Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Why Uncle Gilbert...G K Chesterton's thought provoking but also humorous quotes... The Ghost Club 1862... A Poem from Joan Green... Quote of the week...

Sunday 30th October saw me making my way to ASK Dunfermline, a great role model for Spiritualism, not only in the Kingdom of Fife but the country as a whole.

Here is a comment from ASK’s website; -
“Hello folks as many of you will know Jean Bruce & Debbie Young and others have moved on and have formed their own Sanctuary it is The Leading Light at Glengraig and we wish them well and good on them. This allows a lot of movement within Dunfermline Ask and allows members of our groups to move forwards especially in the healing group. This in turn allows people to move from the awareness class to the development group run by Kerry McLeod. This also allows for any-one to attend the awareness class, there is no need to be a member to do so and it is run by Jock McArthur. This is the way things should work to help centers, our movement and our inspirers to progress”. 

Jock McArthur. (President)

 4th November it was a short distance to the New Dawn Spiritualist Church in Kilmarnock.  This is a well run church that could do with more people attending.  So come on those of you in the Shortlees area of Kilmarnock – if you have a free Friday evening please give this church a try.
The 6th another short journey to the Friendship of Love and Light Spiritualist Church, Spey Avenue, Paisley.   This church was founded by the well respected Spiritualist medium Eddie Docherty and Eddie’s high standards are still up held by Doreen Polson and her hard working committee.

The 7th saw me again in Kilmarnock,  This time at the  Kilmarnock Spiritualist Church (SNU), 30 Old Mill Road,  KA1 3AW,  for a well attended evening of Clairvoyance.  There is always a lovely atmosphere in this church but step into their Healing Room and the warm, comforting feeling gets even better.  Keep checking out this Church’s website for workshops and special events
On the 8th it was my furthest journey so far this month to ASK Cumbernauld and to almost a full house.  I asked Joan Green if she would like to write a few words about the church....

“The church was founded in 2006 by Isobel Brannan and Joan Green, both also members of the Glasgow Association of Spiritualists.  From the onset, ASK Cumbernauld has been an extremely well attended Church.
Our aim is to support as many local charities as we can, and also support other nominated worthy causes. We do this by holding within each year, two special evenings which are demonstrations of clairvoyance, and from the funds raised we give to different nominated causes AS far as possible we try to have as many different mediums taking our services all are welcome to attend.

We are an Independent Church but follow a strict code of conduct within both our Divine and Healing services
ASK Cumbernauld is situated in the Greenfaulds are of Cumbernauld, near Glasgow.  We meet every Tuesday evening in the Greenfaulds Community Rooms in Lochinvar Road.  The Divine Service starts at 7.15pm and usually is finished by 8.45pm. After the service we have a tearoom which is usually open and the charge is only 50p.

On a fortnightly basis healing is available for anyone who may require it and there is no charge for healing

In Jan/Feb we will be restarting the Advanced Circle for those interested in developing medium ship.  At the same time we will be starting the Awareness/meditation Group which is for those interested in finding out more about Spiritualism and its philopsy, meditation, and other aspects through spirituality through taking part in very small workshops.
For further information please telephone this number between 6-8pm; - 07952805043

One of Joan’s poems is now on the Poetry page and more of her poetry will appear in the coming months

 Then staying in Ayrshire on the 9th to serve the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church in Kilwinning.  There was as a usual a good turn out.
It was a workshop on the 10th.  Two private circles joining to have an evening on “Back to Basics”....

11th....A rare night with nothing to do but relax and  catch up with answering emails...
12th... Taking part in the Glasgow Association’s Fun Day.  And it was just that-  a “Fun Day”.  I was taking part in sittings the whole day and those coming for sittings at the end of the day were still as up-beat and enthusiastic as they were when the events started at 10am.  Again – check out this Churches’ website for affordable workshops and special events.

13th... My furthest journey of the month and this time I travelled by train to the Perth Spiritualist Church (SNU), Methven Buildings, 40 New Row, Perth, PH1 5QA.  There is always a great welcome from the President Ivy and her committee. 


I was surprised at the number of comments on what impressed Moira on her first visit to a Spiritualist Church, the upbeat hymns and music.   In fact several mentioned that singing or music certainly lifts the atmosphere in the church and as a medium I have to agree.  There were also a few comments that some of you moved  from our churches which had no music of any kind, to a church that did have some form of music.Yet on the other side of the coin I know of others who prefer a service with no music.  That, I feel is the beauty of our religion, a different medium on the platform each week and different formats to our services.
Back to Moira and her second visit to a Spiritualist Church.  Remember, Moria has spent sixty years closely involved with one of the orthodox religions and still is.

The second time Moria visited one of our churches she got a message and she took four days thinking over this message before contacting me.  She at first found it strange that it was her Uncle Gilbert that the medium brought through.  She never had much to do with this uncle and always thought him as a bit of a strange character.  She said that there was good evidence to prove it was Gilbert, so there was no dispute in her mind about this.  But why Uncle Gilbert?  Why not her mother, father, sister or brother?  As a family they were all close.  We have all wondered this from time to time and I did not need to give Moira the explanation that I thought was just an excuse when I came into Spiritualism – “The right person comes forward at the right time”.  But Moira figured this out for herself.  Here is part of her email; -
“I thought about everything I knew about Uncle Gilbert and the only time he shone so to speak, was in a particular family crisis.  This uncle could never be found when there was work to be done or there was a family crisis.  Then one day a real family problem cropped up which had everyone in sheer panic, and up stepped Uncle Gilbert to sort it all out.

Well, believe it or not, a roughly similar family crisis is rearing its ugly head at the moment and no one in the family wants the responsibility of making an extremely important decision.  Maybe Uncle Gilbert is suggesting I take control of this or I should at least look at how he dealt with this similar crisis in the past?”
Moira worked this out herself and I am sure that is roughly the explanation that many mediums would have given her if she had asked their advice.

This brings us on to another train of thought... Why after all these years of Morira’s church being a second home to her did she venture out to a spiritualist church?  Could there have been spirit involvement?  Could spirit have put that little seed in her mind, not to force her but to suggest that she visit one of our churches in the first place?


Jerry sent in this comment he found in an old newspaper;-

No conceivable number of false mediums affects the probability of the existence of real mediums one way or another.  This is surely obvious enough.  No conceivable number of forged bank-notes can disprove the existence of the Bank of England.

G K Chesterton, Scepticism and Spiritualism, Illustrated London news 1906

The name G K Chesterton rang a bell in my mind and it suddenly dawned on me a friend told me recently that after an operation he could hardly move and the only book within his reach was quotes by G K Chesterton.  It was not his kind of book us as there was nothing else within reach he thumbed though it and nearly burst his stitches laughing.  The quotes were thought provoking but John could also see the funny side to them.

 “Just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.”

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”

“I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.”

“Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.”

“There's a lot of difference between listening and hearing".

“Journalism largely consists in saying "Lord Jones is dead" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.”

“In prosperity, our friends know us. In adversity, we know our friends”


 I have been asked to give a talk to The Ghost Club 1862,  Scottish Branch at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow  in June next year.   I gave a talk to The Ghost Club 1862 in London  in 2009.  This club is the oldest organization in the world associated with psychical research. It was founded in 1862 but has its roots in Cambridge University where, in 1855, fellows at Trinity College began to discuss ghosts and psychic phenomena.

Past members include Charles Dickens, Siegfried Sassoon, Harry Price, Donald Campbell, Peter Cushing, Peter Underwood, Maurice Grosse, Sir Shane Leslie and Eric Maple.

Today the Ghost Club is a non-profit, social club run by an elected Council of volunteers and its purpose remains true to its roots; the Ghost Club offers open-minded, curious individuals the opportunity to debate, explore and investigate unexplained phenomena with like-minded people and record the results for posterity.

You may like to visit their web site


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