“Spiritualism has lost it’s spirituality”, words of one of the greatest spiritualist mediums of the 20th century Gordon Higginson. He was the longest standing President of the Spiritualist National Union and earned a great reputation as a remarkably accurate medium and was gifted with many aspects of mediumship. But what was he talking about when speaking of Spiritualism? When we look at organized religion we often see a difference between its structure and its foundation. Churches are build, centers created and hierarchical structures formed in order to organize the religion that was often based and created by a single man.
A following becomes the basis of a foundation and on that foundation is created the structure that has been the basis of war and power so very often in the past and present. What ultimately remains is the foundation and that is the good news! We don’t need the structures and organizations to live a more spiritual life. It all comes down to the individual’s own responsibility and keeping the foundation strong by open debate, sharing of experiences and allowing everybody to walk his or hers own journey. My personal foundation is created by studying many religions and philosophies which has made me a better man, or at least, I hope so. It hasn’t prevented me from making mistakes or doing wrong, it helped me in making the best decisions possible at the moments I made them.
A good foundation is forgiving, but with many structures we see the duality of right or wrong being used to manipulate and control. That’s also why many structures are crumbling and become weaker because the foundation on which they were once build are no longer supporting their heavy weight. When members start leaving, foundations become like quicksand. But many people are still afraid of the power that structures hold over them, not realizing that a structure can only stand on a foundation of people. Either with politics, religion or any other form. Mankind is waking up to their true power, that we no longer have to be submitted to the sick and egotistical agenda’s of organized crime. Because they are criminals!
We don’t need structures! We need a pure and loving heart and allowing that to form the foundation of a new world.
.. is less people with a spiritual belief that adopted this ideology they need to help everybody. Really, what makes those people think they have the answer to other peoples problems? What makes them better or more ‘enlightened‘, ‘awakened‘, ‘sensitive‘ or ‘spiritual‘ than other people to know their needs and have the solution to it. It’s really terribly annoying but;
nobody can help anybody to become truly happy!
Then I close my eyes and contemplate on some thoughts I have and experiences I’ve had in my life. A lot of my moments of meditation I use on self-healing and working through some of the emotional ‘challenges’ I’ve had in my life. And it’s so sooooo easy to fall in the trap of: I figured how to get through that situation or period in my life and now I can use that to help others. No! No! Noooooo! That was my situation, my sh*t, my mistake, my Continue reading “#9 what the world needs now..”
How do you feel? I bet ya most of you will answer with a semi-polite answer saying everything is ok, good, great, fine, mmmm and other nods, smiles or whatever statement you feel like making. In some situations people are even prepared to punch you in the face when you ask them ‘how they’re doing‘. Feelings; we are just not very good at talking about feelings. Really! We aren’t. I’ve never heard someone replying with:
“Well, I woke up still a little disturbed with what happened yesterday at work but I’ve told myself this morning to look at the positive side and that made me feel a little calmer even though I feel my heart rate still a little bit higher than usual and part of me is hesitating to go to work because what if the same situation occurs again?”
Almost lost my breath there 😉 The “hi, I’m ok” is day-to-day human interaction, the other is called mediumship! This is not to say that when somebody asks me how I’m doing they better have 5 minutes to hear my life story of the past 24 hours. As a medium, talking about ‘feeling’ is the basis to work from and with. And this is what makes being a good medium so damn challenging; Continue reading “#8 the comfort-zone called “hi, yeah I’m ok””
The Buddhist have their eight-fold path, Christians the ten commands and as Spiritualists we have the seven principles. We can contemplate and meditate, debate or be literate… but if we don’t ACT nothing will ever change in this world. Our view on the world can be positive or negative, hopeful or low-spirited but it’s totally up-to-you how you look at the world around you and act.
This audio recording contains an address I recently gave at an online Spiritualist Divine Service. To me mediumship and Spiritualism is about celebrating life and finding a way we can all contribute in a creative and sustaining way to build a future for the generations yet to come. Continue reading “#7 don’t believe, don’t think but ACT!”