COMMENTARY: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM HISTORIC SPIRITUALISM? These days many people who are interested in the afterlife don't identify as Spiritualists or even understand the important part that Spiritualism has played in humanity's understanding of what really happens when you die.
The National Spiritualist Association of Churches (NSAC) founded in 1883 is one of the oldest and largest of the national Spiritualist church organizations in the United States. It has an excellent website that examines the contribution of Spiritualism as a science, a philosophy, and as a religion.
It defines a Spiritualist as one who believes in the communication between this and the Spirit World by means of mediumship and who endeavors to mold his or her character and conduct in accordance with the highest teachings derived from such communication.
The emphasis on "highest teachings" is something that all of us can learn from. The early home circles emphasized commitment and harmony, an absence of ego, and dedication to selfless service. Perhaps, as a result, the movement was strong and the evidence that came through the many brilliant physical and trance mediums of the day was spectacular.
But the Spirit World is aware of conditions on Earth and is always evolving new forms of contact. Back in 1980 when Gordon HIgginson was speaking with Silver Birch about the lack of mediums coming through Spiritualism he was told the following:
"You talk about the lack of mediums. There are sufficient mediums for the services that are to be performed at this stage of your evolution. As people are ready to receive, so more mediums will be provided. They will not necessarily come within the purview of your organisation or any other. They may be in home circles, or individuals working on their own. They may not even call themselves Spiritualists, mediums, psychics, or even sensitives. But the label does not matter; the service is important".Read their full discussion.
BRILLIANT BOOKS ON HISTORIC SPIRITUALISM
N. Riley Heagerty has been researching Historic Spiritualism and Mediumship for over 3 decades and has concentrated on the physical phenomena attending the great mediums who manifested their gifts within what he refers to as the “Century of Wonders ” between 1848 and 1948.
According to Mr. Heagerty, “That century produced mind-staggering manifestations witnessed on numerous occasions by individuals whose integrity would be an insult to question. We have been given countless instances of positive proof of not only life after death but direct communication by spirits. It is also a sad fact that the world, in general, is woefully unaware of these titanic events which, if understood, would change the course of human thinking.” Read more.
MORE BRILLIANT BOOKS
As an introduction to what the Spirit World is capable of producing when the conditions are right we also recommend The Articulate Dead and the books and blog posts by Michael Tymn. As well Maurice Barbanell's This is Spiritualism looks at the best of the evidence in the United Kingdon, and Guy Lyon Playfair's The Flying Cow shares his experiences in Brazil.
One thing that we do have today that is having a huge impact on the acceptance of the afterlife is a very significant number of Near-Death Experiences. Many of these give people direct experience of the "higher teachings" of spirit and lead them to change their lives profoundly. In this video Evan Mecham, a successful businessman and retired major in the US Air Force Reserve, describes the impact of his NDE.
DR. ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS ON THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE The point Dr. Kübler-Ross makes in this short video is that once people have had an intense NDE they will be absolutely convinced that life continues after death.
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES VALIDATED BY AN EXPERT Bruce Greyson, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia, has studied near-death experiences for more than 45 years and is one of the world’s leading experts on their science and significance.
IMPORTANT RESEARCH ARTICLE ON PSYCHIC PHENOMENA "American Psychologist" is the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association many of whose members have been fiercely skeptical of psychic phenomena (psi). So it is interesting that it published: "The experimental evidence for parapsychological phenomena: A review".
The article concludes: "The evidence provides cumulative support for the reality of psi, which cannot be readily explained away by the quality of the studies, fraud, selective reporting, experimental or analytical incompetence, or other frequent criticisms. The evidence for psi is comparable to that for established phenomena in psychology and other disciplines, although there is no consensual understanding of them." Read abstract and purchase the article (and mail copies to any skeptical psychologists you know).
RESOURCES ON SPIRITUAL HEALING A must-read classic reference book for any healer or teacher of the healing arts is Spiritual Healing: Scientific Validation of A Healing Revolution (Vol.1) by Canadian wholistic psychiatric psychotherapist Daniel J. Benor M.D. The author states that he was a skeptic, but that personal experiences and research have convinced him that spiritual healing exists and is a potent therapy. The book contains 124 scientific studies supporting various methods of spiritual healing. Dr. Benor has gone on to write two more volumes in the series, to edit the peer reviewed International Journal of Healing and Caring, and to write several other books on spiritual and holistic healing. Read more.
"I DO LOVE TO WORK WITH DEAD PEOPLE"
Psychic medium, academic, and researcher Julia Assante Ph.D. talks about the relief experienced by people on the other side when they are able to connect with loved ones, how to recognise signs, and ways to make contact. Her webpage contains an excellent summary of "How to do After-death Communication". Julia conducts Skype and telephone readings and private sessions from her home in France.
HOW CAN I CONNECT WITH MY CHILD IN SPIRIT? Rev. Sheri Perl, author of the Grieving Parents' Handbook, (available as a free download on her website), writes:
"I know that this is a terrible time for you and my heart goes out to you, knowing only too well how I felt, and sometimes still feel. However, I also want to tell you that I no longer doubt that Danny walks by my side and shares my life with me. It’s not the same, of course, because I can’t see him, but I do have an ongoing relationship with him and I believe that anyone who desires this, can do the same. What has been lost, can be found and as far as I am concerned, finding in the spirit what you have lost in the flesh, is the only real solace!" Read more.
EVP SLIDESHOW UPDATED Sheri Perl writes:
"I'm happy to announce that the EVP Slideshow has been updated and is now available for downloading at: http://www.sheriperl.com/evpguide
This is a very detailed slideshow that presents with a split screen, one side for Mac users and the other for PCs. The slideshow will help you to download the software needed to configure your computer to record EVPs. Instructions are also included on how to use the recording program and make an actual recording.
We have purposely chosen free software, however, your computer must have either PowerPoint (for PCs) or Keynote (for Macs) to download the slideshow into. Good luck to all, and if additional help is needed, the contact information for Joshua Fried, my computer tech guy who worked with me to make this slideshow is included".
“Safe Space Sharing Group”
with Catherine Chapey 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. 8 p.m. EDT
Share about your different types of experiences related to consciousness expansion such as Spiritually Transformative Experiences, NDEs, OBEs, Metaphysical Experiences, Mystical Meditations, Dreams, Unusual and Unexplained, UFOs, ETs, Spirits, Angels, Guides, Christ Consciousness.
8 p.m. New York Eastern DT
5. p.m. Pacific DT
10 a.m. Sydney Saturday AEST
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89931348720?
Trance Healing:Session 3 of a series of 4 free monthly healing sessions with Karen Frances McCarthy has been postponed until August 7th 2021
It will be a combination of a presentation of some aspects of Spiritualism and spirituality followed by open discussion. If you have questions about Spiritualism or spirituality or religion, bring them here.
California 4 p.m.
Mountain (Phoenix) 4 p.m.
Central (Illinois, Texas) 6 p.m.
Eastern (New York) 7 p.m.
Sydney Australia - Monday 9 a.m. AEST
Norma’s Room: https://zoom.us/j/3499782616
Monday 5th July/ Tuesday 6th July Australia
GOSH: Gatherings over Strange Happenings When: Every two weeks on Mondays (UK EUROPE and USA) and Tuesday 7 a.m. (Sydney). A small group that meets to share
and explore the meaning of strange experiences like missing time, seeing scenes from another time, interacting with a person who suddenly wasn't there, bi-location etc. If it's something you cannot share easily with others, bring it to this group to get validation and speculate on its cause. See short video about GOSH
Los Angeles 2 p.m. Monday Phoenix 2 p.m. Monday
Chicago 4 p.m. Monday
New York 5 p.m. Monday
London 10 p.m. Monday
Rome 11 p.m. Monday
Melbourne 7 a.m. Tuesday https://zoom.us/j/7595442928 Co-ordinator: Kim at email@example.com
Tuesday 6th July 2021/ Wednesday 7th July Australia
"Army 4 Love" FREE Gathering: Every Tuesday at 3:00 PST. Arizona Time.
People share what is happening in our world, how we are dealing with issues, holding each other’s hands, bringing in laughter and love. To bring in laughter each week one person shares a joke. This person then receives a few messages from a loved one they choose to connect with on the Other Side. Debra Martin always ends the gathering with a mini healing meditation. Join Zoom Meeting @ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87968366796
EMAIL: Via a form on her website to avoid spam: https://www.goldenmiracles.com/contact.php TIMES:
Los Angeles 3 p.m. PDT
Phoenix, 3 p.m. MST
Chicago 5 p.m. CDT
New York 6 p.m. EDT
London 11 p.m. BST
Rome 12 midnight
Melbourne/Sydney 8 a.m. AEST, Wednesday
Question and Answers for Developing Mediums
Psychometry exercises with Guest medium Debbie Malone. Have a journal and pen at the ready as you may need to take notes on what you receive from the exercises.
6.00 p.m. Pacific and Phoenix time
8.00 p.m. Chicago time
9.00 p.m. Eastern time
9.00 a.m. Wednesday Perth time
11.00 a.m. Wednesday Sydney time.
1.00 p.m. Wednesday Auckland time Coordinator: Wendy Zammit firstname.lastname@example.org https://zoom.us/j/7595442928
Wednesday 7th July 2021/ Thursday 8th July 2021 Australia
Physical mediumship development group
with Rob Blackburn and Craig Hogan
Illinois 8 p.m. Central DT.
New York 9 p.m. Eastern DT California 6 p.m. Pacific DT Sydney/Melbourne 11 a.m. Thursday AEST
The group is admitting new members.
Participants sit in a darkened space in their own homes; the group has been going for some time and members are experiencing phenomena.
Contact Rob Blackburn (email@example.com) or Craig Hogan (firstname.lastname@example.org) before joining the group. https://zoom.us/j/4381898190
Thursday 8th July 2021/ Friday 2nd July Australia
Pet Communication Group with Gretchen Bickert
2nd Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Pacific time.
meeting Thursday 8th July 2021 Arizona 1 p.m. MST
Illinois 3 p.m. CDT
New York 4 p.m. EDT
Sydney, Australia 6 a.m. AEST Friday 9th
Auckland, New Zealand 8 a.m. NZST Friday 9th https://zoom.us/j/7595442928
LEN LA SCOLEA JOURNEY OF THE SOUL DISCUSSION GROUP
Next meeting Thursday 8th July 2021
Book to read: Michael Newton's Destiny of the Soul
Meets the Second Thursday of the Month
6 p.m. Pacific time
9 p.m. Eastern time
Sydney 11 a.m. Friday
Len's second book Conversations with my Sweetheart on the Otherside is now available to people in the USA on Amazon.
If you live outside the USA and are unable to purchase a copy email email@example.com for a free pdf. https://zoom.us/j/7595442928
Coordinator: Len La Scolea firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 9th July 2021
Exercises to expand consciousness 2nd and 4th Friday of the month with Catherine Chapey.
8 p.m. EST
Meditations, spiritual practices, and modalities to expand our consciousness and connect with our higher self and inner awareness.
California 5 p.m. PDT and Arizona 5 p.m. MST
Illinois 7 p.m. CDT.
New York 8 p.m. EDT
Perth, W. Australia 8 a.m. AWST, Saturday 10th July
Sydney and Melbourne, Australia 10 a.m. AEST Saturday
Auckland, New Zealand, 12 p.m. NZST Saturday
Email: email@example.com https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89931348720?
Who am I? Interview with David Godman
David Godman recalls how he discovered the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, an Indian Sage who had reached enlightenment.
FROM DR JEFF'S BLOG
Jeff O'Driscoll MD, author of the award-winning book, Not Yet, has a wonderful gift for telling extra-short personal stories to illustrate spiritual principles.
Check out the stories on his website.
AN ONLINE EVENING WITH WHITE FEATHER
Thursday 8th July - 7.30pm to 9.30 p.m. UK time
During these unprecedented times when many churches and centres are still closed, medium Rob Goodwin is offering an 'Online Evening of Trance Mediumship with White Feather' (accompanied by Amanda Goodwin - 'Sunflower'). During normal times, these events are usually very popular and well attended, allowing participants the chance to listen to the stunning philosophy of the spirit teacher before putting questions of their own to the sage. Read more.
"Your book has been a great comfort for me during those low points in my life. It reminds me that despite what may be going on in the world, the soul is indestructible and death is not the end. Yes, I am scared about the future. But against all the fear I have in my life, the evidence for the afterlife gives me something to fall back and believe in. It gives me peace that all will work out in the end - if not in this world, then in spirit. I look forward to reading more of your afterlife reports".
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