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A brief History of Spiritualism

The Human Soul
Who are the Spirits?

Welcome, esteemed readers, to a captivating journey through the enigmatic realm of Spiritualism. In this editorial, we will delve into the origins, beliefs, and prominent figures that have shaped the fascinating landscape of Spiritualism throughout history. Let's embark on a voyage of discovery and enlightenment as we navigate the realms of tarot, psychic phenomena, spiritual coaching, and oracles.

Spiritualism traces its roots back to the mid-19th century, a time marked by profound societal and intellectual upheaval. Emerging in the United States and Europe, the movement gained traction through its emphasis on communication with the spirit world and the exploration of metaphysical phenomena. The year 1848 stands as a pivotal moment in Spiritualism's history, with the Fox Sisters of Hydesville, New York, widely credited for catalyzing the movement through their alleged interactions with spirits.

Fox Sisters
Medium, Channel and Seer

Margaret, Leah, and Kate Fox captured the public's imagination with their claims of communicating with a spirit through a series of rappings.

Their demonstrations fuelled the burgeoning interest in Spiritualism and laid the groundwork for future developments in the movement.

Connecting with Spirits
Medium and Seer

Renowned as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also an ardent advocate of Spiritualism.

His writings and public lectures played a significant role in popularizing Spiritualist beliefs and fostering a sense of curiosity about the unknown.

Central to Spiritualism is the belief in the existence of spirits and the possibility of communication with the deceased. Mediumship, the practice of facilitating communication between the living and the spirit world, serves as a cornerstone of Spiritualist gatherings and rituals.

Tarot cards, with their intricate symbolism and spiritual significance, are often employed by Spiritualists as tools for divination and guidance.

Over the decades, Spiritualism has evolved to encompass a diverse range of practices and beliefs. From psychic readings and energy healings to spiritual coaching and oracle consultations, modern Spiritualists engage with a plethora of modalities aimed at spiritual growth and self-discovery. The integration of technology has also influenced Spiritualist practices, with online platforms enabling individuals to connect with like-minded seekers and experienced practitioners.

As professionals seeking enlightenment and personal growth, delving into the realm of Spiritualism can offer a fresh perspective and a deeper understanding of the unseen forces that shape our world. By exploring the teachings of Spiritualism and engaging with its rich history, individuals can open themselves to new possibilities and embark on a journey of self-discovery and transcendence.

The history of Spiritualism is a tapestry woven with threads of mystery, belief, and the enduring human quest for meaning beyond the material realm. From its humble origins to its modern manifestations (no pun intended).

Spiritualism continues to captivate and inspire seekers of truth and wisdom. Let us embrace the spirit of exploration and embark on a transformative journey guided by the light of knowledge and the power of the unseen.

Self, Consciousness and Spirit
A Soul in a Sea of Consciousness

Spiritualism - Some Thoughts.

Spiritualists hold the belief that the human "spirit" or "soul" survives physical death. They also imply, if not directly believe that some aspect of the personality survives.

Mediums seem able to talk to your "Great aunt Agatha" and enquire about aspects of her time on earth.

Spiritists, like Anton Kardec, suggest that many "spirits" may not be our deceased relatives but other "intelligence" that seek communication with us.

Within the Modern New Age movement we hear of those who Channel other "beings" or "masters" who are seeking to help us, the human race, survive ourselves.

There is a certain comfort in the idea that a beloved "Great Aunt" still exists in a spiritual world, or that a benign intelligence is seeking to support our evolution and development.

We are told that Carl Jung, the renowned psychotherapist had a "spirit guide", he did write about the inspiration this guide offered.

I believe that Jung was not referring to disembodied spirits or personalities, but his unconscious connection to information existing within his psyche and the "collective unconscious".

Mediums and "Channels" invite us to ask powerful questions about what we believe about death and what happens when we die.

A belief in heaven and hell, an eventual eternal paradise into which we can be born is prevalent in major religions. The "Heavenly Father" awaits the souls of the faithful.

Occultists, amongst others, look carefully at the spiritual frameworks we have been taught; to look for other ways of considering the connection between self and the cosmos.

If the statement "As Above So Below" has truth, then we are the cosmos and the cosmos is us.

As we navigate the pathways of tarot, psychic phenomena, spiritual coaching, and oracles, may we find solace, illumination, and profound insights waiting to be unveiled.

Remember, the key to unlocking the mysteries of the universe lies within the depths of our souls.

The nature of the separation of Oneness into Many becomes the question. In turn, this forces us to reflect upon the various stories we have created to maintain individual uniqueness (reincarnation, spirits, ascension, re-birth).

But that's for another time.

Alan /|\

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