the idea of how the flow of conscious includes the dream state. To explore this, we leave our ancient ancestors behind for some that are current.


     In many of the older cultures that have not been corrupted by Western ideology, a common theme can be found. Dreams are often blended with our waking life. While the actions in our dreams may not be those of the daily routine, they are activities we are familiar with. We continue visiting loved ones despite their having transitioned into Life’s Other Rooms.[2] While this is similar to the practices of early Mesoamerican culture’s belief of the continuity of life, it’s not quite the same. The Mesoamericans housed their dead in their homes and frequently sought advice from them.[3] Other cultures say they visit us.


     Today, some African Zulus believe their departed ancestors bring messages in the form of dreams.[4] This theme was also found in Mexico and Morocco. Many of them don’t interpret their own dreams. They feel they are not qualified. Therefore, they seek diviners or Shaman to do this for them. What connects these two titles are their behaviors. Diviners and Shaman experience mental states we consider detrimental. The Diviner may experience loss of awareness, mania, and other disruptive mental states.[5] Reports of early Shaman suggest they experienced hysteria, migraines, auditory hallucinations and more.[6]


     Haitian peasants suggest dreams may be visitations not only from ancestors, but also from gods. During these visits, the dreamer is considered possessed.[7] Through possession communication takes place.


     Another common theme is dreams are considered prophetic. This harkens back to early Greece, when nobles would experience disturbing dreams and then seek an interpreter.[8] Dreams are often messages couched in metaphors.[9] Today, when dreams disturb or inspire us, we seek interpretations through dream books. There's nothing wrong with this. We merely suggest you be sure of using the right metaphor when looking them up. We suggest relying on the emotion experienced and the cliché that comes to mind when interpreting messages from our gods or ancestors.



References

Manetti, G. (1993). Theories of the Sign in Classical Antiquity. (C. Richardson, Trans.) Bloomington/Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press.

Robbins, P. R. (2005). The Psychology of Dreams. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers.

Rosso, A. (2014). Mummification in the ancient and new world. Acta Medico-Historica Adriatica: AMHA [Acta Med Hist Adriat], 12(2), 329-70.

Whitley, D. S. (2009). Cave Paintings and the Human Spirit: The Origin of Creativity and Belief. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.

Image by Iungani Mugwaza from Pixabay. 


© 2020

Phillip J Falcone

You Brdnsky Guide

https://brdnsky.com/


[1] (Robbins, 2005)

[2] (Robbins, 2005)

[3] (Rosso, 2014)

[4] (Robbins, 2005)

[5] (Robbins, 2005)

[6] (Whitley, 2009)

[7] (Robbins, 2005)

[8] (Manetti, 1993)

[9] (Robbins, 2005)

Galatians Chapt. 1: Whose Good News is it?


     Typically, we stay away from biblical writings because so many possess strong opinions. Yet, we were impressed in a dream to look at Galatians, one of Paul’s letters. We’re not going to do a verse by verse examination. We’ll look at the chapters as a whole and draw information from them that may rest below the surface.


     Galatians opens with criticism. Paul admonishes church members for allowing another gospel to influence them. He tells them any who introduce a different gospel, whether from another person, an angel or even himself, brings false tidings and should not be trusted. In contemporary vernacular, they are presenting fake news.


     As any can see, this is not a contemporary phenomenon. Leadership, at the time of this writing have made such claims. On the one hand, we are presented with scientific fact, on the other hand we are presented contradicting information from political figures. We could say on a third hand we have those in between with their own suspicions. Then there are the conspiracy theorists populating all groups. Normally, we would dispense with these conspiracy theories because they lack sound foundation. This is no longer the case. These loosely based conjectures are coming to us from our political leadership, known as the Powers That Be. What are we to do? Paul offers a suggestion, or rather makes a claim.


     ‘…the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation….’ This is taken from verses eleven and twelve and is part of a short paragraph. From this, we can imply Paul received his information through some form of meditation or dream, and at the very least a religious experience. The Divine communes with us during these times. Some cultures believe when we dream of the Divine, we are consumed or possessed by the Divine.[1] This is part of the information exchange process. Thus, in a manner of speaking, Paul was possessed by the Divine, or in his case Jesus the Christ. This is his claim for the origin of the gospel being taught.


     Something we should keep in mind. Many of the disciples and followers of Jesus were of the lower class. By this we mean they did not have the advantage of an education that included around reading and writing. Also keep in mind this is speculation on our part. Another thought to hold is that one of the first responsibilities of a priestly apprentice is to record the sacred writings. In these instances, alterations, however minute, are known to have been made.[2] An accumulation of minute changes can have a big impact over time. While we are not begrudging the validity of the writing, we feel it is important to consider.

As a means of getting though the plethora of false claims being presented to us through various information outlets, we are suggesting each of you trust the one source that is difficult to deceive. While not impossible, this source is yourself. We are easily swayed through our emotions. Many seek to stir them because when agitated, the undisciplined can easily be ruled, leaving them with the sensation of being bobbers floating atop a turbulent sea. During these times, it’s difficult to think. Also, there are those who find thinking difficult and rely upon their emotions to see them through the day. Rational thought is not something that comes by us naturally. The ability to reach sound conclusions requires conditioning and application. So many are suspicious of the process that they overtly avoid it, not realizing that some level of mastery is required in our common reality.


     In order to make responsible choices, a level of trust has to be accepted. We have to trust the information, the source of the information, or ourselves. Trust is our guide, whether it leads to poor decisions or beneficial ones. If we do not trust ourselves, then we must trust another. Trust is power being invested. Trusting others is more than giving our power away. We invest ourselves in them. While some would say this alleviates them of responsibility, it does not. We are still responsible for the direction they take us. We reap the benefits and the detriments of the path they chose for us.


     Paul is right. The true gospel comes from the Divine. It is up to us to seek communion with the Divine. It is we who accept our truth, or that of another. It is we who shall reap the benefits and the detriments of those we have chosen to align ourselves with. We must be as wise as thieves in this endeavor, for our Gospel comes through us.


References

Farmer, S., Henderson, J. B., & Robinson, P. (2015). Commentary traditions and the evolution of premodern religious and philosophical systems: A cross-cultural model. Comparative Civilizations Review(72), 12-19.

Robbins, P. R. (2005). The Psychology of Dreams. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers.

 Image by Rajesh Balouria from Pixabay


© 2020 Phillip J. Falcone


[1] (Robbins, 2005)

[2] (Farmer, Henderson, & Robinson, 2015)

Bad Dream


     Many have offered ideas about why we dream. Freud suggests dreams are paths that allow us to fulfill forbidden desires.[1] Another view is that they are echoes of our attempts to work out conflicting emotions.[2] There’s also a belief that we are practicing survival skills.[3] An assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School believes we dream in order to solve problems.[4] Those of us who practice some form of spirituality may prefer the yoga teachings which suggest dreams are karmic traces.[5] Perhaps they may even side with the idea of the dream experience being an expression of consciousness.[6] We prefer to think of dreams as being the flow of continuity between our waking and sleeping states.[7] We dream of fantasies when we sleep and fantasize while awake. We experience emotions and portray them through our behaviors during our waking state only to experience them again when we close our eyes. We agree with the yogis, awareness should not be limited to our waking state, but should be practiced in our sleep state as well.


     In our time of dreaming, we have experienced what some call the nightmare. While we may become fascinated by the bizarre content of such dreams, it’s not what qualifies a nightmare. A nightmare is like stress, it disrupts what we call normal. A nightmare disturbs. What might be disturbing within a dream that would cause such stress?


     Nightmares are thought to be representations of conflict, failure, or apprehension.[8] All of them appear to be ambiguous. Apprehension though may be a bit more specific. This can suggest a sense of anxiety and a sense of understanding. Perhaps a nightmare could represent the dissonance experienced when violating our ethics. In any case, these may suggest our inability to adapt or difficulties adapting to certain events. They may also suggest poor thought processes, whether through injury or some other cause.[9] To be clear, those experiencing nightmares due to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), do so because of triggers or cues. In any, the conflict resides within.


     While many of the brain’s systems shut down when we sleep, areas tied to our emotions remain active.[10] Typical emotions may include fear, anger, anxiety, elation, and love. On account of these areas being active, they may not only be processing the emotions experienced, but also play a hand in providing emotional learning[11] during our sleep. Thus, we suggest when interpreting dreams, one should focus on the emotional quality.


     The activities we participate in during the day are many and often appear unending. At what point are we able to process the day’s experience? Sleep may be the opportunity the brain needs. As we move through the different stages of sleep, our experiences are transformed into memories and learning.[12] They are processed into useful pieces of information.


     When sleeping, we enter several different brain wave configurations. We are typically in the beta wave region when awake because we are active. During rest or periods of focus, we shift into alpha waves. Within the alpha range, we enter the slow-wave sleep process. This occurs several times during sleep while we vacillate between alpha, theta, and delta wave sleep.[13] When we enter the theta wave area, we are processing emotions.[14] This occurs during our waking state as well. During this process while asleep, images are often paired with the emotion. When some aspect of our survival is thought to be threatened, whether its security or integrity, we experience distress. Through our distress we become anxious or depressed, the same as if awake.[15] Whether asleep or awake, we react physically and emotionally to stress.


     If we continue with the idea of dreams as a means of mentally processing emotions, then we can surmise the dreaming process takes some of the load from our waking state. Think of the dreaming process as an efficient means of supplementing our daytime routine. However, this does not explain why we experience nightmares. Without knowing why limits us on how to reduce the prevalence of such dreams. As we suggested earlier, they are due to our anxieties, and experiences of emotion detriment. Lucid dreaming techniques may allow us to reduce the number of nightmares by changing the dream.[16] This method is controversial. Another method would be changes in our belief system or taking time to process emotions. One method is through mindful meditation. In this exercise, those emotionally charged events are observed in a secure state of mind. Adopting an attitude of being in control may also be useful.[17] However, a nightmare is a disturbance that causes stress. Thus, it may be wise to consider those methods employed to release stress as a means of reducing the effects of a nightmare.


References

de Macedo, T. C., Ferreira, G. H., de Almondes, K. M., Kirov, R., & Mota-Rolim, S. A. (2019). My dream, my rules: Can lucid dreaming treat nightmares? Froniers in Psychology, 10(1664-1078), 2618.

Dixit, J. (2007). Night school. Psychology Today, 40(6), 88-94.

Hochman, A., & Walch, A. (2004). Solve problems in your sleep. Health, 18(6).

Scarpelli, S., Bartolacci, C., D'Atri, A., Gorgoni, M., & De Gennaro, L. (2019). Mental sleep activity and disturbing dreams in the lifespan. Journal of Environmenatl Research and Public Health, 16(19).

Wangyal, T. R. (1998). The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep. (M. Dahlby, Ed.) Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publication.

Wickens, A. (2005). Foundations of Biopsychology (2 ed.). Essex, England: Pearson Education Limited.

Wilkinson, M. (2006). The dreaming mind-brain: A Jungian perspective. Journal of Annalytical Psychology, 51(1), 43-59.

Image by Thomas Budach from Pixabay.


[1] (Dixit, 2007)

[2] (Dixit, 2007)

[3] (Dixit, 2007)

[4] (Hochman & Walch, 2004)

[5] (Wangyal, 1998)

[6] (Scarpelli, Bartolacci, D'Atri, Gorgoni, & De Gennaro, 2019)

[7] (Scarpelli, Bartolacci, D'Atri, Gorgoni, & De Gennaro, 2019)

[8] (de Macedo, Ferreira, de Almondes, Kirov, & Mota-Rolim, 2019)

[9] (Scarpelli, Bartolacci, D'Atri, Gorgoni, & De Gennaro, 2019)

[10] (Wilkinson, 2006)

[11] (Scarpelli, Bartolacci, D'Atri, Gorgoni, & De Gennaro, 2019)

[12] (Scarpelli, Bartolacci, D'Atri, Gorgoni, & De Gennaro, 2019)

[13] (Wickens, 2005)

[14] (Scarpelli, Bartolacci, D'Atri, Gorgoni, & De Gennaro, 2019)

[15] (de Macedo, Ferreira, de Almondes, Kirov, & Mota-Rolim, 2019)

[16] (de Macedo, Ferreira, de Almondes, Kirov, & Mota-Rolim, 2019)

[17] (de Macedo, Ferreira, de Almondes, Kirov, & Mota-Rolim, 2019)


Copyright 2020 Phillip J. Falcone

Remember Love

A guided meditation that reminds us that Love is more than just an intellectualized event. Words and Narration by Brdnsky Guide.

Music: Morning After by Livio, Amato. Sugar Doesn't Replace You at All by Livio Amato. Gone by Livio Amato https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Livio_Amato/20190415152516624.

Marina by Antonio Bizarro https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Antnio_Bizarro/The_Dark_Room

Music is licensed under CC BY NC SA 4.0. Images/ video from Pixabay.


If you would like to download this, become a member. 

Members have access to full length videos and downloadable material.


Become a Member

Members have access to full length videos and downloadable material.

Mediumship is about People

     Mediumship is about people, whether they are sitting next to us or they are in one of Life’s Other Rooms. Within Spiritualism and many of the so-called pagan religions, life does not end with the body. Within these natural practices, the deceased were treated as if they were still among us. Family members continued seeking advice from them regarding agriculture and social connections.[1] Other cultures held certain ancestors in high esteem, often to the point of deism.


     Early communications were often conducted through a Master of Spirit, otherwise known as the Shaman. Although the scattered clans of early humankind gave these people many titles, all performed similar duties. Eventually, as civilization developed a priest craft developed as well.[2] The Shaman became less important as social politics became an obsession. With the development of priests, the sense of self-importance and a thirst for power seemed to become more pronounced. During this stage, the communication with those who transitioned from this room became a ritualized process. This changed around 1843 when the Quakers began experiencing some odd events.[3]


     Some of the Quakers in the surrounding area of Rochester, New York became hosts to some devilish beings. Those in Life’s Other Rooms, in this instance some Native American Indians, began venturing into our room. The reliance upon rituals of old had become lost on the Christian denominations as they progressed in their teachings. Many of these Quakers believed the actions and rantings of their fellow parishioners were the Devil’s words. Unfortunately, the visitors they referred to were of an impolite sort. In other visitations upon other parishes the would-be infiltrators sought permission before entering another’s temple. This was a brief excursion that went largely unnoticed.


     In 1848, the Hydesville incident announced the arrival of more from Life’s Other Rooms. The popularity of communication with the so-called dead spread from the shack and into communities. Eventually, Mediumship began to rise in popularity. Communication with loved ones who had transitioned became a public spectacle. From these early vestiges developed those who sought to bring loved ones from both rooms together, along with those who sought to bilk the grieving of whatever they could.


     When approaching Mediumship, we recommend the student examine themselves first. If they are prone to self-deception, they will unknowingly deceive those they seek to serve. Mediumship is a service to others. As there are many that rely upon them in this room, there are also those who do so in the many rooms beyond our doors. The only way to be proficient in Mediumship is to observe and understand the experience. Such a requirement is needed for those disciplines in social work, psychology, and ministering. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We must take it upon ourselves to know ourselves, particularly because guides are not present.



References

Doyle, A. C. (1975). History of Spiritualism: Volumes 1 and 2. New York: Arno Press.

Poo, M.-c. (Ed.). (2009). Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions. Boston, MA: Brill.

Rosale, D. (2007). Ancient Egypt. In J. R. Hinnels, Handbook of Ancient Religions. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Rosso, A. (2014). Mummificatin in the ancient and new world. Acta Medico-Historica Adriatica: AMHA [Acta Med Hist Adriat], 12(2), 329-70.

Image by Konevi from Pixabay


Phillip J Falcone

You Brdnsky Guide


[1] (Rosso, 2014)

[2] (Rosale, 2007)

[3] (Doyle, 1975)

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.

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.

Now available at Amazon. Get your copy today!

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.