Wednesday, 28 February 2018

           My Diary…


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


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…


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.

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


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 represent are the reason someone smiles 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 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…


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


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.


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.