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.