Spiritualism - what next?

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Spiritualism - what next?

Post by mac on Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:16 am

Posting in a recent thread that I donít feel I have any part in maintaining the cause of Spiritualism I later found myself considering why that is. †

I do still call myself a Spiritualist - I am a Spiritualist. †Its philosophy and practices are still dear to me. †So whatís changed since I was first persuaded about what Spiritualism has to tell us about life, about death, about what comes next? †I suppose it might be the way I perceive what it represents in the second decade of this new millennium.

I would guess most of us can be parochial in the way we view these matters, some perhaps less so than others. †Iím sure I am. †Iíve never been much of a churchgoer so I donít now know much about the current health of the Spiritualist Church. †But Spiritualism isnít just its churches or centres anyway. †

Iím not a member of the SNU or any other official body and I havenít forgotten that Psychic News was almost a gonner a few years ago and who was responsible. †But I donít need to be in the SNU, anyway, to be a Spiritualist. Thankfully PN survived because of the efforts of the stalwarts who fought its closure. †But the publication is not what it used to be although neither is this world! †So now, apart from an odd year here and there to check if things had improved, I donít subscribe to Psychic News. †Itís become a fancy magazine whose slogan is ĎDeveloping Your Mind, Body and Spirití. †I donít want that. †I want it to tell me whatís going on in Spiritualism and about mediumship and healing. †I read PN for two decades, to stay in touch with all that was happening in the world of mediumship and healing; Spiritualismís Ďvoiceí. I listened then but what do I find there now? † OK, then. †So Iím the problem, not PN....

I was banned from one website because of my fervour in defending the Spiritualist position. †Largely because of my representation the establishment of Spiritualism forum had eventually been agreed on a particular website. †It was placed in the ĎReligion and Faithsí section. †I adopted a monitoring role with - I accept - unreasonable zeal. †When discussions were nothing to do with Spiritualism, I pointed it out. †I was eventually stopped because I was seen as moderating, †my registered membership cancelled. †Mea culpa but what I was seeing, and what I objected to, were discussions about Ďspiritualismí - an interest in all manner of things seen as Ďspiritualí. †Perhaps needless to say there was the most awful junk going in there, junk I did not want mistakenly linked to the movement, philosopy and religion of Spiritualism. †OK I should have repeatedly asked a moderator to deal with it but I couldnít be bothered to keep going cap-in-hand.

Now my exposure to matters of the spirit comes from my online presence on a number of other websites that have discussion forums. †I realise thatís parochial but I do have contact with folk on other continents and they have relevant ideas and thoughts even though few are Spiritualists. †I discuss and debate subjects that non-Spiritualists ask about matters of the spirit. †I donít push a Spiritualist position firstly because that rarely appeals to anyone, secondly it can bring hostility and thirdly because what I say isnít down solely to Spiritualist teaching. †I could say fourthly because when Iím with my trans-Atlantic friends they often mean very different things when they speak about spiritualism (sic) and mediumship. Nowadays if Iím serving the spirit at all I do it by approaching most issues as a free agent, a Spiritualist who doesnít espouse just Spiritualism.

Thereís a limit to what modern-day stuff like NDE and Past Life Regression tells anyone about survival. †ITC and personal development courses ('Self-Guided Afterlife Connection Experiences') tantalisingly promise the possibility of direct contact with loved one passed over but provides no overall context to explain what seekers have heard, seen or experienced. †I point that out and wait for an opportunity to show where context may be found but I leave folk to ask first. †The weakness then is that without personal evidence all the context in the world may not help them and as far as I can tell, evidential mediumship isnít doing any better than it was thirty plus years ago, the time I began my journey of discovery.

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Re: Spiritualism - what next?

Post by Admin on Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:57 pm

Good thread Mac I will write an answer when I can stop and think about it so I can answer in the most comprehensive way. Many thoughts about this, especilly as I feel, like you, that Spiritualism may be fading before our eyes, the SNU heading for a real church with ministerial council etc, others encompassing all the fads as they roll along and few really looking at the strengths of teh underlying philosophy and the evidence of survival.

Lets just quickly look at some facts; only the most hardened sceptics could really contest the weight of evidence behind the fact survival beyond death is proven. Yes throw all the frauds up but as William James said we only need one White Crow and we have a murder of them.

We are the only religion (God help us a religion because we accept God and with the best will that is one entity it is almost impossible to prove) that really sets out to encompass the Brotherhood of Man under one God (all tribes races, sexes †and religions OK thats the ideal I know ideals are blunted by personalities) , We also have a simple set of principles to try and attain but we acknowledge peoples weaknesses.

Much much more to this but of itself those two paragraphs show why we should stand up for our beliefs without needing to creeate any theological, ministerial edifice to compete as a major religion.
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Re: Spiritualism - what next?

Post by mac on Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:35 pm

I'm not sure that the old issue of fraud in mediumship matters that much because it just doesn't seem relevant in this modern world - not to the folk that I 'speak' to online. †

I hear from folk interested in DIY trans-dimensional communication rather than having to hunt out few-and-far-between - and expensive! - commercial psychic practitioners. †I'm deliberately avoiding calling 'em mediums because from what they tell me, not all of 'em are. †

Many practitioners appear to be psychics - psychic readers - and without the network of Spiritualist churches we've got here in the UK, finding a reliable and authentic evidential medium is tough if not impossible. †Just like Oz the North American continent's a big un - a trip to a medium may involve a trip of many miles and cost many dollars. †Is there any wonder folk are much more interested in DIY - doing it themselves? All the issues just mentioned are eliminated along with the risk of fraudulent mediumship.

I'm not suggesting those techniques are necessarily effective (although it's claimed they are) but they do have a certain appeal to folk who may be short of the money and time needed to get to see a medium. Modern Spiritualism, as I refer to our movement, is often hardly known about and even when explained doesn't appear to appeal to many.

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