The objectives of the association are: - To maintain a Spiritualist Church in Canberra - To publish the general philosophy of Spiritualism - To provide spiritual counselling, healing and upliftment to all who are in need of them - To promote the growth of the brotherhood of man without distinction of race, sex, class or religious belief - To promote the study and understanding of psychic phenomena and the related spiritual implications - To provide a meeting point for all people interested in any aspect of psychic phenomena.
Spiritualism in the past attracted the intellectual interest of many professional people and rapidly spread throught the world.In Western society it seems that today, interest is different, with many people more involved in material work and gain than in spiritual matters. Many highly intelligent people see no truth in spiritual areas to be available without dogma and contradictory philosophy and so devote their lives at least when young, to making money and living through their families.Because in the main, only mental mediumship is developed, many intellectual people remain unconvinced and so do not investigate in depth to find the proofs that are available.There are, however, a great many people who are needing religious experience but are becoming more and more disillusioned with orthodoxy and particulary Catholicism. They are still seeking a meaning and purpose to their lives and also, an understanding of God. Spiritualism is the answer.In Spiritualism we do not ask or demand that people should believe dogmatic, unchangeable philosophies just by 'faith'. We seek to bring evidence of spiritual truth to all enquirers and encourage them to come to their own conclusions and understanding of the reasons and destinations of their lives.
It is true that currently we do not feature this prayer but in fact many Spiritualist Churches especially the Christian Spiritualist Churches, do include it in their Services.The Spiritualist Service is lead by a Chair Person and features a talk and demonstration of evidence of survival by a Medium. The Chair Person presents the Service and its content and how the Service is conducted is largely as the Chair Person's chooses.It is true that there is little dogma in the prayer but it is recognised foremost only as a Christian prayer which it is felt is not appropriate in a Spiritualist Service. In the prayer 'heaven' is referred to twice and there is little understanding of what this signifies; the part which says 'lead us not into temptation' is an anathema to thinking people and the concept for God 'to provide us our daily bread' in a physical sense surely contradicts why we came here in the first place. Added to these points all in all it is felt by us that a prayer should be sincere, spontaneous and heart-felt and not just repeated, parrot fashion, over and over again with little or no consideration of the meaning and thought behind it.
Whilst the Chair Person leads the Service his/her main function is to present the Medium and make sure that the Medium is safe and comfortable at all times. e.g. it is not unknown for persons from other religions to attend a Service and either barrack or ask questions of the Medium while the Medium is speaking by inspiration. In such a case the Medium will often be distracted and loose contact with Spirit and will not know what Spirit was saying and so anyway be unable to answer questions. It is the Chair Person's responsibility in this case to ask the person interrupting to remain silent and if they wish to ask questions to wait until a later more appropriate time
No. Like all religions, philosophies and belief systems Spiritualists are human beings with weaknesses and strengths; personalities and characters. However, if Spiritualists live up to the 7 Principles, they can change their behaviour, their weaknesses, their personalities and enhance their strengths as can those who are not Spiritualists but live up to their beliefs, their religion and their philosophies.
The official belief of the Spiritualists' National Union is that re-incarnation has not been proven therefore is not part of the Spiritualist philosophy, and spiritual progress is only made in the spirit world. However many Spiritualists' do accept that re-incarnation has been sufficiently researched and proven through hypnosis and regressions to be a fact and they see it as being an essential part of the pathway that the human being travels in search of spiritual growth.
Certainly in this philosophy, like many others, the researcher's beliefs will change as time and more research is done.
An open mind is the most precious jewel to be pursued.
Spiritualism is more than a religion. One of the precepts of Spiritualism is that we accept that which is proven. The phenomena of Spiritualism including healing has been validated on many occasions by people of good repute, scientists and researchers; in private seances and in hospitals and in many other controlled situation.
Other religions rely on myth, supposition and that which has been dictated by human beings, the information has never been scientifically proven and relies on belief and faith in the words of proponents of the religion in many cases those seeking power over others.
One only needs to look at the crusades, religious persecution; pogroms; wars and genocide committed over the centuries to see that lust for power was very great amongst the world's religions.
The core of Spiritualism and the core of other religions are incompatible in as much as Spiritualism has no saviour God; it does not require its followers to believe anything that they cannot accept as a truth and the fact that it encourages people to accept responsibility for their thoughts and deeds. Spiritualist accept that the human soul continues in a very real way and can be communicated with and that any judgement made on their physical life is made by themselves; they accept that their actions will be either rewarded or paid for, depending on whether the intention behind their thoughts and actions were well intentioned or ill intentioned. On the other hand, other religions depend on fear keeping their adherents inline; if you commit sins or are bad you will go to hell; if you sin and are not so bad you will go to purgatory; if you live a life without sin, bad thoughts, or doing anything that hints at even a little bad you will go to heaven (is this not an afterlife). Exactly what heaven is has never been explained so it is an unknown. Spiritualists, on the other see that there is a life very similar to the life experienced on earth, being with those who are compatible with you but there are few if any challenges that encourage us to grow in all ways.
The only danger that may be experienced is due to the fear of people involved when they know nothing about what they are doing.
The use of drugs and alcohol can also be conducive to negative experiences. Those with negative attitudes will attract to themselves negative people from the other side
Any communication being made with the spirit world must be done with love and complete confidence in the self, that all communication will be positive and supporting.
It is also wise, when seeking to learn about how to communicate with the spirit world, that you find a teacher that knows what they are doing.
All aspects of Spiritualism requires no ritual or weird activities, only love, positive approaches and knowledge are necessary.