Spiritualism 
   
Spiritualism

Spiritualism is a way of life. It combines philosophy, science and religion. It covers a very wide field, and therefore, you cannot expect to understand it without a certain amount of study.

When the Church was dedicated & opened, it was given the name "The Beacon Light" by Spirit. Lost souls have found the light beaming from the church during classes. The purpose of the Beacon Light is best described from a message within a trance lecture channeled through Reverend Florence Edwards, it reads as follows:
"He came upon the physical plane to be a beacon light to show us the way to travel upon the physical plane and yet we find it so difficult to live according to His teachings. He has said many times: Do not hide your light beneath a bushel but to set it upon a hill, that others shall be able to see and be guided with that light. You too my friends, can be the light. It doesn't have to be one light. As you look throught the universe, there are many lights, many beacon lights, upon all shores to guide all ships. That is just one example my friends, because the light on the east coast cannot guide those on the west coast, or vice versa."
   
The following is a spirit writing transcribed through Rev. Gertrude Leivers:

The primary objective of Spiritualism today is to prove the survival of human personality after death. Death is the doorway to a new and wider life. From the day of our birth we each have two bodies, the material or earthly body, which can be seen, and the spiritual body, which is unseen during life but is a counterpart of our earthly body. These two bodies are linked by a cord. In similar fashion, before birth a baby is joined to its mother by a cord. When it is born the cord must be cut.

When we die, the cord linking our two bodies is severed. The material body returns to the earth whence it came, and the spiritual body becomes the vehicle of our spirit. We are spirit here and now--we don't have to wait until death to become spirit. Death, as a rule, seems like sleep--there is no pain. When we awake, conditions seem much the same to us as before we "died". We take with us into the beyond no material possessions, such as clothes or money--they are no longer needed. But we do take our character and our individuality. In every way we are the same individuals immediately after death as before, with all our faults and virtues.
The home that awaits us in the spirit world depends upon the life we have led on earth. If we have honestly tried to do the best we can, then we need have no fear of death. We have fitted ourselves for the result which is automatic, a better, happier life where we are reunited with our loved ones and friends.

If, on the other hand, there has been more selfishness than goodness and service in our lives, we will automatically have to pay the price. This is part of the "Law of Sowing and Reaping", which is only another way of saying that effect must follow cause. It is perfectly summarised in the sixth principle, which says that hereafter there are compensation and retribution for all the good and evil done on earth.


Acts of service that we have performed will naturally increase our spiritual status. Sins of omission or commission will just as naturally retard it. There is, however, no hell in which its inhabitants are condemned for eternity. Once self-realisation dawns and the soul is ready to advance, there are enlightened spiritual beings who will show the way to progress.

The practical application of Spiritualism is the supreme necessity for all of us to lead the best kind of life we can on earth, to practise qualities of compassion and kindness and to give service wherever we can.

Heaven and hell are really states of mind, not geographical locations. Even here we can live in heaven or in hell, the choice is ours. The world we inhabit after death is not far away up in the sky. It is round and about us, interpenetrating the world in which we now live. Those we have "loved and lost awhile" are not in some far-off, inaccessible place, seated on pink clouds at the right hand of God and playing golden harps. Very often, they are close by our side, striving to help and guide us, and loving us just as they did before passing.

There are, however, highly sensitive individuals who have developed their innate natural psychic faculties with the result that they can tune in to the spirit world and its denizens. These human television and radio sets are mediums. They become the agents through whom spirit communication is achieved.

There is nothing supernatural about this happening, though it is supernormal. Everything in the universe is in accordance with natural laws. They were devised by God and God is perfect. If it was God's will that we should be ignorant about His natural laws then we would know nothing about them.

The evidence reveals that love, like life, is stronger than death. It is love that proves to be the compelling force, striving to break down the barriers, which man in his ignorance has created, between this world and what is called the next, in order to achieve spirit communication. Often there is grief on both sides of the veil. There are the tears shed over loved ones who have died and the grief they experience when they try to reach us but fail to make their presence known.

We do not believe in a vicarious atonement as preached in some orthodox religions. We regard Jesus as an examplar, not a saviour. Man has no saviour but himself. We are each personally responsible for our sins and must atone for them here or hereafter. It is far more moral to acknowledge our sins and try to make amends than to try to place them on the shoulders of another. We believe that Jesus was divine, but only in the sense that we are all divine. There is a difference of degree but not of kind.

We do not claim to know everything--no one does. Knowledge is infinite and we shall always be learning. What we do maintain is that we have caught a glimmer of truth. It inspires us to search for more, rejecting anything that does not appeal to our God-given reason and accepting that which is logical and uplifting.

  • We believe in Infinite Intelligence.
  • We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual are the expression of infinite intelligence.
  • We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith constitute true religion.
  • We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continues after the change called "Death".
  • We affirm that communication with the so-called "dead" is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.
  • We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: "Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye also unto them".
  • We affirm the moral responsibility of the individual and that he makes his own happiness or unhappiness as he obeys or disobeys Nature's Physical and Spiritual Laws.
  • We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any human soul, here or hereafter.
What makes Spiritualism unique is the evidence of survival after death that is obtainable through mediumship. Whereas most religions preach an after-life as a hope, faith or belief, we maintain that any reasonable person can prove it for themself.

We also believe, as the Bible states, that Jesus developed his psychic faculties and was a supreme master of spiritual law. Moreover he was in close touch with the spirit world and demonstrated his survival after his death. His teaching of brotherhood, love, humility and service is the basis of spiritualism as we know it today.

Mediumship is the gift of prophecy. Throughout the Old and the New Testaments, God has always communicated to His people through mediumship. This communication manifested through many forms; angels, visions, the "so called Dead" or dreams. The birth of Jesus and John the Baptist were prophesized. John the Baptist prophesized the coming of the Messiah (John I:6-9). Mediumship is acknowledged through "supernatural" and "miraculous" happenings, upon which most, if not all Christian teachings are based.

LAYING ON OF HANDS

The "LAYING ON OF HANDS" has long been used by many cultures for healing purposes. It works by directing energy from the God Source through prayer and spiritual guidance. These guidelines will help you to open both heart and mind to receive the healthful energy.

  • Please be respectful and quiet during the service.
  • Before receiving the healing you should ask that all obstructions to the healing force be removed from your mind and body, so that you may truly receive.
  • When you receive a healing, relax and enjoy the experience. Your awareness can be greater when you relax. Place your feet flatly on the floor and your hands in your lap with palms turned upward. Breath in and out slowly and deeply a few times and gently close your eyes.
  • The results of a spiritual healing are not always instantly felt, though you may sense an immediate change, healing energies can often work over a longer period of time. Thus you should allow them to work and expect a good result.
  • You are not expected to discuss your condition or problem with your healer.
  • Spiritual healing is not a substitute for medical treatment.
  • Remember to give thanks for the healing energy brought to you through the healer.
  • One healing per service is appropriate.
Healing Services are on Sunday mornings at 11:00am, which includes the regular Sunday Service. Healing & Message Services take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm.

   

"I think basically, it is for people to be aware of what spirit can bring into their lives, what an asset it can be. It's not something supernatural, it's not something that can destroy your life or mix up your life. It's something that can open a whole new vision of life for you and realizing that it doesn't have to interfere with material things. You don't have to be holier than thou to be in touch with spirit."
Reverend Florence Edwards


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