Tuesday, 4 April 2017

my Diary … In the past thirty-nine years … The suffering and death that is legal … The New Danger In Our Midst.




                                                         
                                                                        My Diary…


February…

26th -  I took the morning service at the Edinburgh Association of Spiritualists (SNU) at The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 25 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AP.
March…

1st – The start of our new venture on a Wednesday evenings at the Glasgow Association.  I take a class on “Understanding Our Psychic Abilities. 

3rd-7th -  Four days at the Glasgow Association (SNU) and that in includes four services, a development circle and private sittings.

8th March – Our Philosophy evening at the GAS.  Both Isabel and I enjoyed listening to a talk by Vice President Derek Connor.

11th – I travel to Falkirk to take the service at Falkirk Spiritualist Church (SNU), 8 Burnhead Ln, Falkirk FK1 1UG.  This church has been running for many years and at this time could do with a little more support.  So, why not go along to their services.

15th – Back at the Glasgow Association to take part in “Our Spiritual Experiences and Discussion”.

23rd – I attended The Phoenix Spiritual Centre, Volunteers Rooms, Irvine KA12 0BA for the first time.   and I received a great welcome from Anne Smith and those attending.    

Its AGM time for our churches and after being co-opted on to the committee last June I got voted in last month to serve a two-year term.  Good news at our AGM, membership is up and those  attending our healing services has greatly increased.  We have also followed on from last year’s philosophy classes to have the same monthly class this year and also evenings on meditation, understanding your psychic abilities and our spiritual experiences and discussion. 





                                                           In the past thirty-nine years


Thirty-nine years on 19th March that my mother passed to spirit.  That made me think on what has changed in all these years.  Would my mother be in favour of the changes or not?  

My mother died as the result of that terrible disease cancer.   Even knowing that cancer is a group name for over 200 different diseases, I wonder if we are as far forward in tackling this disease as we should be?  In the past four decades, we have made progress in so many different areas in the treatment of cancers.  Progress in understanding the disease, detecting cancer, cancer care, surgery, radio therapy, chemotherapy, targeted treatment, prevention and awareness.  Yet, have we done enough? 

Almost on a daily basis we hear of someone being diagnosed with this disease or having died of it.  Very few walk past a donation box for cancer charities without giving a donation, knowing that this illness could attack any of us at any time.  Vast sums of money have been donated by ordinary people to fight cancer as has governments.  But… has the latter done enough?  Have they got their priorities, right?  Governments around the world spend billions on weaponry, space exploration and employ the top brains to work on these projects.  Even if a small percentage of what has been spend on these areas had been targeted our biggest enemy of all – cancer –  then there would be fewer casualties today

 All is not doom and gloom on the medical side.  Many diseases have been eradicated or at least sufferers of long-term illness now lead a better quality of life than then would have done 40-years-ago.  Transplant surgery has been come extremely successful, yet many needing transplant surgery die because of lack of donor organs.  Even worse, the donor’s family not allowing the organs to be taken.     Surely in a loving and caring society there would be a glut of organ donation offers rather than a deficit?  That comes down to Spiritualism’s 5th principle – Personal Responsibility? 

Maybe we Spiritualists need to take personal responsibility and if the above worries us we should do more about it. Stop all the in-fighting in our churches and organizations.  Keep in constant contact with our local and national politicians, health boards and keep these issues to the forefront in our social media forums.  Yes, we can pray, but we need to do more on a personal basis.  






                                                          The suffering and death that is legal.


In Britain, we like to be known as a nation of animal lovers. Whenever we hear of dog fighting, badger baiting and bullfighting we hold our hands up in horror. Yet, we have a so-called sport in this country that is equally horrific and it is legal. This so-called sport is horse racing and takes the lives of many horses every year. The wastage in this so-called-sport is high.  My main concern are the horses that collapse and die during or just after a race.  I look on this as they are being raced to death.   Eight of the forty-seven horses that have died on the racecourse this year have been in this category

I do not look on horse racing as a sport, but a massive frightening industry - which it is.  Not only royalty, the richest people on our planet are attracted to own a horse the ordinary man in the street can now become a part owner paying only a few £’s a month through being part of a syndicate.  Even having a bet in a horse race funds this industry via betting tax.
I was not going to mention the range of injuries that horses suffer on the race track not to upset anyone.  But, I will as so much of the pain, stress that these magnificent creatures suffer is swept under the carpet.  The fatal injuries recorder this year on the race course, broken legs, knees,  necks, spinal injuries and of course collapsing through suffering a heart-attack.

In my next blog – can we really be a true spiritualist if we support this industry?



                                                                          Photo; - Stephanie Wilson.

                                                The New Danger In Our Midst.


Before I entered the car for my first driving lesson, my driving instructor – a retired army sergeant – told me the following as he tapped the roof of the car.  “This is a lethal weapon if it is not maintained and handled correctly.  Every time you turn on the ignition you are responsible for what could be a lethal weapon – as lethal as any weapon I used in my army days”.  Something I have never forgot when getting into my car.

The incidents of vehicles driving into crowds in Nice, the German Christmas market and the on-Westminster bridge is not what my driving instructor was thinking about, but it adds a new sinister dimension to our everyday safety. 


Friday, 24 February 2017

My Diary ... The Media Get it Wrong ... Our Services Become Question Time. ... The First Snowdrops Cause a Commotion. ... Your Comments.

                                                                 


                                                                     My Diary


 January…

29th -  My first service of the year was to the welcoming and always busy Perth Spiritualist, 40 New Row, Perth, PH1 5QA.  Tele; - 07724 411 922.  Sunday – Divine Service 6.30pm and Healing Service 8.15pm.  Wednesday Mediumship Service 7.00pm.  It is good to see that President Ivy Campbell is now stepping out in her own right as a Spiritualist medium.

31st – Only a twelve-mile journey to ASK Neilston  Corresponding, Glen Halls, Neilston,  G79 3NL.     Service on a Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm.

6th February – I attended the Pollockshaws and District Spiritualist Church, Langside Halls, 1 Langside Avenue, (Shawlands Cross) Glasgow, G41 2QR.  Service on a 

Monday evening at 7.30 pm.

19th, 20th, 21st –  Glasgow Central Spiritualist Church, 64 Berkley Street, Glasgow, G3 7JT


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The Glasgow Association, 6/7 Somerset Place. Glasgow, G3 7JT is holding weekly classes from March to June on subjects that will interest most Spiritualists.

March…
1stUnderstanding Your Psychic Abilities – Tom Johnston.
8thPhilosophy – Derek Conner.
15th -  Our Spiritual Experiences and Discussion. - Tom Johnston.
22ndMeditation – Anne Strachan.
All classes will begin at 7.15 p.  The tea room will be open after all classes.  Tickets £3.00 will be available at the door.


                                                               


                                                       The Media Get it Wrong

The media will grab hold of anything related to psychic, spiritual and paranormal incidents these days as they draw in the viewers and readers.  But, do they sometimes jump the gun without looking at the facts?

Several showbiz stars mention that they have visited a psychic and being told for example that their spouse/partner is being unfaithful and that does come to pass.  That maybe the psychic’s gift coming into play or…?  Look up the careers of those in showbiz and you will see many having countless marriages and divorces.

Then there was the case of a psychic telling Teresa May she would be Prime Minister of the UK years before it happened.  That again may be the psychic powers homing in to what is going to happen or…?  It was around 2012 I was with some friends when one, a semi-professional gamble who does not bet on horses and greyhounds, but most other events when he feels he can make a profit.  said he was thinking of having a long-term bet on Teresa May being PM.  He said she was a down to earth politician who got on with the job without seeking publicity.  We all agreed that she certainly could be a strong candidate if there was a lot of disruption in her party.

I am not having a go at the psychics here I am suggesting the media has got its priorities wrong.  In the case of the lady and her erring husband there was much better evidence given at the sitting.  First class evidence also given proved there was life after death to the sitter.  I suppose the magazine staff felt the headline would attract more readers.


                                                             

                                            Our Services Become Question Time.



We hear at almost every service from the chairperson “If the medium should come to you please answer in a clear Yes or No.  If you don’t understand something say -  I am not sure and the medium will go back and ask for some clarification.  Do not feed the medium with any information.”.

Yet, there has been an increasing trend over the past few years for the medium to ask question after question.  Who is Robert, James, Marion?  The recipient will come out with Father, brother-in-law, mother etc.  Also, why am I getting a ball of wool, a tennis racket, and the recipient will tell the medium once again.  If this is not stopped it will become the norm and Spirit will be pushed out of our churches being replaced with psychic links.

There is a stark difference between the mediumship of the mediums that have been on our platform in the past and the new generation of today.  The former may be heard to say “Sorry, I should not be asking a question” if he/she does come out with a question. 
It is easy to blame the medium, but that may not be the full picture.  A lot of these bad habits could be the fault of their tutor (s) and the training they received during their development.  Or the mediums themselves leaping on the platform before they have matured and they do not fully understand the difference between a psychic and a spirit link.

It is down to our churches to save the day by not allowing questions to be asked from the platform. 



                                                       


                                      The First Snowdrops Cause a Commotion.

When I see the first snowdrop flowering it always reminds me of a friend who was going through a really bad time in her life.   Both her husband and her father passed suddenly within a few days of each other.  Then a few days after the second funeral she was told she would have to go through a serious operation.  Slowly recovering from the operation, Anne was looking out of the window on a very wet and windy January morning. She was wondering if it was really worth continuing with this life.  Then she noticed that two snowdrops had started to flower in the garden.  She said it was like a sign to her, a small pin prick of light away at the end of a long dark tunnel.  The snowdrops had battled through frost and snow to let her know that a new beginning was in the offing.  Spring would soon be knocking on the door with warmer days and longer days.  She started to think that she owed it to her husband and father not to give in and fight through the turmoil of the past year and come into a brighter state of mind.

All of a sudden, a neighbour’s little girl appeared in her garden and started to pick the snowdrops. Anne opened the door and shouted to the girl to come back then told her off for picking the flowers. She was floored by the little girl’s explanation. “I only took one and it was for my Nan who I am going to visit in hospital this afternoon. I was not stealing it I left 2p on your doorstep step for the flower.” As Anne looked down, there were three snowdrops still blowing in the wind and two-pence on the doorstep.


                                                           

                                                                  Your Comments.


Tom – I loved the words of the Absent Healing Hymn and have to admit although fifteen years in Spiritualism I have not heard it sung”. BTT.  

I have had a few emails saying the same thing.  How about it churches – why not give this hymn a try?

Tom – “I took your advice from you October blog, Flowers of Hope.  Soon after I planted Daffodil and Hyacinth bulbs our family was hit with three nasty situations and we are only just ketting back on our feet.  Corresponding with us getting over these issues we have a few hyacinths and daffodils starting to flower.  A sign for me and hopefully the family also.  Thank you, Tom,”.






Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Christmas Eve Silent Meditation … Should we allow Shamanic Drumming as part of our Divine Services? … Everyone has an Achilleas Heel … Communication between Spirit and the individual human being … No need to attend our churches on a regular basis … Your comments …

                                                              



                                                   Christmas Eve Silent Meditation.

Although the numbers were not high the Glasgow Association’s Christmas Eve opening for an hour for a Silent Meditation was a great success.  It gave those attending a time to sit in total silence to allow time for reflection and contemplation.  This allowed anyone who felt the need of the Church just to sit in the quiet with their own thoughts of Loved ones passed or maybe send out Healing Thoughts.

This type of service could become more common with different variations such as such a service taking place close to Remembrance Day.   I noticed on the York Spiritualist Centre’s page; “Sunday night at York spiritualist centre we have our peace circle.   We join together sending our loving energy for peace around the world. It is an evening of sharing our thoughts our stories or readings this is a night for all to come together as one and enjoy each other’s company”. Come and join us starts at 6.30 pm 



                                               


               Should we allow Shamanic Drumming as part of our Divine Services?


A question asked on Facebook… Should we allow shamanic drumming as part of our Divine services?”

I must admit I was concerned when I turned up at a church one evening to find out shamanic drumming was taking the place of the address.  I was soon won over as I felt spirit come so close and the mediums had a great link with spirit later in the service.  So, it looked as if spirit was happy with the arrangement.
I also feel that we should make our divine services that little bit longer and add hands-on healing during the service.  Some churches have tried this and I felt with the rise in the atmosphere at these services, I felt Spirit also gave thumbs up to the change.
In both of the above we are not taking anything away from our Divine Services we are adding to the service.  


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Everyone has an Achilleas Heel and mines seems to be chairing at our services.  After all the services, workshops and talks I have taken over the past twenty plus years one would thing chairing would be no problem to me.  Over the years, I have gone out of my way not to do such a thing and in the past only chaired twice.  Since becoming a committee member of the Glasgow Spiritualist Association chairing is now part of my duties.  And I have to admit I never feel comfortable when chairing.  This is the next step in my progression, to get over this fear.


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Communication between spirit and the individual human being has been in place as long as the human race has existed.  Why now do we need the carnival to come to town with money making gurus making a good living. To awaken our true abilities does not need to be as lengthy, as complicated or as expensive as many make it out to be these days






I was asked to meet with a group of five who at different times came into our churches for a short period and then left.  They did not leave for any negative reasons, but because they felt their lives had been enriched by attending and it was time to move on.  There were some interesting comments…

“I felt at home in the church met nice people.  Then, after fourteen weeks I got a message which was extremely accurate.  The following week another message continuing where the last left off.  This put the icing on the cake so to speak.  I thought it a bit strange after that as I started losing interest in the services.  I knew my mother was still around with what the mediums gave me, something only known to my mother and I.   My lifelong fear of death was quashed.   I started to think what I don’t get around to doing in this life hopefully I will get done when I move over.  So, I take more time for what I am doing and enjoying the experiences.”

“I was dedicated until I got real proof of life after death and then I felt that turning up every Tuesday was getting monotonous.  Just like someone tediously turning up for the bingo never winning or near winning each week.  I got what I wanted and it opened a new world to me.  I now work with several voluntary organizations”. 
“My few months in Spiritualism made me look at myself and my life in a different way.  I felt the Spiritualism had served its purpose and now I am venturing where I would never have ventured before”. 


                                                  



                                                         Your comments...


Tom – my small church has been running for many years with little or no hassle.  When I started up the church I decided that I was going to have no committee as in my experiences there was always strife in committees.  I am willing to listen to the comments from the congregation and before any changes are made I ask Spirit’s advice.  I go with the flow and the wee church has been flowing smoothly for many years.  We average out at about twenty-five per service and that with one special night keeps us in the black

Ideally, I check out a new medium to the church by seeing them at another church.  If this is not possible I check their Facebook page which usually is a good indication if they are suitable.  When the time comes, I will be unable to run the church I will close it down not handing it over.  Someone may wish to start up another spiritualist church in the hall on that evening, but I hope they choose a different name, leaving the good reputation of my church intact.

P.S.  I have willing helpers to take over when I need time off.

Such small independent churches can be extremely successful.  And although many I am familiar with stick roughly to SNU rules they can be a bit more relaxed to blend in with the community. You are not the first president of such a church that has closed rather than hand it over if there was no one suitable on the horizon.  Long may your church continue.   

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Comments on "We must act not to save our religion on my previous blog.

TB “Well done for speaking up for what our religion should be like”.

C “You are fighting a losing battle.  Your ways are the good old days.  What we have today is more suitable for the present”

Conway – “I agree the focus has now gone from religion to entertainment and celebrities”.

B – “Tom, so much that you have done in the past has changed so why do you want to encapsulate Spiritualism in the past?

L – “As a booking secretary I am given a free hand in whom I book.  For some time now I have overlooked mediums who advertise themselves on Facebook as taking the service at our church. That sort of thing is up to me to draw people’s attention too”.

BL – “Whatever way we get people to know what lies beyond their last breath is OK with me”.

V – “Piracy, the mediums have taken over the running of the SS Spiritualism and we are heading into rough waters.”.  

L McL – “Those who prefer large halls with no hymns or prayers are not looking for religion”.
  

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Several emails about Spiritualist of the year all shocked that there is such a thing. 

Mary commented “A true spiritualist would not accept such an award”.By all means long-service awards and churches acknowledging those members who  work hard behind the sense.  But, no, no. no to celebrity style awards where there has to be a choice between spiritualists”. 

                                                                  

Many of you were shocked that there is such a thing as Spiritualist of the Year.

Mary commented “A true spiritualist would not accept such an award”. Bye all means long-service awards and churches acknowledging those members who work hard behind the sense.  But, no, no. no to celebrity style awards where there has to be a choice between spiritualists”.  

                                             







Wednesday, 21 December 2016

My Diary … 24,500 Hits … Spiritualism and Christmas … We Must Act Now to Save Our Religion … These Awards Must Go.



                                                             My Diary. 

November…

20th - Dunfermline Spiritualist Church SNU.  3 Lady Campbells Walk, Dunfermline, KY12 0QH

24th – ASK Dreghorn. 

27th – Kilmarnock Spiritualist Church SNU

December…

4th ASK Dunfermline,  5 Mowbray House, Main Street, Halbeath, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 8EE


9th – 13th.  The Glasgow Association of Spiritualists,  6/7, Somerset Place, Glasgow G3 7JT.  A busy few days with four services, private sittings and an ‘open development circle’.


It is five years since I started this website.  I started it not to promote myself, but to promote Spiritualism – the Religion.  It has been extremely successful as in the past five years it has had 24,500 hits.






                                               Spiritualism and Christmas…

We have both Christian and non-Christian Spiritualist churches and most mediums serve both.   Recently I have heard comments that the latter should not celebrate Christmas in our churches.  Special services on Christmas Eve whether it be a simple candlelit service, a few hours of contemplation or meditation is out say some.  Others have said that a Christmas tree should not be in our churches.  This got me thinking.

If you stay in this country, you cannot escape Christmas no matter what religion you are or if you are of no religion.  How many Spiritualist do not send or accept Christmas cards?  Give and receive presents?  Will be willing to volunteer to work on Christmas Day to allow those who are Christians have the day off to celebrate with their families?  Sit down to a special dinner on the 25th?

Hindus do not recognize Christmas as a religious tradition, but many do celebrate it, treating the holiday as a secular festival.

There are Sikhs who do go and shop for presents and give them on Christmas Day.  Although Christmas is a Christian Festival, it is celebrated as a Cultural Holiday by many Sikhs who live in western countries.  Although many do not sing Christmas Carols they do enjoy them.

Since the Buddhist teachings are all about peace and goodwill toward mankind, Christmas is a time when Buddhists can focus on some of the similarities between their religion and Christianity. They enjoy decorating their temples with what most would recognize as Christmas decorations. They send and receive cards from loved ones. They hold vigils late at night and light candles.

Muslim groups and joining forces with Christian groups in Britain to help the country’s homeless and other vulnerable groups during the Christmas period. 

Organisations including Muslim Aid, the Al Khair Foundations, Streetlytes, and churches across the English capital London are expanding their efforts by providing meals and shelter packs to rough sleepers.

So why not Spiritualism?

So many people are sad and lonely at Christmas, that we should have our doors open whether it be for a cup of tea, a simple candlelit service, an hour of contemplation or meditation is out say some. 

The church I am a member and committee member off – the Glasgow Association of Spiritualists is opening on Christmas Eve for 1 hour from 4 30pm to 5 30pm.  This will allow anyone who feels the need of the Church just to sit in the quiet with their own thoughts of Loved ones passed or maybe send out Healing Thoughts.  You may come in any time within this hour & sit for 5min or the full hour whatever suits. It can be a lonely time of year for some people who have lost loved ones during the Christmas period. The Church will be in total Silence to allow you time for reflection and contemplation.
I took a look on the Internet and found that many of our churches, especially south of the border at this time hold special services at this time.  One stood out; Sunday night at York spiritualist centre we have our peace circle. We join together sending our loving energy for peace around the world. It is an evening of sharing our thoughts our stories or readings this is a night for all to come together as one and enjoy each other’s company”.  Something all our churches could do once in a while apart from Christmas.
                                                       


                              We Must Act Now to Save Our Religion.

Although Spiritualism is not a numbers game we have to seriously start taking note of the fall in numbers attending our services and the number of churches closing over the past year or so.   I have been talking this over with a few spiritualist friends and here are some of the comments;-

“Our numbers do drop in the dark nights of winter”.  Yes, they do, but not as bad as they have been recently and numbers have been dropping long before the clocks changed.

“Our numbers have dropped in the past, but we have always bounced back”.  Again, yes. But the attitude of the general public at present has changed.  Each year we see increases in psychic nights, fundraisers, (not organised by our churches) and even psychics taking part in cabarets.  We cannot complain about these nights as Spiritualism does not have a monopoly with communication with the Spirit World, but we should make the differences clear.

How do we make the difference clear?  This is in the hands of the churches.  Only use mediums who are willing to work in churches and do not succumb to party nights and working in pubs and clubs.  The medium should decide what path he/she is willing to take - path of religion or entertainment.  Not taking a divine service one night and then taking part the next night where drink is being served.  This is totally confusing to members of the public.

“Drink is not allowed to be served during the clairvoyance”.  On some occasions that rule is flouted by drink being brought in before the clairvoyance starts.

 “Most people these days don’t want church settings want large halls and in an environment where there is no hymns prayers and addresses”.  Yes, there are those who look on clairvoyance as entertainment, but there are also those who are grieving and the church setting is the place for them.

“Spiritualism needs to change if it is to survive”.  Some would have us surrender all to the entertainers, but we must not let our pioneers our religion down.  We can experiment with what we have.  Clairvoyance, Philosophy, Healing, Meditation and periods of contemplation.  We can mix this around at our services and not always have the same format.  Someone suggested recently that we should have a service where we leave out the clairvoyance on occasions.  In such instances, we could have prayers, hymns, philosophy, healing and a time for contemplation.  Sounds drastic, but not as drastic as abandoning all that we have worked for over the years.

“Change from the old dreary hymns to modern songs that have spiritual meanings”.  Yes, that is being done at many churches, but at the same time I find most of the hymns selected at our churches are cheerful.

“Maybe we have too many churches at the moment and the churches closing at the moment is natural waste”.  The cull will be beneficial to our religion”.  The sad thing is some of the churches closing have been churches that have been great teaching churches in the past

Church committees should use their powers and not book a medium who works in pubs and clubs.   Yes, that would be a start.  Maybe not an immediate ban, but let mediums who take part in such nights know that to protect our religion in the future we will not be booking mediums who participate at such venues.  Giving the mediums a chance to decide if they are Ambassadors for Spirit in a religious capacity or are willing to wander down the entertainment trail.

“What about fundraisers?”  These night make a lot of money for charities and needy individuals.  Helping charities and local individuals has been part and parcel of Spiritualist for a long time and I see no conflict here.  As long as it is run by churches.  Each church could hold 2-4 of these nights a year.  With churches arranging such nights Spiritualism the Religion is in charge, not individuals.  We must protect our religion or it will go under.

“Would dropping the word ‘church’ and replacing it with the likes of ‘sanctuary’ make any difference?”  We all doubted there would be much difference in numbers with this change.

“Do mediums who tour the country check they are not working in a town where one of our churches has a service that evening?”  We could not say for sure and we are going to check the Internet before we meet again.

“Facebook and Spiritualism – good or bad?”  In many ways facebook and the Internet have taken over from local newspapers in advertising a church and its services.  With the local newspaper there was a charge for every word, now with the new media the sky is the limit and it is free.  Some churches praise to the highest certain mediums.  “The medium on Sunday is the wonderfully talented *** ***”.  Does that mean that all mediums setting foot on their platform are not talented?”

"Mediums promote themselves “I am on at such and such a church this evening”.  Are they asking people to come and see THEM – putting themselves above Spirit and the church?  See how easy it is to tip the balance away from religion and closer to entertainment.  A medium once told me that he done this to promote the church, surely a church is capable of promoting itself?
“The title “International Medium”.  Most had a good laugh at this.  Unlike a sportsperson being selected for their country for being best at their sport, a medium working abroad could have been asked to travel because of befriending some at a Spiritualist college or on the Internet.  Churches should stop such nonsense from being mentioned on their platforms.  Not all Spiritualist mediums who have worked abroad want to be known by this title.

“The cost of workshops – is this  education only for the rich?”.  We all agreed we know of many who cannot afford the price of many workshops and feel left out.  Those who came into Spiritualism at the same time as myself had most if not all education free.  Churches should be able to get true Spiritualists to share their knowledge for only expenses or a small sensible fee.  Also mentioned are those who feel they are superior because they have been to a workshop taken by a so-called Spiritualist celebrity.  When I hear this my mind goes back to a summer many years ago, when I was on holiday and went out horse-riding every morning.  A retired top jockey spent a lot of time with me giving me tips etc.  I did not return from that holiday expecting a trainer to give me a leg-up on a horse running in the Champion Hurdle.
“Dress for the platform” We all agreed that female mediums were keeping a high standard, but male mediums were starting to be slipshod with their attire.  Surely it is not too much for a male medium to set foot on the platform with a jacket and tie.  Surely in respect to Spirit and our religion it is not too much to ask that a tie be worn.  Comments like; -
 “In modern society tie wearing is a thing of the past”. In our churches, we should expect such a thing to be the norm.

“Some mediums may not possess a tie these days”.  I am sure churches could have a tie at hand and loan it out for the service.

“There may be mediums who refuse to wear a tie”.  So, committees refuse to let them on their platform
Are only excuses for committee members not willing to run a church the way a church should be run?  Committee members will make-or-break Spiritualism as a religion.
We ended our last discussion group of the year after midnight hoping our views will put Spiritualism back on an even keel, but left concerned that the situation will get worse.





                                                       These Awards Must Go.
    

I am shaking my head as I look through the September edition of the SNU’s Today magazine.  Here we go again as the SNU hands out awards for Spiritualist of the Year and Church of the Year.  Surely this type of award has nothing to do with a religion.  Surely it is against all that we stand for?  Then as if to calm those who are opposed to this sort of thing, the last paragraph of the article we have the closing paragraph “Everyone in his own way makes a valuable contribution to Spiritualism.  Whether that contribution is great or small it all serves to make the movement stronger”.

Such awards will not make our movement stronger it will make many disillusioned.  If you have a good friend or member of your church who is a good letter writer there will be  a good chance of you or your church will be considered for these awards.   

The SNU already have in place awards that are fair and are more in tune with our beliefs.  The long service awards which are presented to Spiritualists who have been of great service to our movement.  Twenty-five-years (silver), 50-years (gold), 60-years (diamond).   I will be writing to the President of the SNU about this and let you know his reply.

A few years ago I brought this matter up at the AGM of our district council and received little or no support.  I said at the time it is only a matter of time before we have a TV programme “Medium’s X-Factor” and I am still of that view.