and 24th September I was serving the Glasgow Central Spiritualist
Church (SNU) Berkley Street, Glasgow... 26th – I went North-East to
the Arbroath Spiritualist Centre (SNU)....
– I attended the Coatbridge Spiritualist Church where the music for the hymns
is provided by Robert on guitar.This fairly lifts the atmosphere.
–A few miles south to the Cumnock Spiritualist Church.As the town hall is being renovated the
service took place in a hall close by.
October I travelled the short distance to the Shining Light Spiritualist Church
– I was at ASK Dunfermline giving a talk on “How Spirit Work with Us”...
September – was my second last workshop of the year at The Glasgow Association
of Spiritualists, Somerset Place, Glasgow. (SNU). The last workshop taking
place on 9th November, 10am – 4pm...
– Although called the Friendship of Love and Light Spiritualist Church it will
always be known as Eddie’s Church after the founder and well loved Spiritualist
Medium Eddie Docherty.This is in
– A busy day in Edinburgh with a demonstration of Clairvoyance and sittings at
the Parapsychology College in the afternoon and then again a demonstration of
clairvoyance at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre (SNU) in the evening...
– 15thA busy but enjoyable
time at The Glasgow Association for Spiritualists, Somerset Place Glasgow taking
an Open Circle, sittings and four services.
WAS I BEING PETTY?
A few weeks
ago I was stopped by a lady in the street and asked if I had time to fill in a
I agreed and
we were met with a hurdle at the very first question – “What is your religion?”I
said “Spiritualist” and after a few
seconds I heard the lady mutter “Other”.“No” I said “Spiritualist”.She toldme that there was no box for “Spiritualist” and I would have to be
entered under “others”.
I tried to
go for a compromise in suggesting that “Spiritualist” was written at question-1
or that it would be mentioned in one of my answers.“No” she
said “My job is only to tick boxes and I
cannot write anything down”.So as
neither of us was prepared to budge I walked away without trying to be too
Was I being
pioneers of Spiritualism struggled hard to get Spiritualism accepted as a
religion and although our numbers are not near the same of the main religions I
don’t feel we should be passed off as “others”.I accept that it may be going over the top in
expecting a box for all the smaller religions but surely a blank space where “Spiritualism” or another religion could
A Pet’s Blessing...
A church in this area held its annual service ‘the blessing of pets’.I cannot think of any Spiritualist Church with holds a service for pets,
there may be some but I have not heard of one.Surely this is something that we must rectify, as just think how often a
pet is mentioned from the platform and that it is waiting to greet its
owner/friend when it is their turn to move over to the higher side of life.Often from the platform dog, cat horse,
parrot etc is mentioned.Not only that
but the correct breed, colour markings, showing beyond doubt that like us our
hairy/furry friends live on and will be sharing the Spirit World with us.
our pets and that bond will not be broken by our little - and maybe not so
little – friends when they reach the end of their life in this dimension.The love
between us will be as strong as ever and we all know that it is love that links us with the Spirit
World.Moving over to the Spirit World
and finding our furry friends were not there waiting for us would be meaning
part of the family was missing...
I have always found a great interest in visiting antique shops and
fairs.It is amazing the vibrations one
can sense in such places – positive and negative.
I try never to stop at objects that are pleasant to my eye. But at
those which have great love coming from them.Usually this is from items at the lower end of the price scale In fact,
in a great many cases they are small pieces of paste jewellery costing only a
few pounds.I often wondered if this
wasthe only piece of jewellery the
previous owner possessed.
It is an added bonus when you sense something from an item and
then can quiz the dealer about it.If
they happen to know something about the item's history, it is amazing how often
their information can correspond with what you have been sensing.
in His Goodness
God in his goodness has provided us with everything we need (not
want) to survive.Everything in our
natural environment has a purpose.All
forms of life are inter=dependent on one another...
For instance, flowers and plants have very varied functions. Flowers provide food and resting places for
bees and other insects.Have you ever
watched an insect resting on a leaf washing its face?
Their beautiful colours and exquisite perfumes bring us such joy
and upliftment of our spirits.We use
flowers to help us express our emotions such as love, gratitude, celebration
and sorrow in bereavement.Some flowers
can be used for medicinal purposes e.g.; we get digitalis from foxgloves to
make the drug ‘digoxin’ used to reduce a
patient's pulse rate.Roses and many
others are used in Bach Flower Remedies.We can even eat some flowers e.g. nasturtiums in salads.Many plants and trees are used as medicine as
well as providing shelter for many birds, animals and insects.Trees provide us with food fuel and timber
for the construction of homes, furniture and a myriad of other things.Trees also absorb the carbon dioxide from our
Flowers plants and trees like us possess a spirit body.Two men, Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of
homoeopathic Medicine, and Rudolph Steiner. The founder of anthroposophy and
founder of the Steiner Schools were spiritually developed enough to be able to
see these spirit bodies and were able to determine which ailments the various
flowers, plants and trees could be able to treat.
We have a great deal to be thankful to God for.The very best we can do to express our
gratitude is to preserve and respect the whole of the natural world and to
protect it for future generations to come, because all of nature, even the
tiniest insect has a very important part to play in our eco system...
September saw me take a short journey along the A736 to take the service at ASK
Neilston.Sheila Caruthers founder and president
of ASK is an excellent medium in her own right.Sheila started attending a spiritualist church as a young girl and has
accumulated a wealth of knowledge which she is willing to share with
others.So anyone wishing to dip their
toe in the water so to speak and learn a little more about spiritualism and
their psychic abilities could think of visiting the Glen Halls, Main Street, Neilston at 7.30pm on a Wednesday where they
will be made welcome.The Divine Service
is help in the same Halls on a Tuesday evening at 7.30.
– An interesting night being interviewed on Spiritualism.My comments will not appear in the media but
hopefully it will enlighten those of another religion on what our beliefs
are.This particular church is having
nights during the winter looking into various other religions.This church felt Spiritualism so far removed
from their own beliefs, the clairvoyance, that they did not feel it appropriate
to invite someone of our religion along to talk to them.But that they were including Spiritualism in
their winter discussions of “Other
Religions” I felt was a big step forward form them and I agreed on this
- It was my pleasure once again to take a church’s development group.
– I let the train take the strain as I attended the Perth Spiritualist Church
(SNU).Often know as the “wee church with the big heart”.
–I was asked to be guest at a private circle which has been sitting for over
– I attended The White Dove Spiritualist Church, Toryglen, and Glasgow, where
there was the usual big turnout....
– 20th... We took a few days away to Blackpool and took the opportunity
to meet up with a few psychic researchers that I am often in contact with via
Keeping Our Religion – A Religion...
many religions are hitting the headlines because of in-fighting and /or othermisdemeanours. So far spiritualism has
escaped this kind of public scrutiny, probably because our numbers are small
and few outside our organizations think of Spiritualism as a religion.
But are we helping ourselves to be looked upon as a religion? I do
not think we are. Currently, because of our own actions, we are more like a
money making entertainment business than a true religion. If we claim
to be Spiritualists, then we should all look on ourselves as "Ambassadors
for Spirit" and act accordingly. We have to look at what others will
think of Spiritualism and Spiritualists, by our actions.
Take social networks,
they should be a shop window for our religion, but often if we look through the
posts of Spiritualists, we see a messy little corner shop rather than the
superstore which it should be. Comments on social networks can be
detrimental to our religion when Spiritualists condemn each other
there. Some of this condemnation may be justified, but should not be
aired in such a public forum. I have not noticed such behaviour taking
place with other religions. So what will non-spiritualists think of us?
There have been comments on social networks that a child may have disrupted a service for a short time, what other religion would complain at than. And further comments that children should not attend our services till they are a certain age. This gives the impression that we are not a child friendly religion. Yet the “SNU is more than happy for children to attend churches, unless of
course they are very disruptive in which case one would assume the parent would
take them outside or perhaps into another room until they settle down”. Commonsense prevails...And we
have to remember we have Christian and non-Christian Spiritualist Churches...
With the former – who said “Suffer little children and let them come to me?”
noticed that some of our churches, when advertising on social media, the
next medium to work for them, come out with comments which are more
suited to advertising an entertainment, than a religious service.
And after the service, it can be even worse, when they describe
the medium’s work.There are
religious organizations that have regular guest speakers and there avert in the
local newspaper will go something like “The
guest speaker for Sunday evening will be Mr Smith from ****” Is that not
more professional and more akin to a religion?
The aim of Spiritualism is to
affect an at-one-ment and unison of Humanity with God until every action and
thought of Humanity is in perfect harmony with the Divine Will."
from the Spiritualists' Lyceum Manual)
our church committees should aim for increased ‘at-one-ment with the
congregation by an informal meeting once a year, for everyone to have their
say. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, use a suggestion box in
an easily accessible place. Some will say “We have our
AGM and that is the place to comment on likes and dislikes about the church," but as we all know the “Any other
business" is usually at the end of the AGM, when many want the meeting to
put a more presentable face on our religion, there are other ways we could
behave more professionally. I have seen those new to Spiritualism look
surprised after a service, as the medium takes their diary out and books people
for non church related private sittings. Is this using the church as
a source for financial gain? Then there is another way to look at
it. Many churches have monthly private sittings to help pay their
expenses, as the freewill offering does not cover all the costs. So taking such
a booking is taking much needed income away from the church.
there are high profile mediums who breeze into town with their name in lights
outside a theatre, or posters all over the town about their show. Do
these mediums/psychics ever check if their display is going to clash with a
local spiritualist church’s service? They don’t have to do this if they
do not serve churches but surely those who do, should be more considerate to
the local churches. If they don’t maybe it is time for churches to think
twice before booking such mediums in the future for their services.
of Clairvoyance for charity have always been, and always will be part and
parcel of Spiritualism. But there are many who think that the charity
circuit is running out of control these days. Should church mediums
not stick to ‘charity nights’ run by spiritualist churches? And
churches limit charity nights to two a year? Another area for being more
professional that we need to look at are evenings of clairvoyance taking place
in pubs and clubs. That may be fine for psychics or non church
serving mediums but many, both within and out with Spiritualism, find it
distasteful to a religion, when it involves a church serving medium or SNU
award holder. H
SNU policy about this is as follows;-
award holders are not prohibited from working in rooms in pubs and clubs.
The only stipulation is that they do not demonstrate mediumship in a room where
alcohol is consumed”
asked if the Union would take action the reply was; -
“Yes the Union would take action, and
has done so, if any award holder is reported to them. I would expect award
holders to uphold the dignity of Spiritualism, and maybe there are few feeling
that way, but who administer Union affairs certainly think that way”.
But what of
non SNU Award Holders – what is the Union's advice to their churches on those
“Churches are autonomous and therefore have to
make their own decisions on who they book to work on their platforms”
So the ball is in the court of church committees.
There need be no conflict if the churches make
sure they are first and foremost representing a religion and those who take to
their platforms think and act in the same way. Those wishing to use their
talents for entertainment or financial gain go their own way not hang on to the
coat tails of Spiritualism which is a religion.
If we are going to save Spiritualism as a
religion, it is time for the splitting of the
ways. Spiritualism should let it be known that many of the ‘readings’
that have attached themselves on to us, are nothing to do with what we are
about. We should think what Spirit’s view is on all this and also take into
account the suffering that the pioneers of Spiritualism had to go though, to
make Spiritualism a respectable religion. Also as a last word - what must Gordon
Higginson, the longest serving President of the Spiritualists' National Union,
over 23 years from 1970 to 1993 be thinking? He devoted much of his life to
Spiritualism, becoming a Minister of the SNU as well as a teacher of mediumship
and also Principal of the Arthur Findlay College at Stansted Hall.
Will all his work have been in vain?