Friday, 27 April 2018

My Diary ... Music for our services ... The Biggest Threat of All ... Now is the Time ...



                                                            My Diary.


March.

2nd - 5th It should have been five days at the Glasgow Association of Spiritualists, but inclement weather meant that Friday’s Awareness Group, Sittings on the Saturday and the two services on the Sunday were cancelled.  But as soon as the weather relented a little the Monday and Tuesday services took place as normal.

18th – The Sunday morning service at the GAS.

19th -  A long journey, but it is worth it for the great Highland welcome at Inverness Spiritualist church.

25th A much shorter journey this time to the Kilmarnock Spiritualist Church. (SNU)





 

                                                 Music for our Services.


After last month’s blog about the music in our churches I have had a lot of feedback supporting the hymns with up lifting lyrics in our Spiritualist hymnbooks.

GP - “Plenty of spiritualist church’s around so if you don’t like the music or format at one move to another.  A church cannot change what it does for every person that comes through the door”.

T – “I attend several our churches and they all have their own ways of working which I accept”.

BB – “Spiritualist are always moaning.  If it is not the music it will be that the tea is not strong enough in the tea room”.

Bert – “Too many with their feet hardly in the door are wanting to change Spiritualism for their own needs.  They should be told to accept our ways or move on”.

Here the top of the charts from the emails i received.

 From our Hymn Books

“All Through the Night”.                                  “Amazing Grace”.

“Into the Garden”.                                            “I Hear the Angles Singing”.

“The Absent Healing Hymn”.                            “One More Step”

“Keep the Beacon of Light Still Burning”.         “Morning Has Broken”.

“Joy Illuminates Everything”.                              “I Walk In The Light”

“I Danced in The Morning When the World Was Begun”.

And the more modern songs that were suggested to be Ok for our services; -

“I Can See Clearly Now”.                                          “Love Shine A Light in Every 

"Corner of the World”.

“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”.                    “Any Dream Will Do”.

“Footsteps”.                                                             “I Believe”

"Wind Beneath My Wings” 

The lyrics of all above are perfect for our services. Even just the music of these songs being played while the congregation sits in contemplation.



 

                                                The Biggest Threat of All.

                      

I wrote the following in a magazine recently; -

“Our biggest terror threat does not come from a human with a gun or a bomb, but from a disease.  How many of us know of a family that has been killed or maimed by a human terrorist attack?  Few of us will.  Now think of a family you know where cancer has not struck.  You will now see where by far the biggest threat comes from”.

A reader commented “TJ, I see you are of the Spiritualist faith, so why are your spirit guides not pointing scientists in the right direction to find a cure?”

A good question if you know nothing about Spirit Guides.  A spirit guide, in western spiritualism, is an entity that remains as a disincarnate spirit to act as a guide or protector to a living incarnated human being.  They can guide us in different directions, to show us different angles of situations around us, but they cannot take the final choice for us we have free will to make the final decision.

Cancer has been a problem throughout all of human history. A medical papyrus dating back to 3000 BC mentions this disease.  One would have thought that 5,000 years later we might have found a cure.

When President Richard Nixon declared a war on cancer in 1971, there were high hopes that scientists were close enough to understanding the underlying causes that many cures were within reach.  Now we are at 2018 and Cancer  the name given to a collection of related diseases remains one of the world’s biggest killers, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths a year. In Europe alone.   
American Vice-President Joe Biden said “Our goal is to make a decade's worth of advances in five years.  There's no silver bullet when it comes to curing cancer, but a difference can be made in the incidence and management of the disease, even in the poorer countries of the world, if the right people – scientists, business leaders, politicians, data analysts – work together”. Breakthroughs in the understanding of DNA and genetic links  to cancer, screening programmes, less invasive surgical techniques have contributed to reducing the death toll. Yet as the medical advances have had success in cancer patients living longer the numbers being diagnosed are on the increase so it could be said this is a no-win situation.

So, are we getting guidance from Divine sources, and more importantly, are we listening? I am sure many involved in looking for cures are being nudged in the right direction, but are they aware of this?  Are they being allowed by the pharmaceutical companies to go in that direction?  (That direction may be holistic and the big companies usually steer clear of that area). 
We will be guided also.  Do we listen to the little voice in our head suggesting that we stop smoking, cut back/stop taking alcohol or be careful with what you eat?  It is not easy these days with so many additives in our food and the pace of life can make in near impossible for many to cook from scratch.  It is like everything else we have to take responsibility for our own backyard and not to blame outside sources for not doing the work for us.






Over the years I have mentioned how ‘God’s little helpers’ – flowers – have been a great benefit for so many that having difficulties mentally and physically.  Well now is the time to start planning what flowers you are going to plant in your gardens and baskets.  Even a few baskets and tubs filled with flowers in your garden can uplift so many who walk past.  Test have shown that Sweet Peas and Lilly of the Valley with their lovely scents can evoke memories of the past.  The flowers that bring back memories of the past to me are Cornflowers, Candytuft that I used to grow from seed when I was about five-years-old. Often when I am on the platform get Lilly of the Valley that is a sign a grandmother is coming forward. Even sprinkling wildflower seeds on a bare patch in the garden and leaving them to their own devices they will soon start grow and flower.  An added bonus to this is the flowers will soon attract a multitude of butterflies, bees and insects.

We Spiritualists should know to work with Mother Nature to make life better for others, other species and ourselves.




                                                   Hope on the Horizon?

Normally I would not discuss political matter on this site, but with what has been going on during the past two weeks I feel commenting on the following topics is not out of place

In an extremely troubled world where so many incidents could quite easily get out of hand, two glimmers of light have appeared.  The fact that North and South Korean leaders are talking and President Kim Jon un will soon meet President Trump is a miracle in its self.  I have said for many years that the leaders of neutral countries should have been negotiating with NK a decade or so ago.  Let’s hope that the current talks will be a success and step by step,   starvation and torture in NK will eventually be a thing of the past.  There will be no magic formula, but as long as one small step is followed by another small step a new dawn will break over the Korean Peninsula.

My next flicker of hope may only have been seen by few.  Normally I am against military intervention as so often it causes many more problems than it solves.  The attack on alleged storage of chemical storage depots in Damascus was like a surgeon using a scalpel to take out diseased tissue and leaving other areas alone.  Russia and Syria were told the attack were going to take place and they got their personnel out of the target area so there were no deaths.  Hopefully all chemical weapons are now destroyed and innocent men women and children will not have to suffer and die in such a horrible way.  The fighting, suffering and death will still go on, but a chemical weapons attack is a step too far and action had to be taken.  Syria is hell on earth at the moment and has been for seven-years.  A different situation entirely from the Korean stand-off.  Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the world  must meet face-to-face with President Assad.  They owe it to the innocent of that region. The cannot keep walking by on the other side with their eyes closed.
I am sure the Divine Creator and the Spirit World will agree with me.


Wednesday, 28 February 2018






           My Diary…

January….

28th – 30th Central Association of Spiritualists, Glasgow.

February…

6th – The Free Group Kilmarnock. 

13th – ASK, Neilston.   





                                               Spiritualist Churches and Pop Tunes.


“I am shocked to find that Spiritualist Churches even Christian Spiritualist Churches are changing from hymns to pop songs. What next, the prayer and the address to be cast aside?”  John L.
John – The modern songs I have experienced while taking a service as a medium or chairing has always been uplifting and the words just perfect for what we believe in. There are also members of some churches who write their own spiritual lyrics to popular tunes and I feel this should be encouraged.  The more involvement we have with members the better for our religion.  I don’t think we should dismiss hymns from our services completely as I find a great many of the hymns in the Spiritualist Hymn Book cheery and uplifting.  Maybe using both in our services or hymns one week and the more modern the next week

I think one of the reasons why the change to well-known music was because many of our churches don’t have music to accompany the hymns.  This can be a bit problematic at times.    That is why many churches stick to the same few hymns the ones the congregation knows.   On saying that there is no need for a service to lack music these days with so much on offer as far as the digital world is concerned.  The SNU also have a CD with music for the hymns in their hymnaries.
We notice the problems of other religions dwelling in the distant past and we should learn from this.  We should move forward with a tweak here and there to our services for a trial period.  One change that several churches tried and then most dropped was Healing during the Divine Service As a medium taking the service I found it a great benefit and raising the energies for the rest of the service.
As far as “What next, the prayer and the address to be cast aside?” This is happening as far as the latter is concerned. Many venues and I use the word 'venue' rather than 'church' because to be a church, part of a religion there has to be an address. Philosophy has been pushed into the background yet a night of philosophy can draw in a good number of people.

 As far as “What next, the prayer and the address to be cast aside?”  This is happening as far as the latter is concerned.  Many venues and I use the word venue rather than churches, because to be a church, part of a religion there has to be an address.  Philosophy has been pushed into the background yet a night of philosophy can draw in a good number of people.

You would think the prayer was safe in our churches, but the suggestion has been floated in the past that we would have better attendances if we dropped the prayer. If we drop the prayers it is time to move over to being part of the entertainment world. 




                                         Those Who Undo the Good That is Done


We Spiritualists and those of other religions constantly send out ‘healing thoughts’ to those who are suffering mental and physically illnesses. Yet, those who survive through our healing thoughts, medical treatment, and with their own positive attitude are in for a shock as individuals and the establishment make their life hell.
A professional footballer who had to have an eye removed in 2006 and still playing football has had to suffer abuse from fellow players and fans.  Horrendous that fellow players should act in such a way, but for fans to throw fake eyeballs onto the pitch in mockery of the player is the lowest of the low. Still staying with football, the treatment of another player hit the headlines.  A footballer who has suffered from depression and tried to take his own life has been called ‘psycho’ and mocked for slitting his wrists.  The torment has again not come only from fans, but also fellow players.  A team cannot vet everyone that comes through the turnstiles, but can they remove a player from their payroll who acts in such a way.  
If that is not bad enough we live in a society where those who have survived cancer and other life-threatening diseases are treated like lepers.  After suffering pain, stress and in many cases severe financial hardship, their worries are far from over. When these survivors should be looking forward to years they did not think they would have, they are in many cases treated like pariahs. 
Cancer survivors needing a relatively simple dental procedure have to struggle to find a dentist to treat them.  And others barred from receiving even the gentlest of spa treatments simply because they had had the disease. Relaxing facial, massage or eyebrow wax has been deemed out of the question. It has also been reported that a large number of spas have rules banning staff accepting cancer patients.  The blame for these refusals?  Said to be on insurance policies and unproven fears that treatment such as massages could worsen a patient’s condition. From travel insurance to problems obtaining a mortgage, many people find their cancer has left them as second-class citizens.

We must continue what we are doing but also go up a gear to help those I have mentioned.  Emails/letters to our politicians and give donations if we can and even volunteer to groups who fight such prejudice. 



                                   Ouija Boards for Children

The other day I received an email advertising Ouija boards.  As I looked down the list of boards for sale I was surprised to see how many there were on the market from prices £10 - £120 +.  I was just about to condemn the email to the recycling bin when I noticed that some were aimed at children.  On further investigation I found that toy shops were selling this product with retailers and manufacturers recommending suitable for 6-years-olds and upwards. 

The Ouija board in itself is not dangerous if handled in the correct manner and used by those who know what it is all about.  Used in the wrong hands especially when those participating are under the influence of drink, drugs and treating it as a bit of fun, it can be most dangerous. With nasty situations coming to the fore many years along the line. 

Many a time I’ve been asked to see someone who is being troubled by spirit in one way or another.  Asking my usual questions trying to find a reason as to why Spirit is making themselves known and acting the way they have been doing.  If a pattern is not starting to show I ask “Have you ever used a Ouija Board?”.  If the answer is “No” I continue with further questions.  If I am still getting nowhere as to why this problem exists, I again ask about the Ouija board, but this time go a little further with my question.  “Have you ever been in a room where such a board was being used {abused) even if you did not take part in anything connected with it?”  This time on many occasions the answer is “Yes” and is followed with “That was when I was at university etc and it was 30- 40 years ago.”

Through time I noticed this new pattern starting to show.  Even being in the periphery of this board being used (abused) can be enough to leave one open to problems with Spirit in years to come.  I am not trying to scare anyone, but this is what I have found happening to some individuals even after a considerable length of time.  In almost all cases the situations I have been involved with, they have not been severe, but severe enough for the person involved.   On the two occasions I have had to deal with victims who had actually used the board for fun their experiences were much more serious.   With those not having taken part in such experiments I look on the offending spirit as a bully.  And as we all know bullies in this dimension abuse their victim all the more if they see them getting upset.  It is no use telling the victim Just ignore what is going on”.  There needs to be help from those who know what they are doing.

So, targeting such a product at children and selling them in toyshops is diabolical.  Even having them on sale for adults is not something to be desired.  I am writing to my MP and MSP asking them their views and will let you know what they say in my next blog.




                                                   Your Chance to Make a Difference


This is the time for our AGMs and I hope members of churches turn up in great numbers and take things seriously.  Here is your chance to play your part and shape the future of your church and religion.  Don’t vote for your friends vote on to the committee those you feel will be an asset to the church and it’s future.  Vote for the person who will play an active part and not sit back proudly wearing the badge of ‘committee member’.  Speak up at the AGM let the committee know your likes and dislikes about the way the church is run.  This of course can be done at any time of the year by talking to a committee member or putting a letter into the suggestion-box.  Something every church should have.


















                                                 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

My Diary ... We Must Stop the Decline ... To Remember Me by Robert Test ... Bringing up a child the right way ...Lighting this Candle by Miriam Farrell Fitzgerald.





                                                               My Diary…


October…

15th – 17th Glasgow Central Spiritualist Church SNU, 64 Berkeley Street, Glasgow, G3 7DS.  2017 is a special year for this church as in October it celebrated its 80th anniversary.
27thLargs Spiritualist. The Brisbane Centre, Bath Street, Largs, KA30 8BL. (Sunday 2.30pm). The only Spiritualist Church that I know of in Scotland that has a Sunday afternoon Divine service.
31stA short journey to the Free Spirit Spiritualist Church. The Masonic Hall, London RoadKilmarnock.

November…
12th – It is always a pleasure to serve the Ayr Spiritualist Church. 10 Alloway Place, Ayr, KA7 2AA
14thFalkirk and District Spiritualist Church SNU, 8 Burnhead Lane, East High Street, Falkirk, FK1 1UG.  A church that has been opening its doors to the people of Falkirk and district for over 50 years.

26th  - Taking the service at the Glasgow Association of Spiritualists SNU.

27th - Saltcoats Spiritualist Church, Argyll Community Centre, Campbell Ave, Saltcoats KA21 5AG.  This is one of the first churches I served after coming out of development circles and a church that I have always found to be busy

December…

4th Taking the service at the Glasgow Association of Spiritualists SNU.

10th - Kilmarnock Spiritualist, Church SNU. 30 Old Mill Road, Kilmarnock KA13AW. A short journey for my last service of the year.  And another church that celebrated its 80th  anniversary last month.






                                                        We Must Stop the Decline. 


Spiritualist churches are on decline in the UK as far as numbers are concerned.  We are now suffering the same fate of what other religions have been suffering for many years.  I find that what is more concerning is the decline in numbers attending our churches this year more than ever.  Yet, a recent survey showed that as each year passes more and more people are accepting life after death and that there can be communication between our two dimensions.

I emailed several Spiritualist who have been part of our movement for many years asking them why they think congregations are falling away – and here are their replies; -
“Workshops, no matter the cost we usually reach maximum numbers, but bums on seats at our services are few”.  If those who attended the other events we put on came to our Divine Services we would be full to capacity”.

“Once one has proof of life after death there is no need to return on a regular basis.  I know of those who only attend our church at a loved one’s birthday or around the Festive Season”.

“Many look on our churches today as places of learning so they can go off and make financial gain from what they have learned”.

“As far as the SNU is concerned they have more award holders than they ever have had yet how many attend our churches on a regular basis?”

“Why attend a church where time is taken up by prayers, hymns and an address when you can go down the road and get wall-to-wall clairvoyance at a pub or club?  That is the mindset of so many these days”

“Personally, the lack of good mediums put many off”.

On speaking to several Spiritualists and working mediums the main comment I got was 
Everywhere I attend it is always busy”.  That may be so, but when you split the venues down to charity nights, cabaret evenings, churches (?) which do not have a Divine services and churches which do have a Divine service, the latter is where there is the decline in numbers.   We must do all we can to protect our Divine Services.




                                          To Remember Me by Robert Test

At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.

When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don't call this my 'deathbed.' Call it my 'bed of life,' and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives.

Give my sight to a man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby's face or love in the eyes of a woman.

Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.

Give my blood to the teenager who has been pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play.

Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week.

Take my bones, every muscle, every fibre and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk.

Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that someday a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her windows.

Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow.

If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all my prejudice against my fellow man.

Give my soul to God. If by chance you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.

Walking along a street were there were several people begging, one stood out an old gentleman.  He looked so sad and as I put my hand in my pocket to put some coins in his polystyrene cup a little girl got between myself and the old gentleman.  She handed the old soul a £5 note and an envelope.  The old man thanked the little lass and as he opened the envelope to reveal a Christmas card the look on his face was amazing.  That card probably the only one he would get this Christmas mean more to him that the money.  As the little lass and her dad walked away the left an old soul sitting on the pavement with tears in his eyes and almost certainly feeling more like a human being than he did a few minutes before.  Small acts of kindness like this can mean so much to those who have fallen on hard times.




                                              Bringing up a child the right way

Walking along a street were there were several people begging, one stood out an old gentleman.  He looked so sad and as I put my hand in my pocket to put some coins in his polystyrene cup a little girl got between myself and the old gentleman.  She handed the old soul a £5 note and an envelope.  The old man thanked the little lass and as he opened the envelope to reveal a Christmas card the look on his face was amazing.  That card probably the only one he would get this Christmas mean more to him that the money.  As the little lass and her dad walked away the left an old soul sitting on the pavement with tears in his eyes and almost certainly feeling more like a human being than he did a few minutes before.  Small acts of kindness like this can mean so much to those who have fallen on hard times.



                                       
                                                 Lighting this candle


Lighting this candle to send some love to the world...this time of year as the material and consumer hype ramps up, we really need to take stock of the things we have that money cannot buy! This is a process we have consciously embraced in our home these past few years as we remind ourselves consciously of the importance of love and values without a price tag. In the last few weeks I have heard of and know of so many people grieving. So many troubled terminal illnesses so many who have lost loved ones recently, many over the past few years who's passing seems more keenly felt at this time of year. Christmas in this country is extremely family orientated and the physical absence of loved ones is extremely difficult to bear let alone to watch someone we love suffer. In addition it appears whatever shift is occurring in the world is affecting workplaces, relationships, families and communities at a collective and individual level....please know if you are reading this and are feeling disorientated please know that you are not alone...you represent light....you are the reason someone smiles today...you may never know the impact you have on those around you....and just as this candle represents light so do you however, small that flame may be... the world needs your light... reach out....this lifetime is fleeting and we need to support those struggling in whatever capacity possible...send a text...make a call...lend an ear...a hand...a smile...listen and hold the space....be someone's light and guide them home... above all shine... however small because you matter ....I ask all my healing friends to light a candle to support all those who need that guidance ....and should anyone need to talk remember I am only a text/call away xxx

Miriam Farrell Fitzgerald/