More about Kirkcaldy in next week's blog
Monday evening was meant to be a night off but I got an urgent request from a family to come to their home as they felt a ‘ghost’ was present. More about that further down the blog...
Tuesday I was at ASK Cumbernauld. I was surprised to hear that this church is in its sixth year as it seems only like yesterday that I took a service at this church two weeks after it opened. The people of Cumbernauld certainly took this Church to their heart as from Day-1 this has always been a busy Church. Over its short life Joan and Isobel have arranged several charity evenings which have aided needy local charities.
Wednesday I was off to the Perth Spiritualist Church (SNU), whose committee have done a lot over the past year in renovating their church from top to bottom. As you approach the premises you will see a sign “A Small Church With A Big Heart” and that says it all about this friendly little place. President is the always smiling Ivy Campbell.
It was such a lovely evening on Thursday and as I was early for the Balloch Spiritualist Church I decide not to turn into the town but to take a run up the side of Loch Lomond. I made sure I stopped before the village of Luss because if I had turned into the village I would have started taking photographs and would forgotten about the time. Luss one of the most scenic villages in Scotland. The Balloch Church has been running for only a few years and I find such a great enthusiasm from all who attend. Tam Conroy is President.
On Friday I only prised myself away from this PC to visit Beith‘s Annual Art Exhibition. Exhibits are always of high quality and this year I felt that the standard was even better than in previous years.. Most of the works in the adult exhibition are for sale at very reasonable prices. This exhibition is held in Beith’s Community Centre at the beginning of June each year so maybe put an entry in your diary to attend next year.
On Saturday the voluntary work that I was scheduled for was cancelled at the last moment so we decided to take a trip to my home town, Prestwick. The town seems to have fewer empty shops than seems to be the norm these days in other towns. This is a busy little town where not much has changed over the years. The Over -65 Club had an exhibition of old photos of the town which we found very interesting.
After my comments on “circles” last week I got a few interesting emails on the subject.
“As I work shifts I find it difficult to get accepted for any closed circles because I can only manage every second week”
It is up to the church/individual who they let into a closed circle and the conditions for those attending. But I feel that it would be unfair to bar someone because they could only sit every second week because of work commitments. I doubt Spirit would wish someone to be refused entry to a circle for this reason alone.
“I have been told that a development circle should be held weekly, at the same time and in the same place”.A church will use its own premises or usual rented hall and at the same time but the development circle need not be weekly. I was in an excellent development circle for almost four years and it was held fortnightly. At one stage we had to move premises for several months because of building renovations and I never noticed a difference with our link with Spirit...
“I have left three development circles through the years because there was always some noise or other that disturbed me”.
Our development circle was held in a room in our church where the window looked out on to a main road. Although it was not the busiest of roads there were always cars or people going bye and we got used to it. It is difficult to find a place that will be devoid of all noise I once sat in a circle in a house in the country and even there, there was not complete silence. Cows mooing, sheep bleating, hens clucking, crows squawking, tractors/harvesters working away. We must seek the quietest place we can but we have to share the planet with others and we should not be too sensitive to noise, even in circle.
Now back to the family who asked me to visit their home because ‘unusual things’ were going on around the house. (The family have given me permission to mention their situation)
I regularly get asked out to similar situations but I doubt you will ever see me on TV because in most cases an answer can be found and sorted out without any theatrical performance or the dramatic “house clearing” comment. In such incidents one has to treat what is going on like a police investigation.
So on the 24th I visited the scene of what the family called a “disturbance” – a “ghostly disturbance”. This was a detached bungalow in a quiet street.
The family had lived there for 24-years and in their words “We have had no ghostly experiences until 14th May, then again on 16th May. y
What had frightened this family? Footsteps on the stairs.... the light in the kitchen coming on... the sound of a chair moving... The sound of cups/mugs gently hitting together. r This happened several times during both the nights of the 14th and 16th...
Who witnessed this? Father (52), mother (46), son (22) and daughter (16) on the first night and on the second night a family friend (64) a retired dentist who had left a letter with what he had experienced on that night. All claimed that on these nights they had not been drinking, taking drugs, prescribed or otherwise.
At this stage I always ask if there were any children or pets in the house and if so how they reacted during any disturbance. But there were no kids or pets.
This family were terrified as according to their religious beliefs any spirit or ghostly activity is evil. So if there had been nothing like this in the bungalow in almost quarter a century, why now? The answer must be connected with the present.
I took a walk around the house and could not sense any spirit presence, there was one thing I was aware of but I did not think too much about it at the time and I did not mention it to the family.
I did believe there had been a spirit presence and it was not the family’s imagination, so I felt the most probably answer would be something connected around the family at this moment in time. For the next ten minutes I asked question after question about their lives and got “No”, “No”, “No”. I was really floundering for an explanation then the mother said “It could not be in connection with?”.... and all started to become clear.
On the 4th the son got the offer of a job abroad. As soon as Uni was over he could jet away to a job he would like to have taken but it was only a two year contract, if he stayed at home he had a lesser job waiting for him and if he worked hard he could make a good life for himself. Remember the second awareness of spirit was on the 16th – well on the 17th he had to make up his mind about the job abroad. Could this be the answer or just a coincidence? Too often such visits to a family follow this pattern for it to be just a coincidence.
Then I remembered what I had sensed on the stairs “A smell of oil – engine oil”. When I mentioned this all the family looked at me and said the grandfather, three-years deceased, had been a ships engineer all his life.
So could there be a connection with what happened on the two nights and the grandfather?
Yes, according to the family. He was a great one for holding family conferences sitting around the kitchen table after he had made them all a cup of tea/coffee. Every situation to crop up big or small there was this family conference when he was home from sea.
So could that be the answer? Was I clutching at straws?
If our loved-ones were still here with us would they not come around when there is family problems and family joy. So if we believe in a Spirit World and Spirit communication then there is no reason why they should not continue their role in caring from the family.
But as I said to the family “Never believe anything a medium tells you, including myself, unless it makes sense to you”.
I gave the family my views and now it is up to them whether they accept it. The disturbance” had gone before I appeared at the house so there was no need to ask any Spirit to move on, if the family had wanted them to move on.
Maybe it is a pity that I did not get to the house earlier and mention the grandfather so the family could have looked at the job situation in the cool, calm and collective way that they said the grandfather would have looked at it
Can I ask you to send you thought out to Albert Woodfox, and Herman Wallace, who have been in solitary confinement in an American prison for almost forty-years.