Thursday, 28 February 2013

A Special Little Lad.......Comments by others on - Is Spiritualism Leaning Towards Entertainment?....Do we really care about horses”? Egg dilemma... A Horse’s Prayer... An Eskimo quote...


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3rd February saw me at the Sunnyside Spiritualist Church, Coatbridge.  Robert provided the live music with his guitar and that fairly raised the atmosphere.
4th – I was at the Cumnock Spiritualist Church and although there was a good turn out one little fellow was missing - Jack young, son of founders of the church Jacqueline and Iain McConnachie. Jack has been a little poorly recently and it was felt that staying cozy at home was best rather than taking the little lad out into the frost and snow. Jacqueline is an excellent Spiritual Medium and Iain when called upon gives a wonderful Spiritual address. Jack is a little star in his own with the article in the Scottish Sun “The Bravest Smile in the World”.

I look forward to seeing Jack on my next visit.

11th -15th  I combined a few days holiday in Yorkshire with meeting up with a psychic researcher who is working on an unusual case at the moment.

17th _ It is always a pleasure to attend the Friendship of Love and Light Spiritual Church, Foxbar, Paisley.  This church is also referred to as “Eddie’s Church” after its founder Spiritualist medium Eddie Docherty.

18th – I had the short drive to Saltcoats Spiritualist Church which holds its service in the Argyll Centre.  Wendy, Jean and Irene are always at hand to greet all who enter the church.

 19th – I was at the Glasgow Central Spiritualist Church (SNU) Berkley Street, Glasgow, for their afternoon service which is always well attended. 

 21st   Now that the M74 has been completed it is a much shorter journey for me to the White Dove Spiritualist Church in Toryglen, Glasgow.
There have been many comments to “2013 - a Crucial Year for Spiritualism – The Religionwhich appeared in my first blog of the New Year.  The comments came by email, text, phone, face to face and even two letters.  They were on all aspects of Spiritualism, so for the next few months my blogs will look at these comments as far as different aspects of Spiritualism are concerned.  I have tried my best to give a balanced view of the comments sent to me.
There are many who agree that the general trend these days is that Spiritualism is moving towards ‘showbiz’.  Some favour this while others have either stopped attending our churches or have moved to another Spiritualist Church where there is a more staid atmosphere.
Flo comments - “I am all for a more upbeat service than what I experienced when I came into Spiritualism 25-years- ago, but some of what we are seeing on our platform these days is  going a bit over the top”.
James – I have been attending Spiritual services for over twenty years and. I notice little change, but I only attend SNU churches.
Joan – “The only difference at my church is that there is not a break between the medium’s address and the clairvoyance.  This I find is a good move for the medium as they continue with the flow of the energies they have created”.
Jen - “My daughter I attends drama school and I am beginning to wonder if some mediums have been on the same course. This has only started to show in the past few years”.
Peter – “Never been in a Spiritualist church other than a SNU one and I feel things are as they should be”.
Pat – “I have been attending Spiritualist services for over thirty years in both Scotland and England.  In those far off days I preferred the Scottish services as they were always that bit more relaxed and informal than in England.  Both have now moved on and I am finding that these days services south of the border services are upbeat but not as glitzy as some of those in Scotland.  
B – “Spiritualism caters for all... One can go dressed in a suite and a tie while another goes in very casual attire yet no one bats an eyelid.  This is as it should be and another big plus for Spiritualism compared to other religions is the different ways each medium work, making every service different”.
Patricia – “I know of many whom say openly they go to our church for a laugh as it is the cheapest form of entertainment in town.  As this group grows in numbers there is talk of leaving out the address so if that goes so do I also”.
Don – “Laughter has always been part of Spiritualism but these days I feel that many a medium feels they have got to have laugh after laugh after laugh.   Why not leave it to Spirit as was done in the past?"
? – “Over the years I have taken many friends and work colleagues with me to church and in doing so giving them their first introduction into our religion.  But not so often these days as I am embarrassed by what is going on in some of our so-called churches. 
John – “I have only been attending Spiritualist Churches for two years so I cannot compare then with now.  The Sunday night Divine Service is the highlight of my week.  I only wish I had turned towards Spiritualism many years ago”. 
Pete – I only attend the church because it is a good distance from our home.   With poor public transport and my mother’s health not being that good I drive her there each week.  I can take what you are saying about the change over the past few years.  On many occasions the medium appears to be a celeb and Spirit is only the supporting cast.  . In recent years my old mum has been a bit put out by mediums on the platform referring to her as ‘dear’, ‘pet’ and ‘love’.  This would never have happened in the past.  On saying all this when the time comes that my mother moves over to the Spirit World I will not attend any more services”.
E – “Notice how we don’t get any hassle from other regions these days?  My theory is that Spiritualism moved towards new ageism and now on to entertainment that we will continue to destroy ourselves from within and soon will be no more.”
Betty –Each church has its own way of working as does each medium.  With such variety there is something for everyone”.
Marie – “I am shocked that there are some congregations applauding not only after the clairvoyance but an odd time after the address.  Who are they applauding the Medium or Spirit?”
Vera – “The way some churches advertise their medium on the Internet and from the platform is something that should be looked at.  It is at time like an entertainer is being introduced”.
So a wide variety of thoughts about how Spiritualism is evolving.   
The SNU and other major Spiritual organizations have strict guidelines but there are many independent Spiritualist churches which have their own way of working.  It is just like the many different facets of Christianity.    There will always be change; my gripe is not if it is working don’t fix it, but that we don’t just have change for the sake of change. 
We hear of drastic proposals being suggested to bring in the young.  I don’t know where these people are coming from as most the churches I serve have a good percentage of young people in the congregation.  There will be sections of the community who steer clear of the word “church” so some of our Spiritualist Churches centres have dropped this work and replacent it with “Centre” or “Sanctuary”.
One new Spiritualist group not only dropped the word ‘Church’ for ‘Sanctuary’ but also decided to change a part of the Divine Service.  It omitted the opening prayer and replacing it with a period of contemplation.   That has been a well thought out change and does not take anything away from the Divine Service.
I agree with Marie about applauding after a service I find it embarrassing and just wonder what anybody visiting the church for the first time must think of us.  But I realize that the applause is meant in good faith the congregation showing that they have enjoyed the service but it is a service not an evening of entertainment.  This can easily be sorted out by the chairperson quietly mentioning this to the congregation.... BUT... here again I experienced after the service where the chairperson asked very respectfully that the congregation show their sincere gratitude to the Medium AND TO SPIRIT for their participation in the service. To which the congregation gave a short applause.  The way it was done I found it to be very respectful...
Churches dropping the address is something that I have always been adverse too.   As Patricia says some church committees will say “The congregation have told us they cannot be bothered with the address”.  But those on the committee of a Spiritualist church have a responsibility.  A responsibility to our religion, to Spirit and to the pioneers of our movement.    People are more likely to be vocal if they don’t like something than if they do like it.    What other religion would drop part of what their religion is about because a few say they don’t like it? 
There is also “The medium will give a quick address”.    This makes it seem that the address is not important and can put the medium under pressure.  To be fair I once witnessed a medium’s address that lasted for 45-minutes and after that there was only time for two messages from Spirit. If that was to happen too often it would close our churches.   Again if the medium is working through Spirit then let us trust Spirit to do the correct thing and usually that is a 10-12 minute address.
Joan makes an interesting comment “The only difference at my church is that there is not a break between the medium’s address and the clairvoyance”.  I can work either way but some mediums feel that they need that little break while others are happy to keep going.  Usually churches and mediums are flexible with this and there is no problems whatever way it goes.
Vera also brings up a good point “The way some churches advertise their medium on the Internet and from the platform is something that should be looked at.  It is at time like an entertainer is being introduced”.  Yes I have to agree with this.  In recent years it is as if a few church notices and introductions are as if an entertainer is being introduced.  One night the chairperson sounded like an MC in a boxing ring as he introduced me.  BUT... this is not rife and should be nipped in the bud.  Many doing this just don’t think that over playing the medium is putting Spirit and our religion in the background.   Overall most of what has been mentioned in a negative sense can easily be put right if there is more training for those about to sit on a committee of a Spiritualist Church.   
Spiritualism as a Religion will be judged by the way we behave in our churches so let us get it right.
No matter where I have been in the past few weeks the main topic of conversation has been horsemeat ending up on supermarket shelves.  There are many who are shocked that they may have consumed the meat of a horse.  They have no problem in eating beef, pork or chicken so why is horse flesh taboo?  Maybe it is because of man’s closeness to the horse over centuries.  The war horse was cherished as it carried knights of old into battle; in fact the British army were still using horses as pack animals in WWII.  For centuries the horse did all the heavy work on farms and industry.  Nearly all of us have had a ride on a pony or a donkey at the beach.  And some have been lucky to have owned a horse or a pony as a pet.  So there are many reasons why we find it abhorrent to eat the flesh of a horse.  Usually when we think of a cow or a sheep we think of them being as part of a herd or a flock we don’t think or get to know them as individuals. 
But our love for the horse has its limitations as we turn a blind eye when it comes to the racehorse.   Most of us will have had a bet on a horserace at one time or another, even though it is only an annual bet on The Derby or The Grand National.  Yet a percentage of each £ bet goes to help fund an industry - yes - an industry not a sport.  And I don’t feel that this is the place to go into gory details of the Racing Industry other than to say it would not make good reading. 
So should a Spiritualist abstain from betting on horseracing?  Spiritualism is not a religion with a list of do’s and don’ts – so with our 5th Principle in mind – Personal Responsibility - it is up to the individual.
Roughly in parallel with my comments above....  A friend was in a supermarket the other day and as she went to lift down a dozen eggs she heard a conversation between a mother and her young son and daughter.
The young lad was telling his mother than she had put the wrong eggs in her trolley.   “Those are not free range” he said”.  The mother told the two youngsters that money was short this week and that she only could afford the cheapest eggs from caged hens.  The two youngsters burst into tears saying that they were not going to eat eggs from hens that were treated so badly.  They were so strong in their convictions that the mother put the eggs back on the shelf and said! “Well - we will do without eggs this week”. 
As my friend was waiting till the mother was away from other shoppers and was going to give her the extra money for the free range eggs – three people came up to the family and discreetly gave them some money to get eggs from hens that would have room to move during their life.   There are a lot of decent people around but we seldom notice them or their good deeds get reported.
But surely in a case like this no one should feel guilty if their finances could only stretch to eggs from caged hens?  Not an excuse but saying to themselves “When I am in a better financial position the first think I will do is buy the eggs from birds that maybe have not been treated perfectly but then have not been confined to a few inches of space”.
The poem page this week has “A Horse’s Prayer”.  This has been taken from a wonderful website In Praise of the Horse is Hoofbeat in Heaven's library of horse poems, prayers and stories that celebrate the spiritual horse as well as the unique bond between horse and human. This is a one-of-a-kind equine poetry site because the majority of selections were written by visitors to Hoofbeats in Heaven and/or members of our horse loss support group in honour of their heavenly horses.  To date the  library contains 131 poems, stories, and prayers. So relax, stay a while, and experience first-hand the wondrous bond that only a horse and his/her human know.
I am having a wee bit of a problem with the email address for this site but if you put up on your search engine; - 
Hoofbeats In Heaven - In Praise Of The Horse


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Birthday Tea for a Loyal Member...Our Psychic Abilities... Hughesdale Spiritual Church.....Favourite Hymn... A Series of Workshops....

                                                  Photo by Stephanie Wilson

13th January saw me take my first service of the year at Falkirk and District 8 Burnhead Lane (SNU), Falkirk, FK1 1UG.  As I have mentioned several times in the past that this church not only has its own premises but it uses them to the full with something going on most nights of the week.

16th...  I was taking part in a discussion on ‘Reincarnation’.

17th... I was taking a development Class and although the numbers were small there was plenty of enthusiasm.  Not that I am complaining as a few enthusiastic people are better that a full room of people who are only half interested.  I only hope that those attending enjoyed the night as much as I did.

20t... This time to the Stirling Spiritualist Church, 27 King Street, Stirling, FK8 1DN.  The weather was Ok going but we had to drive through a snowstorm on the way home...

27th This time it was south instead of north to the Ayr Spiritualist Centre (SNU) 10 Alloway Place, Ayr, KA7 2AA.   This turned out to be a special; night as after the service a surprise tea for long time member and committee member of the Centre Marjory Hatherill who was celebrating her 80th birthday.  Marjory flings her heart and soul into the Centre, her main interest being healing.  She also enjoys the after class where she has been known to be very accurate with her readings.

30th...  It was back to continue the discussion on ‘Reincarnation’ where we left off the week before.  Those attending the first session decided that two hours was not enough time to get fully in to this controversial subject as far as Spiritualism is concerned. 

Many of us, even within Spiritualism, can mistake our own ‘psychic abilities’ thinking what we are experiencing is a link from Spirit.  Our sixth sense - our psychic ability - is something we all have but many don’t know they have this 6th sense.  Around this time last year gave a talk on “Understanding Your Psychic Abilities”.  Unknown to me at the time my words had given a gentleman in the audience food for thought and it was only last week he approached me with the following story...

 He has given me the OK to tell his story on here so as long as I change his name, so I will refer to him as Alec.

Alec had studied hard at college for his chosen profession but once in that line of work he found his heart was not in it. He moved on to several different jobs with the same results. Eventually a friend of Alec’s father offered him a job in his Estate Agents business.  Alec having no interest in such a job at that time and only took it till something more suitable came along.   But he took to this line of work like a fish to water.   

As time went on he felt he maybe had the gift of fortune telling.  Entering a property for the first time he could tell if it would sell almost as soon as it went on the market, soon after it was on the agencies books, or it would be extremely difficult to move on.  This he felt was more than just the experience one gets with years in a job.  There could be two houses right next door to each other or in the same street with their upkeep, decor and garden in the same condition, yet he could instantly tell how quickly or slowly they would take to move on.

Alec started to get carried away with this talent he felt he had.  He boasted to his family and friends about his fortune telling abilities.  But he was soon deflated when others put him to the test.  His predictions of score draws were never all that accurate so his friends did not become rich by getting twenty-four points on treble chance.  It was the same negative results with the National Lottery. 

So Alec decided he may not be a Fortune Teller after all and just be in the perfect job for him.  He had quickly learned to have an eye for a quick selling property.  His wife said it was just the experience he had gained over the years but all this did not sit too well with Alec.

He did a little bit of investigation into predicting the future and a friend suggested he visit a Spiritualist Church for answers. He was given a short shrift response by a representative of the church, who said to him in a loud and scolding voice “Fortune Telling has nothing to do with Spiritualism”.  Yes that is correct, but surely she could have taken a little more time to hear Alec’s story and maybe have given him a bit of advice.

Years passed with Alec thinking there was more too all this and looked forward with interest to my talk to a club he belonged too.  Once a month they have a guest speaker but never before on such a topic “Understanding Your Psychic Abilities”.

A few weeks ago Alec phoned me and said - “Your talk was most interesting, but unlike any other talk I have heard at the club, your words were not forgotten by the following day.  I tried to relate what you said to my own life and so much seems to fall into place.  So many of my questions appear to have been answered.    I started to pick out certain properties and concentrated on the owners or tenants before the sale of many of the properties I had been involved with...  Now I believe I was picking up the happy or the sad vibes that came from those families, the memories they left behind.  My sixth sense was picking up these vibrations”.

First my talk and then Alec’s research made him realise why he was so accurate with  how easy or difficult it would be to sell a particular property.  It was with his ‘psychic awareness’ not ‘predictions’.  If Alec was sensing positive and comfortable vibes when he entered the properties then prospective buyers would feel the same.  The Estate Agent went on to give many examples that were similar to the experiences I and other psychic researchers feel when entering a property.   In fact I am sure most looking at a house for the first time feel positive or negative vibes.  This house is for me...  I knew right away this house was what I have been looking for.... From the minute I stepped through the door I felt I could not be happy there”.

So how much is your psychic abilities kicking in to different aspects of your life yet you have paid little attention to it?
If I said to you the address of the church was at the corner of Paoth and Kangaroo Roads you would soon realise that the church is in Australia.  The church in question is the Hughesdale  Spiritual Church.  Spiritualist Medium Moira McMillan has been President of the church for fourteen years.  We have been good friends for many years after we made contact on a website on Spiritualism.  I asked Moira if she would like to tell us a little about her church and its history.
“The church came into being in 1976 when a small group of ladies decided it too far to travel to the city church each week.  When approached for rental space the local council was a bit concerned!  What was this strange church?   However they gave permission and the church began with only a few dollars to their name.  The early days were spent doing a lot of fund raising; psychic days were popular and well attended.  The leader being of  Scottish decent did very well and it is due to their efforts and investments that we are able today to continue the work of the church despite rising costs and more Insurance demands made on us.   This church came into being 37 years ago and we still meet in the same hall.
The church offered a Sunday service, medium-ship development, healing, and today we offer the same thing.   Two of our committee running development classes in their homes and a healing group meeting every two weeks. Of course companionship with like minded people is a big factor and comfort for those who are troubled or in need.
Our Committee is small, a total of 5 dedicated people who work together in harmony week in week out. We also have a small number of church members who are willing to lend a hand when needed. As we meet in a public hall there is setting up and packing up to attend to and we welcome those extra hands.   We do have a book stall to provide suitable reading to those interested in the many subjects pertaining to our work with Spirit.   Membership is around 50 but as in any church the attendance varies.  Mostly about 18 but this can go higher or lower on any given week.
Most of our mediums come from around the Melbourne area; one comes by driving nearly two hours from his country home, others from outer Melbourne including the nearby Dandenong ranges”.
Connor asks – “What is your favourite hymn, words and music they need not be the same”.

Connor asks – “What is your favourite hymn, words and music they need not be the same”.
Hi Connor my favourite hymns both words and music is “All Things Bright and Beautiful”.  This was also my mother’s favourite hymn and she asked for it to be sung at her funeral.  Almost all of us have sung this hymn at one time but have we taken time to study the words?  How about doing that right now...
All Things Bright and Beautiful 

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.


[Most hymnals omit the following verse]

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
He made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.


The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.


The cold wind in the
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.


The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.


He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

I will be taking a series of Workshops at the Glasgow Association of Spiritualists during 2013.  The first one of the year is a workshop for all levels of development and is on Saturday 23th February 2013.
The title for it is: "Understanding Your Psychic Abilities".  It starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. Tickets are now available from the church office and are priced at £15 for each workshop, places on the workshops are limited, so it is advisable to get your ticket as soon as possible.  The workshops are designed for mixed levels of development including beginners.  Participants are advised to bring a packed lunch.