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/





Friday, 27 October 2017

Over 30,000 hits… My Diary. We Should Have Listened to Gordon Higginson and Jock Brown. The Glasgow Association of Spiritualists International Week. Rochester Spiritualist Temple and the SNU. “Fifes Unknown Bairn"







I started this site in 2011 and this is the longest gap in updating my blog since then.  Thanks to all who asked me to continue with my comments.  And speaking of this blog the other day it passed the 30,000 marks as far as visitors to the site is concerned.

My Diary…

July…

10th -  The Glasgow Association. SNU.  The Tuesday afternoon service is always a busy service

16th  ASK Dunfermline. Services are held in Touch Community Centre, Mercer Place, Dunfermline.  This church was founded in 2004 and since then has been at the forefront of spreading the knowledge of

August…

22nd – ASK Cumbernauld – Services held Tuesdays at 7.15 pm Greenfaulds community rooms in Lochinvar Road.  G67 4 AR.  The is one of the busiest Spiritualist Churches in Scotland and has been since the day it opened its door ten years ago.  I shared the service with fledgling Patricia Millon and was impressed by her address and clairvoyance.  Patricia is sitting her one of the SNU exams and if the night we shared the platform was anything to go by she will do well.

September…

8th – 12th – The Glasgow Association of Spiritualists. SNU.  6/7, Somerset Place, Glasgow G3 7JT.  A busy time where the medium takes four services, a development circle and private sittings during their five days there.

16th =- Bon Accord Spiritualist Church Aberdeen. SNU - 37-41 Fraser Pl, Aberdeen AB25 3TY.    There is always a great welcome from the committee and members of this church.





              We Should Have Listened to Gordon Higginson and Jock Brown.

A lot of the problems facing humanity today could have been avoided if we had stopped and listened to those who had the planet and its occupants at heart.  Instead, those seeking power and were greedy won the day.  In almost every part of life we have problems instead of success, peace and understanding.  Even in our religion we are losing out as churches close and numbers drop.  It is not as if no one saw was coming.  Had we listened and taken on board what two true Spiritualists warned us about the dangers approaching our religion we might be in a healthier state today.
Gordon Higginson wrote not long before he passed in 1993; -

I fear for Spiritualism for the year 2000 and beyond,
What is the point of me saying anything because you have your heads buried in the sand.
And from Jock Brown, medium, healer and co-founder of ASK Dunfermline.

                               “Manmade rules?  Just a thought.

There seems to be a lot of man-made rules concerning sitting in
circles, demonstrating medium-ship in all is forms, healing groups and
sitting for spirit in any way.  It appears to me some people do not even
listens to their inspirers' or mentors from the spirit world views on
how to sit. I would have thought their wishes would be paramount and we
should be sitting and working hand in hand with them.  It seems the ego
and lust for power has crept in, take healing channels for instance
some seem to think they direct the power however this is not the case
healing power is an intelligent energy and divine power and will apply
healing to where ever it is needed.  A healing channel supplies the
physical energy spirit does the rest.  Many organisations instruct their
mediums how to give messages and attempt to instruct their
communicators' also.  Surely this cannot be, a medium should be able to
work and blend with their inspirers to find the best way forwards after
all we are all individuals' as our inspirers are we are not fodder to
be cloned by any-one.

Had we listened to these two gentlemen our religion might not today be closing churches, being looked upon by many as entertainment and a money-making venture for many within the movement. 





The Glasgow Association of Spiritualists International Week.






                             Rochester Spiritualist Temple and the SNU.


In this era of austerity, I am usually for using the money available to house the homeless, feed the hungry and get work training in place for the young.  The likes of appeals to restore old buildings would be far down my list of priorities.  However, there may be one exception The Rochester Square Spiritualist Temple, Camden.  Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a proponent of spiritualism, donated £500 of the £600 cost of building the temple and laid the foundation stone in 1926.  Spiritualism has few buildings of historic interest so should an extra effort not be made to restore the Temple?   

Developers have plans to demolish the building and build residential units and a gallery.  Surely this cornerstone of Spiritualism in Britain which has hosted the likes on Conan Doyle, Helen Duncan and many other prominent Spiritualists over the years should be saved

The SNU hierarchy and the old members of the Temple could not be further apart as far as a fair solution is concerned. So many comments on social media many contradicting each other and it has now been taken up by main media outlets.  All this is not showing our religion in a good light.    
Not knowing what comments were true and what were not I contacted a senior member of the SNU’s NEC.    I asked - Would you or someone else at the SNU like to give the SNU’s side of Rochester situation”?  And the reply “The SNU declines to comment and there is no church committee, the church closed two years ago so those holding out to be the committee have no legitimate status”.  A short and sharp comment and I would have expected more from the SNU. 
That comment is not good enough the SNU not only to declines to answer my question but the questions of many others.  The lack of transparency from an organization that tries to attract members with the comment –
Join the SNU Spiritualist Community and help us develop the voice of Spiritualism worldwide. Help us through our community to increase the awareness of our Religion and its Philosophy.
It is only with the collective help and support of our Members as contributors and volunteers that we can continue to work towards bringing the knowledge of Spiritualism into the wider world as the 'World largest Spiritualist Organisation'. It is only by the strength of unity in a common goal that the voice of Spiritualism can grow.
By joining the SNU, you will be able to:
 Add your voice to our community
Keep up to date with our movement
Attend, speak and vote at District and National Meetings
Gain discounts on SNU courses
Become active within District and National Committees (Subject to qualification)
Seek advice and support from the SNU about Spiritualism.

I always try to give both sides of any dispute and as the SNU were short and sharp with their side of the story supporters of keeping the Temple open were more forth coming.
Here are a few comments from them taken from the Internet.

According to Psychic News Magazine, the Spiritualists’ National Union did not inform the president and committee of the temple, who were waiting for the church to be refurbished and re-opened after falling into disrepair, had told them the building was to be sold.

Here Conan Doyle lectured as a pioneer of spiritualism

The owners, the Spiritualists’ National Union, have neglected this building and now seek to destroy this heritage to build a block of flats close to the Georgian homes of the square”.

It may be a bit late for both sides to get around the table.  However, if they do both sides should take a moment to ask those in the higher side of life for guidance, compassion, and wisdom before they start to talk to each other. Then give the full facts in writing to all who hold ’individual members' status of the SNU.  This nasty situation which would never have happened in the first place if all had acted according to our Spiritualist beliefs.  Common sense failed to prevail.



                                            "Fifes Unknown Bairn"

May 1971, a postman found the body of a young boy washed ashore on Tayport Beach. After much investigation by police, his parents were never found and it was thought he may have come from a gypsy family. Tayport folk took the child to heart and donations paid for a funeral and headstone for him Every year since, flowers have been laid on the grave on the anniversary of the death of the lad who became known as "Fifes Unknown Bairn" A few years back. the postie himself died, and as per his wishes, he was buried close to the child.

It caught my eye for two reasons – 1 - I worked for Royal Mail for 38-years.  2 - When I was small my parents took me a walk on a beach just as the body of a man was washed up on the shore.  I did not see the body only a group of people around it. This incident has stuck in my mind ever since, especially as the deceased’s identity was never known.  Maybe we should add these unidentified bodies to our prayers and also add the families who are missing a loved one.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

My Diary … An Opportunity Missed … Male v Female … Manchester Arena Attack by Minister David R Bruton … A Great Imbalance Within Spiritualism by Tracy Norton … Stop Worrying and Quit Going Over The Past by Mathew John Morris.



                                                       My Diary…….
May…


7th –   Always a pleasure to serve Perth Spiritualist Church SNU.

8th – A short journey over the hill to Saltcoats Spiritualist Church…

14th – Coatbridge Spiritualist Church which opened its doors for the first time in         the 1940’s 


25th –Over to the east coast to a good turnout at Arbroath Spiritualist Church SNU.

30th - Kilmarnock Free Spirit.   –

June

4th - Stirling Spiritualist Church SNU

6th – Neilson Spiritualist Church.

7th - “Understanding Your Psychic Abilities” at the Glasgow Association (SNU)

14th – “Philosophy Evening” at the Glasgow Association.


21st - Our Spiritual Experiences and Discussion at the Glasgow Association SNU







                                                     An Opportunity Missed.


What a great opportunity the nation had to put our Second Principle – “The Brotherhood of Man” into action a few days after the Grenfell tower block inferno, but it was missed.  Pomp and tradition blotted out The Brotherhood of Man.  Four days after the inferno took lives, scarred people for life and hundreds lost all they possessed, less than three miles away the Trooping of the Colour took place.  As one group marvelled at the extravagant parade others were still walking about in a daze as the life they had known came to an end.  In my mind, how callous that was.  It would have been different if the tragedy had been a terrorist attack, then the parade should definitely have gone ahead. 

Other countries have shown more concern for the victims of such tragedies. Russia observed a national day of mourning in memory of at least 177 killed in three separate disasters within days of each other - a mine explosion, a nursing home fire and a plane crash.  Kyrgyzstan announced a national day of mourning after the tiny Central Asian state's worst air disasters. Italy – earthquake victims.  Australia – bushfires.  Chile - mining disasters.  In the UK, we held a minute’s silence and got on with the show.

We are living in an age of despair Internationally, Nationally and at a local level.  So many feel worthless, not part of society.  Had this parade been cancelled it would have let all society know that their calamity was important to everyone in the land.  Our 2nd Principle the Brotherhood of Man surely means more than we are all part of the universal creative force, one large human family in God. Spiritualists try to understand the needs of others and aim to help all people materially, emotionally, and spiritually.  And can I add – “Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”.

One last comment on the matter…  I wonder what God and the Spirit world think the decision the country took?




                                                         Male v Female


Ever service I have taken in twenty-five years there has always been more women than men in the congregation.  If men made up 33% of those in front of me I felt it was a good average.  The other week at the Glasgow Association I was not the medium, but I noticed here was an equal number of men and women in the church.  The following week the ladies were ahead only by one.  Good to see more gentlemen taking an interest in our religion.





                                                Manchester Arena Attack 

On behalf of Spiritualists everywhere let us unite to send our thoughts, prayers and healing to the victims of this latest senseless atrocity, their families and friends whose lives have being changed, perhaps forever. As the events of last evening unfold and we try to come to terms with yet another example of the effects of terrorism in our society, any effort to target innocent people going about their lives and enjoying a concert can never be justified by any misguided belief or doctrine.

The people of Manchester and the wider community will be hurting as they see their diverse and inclusive community rocked by an act of hatred which has killed and maimed many innocent victims. Let us demonstrate that these acts will never succeed by redoubling our efforts to demonstrate tolerance, understanding, compassion and peace in our world. Once again, the emergency services have worked tirelessly to help people and we remember them and their efforts also in our thoughts.

The Brotherhood of Man, our second principle seems at times like this to be even harder to achieve in a world considered by some to be broken, slipping almost from our grasp when we need it most. Our resolve to create a peaceful inclusive world should be predicated on our own efforts, actions and the teachings of God and the spirit world and this should in no way be shaken or weakened by the acts of intolerance perpetrated by others.

Minister David R Bruton 
23rd May 2017



                                           A Great Imbalance Within Spiritualism 


I am beginning to feel that there is a great imbalance within spiritualism - I was always taught that the work of mediums is to comfort the bereaved and be of service to mankind - when I first started working as a medium many years ago, our Spiritualist Churches were full of people seeking hope and the strength to go forward following the loss of someone special. I felt as if I was making a difference to people, and that the work I did was helping me and others. Nowadays, our Churches are just filled with people who want to be mediums themselves, who often sit in judgement of the medium working from the Rostrum, and have no need of any kind of comfort from the presence of our spirit friends and helpers. If this imbalance continues, with the emphasis being on teaching and unfoldment of mediumship there will soon be no point to congregating in a Church to deliver spiritual truths. 
As we are all aware, imbalance is not desirable, and I think this is being seen with spiritualism and is becoming apparent within our churches. Unfortunately, Churches are trying to attract people for the wrong reasons - by offering teaching to become mediums - however, in the long term what is this going to achieve for spiritualism the religion? Surely it has to be considered, that not everyone can become a medium? What would be the point of that? Balance is needed, Churches need to attract people to them for the true purpose of our religion, which is not to make everyone into a medium, after a 6-week course, but for people to become more spiritually aware, for the bereaved to be comforted and welcomed so that their own souls, once touched by the spirit can begin to unfold, not as a medium, but as a spirit, a spirit who is here to learn from life’s experiences. 

There must be some consistency and balance if Spiritualism is to regain its true purpose and if numbers are falling within our Churches perhaps that is an indication that our religion is not what it used to be, when people flocked to sit in congregations to discover spiritual truths for themselves. One of our great Spirit Guides Silver Birch stated: Life is always a polarity. If there were no darkness there would be no light. If there were no trouble there could never be any peace. If the sun always shone you would not appreciate it. Perhaps it would serve us all better to remember these Spiritual truths. 

Tracy Norton.




                                     Stop Worrying and Quit Going Over The Past
 
                            
Almost 95% of psychics will say to you during a reading "stop worrying " and " quit going over the past " ... Well isn't that easy to say ...and also completely false , sometimes the past keeps coming up because its time to look at it and for healing to take place , ignoring It will only slow your progress in life ... Sometimes we have to go over and over something's until we come to a new understanding of the matter heal the situation from within before we can truly let it go and move on with our life if things keep coming ... Look at them and reach for enlightenment.

Mathew John Morris.