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SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 18, 2022      Vol 3, Number 38

CALLING ALL MEMBERS

The last NSAC convention held prior to the COVID pandemic was in October, 2019. This year we will once again meet in person in Phoenix, Arizona October 10-14. Needless to say, not having convention for two years has created a healthy agenda of items to get through, including all nine NSAC Board of Trustee positions being up for election and what may be a record number (in the neighborhood of 60!) of proposed bylaw changes.

The Spiritualist Desert Church Board of Trustees needs membership input on all of these items so that the delegates understand the wishes of our congregation. Please try and make time to attend the SDC Town Hall Meeting, after Sunday service on September 18, 2022. Your voice is important and needs to be heard.

Please check your email, Louise has sent an email (dated 9/15/22) with details and links to documents we will be discussing. All of the convention reports are available on the NSAC website (nsac.org) and can be accessed under the ‘Membership Pages’ tab. If you have any trouble accessing that page, please contact us so we can be of assistance. See you on Sunday!

September 18, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 38 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday Oct 6th and Thursday Oct 20th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, October 9th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

chaired by The Rev. Vicky Homann

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Immortality demonstrated through mediumship should be inscribed upon the banner of Spiritualism, for the fact of life beyond the incident of death has been proved beyond all peradventure to millions of intelligent and enlightened people since the new spiritual era was inaugurated. To mediums – the modern mediators – therefore, belong the office of the honor of rolling back the stone from the tomb and establishing faith upon the firm basis of the knowledge (scientifically ascertained and proven) of the continued intelligent existence in the spiritual realm of those who went forth through the death change into light and liberty ‘over there’.”

-E.W. and M.H. Wallis

A Guide to Mediumship and Psychical Unfoldment

   

September 18, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 38  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I?

And if not now, when?”

 

-Rabbi Hillel (110 BCE-10CE) ancient Jewish sage and scholar

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 11, 2022      Vol 3, Number 37

NAME THAT TUNE

Da-da, Dum, dum, dum, dum, dum, dum, dum

Don’t overthink it, just say it out loud. Use a little rhythm while you do it and see if it comes to mind…. spoiler alert, answer is in the next sentence! It’s the theme from the 1972 movie, Deliverance. Titled ‘Dueling Banjos’, it’s basically an old-school type of a music form referred to as ‘call-and-response’. One phrase of music is played (the ‘call’) and it is answered by another, different, yet similar phrase of music (the ‘response’). Mimicking human conversation, it’s is a traditional form of music found in many cultures around the world.

Fundamentally, it’s a duality. Two voices communicating, trying to synchronize their individual messages into a single, unified whole. Sounds a little bit like the human condition; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, and trying to coordinate priorities between the demands of corporeal existence and the goals of enlightenment of our eternal divine spark. Just as in the call-and-response music form, our objective is to achieve a harmonious duet.

Ultimately, our mission on this Earth plane is to fuse the duality of physical and spiritual; to meld together our inner and outer selves, resulting in every day interactions that elevate our understanding of Divine truth. The love, light, and law of Infinite Intelligence is revealed by our ability to blend together the needs of our mortal life with the purpose of our very existence. Harmony is found when balance is achieved between the duality of our beings.

“My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless;

‘Tis neither body or soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved.

I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one;

One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call.”

 

-Rumi, 13th C. Persian poet

Jen Rosson, OM

September 11, 2022                    Vol 3, Number 37 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Lelia Cutler, OM CM NST

Portsmouth, Virginia

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday Sept 15th and Thursday Oct 6th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, September 11th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“The Spiritualistic philosophy ever presents the truths that we are immortal, that we are a part of all there is in the universe, both seen and unseen, and that all expressions of that force we recognize as God. Death being only a change from one sphere of activity to another, our present personality continues throughout all time. As we are a part of all, we are subject to the changes which are constantly going on around us; and this being true, to find happiness we must attune ourselves to meet them.”

H. Gordon Burroughs

Becoming a Spiritualist (1962)

 

   

September 11, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 37  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“We do not heal the past by dwelling there;

we heal the past by living fully in the present.”

 

-Marianne Williamson

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 4, 2022      Vol 3, Number 36

IT’S A NEW DAY

“It’s a new dawn

It’s a new day

It’s a new life for me

And I’m feeling good.”

 

-Leslie Bricusse (1931-2021)

It’s easy to become disillusioned at times, there’s so much negativity that bombards us on a daily basis. Between cultural and civic dramas that are continually reported through every piece of technology we own, it’s almost impossible to escape the drone of adversity and hostility. For our own mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health it becomes imperative to step away from the madness, and release our anxieties to the ether.

One method used by many is the self-imposed, mandatory ‘disconnect’ from phones, computers, TV’s, etc. Whether it’s an hour, a day, or a week-long vacation, disengaging from the constant onslaught enables a change in perspective; a moment to look inward. When we take the time to pause and examine the trajectory of our progress, we allow the space for changes in direction. This kind of self-reflection doesn’t happen within the maddening crowd; it happens in the quiet, inside the silence, when heart and mind join in common purpose.

Every day provides the opportunity for a fresh start on this physical journey of existence. Do we want a new beginning? The early morning light provides that moment, we can start anew, with purpose and vision. It is never too late to reinvent and reinvest in the direction of our path. This applies to our human experience on this Earth plane, as well as our own internal spiritual exploration. May we all greet each new day with mindful purpose and joy in our hearts.

Jen Rosson, OM

September 4, 2022                     Vol 3, Number 36 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker:

The Reverend Vicky Homann

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday Sept 15th and Thursday Oct 6th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, September 11th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“‘Immortality demonstrated through mediumship’ should be inscribed upon the banner of Spiritualism, for the fact of life beyond the incident of death has been proved beyond all peradventure to millions of intelligent and enlightened people since the new spiritual era was inaugurated. To mediums – the modern mediators – therefore, belong the office of the honour of rolling back the stone from the tomb and establishing faith upon the firm basis of the knowledge (scientifically ascertained and proven) of the continued intelligent existence in the spiritual realm of those who went forth through the death change into light and liberty ‘over there’.

Mediums, as intermediaries, have enabled spirit people to comfort the sad and encourage the weak; to relive the doubter and console the bereaved; to confirm the old-world traditions regarding bygone spirit intervention and revelation, and supplement our hopes and intuitions with proof palpable.”

E.W. and M.H. Wallis

A Guide to Mediumship and Psychical Unfoldment

   

September 4, 2022                    Vol 3, Number 36  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The inner voice is something which cannot be described in words. The time when I learnt to recognize this voice was, I may way, the time when is started praying regularly.”

 

-Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 28, 2022      Vol 3, Number 35

EXPANSION

Through observation and theoretical experimentation, the scientific community has come to a consensus agreement that the Universe itself is expanding. Rationales for this conclusion include the Big Bang Theory, which is considered a driver of the early expansion and the growing knowledge base of the opposing interactions of dark matter and gravitational forces. This increase in size is referred to as ‘metric expansion’ because the metric itself changes. It is not like two objects within a confined space moving farther apart from each other; rather, the space between is somehow increasing in size.

It appears that there are some fascinating parallels between the expansion of the external environment of this physical existence and the expansion of our own internal ‘universe’. Most of us have a Big Bang type experience we can identify as the moment when all the pieces just seemed to click together; when we knew who we were and why we are here. That moment of realization that we truly are eternal spiritual beings on a quest of growth and knowledge.

But, just as the Universe has opposing forces, so does humanity. We are all pulled in different directions, risking distraction from our primary purpose for being here. Once we become aware via our Big Bang moment, we also become personally responsible for our own spiritual destiny. While it may be a bumpy ride on this Earthly adventure, there are plenty of opportunities for the expansion of our inner selves. Every day is rife with possibilities for serving others and enlarging our knowledge base; open hearts and open minds provide a fertile ground for the infinite insights that Spirit has to offer.

Whether we agree or disagree with the cosmologists about the Big Bang, we can agree on the premise of Principle 7: We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals, and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.  As we grow and expand both our internal awareness and our compassion for one another, so will we advance the spiritual being within us all.

Jen Rosson, OM

August 28, 2022                         Vol 3, Number 35 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: Nola Bonecutter Vale

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday Sept 1st and Thursday Sept 15th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, September 11th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Watch your thoughts,

They become words.

Watch your words,

They become actions.

Watch your actions,

They become habits.

Watch your habits,

They become character.

Watch your character,

It becomes your destiny.

Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher   

August 28, 2022              Vol 3, Number 35  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Who looks outside, dreams;

Who looks inside, awakes.”

 

-Carl Jung (1875-1961)

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 21, 2022      Vol 3, Number 34

SAFE HARBOR FROM THE STORM

The one constant certainty of this physical world is chaos and change; we never know what decisions or actions others may take that can then threaten our own security and wellbeing. This facet of our human experience can result in feelings of anxiety, depression, and withdrawal from close interpersonal relationships. Fear of the unknown paralyzes many of us from engaging openly with others, sharing the joy that comes from family and friendship. It doesn’t matter what era we live in, the same kind of insecurities we feel today were also shared by our ancestors.

When Charles B. Rosna made contact with the Fox sisters that fateful day in 1848, he not only opened the door to another plane, but also revealed the certainty that life continues after the physical body dies. Evidential mediumship continues to demonstrate this knowledge throughout all of our Spiritualist churches, granting the certainty of ‘knowing’ instead of the need to have

‘faith’ or ‘belief’. This is why we ‘affirm’ Principle #4: We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death.

We are all eternal spiritual beings experiencing life on Earth in order to grow and evolve our understanding of ourselves and Natural Law. No one can take away our birthday or our individual status as a spark of the Infinite. The more secure we are in who we are, the more benefit we gain from this lifetime of challenges, and the less concerned we are about things beyond our control. The practices of prayer, meditation, and contemplation help lead us closer to a state of peace and serenity, sheltering us safely from the storms of chaos that try to threaten our spiritual foundation. Our link with Infinite Intelligence is an unbreakable bond, in this lifetime and into eternity.

“Spirituality is not decorating the ego with philosophies, dogmas, and rituals.

But finding out the eternal center of love in the heart, which no storm can disturb.”

-Amit Ray

Jen Rosson, OM

August 21, 2022                Vol 3, Number 34 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson OM

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday Sept 1st and Thursday Sept 15th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, September 11th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“What are we? Beings capable of understanding all; having infinite possibilities in our organism. How is the mathematician able to compute the size, relations and revolutions of worlds…Because the laws of the universe are expressed in his organization. He comprehends the mysteries of life, the wonders of mind, the subtilty of spirit, because he is a spirit in whom every force and element of the physical and spiritual world are blended.

Immortality is not a reward for belief, but our common heritage. There will be no boasting of the accident which made us Methodists, Presbyterians, or Agnostics when we reach the heavenly highlands. All pass through the same gate and come to an understanding of what it means to be immortal.

If religion be aspiration for righteousness, then this is the religion of religions. It uplifts our souls from the darksome bogs of fear and doubt, into the pure atmosphere of the highlands of a more perfect life. We are a part of all, affected by all, and our duty is to assist all. As we pass but once this way, we should not let a chance go by of carrying out the principles of this philosophy.”

Hudson Tuttle (1835-1910)   

Excerpt from A Golden Sheaf (1907)

August 21, 2022              Vol 3, Number 34  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger;

And that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.”

 

-Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022)

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 14, 2022      Vol 3, Number 33

SPIRITUAL SCIENCE DAY

 

Principle 5: We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a face, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.

The second Sunday in August is recognized by the National Spiritualist Association of Churches as ‘Spiritual Science Day’. This is the day set aside to acknowledge the scientific foundation of the phenomena demonstrated by Spirit, as well as honoring the pioneers, founders, and investigators that have researched, investigated, and supported the validity of spirit communication. Many of these people risked professional suicide by undertaking the study and research of what was considered by many as simply a ‘parlor trick’. And let’s not forget the brave mediums who agreed to be subjected to intense examination, seeking to prove the reality of what they knew to be true.

One of the first investigators was Sir William Crookes (1832-1919), British chemist and physicist, a pioneer of the vacuum tube. Mediums that Crookes studied included Kate Fox,

D.D. Home, and Florence Cook. He was by no means the only one initiating serious inquiry into the validity of spirit communication. Other researchers included Professor Robert Hare, Sir Oliver Lodge, Professor William James, Professor Henry Sidgwick, and Sir William Barrett.

The Society of Psychical Research (SPR) was founded in England in 1882; the American Society of Psychical Research (ASPR) was founded in 1885, and both organizations are still active. The ASPR continues their work from its home in New York City, examining ‘unexplained’ phenomena of what is presumed to be a psychic or paranormal source. Other organizations join in their efforts from around the world, including many universities.

Myth and superstition find no safe harbor in the Science of Spiritualism. Thanks to the efforts of so many open-minded people, willing to make professional and personal sacrifices, we have grown in our understanding of Natural Law and the factual reality of the continuity of life.

Jen Rosson, OM

August 14, 2022                Vol 3, Number 33 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Patricia Horne OM CM CH NST

Spiritualist Church of Eternal Life, Sabattus, Maine

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Aug 18th and Thursday, Sept 1st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, August 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Presented by The Rev. Vicky Homann

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“What Death takes away

No man can restore;

What Heaven has blessed

No man can punish;

What Love has joined

No man can divide;

What Eternity has willed

No man can alter.”

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)  

Tears and Laughter (1949)

August 14, 2022              Vol 3, Number 33  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“It is through gratitude for the present moment

that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.”

 

-Eckhart Tolle

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 7, 2022      Vol 3, Number 32

ANDREW JACKSON DAVIS

(August 11, 1826 – January 13, 1910)

The birthday of Andrew Jackson Davis is celebrated throughout the Spiritualist community in recognition of his role as a pioneer for the Advent of Modern American Spiritualism. The following excerpt is from the NSAC Spiritualist Manual, 20th Edition (2017):

“In 1844, Davis had an experience which was to change the course of his life. He was not yet 18 years of age, when in a semitrance state journeyed 40 miles into the Catskill mountains and met two spirit guides: the Greek physician and philosopher Galen (born at Pergamum Greece in 129), and the Swedish seer, Emanuel Swedenborg (born in Stockholm, Sweden, 1688). Davis was given the Magic Staff walking stick by Galen. Then, as he attempted to climb over a wall returning home, he lost the Magic Staff walking stick. Galen then gave him the words of the Magic Staff and advised him to become a clairvoyant healer. Davis followed a successful career in which he diagnosed diseases and prescribed cures, much the same as a man named Edgar Cayce would do about a century later.

Magic Staff: Behold, here is thy Magic Staff. Under all circumstances keep an even mind. Take it. Try it. Talk with it. Lean on it. Believe on it forever.

Galen and Emmanuel Swedenborg were Davis’ principal spirit guides. A series of 157 inspirational lectures, given while Davis was in a trance state, became the basis of his first book, The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations.

This masterwork’s full title, The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations, and a Voice to Mankind, By and Through Andrew Jackson Davis, was published in 1847. In this book, the then 21-year-old Davis, in one of his earliest writings supporting Spiritualism, declared: It is a truth that spirits commune with one another while one is in the body and the other in the higher spheres.

On the morning of March 31, 1848, he recorded: About daylight this morning a warm breathing passed over my face and I heard a voice, tender and strong, saying, “Brother, the good work has begun – behold a living demonstration is born.

It was in the evening of that same day, March 31, 1848, when the young Kate Fox asked an invisible, mysterious rapper to answer some questions”

August 7, 2022                 Vol 3, Number 32 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: Lyn Collier, President

Board of Trustees, Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Aug 18th and Thursday, Sept 1st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, August 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Presented by The Rev. Vicky Homann

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“But a doubt seized me, and I asked: “Is that longest sentence my Magic Staff – ‘Under all circumstances keep an even mind’ – is that my cane, which I thought I had lost or forgotten?” In a twinkling the sheet of whiteness vanished, and in its place was beautifully beaming forth the reply – “YES.” ‘Twas enough! My soul swelled with thanksgivings! “The Magic Staff, then, is no fiction,” I joyfully thought; “the secret is to take it, try it, walk with it, talk with it, lean on it, believe on it, for ever.” Yes, friendly reader, I seized this mental cane – the magic staff – and ran downstairs, went out in the open air, walked the streets, returned to my bed, lay down with it by my side, arose with it in the morn, ate breakfast with it, examined the sick with it, leaned on it whenever things went wrong, believed on it at all times.”

Andrew Jackson Davis (1826-1910)

The Magic Staff, an Autobiography of Andrew Jackson Davis (1857)

August 7, 2022                Vol 3, Number 32  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Within you lies opportunity to grow in spirit. Keep your feet on the earth, but lift your face towards the heavens.

Surrender to the light with a tranquil mind, and a heart full of the love of God.”

 

-White Eagle

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 31, 2022      Vol 3, Number 31

WITH A CHERRY ON TOP, PLEASE

“If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?”

-Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)

Erma Bombeck was an American syndicated journalist, humorist, and best-selling author of 15 books which chronicled her experiences as a suburban, Midwestern wife and mother. She had a unique ability to make her readers laugh out loud one moment and then bring them to tears in the next. Her question above (and the title of her 5th book), while somewhat tongue-in-cheek in nature, proposes an interesting proposition. If this physical life is such a grand proposition, why do so many of us struggle to find our way?

There are few things as aesthetically pleasing as a bowl full of ripe, red cherries. One of nature’s many fruit products, they attract the attention of both humans and animals alike.  Cherries are a stone fruit, which means that have a hard kernel surrounding their seed – the pit, which contains a cyanide precursor, amygdalin. Beauty hiding danger, a true analog for life.

We are surrounded by the vast diversity present on our planet, both in the natural world and what humankind has built as civilization has evolved. Every culture presents with differing thoughts and opinions of numerous aspects of society, each presenting their own accepted view of what is ‘normal’ or ‘acceptable’. Many of us struggle with the labels placed upon us by others, seemingly confined to a narrow definition of what life should be. The beauty of the natural wonders all around us replaced by the leftover kernels as our heart hardens in an attempt to protect the nucleus of who we are.

Spiritualism teaches that at the core of every human is the spark of the Divine; we are all spiritual beings sharing this physical experience. While we may struggle in this human lifetime, we know that fear has no home in the Spirit World. The wisdom we gain through the ‘pits’ of this earthly realm helps mold our core for the eternity to come.

Principle 4: We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death

Jen Rosson, OM

July 31, 2022                    Vol 3, Number 31  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann, OM NST

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Aug 4th and Thursday, Aug 18th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, August 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“And ever and forever as the ages roll, the great ocean of Life will throb and pulsate with God’s Love. It will beat against the headlands and granite cliffs of ignorance until they crumble and melt away, and over these ruined bulwarks the billows of Truth will sweep on and one, bearing upon their mighty crests, the ark of safety in which every expression of human life will float onward, and the involved be borne back into the Infinite Heart of God, from which it was primarily evolved.”

Fred A. Wiggin, author

Cubes and Spheres in Human Life (1899)

 

July 31, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 31   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Know that all healing forces are within, not without! The applications from without are merely to create within a coordinating mental and spiritual force.”

 

-Edgar Cayce (1877-1945)

 

 

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 24, 2022      Vol 3, Number 30

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Life is all a series of choices, ultimately determining the direction of our individual paths. Long before the advent of GPS, road trips were navigated via an atlas or one of those origami-like maps that never quite folded up the same way again. Networks of highways, byways, and freeways crisscrossed the page; an exploded view of big city streets appeared up in the corner, laid out like a man-made spiderweb. Whatever your destination, you could choose your route by its relation to all the other routes available. Now, GPS makes this evaluation for us and presents the fastest/quickest/least trafficked routes for our selection.

Our physical existence doesn’t come with a built-in GPS like our phones and cars. We have to examine facts and situations for ourselves and come up with a decision, a plan of action going forward. Everything from what time to set the alarm, what to wear to work today, or whether to commit to a relationship; all are decisions made for an evaluated set of facts. Some are snap judgments (red sneakers today) and others are deliberated and considered carefully (nope, not accepting the transfer). Trivial or serious, we make thousands of decisions every day! Research estimates as many as 35,000 (with over 200 about food alone). Small wonder many of us experience mental fatigue and ‘burn out’.

Spiritualism teaches that each individual has a personal responsibility for their decisions and subsequent actions. Our 7th Principle not only affirms this moral level of accountability to others, but also reminds us that we are accountable to ourselves. We make our own happiness or unhappiness by being aware of, and in compliance with Natural Law, both physical and spiritual.

We all share this incredible journey with other seekers trying to find their route on what can often be a confusing adventure. Living consciously is the key; in attunement with Infinite Intelligence and Spirit through meditation, study, and prayer. Never forgetting our purpose for being here: to grow and evolve the Divine spark within each of us through our everyday choices, all 35,000 of them. One day we will all cross over the veil that separates the physical from the spiritual realms, rejoining our friends and family that await our arrival. With that goal in mind, it behooves all of us to make our choices with discernment and wisdom.

Jen Rosson, OM

July 24, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 30 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Calderalo, OM CM CH NST

President, NSAC Ministerial Association and National Spiritualist Teachers Club

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Aug 4th and Thursday, Aug 18th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, August 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Man is a spirit, whether clothed in the mortal body or inhabiting a spiritual body. Mediumship is a natural faculty and belongs to the spirit of man in every sphere of life, the same as all of his other faculties.

Mental mediumship illuminates to a great degree every other faculty of its possessor. The extent of this illumination depends upon the degree of mediumistic development attained, as well as the degree of unfoldment of the other faculties. Mediumship should be highly prized by everyone, as it is one of the most beautiful, useful and soul-satisfying faculties possessed by man in the mortal form. Mediumship may be developed and its power increased just the same as the other faculties.

E.W. Sprague

Spirit Mediumship (1912)

July 24, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 30  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Love is the emblem of Eternity; it confounds all notion of time;

It effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.”

 

-Laura Smith Ellsworth

The Wayside of Life (1907)

 

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 17, 2022      Vol 3, Number 29

NST WEEKEND

National Spiritualist Teachers Club Weekend – Advancing your Mediumship

July 22 and 23, 2022

July 22, 2022 Message Circle 7:00-9:00 PM EST, $10.00 per person

The Rev. Patricia Horne, NST will Chair with The Rev. Rosemary Calderalo, NST; The Rev. Stacy Kopchinski, NST, The Rev. Lorraine Radice, NST, and The Rev. Sharon Watson, NST as Certified Mediums who will provide evidential messages from your loved ones in the Spirit World. Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/349627624637

July 23, 2022 Advancing your Mediumship Classes – Free, donations encouraged

Understanding Mediumship: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM EST with The Rev. Elaine Hager, NST

“Mediumship doesn’t have to be a mystery. It is a birthright.” This class is designed to help the student better understand mediumship and the role it can play in everyday life. The class will present ways to strengthen the bond between you and those in the Spirit World. Registration:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrc-CuqDMqG9ew c4kLkpZd8ASY6gYZaic

Natural Laws of the Universe: 2:00-4:00 PM Est with The Rev. Marilyn Awtry, NST

This class will present a pathway to a successful journey called “Life”. Natural Laws are simple guidelines established by the Infinite Intelligence to provide you with an excellent roadmap. Once you have an understanding of Natural Laws, you will be able to glide along your pathway missing most of the bumps along the way. No amount of money can buy what living in agreement with Natural Law offers to you freely. Registration:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkdu2urjoqGtE-AhHyHDuXyld–ppPHDBs

Attuning to Spirit: Centering, Concentration, & Attunement: 7:00-9:00 PM EST with The Rev. Pam Bollinger, NST

Attunement is the establishment of a state of harmony and affinity with Spirit. In this class, we will explore and practice methods of attunement, centering, and concentration to raise our vibration, levels of consciousness, enhanced sensitivity and awareness. Registration:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlfu-qqTwuHden7oNzrHlv2hg1xhrurYRn

All are welcome to join us. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event(s). Donations are encouraged via PayPal to the NSAC Teachers Club @nsacnst.

July 17, 2022                    Vol 3, Number 29 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: Lyn Collier

President, Spiritualist Desert Church Board of Trustees

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, July 21st and Thursday, Aug 4th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, August 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“If we believe there is a life after the death of the physical body; that that life is an infinite prolongation and evolution of this; that the spirit remains unchanged in being, changed only in condition; that it may hold intercourse with those in this life, we are Spiritualists.

If we believe that this view of nature carries with it the highest, purest, and most practical system of morals; that it is the basis of true religion, expressed in the loftiest phases of self-forgetfulness in helping others, in noble living from the cradle to the grave, we are Spiritualists.

If we refer the fleeting changes we call creation, from the expanding bud to the revolving sun, to force, which thus being made cognizant in matter, carries with it as a corollary that it is intelligent, loving, and wise, planning for a purpose, and pursuing a well-defined course to an end pre-determined, so pre-determined that even man with his finite mind often can calculate what it must be; if we place this power, which is spirit, in its infinite expression, then we are Spiritualists.”

Hudson Tuttle (1836-1910) Arcana of Spiritualism (1900)

 

July 17, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 29  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Awakening is not changing who you are, but discarding who you are not.”

 

-Deepak Chopra

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 10, 2022      Vol 3, Number 28

SUPERPOWERS

 

‘…more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings at a single bound…’

Most of us would recognize those words as belonging to the lead-in introduction of the classic superhero, Superman. Immortalized in comics, TV, and movies, he was a larger-than-life every day hero. While he was impervious to danger (other than Kryptonite!!), his driving catalysts were the needs of others. It didn’t matter if it was an international villain or a little one’s lost dog, he was there to save the day.

None of us are technically ‘superheroes’, but we can follow their example by embracing the premise set forth in our 6th Principle: We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. None of us likes being treated badly and there is universal acknowledgment of this basic assertion throughout all human societies. While there may be cultural mores that display different values from community to community, the ‘do unto others’ axiom remains a global standard.

Compassion for one another, empathy for another in distress, and the realization that each individual’s path is unique to them, forms the foundation for our ability to live in accordance with the 6th Principle of Spiritualism. In adherence to Natural Law, including the Law of Attraction and the Law of Cause and Effect, the Golden Rule enables each of us to grow through service to others by just going about our daily activities consciously and thoughtfully.

We are each capable of being superheroes in our own way; whether it’s family, friends, or a perfect stranger, the way that we interact and conduct ourselves reveals the state of our spiritual being. By embracing our 6th Principle and displaying those humanitarian ideals of compassion, empathy, and understanding, all of us can realize our ultimate spiritual goals. Reach out to one another and be a superhero!

Jen Rosson, OM

July 10, 2022                    Vol 3, Number 28 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: Nola Bonecutter Vale

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, July 21st and Thursday, Aug 4th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, July 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Bonnie Crosier

‘The Law of Abundance’

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“All your acts and thought here, you are weaving into the tapestry of the future. The designs are beautiful, but you do not see the result until you behold the other side. You do not see the glories that my come to your lives here, for you are weaving for the future, weaving for eternity; radiating light here and there over the earth for the salvation of the world. You are saviors, you are redeemers, insofar as your lives are helpful to others…Aye you are redeemers of the world when you are leading your fellow-kind to better living and thinking, to a higher hope, a higher appreciation, a higher morality, to a higher, holier allegiance to all that is true, glorious, and divine.”

Helen Lane Russegue (1839-1920)

From her lecture on The Light of Truth (NSAC Spiritualist Manual)

 

July 10, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 28  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“When the healer thinks he is healing, his power is as small as a drop; when he thinks God is healing, and when owing to this thought his own self is forgotten and he is only conscious of the Self of God, then his power becomes as large as the ocean.”

 

-Inayat Khan (1882-1927)  

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 3, 2022      Vol 3, Number 27

CENTERING OURSELVES

 

Prayer and meditation fit together like well-tooled puzzle pieces – two parts of a working whole. Many have described the communicative process this way: prayer is the action of talking to the Infinite and meditation is the act of listening for the answers to our queries. While linked at the hip, prayer and meditation can take many forms.

Numerous contemplative religious orders, from Zen Buddhists to some sects of Catholic friars, subscribe to a form of ‘centering prayer’ that combines the ideas of intention of purpose with conscious consent to be open to the light and love of God within our lives. This concept encompasses many Natural Laws, like the Law of Attraction and the Law of Continuity, that are very familiar to Spiritualists.

The process is simple in form: select a word or short phrase that becomes the symbol for your intention (i.e., ‘love’, ‘the light of Spirit’); then start silencing the mind in the quiet of meditation, allowing the word or phrase to signify the openness of heart and mind to Infinite Intelligence. When distractions occur (and they will!), simply return to the word or phrase that grounds your prayer, recentering and rejoining, one with God.

One of the many benefits of this form of prayer and meditation is that you don’t have to be in a dedicated space or environment for it to be of benefit. Anywhere, anytime, we can silence our minds to the external and internal static and focus on the word or phrase that we are currently exploring. We can ground ourselves while still going about our daily tasks.

As science has shown through numerous clinical studies, prayer and meditation not only provide spiritual comfort, they also relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. In these times of constant warfare on our individual emotional health by so many outside forces, we all need to take the time for self-care. Cast out your prayer of intention and find safe harbor by anchoring in a meditation that centers and anchors us to our source: Infinite Intelligence.

Jen Rosson, OM

July 3, 2022                     Vol 3, Number 27 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Sharon Watson, OM CM CH NST

Director, NSAC Dept. of Education

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, July 7th and Thursday, July 21st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, July 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;

Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see.

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear voices of truth Thou sendest clear;

And while the wave notes fall on my ear, everything false will disappear.

Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see.

Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere;

Open my heart, and let me prepare love with Thy children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see.

Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!”

Clara H. Scott (1895), NSAC Spiritualist Hymnal

 

July 3, 2022                    Vol 3, Number 27  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before,

But rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.”

 

-Ram Dass (1931-2019)

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 26, 2022      Vol 3, Number 26

CONTINUITY

 

All too often we allow ourselves to define our existence to the experiences of this limited, physical lifetime. Ironically and frequently, the things that seem so important to us right now become merely a blip on the radar; one of the many small stepping stones on the pathway we have chosen to travel on this earthly journey. There are always distractions threatening to turn into detours, deviating us from a true north direction towards growth and enlightenment.

Staying the course and maintaining our focus depends upon our understanding of that goal, both in this short human life and in our eternal spiritual life that follows. It is one great continuum of experiences that enable us to achieve greater attunement with Infinite Intelligence. American journalist and poet, Lilian Whiting (1847-1942) wrote, “Life here and hereafter is all one life whose continuity of consciousness is unbroken by that mere change in form whose process we call death.” As Spiritualists, we consciously recognize this truth in the declaration of our 4th Principle: We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death.

All of us share the same source, the same limitations of physical lifetimes, and the same assurance of the continuity of each individual life in the Spirit World. Death has no claim on any person; the spark of the Divine resides inside each one of us. This recognition of the divinity of every human is a very early step on our journey as seekers of Truth. It is this acknowledgment that allows us to know that this is one part of a continuous quest leading to the evolution of our soul. No one of us is more important than the other, we are all on the same adventure.

“The soul of each of us is an immortal Spirit, and goes to other immortals to give an account of its actions. Can the soul be destroyed? No; but if in this present life it has shunned being governed by the body, and has governed itself within itself, then it departs to that which resembles itself – to the invisible, the divine, the wise, the immortal.”

-Plato (428-348 B.C.), Greek philosopher

Jen Rosson, OM

June 26, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 26 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, July 7th and Thursday, July 21st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, July 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“The mortal life is for the purpose of evolution of the spirit. The end has been attained. We will patiently wait, assured as we approach the gate over which is written beneath the skeleton’s repulsive form, Death, that when we pass through we shall see emblazoned with the light of a thousand stars Eternal Life. Death is not a change of being: It is change of Sphere. The spirit, whether in the body or out of it, is the same. The man who goes out of the door of his house is the same individual that he was within. Respect the dead! Not with crepe and solemn faces, sighs and tears, but by a well-ordered life, that reflects the purity of the loved ones, who look down on us from the vernal heights of immortality.”

Hudson Tuttle (1835-1910), author and trance medium

 

 

 

June 26, 2022                 Vol 3, Number 26  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing.”

 

-Leonard Nimoy

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 19, 2022      Vol 3, Number 25

HIDING MAN’S DIVINITY

An ancient Hindu legend as expressed by

J.F. Newton (1880-1950)

 

From the NSAC Spiritualist Manuel, 20th Ed. (2017)

 

“The gods, having stolen from man his divinity, met in council to discuss where they should hide it.

One suggested it be carried to the other side of the earth and buried; but it was pointed out that man is a great wanderer and that he might find the lost treasure on the other side of the earth.

Another proposed that it be dropped into the depths of the sea; but the same fear was expressed that man, in his insatiable curiosity, might dive deep enough to find it even there.

Finally, after a space of silence, the oldest and wisest of the gods said, ‘Hide it in man himself as that is the last place he will ever think to look for it.’

And it was agreed, all seeing its subtle and wise strategy.

Man wandered over the earth for ages, searching in all places, high and low, far and near, before he thought to look within himself for the divinity he sought. At last, slowly, dimly, he began to realize that what he thought was far off, hidden in the pathos of distance, is nearer than the breath he breathes, even in his own heart.”

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June 19, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 25 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann, OM NST

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

**********

Thursday, July 7th and Thursday, July 21st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, July 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

June 19, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 25  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

**********

 

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.

Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

 

-Rumi, 13th century poet, scholar, and Sufi mystic

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 12, 2022      Vol 3, Number 24

SELF EXAMINATION

The culturally, tongue-in-cheek definition of insanity is referred to as doing the same action over and over again expecting a different outcome. This is closely related to the age-old joke about the man going to the doctor for shoulder pain. “Doc, it hurts when I move my arm like this,” he says, demonstrating. “So, don’t move your arm like that,” the doctor admonishes. His advice may alleviate the symptom, but it doesn’t really solve the root problem.

We are all guilty, at one time or another, of trying to achieve an outcome while vainly using the same approach, over and over again. It’s way too easy to get locked in to what we are trying to accomplish, developing a sort of tunnel vision that precludes us from seeing other possibilities. We keep banging our head against the proverbial wall, wishing and hoping that this time the movie will have a different ending.

It is these moments that offer some of our best opportunities for understanding and growth of our internal, eternal spiritual being. The ability to take a step back and reassess a situation objectively is the key to the puzzle and frequently hard to do. Being honest with ourselves and examining not only our actions, but also our motivations can be scary.

Plato famously said that an unexamined life is not worth living. Arguably his point being that if we don’t question ourselves, how will we change? Spiritualist Principle 7 is all about personal responsibility and how we are in charge of our own happiness or unhappiness. If the outcome is not the one we desired, then we need to change our approach to the problem. Looking to Natural Laws like the Law of Attraction, the Law of Love, or the Law of Truth can help guide our thinking. The practice of meditation quiets our monkey mind and, in the silence, allows the quiet whisper of spirit guidance to be heard.

Every day in this physical existence arrives with a new dawn of opportunity, an open doorway to reformation. Don’t get bogged down with what happened yesterday. Move forward with positive, conscious intention and keep our eyes and minds open to new avenues that lead to change.

Jen Rosson, OM

 

June 12, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 24 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

**********

Next week’s speaker: Louise Barkdull

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

**********

Thursday, June 16th and Thursday, July 7th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, July 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

June 12, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 24  Page 3

***********

We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

**********

 

“To discover the soul living in somebody’s body, we watch the surrounding of the body, and if it’s messy and disordered, so is the soul.”

 

-Leonardo da Vinci

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 5, 2022      Vol 3, Number 23

LABELS

In a Pew Research Center 2017 poll over 25% of Americans identified themselves as spiritual but not religious, an increase of over 8% in just 5 years. In a subsequent poll in 2021 almost 33% of those surveyed declared no religious affiliation at all, an increase of 6% since the last time that specific survey was done in 2015. These shifts are largely fueled by the under 50 population and are gaining ground as revealed by the dropping membership numbers for the mainstream religions.

Many reasons are given for these demographic changes, including the lack of diversity and inclusivity within church orthodoxy, strict dogmas that seem to be out of step with current cultural norms, and a perceived lack of accountability within church leadership. But this doesn’t mean that these same people don’t have questions or needs of a spiritual nature. Yet another Pew Poll in 2018 reported that among those who identify as atheists, agnostic, or ‘none of the above’ on religious questions, a full 72% believe in some kind of a higher power.

A lot of numbers to be sure, but the point underlying all of these inquiries is that humans are inherently driven to question and wonder ‘why’ things are the way they are. These questions ultimately lead to the big philosophical problems pondered for generations; who are we, why are we here, and where are we going once this physical life has ended? Many of our fellow travelers have not found the satisfactory answers they seek.

When discussing Spiritualism with non-members, many are surprised to discover that it is its own, independent religion. Modern American Spiritualism may not be as broadly known as some of the other religious societies, but it does provide answers and tangible verification to all who are seeking the truth of existence. When asked, we proudly declare, “I am a Spiritualist.”

“A Spiritualist is one who believes, as the basis of his or her religion in the communication between this and the Spirit World by means of mediumship, and who endeavors to mold his or her character and conduct in accordance with the highest teachings derived from such communication.” (NSAC Spiritualist Manual)

Jen Rosson, OM

 

June 5, 2022                    Vol 3, Number 23 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

**********

Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Elaine Hager OM CM CH NST

From Ocala, Florida

Please join us on Zoom.

**********

Thursday, June 16th and Thursday, July 7th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, June 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Elaine Hager

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

June 5, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 23  Page 3

***********

We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

**********

 

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”

 

-Caroline Myss

 

**********

Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 29, 2022      Vol 3, Number 22

MEMORIAL DAY

Excerpts from NSAC Religious Services Manual, 1st Edition (2018):

“This day we come together in like mind, remembering all of those who, for centuries past to the present, have given their lives on the field of battle for America’s freedom. It was on

May 5, 1868 that General John Logan, National Commanding Officer of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order No. 11 for the observance of all those who gave their lives. Flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers in Arlington Cemetery.

In 1882, this remembrance day was established as Decoration Day. Another change in name was made in 1967 to Memorial Day.

A National Act of Congress passed a bill in 1971, moving three national holidays to a Monday. This gave government employees and others three-day weekends. Today, the holiday is still celebrated the last Monday in May and called Memorial Day.

Every person who gave their all in defense of our country are honored this Memorial Day. From their perspective in the Spirit World, they are proud and glad to be so remembered on this Memorial Day.

We remember and give prayers of thanksgiving for all these American servicemen and servicewomen. They are aware of the love sent to them.

It has often been noted by many mediums that more messages are received from servicemen and servicewomen in the Spirit World at this time of the year. The vibration of love is strong. It strengthens our connections with them.

We stand united and support those American men and women who fight to keep us safe. We feel they deserve that respect and support as those who fought for our freedom in the past. The Law of Cause and Effect expresses that our thoughts and actions of yesterday present the effects we witness today.

We Spiritualists go forward with gratitude for those who have served – many giving their physical lives for us – and for those now serving our country. We remember all of them today.”

 

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May 29, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 22 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

**********

Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Las Vegas, NV

Please join us on Zoom.

**********

Thursday, June 2nd and Thursday, June 16th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, June 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Elaine Hager

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

May 29, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 22  Page 3

***********

We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

**********

 

“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”

 

-Sai Baba of Shirdi (1838-1918) Indian spiritual master

 

**********

Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 22, 2022      Vol 3, Number 21

THE GARDEN OF LIFE

The glory of this season of the year is watching our environment wake up from the long winter and embrace the longer days of sunshine. It’s the cycle of life, morphing from dormancy to vibrancy, providing a visual display of Natural Law in action. In America, gardens are usually considered a place for growing vegetables; in England, ‘gardens’ are the entirety of the outdoor space of a home. The English consider their gardens a BIG deal (!), no matter how large or small the area. There are many British TV shows, publications, competitions, etc. all centered around the cultivation and beauty of their outdoor space.

Gardens are a wonderful expression and reflection of our life’s direction. Is it wild and overgrown, or is it a precisely defined area, designed with purpose? Just like every other aspect of our lives, it’s the intention behind our decisions that’s the driving force. The seeds we plant, in the dirt or in our everyday interactions with each other, take root, germinate, and come to fruition, dependent upon the care they receive.

It’s not enough to simply scatter seeds in the wind and hope for the best. There will be no tomatoes on the vine come August if care for their growth hasn’t been done since May. All of our personal and spiritual relationships also require a dedicated commitment to gain maturity. When we nurture the bonds of friendship and family, we blossom as individuals, reflecting the harmony within.

Seasons eventually change, and those who are with us for a time may fade like a rose in September. But their memories stay with us, reminding us of a specific time of our life when their impact caused us to evolve into better people.

“Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”

 – Leonard Nimoy

 

Jen Rosson, OM

May 22, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 21  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

**********

Next week’s speaker: Lyn Collier, President of the Board of Trustees

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Las Vegas, NV

Please join us on Zoom.

**********

Thursday, June 2nd and Thursday, June 16th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, June 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Elaine Hager

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

May 21, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 21   Page 3

***********

We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

**********

 

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

 

-Dalai Lama

 

**********

Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 15, 2022      Vol 3, Number 20

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

Originating in the 1950’s, the classic game show, Truth or Consequences was a perennial favorite. While it went through several variations during its tenure through the 1980’s, the premise remained the same. Each contestant was asked a ‘trivia’ question designed to be extremely difficult to answer and when they got it wrong, the consequences were revealed. These consisted of crazy, wacky stunts to entertain the audience. Who thinks up these things?

Taken at face value, this idea of ‘truth or consequences’ is as old as humanity itself. For millennia philosophers have been debating this topic over and over. What is clear is that although truth can be relative, consequences are consistent. No matter what our motivation or intention, the ‘truth’ of our actions and choices have ramifications in the real world; the Natural Law of Cause and Effect in operation.

Our 7th Spiritualist Principle outlines our moral responsibility as individuals, affirming that we make our own happiness or unhappiness through our observance of Natural Law. Happiness and unhappiness are the consequences both for us and for those who share our journey. We are not living this physical life in isolation; we are a community of individuals who draws strength from one another. Our moral responsibility is not just to self, but also to family, friends, and all those we encounter.

Holding ourselves accountable to the truth is part of our evolution as eternal spiritual beings. Every day is a new opportunity to take that next step in our spiritual growth; every day is a new ticket to the next step on this adventure. Being conscious and present in all of our interactions reveals the spirit within: an honest, open individual who is aware of the ramifications of Natural Law working in all of our lives.

“One of the hardest things to teach a child is that the truth is more important than the consequences. – Orlando Aloysius Battista

 

Jen Rosson, OM

May 15, 2022                    Vol 3, Number 20 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

**********

Next week’s speaker: Lyn Collier, President of the Board of Trustees

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Las Vegas, NV

Please join us on Zoom.

**********

Thursday, May 19th and Thursday, June 2nd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, June 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Elaine Hager

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

May 15, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 20  Page 3

***********

We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

**********

 

“Awakening is not changing who you are, but discarding who you are not.”

 

-Deepak Chopra

 

**********

Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 8, 2022      Vol 3, Number 19

A COMPASSIONATE HEART

One of the countless lessons of experience this physical existence has to offer is that of empathy and compassion for one another. Although closely related there is a difference between the two. Empathy is the awareness and urge to understand another’s feelings or emotions; compassion is our own emotional reaction to those feelings that creates an urge to be of assistance. And, yes, you can have empathy without compassion, but you can’t have compassion without first being empathetic to the situation.

The compassionate heart is open to not only the big things we encounter, like the loss of a loved one, but also the little, every day situations. Carrying the groceries upstairs for an elderly neighbor, listening to your co-worker vent their frustrations, or any of the millions of opportunities we are given daily to demonstrate our open heart and the wisdom we have gained through spiritual growth. The compassionate heart is one of action, stepping forward to aid another in need, removing ego and judgment which often cloud our decision making.

A prime example of a compassionate heart is that of Mother or Mother-figure in our lives. Although some of us may not have had the ‘traditional’ nuclear family prototype, almost all of us have someone who had our back, no matter what. Those individuals are living examples of compassion in action, being of service to another without hesitation. Many times, our mothers or their stand-ins are our best models of kindness, sympathy, and tenderness for our fellow humans.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and their unofficial co-conspirators who assisted in turning us into the people we are. Their influence on our journey is irreplaceable.

“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.”

-Robert A. Heinlein

Jen Rosson, OM

May 8, 2022                      Vol 3, Number 19  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

**********

Next week’s speaker: Nola Bonecutter Vale

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Las Vegas, NV

Please join us on Zoom.

**********

Thursday, May 19th and Thursday, June 2nd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, May 8th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Bonnie Crosier

Topic: What is Truth?

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

May 8, 2022           Vol 3, Number 19   Page 3

***********

We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

 

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

**********

 

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

Dalai Lama

 

**********

Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 1, 2022      Vol 3, Number 18

RESOLUTE IN PURPOSE

No one can predict the exact path we will take on our journey through this human experience. There will inevitably be twists and turns, detours, maybe some roadblocks, U-turns, and all matter of obstacles and hazards to be overcome. That is the purpose of this incarnation after all; growth and development of our individual spiritual beings. Change doesn’t happen in a vacuum or without risk. Fortunately, there are no hard and fast rules that say we have to get it right the first time!

The Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism recognizes that the process required for development of each of us may result in a few do-overs, expressed in the 8th Principle: We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter. Those words reassure us that no matter what, we can have a mulligan, we can try again to reach a better outcome, we can make a better decision next time. Infinite Intelligence and Natural Law don’t play favorites and don’t make judgments. Everyone has the same opportunities for advancement and evolution; we just have to seize the moment.

Our ultimate goals in this lifetime are to leave the world a better place because we were here and to become a more enlightened being for having been here. This requires dedication and commitment, it requires us to be resolute in our purpose, to be unwavering in the education and elevation of our spiritual being. Setting aside designated time for meditation, prayer, study, and formal classes affirms our steadfast devotion to achieving the highest and best possible for each one of us.

“Some people are more talented than others. Some are more educationally privileged than others. But we all have the capacity to be great. Greatness comes with recognizing that your potential is limited only by how you choose, how you use your freedom, how resolute you are, in short, by your attitude. And we are all free to choose our attitude.”

-Peter Koestenbaum

Jen Rosson, OM

May 1, 2022                      Vol 3, Number 18  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

**********

Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Bonnie Crosier, OM

Love of Spirit Spiritualist Church, NSAC

Bloomington, Illinois

Please join us on Zoom.

**********

Thursday, May 5th and Thursday, May 19th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, May 8th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Bonnie Crosier

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

May 1, 2022           Vol 3, Number 18   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Through persistence, self-knowledge, prayer, commitment, optimism, a resolute trust in God and the building of your own personal moral strength, you can enjoy the blessings of a deeper faith and face the difficulties of life with courage and confidence.”

 -Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 24, 2022      Vol 3, Number 16

A PRAYER FOR PEACE

At the core of any conflict or aggression lies a perceived slight to some person, or persons and their ego. The slighted then feel the need to retaliate in hopes of not only validating their original status, but to also seek vengeance for the slight itself. Justification for their actions relies upon the original premise of insult, intentional or not. Most international skirmishes, world conflicts, and border disputes can be attributed to this problem, subsequently creating struggles for control, driven by ego, heedless of the consequences and cost.

Each of us also encounter these kinds of situations in all of the interpersonal interactions we have in our daily lives. Ego seems to assert itself at the most inconvenient times, thrusting us into contentious situations of our own making. When we can’t control our temper and judgment in the checkout line, no wonder nuclear powers have leaders with itchy trigger fingers.

The concept of peace, a state without war or conflict, can be envisioned as floating on a sea of tranquility. Peace is a stream of consciousness, flowing around the globe, throughout humanity. If we could only harness and target our thoughts together to manifest a new, more open and loving reality, what a wonderful world this Earth could be. Peace begins with each one of us.

Infinite Intelligence, we join together sharing common goals;

peace of mind, peace in our hearts, peace on the battlefields across the world.

We ask the assistance of Spirit to help us

 release our burdens of judgment and ego,

to be open and welcoming of each other’s differences

and celebrate the glorious diversity expressed through Natural Law.

To allow the Love, Light, and Law of the Infinite

to direct our path and our choices every moment of every day.

May the peace of Spirit be our constant guide and companion.

Amen.

 

Jen Rosson, OM

April 24, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 17  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us join together, dedicating a specific moment every day to offer prayers of peace and solidarity for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, May 5th and Thursday, May 19th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, May 8th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Bonnie Crosier

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

April 24, 2022                 Vol 3, Number 17   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”

 -Fred Rogers (1928-2003)

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 1968-2001

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 17, 2022      Vol 3, Number 15

WALK WITH ME

 

Winds of change blow, within and without;

gusts of doubt threaten to darken our thoughts.

These are the moments that test our resolve,

these are the moments that are engraved in memory.

Walk with me, Spirit Divine.

Awaken the spark lying quietly within,

once more renew my joy and delight;

confirming a destiny of eternity that awaits.

Walk with me, Spirit Divine.

External forces may try to foster despair,

bringing ill weather for those still in the dark.

The light of the Infinite offers safe harbor,

embracing all seeking shelter from the whirlwind of fear.

Walk with me, Spirit Divine.

Awaken the spark lying quietly within,

once more renew my joy and delight;

confirming a destiny of eternity that awaits.

Walk with me, Spirit Divine.

-Rev. Jen Rosson

 

April 17, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 16  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of the front-line workers striving

to keep us safe and healthy.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Havivah Richards, OM CM CH NST

Church of the Living Spirit, NSAC in Arizona

Trustee on the NSAC Board of Trustees

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Apr 21st and Thursday, May 5th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, May 8th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Bonnie Crosier

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

April 17, 2022                 Vol 3, Number 16   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

 

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“True forgiveness is one of the most healing releasing, and freeing gifts we give to ourselves.”

 -Brandon Bays

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 10, 2022      Vol 3, Number 15

TREASURE

“The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye,

But found by the heart.” -Judy Garland

Each of us have ‘things’ that we treasure, or hold dear to our hearts. Our families, friends, and co-workers; a beloved pet, our occupation, a cherished hobby or pastime. All of these items require dedicated time and commitment to build the resulting relationship that means so much to us. Unfortunately, many of us get so busy with all of these connections that we forget about one of the most important: our own self.

Yes, we do have a conscious relationship with the person looking back in the mirror. Does that internal monologue that criticizes our mistakes also take the time to celebrate the victories? We are all our own harshest critic, but we must remember to be our own champion as well. The time we spend in study, prayer, and meditation allows us to learn about the person we truly are. If we don’t like what we see, it can be changed; this is how growth and evolution happen. It is essential to remember that we need to make time for ourselves, cut out a small slice of the day dedicated to greater understanding of the bigger picture.

Treasure are not just material objects, not simply silver and gold shiny things. They are  intangibles like honor, forgiveness, love, and wisdom; nothing you can hold in your hand or put in the bank, but priceless nonetheless. Each of us has a spiritual treasure chest we are adding to every day. Every decision and every encounter have the ability to add or subtract from our wealth. By looking at our internal ledger we can judge how well we are doing on our eternal balance sheet and make changes accordingly.

“Live in the present, launch yourself on every wave,

find eternity in each moment.” -Henry David Thoreau

Jen Rosson, OM

April 10, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 15  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of the front-line workers striving

to keep us safe and healthy.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Cosie Allen, OM CM CH NST

Vice-President, NSAC Board of Trustees

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Apr 21st and Thursday, May 5th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, May 8th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Speaker: The Rev. Bonnie Crosier

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

It’s that time of year again!

 

Membership dues are once again up for renewal.

Please submit your $40 payment either through PayPal via our website

(Click the donate button and specify ‘membership’ in the notation box)

Or, mail your payment to our physical address:

Spiritualist Desert Church

3305 W. Spring Mountain Road #55

Las Vegas, NV 89102

Thank you for your continuing support of Spiritualist Desert Church

April 10, 2022                 Vol 3, Number 15   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

 

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

**********

 

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace within ourselves.”

 -Gyalwa Rinpoche, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 3, 2022      Vol 3, Number 14

INCENTIVE

An ‘incentive’ is something that motivates or encourages us to take an action or make a decision. Motivators can come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. They can be as subtle as a quiet whisper or as obvious as the proverbial 2 X 4 swung in our direction. Whatever manner of appearance, we are all subject to the internal and external stimuli that surround us.

We live in a modern society with all of its advantages and disadvantages. The conveniences of our fast-paced lifestyles are tempered by the demands they place on our time. Families and careers, as well as all of the other things that devour our time; friends, sports, hobbies, etc. We rise in the morning, greeting the day with all good intentions for prioritizing our activities for the day. How often does that go according to plan?

One of the most challenging aspects of this physical existence is how we prioritize the time we are given. Of course, family and friends are high on everyone’s list. It’s all the multitudes of other demands that sneak in and suck time away. What is important is making conscious decisions about of what we allow to chew up the minutes of our life. When we make our prioritization list, we must remember that not all motivators or incentives are external.

Our internal, eternal selves are whispering to us all the time. Urging us to make allowances for service, prayer, meditation; all of those things that help up grow and develop as spiritual beings. We are our own ‘incentivizer’; listening to that quiet internal monologue is just as important as all of the other demands on our limited time. The clock never winds down, it just keeps ticking.

“Truly do we live on earth?

Not forever on earth; only a little while here.

Although it be jade, it will be broken,

Although it be gold, it is crushed,

Although it be quetzal feather, it is torn asunder.

Not forever on earth; only a little while here.”

-Nezahaulocoyotl (1402-1472)

Aztec philosopher, warrior, poet

Jen Rosson, OM

April 3, 2022                    Vol 3, Number 14  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of the front-line workers striving

to keep us safe and healthy.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson OM

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Apr 7th and Thursday, Apr 21st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, April 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Q & A ON SPIRIT COMMUNICATION

From The NSAC Spiritualist Manual (20th Edition)

What are the benefits of spirit communication?

“Spirit communication completely removes the fear of death by proving that there is only death of the physical body. Physical death allows the soul entrance into the Spirit World, just as the worm apparently ‘dies’ to become the butterfly. The soul (spiritual body) continues on. It does away with absolute separation of those closely united, thereby relieving us of the worst of material sorrows. It also inspires us to purer and more progressive ways of life, by proving beyond a doubt the advantages of right action and the disadvantages of wrong action.”

Why was Spirit communication not established long ago?

“Spirit communication was established in ancient times. Spirit communications have been given for thousands of years, but were reserved for the priesthood in many countries. It subjected people to be dependent upon the cleric for their guidance. Modern Spiritualism began on

March 31, 1848, opening the door to communication for everyone.”

April 3, 2022                   Vol 3, Number 14   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Everything that is done in the present affects the future in the form of consequence and affects the past in the form of redemption.”

 -Paulo Coelho

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 27, 2022      Vol 3, Number 13

GRATITUDE DAY

 

The National Spiritualist Association of Churches has set aside the 4th Sunday in March as ‘Gratitude Day’ (NSAC Bylaws Article XVI Sec 4) with a special love offering for the Spiritualist Benevolent Society. This idea came from the need to acknowledge all of the tireless work by countless individuals who injected our churches with their passion for the pursuit of truth. Mediums and spiritual healers, clergy and congregants, and, of course, teachers, guides, and loved ones from the other side of the veil who provided guidance for navigating this earthly journey.

We express our thanks to all involved, but gratitude must be practical as well. True gratitude is not just a sentimental thought; it is accompanied by actions and deeds. Think of it like the popular ‘pay it forward’ concept. The sacrifices, personal and professional, made by those in the past paved the way for our spiritual quest today. Without these brave men and women, who were made to endure ridicule and scorn, where would we be?

We must be just as willing and bold in the affirmation of our Spiritualist principles as they were in the past. One way we can ‘pay it forward’ is by supporting the work of our mediums, some of whom are in need of practical assistance due to advancing age and/or disability. Besides the gift of financial help to these individuals, it is also a way to express gratitude to all of those on the Spiritual plane who partnered with the mediums in spirit communication.

To make a love donation to the Spiritualist Benevolent Society, please go to our website:

www.spiritualistdesertchurch.org

‘Click’ on the Donate button

Please note in the memo box

‘SBS love offering for Gratitude Day’

Thank you for your support of Spiritualist Desert Church, the NSAC, and the SBS.

Jen Rosson, OM

March 27, 2022                Vol 3, Number 13  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of the front-line workers striving

to keep us safe and healthy.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson OM

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Apr 7th and Thursday, Apr 21st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, April 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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DON’T FORGET HYDESVILLE DAY-SPIRITUALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS

The Day Begins: March 31, 2022

1:30 PM UK; 5:30 AM PT; 7:30 AM CT; 8:30 AM ET

Hydesville Day will be on 1 single Zoom Meeting

that you will receive when you register using this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpde6qrz8pHNL0wbK99Vz7rPQE4bbm8dbN

8:30 am        Opening Ceremony

10:30 am      Divine Service/Church Service (ISF)

12:15 pm       Live from the Fox Cottage at Hydesville Memorial Park

2:00 pm        The Healing Experience (SNU)

4:30 pm        Hydesville Day Trivia Challenge. Come for the Spirit…stay for the knowledge!

6:00 pm        Spiritualist Women in Hydesville History (Lily Dale Woman’s Day Committee)

8:00 pm        Church Service (NSAC LM & CM Society)

All times are ET USA

March 27, 2022               Vol 3, Number 13   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Taking time to meditate is as important as taking the time to breathe.

One pumps oxygen into the body, the other pumps peace into the mind.”

 -Marianne Williamson

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 20, 2022      Vol 3, Number 12

HAPPINESS

 

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” -Denis Waitley

If we have all learned anything over the last two years of a global pandemic it must be the fact that nothing in this physical life comes with a guarantee. Not another year, another month, an extra week, or even our next breath. All we have for sure is this very moment in time and what we decide to do with it. Do we spend it in the quest for material gain alone, or do we consciously think about our internal health and happiness?

Are you happy? It’s the perennial question asked by all of those that love us. Parents, siblings, friends and lovers all want to reassure themselves that we are okay, and we do the same thing in return. But in reality, the real question rests within each of us as individuals: Are we happy with who we are? That is truly the bottom line, are we satisfied with the physical duality of our external actions and our internal state of mind.

The only person’s emotional state we can be totally responsible for is our own. The sense of joy and contentment that embodies happiness is an individual internal response. Our inner state of being is a direct reflection of the path we have chosen and how far in our journey we have progressed. Are we an ‘old soul’, conscious of our roles and responsibilities to ourselves and each other? Or, are we a ‘young soul’, constantly looking for all that is bright, shiny, and new in this materially-obsessed world?

As we emerge out of one global crisis into what seems to be another growing global challenge, it’s time to reassess where we are on our journey of growth as eternal, spiritual beings. Are we embracing the opportunity to love one another? Are we treating all those with whom we interact with the grace and dignity they deserve? Are we grateful for every moment we are given without reservation? The only person that can answer these questions is the one looking back in the mirror. May we all reflect the unconditional love and light of Infinite Intelligence.

Jen Rosson, OM

March 20, 2022                Vol 3, Number 12  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of the front-line workers striving

to keep us safe and healthy.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Stacy Kopchinski, OM CM CH NST

Treasurer, NSAC Board of Trustees

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Apr 7th and Thursday, Apr 21st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, April 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Q & A ON MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS

From The NSAC Spiritualist Manual (20th Edition)

What is the home or church circle?

“The home or church circle (Spirit Circle) is a gathering of a number of thoughtful and sincere people for the purpose of establishing the means of communication between the two worlds.

It has been found to be the simplest, readiest, and most effective method for the discovery and development of latent mediumistic ability.” – Edward W. Sprague

Do criminals progress?

“NSAC’s Eighth Principle states: We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul, here or hereafter. Spiritualism advocates working on raising our consciousness here on earth and continuing our progression when in spirit.”

Does Spiritualism mean that we must be reincarnated into a new body?

“No! Spiritualism’s opinion is that reincarnation is a theory that has not yet been fully investigated, nor proven or disproven. Life in the Spirit World provides an opportunity for us to correct the errors of our earth life; therefore, it is not necessary to return to the material plane.

March 20, 2022               Vol 3, Number 12   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Allow nature to teach you stillness…

Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.”

 -Eckhart Tolle

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 13, 2022      Vol 3, Number 11

HYDESVILLE DAY

 

A Celebration of the Advent of Modern Spiritualism

 

Spiritualists Without Borders

 

The Day Begins: March 31, 2022

 

1:30 PM UK; 5:30 AM PT; 7:30 AM CT; 8:30 AM ET

Hydesville Day will be on 1 single Zoom Meeting that you will receive when you register using this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpde6qrz8pHNL0wbK99Vz7rPQE4bbm8dbN

All times are ET USA; This is a special celebration of Spiritualism’s heritage where Spiritualists throughout the world can come together. Come to 1 or all, of the following free events:

8:30 am        Opening Ceremony

10:30 am      Divine Service/Church Service (ISF)

12:15 pm       Live from the Fox Cottage at Hydesville Memorial Park

2:00 pm        The Healing Experience (SNU)

4:30 pm        Hydesville Day Trivia Challenge. Come for the Spirit…stay for the knowledge!

6:00 pm        Spiritualist Women in Hydesville History (Lily Dale Woman’s Day Committee)

8:00 pm        Church Service (NSAC LM & CM Society)

Check our Facebook Page – National Spiritualist Association of Churches

Thank you for your Donations.

https://nsac.org/support-nsac-donation

Then click on Fox Cottage Preservation Fund

March 13, 2022                Vol 3, Number 11   page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann, OM NST

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Mar 17th and Thursday, Apr 7th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, April 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Q & A ON MEDIUMSHIP (PART 2)

From The NSAC Spiritualist Manual (20th Edition)

How can I know that any particular medium is trustworthy?

“Every medium on a church platform should be first trained in spirituality and Natural Law. The intention of the majority of mediums is above reproach; however, there are many types of people. Mediums are not infallible. The transmittal of the message, the health of the medium, and the positive vibrations of the sitter are necessary for the best message to be received.”

But why do some mediums accept fees for their work?

“Every servant is worthy of its hire. Mediums provide a special, personalized service that requires time. They are entitled to a fee for their knowledge and services, just as other ministers are entitled. Most ministers and priests of all denominations receive salaries as well as accept fees for special services such as weddings, baptisms, funerals, et. Many Spiritualist ministers serve without salary; several volunteer.”

Is there any way of knowing who are the recognized mediums in the ranks of Spiritualism?

“Yes, the National Spiritualist Association of Churches issues certificates each year to mediums whom it deems to be qualified and worthy. It publishes a Yearbook listing all credentialed members. Many of its mediums may also choose to be listed in The National Spiritualist – Summit, an NSAC magazine.”

March 13, 2022               Vol 3, Number 11    Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“When we take refuge in compassion, kindness, and charity, we will find the shelter of comfort, peace and wisdom within ourselves and for others.”

-Celeste Hoeden

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 6, 2022      Vol 3, Number 10

A TALE OF TWO BODIES

 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

Originally published in England 162 years ago, A Tale of Two Cities, is one of the classic works of literature. It’s opening line (above) is a lyrical description of the tumult surrounding the French Revolution, but also seems ageless in its applicability to the general human condition.

As we rejoice in what seems to be, finally, a possible emergence from the horrors of a 2-year pandemic, we also despair as another crisis erupts in Eastern Europe. The best of times and the worst of times, indeed.

The human condition centers around a duality of experiences; moments of brilliance inevitably followed by acts of callousness and cruelty. Rich and poor, love and hate, peace and war. Humanity is a cauldron of dualities, perhaps partly due to our inherent dual nature of existence. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience. Spirit body and physical body, two bodies in one, both striving for superiority.

When we awaken our spiritual consciousness and realize who and what we are, we are then duty-bound to strive towards the ideal of our Spiritualist Principles. Treat each other with compassion and generosity, led by the Golden Rule. Be personally responsible for our thoughts and actions, our behavior reveals the state of our true, inner being. Keep our hearts open to the idea of forgiveness, the doorway to redemption never closes. Approach every situation with an open mind, recognizing that all of us have a different story to tell, a different road we have each travelled, and all of our subsequent tales have value.

Not all dualities have to contain a positive and a negative component. We can create a new combination with our two bodies, joining a loving, forgiving heart with a consciousness open to the recognition of each person’s role within the Universe. A duality of positivity celebrating life.

Jen Rosson, OM

March 6, 2022                  Vol 3, Number 10  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. JoAnn Santonocito, OM

Secretary, NSAC Board of Trustees

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Mar 17th and Thursday, Apr 7th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, March 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

This month our guest worker will be The Rev. JoAnn Santonocito

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Q & A ON MEDIUMSHIP (PART 1)

From The NSAC Spiritualist Manual (20th Edition)

What is a Medium?

“A medium is one whose organism is sensitive to vibrations from the Spirit World, and through whose instrumentality intelligences in that world are able to convey messages and produce the phenomena of Spiritualism.”

Is there a difference between a medium and a psychic?

“A medium is one who communicates with those in the spirit side of life in the Spirit World and therefore proves there is a continuity of life. A psychic gathers information from auric emanations, but not through communication with those in the Spirit World. A medium may be a psychic but a psychic is not a medium.”

Is not mediumship a supernatural gift?

“Mediumship is a natural gift and is subject to the operation of Natural Law as are all manifestations of nature, whether in the material or spiritual world. In all instances, we must understand and comply with Natural Law.”

March 6, 2022                 Vol 3, Number 10   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”

-Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

February 27, 2022      Vol 3, Number 9

A THREAD OF CONTINUITY

The concept of ‘continuity’ within the Religion of Spiritualism typically refers to the demonstration, through evidential mediumship, of the existence, identity, and personality of each individual after transition to the Spirit World. The core understanding passed through countless spirit greetings and readings is the reality of an unbroken continuation of our lives, albeit in a different form of existence. It is this knowledge that brings comfort to the bereaved, solace to the seeker of truth, and opens the doorway to unfoldment.

The thread of continuity runs through each one of us. We are all really travelling towards the same destination, whether we realize it or not. And just as there are many options on the GPS when planning a trip, we also have many options as we navigate this journey on the physical plane. Which path we choose, what detours we may take, what sights we stop to see along the way; all of our choices play a part in our growth and evolution as spiritual beings.

Consistency is a close relative of continuity. Being consistent in not only our interactions with others, but also in our dedication to our own personal responsibility for the elevation of our inner self, keeps us on the most favorable route. Everything comes down to choices; turn left or right, speed up or slow down, change directions entirely. Each decision, conscious or unconscious, affects ourselves and all of those around us. By consistently being aware of the importance of a continuous, upward trajectory, we place ourselves in the best position possible for improvement and greater understanding of universal truths.

The realization of this unbroken continuum of eternal existence brings with it this burden of personal responsibility. We must each have the dedication of a master weaver, carefully passing the shuttle through the warp, mindfully aware of each movement and its possible effects on the final outcome. The tapestry pattern we weave is up to us. Continuity of life is expressed through commitment and devotion to the ultimate truth: we are each eternal spiritual beings have a human experience for the purpose of growth. Make the journey worthwhile!

Jen Rosson, OM

February 27, 2022                     Vol 3, Number 9    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM

Spiritualist Desert Church, Las Vegas

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Mar 3rd and Thursday, Mar 17th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, March 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Q & A ON THE SCIENCE OF SPIRITUALISM

From The NSAC Spiritualist Manual (20th Edition)

Why is Spiritualism a Science?

“Spiritualism is a Science because it investigates, analyzes, and classifies facts and manifestations demonstrated from the spirit side of life.”

Are Spiritualists willing to submit to scientific investigation?

“Since Spiritualism is a Science, scientific investigation of our phenomena and philosophy is welcomed.”

Why do you not attempt to convince the scientific world?

“It is unnecessary to attempt to convince the scientific world when unprejudiced scientists have found that, under the proper conditions, there is no difficulty in finding absolute scientific proof of communicating with spirit.”

Would your beliefs, if accepted, upset modern science?

“No. Spiritualism is the only religion that harmonizes with science in ever way. The proven scientific facts do not contradict the truths we teach, but on the other hand, all uphold and prove our conditions.”

February 27, 2022           Vol 3, Number 9     Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body

and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones

who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Taking the time to meditate is as important as taking the time to breathe. One pumps oxygen into the body, the other pumps peace into the mind.”

-Marianne Williamson

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

February 20, 2022      Vol 3, Number 8

THE MEANS TO AN END

Consequentialism falls under the teleological class of moral philosophical ethics. It broadly argues that the consequences of one’s conduct are the basis for deciding if the decisions were morally correct or not. The intention dictates the behavior necessary to arrive at a predetermined goal. Right or wrong, good or bad, all actions judged solely by the outcome. In other words, as long as the result is the one desired, then any method used to get there is fair game. Sounds like a lot of what we see on the nightly news, whether politically, in sports, entertainment, or on the world stage. The primary concern for many of us is the result alone.

In contrast, deontological ethics views one’s conduct as the basis for moral judgment; all choices made are under scrutiny for their honorable effect on the world around them. Outcome is what it is, the inevitable result of decisions that were either positive or negative in intention. Deontological and consequentialist views would seem to be polar opposites of each other; however, some philosophers argue that they are actually dependent one another. American philosopher, T.M. Scanlon uses the example of human rights to support this opinion. ‘Human rights’ are usually deemed to fall under the deontological category of ethics, but Scanlon argues that the pursuit of those rights can only be undertaken when we understand what the meaning of our destination is and then the subsequent quest of that as our goal.

This essentially boils down to the old adage, ‘Do the ends justify the means?’. Originally attributed to 15th century Italian philosopher, Niccolo Machiavelli, this question has echoed throughout human history. Is the pursuit of a goal worth the cost of jeopardizing our individual, internal moral compass? We know as Spiritualists that we are having this physical experience to learn and evolve as eternal spiritual beings. The journey we are traveling here is challenging us every day to make choices that either help to expand our understanding of the universe and Natural Law, or limit us to the ego-driven human condition of hubris. Remembering our purpose helps keep our direction pointed toward the light and harmony of Infinite Intelligence.

 

Jen Rosson, OM

February 20, 2022                     Vol 3, Number 8    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Sharon Watson, OM CM CH NST

Director, NSAC Dept of Education

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Mar 3rd and Thursday, Mar 17th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, March 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Q & A ON THE RELIGION OF SPIRITUALISM

From The NSAC Spiritualist Manual (20th Edition)

Why is Spiritualism a Religion?

“Spiritualism is a Religion because it strives to understand and to comply with the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Laws of Nature, which are the laws of God.”

What is its creed?

“Spiritualism does not have a creed. The National Spiritualist Association, the founding organization, adopted guidelines as a Declaration of Principles. It has been modified by the delegates of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches assembled in convention. It began with six articles and through the years increased to nine.”

Do Spiritualists believe in vicarious atonement, someone else saves us?

“No. Spiritualism teaches personal responsibility. Every individual is responsible for things they have done that were wrong and things that should have been done that were left undone while on the earth plane. Personal responsibility cancels vicarious atonement since every individual must work out their own salvation; it is the Natural Law of Cause and Effect.”

 

February 20, 2022           Vol 3, Number 8     Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“All life is sacred. Since life is an affirmation of the Creator, I shall live on, even when I am gone. In trailing clouds of glory shall I return to my Creator only to find that I had never really left. I shall walk among the lilies of the field and leave my trail in stardust in the sky.”

-John Harricharan

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

February 13, 2022      Vol 3, Number 7

NATURE BOY

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn

is just to love and be loved in return.” – ‘Nature Boy’

-song by eden ahbez

The jazz classic, ‘Nature Boy’, spent 8 weeks as a number-one single in 1948 by iconic legend Nat King Cole. It’s author, eden ahbez, (lower case by his own choice) used only two verses to carry the entire message of his song:

“There was a boy, a very strange, enchanted boy.

They say he wandered very far, very far, over land and sea.

A little shy and sad of eye, but very wise was he.

And then one day, one magic day he passed my way.

While we spoke of many things, fools and kings,

This is what he said to me:

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn

Is just to love and be loved in return.”

 

Love is a tricky subject for all of us at times. So easily given to some, to others not so much; welcomed from a few, treated with suspicion from others. But love sits at the heart of our Principles. The Golden Rule at its’ core is the giving and receiving of love for one another. This exchange expressed in Principle 6 is not just a moral demand for high expectations of behavior, it is an acknowledgment of the vital nature of our interpersonal relationships with one another.

Valentine’s Day is a reminder to all of us to remember not only our nearest and dearest, but also all of those we come into contact with every day of this earthly existence. Treating everyone with kindness, patience, and love in our heart not only sends the best positive intentions out into the universe, it makes all of us feel better about ourselves. This is one of the most important steps on our journey of growth and maturity as eternal, spiritual beings.

 

Jen Rosson, OM

February 13, 2022                      Vol 3, Number 7    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann, OM, NST

Spiritualist Desert Church, Las Vegas

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Feb 17th and Thursday, Mar 3rd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, February 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

with The Rev. Cosie Allen

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Q & A ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPIRITUALISM

From The NSAC Spiritualist Manual (20th Edition)

Why is Spiritualism a Philosophy?

“Spiritualism is a Philosophy because it studies the Laws of Nature both on the seen and unseen sides of life and bases its conclusions upon present observed facts. It accepts statements of observed facts of past ages and conclusions drawn therefrom, when sustained by reason and be results of observed facts of the present day.”

On what is Spiritualism’s philosophy based?

“Spiritualism’s philosophy is based upon Natural Law. It is immutable and unchangeable. It always operates in the same manner under the same conditions. We know of no instance where Infinite Intelligence has set aside the law in response to any human appeal or for any other reason.”

 

February 13, 2022           Vol 3, Number 7     Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”

-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

February 6, 2022      Vol 3, Number 6

LEAVE IT ALL ON THE FIELD

After two spectacular weekends of NFL playoff football, it seems appropriate to pay homage to another football/sports mantra. The phrase, ‘leave it all on the field’ refers to a mindset of total commitment to a cause. Whether the goal is a sports championship or a personal achievement, both are gained through dedicated effort and the wholehearted pursuit of an objective.

Spirituality is not a team sport; we may gather together with like-minded individuals to share in knowledge and increased energy directed toward prayer, healing, etc. But, at the end of the day, spiritual awakening is an individual quest. We are all personally responsible for our own happiness or unhappiness, and our own growth as eternal spiritual beings.

We understand that Spiritualism is an every-day religion; we don’t leave it behind after service on Sunday. Our Principles and Natural Law guide every aspect of our daily conduct. With that in mind, it behooves us to engage this brief physical existence with open minds, open hearts, and with gratitude for every opportunity for growth that presents itself.

As with many things, this may be easier said than done. Every day, every week, every year that passes by builds to a finite number of moments for prayer, attunement, meditation – a limited number of chances to be grasped as the gift they represent. To ‘leave it all on the field’ as a Spiritualist is an acknowledgment to our awareness and commitment to respecting this physical existence as a precious opportunity for growth of our immortal consciousness.

Carpe diem, my friends! Seize the day – or, as Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

 

 

Jen Rosson, OM

February 6, 2022                        Vol 3, Number 6    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Cosie Allen, OM CM CH NST

Vice-President, NSAC Board of Trustees

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Feb 17th and Thursday, Mar 3rd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, February 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

with The Rev. Cosie Allen

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“The Laws of Nature are simply statements of the orderly condition of things in Nature, what is found in Nature by a sufficient number of competent observers. What these Laws are in themselves is not agreed. That they have any absolute existence even is far from certain. They are relative to man in his many limitations, and represent for him the constant expression of what he may always expect to find in the world around him. But that they have any causal connection with the things around him is not to be conceived. The Natural Laws originate nothing, sustain nothing; they are merely responsible for uniformity in sustaining what has been originated and what is being sustained. They are modes of operation, therefore, not operators; processes, not powers. The Law of Gravitation, for instance, speaks to science only of process. It has no light to offer as to itself. Newton did not discover Gravity – that is not discovered yet. He discovered its Law, which is Gravitation, but tells us nothing of its origin, of its nature, or of its cause.

The Natural Laws then are great lines running not only through the world, but, as we now know, through the universe, reducing it like parallels of latitude to intelligent order. In themselves, be it once more repeated, they may have no more absolute existence than parallels of latitude. But they exist for us. They are drawn for us to understand the part by some Hand that drew the whole; so drawn, perhaps, that, understanding the part, we too in time may learn to understand the whole.”

-Henry Drummond (1851-1897), Scottish biologist and writer

Natural Law in the Spiritual World (1898)

February 6, 2022            Vol 3, Number 6     Page 3

 

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”

Denis Waitley

 

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 30, 2022      Vol 3, Number 5

FOUNDERS DAY 2022

Nathaniel Potter Tallmadge (February 8, 1795-November 2, 1864) was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Spiritualism. He served as the third governor of the Wisconsin Territory and later was elected to two terms as United States Senator (1833-1844) from the state of New York. He subsequently helped sponsor, and was the first signatory to, a petition requesting the investigation of spiritual phenomena by the United States Congress in 1854. Like so many of our pioneers, Tallmadge submitted himself to possible professional suicide by standing by his principles.

Tallmadge was also an officer of the board of The Society for the Diffusion of Spiritual Knowledge. This group was also formed in 1854 with a 3-pronged purpose: to disseminate accurate information about Spiritualism and its phenomena, to defend the religious liberties of all people, and to help those Spiritualists who were being persecuted for their pursuit and investigation of spirit communication.

The National Spiritualist Association of Churches celebrates Andrew Jackson Davis’s establishment of the Children’s Progressive Lyceum (1863) every year as ‘Founders Day’ on January 25th. We also honor other pioneers and founders on this day as a reminder of the light-filled examples they provide us. All of us are the recipients of the work they left behind, both through written or spoken word and direct action.

Nathaniel Potter Tallmadge is a stalwart member of this group. When putting together the petition for Congress, Spirit gave him a message relaying the goal of this cooperative effort:

“To draw humanity together in harmony and to convince skeptics of the immortality of the soul.”

Through Nathaniel Potter Tallmadge, Spirit left us an immortal mission statement for the purposes of the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism.

 

 

Jen Rosson, OM

January 30, 2022                       Vol 3, Number 5    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM

Spiritualist Desert Church, Las Vegas

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Feb 3rd and Thursday, Feb 17th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, February 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Spiritualism is the first religion that takes facts for its foundation, rears its temples of thought on immutable principles of philosophy, recognizes a Mother as well as a Father in God, and has demonstrable ‘brought life and immortality to light’. It is the first religion that has overcome death and the horrors of the grave, has sounded the gospel of freedom equally to man and woman, young and old, lord and serf. It is the first religion that has satisfactorily explained the phenomena of matter and mind – in and out of man. It is congenial to the true children of Nature, while it liberates mankind from slavery to creeds and gives the individual wholly to himself. It teaches that it is better for a man to think independently, even if he think wrongly, than conformably to the tyranny of social selfishness, and the dictum of ecclesiastical shams.”

-Andrew Jackson Davis (1826-1910)

The Harmonial Philosophy

A Compendium and Digest of the Works of Andrew Jackson Davis (1923)

January 30, 2022            Vol 3, Number 5     Page 3

 

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.”

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022)

 

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 23, 2022      Vol 3, Number 4

TRUST THE PROCESS

This phrase, ‘trust the process’, was originally coined during the long-term rebuilding phase of the Philadelphia 76’ers basketball team. Their management started this process in 2013 through draft picks, trades, and free agency. They got their fans buy-in to the lengthy plan and this cliché has become synonymous with sport teams staying the course through years of slow construction of a winning team.

Following a path of spiritual awakening is very similar in nature. The work we put in today may not see fruition immediately, but is one of the building blocks of better things to come. We each have to persevere through hardships and roadblocks, staying the course toward the goal of enlightenment and expansion of our eternal consciousness. The good news is that there is no mystery of the elements involved in traveling a spiritual path.

Education, through reading, classes, etc., exposes our minds to infinite possibilities and allows us to grow and evolve as spiritual beings. Meditation encourages the silence of our monkey brains, allowing Spirit to come close and open our hearts to the wondrous communion with those on the other side. Prayer brings mind and heart together, seeking expanded knowledge, acknowledging the reality of life eternal. No multi-million-dollar trades or draft lotteries by flashy sport franchises; just simple dedication to a single-minded goal.

Put one foot in front of the other and take the journey we are here to experience and accomplish. Build the foundation one block at a time; each one supporting the other and connecting us to a bigger picture. This is our purpose: to gain knowledge and grow as eternal spiritual beings. Trust the process.

“So, trust the process of your life unfolding and know with certainty, through the peaks and valleys of your journey, that your soul rests safe and secure in the arms of God.”

-Dan Millman

Jen Rosson, OM

January 23, 2022                       Vol 3, Number 4    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Lorraine Radice OM CM NST

Church of Spiritual Growth, NSAC; Burlington, Massachusetts

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Feb 3rd and Thursday, Feb 17th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, February 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“If the air is a medium by which the rays of light are conveyed to your vision; if the optic nerve and the visual organ is itself the medium by which the consciousness of light is conveyed to the sensorium, there is nothing to forbid the light of all spiritual presence shining through whatever atmosphere, personality or presence that may be necessary to convey spiritual meaning into man.”

The Nature of Spiritual Existence and Spiritual Gifts

Given Through the Mediumship of Mrs. Cora L.V. Richmond (1894)

 

January 23, 2022            Vol 3, Number 4     Page 3

 

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.”

Buddha

 

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 16, 2022      Vol 3, Number 3

THE MORAL RESPONSIBILITY OF FREE WILL

 

“What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.”

-Madeleine Albright

The philosophical argument of ‘free will’ has occupied almost every period of Western philosophy and most of its prominent personages, i.e., Plato, Socrates, Aquinas, Descartes, and Kant among many, many others. The debate primarily centers around two ideas of control: do we have the choice to do other than a predetermined action leading to what might be an expected outcome, followed immediately by the second question, what about self-determination?  Do we chart our own course of actions, or are we set upon this journey with the map already laid out?

The idea of ‘choice’ inevitably sets up a duality of consequences, as well. Right vs. wrong, good vs. evil, reward vs. punishment, etc. But, as we know in our human experience, very few of our choices are truly black and white; there are so many layers of gray in the decisions and actions we take on a daily basis. This is one of the many ways our Spiritualist Principles can play an important role in our day-to-day lives.

Principle 6, the Golden Rule, reminds us of our duty to others; Principle 7, outlining our individual moral responsibility, emphasizes our duty to self. They are not mutually exclusive, and with each choice we make we demonstrate the reality of self-determination for each one of us. As we serve others to the best of our ability, we are also building our internal spiritual decision-making tree, enabling us to learn from previous experience and, through free will, to make better choices as we learn and evolve. Free will and moral responsibility function hand-in-hand in our growth as spiritual beings having a human experience.

But free will is what it means to be human, and no one can determine the path you take through this universe. Choice is our greatest right, our greatest gift and our greatest responsibility.”

-Arnie Kaufman

Jen Rosson, OM

January 16, 2022                        Vol 3, Number 3    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: Lyn Collier, President

Spiritualist Desert Church Board of Trustees

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Jan 20th and Thursday, Feb 3rd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, February 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“As the poet, William E. Henley puts it—

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

That is the definite message of Spiritualism today, teaching personal mastery, personal culture, rounding out the individual that he may find happiness, joy, peace, power, love, and contentment in his activities with God – Infinite Mind, the source, cause, and action of all things in this universe.”

-H. Gordon Burroughs

Becoming a Spiritualist (1962)

January 16, 2022             Vol 3, Number 3     Page 3

 

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 9, 2022      Vol 3, Number 2

HIGHER GROUND

 

“I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day;

Still praying as I onward bound, plant my feet on higher ground’.”

The Rev. Johnson Oatman, Jr., a Methodist minister and author of over 5,000 hymns, wrote this beloved hymn in 1897. Adopted as a favorite by Spiritualists, it beautifully describes the journey towards unfoldment and enlightenment. As also described by A.J. Davis, our goal is to move ever upward and onward, while opening our minds and hearts to an expanding understanding of Natural Law and our role within the Infinite.

That’s a big challenge, isn’t it? It requires a conscious commitment to not get bogged down or drug into the minutia of negativity that so many embrace as their normal state of being on this physical plane. This responsibility seeks fulfillment through gathering with like-minded people in devotional services, attending classes and development circles, and by maintaining a daily meditation and prayer practice. All of these activities will help lead us on that upward journey.

Our destination is not a defined location, with a corresponding GPS coordinate, like the summit of Mt. Everest. Instead, our goal is to come as close as possible to oneness with Infinite Intelligence. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, seeking attunement with Spirit. A lofty goal to be sure, but our purposes on this Earth plane include growth in knowledge and in being of service to others, both of which will help us achieve the attunement we seek as we are lifted up to Rev. Oatman’s ‘higher ground’.

 

 

Lift me up and let me stand, by faith, on heaven’s tableland;

A higher plane than I have found, plant my feet on higher ground.”

 

Jen Rosson, OM

January 9, 2022                Vol 3, Number 2    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Jan 20th and Thursday, Feb 3rd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, February 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“In the struggle of life we may stumble or fall. Never a tree, however, rugged and grand but by storm and tempest has lost a limb or been lightning scarred. Sustained by our trust, we shall arise humbled, but not over-borne by the lesson, and press onward to higher and higher ground. And when we cast aside this mortal garment, and the elements claim it as their own; when the night of death settles darkly over our mortal eyes, our freed spirit, no longer impeded by the accidents of time and place, will be greeted on the evergreen shores of immortal life by the friends we have known; with them will the spirit realize its possibilities, and there will be no more parting forever and forever.”

-Hudson Tuttle (1835-1910) Trance medium and Spiritualist author

The Ethics of Spiritualism; A System of Moral Philosophy (1878)

January 9, 2022              Vol 3, Number 2     Page 3

 

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Every breath and every step can be nourishing and healing.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 2, 2022      Vol 3, Number 1

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS

 

The beginning of each new year seems to be a logical time for reflection on the choices we made in the past year and for setting new goals for the upcoming twelve months. While we don’t want to dwell in the past, it’s good to acknowledge both the lessons we may have learned from mistakes and on the positive side, the choices made with discernment. Journaling certainly helps this process; it makes apparent the highs and lows of our daily life, perhaps indicating where changes need to be made.

It’s believed that the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions dates back over 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. The term, ‘resolution’, refers to an individual decision to take or not to take a particular action. For example, going to the gym every day or not having seconds at dinner any more. Polling suggests that approximately 45% of Americans make resolutions of some type this time of year, but only about 8% actually stick to it; not a great success rate.

Spiritualism offers us not only the knowledge of the continuity of life, but also the guidelines of how to grow and evolve during our time on this Earth plane. Our development as individual eternal beings rely on our recognition of Natural Laws and their immutable impact on each one of us. The nine Spiritualist Principles offer the foundation on which to build a resolute life, lived with resolve. Taking a brief look backwards once in a while allows us to adjust our path and insure our proper trajectory, ever forward, ever upward. Blessings and Happy New Year.

“Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give in.

Don’t ever stop trying. Don’t ever sell out.

And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment,

Pick yourself up, brush yourself off,

Whisper a prayer, and start where you left off.

But never, ever, ever give up.”

-Richelle E. Goodrich

Jen Rosson, OM

January 2, 2022                Vol 3, Number 1    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy as this pandemic continues.

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Next week’s speaker: Louise Barkdull, Secretary

Spiritualist Desert Church Board of Trustees

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Jan 6th and Thursday, Jan 20th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, January 9th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

The Rev. Cosie Allen will serve as guest speaker.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“He who was once called a Christ, prophet, or seer, is now called a medium. The word prophet does not necessarily mean a seditionist, or one who prognosticates the future, but it means a reformer. Prophets and christs are anointed by a heavenly power to advocate certain government and society changes which will better the condition of the masses and at the same time be more in accord with justice and righteousness.”

-Moses Hull (1836-1907) Spiritualist lecturer and author

January 2, 2022              Vol 3, Number 1     Page 3

 

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.”

Ram Dass (1931-2019)

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

December 26, 2021      Vol 2, Number 52

SPIRITUALISTS AND CHRISTMAS

From the NSAC Spiritualist Manual, Twentieth Edition:

“As Spiritualists, we recognize it is our personal responsibility to create our own happiness or unhappiness as we put in practice the Natural Law of Cause and Effect.

During this season, the Christian churches are celebrating the birth of their savior, Jesus, the Christ. The time of his birth has been questioned by many. The early Christian authorities set the date as December 25. Let us as Spiritualists recognize that no matter who set the date or the many other questions surrounding Jesus of Nazareth, we do know that he lived attuned with the Infinite. He taught us not only by teaching but by showing us the way to live. He gave us two recorded commandments: first, Love God with all your heart, and the second, Love your neighbor as yourself. If we take the true meaning of Christmas as honoring the life and true teachings of Jesus, and practice living as he did, there would, without a doubt, be peace on earth.

Jesus of Nazareth taught that all of the laws of the prophets hung on those two commandments. Surely, if we follow these teachings, we can then recall the teachings of so many of the savior gods before him who also taught the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

As we look at the decoration of green holly leaves throughout this Christmas season, let us remember that holly is a symbol of immortality.

This is the time of the year that encourages the practice of moments of silence and going within our own chamber to reflect on the highest teachings of the sages of the past. Let us give thanks for every day and every season – Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Let us demonstrate love in our every action. We are truly a blessed people and a blessed nation. Let us give thanks to Infinite Spirit, the Source of all being – for to everything there is a season! Let us live with an attitude of gratitude.”

December 26, 2021                     Vol 2, Number 52 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: Lyn Collier, President

Spiritualist Desert Church Board of Trustees

Please join us on Zoom.

**********

Thursday, Jan 6th and Thursday, Jan 20th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, January 9th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

The Rev. Cosie Allen will serve as guest speaker.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

Please join Spiritualists from around the world

who are supporting

The Hydesville Endowment Fund

100% of all donations go towards meeting the matching goal

of $18,480.00 made by Alice Robertson

Thank you for helping to preserve this historic landmark for future generations

This challenge ends at midnight on December 31st, 2021

December 26, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 52  Page 3

 

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”

Marianne Williamson

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

December 19, 2021      Vol 2, Number 51

PRINCESS FALLEN LEAF’S POEM

“Heaven is the place where God dwells within

Heaven is the place where all good begins

Heaven is the place where all blessings start

Heaven is the closest place to the heart

Heaven is the place where all fears cease

Heaven is the place where all is at peace

Heaven is the place where beauty abounds

Heaven is the place where harmony sounds

Heaven is the place where all men are free

Heaven is created by you and by me.”

-Through the Mediumship of Alf Conner

The concept of ‘heaven and hell’ is a central tenet within the Christian belief system. This idea of reward and punishment is used as an inducement to behave in what has been predetermined to be a righteous or ethical manner. Spiritualist philosophy does not accept the idea of eternal punishment for any action; as our 8th Principle states, the doorway to reformation is never closed. With this in mind, how could anyone be cast into the darkness for all eternity?

As the last line in the poem states, “Heaven is created by you and me”. Heaven is a state of consciousness, an awareness of our true spiritual nature, revealed through Natural Law. The Law of Attraction will dictate ‘where’ our landing spot will be upon transition, and as we know, we will continue to grow and progress on the Spirit side of life, not forever bound by mistakes in our human experience. We have an infinite lifetime to learn and evolve.

This holiday season let us celebrate the Winter Solstice and the ritual date for honoring the birth of Jesus, humanity’s greatest medium and healer; one of the greatest examples of conscious spiritual awareness.  Let us bear in mind his teachings of tolerance, brotherhood, peace, and perhaps most important, forgiveness. Let us rejoice in our fellowship and community, in all our glorious diversity, immortal souls seeking oneness with Infinite Intelligence.

Jen Rosson, OM

December 19, 2021                     Vol 2, Number 51  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann, OM NST

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Jan 6th and Thursday, Jan 20th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

**********

Sunday, January 9th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

The Rev. Cosie Allen will serve as guest speaker.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

Please join Spiritualists from around the world

who are supporting

Thy Hydesville Endowment Fund

100% of all donations go towards meeting the matching goal

of $18,480.00 made by Alice Robertson

Thank you for helping to preserve this historic landmark for future generations

This challenge ends at midnight on December 31st, 2021

December 19, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 51   Page 3

 

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

**********

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“In the beginning we seek truth.

In the middle we seek reason.

In the end we seek peace.”

L.M. Browning, Seasons of Contemplation: A Book of Midnight Meditations

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

December 12, 2021      Vol 2, Number 50

SPIRITUAL ITINERARY

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

-Lao Tzu, 5th century Chinese philosopher

Most travels begin with at least a destination in mind, and often a detailed idea of what the stops along the way will be. While acknowledging the need for occasional spontaneity and the joy the unexpected can bring, certain things are better mapped out; plane tickets, hotel rooms, rental car, the ‘I’m going to Disneyland!!’ tickets. The same thoughtfulness we put into our playtime should also be put into the GPS for our spiritual journey on the Earth plane.

Our spiritual destination is the full illumination of our eternal spirit by the light of Infinite Intelligence, joining with our loved ones, teachers, and guides on the spiritual plane. A spiritual itinerary maps out the steps we need to take and keeps us on course for growth and progression through this odyssey of life. Time has a nasty habit of slipping away; hours turn into days, days turn into weeks, etc. Before we know it, months have passed by and the day-to-day pressures of earthly existence have taken precedence over what should be the emphasis for all of us.

The ideals expressed in our Spiritualist Principles and Philosophy provide the guideposts for a spiritual itinerary. From the 20th Edition of the Spiritualist Manual: “The whole of humanity’s duty during its earth life consists of taking the first steps in the attainment of knowledge. Gradually, we develop our character and nature to harmonize with a fully unfolded spiritual state. This duty encompasses the entirety of conduct: mentally, morally, and spiritually.”

The signposts are there for all of the important sites: service to others (the filling station), the gift of healing (a day at the spa), meditation (rest stop), prayer (the Divine cellphone), spiritual unfoldment (guided tour), study to increase knowledge (map reading). There are many more stops along the way to discover and partake of; our personal responsibility is to be consciously aware of our position on our own itinerary.

“Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.” -Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

 

Jen Rosson, OM

December 12, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 50  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Havivah Richards, OM CM CH NST

Church of the Living Spirit (NSAC), Glendale, Arizona

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Dec 16th and Thursday, Jan 6th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

*Dec 16th is cancelled due to conflict with Spiritualist Virtual Movie Night*

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, January 9th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

The Rev. Cosie Allen will serve as guest speaker.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Please join Spiritualists from around the world on Thursday, December 16th

Spiritualist Virtual Movie Night: The Spirit Rooms of Lily Dale

Tickets are $20 through Eventbrite (search: Spiritualist Virtual Movie Night)

Sponsored by the NSAC Licentiate Ministers and Certified Mediums Society

100% of the proceeds go to meet the $18,480.00 matching challenge gift made by

Alice Robertson in support of

The Hydesville Endowment Fund

Help preserve this historical landmark for future generations

This challenge ends at midnight on December 31st, 2021

December 12, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 50   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal.

Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

-Rumi, 13th century Persian poet and mystic

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

December 5, 2021      Vol 2, Number 49

THE HOLIDAY SEASON

The month of December has spiritually important days for many of the world’s religions, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Pagans and Zoroastrians. Here is a sampling of some of the important observances and their dates for 2021:

  • Christmas (Dec 25), historically celebrating the birth of Jesus
  • Hanukkah (Dec 20, lasting for a total of 9 days), the Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem
  • Ashura (Dec 5), the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, celebrated by both Sunnis and Shiites for differing reasons
  • Bodhi Day (Dec 8), honoring Siddhartha Gautama’s vow to sit under a tree until he reached enlightenment
  • Yalda (Dec 21), the Zoroastrian observance of the winter solstice
  • Kwanzaa (Dec 26, lasting for 1 week), African-American and pan-African observance honoring family, community, and culture

There are many more sacred celebrations in the month of December, which begs the question, ‘Why December?’ Some dates are related to historical dates that have been documented; others seem to be an arbitrarily chosen time. In the past such commemorations would occur when the agrarian population had the time and resources to devote to the endeavor, typically after fall harvest but before the onset of winter, or in the spring after crops were laid in and before harvest time. Additionally, the winter solstice is both the shortest day and longest night of the year, signaling the onset of winter and its potential confinement due to weather.

Regardless of which or how many holidays any of us are observing this month, its apparent that we humans are a diverse bunch in many ways. Yet in our humanity we come together as communities across the globe and join in observances that honor our ancestors and our spiritual brethren. May the peace of Infinite Intelligence join us together, in tolerance and understanding, as one family of humankind this blessed holiday season.

Jen Rosson, OM

December 5, 2021                      Vol 2, Number 49  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Elaine Hager, OM CM CH NST

NSAC Missionary from Ocala, Florida

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Dec 16th and Thursday, Jan 6th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

*Dec 16th is cancelled due to conflict with Spiritualist Virtual Movie Night*

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, December 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Our NSAC missionary, The Rev. Elaine Hager will serve as guest speaker.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Sunday, December 12th (after service) will be our annual member’s meeting.

Please be on the lookout for a separate voting ballot email in your inbox.

 

Board positions up for election this year are:

Vice-President (Alice Roberson, incumbent)

Treasurer (Paula Homann, incumbent)

Trustee B (Jen Rosson, incumbent)

Trustee C (Diane Giunta, incumbent)

*Ballots are due back by Dec. 11th *

December 5, 2021           Vol 2, Number 49   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”

-Sai Baba (1838-1918) Indian spiritual master

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

November 28, 2021      Vol 2, Number 48

HYDESVILLE MEMORIAL PARK ENDOWMENT FUND

 

Long-time NSAC member and Vice-President of the Spiritualist Desert Church Board of Directors, Alice Robertson, established a dollar-for-dollar donation match challenge last March. She will match up to a total of $18,480.00 donated prior to December 31, 2021. In an effort to meet that challenge there are several fundraising opportunities targeting the Hydesville Memorial Park Endowment Fund thru the end of the year.

 

Tuesday Nov. 30 – ‘Giving Tuesday’ – www.nsac.org/support-nsac-donation/

Thursday Dec. 9 – The Rev. Richard Schoeller, a gallery demonstration of mediumship

4:00 PM PST; Tickets $20.00 through Eventbrite

www.eventbrite.com/e/sacred-messages-with-the-rev-richard-schoeller-tickets-212690060697

Thursday Dec. 16 – Spiritualist Virtual Movie Night; The Spirit Rooms of Lily Dale

4:00 PM PST; Tickets $20.00 through Eventbrite

www.eventbrite.com/e/spiritualist-movie-night-tickets-212699809857

Dec.9–Dec.20 – Purchase a private reading gift certificate; A drawing will match each donor to an experienced medium. Tickets are $65.00 for a 30-minute private reading.

www.eventbrite.com/e/gift-of-spirit-communication-tickets-212737271907

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE HYDESVILLE MEMORIAL PARK ENDOWMENT

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH ANNUAL ELDER TREE EVENT

 

We will again be working with the Aged and Disability Services Division and this year a request for gift cards has been made, instead of the traditional wrapped presents, due to the ongoing pandemic. For well over a decade, SDC has embraced the challenge of brightening the season for some of the most challenged folks in our community.

The easiest way to donate towards the $20-$25 gift cards is on our website.

www.spiritualistdesertchurch.org/donate/

Please write ‘Secret Santa’ in the memo box so your donation will go directly to purchasing gift cards for seniors in our community.  Donations need to be received by 7 PM Dec. 3, 2021.

Thank you so much for your generosity for this annual effort.

November 28, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 48  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson

Spiritualist Desert Church, Las Vegas

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Dec 2nd and Thursday, Dec 16th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

*Dec 16th is cancelled due to conflict with Spiritualist Virtual Movie Night*

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, December 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Sunday, December 12th (after service) will be our annual member’s meeting.

Please be on the lookout for a separate nominations email in you inbox.

Board positions up for election this year are:

Vice-President (Alice Roberson, incumbent)

Treasurer (Paula Homann, incumbent)

Trustee B (Jen Rosson, incumbent)

Trustee C (Diane Giunta, incumbent)

*Please check with the person you want to nominate to ensure they are willing to serve*

November 28, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 48   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.”

-Marlo Thomas

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

November 21, 2021      Vol 2, Number 47

ACCOUNTABILITY

Principle 7: We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals, and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.

 

Personal responsibility is at the heart of the Philosophy of Spiritualism. No vicarious atonement; no last-minute reprieve just prior to the termination of this Earthly existence. We are each our own judge and savior. Just like the old saying goes, ‘actions speak louder than words.’ The Spiritualist Manual explains it this way:

“After our spirit has severed its relationship with the physical body, its moral status remains exactly the same as immediately before that change. We enter into a high or low estate according to our attainments during our earth life. By a subtle law, both the good and the ill we have done are fairly weighed. Individually, we hold the scale and render our own judgment.” (NSAC Spiritualist Manual, Twentieth Edition)

We are on an eternal journey of discovery; life is continuous from one plane of existence to the next, the physical transitions into the spiritual. No magic wand can be waved to erase questionable choices made while traversing this physical sphere. All of us must be consciously aware of our actions and be accountable for them. What does it mean to be accountable? Merriam-Webster defines accountability as, “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions”. We do this with the reassurance from Principle 8: “We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter.”

Take ownership of decisions, don’t make excuses or try to deflect blame onto other people. Be open to others’ opinions even if they differ from our own and have the difficult conversations; everyone has something to learn from one another. Look at the big picture and accept the role we play in creating the reality in which we all live. If more of us were consciously aware and held ourselves accountable, this incarnation might be a lot more pleasant and nurturing to our souls.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

November 21, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 47  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Paula Mellino

Spiritualist Desert Church, Las Vegas

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Dec 2nd and Thursday, Dec 16th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, December 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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Sunday, December 12th (after service) will be our annual member’s meeting.

Please be on the lookout for a separate nominations email in you inbox.

Board positions up for election this year are:

Vice-President (Alice Roberson, incumbent)

Treasurer (Paula Homann, incumbent)

Trustee B (Jen Rosson, incumbent)

Trustee C (Diane Giunta, incumbent)

*Please check with the person you want to nominate to ensure they are willing to serve*

November 21, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 47   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret – you

return to the beauty you have always been.”

-Aberjhani

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

November 14, 2021      Vol 2, Number 46

-ISMS…

The suffix, ‘-ism’, originally comes from the ancient Greek suffix ‘-ismos’ meaning ‘taking side with’. Typically, it is used to describe behaviors, philosophies, religious and political beliefs, etc. Today it seems that the modern world is awash in ‘-isms’. Our society is centered around materialism and consumerism driven by egotism; we suffer the ill effects of racism, ageism, sexism, chauvinism, and so many more. It’s easy to become discouraged with the whole mess and want to just throw in the towel, or, give in and join the crowd.

The Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism charts a course through this morass of conflict and confusion. Our Principles give guidance to our thoughts and actions, specifically Principle 6 (the Golden Rule) and Principle 7 (Personal Responsibility). Spirit communication is validated through the phenomena of Spiritualism allowing us to know exactly who we are and where we are going. Without the restrictions of the dogmas and creeds that confine many religious movements to a single course, we evolve our religion over time as our understanding of Infinite Intelligence and Natural Law grows.

When we attune with Spirit, we gain understanding of the importance of so many other ‘-isms’. Those like altruism, optimism, pacifism, activism, egalitarianism, multiculturalism, and so many others. These are often at odds with segments of our population, but we know that underneath it all we are all the same; eternal beings having a human experience for the purpose of gaining knowledge and growing in love. Spiritualism has always been populated with those who were unafraid to run opposite the pack, showing their character and compassion in equal measure. Let’s all try and live up to the example that they have set for us.

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

November 14, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 46  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: Amy Stover

Board Trustee, Spiritualist Desert Church, Las Vegas

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Nov 18th and Thursday, Dec 2nd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, December 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

**********

Sunday, December 12th (after service) will be our annual member’s meeting.

Please be on the lookout for a separate nominations email coming this week.

Board positions up for election this year are:

Vice-President (Alice Roberson, incumbent)

Treasurer (Paula Homann, incumbent)

Trustee B (Jen Rosson, incumbent)

Trustee C (Diane Giunta, incumbent)

*Please check with the person you want to nominate to ensure they are willing to serve*

November 14, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 46   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“When the healer thinks he is healing, his power is as small as a drop; when he thinks God is healing, and when owing to this thought his own self is forgotten, and his is only conscious of the Self of God, then his power becomes as large as the ocean.”

-Inayat Khan (1882-1927) Sufi poet, philosopher, and musician

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

November 7, 2021      Vol 2, Number 45

TRANSITION

 

Transition: “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.” (Oxford Languages Dictionary)

Conversations about death and dying are some of the most difficult and important discussions any of us can have with our loved ones. None of us like to be confronted with the fact that this physical existence comes with an expiration date. Multiply that a thousand-fold when it concerns someone that we hold dear. The Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism join as one, demonstrating the knowledge that death is not an ending, but only a beginning of an eternal journey of discovery.

This ‘knowing’ that the existence and personal identity of the individual continues after the transition from the physical world to the spiritual realm doesn’t mean that we don’t grieve their absence from this plane. That empty seat at the table remains; but the ‘knowing’ is a balm for the weight of grief that can plummet the sufferer into a very dark place. Witnessing the proof of the continuity of life through evidential mediumship is like shining a spotlight into that cavern of despair. Our loved ones may have transitioned into another state of being, but they remain present and connected to all of us.

Spirit communication serves many different purposes, but proving the continuity of life is so important that two of our Spiritualist Principles are specifically directed toward this understanding. There is no death, there are no dead. We are all eternal divine beings who will eventually transition for one plane of existence to the next. Our primary purposes of service and growth continue on after we slip free of the restraints of this world; as Lilian Whiting noted it is, “all one life whose continuity of consciousness is unbroken by that mere change in form whose process we call death”.

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

-1 Corinthians 15:55 (New International Version)

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

November 7, 2021                      Vol 2, Number 45  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Stacy Kopchinski, OM CM CH NST

First Spiritualist Church of West Allis, Wisconsin

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Nov 18th and Thursday, Dec 2nd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Nov 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“This life is only a prelude to eternity, where we are to expect another state of things.

We have little prospect of heaven here, but at a distance:

Let us therefore expect our last hour with courage.

The last, I say, to our bodies, but not to our minds.

The day that we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

What we fear as a rock proves to be a harbor.”

-Persian Scriptures, 850 BCE

November 7, 2021           Vol 2, Number 45   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”

 

-Caroline Myss

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

October 31, 2021      Vol 2, Number 44

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

 

Has anyone else noticed how quickly this year has flown by? It’s almost November, the holidays are around the corner, and somehow summer has disappeared. Many of us live where the seasons change is demonstrated through the variant reds and golds of fall displayed on the trees. In this topsy-turvy world we have been living in for the last couple of years, it’s easy to lose track of the passing of time. On the one hand our experience with the pandemic seems to have gone on forever, but on the other hand, the time has slipped quickly by.

Physicists tell us that time does seem to go by faster as we get older. This is based on the concept of neural signal processing. Scientists believe that as we age, our ability to process visual information actually slows; consequently, time ‘speeds up’. As the years go by, the neural network within our brains increases in complexity and accumulates damage along the way. These factors slow the processing time for visual imagery, so more time passes between actual perceptions. That’s why those long summer days of our youth seemed to last forever; we were clipping right along at warp speed with our brand-new brains.

Measured in cosmic standards, this brief physical excursion in truly a ‘blink’ in time. But, to each of us, as individuals, it is an incomparable, unique experience that for most of us ends too soon. So many humans leave this Earth plane chanting the ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’s’ as a sort of mantra. This is preventable baggage that none of us should have to bear. Acknowledging the time limitations on the human experience enables us to open our eyes to the possibilities in front of us at any given moment.

Take advantage of this brief season of human experience and awaken to the opportunity for service and growth. Rejoice in the communion with Infinite Intelligence and Spirit through meditation and prayer. Commit to being awake and present, living fully in the moment.

“We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.”

-Pema Chodron

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

October 31, 2021                        Vol 2, Number 44 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Nov 4th and Thursday Nov 18th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Nov 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“No man is an island, entire of itself;

Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,

Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,

As well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were;

Any man’s death diminishes me,

Because I am involved in mankind,

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;

It tolls for thee.

-John Donne (1572-1631)

English poet and scholar, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions

(from the 17th Devotion)

October 31, 2021             Vol 2, Number 44  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.”

 

-Gyalwa Rinpoche, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments…. please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

October 24, 2021      Vol 2, Number 43

KNOWLEDGE

 

Knowledge: “1. facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; 2. awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation.”

 – Oxford Languages Dictionary

Many of us have asked the age-old question, ‘what’s the purpose?’ in reference to this physical existence. Since the dawn of mankind humans have been questioning the purpose of our time here on the Earth plane. This quest for the truth of the human experience has occupied philosophers throughout the ages. What if the answer to the ultimate question was a simple one-word answer?

We spend our time here doing one thing (consciously or unconsciously): building knowledge. Through our relationships, our work, our social life, and our religious devotions, we add to our data base of facts and expertise. Whether we are learning to play a guitar or study calculus, we are contributing to the storehouse of information that constitutes who we are as a person. Our brains are super computers with a capacity we have only begun to understand.

As knowledge builds, we come to understand that our journey here is ultimately one of spiritual enlightenment. We are spiritual beings have a physical existence, governed by Natural Law. Knowledge also comes with a burden of responsibility; service to both ourselves and our fellow humans. These acts of service are a mirror that reflects the state of spiritual growth within.

Our knowledge is the purpose of our journey. It is built through education, life experience, communication with Spirit, and direction from our guides and teachers; it is dependent upon our approach. Do we have an open mind? Do we have an open heart? Do we have yearning of a seeker’s drive for discovery? Only you can answer these questions for yourself.

“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul?

Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”

-Plato

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

October 24, 2021                       Vol 2, Number 43 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: Lyn Collier, Pres. SDC Board of Directors

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Nov 4th and Thursday Nov 18th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Nov 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“All your acts and thoughts here, you are weaving into the tapestry of the future. The designs are beautiful, but you do not see the result until you behold the other side. You do not see the glories that may come to your lives here, for you are weaving for the future, weaving for eternity; radiating light here and there over the earth for the salvation of the world. You are saviors, you are redeemers, insofar as your lives are helpful to others. You are saving the sinner, insofar as you are leading him to loftier ideals and a purer life; you are saving the ignorant man, insofar as you are leading him into a larger and diviner knowledge of truth; you are redeeming the sick from weakness and disease, insofar as you are leading them to the fountains of health and strength. You are teaching men the laws and the divinity of their own being when you instill into them a desire for the higher and nobler requirements of body and soul. Aye, you are redeemers of the world when you are leading your fellow-kind to better living and thinking, to a higher hope, a higher appreciation, a higher morality, to a higher, holier allegiance to all that is true, glorious, and divine.”

-Helen Lane Russegue (1839-1920)

Inspirational speaker, from her lecture, The Light of Truth

October 24, 2021            Vol 2, Number 43  Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing.”

 

-Leonard Nimoy

 

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

October 17, 2021      Vol 2, Number 42

LIVING RELIGION

 

“It is doubtful if there is anyone who actually does not believe in some power, energy, force, whatever it may be, beyond himself. No one can say, ‘I have reached the stage where I do not need God or religion.’ Every human being does need God. As a Church, we Spiritualists not only believe in, but know, something of this power, this force of which we are a part, which we have designated as Infinite Intelligence or God…

But people today are groping in the darkness, and the world is in a frightful state. There is not a country to which you can point that is free from strife…

Man has wandered away from God…And that is what Spiritualism is trying to do today: to bring man back to God, Infinite Intelligence. If we as individuals, as a nation, are going to find happiness, we must find and know God. In no other way can we successfully live…

To find God, then, is to stop, wait, listen, and trust. There is nothing disturbing in God’s world that can come into your life from which you cannot be freed through the sustaining and uplifting power of God. Stop looking for the small things, the mediocre. Enter into the silence, into meditation, into relaxation, with receptive listening. Open your mind and heart to His voice; ask for Him; pray to Him. And while you are waiting and praying, be of service. Above all things, forget YOU. The only happiness that you can find is that which you render; the only joy is that which you give.

Fold your hands and serenely wait, as John Burroughs said, not caring for tide or time or sea, knowing full well that what belongs to you comes flowing in upon the tide of God’s ever-manifestation and that nothing can keep from you that which belongs to you, when you work with Him and for Him. Thus, will you have found an open door through which all happy things can come. You have the key that opens the door.”

-H. Gordon Burroughs

Becoming A Spiritualist (1962)

 

October 17, 2021                        Vol 2, Number 42 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Havivah Richards, OM CM CH NST

Church of the Living Spirit, NSAC, Glendale, AZ

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Oct 21st and Thursday Nov 4th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Nov 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking;

You will not find a ready-made path.

It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth.

You will have to create the path by walking yourself;

The path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you.

It is just like the sky; the birds fly,

But they don’t leavy any footprints.

You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.

Osho, Indian mystic (1931-1990)

October 17, 2021             Vol 2, Number 42  Page 3

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spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”

 

-Marianne Williamson

 

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

October 10, 2021      Vol 2, Number 41

SPIRITUAL AMBITION

Ambition is one of those concepts that frequently gets a bad rap these days. We receive constant news updates about those who get too far ahead of their skis and create chaos, all from being too ambitious – and perhaps, with a little bit of ego sprinkled in as well. But ambition is a very human characteristic that drives and motivates each one of us to strive harder, culminating in what can sometimes be both a humbling and rewarding experience.

We have many people on this earth plane that we hold in high esteem; whether artist, scientist, musician, poet, etc., they all share one common characteristic: ambition to be the best they can be at their chosen craft. Those of us on a spiritual journey of growth and discovery are no different; we are trying to achieve the highest level of enlightenment we possibly can. What the aforementioned seekers all had in common was one thing: practice in their chosen endeavor.

Elvis did not perfect his signature ‘shaky leg’ move the first time he sang; nor did Jonas Salk find the polio vaccine on his first try. People spend lifetimes, dedicated to a single purpose, seeking the ultimate reward for their efforts. Our spiritual journey is no different. It is a life-long process, practiced day by day, with triumphs and setbacks, propelled by the consistent practice of prayer, contemplation, and meditation. Our ultimate reward is a closer relationship with Spirit and greater attunement with Infinite Intelligence.

Ambition in this regard is not a bad thing; think about what the world would be like if we were all trying to harmonize our vibrations with Spirit at the same time! As we go about our work by unfolding our mediumship, participating in prayer circles, or attending the many classes available online, for example, we are walking the path towards the light of God. Be bold, be ambitious, be persistent, and be patient; masterworks take time.

“Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before. – Erich Fromm

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

October 10, 2021                        Vol 2, Number 41  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: Louise Barkdull

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Oct 21st and Thursday Nov 4th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Nov 14th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Oh, Spiritualism, divinely fair and eloquent of speech, you have brought to famished souls the bread of eternal life, and to the thirsty sparkling waters from the fountains of immortality!

You have bound up the broken heart of grief, and restored the lost ones who disappeared

in the shadows.

You have made life worth the living, and wreathed the couch of death with immortelles.

You hold aloft the highest ideal and assure us it is attainable by the humblest soul.

You have brought the courts of heaven to earth and shown us the way to eliminate the

powers of hell.

You have for the old religion of self-depreciation and pain, brought the religion of joy.

For the rule of miracle, you given the reign of law…

You have given us the most exalted views of the conduct of life, and transformed the

sepulcher to a glorious archway, leading to immortal life.”

Hudson Tuttle, The Golden Sheaf (1907)

October 10, 2021             Vol 2, Number 41   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“We had thought that we were human beings making a spiritual journey; it may be truer to say that we are spiritual beings making a human journey.”

 

-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French priest and philosopher (1881-1955)

 

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

October 3, 2021      Vol 2, Number 40

COMFORT AND SOLACE

We recorded the 700,000th death from the Covid-19 virus and its’ mutations yesterday (per John Hopkins University) with 43,621,000 confirmed positive cases. So many of our family and friends have suffered, and yes, many have made their transition. There is a new reality, as well as a new normal, for families around the world who are trying to process their losses. The difficulties that we all face may sometimes seem to be insurmountable, but we have to remember that we are not alone; we have the support, comfort, and solace of the Spirit World.

Evidential mediumship, practiced in each of our Spiritualist churches, is a conduit from our plane of existence to the next. Clairsentience, the ‘clear sensing’ of those thoughts and feelings from those in the Spirit World, also plays a primary role in both Clairaudience (‘clear hearing’) and Clairvoyance (‘clear seeing’); all are demonstrated in the process of evidential mediumship.

These demonstrations prove that the continuity of life and the survival of the personality of the individual survive; the divine spark within each of us is an eternal part of Infinite Intelligence.

These two ideas represent a significant component of what draws people to a Spiritualist church and/or to seek out communication from the other side of the veil. During these difficult and challenging times, it is more important than ever that we offer those seeking refuge from the horror of this ongoing pandemic an avenue for reassurance that their loved ones are not gone forever; they too have transformed into their own new reality, and share our longing for that familiar word or touch. The significance of evidential mediumship and its importance as a vital component of our church services have never been more important than the time in which we live. Thank you to all of our platform workers, mediums, and healers for their commitment to service.

“Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.”

-Ram Dass

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

October 3, 2021                Vol 2, Number 40 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Reverend Jen Rosson

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Oct 7th and Thursday Oct 21st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Oct 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow,

I am the softly falling snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain,

I am the fields of ripening grain.

I am in the morning hush

I am in the graceful rush

Of beautiful birds in circling flight,

I am the starshine of the night.

I am in the flowers that bloom,

I am in a quiet room.

I am in the birds that sing,

I am in each lovely thing.

Do not stand at my grave bereft

I am not there. I have not left.

Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-1964)

October 3, 2021              Vol 2, Number 40  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.”

-Marianne Williamson

 

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 26, 2021      Vol 2, Number 39

ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE NSAC

Five of our Spiritualist pioneers understood the need for an organization to bring together all of the people following Spirit’s call under one tent. Henry Steinberg, O.W. Humphrey, Theodore J. Mayer, Major Robert Demmick, and Milan C. Edson were among those responsible for the first delegate convention held in Chicago on September 27, 1893. Milan Edson also served as the temporary Chairman of the convention and tasked the first delegates with the following:

“I wish to charge every delegate in this Convention that we are here to work in sympathy, to put aside all personal schemes, all prejudices or plans to sacrifice everything for the common good of our cause…I ask you as a favor to the Spirit World, to Spiritualism, to organization, to successful financial organization to think of this and bear yourselves so that when the record of this Convention is written up and becomes history, it shall be such as shall reflect credit upon the Cause of Spiritualism.” – Minutes of First Annual Convention (1893)

From this humble beginning our pioneers and founders built our religious society, formulated our Principles and Definitions, defended mediums against harassment and persecution, and developed the methods for the education of mediums, healers, teachers, and clergy. Through the foundation of our parent organization, the NSAC, we are protected as a religious society.

Incorporation papers were filed in Washington, D.C. on November 3, 1893 and were amended in 1895 to designate the term or incorporation as one thousand years. This amendment further stated that the object of the society was to be a, “benevolent, charitable, educational, scientific, religious, and missionary with its purpose – to promote religion and morality; provide for the erection of temples and lecture halls or other suitable places of worship, where the religion of Spiritualism may be taught, and to provide for the education and licensing of proper persons as authorized lecturers or preacher of the said religion.” (Constitution and By-Laws)

Happy Anniversary NSAC and thank you to all of those in the past that laid the groundwork for all of our Spiritualist churches.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

September 26, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 39 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: Nola Bonecutter-Vale

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Oct 7th and Thursday Oct 21st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Oct 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“It gives us the phenomena, the science, the philosophy; which, when blended into oneness, give to the world at last a religion that is probable both by induction and deduction, by scientific demonstration, and spiritual revelation. It is a religious science and scientific religion, a religious philosophy and a philosophical religion. It gives to the world knowledge of the future, and has no negatives or speculations to offer to those who investigate its sublime teachings.”

-Harrison D. Barrett (1863-1911), 1st NSA President

From his essay, What is Spiritualism?

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September 26, 2021                  Vol 2, Number 39  Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 19, 2021      Vol 2, Number 38

DISAPPOINTMENT AND COMPENSATION

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

-Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American essayist, poet, naturalist, and transcendental philosopher. Perhaps best know as the author of Walden, his writings were based upon personal observation, historical change, and the concept of civil disobedience. His philosophy influenced generations of leaders including Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

This quote about disappointment comes from I to Myself, An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau, and speaks to the timelessness of this very human emotion. In fact, studies have shown that disappointment is the third most common emotion behind those of love and regret. Seeing as how it is this common in our day-to-day lives, it is vital that we have some mechanisms to deal with the inevitable. Fortunately, our Spiritualist Philosophy and Principles give us some tools to help deal with this threat to our own mental well-being.

Disappointment is intrinsically tied to expectations, and subsequently trust. When our expectations of another’s behavior are unmet and our trust broken, we feel betrayed. The first step to addressing this is to realize that we are not perfect; we cannot accurately predict or anticipate the results of every situation (referred to as ‘recall bias’). We can’t take ownership or blame for the actions of others; we are only responsible for our own actions (Principle 7).

The next step is to actively address the little, daily disappointments that come from just living this physical existence. We need to acknowledge when situations do not live up to our intentions and where the root cause for that lies. Dealing with the little blows to our expectations makes the transition to handling the big, self-esteem threatening ones a little easier.

Lastly, we have to try and maintain perspective on each situation. All of us are just as capable of failing to meet another’s expectations, so we are all responsible to try and defeat this cycle of expectation and disappointment. The Golden Rule points us in the right direction, and living our Spiritualist philosophy every day is the payoff or ‘compensation’ to which Thoreau refers.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

September 19, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 38  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Paula Mellino, OM

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Oct 7th and Thursday Oct 21st are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Oct 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Spiritualism substitutes knowledge for faith. We do not believe, we know that our loved and lost live on the other side of the grave. We hear the whisper of their angel voices; we are rejoiced at the messages they bring of never dying love of friendship. Overshadowed by their presence, we feel the impulses of a new and higher life, which guides our feet in the pathway of purity and magnanimity of life.”

-Hudson Tuttle (1835-1910)

From The Ethics of Spiritualism; A System of Moral Philosophy

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September 19, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 38   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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If you’re betrayed, release disappointment at once.

By that way, the bitterness has no time to take root.

 

-Toba Beta

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 12, 2021      Vol 2, Number 37

PRINCIPLES 6-9

Principle 6: We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: Do uno others as you would have them do unto you.

Principle 7: We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals, and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.

Principle 8: We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter.

Principle 9: We affirm that the precepts of Prophecy and Healing are divine attributes proven through Mediumship.

 

NSAC Interpretation of Principles

 

  1. This precept (principle) we believe to be true. It points the way to harmony, peace, and happiness. Wherever tried, it has proven successful, and when fully understood and practiced, it will bring peace and happiness to all of humanity.
  2. Individuals are responsible for the welfare of the world in which they live; for its welfare or its misery, for its happiness or unhappiness, and if we are to obtain heaven upon earth, we must learn to make that heaven, for ourselves and for others. Individuals are responsible for their own spiritual growth and welfare. Errors and wrongdoing must be outgrown and overcome. Virtue and love of good must take their place. Spiritual growth and advancement must be attained by aspiration and personal striving. Vicarious atonement has no place in the philosophy of Spiritualism. Individuals must bear their own burdens in overcoming wrongdoings and replace them with right actions.
  3. We discard entirely the terrible wrong and illogical teaching of eternal damnation, and in place thereof, we accept and present for consideration of thinking people the thought of the continuity of life beyond the change called death. [This is] A natural life, where the opportunities for growth and progress to better, higher, and more spiritual conditions are open to all, even as they are here on the earth plane of life. (Continued on page 2)

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

September 12, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 37  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Cosie Allen, OM, CM, CH NST

NSAC National Board Vice- President

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Sept 16th and Thursday Oct 7th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Oct 10th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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NSAC Interpretation of Principles

 

  1. (Continued from page 1): We accept no such teaching as a hell fire, but we do teach that transgression of Natural Law and wrongdoing will necessarily bring remorse and suffering that would be difficult to describe in words and which can only be relieved by the individual’s own efforts, if not here, then in the hereafter. If we make our own lives better while here, and that of our neighbors happier, we shall unfold that happiness or heaven on earth, which we shall carry with us into the Spirit World.
  2. We thus affirm our belief in and acceptance of the truths that Prophecy, Mediumship, and Healing are not unique, but are universal, everlasting, and have been witnessed and observed in all ages.

-Joseph P. Whitwell, NSAC Third President, 1925-1944

From NSAC Spiritualist Manual

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September 12, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 37   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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Healing comes from gathering wisdom from past actions and letting go of the pain that the education cost you.

 

-Caroline Myss

Author and Medical Intuitive

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 5, 2021      Vol 2, Number 36

PRINCIPLES 1-5

Principle 1: We believe in Infinite Intelligence.

Principle 2: We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual, are the     expression of Infinite Intelligence.

Principle 3: We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith constitute true religion.

Principle 4: We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death.

Principle 5: We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.

NSAC Interpretation of Principles

 

  1. By this we express our belief in a supreme Impersonal Power, everywhere present, manifesting as life, through all forms of organized matter, called by some, God; by others, Spirit; and by Spiritualists, Infinite Intelligence. Though this power is impersonal, our understanding can only be gained by our personal perception of this creative force.
  2. In this manner we express our belief in the immanence of Spirit and that all forms of life are manifestations of Spirit or Infinite Intelligence, and thus, all men [people] are children of God.
  3. A correct understanding of the Laws of Nature on the physical, mental, and spiritual planes of life and living in accordance therewith will unfold the highest aspirations and attributes of the soul, which is the correct function of true religion.
  4. Life here and hereafter is all one life whose continuity of consciousness is unbroken by that mere change in form whose process we call death. (Lilian Whiting)
  5. Spirit communication has been in evidence in all ages of the world and is amply recorded in both sacred and profane literature of all ages. Orthodoxy has accepted these manifestations and has interpreted them as dogma and creed in terms of the supernatural. Spiritualism accepts and recognizes these manifestations and interprets them in the understanding and light of Natural Law.

-Joseph P. Whitwell, NSAC Third President, 1925-1944

From NSAC Spiritualist Manual

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

September 05, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 36  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Calderalo,

OM, CM, CH NST from Maryland

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Sept 16th and Thursday Oct 7th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Sept 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

This lyceum will be led by The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Calderalo.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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The 18th of September (1847) is the birthday of Spiritualist pioneer, Eliam (E.W.) Sprague. He unfolded his mediumistic abilities during a home circle in September of 1881 when he went into trance and brought through the spirit of a young boy. He was an accomplished Spiritualist speaker, trance medium, and platform medium. E.W. Sprague authored many books on Spiritualism including the Spiritualist classic, Spirit Mediumship and Its Many Phases (available on archive.org, free pdf download).

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September 05, 2021                  Vol 2, Number 36   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.

 

– Sai Baba of Shirdi (1838-1918)

Indian saint and spiritual master

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 29, 2021      Vol 2, Number 35

COMMUNITY

When we think of our congregation of like-minded members and friends, what word comes to mind to describe our group? We are a fellowship of travelers, sharing many of the same outlooks and goals for our spiritual journey here on the Earth plane. By coming together with each other we become more focused and effective in company rather than alone. With the ultimate duties of life being understood to be growth and service, what better way to achieve progress on both goals than to strive and serve alongside others with the same purpose.

This is what community is and this is what community does. We celebrate the good times and we share in the struggle through trying challenges. We support one another, whether through personal interaction or prayer and meditation, and we are strong when one of us cannot be. We can laugh together as well as cry with one another, all while acknowledging the role of Infinite Intelligence and Spirit in every moment of our day.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (1948-2020) wrote, “Religion creates community, community creates altruism, and altruism turns us away from self and toward the common good…and good neighborliness.” Our faith community works diligently to bring the message of the continuity of life and the role of Natural Law to humanity at large. This starts within each ‘community’ of like-minded people, gathered in our Spiritualist churches, praying for those on the healing list and the world at large, vigilantly focused on the needs both within and outside the walls of the church.

Growth and service both progress one step at a time, one interaction at a time. Every moment of every day presents another opportunity for increased knowledge and awareness, as well as becoming a positive influence on another soul’s path. Our community of Spiritualists are a powerful group, capable of achieving great things, at home and globally.

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

August 29, 2021                         Vol 2, Number 35  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: Louise Barkdull,

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Sept 2nd and Thursday Sept 16th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Sept 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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” Since there are no miracles, it follows that there are no supernatural facts; therefore, all facts are natural facts. They become scientific facts the moment they are proved to be facts. Therefore, if the giving of spirit messages is truth, it is a natural one, and when proved true it becomes a scientific truth…In the study of Modern Spiritualism one is brought into the spiritual thought realm and spiritual faculties are touched by the thoughts of spirits which stimulate them into activity. The same law operates in every realm. Knowing this we must unfold spiritually so that our spiritual faculties become active.”

-E.W. Sprague (1847-1933)

Spiritualist author, trance medium, and missionary

 

August 29, 2021              Vol 2, Number 35   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

 

-Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 22, 2021      Vol 2, Number 34

ONE SLICE AT A TIME

There are those that would argue that pizza is the perfect food. It can encompass the entire food pyramid (yes, there are those misguided folks who put fruit on a pizza!) and has a legitimate argument for becoming a food group of its own for many of us. Pizza has been translated by almost every culture in the world into their version of the humble pie. It’s even educational if you think about it; a round pizza comes in a square box, cut into triangular pieces, a geometry lesson as well as a meal!

Pizza represents many things to many people, but it is also a good representation of life in general. We start with a good physical foundation, the crust; smear on the marinara sauce that binds all the flavors together, just like our family and upbringing; and then add the flavorful toppings, our choices and opportunities that present themselves throughout our lives. Each slice serves as a reminder of a new and different aspect of our journey. Just as no two slices of pizza ever taste exactly the same, our path is not a straight line from A to B, but varies due to purpose and intentionality.

We all go through stages in our lives (childhood, young adult, parent, etc.), and each stage presents different potentials for growth and opportunity. By trying new experiences and embracing challenges we are one step closer to becoming that enlightened spiritual being we all strive to become.

Pizza should be finished one slice at a time,

Just as life is travelled by one thought and one step,

Each building on the previous, a well-worn road.

 

Every age of our existence is a unique and rare chance

To mold our inner spirit to the teachings of the Divine,

A juncture with Spirit, an eternal teaching moment,

No fear or reprisal, only love, hope, and grace.

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

August 22, 2021                         Vol 2, Number 34  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Paula Mellino

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, Sept 2nd and Thursday Sept 16th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Sept 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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” This world is simply the threshold of our vast life; the first stepping-stone from nonentity into the boundless expanse of possibility. It is the infant school of the soul. The physical universe spreads out before us, and the spiritual trials and mysteries of our disciplines are simply our primers, our grammar, our spelling dictionary, to teach us something of the language we are to use in maturity.”

-Starr King (1824-1864)

American Unitarian Minister

 

August 22, 2021              Vol 2, Number 34   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

 

-Gyalwa Rinpoche, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 15, 2021      Vol 2, Number 33

POTATO, POTAHTO, TOMATO, TOMAHTO

The title of today’s article comes from the song, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, written in 1937 by George and Ira Gershwin for the film Shall We Dance (a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers classic) and made popular again many years later when Ella Fitzgerald recorded her album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook in 1959. The premise of the lyric was to point out the differences between the ‘upper-class’ and the less refined ‘lower-class’ through the pronunciation of certain words.

While that suggests a pretty negative outlook, it seems like it would be just as easy to turn it upside down and look at it the opposite way. We are all spiritual beings sharing this human, physical existence and in that regard, we are all alike. But how we express ourselves during this journey is where we find ourselves travelling different paths. There is an Islamic proverb that says it takes a lot of different flowers to make a bouquet, and that is true of humanity as well.

One of the beauties of our Religion of Spiritualism is the recognition and respect of other, different beliefs and the acknowledgment that there is wisdom to be gained from all of them. No one grows in isolation without exposure to diversity and the process of challenging your own understanding of something and reasoning through if it’s right or wrong for your own journey. Being inclusive and respectful means being open and accepting that there are those who don’t think exactly like you do, and that’s okay.

A choir is made up of four parts: bass, tenor, alto, and soprano; it would be pretty boring to hear an entire choir made up of just one part. Instead of focusing on how our differences divide us and the worries about what that may or may not mean, we can celebrate the unity of human experience. Just like a choir, our voices can join together, creating a beautiful mosaic that celebrates the wonder of each one of us.

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”

-Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

August 15, 2021                Vol 2, Number 33  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, August 19th and Thursday Sept 2nd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Sept 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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DON’T YOU KNOW

‘Tis not wise, friends, to mourn when our kindred depart,

For the time comes to all don’t you know;

We are bound, it is true, by our love, heart to heart,

But a soul never dies, don’t you know.

There are always some left one must help up the hill

To life’s uses, and blooms, don’t you know;

Ours must do for the hands which are stricken and still;

That is wise love, and true, don’t you know.

Oh, if wishes could rule fate how much would we change

Of what looks so mis-wrought, don’t you know;

We imagine ourselves could far better arrange,

But unread laws clash in, don’t you know.

To live on and be brave is the part most noblesse,

It takes courage to live, don’t you know;

And the truer we stand in the times of great stress

The diviner we are, don’t you know.

-Emma Rood Tuttle, A Golden Sheaf (1907)

 

August 15, 2021               Vol 2, Number 33   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.

 

-Carolyn Myss

 

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 8, 2021      Vol 2, Number 32

SPIRITUAL SCIENCE DAY

August 8

“Spiritualism is a Science because it investigates, analyzes, and classifies facts and manifestations demonstrated from the Spirit side of life.”

“This definition is derived from the fact that Spiritualism, by use of the scientific method, has gained knowledge by observation, experimentation, and investigation. By observing the world around us and by having assistance from our spirit guides and teachers, we gain knowledge of both the seen and unseen worlds. This method has been codified for us into our third and fifth of Spiritualism’s Declaration of Principles.

By coming into an understanding of the natural world, this has led us to an understanding of Natural Law. By knowing Natural Law, we recognize humanity’s limited understanding of Infinite Intelligence and our relationship to it. This leads us into the metaphysics of how Natural Law flows into the Spirit World, and again, our relationship to that understanding. This is the essence of our fifth Principle.” (NSAC Spiritualist Manual)

BIRTHDAY OF ANDREW JACKSON DAVIS

“Born August 11, 1826 in Blooming Grove, Orange County, New York, less than 50 miles from New York City. He made his transition to Spirit in greater Boston, January 13, 1910 at the age of 83 years.”

“In 1844, Davis had an experience which was to change the course of his life. He was not yet 18 years of age, when in a semi trance state journeyed 40 miles into the Catskill mountains and met two spirit guides: the Greek physician and philosopher Galen and the Swedish Seer, Emanuel Swedenborg. Davis was given the Magic Staff walking stick by Galen. Then, as he attempted to climb over a wall returning home, he lost the Magic Staff walking stick. Galen then gave him the words of the Magic Staff and advised him to become a clairvoyant healer. Davis followed a successful career in which he diagnosed diseases and prescribed cures, much the same as a man named Edgar Cayce would do about a century later.” (NSAC Religious Services Manual)

Behold! Here is thy Magic Staff: Under all circumstances keep an even mind.

Take it. Try it, Walk with it, Talk with it. Lean on it. Believe on it forever

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

August 8, 2021                 Vol 2, Number 32  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, August 19th and Thursday Sept 2nd are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, Sept 12th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Spiritualism is the first religion that takes facts for its foundation, rears its temples of thought on immutable principles of philosophy, recognizes a Mother as well as a Father in God, and has demonstrably ‘brought life and immortality to light’. It is the first religion that has overcome death and the horrors of the grave, has sounded the gospel of freedom equally to man and woman, young and old, lord and serf. It is the first religion that has satisfactorily explained the phenomena of matter and mind – in and out of man. It is congenial to the true children of Nature, while it liberates mankind from slavery to creeds and gives the individual wholly to himself. It teaches that it is better for a man to think independently, even if he thinks wrongly, than conformably to the tyranny of social selfishness and the dictum of ecclesiastical shams.”

-Andrew Jackson Davis (1826-1910)

The Harmonial Philosophy (1923)

 A Compendium and Digest of the Works of Andrew Jackson Davis

 

 

August 8, 2021                Vol 2, Number 32   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts,

All that is needed is the will to love.

 

-St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

 

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If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 1, 2021      Vol 2, Number 31

HERE AND NOW

 

“The past and the future are tools of the ego that render us finite. Without our judgments about the past (memories) and without our judgments about the future (expectations), there is only the Here and Now, the eternal present, the timeless time of the Oneness.”

-Human Angels

Mindfulness requires us to live in the moment, in the here and now. The past is a trap when we replay memories over and over in our minds. What is past is over and cannot be changed no matter how much we would like a mulligan. The future is not yet written, yet how much time we all spend worrying about it! So fearful of making the wrong choice, we take no action at all, limiting our own future attainments.

We can become so caught up in the mistakes that may have happened in the past, or the errors we are afraid we might make in the future, that we become frozen in time, never truly living. You know people that are so married to the experiences of their past, or the potential events of the future that they never get off the bench (to use a sports analogy). Mired in the quicksand of fear and ego, terminally trapped by their own inability to let go.

When we embrace this journey with all of its ups and downs, we do so in the understanding that this is but one step on our own, individual eternal lifetime. We are immortal beings sharing this physical experience, but this is truly a ‘blip’ on the radar in the big scheme of things. Yes, we are here to learn and experience; yes, it can be tragically painful and miraculously marvelous; but to keep our eye on the prize, per se, we can’t get so caught up that we immobilize ourselves.

Living in the here and now, taking one step at a time, forgiving yourself and others for errors of the past, planning for the future but not marrying ourselves to a specific outcome; all of these actions release the ego, mitigate fear, and help take the steps toward spiritual awareness.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

August 1, 2021                  Vol 2, Number 31  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Bradley Gosselin, OM CH NST and

The Rev. Elizabeth Gosselin, OM CM NST

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, August 5th and Thursday August 19th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, August 8th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Death is not the end.

Death can never be the end.

Death is the road.

Life is the traveler.

The soul is the guide.”

Our mind thinks of death.

Our heart thinks of life.

Our soul thinks of immortality.”

-Sri Chinmoy, Indian spiritual leader

Author, poet, artist, musician

 (1931-2007)

 

 

August 1, 2021                 Vol 2, Number 31   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“When a caterpillar spins its cocoon, it goes through a transformative process and then emerges as a butterfly. Similarly, when we go through a practice of meditation and prayer, we loosen our egoic grip on a sense of self that is separate from the Whole and become vehicles of the emergent evolutionary paradigm of love, peace, compassion, wisdom, harmony and oneness that seeks expression on the planet.”

 

-Michael Beckwith

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 25, 2021      Vol 2, Number 30

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

 

Spiritualism is a Philosophy because it studies the Laws of Nature both on the seen and unseen sides of life and bases its conclusion on present observed facts. It accepts statements of observed facts of past ages and conclusion drawn therefrom, when sustained by reason and by results of observed facts of the present day.

 

Spiritualism is a Religion because it strives to understand and to comply with the Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Laws of Nature, which are the laws of God.

Have you ever asked yourself what the difference is between ‘philosophy’ and ‘religion’? They can seem very similar, but they are fundamentally different. A philosophy forms the core principles and beliefs that constitute a religion. In other words, you can have a philosophy and not necessarily have a religion—but, any religion (a unified system of beliefs and practices related to sacred things) has a philosophy as its foundational base.

Spiritualism’s philosophy has at its core the acknowledgment of the immutable and unchangeable Natural Laws that rule both the physical world and the spiritual world. Cora L.V. Richmond wrote, “The Philosophy of Spiritualism is the inblending into the one perfect whole of all its parts; the union of its phenomena and the spirit; the meeting and merging of its body and soul.”

Through our growing understanding of Natural Law, we embrace its role in our daily lives. The closer we come to living in harmony with the world around us, the greater opportunity we will have to merge our vibrations with those in the Spirit World. Recognizing that our knowledge will never be complete, we can still strive to live by the principles of Natural Law that we do understand. In this way we can celebrate the union that Cora Richmond wrote about.

“The discovery of natural law is a meeting with God.”

-Friedrich Dessauer (1881-1963)

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

July 25, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 30  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM

Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, August 5th and Thursday August 19th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, August 8th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“I come, I come, from my spirit-home,

Like a bird in the early spring,

To the loved ones here, whom my heart holds dear,

A message of love to bring.

The heavens are wide, but they can not divide

The spirits whom love makes free!

The green old earth, and the land of my birth,

With its home, are still dear to me.

We’ll be there, we’ll be there, in a little while,

We’ll join the pure and the blest,

We’ll have the palm, the robe, the crown,

And for ever be at rest.”

-through the mediumship of Miss Lizzie Doten

The Question Settled by Moses Hull (1869)

 

 

July 25, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 30   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”

 

-Eric Micha’el Leventhal

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 18, 2021      Vol 2, Number 29

POCKETFUL OF PATIENCE

 

“Spiritual growth is not like fast food. It takes time for its roots to grow, and that requires us to be receptive and patient.”

-Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi(1924-2014)

How many of us had grandmothers who would persistently remind us of age-old axioms, like, ‘patience is a virtue’? Most of us would identify with not being particularly receptive to things like this; children being impatient by nature and wanting to grow up and gain new experiences as quickly as possible. But, many of us don’t get any better with age either. We still have unrealistic expectations for all kinds of things, most importantly ourselves.

As we go forward on our journey of spiritual growth and enlightenment on this Earth plane, too many of us are unforgiving of our own perceived lack of progress. We rush to gain the prize at the end of the marathon without realizing that we may be missing the many water stops along the course. We hurry along, trying to force grow the roots that Rabbi Zalman spoke of.

Spiritual root building takes time and, most importantly, patience. Unfoldment and development don’t typically happen overnight. It takes time, consistency, devotion, passion and yes, patience!

The lines of communication between ourselves and Spirit are built and expanded over time, trust is gained through repetition and success. Not so different than many pursuits here on the physical plane, whether riding a bike, playing an instrument, or pitching a baseball. All require dedication to the craft, and a willingness to dedicate the time required for the outcome we desire.

As long as we open our minds, our ears, and our hearts, Spirit will be the willing practice partner with infinite patience as we stretch our spiritual wings and gain a firm foothold of growth and understanding. There is no limit to what we can achieve as long as we persevere.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

July 18, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 29  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Bonnie Crosier, OM

NSAC Board Trustee, Love of Spirit Spiritualist Church, Illinois

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, August 5th and Thursday August 19th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, August 8th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Fifty years ago, the destiny of all the countless millions that have vanished from the earth through the mysterious portals of death, was utterly unknown. Whether they were sleeping in the ground, annihilated, living, some in eternal torment, others in eternal bliss, or when, or how, if ever, we should meet them again, was all an unsolved mystery…On the night of March 31, 1848, we found beyond a shadow of doubt or ‘peradventure, that death had no power over the Spirit, could never touch the soul, or destroy one attribute or property of soul life…On the 31st of March, 1848, we discovered that we had never lost a friend; only parted with those that had vanished behind the veil of mortality as far as our mortal vision is concerned…On that momentous night…all our doubts and denials concerning ‘miracles’ were blown to the winds, and a new and wonderful array of powers for the soul, possibilities for the man of the future, and germs of new sciences, took their place. We found besides matter and force, a new element, called ‘Spirit’.”

-Emma Hardinge Britten

Nineteenth Century Miracles (1899)

 

 

July 18, 2021                   Vol 2, Number 29   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Love one another and help others to rise to higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”

 

-Sai Baba of Shirdi (1838-1918)

Indian saint and spiritual master

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 11, 2021      Vol 2, Number 28

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

 

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

-Carl Jung (1875-1961)

The emphasis placed on meditation and contemplation in the Religion of Spiritualism is purposeful and vitally important. The infinite existence of God is expressed throughout all of Nature, including each of us. We can appreciate the beauty of a rose or a giant redwood, but the inner workings that create that visual and emotional impact are hidden from view. Our own inner workings are not visible to the naked eye either, but through their expression we reveal ourselves to the world.

Too often we find ourselves hurried and harried, rushing from one task to another, the demands of our modern lifestyle demanding constant attention. Twenty-first century expectations are for results that are immediate and meet all of our expectations. Those in the customer service industry have some of the most stressful occupations; set up for failure, as it is an impossible task to please all the people, all the time. The virtues of patience and tolerance are more important now than ever.

Meditation forces us to ‘stop the insanity’; to consciously pause the rat-race and take a moment for our own mental and spiritual health. The time we spend looking inside ourselves, taking stock of who, what, and where we are on this journey, pays untold dividends not only to our spiritual awakening, but is also reflected as we rejoin the rest of our fellow travelers in day-to-day life. We can’t change the past and the future hasn’t played out yet, but we can control one thing in this present moment: ourselves.

This is the moment to reforge our commitment to our inner, eternal selves. Like the giant redwood, it will germinate strong roots that produce an impenetrable calm amidst an ever changing and demanding world.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

July 11, 2021                     Vol 2, Number 28  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Paula Mellino, OM

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, July 15th and Thursday August 5th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, August 8th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human…It goes against the grain to stay present…so whenever we wander off, we gently encourage ourselves to ‘stay’ and settle down. Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay! Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay! What’s for lunch? Stay! I can’t stand this another minute! Stay!”

-Pema Chodron

American Buddhist Nun, Author

 

 

July 11, 2021                    Vol 2, Number 28   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.”

 

-Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 4, 2021      Vol 2, Number 27

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

“Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind, an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.”

 

-Samuel Adams, Mass. Delegate to the Continental Congress,

U.S. Founder, a signer of the Declaration of Independence

 

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

July 4, 2021                      Vol 2, Number 27 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Sharon Watson, OM CM CH NST

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, July 1st and Thursday, July 15th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, July 11th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Physical life is a phenomenal expression of spirit, and that this is a spirit world – the first stage in our career as conscious entities…this world, then, is a spirit-sphere, its laws and forces are spiritual, and therefore physical and spiritual conditions are but varied aspects of the same facts. Physical and spiritual forces are not antagonistic but complementary: they are not antipathetic but may be regarded as different phases of the one great existence. Viewed from one standpoint, we see the material, viewed from the other we see the spiritual; both views are correct as far as they go, but when we are no longer misled by ‘appearances’ we recognise that which is, and realise the Oneness, Order, and Beauty of Life, as expressed in the diverse modes of manifestation with which we are familiar.”

-E.W. and M.H. Wallis

A Guide to Mediumship and Psychic Unfoldment (1903)

 

July 4, 2021                     Vol 2, Number 27   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”

 

-Brennan Manning (1934-2013)

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 27, 2021      Vol 2, Number 26

PROPHECY

Principle #9 – ‘We affirm that the precepts of Prophecy and Healing are divine attributes proven through mediumship.’

 

We declare Principle #9, along with our other Principles, every Sunday in church, but we don’t often discuss or consider the ‘prophecy’ aspect of this particular Principle. Unfortunately, there seems to be some confusion about the actual meaning of the word ‘prophecy’ within the context of our Religion of Spiritualism.

The common understanding of the word prophecy describes the ability to predict or foretell the future. This is only one meaning of a much more complex word. The Greek source for this word is propheteia – the gift of interpreting the will of the gods, later to be refined to the gift of speaking under the Divine influence of Spirit. This is what sets prophecy apart from the umbrella concept of precognition (the knowledge of future events).

Much like the difference between psychics and mediums, precognition and prophecy are similarly related. All demonstrations of prophecy are precognitive in nature; however, not all examples of precognition display the Divine influence present in prophecy. Our NSAC Spiritualist Manual states that to prophesy is, “to utter religious truths under divine inspiration, not simply always to foretell future events but to warn, exhort, comfort, etc., by special message or impulse from God.”

The demonstrations of mediumship within our Spiritualist churches are thereby, prophetic in nature, in that they depend on the guidance and evidence provided by Infinite Intelligence and those who live in the Spirit World. We value this communion with Spirit for the moral, spiritual, and ethical lessons we can learn, as well as the comfort derived from the evidence of the continuity of life.

This Sunday, as you declare our wonderful Principles, think about the workers in your home church. Remember them in your prayers and meditations, thanking Infinite Intelligence for the wonderful gift of prophecy in our Religion of Spiritualism.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

June 27, 2021         Vol 2, Number 26  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, July 1st and Thursday, July 15th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, July 11th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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PEAKS OF THE IDEAL

High to our lifted eyes the tall peaks seem;

But when by rugged pains with toil extreme

And one sharp struggle we have reached the crest,

Another rises higher far whose breast,

The while we struggle up the first ascent,

Lay all unseen with clouds and shadow blend

Then fiercely set, we ceaseless strive and climb,

But ever, ever higher far, Sublime

Ideal, do thy towering ramparts rise,

And as we climb still lift to higher skies.

-Joseph I. C. Clark

 

June 27, 2021        Vol 2, Number 26   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“If we have loving kindness and compassion, our prime concern will always be not to hurt others, and this itself is healing. A compassionate person is the most powerful healer, not only of their own disease and other problems, but of those of others. A person with loving kindness and compassion heals others simply by existing.”

 

-Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Tibetan Buddhist scholar, meditator, and author

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 20, 2021      Vol 2, Number 25

EMBODIMENT

Embodiment is a word used to describe the representation of a quality, thought, idea, etc. in physical, tangible form. A perfect example of this would be Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, better known as simply, ‘Mother Teresa’; Roman Catholic nun, missionary, and canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She served the poorest of the poor in India for over 60 years, embracing and ‘embodying’ the concepts of charity, compassion, and service. When you think of walking the walk, this woman truly did exactly that.

Spiritualism proclaims that it is a religion of every-day living. What does that mean? The Principles that we declare on Sundays don’t disappear on Monday morning. They are the guidelines for our conduct and thinking in every interaction. Not just talking the talk, but like Mother Teresa, walking the walk. Is that too high of an expectation to put upon ourselves? No one believes that they may have what it takes to be a ‘Mother Teresa’, but you know, neither did she! She put one foot in front of the other, took one day at a time, and did the best she could with what she had.

Whether we realize it or not, each of us has a huge impact on all of our fellow travelers here on planet Earth. Our Principles remind us that we are all divine beings having this physical experience and that we all have a moral responsibility to ourselves and others. Through our communication with Spirit, we are continually assured that no effort of kindness goes unnoticed. To walk the walk, as also exemplified by our pioneers and founders, is to ‘embody’ our Principles and acknowledge our understanding of our spiritual duty on this physical plane.

We can’t all be a ‘Mother Teresa’ and be recognized globally for our efforts, but we can make significant differences in the every day life of all of those around us. By embodying our core ideals of love, light, and law, we announce our dedication to further promote the goals of Spiritualism – one moment, one day at a time.

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

-Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

June 20, 2021         Vol 2, Number 25  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann, OM NST

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, July 1st and Thursday, July 15th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, July 11th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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WELCOME HOME

Winds of adversity may bluster around us,

Doubt and despair may frequent our days.

Rest easy friend, in the awareness within,

That love, light, and law vanquish fear and regret.

Illumination from the infinite provides clarity,

Compassion for each other opens hearts,

Attunement with Spirit enlightens the understanding:

Natural Law is the answer to all of life’s questions.

As the oceans rise and fall from the tidal pull of the moon,

As the trees reach skyward toward the rays of the sun;

Our souls vibrate higher, communing with Spirit,

From safe harbor on the shores of eternity comes their call,

‘Welcome home, welcome home’.

-Rev. Jen Rosson

 

June 20, 2021        Vol 2, Number 25   Page 3

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spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.”

 

-Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Osher Center of Integrative Medicine, Univ. of Calif., San Francisco

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 13, 2021      Vol 2, Number 24

THE PHENOMENA OF SPIRITUALISM

The phenomena of Spiritualism include any demonstration of mediumship proving the continuity of life. The primary phenomena demonstrated in our Spiritualist churches are: Clairaudience, Clairsentience, Clairvoyance, Clairalience, Clairgustance, Healing, Psychometry, Raps, and Transfiguration.

Clairaudience: a form of mental mediumship demonstrating the ability to hear the voices of those in the Spirit World.

Clairsentience: a form of mental mediumship demonstrating the ability to sense the vibrations of those in the Spirit World and translate them into an evidential message.

Clairvoyance: a form of mental mediumship demonstrating the ability to see the images projected by or the forms of entities in the Spirit World.

Clairalience: demonstrates the ability to smell and translate the scents being delivered from the Spirit World into an evidential message.

Clairgustance: demonstrates the ability to taste the substance being sent from those in the Spirit World and translate that into a message validating the continuity of life.

Healing: both contact healing and absent/distant healing are demonstrations of mediumship brought about by the actions of those spiritual beings who are committed to help with the relief of both the physical and mental issues that plague this physical existence.

Psychometry: the ability to derive historical facts from a physical object, may be considered a form of mediumship when it involves spirit communication.

Raps: a form of physical mediumship involving those from the Spirit World who are able to use the electromagnetic substances (ectoplasm) produced during a sitting to communicate through audible sound.

Transfiguration: a form of physical mediumship demonstrated by the transforming of a medium’s appearance into that of a known person who has transitioned.

“My position, therefore, is that the phenomena of Spiritualism, in their entirety, do not require further confirmation. They are proved quite as well as any facts are proved in other sciences.”

-Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

June 13, 2021          Vol 2, Number 2    page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Paula Mellino

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, June 3rd and Thursday, June 17th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, June 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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WORDS OF CHEER

The tide of life is vast and deep, its course is ever onward;

Down rugged cliff, up lofty steep, it keeps its course straight homeward.

The tide is sometimes deep and dark, and fearful we go forward,

Till brighter waters lave our bark; then see our way straight homeward.

As needle to the magnet true, the soul will still tend upward;

Through storm and cloud of darkest hue, it keeps its course straight homeward.

As storms will bid the magnet stray, so passions lead us downward;

But storm and passion pass away, and still we’re tending upward.

To the ever-faithful soul which ever looketh sunward,

The path that leadeth to the goal is short and leads straight homeward.

-Susan M. Rodgers, Medium

Forty Years on the Spiritual Rostrum by Warren Chase (1888)

 

June 13, 2021        Vol 2, Number 24   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“When the healer thinks he is healing, his power is as small as a drop; when he thinks God is healing, and when owing to this thought his own self is forgotten and he is only conscious of the Self of God, then his power becomes as large as the ocean”

 

-Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927)

Teacher of Universal Sufism

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 6, 2021      Vol 2, Number 23

TENACITY AND VERACITY

 

tenacity: determination and persistence; veracity: devotion to the truth

 

When you stop and think about the people who were responsible for not only the founding of our religion, but also for ensuring its’ endurance, it is apparent that most of them share an important characteristic: dogged persistence in pursuit of the truth about spirit communication. Whether they were supporters, mediums, scientists, or doubting investigators, they all have relentlessly pursued the evidence, wherever it took them. Many have been derided, ridiculed, persecuted, and suffered from loss of reputation and/or careers.  In spite of all of this, they were persistent and devoted to finding out the facts.

The Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism is based on the evidential mediumship demonstrated in our churches. Through communication with Spirit over time, we have come to a greater understanding of Natural Law, our own immortality as eternal beings, and the responsibilities that we each shoulder. Once that door opens within our human mind, the spark of the Divine within opens our immortal eyes to our true reality. Now it is up to us to pursue the knowledge and increase our awareness to further evolve our eternal souls.

Through tenacity and veracity, we travel our journey on this physical plane with integrity, following the example of those who have led the way. Each day is a new opportunity for growth and expansion of our individual limitless potential.

“The thought manifests the word; the word manifests the deed;

The deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character;

So watch the thought and its ways with care, and let them spring forth from love

Born out of compassion for all beings,

As the shadow follows the body,

As we think, so we become.

-The Dhammapada, Buddhist scriptures (3rd century BCE)

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

June 6, 2021           Vol 2, Number 23  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Cosie Allen, OM CM CH NST

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, June 3rd and Thursday, June 17th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, June 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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One Lonely Hour

Thou must go on alone, my soul, thou must go on alone;

The future – what it holds, my soul, is kindly, yet unknown.

Thou knowest all things end, my soul, thy best and nothing more,

The way results will come, my soul, is not yet understood.

Thou canst but do thy best, my soul, thy best and nothing more.

The things thou failest to gain, my soul, ‘tis useless to deplore.

Thou must drift on alone, my soul, no anchorage for thee!

Thou sailest soundless seas, my soul, through all eternity.

-Emma Rood Tuttle, The Golden Sheaf (1907)

 

June 6, 2021         Vol 2, Number 23   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.”

 

-Wm. Paul Young, Canadian author

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 30, 2021      Vol 2, Number 22

IN THE KNOW

 

You don’t know what you don’t know until you know.

 

Many professional disciplines address this somewhat confusing mantra regarding institutional and personal knowledge, and attempt to answer what, if anything, is truly ‘known’. One of the methods is to break down this subject into 4 different groups representing the possible situations that humans encounter:

  • Known-Knowns – learned or accumulated knowledge of an established subject or situation
  • Unknown-Knowns – the subject or situation is established but the person has no inherent knowledge of it
  • Known-Unknowns – knowledge of a subject or situation exists, but the outcome of the subject or situation is unrecognized or unpredictable
  • Unknown-Unknowns – knowledge of and an awareness of the existence of the subject or the situation is absent altogether

Prior to the Advent of Modern Spiritualism, human understanding of the Spiritual Plane fell mostly into the ‘unknown-known’ or the ‘known-unknown’ category. We either knew of the possibility of an after-life but had no understanding of it, or we knew that the Spirit World was purported to exist but we could see no evidence to support that belief. Thanks to Charles B. Rosna, the Fox Family, and countless others since, we have not only gained direct experience with those living on the other side of the veil, they also continue to provide evidential information, proving the continuity of life. This has effectively moved our understanding into the category of ‘known-knowns’.

This is why Spiritualists don’t ‘believe’, but ‘know’ and ‘affirm’ their truth; that this physical existence is but one step on our eternal journey of evolution. Harrison D. Barrett, the first President of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, wrote that the agnostic states, ‘I don’t know’ and the Christian says, ‘I believe’. Whereas, “Spiritualism has one answer to all these speculations, and in two words solves the difficult problems of humanity, saying, I know.”

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

May 30, 2021          Vol 2, Number 22  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson OM Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, June 3rd and Thursday, June 17th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, June 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“When we become fully impressed with the fearful position, with its vast responsibilities, we occupy; that we are not creatures of time but eternity; that every thought and act has relation to our eternal welfare, we shall be impressed with the necessity of fashioning the conduct of our lives in accordance with the highest principles of right. Outside of ourselves there is no salvation, and our redemption can only be gained by growth.

Spiritualism substitutes knowledge for faith. We do not believe, we know that our loved and lost live on the other side of the grave. We hear the whisper of their angel voices; we are rejoiced at the messages they bring of never dying love of friendship. Overshadowed by their presence, we feel the impulses of a new and higher life, which guides our feet in the pathway of purity and magnanimity of life.”

 

-Hudson Tuttle, The Ethics of Spiritualism (1878);

A System of Moral Philosophy

May 30, 2021         Vol 2, Number 22   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand. If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another.”

 

-His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 23, 2021      Vol 2, Number 21

DEFEAT THE STATUS QUO

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

-Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890), French critic and journalist

This quote is one that is often used in conjunction with lamentations about the lack of progress in social, cultural, and moral conflicts. It often accompanies the argument that the human condition is inherently preordained, destined to be mired in struggle and oppression, no matter the technological advances that are made. A pessimistic viewpoint, to say the least, and one that doesn’t allow for the presence of Natural Law.

We know that evolutionary changes are not just biological and global; they are also personal leaps of inner growth, as understanding of our eternal existence is realized by each one of us. The awareness that everyone we share this Earth plane with carries the same spark of Infinite Intelligence within mandates a change from the ‘typical’ human condition. The growth of our individual souls is exposed to all by our conduct and choices.

When we hear of people longing for the ‘good old days’, this is often a plea to retreat to a space and time of perceived comfort when life was lived without intention or attention to our moral interactions. Individual growth, spiritually and mentally, doesn’t happen in a vacuum or without challenge. We evolve, continually confronted by situations demanding decisions, whether we like it or not. More and more of us are realizing our responsibility to ourselves and each other, acknowledged in our 7th Principle: “We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.”

Our primary duty in this physical existence is the concept of service; to ourselves and to each other. Carrying the light of Infinite Intelligence within, displaying that fact to all by the choices and actions we take; living by example is the greatest testimony we can individually give.

 

“The greatest solution to all human problems is individual inner transformation.”

-Vernon Howard (1918-1992), American author and philosopher

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

May 23, 2021          Vol 2, Number 21  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Stacy Kopchinski, OM CM CH NST from Wisconsin.

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, June 3rd and Thursday, June 17th are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, June 13th at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“Upon entering the Infinite Cathedral of Nature, for the examination of phenomena in corroboration of our spiritual philosophy, we shall at once perceive that we are not in the narrow laboratory of the chemist, nor confined to any limited experiments we can ourselves produce… And whether we have garments on our bodies, or bodies on our souls, we are alike in all spheres, subject to the same divine, general, and immutable laws of being, of change, and of development.”

 

-Warren Chase, The Gist of Spiritualism (1867)

From Lecture 2 of 5, delivered in Washington, D.C., January 1865

 

 

May 23, 2021         Vol 2, Number 21   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”

 

-Caroline Myss, medical intuitive and mystic

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 16, 2021      Vol 2, Number 20

BEYOND THE VEIL

Principle 4: “We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death.”

Principle 5: “We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, scientifically         proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.”

Evidential Mediumship in the Spiritualist Church is demonstrated for very specific purposes. A Spiritualist Medium acts as a conduit for greetings from the Spirit World, providing:

  • evidence for the continuity of life from this world to the next
  • information from Spirit that offers comfort to those left behind
  • alleviation from the fear of physical death
  • assistance in the unfoldment of each of the individuals involved

We have the opportunity each week in our churches to not only declare our Principles, but to receive validation of their truth. The phenomena of Spiritualism have been tried and tested over the last 173 years since that fateful day in Hydesville, but the crux of the matter lies with each individual person. Many of us have received a greeting that ‘flipped the switch’ for us, receiving information that was impossible for anyone else to know about. Others have witnessed the emotional responses to evidential Spirit greetings and they too realize the truth of what was demonstrated.

Physical death of a loved one is one of the most emotional and stressful experiences any of us will have on the earth plane. The famous author, Anonymous said, “Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.” This period of sorrow is a vital process, but one which many can struggle to find their way out of.

As we begin to emerge from the cocoon of isolation of the past year, we must remember how much unexpected loss was experienced on a global scale. The death of a loved one leaves a void in those left behind, an emptiness that can result in heartache and despair. Evidential Mediumship in our Spiritualist churches helps provide solace to the grieving and hope for all of us; death is a transition, stepping beyond the veil, into another plane of existence.

There is no death, there are no dead.(Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

May 16, 2021          Vol 2, Number 20  page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: Lyn Collier, President SDC Board of Directors.

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, May 6 and Thursday, May 20 are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, June 13 at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“And if I go, while you’re still here…

Know that I live on,

Vibrating to a different measure

Behind a thin veil you cannot see through.

You will not see me,

So, you must have faith.

I wait for the time when we can soar together again,

Both aware of each other.

Until then, live your life to the fullest

And when you need me,

Just whisper my name in your heart,

…I will be there.”

 

-Emily Dickenson (1830-1886), American poet

 

May 16, 2021         Vol 2, Number 20   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Spiritual healing occurs as we begin to consciously reconnect with our essential being – the wise, loving, powerful, creative entity that we are at our core.”

 

-Shakti Gawain (1948-2018)

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 9, 2021      Vol 2, Number 19

GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

– Oscar Wilde

After an entire year of lockdowns, social distancing, and a generalized level of fear throughout our human population, we are finally emerging from our chrysalis of isolation and starting to reengage with the world at large. Many of us are encountering new anxieties as we begin this process of reintegration; hesitant to open the doorway and reluctant to embrace the outside world once more. Psychology research show that habits form in just 21 days and we have certainly had much more time than that this past year!

For many, these habits have resulted in an unconscious daily routine, a method of coping and living that results in a life of ‘going through the motions’, but not of conscious choice and engagement. This is a life expressed by distance, disinterest, lack of enthusiasm, and general separation. Understandable in many ways due to the unprecedented times in which we have been living, and so many of us have experienced heart-wrenching loss as well this past year. But this response to stress has led many to lead a mechanical existence consisting of the same actions or inactions every day. Wake up, go to work, come home, binge TV, go to sleep, and repeat the next day.

It’s time to shake things up and take back conscious control of the precious time we have been given on this Earth plane! Start small, look around and take a moment to appreciate the positives that we do have in our lives. Then take some baby steps: take a different route to work or home, listen to a different station in the car, eat something totally outside the normal wheelhouse. Stop and spend a few minutes each day just stopping to breathe, calming your mind and body during this equally stressful period of reassimilation. Making conscious choices as we traverse our daily path ensures that we are truly living and not just existing.

“I was going through the motions of life. Instead of really living, and there’s no excuse for that. It’s not something I’ll let happen again.”

-Charles de Lint

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

May 9, 2021     Vol 2, Number 19         page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Cosie Allen, OM CM CH NST,

Vice-President, NSAC Board of Directors.   Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, May 6 and Thursday, May 20 are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, May 9 at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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“In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.

In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.

In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy.

For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me,

There’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

 

-Albert Camus, French philosopher

(1913-1960)

 

 

May 9, 2021           Vol 2, Number 19   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

 

-Denis Waitley

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 2, 2021      Vol 2, Number 18

VERITIES FOR ETERNITY

A ‘verity’ is one of the fundamental principles of existence in this universe. Its derivation is from the Latin, ‘veritas’, meaning ‘truth’. The 18th Century French philosopher, Claude Buffier, first tied the concept of what Greek philosophers had thought of as the unconscious minds inner, inherent monologues to a view of innate human ethical and moral values. He termed these the ‘Eternal Verities’; ideas such as right versus wrong, love and compassion, sympathy and empathy, soul and conscience.

We know that every individual carries the light of the Divine within, that we are all eternal beings eventually returning to the same Source. Infinite Intelligence is that Divine Source, and Natural Law both binds us to and reminds us of our heritage. Natural Law provides definition and context to the fundamental truths, or verities, of our existence.

This philosophy is one of the three pillars of Spiritualism. When we declare our Principles in Sunday service, we acknowledge their truth and we rededicate ourselves to the quest of growth, unfoldment, and duty. These philosophical truths or verities, defined by Natural Law and our Principles, provide guidance for who we can truly aspire to be: eternal beings dedicated to service, compassion, and love.

Roman emperor and philosopher, Marcus Aurelius (121-180) wrote in his book, Meditations:

“One Universe made up of all things;

And one God in it all,

And one principle of Being,

And one Law, one Reason,

Shared by all thinking creatures,

And one Truth.”

The Philosophy of Spiritualism is built on the foundation of these fundamental, universal truths; they truly are ‘verities for eternity’.

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

May 2, 2021     Vol 2, Number 18         page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: Charvonne Carlson, CM CH NST, First Spiritualist Church of

West Allis, Wisconsin.   Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, May 6 and Thursday, May 20 are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, May 14 at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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THE MISSION OF MEDIUMSHIP

“It is a sacred calling that permits one to assuage another’s grief and sorrow. It is doubly so when one can become an instrument to be used by an angel to communicate with his loved ones of earth. To become a medium through whom a so-called ‘dead’ friend may return and speak to his loved ones in distress of soul, awaking them to the consciousness of their continued existence, and telling of their undying love, is the sweetest gift of God to man.”

 

-Rev. E. W. Sprague

Spirit Mediumship, It’s Various Phases

(1912)

May 2, 2021           Vol 2, Number 18   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

-Pema Chodron

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 25, 2021      Vol 2, Number 17

THE FLOW

 

“Patience is the river that finds its way to the sea, by flowing through many confluences.”

– Miaden Dordevic

A confluence of water is the result of joining the flow of 2 or more streams. In our daily life, confluency is the meeting, or gathering of things, events, or individuals; a joining of ideas, hopes, and expectations of many different individuals. This is the never-ending river of life: the combining of the one with the whole.

Our journey on this physical plane is often not easy and sometimes downright unpleasant. We are not individual water molecules, captive to gravity and tide, unwillingly pulled downstream. We are thinking, eternal beings; we have the power to choose which tributary we want to sail down, which confluence to join on our travel down the river of life. This is where personal responsibility comes in.

Principle 7: “We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.” We are each the masters of the ships we sail. We can allow ourselves to be swept along, seemingly without purpose or goal, or we can captain our ship, following a course set with help from our guides and teachers.

It’s not always smooth sailing, but with patience and perseverance effort is always rewarded. The only guarantee in this physical life is that we will travel this journey to its’ end, with or without intention and direction by our higher self. Our duty to ourselves is to make our itinerary a deliberate, conscious choice; building on our previous experiences, learning as we go along, growing each and every day.

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

April 25, 2021     Vol 2, Number 17      page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: Lyn Collier, President, SDC Board of Directors.

Please join us on Zoom.

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Thursday, May 6 and Thursday, May 20 are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, May 14 at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same Zoom link as Sunday service.

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‘Tis not for self we feel the glow

Of passion for continued life,

But love for those whose passage mars

The growth of soul and all its aims.

For death, in his remorseless path,

Leaves here no evidence for hope,

And we must seek its guerdon there

Where chance may bring a cheering word

From out the gates of grief and pain.

But when we bridge the sombre gulf

Twixt life and death, and learn that love

Still waits upon the shining shores

Of time and fate to meet us there,

We watch forever and forever

The distant purposes of God.

-James H. Hyslop, Ph.D.,

Contact With the Other World (1919)

April 25, 2021       Vol 2, Number 17   Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Great healers develop by meditating on the attributes of Deity and the paths leading thereto. Students are therefore urged mentally to visualize the Great White Light as God and to realise that we too can fill our own being with the light of truth and health.”

-Harry Boddington

The University of Spiritualism (1947)

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Ideas, inspirations, comments….please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 18, 2021      Vol 2, Number 16

RUST AND RELIGION

 

Gallup polls of church membership started in 1937. At that time, 73% of polled Americans belonged to a religious congregation. Over the next 60 years this number remained around 70%. Now, it has been on the decline since the late 1990’s, steadily dropping to a new low in 2021 of just 47%. Americans who have membership in a church, synagogue, or mosque are no longer a majority of the population.

This precipitous drop can be almost equally split between two groups: those who have no religious preference and those who have dropped their previous membership. Membership is also a generational issue; older Americans have a higher percentage of church affiliation than younger Americans. In response to the dropping demographics, thousands of churches across all denominations are closing their doors every year.

In the scheme of things, Spiritualism is a small player on the religious denominational map of the U.S. Membership rolls for most of our churches typically total under 100 and the number of churches and camps across the United States are also less than that. But membership rolls don’t tell the whole story, do they?

Many people today claim to be ‘spiritual but not religious’ in direct reaction to the dogma and intransigence of mainstream religion. How many times have you heard new attendees say, “Why haven’t I heard about Spiritualism before?” Their astonishment comes from finding a ‘religion’ that doesn’t judge, is inclusive of everyone, and provides actual evidence for the continuity of life and the never-ending opportunity for redemption.

As traditional theologies try and knock the rust off of the creeds and rituals that have alienated generations from their spiritual pathway, Spiritualists must rise up and remind both members and newcomers of the every-day value of a religion founded on Natural Law. There is no rust on our foundation of science based, evidential mediumship; we continue to evolve our understanding of Natural Law and our role within eternity. Welcome in, everyone!

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

April 18, 2021     Vol 2, Number 16      page 2

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Havivah Richards, OM CM CH NST from Arizona.            Please join us on Zoom..

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Thursday, May 6 and Thursday, May 20 are the next dates for our Unfoldment Circle.

Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday, May 14 at 10:00 am will be our next Second Sunday Lyceum.

Join us for a 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for discussion.

Use the same link as for Sunday service.

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“We must not be blinded to the need for change. With respect to our forefathers, times have changed. Expressions have changed. Although we should maintain a reverence for the teachings of the past, we must live in the present and prepare for the future. We must recognize when there is a need for change.”

-Silver Birch, spirit guide

 speaking through the medium Maurice Barbanell

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April 18, 2021       Vol 2, Number 16   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things”

-Mother Teresa

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments….please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 11, 2021      Vol 2, Number 15

CIRCLING BACK TO THE BEGINNING

 

This past year has presented many challenges to individuals, employers, churches and organizations. Our basic social behavior as a society was effectively changed overnight by mandatory social distancing. In addition to the tragedy of hundreds of thousands of lives lost and millions more sickened, many of us are suffering from the social isolation. Literally out of touch with family and friends, feelings of being adrift without a rudder are all too common.

We are never without direction, however; Spirit is always with us, in good times and bad times. Our ancestors realized this when they opened their hearts and minds to the concept of spirit communication revealed in Hydesville in 1848. Remember this time period; the transportation revolution was on the horizon, but the railroad did not become practical or prominent until after 1860. Most of our country’s population lived in rural areas and personal and business travel was done by horse, buggy, stagecoach, or boat. It could take hours or days to get to your destination and even months to cross the country.

Home circles were started by those who were excited by the news of the New Dispensation in Hydesville and wanted to witness it for themselves. Unable to devote the time or means to journey to distant lectures or demonstrations, they formed circles among family members and neighbors. They too were looking for answers to their feelings of isolation and detachment. How many spiritual connections were forged in the lowly home circles of the 1800’s?

The suggested number of sitters in a circle is from 3 to 6, however there are many examples of 2 individuals of like mind and intention having great success. There should be a commitment to day, time, and place of meeting, at a minimum of once per week for approximately one hour. A basic set of guidelines for a circle meeting can be found on page 2 of this newsletter.

While we are slowly moving back to normalcy, now may be the time to take a step forward in our commitment to our spiritual growth. Now may be the time to circle back to the tradition of a Home Circle, an excellent option to explore, even virtually on Zoom!

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

April 11, 2021     Vol 2, Number 15       page 2

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Paula Mellino, OM from SDC.    Please join us on Zoom..

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Thursday, April 1 and Thursday April 15 will be the dates for our Unfoldment Circle this month. Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Basic Guidelines for a Home Circle

  • Set the time and date for the meeting and be consistent
  • Call the Circle to order, and open with a prayer that sets the intention
  • Send distant healing to those family and friends who are in need of help
  • Spend 10-15 minutes in silent meditation, focusing on being open to the voice of Spirit
  • Share the thoughts, feelings, or other things that were revealed during the meditation
  • End the Circle with a closing prayer, visualizing spiritual protection as each sitter withdraws their energy back within

“Spirit Circles, whether held in a home or church, historically have been the Spiritualist path for unfolding a person’s ability to communicate with those in the Spirit World.”

-NSAC Spiritualist Manual

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April 11, 2021        Vol 2, Number 15   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Spirit can only communicate with us on our current level of understanding. Our spiritual habits determine what that level will be.”

-Anthon St. Maarten, author

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments….please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 4, 2021      Vol 2, Number 14

LET’S CRACK SOME EGGS

 

Across the world, the lowly egg has been the symbol of creation, rebirth, and fertility. The ancient beliefs of India, Egypt, and Greece all feature a common thread of attributing creation of the world to a ‘cosmic’ egg. Many cultures used eggs to promote agricultural success, even spreading eggs onto their plows prior to sowing the fields.

Today, eggs continue to appear in religious and cultural ceremonies around the world, as well as figuring in many commercial endeavors. Although they may have lost some of the mystique of past ages, there is still a fascination with the unknown that may lie within. This idea was given a unique representation by author, Siobhan Shaw. She wrote that eggs:

“… symbolize our ability to break out of the hardened, protective shell we’ve surrounded ourselves with that limits our thoughts and beliefs. As we break open our hearts and minds, we discover a transformation to new, life enhancing thoughts and beliefs.”

Who knew the egg could also represent the walls that we sometimes surround ourselves with? Whether by choice or circumstance, we are all victims of the barriers that we ourselves erect. They keep us from stepping outside the box, prevent spontaneity, and restrict our thoughts about what is possible.

When we open our hearts and minds to the infinite possibilities of this world and the next, we tap a hammer against that shell that restricts what our real achievements could be. We can be bold, bravely stepping forward, wielding a 19-lb sledgehammer; or, we can just start by tapping lightly with our knuckles. Each rap against this shell of restriction is another step on the journey of personal and spiritual discovery. Let’s get crackin’!

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

April 4, 2021     Vol 2, Number 14        page 2

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Richard Schoeller, OM CM CH NST from New York.          Please join us on Zoom..

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Thursday, April 1 and Thursday April 15 will be the dates for our Unfoldment Circle this month. Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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On Sunday April 11 at 10:00 am PST we will be having our first Second Sunday Adult Lyceum. Please join us for an approximate 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. This will wrap up around 10:30, leaving plenty of time for regular church service at 11:00 am PST.

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“There are certain things that we become cognizant of by observation and experience; there are other things that the soul sees intuitively, without experience or observation. The mind intuitively knows that time and space are infinite, though of course it has observed neither. It intuitively refers all things to a source, and analogy reminds it that an offspring is like the source whence it came. Whence came my soul into individual being? Being soul, it came out of soul; and as there are millions of similar souls, the inference is that they too came from soul, and intuition tells us that this source of all individual souls is universal and infinite… This sense of parentage of infinite soul is the most exquisite pleasure that the finite mind can experience… In this realization and its consequent ecstatic joy is the origin and foundation of real spirituality.”

-Abby A. Judson, The Bridge Between Two Worlds (1894)

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April 4, 2021         Vol 2, Number 14   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

-Rumi, 13th century Persian poet

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments….please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 28, 2021      Vol 2, Number 13

THE ANNIVERSARY OF MODERN AMERICAN SPIRITUALISM

March 31, 1848 has been designated as the day of celebration for the advent of Modern American Spiritualism. Our worldwide, scientific movement of recognition and investigation of the documented communication with those who live in the Spirit World began on this day in the humblest of beginnings. The two youngest Fox sisters (Margaretta and Catherine) recognized the attempts at communication for what they were and responded to the murdered peddler, Charles B. Rosna. Thanks to the Fox family’s selfless efforts, along with the many who assisted them, a bridge was built and a beachhead established between this physical plane and the spiritual plane.

The fourth Sunday in March is recognized as Gratitude Day, honoring all of our founders and forebearers that have paved the pathway for our collective spiritual journeys; Swendenborg, Mesmer, Andrew Jackson Davis, Mother Ann Lee, Isaac and Amy Post, Emma Hardinge Britten, Harrison Barrett, W. J. Colville, James Peebles, Cora Richmond, and Hudson Tuttle to name just a few. Many, many people have given their time, risked their reputation, and sacrificed in different ways to build the foundation of the Religion of Spiritualism.

We are fortunate to live in a country where true freedom of religion is constitutionally mandated. Even so, there are still prejudices and animosities to be confronted. Our duty as Spiritualists is to remain steadfast in the knowledge base our pioneers started for us, building upon this foundation as our understanding of Natural Law and the Spirit World evolves. Thanks to them, this Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism is still going strong 173 years later.

“Spiritualism is a no-fault religion, affirming man to be an evolving soul, seeking new avenues of expression, in this and other advanced dimensions of life.”

-Wilbur Hull

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s Sunday speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM    Please join us on Zoom..

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Don’t forget to register for Hydesville Day, Wednesday March 31st, starting at 07:00 am PST

This is a worldwide, mostly free, all-day event. All donations will go directly to the

Fox Cottage Preservation Fund.

Go to nsac.org to register.

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Thursday, April 1 and Thursday April 15 will be the dates for our Unfoldment Circle this month. Email for the Zoom invite; please note the room is locked when Circle begins (5:00 pm PST)

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Sunday April 11 at 10:00 am PST we will be having our first Second Sunday Adult Lyceum. Please join us for an approximate 20-minute presentation followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. This will wrap up around 10:30, leaving plenty of time for regular church service at 11:00 am PST.

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“Spiritualism does not create truth, but is a living witness to the truth of a future existence. It reveals it – demonstrates it, describing its inhabitants – their occupations and characteristics. Spiritualism, originating in God who is Spirit, and grounded in man’s moral nature, is a substantial fact, and infinitely more – a fact plus reason and conscience; a fact relating to moral and religious culture – a sublime spiritual truth ultimating in consecration to the good, the beautiful, and the heavenly. Spiritualism – a grand, moral, science, and a wisdom religion – proffers the key that unlocks the mysteries of the ages.”

-J.M. Peebles, What is Spiritualism (1903)

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March 28, 2021     Vol 2, Number 13   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not read-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.”

-Osho Rajneesh, mystic (1931-1990)

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Ideas, inspirations, comments….please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 21, 2021      Vol 2, Number 12

FAITH, RELIGION & ROCK-N-ROLL

When we declare our Spiritualist Principles, why do we say ‘believe’ in three of them and ‘affirm’ in the other six? To have belief or faith that something is true or a fact requires confidence and acceptance that the ‘something’ exists. To ‘affirm’ an idea or statement is to state it as a fact, undisputable and undeniable.

Through our Principles, the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism is communicated to the world. We ‘believe’ in Infinite Intelligence, whose existence is expressed through the physical and spiritual phenomena of Nature. We ‘believe’ that the Golden Rule is the best way to demonstrate humanity’s moral obligation to one another. We ‘affirm’ that the existence and identity of each individual survives physical death, as validated through evidential mediumship. Our affirmations also include the need for understanding and following the Natural Laws that dictate our experience in this world and the next. We also confidently declare (or ‘affirm’) that reformation, prophecy, and healing are all available to any individual who puts in the effort that leads to spiritual growth and progression.

What does all this have to do with Rock and Roll? Any band’s success (rock or otherwise) is dependent upon its members believing in, having faith in, and having an intrinsic knowing of their own ability, as well as their bandmates. Any lack of confidence or hesitation can result in a train wreck! Have you ever heard beginning sixth grade band practice? Oh, the cacophony of noise that can be produced by players each searching for the right note on their musical journey.

The Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism provides us with a pathway to progression and enlightenment; guided by our Principles, evolving as our understanding of Natural Law grows, we can achieve unity with Infinite Intelligence and Spirit.  Music is a creative universal language expressing the harmony, tempo, and rhythm of life; our Spiritualist Principles are the Spirit inspired expression of the hymns within each of our own souls, attuning us to the Divine.

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” – Kahlil Gibran

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Bradley Gosselin, OM CH NST and

The Rev. Elizabeth Gosselin, OM CM NST

Please join us on Zoom.

Don’t forget to register for Hydesville Day, Wednesday March 31st, starting at 07:00 am PST

This is a worldwide, all-day event. All funds go to the Fox Cottage Preservation Fund.

Go to nsac.org to register.

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Sunlight and Shadows

“The shadows in every man’s life make the sunshine more welcome. The tears are the dewdrops on the mountains of possibility, and the smiles are like the perfume to the sick and weary soul. Therefore, send forth the sunlight; do not be ashamed of the tears, and always smile when some heart is sad.

You never know what good a warm handclasp, a kind look, or a word may be to the despondent one. There is sunshine enough for all; and if you can be instrumental in brushing away the cobwebs from some poor disheartened sister’s or brother’s eyes, so they may discern the beautiful – which is their own God-given inheritance – you will have moved a step nearer to the Perfect Life, and your soul will vibrate with a something which only a few men have known.”

-Laura Smith Ellsworth

The Wayside of Life (1907)

 

 

 

March 21, 2021      Vol 2, Number 12   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“I’m not everything I want to be, but I’m more than I was, and I’m still learning.”

-Charlotte Eriksson

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments….please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 14, 2021      Vol 2, Number 11

HUMOR

“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul”. – Thomas Mann

 

Many of us have spent the last year of pandemic isolation dedicating part of our day to ‘binge’ watching TV shows (come on, admit it!). A true classic of a binge watch is The Golden Girls. This show aired for 7 seasons (1985-1992) and 180 episodes. What is striking is how much societal and cultural uncertainty and questions haven’t really changed much in the last 36 years.

The Golden Girls writers, producers, and actors were unafraid of head-on challenges to society’s prejudices or misunderstandings. Justice and equality, religion and politics, love and family, race, disability, and even LGBTQ issues were given voice and confronted equally with compassion, growth, and always, always with humor.

The ability to laugh during times of stress and turmoil cannot be overvalued. How many times have you been in a stressful situation; tension so thick, like a cloud of doom. Suddenly, someone cracks a joke, and it’s like the balloon popped. All the tension drains away and immediately the room is lighter. Laughter frequently opens the door to answers and commonalities that didn’t seem to exist before.

This is what happens when we incorporate our Principles into our daily life. For example, remembering the Golden Rule helps to remove our ego from any situation. By treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves, we pull our dog from the fight. For just a moment we give ourselves the opportunity to gain a new perspective. An insight that looks from the outside to the inside, and maybe recognizes a potential for humor, and just possibly enlightenment.

Many of us have been thrust into situations this past year (and throughout life) that could either result in crying or laughing. We need to keep humor at the top of the list of possible responses to difficult circumstances; it lowers the temperature, fosters amicability, and makes our ego take a step back. This change of attitude acknowledges our mutual commonalities on this earthly journey. Thanks for the reminder, ‘Girls’! (Bea, Rue, Betty, and Estelle)

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Paula Mellino, OM; Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Wisdom of the Brahmins

“It is not blessedness to know

That thou thyself art blest;

True happiness is not by one

Nor yet by two possessed.

Not to the many is it given

But only to the all;

The joy that leaves one soul unblest

Would be for mine too small;

And he that has this ardent hope

Will strive with earnest soul,

To work out his own proper good,

By working for the whole.”

–excerpt from The A.B.C. of Spiritualism

by B.F. Austin (1920)

 

 

 

 

 

March 14, 2021                                                      Vol 2, Number 11    Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“I have learned that the point of life’s walk is not where or how far I move my feet but how I am moved in my heart.” – Anasazi Foundation, The Seven Paths

 

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Ideas, inspirations, comments….please send them to:

sdcseedsofthought@gmail.com

If you are interested in membership or have any questions about Spiritualism, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 7, 2021      Vol 2, Number 10

On Wednesday, March 31st the National Spiritualist Association of Churches will celebrate the   Advent of Modern Spiritualism with an all-day event. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 07:00 am PST, mark your calendars and join Spiritualists from around the world!

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann OM, NST; Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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From, Remember the Hydesville Peddler

by Ben F. Hayden

 

“While we are all perfectly familiar with the names of Margaret and Katy Fox, how many of us are familiar with the name Charles B. Rosna, the poor murdered peddler, whose physical life was snuffed out, and his body buried in the cellar of that Hydesville Cottage? Charles B. Rosna, the defleshed immortal spirit, stood on the invisible side of life and gave to these little girls the knowledge that he, though destroyed in the physical, still survived in the spirit; that knowledge is so full of blessings for all the human race which is destined to banish all skepticism and infidelity from the minds of men; comforting the mourner with angelic consolations; lifting up the unfortunate, the outcast, the inebriate, and taking away the sting of death which has kept mankind under bondage through fear, so that now death to its millions of believers is but the kind and gentle servant who unlocks with noiseless hand life’s flower encircled door, to show us those we loved.”

Hydesville in History

  1. E. Cadwallader (1917)

 

 

 

 

 

March 7, 2021        Vol 2, Number 10   Page 3

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to add someone (please include your pets) to our healing list, please send their first name only to:

spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”

– Marianne Williamson

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

February 28, 2021      Vol 2, Number 9

LIVING FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

In the book Mediumship, author and medium Ida Pimm wrote that we could picture our human consciousness like a tall, towering building. She goes on to observe that most people live their entire life on the ground floor, consumed by the demands of this physical experience. That’s easy to do isn’t it? With errands to run, appointments to keep, dinner to make, and so on; we get so tied up with the day-to-day challenges and routines that we sometimes forget that we have an obligation to ourselves to maintain our upward trajectory of knowledge and growth.

Our duty as individual, spiritual beings is to gain the knowledge necessary to move forward towards harmony with the Divine. All of our thoughts and actions (mental, moral, and spiritual) either move us one step closer or, perhaps, one step further away. Whether conscious or unconscious, the decisions we make move us up or down the stairwell of Ida Pimm’s building, closer to or further from attunement with Infinite Intelligence.

As we invest time in our spiritual pursuits, we start climbing that staircase. Meditation, prayer, contemplation, classes, and study all prepare us for the ascent. The reward is the unfoldment of our eternal, spiritual being. Remember, progression made here on the Earth plane translates to the Spirit World upon our transition.

One of the positives to come out of this pandemic lockdown is the proliferation of Zoom and other internet activities designed to help attain this spiritual advancement. There are countless opportunities to experience other church services, attend development circles, take classes, and just explore the wonderful world of Spiritualism. Let’s take a moment and make that commitment to ourselves; make a pledge with Spirit to adopt a learning mindset devoted to our growth and evolution. We are worth the investment!

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Paul Mellino, OM; Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Staircase of Faith

We get lost on the lower steps of the staircase

With heavy hearts and tired minds

Jaded souls and eyes that blind

But there is a profusion of potential on that climb

The picture doesn’t unfold all at once

Each step up inspires something newly visible to you

Trust in what is hidden

In the verses of sublime scriptures and skies

And the translucent ties that gently bind

Have faith in what is clouded and unseen

And know that where you are now is where you are meant to be

–Christine Evangelou

Exit Point: Arrows From a Rebel Heart: A Poetic Journey (2018)

 

 

 

 

 

February 28, 2021 Vol 2, Number 9     Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Don’t’ feel bad about feeling bad. Don’t be frightened of feeling afraid. Don’t be angry about being angry. There is no need to give up when we are feeling depressed. Nor should we be dismayed at the grief which often accompanies the outgrowing of anything which needs outgrowing. We can be glad that our soul is speaking to us and pushing up onwards. We frequently need to persevere with a period of inner turmoil before the dust can settle and be swept out the door.”

– Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

February 21, 2021      Vol 2, Number 8

LIVING FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

Selections from Arcana of Spiritualism by Hudson Tuttle (1900)

“I love to contemplate the future life, with all its grand possibilities, by which the spirit, however dwarfed by the accidents of time and place, may outgrow all deformities and become beautiful as a dream of loveliness. Over there, sad heart, is the joy which knows no sorrow; over there, pilgrim wandering in the falling shadows, is the light which is never obscured by clouds; over there, when the heat and burden of the day is done.”

“But more attractive is the fact that this earthly life is a part of that future – its beginning, the embryo from which it is evolved. We are spirits now as much as we shall be after the separation from the mortal body. Death can work no change in our being; only in our condition. We remain the same. We have stepped out of the old garments; we have ascended another rung in the ladder of life; the bird of song has escaped from the broken bars of its cage, but its voice is unchanged.”

“Life is continuous, and the future is the prolongation of this. There is no break, and the spirit carries forward into the next life all its attainments, intellectual, moral, and spiritual. ..We are weaving day by day the raiment of our celestial being, and laying up treasures which will meet and bless us. Like the fabled ash in ‘Norse Mythology,’ this life of ours strikes its roots down into the foundations of the earth and its branches arise into the glory of the celestial spheres.”

“We are to build on earth, but to build for heaven…We are not acting for time, but for eternity, and we should consider that every act has a two-fold relation: to the present and to the future. Whatever has relation to that future being, in developing nobility, magnanimity, devotion to right, justice, and truth, fraternity, and the love which exceeds understanding, reflecting as it must on the character of the present, is of infinitely more worth than the fleeting objects of the hour.”

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM; Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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Change

Everything you see before you,

Whether houses, books or clay,

Is slowly but surely changing –

Rotting, wearing, or rusting away.

It is change, change, change ever,

No matter where you look –

From the shining stars above you,

To the moss by the babbling  brook.

And your soul is ever on the change,

It, too, moves with the rest,

Either down the hill of misery,

Or higher toward the blessed.

But this Eternal Change is not by chance –

Filled up with many flaws.

No. Each thing moves in its proper course,

In harmony with Natural Laws.

–Laura Smith Ellsworth, The Wayside of Life (1907)

 

February 21, 2021  Vol 2, Number 8     Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“What people resist most about spiritual healing is changing their minds.”

– S. Kelley Harrell

 

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

February 14, 2021      Vol 2, Number 7

SPIRITUAL FUEL

 

“What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.”

– Carolyn Myss

During this time of stress, frustration, and fear for so many of us, our mental attitude has never been more important. As the Reverend Vicky Homann has always reminded us, “Thoughts are things,” meaning that we have a significant role in creating the reality in which we live this physical life. Just as we feed our physical body the sustenance it needs in the form of food, we have to feed our spiritual body the nourishment required for its’ growth and expansion.

Meditation, contemplation, and prayer are all good building blocks for a healthy spiritual foundation. Fellowship with other like-minded people through church services, development circles, or other activities expand our viewpoint and stretch our sense of the possible. Thanks to the Internet we have a world of resources available at our fingertips. Here are a few:

– nsac.org – our parent organization’s website; also check the NSAC Facebook page for the calendar of upcoming events and weekly services and circles

-morrispratt.org – The Morris Pratt Institute provides educational and credentialing opportunities as well as a bookstore and library

– iapsop.com – The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals; this webpage has links to most of the many Spiritualist periodicals of the past

– archive.org – Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of books available for free digital download, type in ‘Spiritualism’ and see what comes up!

– snu.org.uk – The Spiritualists National Union, the organizing body of Spiritualist in Great Britain; also, check out their YouTube channel

– theisf.com – The International Spiritualist Federation

Body and soul work in concert, fed by the effort we put in to both feeding and exercising our physical body as well as our spirit. The dedication and consistency we put forth in this effort will pay dividends for eternity.

 

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

 

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Paula Mellino, OM; Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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One Lonely Hour

Thou must go on alone, my soul,

Thou must go on alone;

The future, what it holds, my soul,

Is, kindly, yet unknown.

Thou knowest all things end, my soul,

The evil and the good;

The way results will come, my soul,

Is not yet understood.

Thou canst but do thy best, my soul,

Thy best and nothing more.

The things thou failest to gain, my soul,

‘Tis useless to deplore.

Thou must drift on alone, my soul,

No anchorage for thee;

Thou sailest soundless seas, my soul,

Through all eternity.

–Emma Rood Tuttle, A Golden Sheaf (1907)

 

February 14, 2021  Vol 2, Number 7     Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“I’m not everything I want to be, but I’m more than I was, and I’m still learning.”

– Charlotte Eriksson

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

February 7, 2021      Vol 2, Number 6

REFORMATION

Principle 8: We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter.

The use of the word ‘reformation’ is a very specific choice by our Spiritualist founders and by the spirit entities that inspired our Principles. It sets up a conceptual contrast with the Christian concept of ‘redemption’, or salvation from sin. Reformation, whether of an individual or a society, reveals the upward progression of growth and progress toward a state of higher union with Infinite Intelligence. As Spiritualists, we reject the idea of eternal damnation for whatever the current concept of ‘sin’ is.

The moral responsibility as individuals, affirmed in our 7th Principle, serves as the foundation for our own reformation, dependent upon our understanding of Natural Law. As we traverse this physical journey, making mistakes along the way, we are constantly in the process of transformation and renewal. This is on-the-job training, but without the threat of being fired if we fail. We have the ultimate safety net: the infinite love of the Divine that has the capacity to allow us to overcome and grow beyond all of our shortcomings.

The key to this is our pursuit of spiritual growth, spearheaded through prayer and meditation. Joan Chittister, an American Benedictine nun and author, wrote, “Prayer that is regular confounds both self-importance and the wiles of the world. It is so easy for good people to confuse their own work with the work of creation. It is so easy to come to believe that what we do is so much more important that what we are. It is so easy to simply get too busy to grow.”

As we go forward, day-to-day, it’s vital that we consciously stop and take the time for our own reformation. The doorway is open; it is up to each of us to step across that threshold through mindful dedication to our eternal future.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Stacy Kopchinski, OM; West Allis, WI

Please join us on Zoom.

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“Spiritualism teaches the immortality of the soul;

it teaches a personal future life;

it teaches the return of spirits to minister to

and to communicate with mortals, and to watch over them;

it teaches that the life on earth forms the basis of the coming life,

and that every deed and thought in earthly life

you reap the reward or penalty of in your own nature or spirit;

it teaches all that can be taught to the present race

concerning the nature of man’s soul, its past and its future.

…It does not limit the possibilities of the knowledge of man

concerning the material or the spiritual universe.”

–Through the mediumship of Cora L.V. Richmond

Gems of Thought, 1906

 

February 7, 2021   Vol 2, Number 6     Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”

– Sai Baba of Shirdi

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 31, 2021      Vol 2, Number 5

EVIDENTIAL MEDIUMSHIP

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 

“Spiritualism is the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of continuous life, based upon the demonstrated fact of communication, by means of mediumship, with those who live in the

Spirit World.”

The dawn of realization for each of us is different, but for Spiritualists, it usually begins to unfold when we encounter our first evidential mediumship event. Were we invited to a Spiritualist Church by a friend? Did we seek out people with kindred beliefs for what we knew in our hearts was possible? Were we looking for answers to questions that seemed to be unanswerable? Or, were we looking for relief from grief and sadness?

Whatever motivation brought us to this Religion of Spiritualism, we all share a common experience: our individual reaction to that moment when we first realize that someone we knew was communicating with us. Shock, tears, happiness, relief, all of the emotions that can be experienced in that precious instant that confirms the presence of a loved one and, by extension, the existence of the Divine.

There are four fundamental purposes behind the demonstration of evidential mediumship in Spiritualist Churches:

– Mediumship demonstrates the continuity of life and the survival of personal identity

– Mediumship offers solace and comfort to those left behind

– Mediumship removes the potential fear of death

– Mediumship aids in the unfoldment of the recipient

These purposes reveal a sacred partnership, forging our connection with Infinite Intelligence and confirming our commitment to serving Spirit in this physical incarnation. We are eternal beings, transporting the spark of the Divine within each of us. Evidential Mediumship reminds us of our origin and of our destination.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, OM; Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.

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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence;

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by.

And that has made all the difference.

 

–Robert Frost (1874-1963)

January 31, 2021    Vol 2, Number 5     Page 3

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.”

– S. Kelley Harrell

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 24, 2021      Vol 2, Number 4

FOUNDERS DAY

January 25 is observed in our Spiritualist calendar as the day we recognize the establishment
of the Children’s Progressive Lyceum by Andrew Jackson Davis in 1863. Davis is often referred
to as the ‘John the Baptist’ of Modern Spiritualism as his many works form much of the
foundation of our religion. An extraordinary trance medium, both seer and prophet, he
dedicated his life to the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. His vision of children in the Spirit
World continuing to further their education in an organized manner led him to found the Lyceum
at Dodsworth Hall in New York City.
The Lyceum developed over time and included adults as well; learning is the ultimate goal for
everyone, here on the physical plane and after transition in the Spirit World. Our progression
as individual, eternal beings does not stop with age or state of life; and Spiritualism itself does
not remain static either, but evolves like we do, as understanding and knowledge of Natural Law
grows.
On this day we also recognize the many who, along with Davis, paved the way for what we now
know as Modern American Spiritualism. Swedenborg and Mother Ann Lee, the Fox Family and
Charles Rosna, Harrison D. Barrett and Emma Hardinge Britten; the list is long. All of our
pioneers and founders understood the value and necessity of spirit communication. The message
that Spiritualism brings to humanity of love, light, and law continues.

“We honor the names of all the pioneers of Spiritualism who were drawn from every walk of life
and composed an earnest coterie and exclusive group of people educated in liberalism in religion,
in the principles of democracy, in the emancipation of women, in the shining understanding that
Spirit speaks to us through the channels of our own soul and not through the channels of narrow
religious bigotry.” – NSAC Religious Services Manual

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

January 24, 2021 Vol 2, Number 4

January 24, 2021 Vol 2, Number 4 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community,
country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep
us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann OM, NST; Spiritualist Desert Church

Please join us on Zoom.
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Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamonds glint on snow.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you waken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uprising rush
of quiet birds in circle flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004)

Written in 1932, this American poet was inspired by a young, Jewish girl staying in her
household who was unable to travel to Germany to visit her dying mother due to anti-Semitic

unrest occurring at that time.

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add someone to our healing list, please send their first name only to:
spiritualistdesertchurch.org
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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to

restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of

help and to restore them to perfect health.
I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact
that there is healing.”
– Linda Hogan

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 17, 2021      Vol 2, Number 3

WHAT IS SPIRITUALISM?

How do you answer that question when asked? Do you know how to explain/describe our Religion
of Spiritualism? Harrison D. Barrett (1863-1911) served seven years as the editor of the
Spiritualist newspaper, Banner of Light, and was the first President of the National Spiritualist
Association – the precursor to the NSAC. He answered the question in his essay, What is
Spiritualism:
“It gives us the phenomena, the science, the philosophy; which, when blended into oneness, gives
to the world at last a religion that is probable both by induction and deduction, by scientific
demonstration and spiritual revelation. It is a religious science and scientific religion, a religious
philosophy and a philosophical religion. It gives to the world knowledge of the future, and has no
negatives or speculations to offer to those who investigate its sublime teachings. The
theologian and Christian say, I believe; the agnostic says, I don’t know, while the materialist
affirms annihilation of man’s consciousness at the change called death. Spiritualism has one
answer to all these speculations, and in two words solves the difficult problem of humanity,
saying, I know.”
Spiritualism is the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of continuous life, demonstrated by
evidential mediumship, following the Natural Law that rules this world and the next. It is a
religion of knowing.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

January 17, 2021 Vol 2, Number 3

January 17, 2021 Vol 2, Number 3 page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community,
country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep
us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Bradley Gosselin OM CH NST

and The Rev. Elizabeth Gosselin OM CM NST

Please join us on Zoom.
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Intoxicated by the Wine of Love.
From each a mystic silence Love demands.
What do all seek so earnestly? ‘Tis Love.
What do they whisper to each other? Love.
Love is the subject of their inmost thoughts.
In Love no longer ‘thou’ and ‘I’ exist,
For Self has passed away in the Beloved.
Now will I draw aside the veil from Love,
And in the temple of mine inmost soul,
Behold the Friend; Incomparable Love.
He who would know the secret of both worlds,
Will find the secret of them both, is Love.

Farid ud Din Attar
Persian poet, 1145-1221

January 17, 2021 Vol 2, Number 3 Page 3

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add someone to our healing list, please send their first name only to:
spiritualistdesertchurch.org
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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to

restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of

help and to restore them to perfect health.
I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

– Mother Teresa

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 10, 2021      Vol 2, Number 2

FOCUS

Maintaining focus is a challenge for our modern times and that difficulty surely seems to have
increased dramatically in the last 12 months. Between news updates, social media, friends, and
family, we are constantly barraged with a shotgun spray of pellets all seeking our attention.
What do we do? How do we combat the gnats flying around our heads?
Principle #7 defines our personal responsibility as individuals and part of that burden is what
we allow to occupy our attention. Are we busy watching cat videos on YouTube? Not that there
is anything wrong with cat videos per se, but we can’t allow ourselves to get sucked down the
rabbit hole of instant electronic convenience. Commitment and dedication are required for
spiritual growth and unfoldment; focus is a critical component of both. Our Religion of
Spiritualism is very individually participatory in its nature. As such, we each must allocate time
and focus for prayer, meditation, development, and communion.
Practicing focus while engaging in these activities requires single-minded attention to the
exercise at hand. An example of this occurred during the 1957 World Series. Yogi Berra was
the catcher and Hank Aaron was up to bat. Berra noticed that Aaron was holding the bat the
wrong way round. “Turn the bat around so you can see the trademark,” he advised Aaron. Hank
Aaron’s attention was firmly focused on the pitcher’s mound. “Didn’t come up here to read, came
up here to bat,” he replied. What an excellent reminder to literally ‘keep your eye on the ball’.
The best way for us to try and increase our ability to focus on our own spiritual development is
to simply practice; dedicate time every day just as we would to practicing an instrument or to
our daily chosen physical exercise. As with any activity, practice breeds proficiency, and
proficiency brings astounding progress.
“Attention is a resource as abundant as sunlight. It streams outward all day long whether we
choose to tap into it or not. By developing conscious focus of our attention, we learn to harness
one of the greatest creative powers available to humankind, one that happens to be freely
available within ourselves at all times.” –Scott Edmund Miller
-Jennifer Rosson, OM

January 10, 2021 Vol 2, Number 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community,
country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep
us safe and healthy during this time.

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Jen Rosson, Spiritualist Desert Church.

Please join us on Zoom.
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Ode to 2021

As time draws nigh to the ending of the year,
Our hearts fill with gladness, laughter, and cheer,
And anticipation for what the New Year will bring.
We drink to be merry and then we all sing.
It’s out with the old and in with the new,
It’s all about me and it’s all about you.
The choices we made on things left behind
And lessons we take to better mankind.
Let us all practice and be the change that we need
And live life harmoniously in thought, word, and deed.
No better way for a New Year to start
Than with a positive attitude and a kind, loving heart.
To be mindful of our actions and with compassion as our creed,
Practice thoughtful acts of kindness and generous good deeds.

Elke Cote

January 10, 2021 Vol 2, Number 2 page 2

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We send absent distant healing to those on our healing list on a daily basis. If you would like to
add someone to our healing list, please send their first name only to:
spiritualistdesertchurch.org
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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to

restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of

help and to restore them to perfect health.
I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”

– Marianne Williamson

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

January 3, 2021      Vol 2, Number 1

A NEW BEGINNING

 

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

– L. Frank Baum

Each New Year on this physical plane provides the opportunity for a ‘new beginning’, hence the New Year’s resolution tradition for implementing change in the coming year. But, in reality, each new day offers the same opportunity for change. Look back at all that has happened over the last 365 days. Change comes in all shapes and sizes; from tragic loss of a loved one that has affected so many in 2020, to losing jobs, reinventing careers, and adding new family members through birth or adoption of little furry companions. Of course these are things that happen in any given year, but perhaps not with the frequency and division of this past 12 months.

Our Spiritualist Principle #8 states that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter. This opportunity for reformation doesn’t wait to start at our time of transition to the Spirit World; it dawns with every new day we spend on this earth plane. The growth and progress we make here entails change and, sometimes, starting over. It can be difficult and scary, but true personal growth typically requires effort, diligence, and sacrifice.

Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it”.  By embracing change, instead of running away from it, we step through the doorway, whether for reformation, opportunity, or both. Moment by moment we can choose growth or stagnation, awareness or ignorance in our interactions with each other and with Spirit.

Dorothy’s statement to Toto was correct; this isn’t the world it once was, but it is the stage on which we all have our part to play. The Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism embraces the Natural Law of evolution of the individual and of the world. It gives us the confidence that this path of unfoldment is the right one, in the right place, at the right time for all of us who call Spiritualism our home.

-Jennifer Rosson, OM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Let us all take a moment every day to offer a prayer for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please remember to include all of our front-line workers that strive to keep us safe and healthy during this time.

 

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Sharon Watson, OM CM CH NST ; Sharon is from Florida and is the President of the NSAC NST Club, and Secretary/Treasurer for the NSAC Ministerial Association, the Licentiate Ministers and Certified Mediums Society, and the Spiritualist Healers League. She is also a grader for the Morris Pratt Institute.

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“If we believe that there is a life after death of the physical body; that that life is an infinite prolongation and evolution of this; that the spirit remains unchanged in being, changed only in conditions; that it may hold intercourse with those in this life, we are Spiritualists.

If we believe that this view of nature carries with it the highest, purest, and most practical system of morals; that it is the basis of true religion, expressed in the loftiest phases of self-forgetfulness in helping others, in noble living from the cradle to the grave, we are Spiritualists.

If we refer the fleeting changes we call creation, from the expanding bud to the revolving sun, to force, which thus being made cognizant in matter, carries with it as a corollary that it is intelligent, loving and wise, planning for a purpose, and pursuing a well-defined course to an end pre-determined, so pre-determined that even man with his finite mind often can calculate what it must be; if we place this power, which is spirit, it its infinite expression; then we are Spiritualists.”

Arcana of Spiritualism by Hudson Tuttle (1900) [available on archive.org]

January 3, 2021     Vol 2, Number 1     Page 3

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spiritualistdesertchurch.org

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

                    – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

December 27, 2020       Vol 1, Number 41

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

As the New Year approaches, this is the perfect time for reflection on the choices and actions we have made during the last 12 months. Did we choose to act with kindness and consideration? Did we follow the route that led us further along the path to spiritual development? Did we travel consciously aware of our physical and spiritual experiences this year?

It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic nature of work, family, and life in general, especially as challenging as this last year has been! The importance of taking time for our own spiritual unfoldment and practice cannot be overstated. Now, as ever before, contemplation, prayer, and meditation lead to accountability and personal growth.

This is what makes Spiritualism a daily walk. Not just a theology for Sunday, but a religion of knowing and conviction expressed through our 9 Principles. These 9 Principles, evolving as our understanding of Natural and Spiritual Law grows, instruct and inform us in our ideal attitude, conduct, and goals.

We are all eternal spiritual beings sharing this journey of discovery and advancement. Our shared ambition is also our individual mandate, expressed in Principle 7.

 

We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.

Let’ all take a moment before the New Year dawns and dedicate ourselves not to the past, but to the bright future lying in front of us, awaiting our creation.

”We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day”

          – Edith Lovejoy Pierce, poet (1904-1983)

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

December 27, 2020     Vol 1, Number 41        page 2

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.”

                    – Mother Teresa

 

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Rosemary Calderalo, OM CM CH NST

If you or someone you know would like to be placed on our healing list or have any other questions or concerns, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

December 20, 2020       Vol 1, Number 40

HOLIDAY SPIRIT

 

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

– Hamilton Wright Mabie

 

This is the time of year that softens even the hardest of hearts; the decorations, music, presents, and goodwill wear down some of the biggest curmudgeons, just look at Scrooge McDuck and the Grinch! The holiday season brings to the forefront the importance of fellowship, family, and our commitment to each other universally. We know that each of us carry the spark of the Divine within, sharing this human experience and all of its many challenges. This is the time to take a moment and acknowledge our shared joys and struggles, our common adversities in these troubled times, and the universal prayer for peace, love, and acceptance.

The writer Agnes M. Pharo described the holiday season as a time of, “…tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” May we all embrace the host of positive prayers and hopes of our fellow eternal beings, recognize the gifts of Spirit in our daily life, and strive even harder to gain greater compassion for each other and greater understanding of Natural Law.

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Meditation is cultivating the potential to transcend your limited self, limited beliefs and limited existence. It is stepping into the exciting territory of limitlessness.”

                    – Banani Ray

 

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann, OM NST

If you or someone you know would like to be placed on our healing list or have any other questions or concerns, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

December 13, 2020       Vol 1, Number 39

SPIRITUALISM

 

The teachings and beliefs of any religious movement are vital elements leading to understanding of its role in the everyday life of its followers. As Spiritualists, we know that we strive to understand and comply with the physical, mental, and spiritual laws of nature. This incorporates our religion into every moment, making it much more than a one-day-a-week event; it becomes a way of life.

The religion of Spiritualism encourages the growth of the individual by placing the responsibility of all actions within each individual’s compliance with Natural Law. Our purpose here is to progress and grow, acknowledging that our soul does not die with the physical body, but is co-eternal with Infinite Intelligence. Communication with the Spirit World by means of mediumship is the foundation of Modern Spiritualism and our personal responsibility extends to the development and unfoldment of each person’s spiritual abilities. This communication removes the fear of death, proves the continuity of life, and provides comfort for the bereaved who are mourning the physical absence of a loved one.

Through prayer and meditation we raise our vibrations, joining in communion with friends and family who have passed beyond the veil, as well as our guides, teachers, doctors, chemists, and healers.  Spiritualism is a hands-on religion and our effort is rewarded by the knowledge that we share a positive, forward-looking, forward-thinking, ever-evolving philosophy.

“A dual body implies dual consciousness; and careful thinkers have been compelled to admit what they term the sub-consciousness is really the consciousness of the Spiritual or Etheric body. We find that mediumship, as a condition, is the evolution of the spiritual senses and in action is the use of these senses stimulated by Spirit persons. We find also that the energy manifest in mediumship is the same that carries on all the processes of organic life. Mediumship brings us to the very core of life itself and leaves us no definition of Spiritualism but this: ‘It is the science and philosophy of life.’”   – J.S. Loveland

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Next week’s speaker: Louise Barkdull, Spiritualist Desert Church

If you or someone you know would like to be placed on our healing list or have any other questions or concerns, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

December 6, 2020       Vol 1, Number 38

ILLUMINATION

“Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth you have for me; place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unlock and set me free.” – Clara H. Scott (1895)

The hymn, ‘Open My Eyes’, is a popular one in Spiritualist churches. Written in 1895, it remains one of the timeless reminders of our personal duty to our own awakening. These opening lines set the stage for the revelations that will follow. With our eyes open we progress in this physical world invested and engaged with everyone and everything around us; we must remain open to experiences that present opportunity for spiritual growth.

“Open my ears, that I may hear voices of truth you send so clear; and while the message sounds in my ear, everything false will disappear.”

 

Open ears are required to hear the quiet voice of Spirit competing for our attention. When we enter the quiet of meditation and attune with Spirit, we partner together for growth and understanding. All of the false narratives of the physical world fade away.

“Open my mouth, and let me bear gladly the warm truth everywhere; open my heart, and let me prepare love with your children thus to share.”

When we open our heart to the reality and comfort of spiritual attunement, the truth of Infinite Intelligence and Natural Law are revealed, as well as our own nature as eternal beings. We share this revelation in our services through evidential mediumship, bringing forth the truth to all who are open to it.

Therein lies the key; Clara Scott reminds us of the methods we use to receive and transmit knowledge, but it is up to us to remain open, willing, and committed participants in the process.

To paraphrase, Open my eyes, open my ears, open my heart, and illumine me, Spirit divine!

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Everything we need to fulfill our true destiny always comes to us at the perfect time. But spiritual awareness is required to recognize those gifts and opportunities.”

                    – Anthon St. Maarten

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

November 29, 2020         Vol 1, Number 37

GRATITUDE

Gratitude: “The quality of being thankful and the readiness to share appreciation for and to return kindness.” – Oxford Languages

“Have an attitude of gratitude!” How many times have we heard that phrase? How often have we given thought to what it actually means? Gratitude is fundamentally different than being thankful. Being thankful is specific to something we have received; being grateful links thankfulness with the ability and willingness to pay the received kindness forward to others.

The concept of gratitude acknowledges the divine origin of all forms of life in this physical existence. We express this in our Second Principle: “We believe that the phenomena of Nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence”. While we may individually face hardship and challenges, we can also share our gratitude for this physical experience with one another, extending love, comfort, and kindness to our fellow humans. Thomas Merton explained this form of gratefulness as recognizing the love of God in everything, that every breath is a gift of God’s love, every moment of existence a gift of grace.

We have a conscious choice to make in our day-to-day interactions: do we focus on what we lack, or what others have and we do not? Or, do we recognize the abundance we already possess. A Cherokee proverb tells the story of the two wolves that battle inside each of us; one is ego driven, arrogant, selfish, etc. and the other is guided by love, kindness, humility, etc. Which one wins? The one you feed, of course.

Being grateful is a mindset, it can be practiced and become a sustaining principle of our eternal being. It embraces Natural Law, principally the Law of Love, expressed for one another and ourselves. This holiday season let us remember to project an attitude of gratitude for all of the wondrous expressions of Infinite Intelligence that exist on this earth plane.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  – William Arthur Ward

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material conditions and feel our divine nature. We do not depend upon any external help in meditation.”

                    – Swami Vivekananda

 

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Vicky Homann, OM NST

If you or someone you know would like to be placed on our healing list or have any other questions or concerns, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

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Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

November 22, 2020         Vol 1, Number 36

MORRIS PRATT INSTITUTE

11811 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI

 

The Morris Pratt Institute (MPI) was incorporated on December 11, 1901 and opened on September 29, 1903 with Moses Hull as its’ first Principal. Like any longstanding educational institution it has undergone numerous changes and ups and downs through the years, but one thing has never changed and that is its close affiliation with the NSAC. The MPI thirty-lesson correspondence course on Modern American Spiritualism provides the educational requirements for the NSAC credentials of Commissioned Healer, Certified Medium, Licentiate Minister, National Spiritualist Teacher, and Ordained Minister.  In addition, MPI coordinates the 2-week residential Ministerial Skills course, numerous workshops, and maintains an extensive research library that is available to the public.

Spiritualists are not the only ones taking advantage of the educational opportunities available at MPI; students from around the world and from numerous disciplines are actively involved in study at MPI. You don’t have to be interested in gaining an NSAC credential to benefit from the knowledge that can be gleaned from the courses and workshops; it is an investment in our spiritual development and understanding of the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism.

More information can be found at: morrispratt.org

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

                    -Nelson Mandela

 

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“When we raise ourselves through meditation to what unites us with the spirit, we quicken something within us that is eternal and unlimited by birth and death. Once we have experienced this eternal part in us, we can no longer doubt its existence. Meditation is thus the way to knowing and beholding the eternal, indestructible, essential center of our being.”

                    – Rudolph Steiner

 

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Stacy Kopchinski, OM CM CH NST

If you or someone you know would like to be placed on our healing list or have any other questions or concerns, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

November 15, 2020         Vol 1, Number 35

INFINITE INTELLIGENCE

“We believe in Infinite Intelligence.”

(NSAC Declaration of Principles, #1)

As Spiritualists we refer to the omnipotent, omnipresent, creative force of the Universe as ‘Infinite Intelligence’ and many of us use this terminology interchangeably with ‘God’. But why the different terminology, and what is the difference?

The God concept for many orthodox religions is personal and anthropomorphic in nature, having many human characteristics.  This inevitably led to ‘God’ becoming the judge and jury in charge of punishment and reward based upon loyalty and obedience to the dogma established by the religious orthodoxy.

Spiritualists, however, understand that Infinite Intelligence is the constant, unchanging force reflected and revealed within the physical and spiritual worlds. We acknowledge that our finite minds are unable to comprehend the perfection expressed through the Natural Law that rules the Universe, and therefore we resist any attempt to assign dogmas or creeds that try to limit what is limitless in nature.

Infinite Intelligence manifests within each of us as well; we are individual, eternal spiritual beings having a physical experience, and as such we are all a part of Infinite Intelligence. Our existence is only limited by our ability to understand and comply with the Natural Laws that are the manifestation of Infinite Intelligence. We are not subject to the whims of a capricious deity; rather, we have the choice through free will to be personally responsible for our growth and development as spiritual beings. This concept of Infinite Intelligence is the very foundation of the Religion of Spiritualism.

“By this [Principle #1] we express our belief in a supreme Impersonal Power, everywhere present, manifesting as life, through all forms of organized matter, called by some, God, by others, Spirit and by Spiritualists, Infinite Intelligence.”

 – Joseph P. Whitwell, 3rd NSAC President

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”

                    – Caroline Myss

 

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Next week’s speaker: Jen Rosson, LM

If you or someone you know would like to be placed on our healing list or have any other questions or concerns, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

November 8, 2020         Vol 1, Number 34

STRESS

“Stress level: extreme. It’s like she was a jar with the lid screwed on too tight, and inside the jar were pickles, angry pickles, and they were fermenting, and about to explode.”

          – Fiona Wood

How is your stress level? 2020 continues to be an extraordinary year of challenges and turmoil, pushing many of us to extreme reactions to all of the hurdles that keep appearing in front of our society. How we react to the external stimuli that surround us is directly related to our internal climate, which of course is a reflection of our relationship with Infinite Intelligence and Spirit.

Negativity is an easy emotion to embrace; righteous indignation and anger unite us into groups, empowering our consciousness to action. But, we all know that actions taken from a position of negativity and anger rarely produce changes that are positive in nature. Think about the example given us by Martin Luther King, Jr and his philosophy of nonviolent protest that lead to the positive result of the Civil Rights Bill being passed. He said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”.

As Spiritualists we understand the role of Natural Law, both in this world and the next. The Law of Attraction is easily witnessed in times like these, positively and negatively. Our duty is to remember our Spiritualist Principles and Philosophy that act as our roadmap for this physical existence of our eternal souls. Spirit gave Andrew Jackson Davis the direction for our journey: Behold, here is thy Magic Staff. Under all circumstances keep an even mind. Take it. Try it. Talk with it. Lean on it. Believe on it forever. Keeping an even mind is often a test of our character, but it also presents an opportunity for spiritual growth.

The Science of Spiritualism demonstrates the continuity of life and communicates our Philosophy based on Natural Law. Spiritualism as a Religion advocates our adherence to the physical, mental, and spiritual Laws of Nature. Our choices and actions here directly translate to our future existence in the Spirit World. These are truly times that challenge the breadth of character of our eternal souls; we need to take heart, stay positive, and keep our Spiritualist Principles forefront in our hearts and minds.

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

                    – Martin Luther King, Jr

 

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Next week’s speaker: Jen Rosson, LM

If you or someone you know would like to be placed on our healing list or have any other questions or concerns, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

November 1, 2020         Vol 1, Number 33

LIGHT

 

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”

                    – Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

When we awaken to the realization that this physical experience is but one step along our soul’s eternal journey, the ‘light’ does quite literally dawn. Our consciousness evolves in that moment of awakening, acknowledging the reality of our eternal existence. This fundamental shift changes everything within and without. Examples of this would include the internal monologue we have with ourselves, as well as the external interactions we have with each other.

We can be our own worst enemies and critics. The knowledge that the continuity of life is a fact has the ability to alter the harshness with which we tend to treat ourselves. This physical existence isn’t the end and we don’t have to expect to learn everything in this one limited lifetime. We do need to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented, but our learning and growth will continue when we make our transition to the Spirit World.

Taking this knowledge to heart lets us allow ourselves some latitude, and also grant that same grace to our fellow travelers. None of us is perfect and we all have bad days; it behooves us to remember that we do not know the troubled path another may be following. Allowing our own light to shine in our interactions with one another can open the door of possibility to someone who is seeking answers to their own questions and self-doubts.

Through evidential mediumship, Spirit messengers have graciously communicated the ‘fact’ of eternal life. Not based on belief or faith, but a fact, proven through the phenomena of Spiritualism. When this light dawns within our soul it is the ultimate game changer. We now ‘know’ that life continues onward in an eternal journey towards oneness with Infinite Intelligence.

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.” — Hafiz

 

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Next week’s speaker: The Rev. Lorraine Radice, OM, CM, NST, from Massachusetts

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

October 25, 2020         Vol 1, Number 32

THE ART OF LISTENING

Our world moves at such an accelerated pace, it seems that we routinely process things in a Twitter-like manner of 140 characters or less. The technology of text messages, Instagram, and Facebook are a two-edged sword; they keep us connected, but isolate us at the same time. We face losing the art and skill of interpersonal relations, especially the ability to actively listen to one another and perhaps learn something in the process. Father Thomas Dubay said, “The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn. They are open to correction, and they become wiser through it”.

Hearing is a physical sense, listening is a skill that is developed over time. An old adage applies to our topic, it says that God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth because one of those parts is more important that the other! Active listening involves focus and concentration, using our minds to process the information being heard. The intent is important here also. We need to be listening to each other in order to understand the thoughts and feelings being expressed, not busy formulating what our response or come back is going to be.

Spirit communication is not any different. In order to attune with Spirit we must quiet and focus our mind, sitting in the power of silence.  It’s interesting to note that the words ‘listen’ and ‘silent’ are anagrams, or words that contain the same letters.  They are intimately linked in their genesis, listening inherently requires silence. This is why meditation is such an important component of attunement. Meditation focuses our attention and quiets our minds into silence, allowing us to hear the whispers from Spirit.

Principle 5 states: “We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism”. Communication with the Spirit World is dependent upon our ability to ‘listen’ and be ‘silent’ for this wonderful blessing to occur. We can practice these skills every day with all of our interactions, truly listening to what our ears are hearing with the intention of understanding another.

Inner guidance is heard like soft music in the night by those who have learned to listen.”

          -Vernon Howard

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“When Absent Healing is effective, attunement is established between the healing intelligence and the patient. The healer’s function is to be the communicative link between the absent patient and the healing source.”

                    – Harry Edwards

 

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

October 18, 2020         Vol 1, Number 31

TECHNOLOGY

Our world today is very different from the one most of us grew up in. Technology has transformed society, and the pandemic has shown us just how far that transformation has gone. It wasn’t that long ago that big discussions were being held on how our digital dependence had separated us from each other; now it’s the glue trying to hold us all together as friends, family, and society. Doctor visits are ‘virtual’; weddings, funerals, and graduations are streamed or done in a drive-by manner; and churches are ‘zooming’ services all over the world.

Our parent organization, the National Spiritualist Associations of Churches (NSAC), conducted what was to have been our convention in Phoenix utilizing this technology over the course of the last week. While the business part of the convention was postponed until next year, the educational, devotional, and social aspects of convention week translated well over the Zoom platform. Numerous classes, workshops, and services connected us all from Maine to California and beyond.

This was a wonderful opportunity to not only reconnect and see familiar faces, but to expand our knowledge and understanding of Spiritualism. This Zoom convention reminded us that we have an evolving Religion, one that is not bound by stale dogmas and traditions of the past, but responds to new revelations of science that expands our grasp of the Natural Laws that rule this physical world. Our Zoom convention exposed the truth in the old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same”.

Our society is very different from the one in which our founders lived, however we are still much the same. We value our own family and our church family. We honor our friendships and work hard at our careers. We evolve our thinking as scientific investigation reveals new understanding of Natural Law. We may be conducting all those things right now through technology our forebears could not have foreseen, but we are doing our best to find our path through this physical experience.

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Taking the time to meditate is as important as taking the time to breathe. One pumps oxygen into the body, the other pumps peace into the mind.”

                    – Marianne Williamson

 

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

October 11, 2020         Vol 1, Number 30

MEDIUMSHIP

“A Medium is one whose organism is sensitive to vibrations from the Spirit World and through whose instrumentality, intelligences in that world are able to convey messages and produce the phenomena of Spiritualism.” NSAC Spiritualist Manual

The term ‘mediumship’ refers to the unfoldment of an individual; the opening of one’s mind to the vibrations from the Spirit World and all of the wondrous ways it can be expressed. Physical mediumship is considered to be objective in nature because it can be directly observed by one of our physical senses. Mental mediumship is considered to be subjective in nature as the information received is subject to interpretation by the medium.

When we speak of the Phenomena of Spiritualism, this encompasses many forms of spirit communications (both physical and mental), including apports, automatic writing, clairaudience, clairsentience, clairvoyance, healing, levitation, materialization, psychometry, and trance. Spirit communication is an equal opportunity for anyone who wants to spend the time, open their mind, and devote themselves to their own unfoldment. Hudson Tuttle said, “It is a fundamental proposition that sensitiveness or the capability of mediumship is a faculty common to humans, differing in degrees as hearing and sight are common heritage but keener in some individuals than in others; or under certain conditions may disappear”.

Time spent in development class and in meditation helps to sharpen our acuity and our ability to attune with Spirit. It also helps to quiet our minds so we are able to hear the soft, subtle whispers from the other side.

“Our thoughts breathe the spiritual atmosphere of God’s imminence. Men have sought everywhere outside to find God, vainly neglecting the spiritual corridors of their profounder consciousness. As man thinks God-like thought and comes into deific conjunction, he also gains an increasing command of spiritual powers and prerogatives.”

– Henry Wood (1834-1909)

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”

– Shirdi Sai Baba (1838-1918)

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

October 4, 2020         Vol 1, Number 29

THE COMFORT OF SPIRIT

The temperature outside aside, we have chronologically entered into the fall season on the calendar. While it may still seem like summer weather-wise, the fall holidays are rapidly approaching and subsequently the end of the year. And what a year this has been. Realizing that we still have three months left (and who knows what could happen next!), we must note that all of us have been juggling numerous challenges for months now with no end in sight.

Job and/or financial insecurities, health crises, questions about educational opportunities, and justice reform are but a few of the items many of us are facing all at the same time. The political climate adds one more layer of stress to the whole mess of 2020. As Spiritualists we know that the purpose of this physical existence is to learn, grow, and evolve as we are all eternal spiritual beings. As the old saying goes, challenges build character. It sure feels like we must all be just full of ‘character’ at this point.

We also know that life is continuous from this world to the next (Principle 4); evidence provided through the phenomena of Spiritualism has shown this to be a fact (Principle 5). Spirit is involved with us every day; our guides, teachers, and loved ones are with us during our joys and hardships, and during prayer and meditation. This knowledge helps alleviate some of the anxiety and worry that can overwhelm us during the trials we are all facing today. The next time news threatens to overtake your good humor, remember you are not alone in facing it; ask for assistance from those of us here, and from those who watch over us from the Spirit World.

“One of the deepest and most imperative cravings of the human heart, as it follows its beloved ones beyond the veil, is for some assurance that they still love and care for us. …They have overcome, have arisen, are crowned, glorified; but they still remain to us, our assistants, comforters, and in every hour of darkness their voices speak to us.”

                    – Harriet Beecher Stowe

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The gift of healing cannot be conferred by a degree, by ordination, or by the wearing of a white coat. It functions when those who have the faculty establish attunement with God’s healing ministries in spirit, who indeed are the intelligent administrators of this beneficent power.”    

– Harry Edwards

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 27, 2020         Vol 1, Number 28

NSAC DAY

September 27, 1893 is recognized as the founding date of the National Spiritualist Association (NSA) in Chicago, Illinois. Now known as the National Spiritualist Association of Churches (NSAC) we celebrate the history of our parent organization and show our gratitude to our pioneers on the fourth Sunday of September.

Our founders recognized the need to organize Modern American Spiritualism into the religion we know today. They understood the necessity to not only coordinate disparate groups, but to also protect mediums from arrest and prosecution. Harrison D. Barrett (our first President) and Mary (Mercy) Cadwallader formed the Medium’s Educational and Defense Fund for this purpose.

Through many annual conventions delegates from all over the country defined our religion and its goals. These landmark dates include:

1899 – Declaration of Principles 1 through 6

1909 – Declaration 7 and 8

1944 – Declaration 9

1914 – Definition of a Spiritualist

1914 – Definition of a Medium

1919 – Definition of Spiritualism

1919 – Definition of Spiritualism as a Science, Philosophy, and Religion

1930 – Definition of a Healer

1952 – Definition of the Phenomena of Spiritualism

Thankfully we live in a country that guarantees the freedom of religion to all of its citizens. Our pioneers and founders ensured that Modern American Spiritualism was recognized as a religion and they built our parent organization with the understanding of our obligation to show the world the truth of the continuity of life.

“As the sunflower turns its face to the light of the sun, so Spiritualism turns the face of humanity to the light of truth.”

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Healing does not occur only at an individual level. Because each individual is connected through a vast network of relationships to innumerable other people and creatures on the planet, the process of healing even one person has far-reaching ramifications.”

          – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 20, 2020         Vol 1, Number 27

FINDING STRENGTH IN OUR DIFFERENCES

“What nations have to realize is the guiding and helpful power of the spiritual world. All religions can agree on that great thesis, with whatever restrictions and minutiae it may be accompanied because of individual beliefs and sectarian prejudices. Let us unite in this enterprise of impressing the reality of the spiritual world and its active cooperation with us, and the outlook for the future becomes bright.”

          – Sir Oliver Lodge, at The World Fellowship of Faiths, 1933

The culture of humankind has suffered from division and conflict since the beginning. This fractious nature seems to be a global phenomenon; no area is safe from strife due to human interactions with one another. Due to communication through mediumship with the Spirit World, Spiritualists realize that this struggle does not occur beyond the veil; this is a human condition on this physical plane.

Sir Oliver Lodge recognized this, and urged us to look past the differences to see the similarities that we all share. Whether a person is a follower of Spiritualism, Christianity, Islam, or Judaism (or many others), there are shared aspects of each of our faiths built around the core belief in a supreme being who we call Infinite Intelligence (God). What better foundation to build relationships upon? Instead of concentrating on our differences and who we consider to be right or wrong, our time can be better spent in the practice of the universal axiom of the Golden Rule.

True strength evolves from the unification of divergent minds into a consensus that is good for the wellbeing of the whole. Today is as good a day as any to start a new mindset for this earth plane; thoughts are things, and intention leads to vibration, which leads to change.

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the Spirit.”

                              – Khalil Gibran

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.”

                    – Marcus Aurelius

 

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 13, 2020         Vol 1, Number 26

LOOKING FOR GOD

There is an oft repeated moral story from an unknown source that goes something like this:

There was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He packed his backpack for the journey, including a good supply of Twinkies and apple juice. He arrived at the park and found an elderly woman sitting on a park bench. He sat down next to her and thinking that she looked hungry, he opened his backpack and offered her a Twinkie. Her face lit up with a beautiful smile and she took the Twinkie. The boy thought her smile was so pretty; he wanted to see it again. He offered her an apple juice, and again she smiled at him. They spent the afternoon eating Twinkies, drinking apple juice, and never spoke a word. Before he left, he gave the elderly woman a hug and she responded with her biggest smile ever.

When the boy arrived home, his mother asked why he seemed so happy. He answered, “I had lunch with God. She has the most beautiful smile I have ever seen.”

When the elderly woman arrived home, her son asked why she seemed so happy. She answered, “I had Twinkies in the park with God. He’s much younger than I expected him to be.”

Where do we find Infinite Intelligence? All around us; in everyone we meet and in all of nature that surrounds us. As Spiritualists we declare in Principle 2: “We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence”. The divine spark resides within and without, whether we are on this physical plane or beyond the veil in the Spirit World. We have only to ‘open our eyes’, as the hymn says, to see the glimpses of God expressed in our daily lives.

 “God is here, right now, at our side. We can see him in this mist, in the ground we’re walking on, even in my shoes. His angels keep watch while we sleep and help us in our work. In order to find God, you have only to look around.  – Paul Coelho

 

 

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.”

                    – Voltaire

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

September 6, 2020         Vol 1, Number 25

LABOR DAY

 

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, paying tribute to and recognizing the hard work, contributions, and achievements of all American workers. Traditionally celebrated on the first Monday in September, it also marks the seasonal change from summer to fall and the beginning of the school year for many.

All of us are grappling with unprecedented circumstances this year that are challenging our patience, our good humor, and tolerance for one another. This change of season is a good time to remind ourselves of our 6th Principle: “We believe the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Love and kindness propagate exponentially; a smile, a kind word, a small recognition of another’s effort is paid forward in ways we will never know. We need to be awake and conscious of our interactions, recognizing that we all are in the same struggle through uncharted territory.

This Labor Day, it is especially important to recognize the countless individuals working tirelessly on the front lines during this pandemic: doctors, nurses, emergency responders, grocery store clerks, food workers, truck drivers, and so many more. These dedicated people get up every day and put their own health on the line to serve the rest of us. Let us join together this Labor Day, take a moment, and say thank you to all of those who go about their daily duties with dedication and commitment in the face of adversity.

“It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.”    

 – Helen Keller

 

 

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Every step taken in mindfulness brings us one step closer to healing ourselves and the planet.”

                    – Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 30, 2020         Vol 1, Number 24

HEAVEN

Principle 8: We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter.

Joseph P. Whitwell, our third NSAC President (1925-1944) wrote interpretations of our Principles for our Spiritualist Manual. For Principle 8 he wrote: “We discard entirely the terrible wrong and illogical teaching of eternal damnation, and in place thereof, we accept and present for consideration of thinking people the thought of the continuity of life beyond the change called death.” He continues by explaining that we lead a life according to Natural Law, and opportunities for growth and progress are available for everyone. There is no damnation, no hellfire or brimstone, but redemption is possible through our own actions, here or afterward in the Spirit World following our transition. No vicarious atonement by others; we are our own redeemers through our words and deeds.

We are also individually responsible for the concept of ‘heaven’; not a physical place with pearly gates, but a state of being in attunement with Infinite Intelligence. We do literally make our own ‘heaven’ or ‘hell’ by our conscious decisions and their consequences. Our Principles are our guidelines to live by and have real repercussions, both here and in the hereafter.

Princess Fallen Leaf’s Poem

Heaven is the place where God dwells within

Heaven is the place where all good begins

Heaven is the place where all blessings start

Heaven is the closest place to the heart

Heaven is the place where all fears cease

Heaven is the place where all is at peace

Heaven is the place where beauty abounds

Heaven is the place where harmony sounds

Heaven is the place where all men are free

Heaven is created by you and me.

-Through the Mediumship of Alf Conner

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

 

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Healing does not occur only at an individual level. Because each individual is connected through a vast network of relationships to innumerable other people and creatures on the planet, the process of healing even one person has far-reaching ramifications.”

                    – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Healers on Healing

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 23, 2020         Vol 1, Number 23

NATURAL LAW

Natural Law encompasses the unchanging moral principles that we recognize as the basis for human conduct and are also the guiding force behind all of the physical phenomena of Nature. The NSAC website states that these laws are, “…immutable and constant, applying to everything and everyone without exception in both the physical and spiritual worlds… they are impartial, non-judgmental, automatic, impersonal, and are the underlying control of the universe, insuring progressive evolution”.

The concept of Natural Law has been around a long time. Greek philosophers including Aristotle and Plato, as well as the Roman philosopher, Cicero, all wrote of using reason to analyze human behavior and established guidelines of moral standards. Numerous other philosophers have written extensively on the subject, including Thomas Aquinas and Thomas Hobbes. Many of them used their Natural Law arguments as the reasoning behind challenging the powers that were in charge into making societal and government changes. This reasoning challenged the divine right of kings and was part of the argument used for our own Declaration of Independence.

Our duty as Spiritualists is to try and live up to the guidelines outlined in our principles; our 7th principle affirms that we have to live consciously in awareness of our relationship within all of Nature. One of the many Natural Laws is the Law of Freedom, the concept of free will. We have to be aware of our actions, for they affect not just ourselves, but others as well. Be alert to our thoughts, as the Rev. Vicky Homann always reminds us, ‘thoughts are things’; also known as the Law of Thought. In other words, we have to take ownership and responsibility for this physical life and our spiritual life to follow. The decisions and choices made today follow us into our future. We are the drivers of our own destiny.

“One can defy human laws, but cannot resist Natural Laws.”

                              -Jules Verne

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Spirit healings result from law-governed forces being put into operation following the emission of a thought directive.”      

Harry Edwards,

A Guide to the Understanding and Practice of Spiritual Healing

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 16, 2020         Vol 1, Number 22

THE RELIGION OF ‘KNOWING’

  1. Gordon Burroughs said that Spiritualism is “the religion of knowing, not the religion of faith”. In Becoming a Spiritualist he outlines what the Religion of Spiritualism enables us to do: “To walk in knowing consciousness with God; to listen to the beautiful choirs of ministering angels, our spirit people, living in the other dimension, human as we are, loving as we do, weeping sometimes as we weep, with their invisible hands reaching out to us watching, hoping, that we will catch the vibration that they are spiritually sending to guide us along the pathway of life. Not faith, not belief, but knowledge”.

The Religion of Spiritualism can be broken down into a shorthand version as, ‘love, light, and law’. The love of every being in the physical and the spiritual realm; light from the divine spark within us all and expressed through spirit communication; and Natural Law that governs our lives here and on the other side and provides answers we know to be true.

We live in uncertain times; many of us face difficult challenges and decisions that will have life changing consequences. How wonderful to confront these hurdles with the knowledge that we have the comfort and support of Spirit. Our guides, teachers, healers, and mentors from the spiritual realm are ready, willing, and more than able to assist us in navigating the path before us. It is vital that we spend time in prayer and meditation to raise our awareness and vibration, bringing ourselves into attunement with the spirit entities that are available to help encourage our growth and evolvement as spiritual beings.

“Seek then the kingdom of the quiet, the kingdom of relaxation, the kingdom of listening, the kingdom of peace, the kingdom of love; and the voice you will hear in that kingdom will be You speaking to you, which is God speaking to you. You become calmly, serenely associated with the entire universe. You will have heard His voice which becomes your guide, your help in the time of every need.”

H. Gordon Burroughs, Becoming A Spiritualist

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Authentic spiritual ideas have the power to heal. Healing is the building block of both individual and collective spiritual evolution.”

          – Donna Goddard, The Love of Being Loving

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 9, 2020         Vol 1, Number 21

SPIRITUAL SCIENCE DAY

Every year on the second Sunday of August the National Association of Spiritualist Churches (NSAC) celebrates Spiritual Science Day. This designation recognizes the ‘science’ aspect of the definitions of our religion: “Spiritualism is the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of continuous life, based upon the demonstrated fact of communication by means of mediumship with those who live in the Spirit World” and, “Spiritualism is a Science because it investigates, analyzes, and classifies facts and manifestations demonstrated from the Spirit side of life.”

Many noted scientists have risked their reputations and careers by investigating the phenomena of the Spirit World. Sir William Crookes is credited with starting the ‘scientific period’ of Spiritualism; Sir Oliver Lodge investigated mediums Leonora Piper and Eusapia Palladino. Both men were noted early investigators that used the scientific method in their research of spirit phenomena. Their pioneering work is carried on today by organizations such as The American Society for Psychical Research (www.aspr.com), The Afterlife Research and Education Institute (www.afterlifeinstitute.org), and The Rhine Research Center (www.rhine.org).

Our support of these endeavors has never wavered; our objective is to prove to the world the truth of communication with those who live in the Spirit World through evidential mediumship. The brave men and women who continue these investigations deserve our gratitude, encouragement, and support.

“What nations have to realize is the guiding and helpful power of the spiritual world. All religions can agree on that great thesis, with whatever restrictions and minutiae it may be accompanied because of individual beliefs and sectarian prejudices. Let us unite in this enterprise of impressing the reality of the spiritual world and its active cooperation with us, and the outlook for the future becomes bright.”

– Sir Oliver Lodge

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“My position, therefore, is that the phenomena of Spiritualism, in their entirety, do not require further confirmation. They are proved quite as well as any facts are proved in other sciences.”

          – Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace, author, scientist, and naturalist

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

August 2, 2020         Vol 1, Number 20

SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

 

“Spiritualism is a science, a philosophy, and a religion. It is not three things, but one thing with three aspects. So far as it deals with phenomena, it is a science. So far as is attempts to answer in the light of its generalizations built up from a study of its phenomena, the question, What is the real nature of the universe, and what is man’s relation to it? – it is a philosophy. So far as it deals with the individual soul, its nature and development in this life lived here and the kind lived beyond, it is a religion. It is a religious science and philosophy and a scientific and philosophical religion. As a religion it is based on the bedrock of sense impressions of phenomenal evidence. Its foundation is as firm and sure as are the foundations of astronomy and geology. It teaches a grandeur and beauty of soul development in the life beyond, undreamed of by any other religion. It satisfies every demand of the intellectual side of our nature and it likewise fulfills every requirement of the heart.”

— Mark Alton Barwise (former NSAC Trustee)

A Preface to Spiritualism

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Life was never meant to be a race, rather a journey—to be enjoyed with God, and shared with those we love. These are the things that make life meaningful, leaving us satisfied, rather than wanting.”              

– Leila Grandemange

 

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 26, 2020         Vol 1, Number 19

INTENTION

Why am I a Spiritualist? Have you ever you asked yourself that question? We are all drawn to this Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism for different reasons initially, but over time realize we share many common intentions regarding our spiritual paths. The NSAC Manual describes the Objects of Spiritualism as:

– To teach the truths and principles expressed in the Declaration of Principles and in definition of Spiritualism, a Spiritualist, a Medium, and a Spiritualist Healer.

– To teach and proclaim the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Modern Spiritualism.

– To encourage lectures on all subjects pertaining to the spiritual and secular welfare of humanity.

– To protest against every attempt to compel humanity to worship God in any particular or prescribed manner.

– To advocate and promote spiritual healing.

– To protect and encourage spiritual teachers and mediums in all laudable efforts in giving evidence of proof to humanity of a continued intercourse [communication] and relationship between the living and the so-called dead [those who have made their transition to the Spirit World].

– To encourage every person in holding present beliefs always open to restatement as growing thought and investigation reveal understanding of new truths, thereby leaving every individual free to follow the dictates of reason and conscience in spiritual as in secular affairs.

These objects or intentions as quoted from our NSAC Manual describe our best choices for traveling our spiritual path in this physical existence. It is up to each of us to consciously make decisions that assist us in our evolution as spiritual beings. Our Principles and these Objects provide us with the outline necessary to realize our intentions and achieve our spiritual goals.

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

                                                          – Edward Everett Hale

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 19, 2020         Vol 1, Number 18

CONTINUITY OF LIFE

 

Principle 4. We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death.

Principle 5. We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spriitualism.                                                   (NSAC Manual)

The continuity of life from this physical existence to the spiritual realm is affirmed within our 4th and 5th Principles. The question is, have you given serious thought to what that actually means? The concept of immortality is almost as impossible for the human mind to grasp as the concept of Infinite Intelligence. Many great minds have dedicated serious time to both of these topics. One of our own Spiritualist mediums did as well.

Maud Lord Drake (1852-1924) was an extraordinary mental and physical medium demonstrating full materializations in daylight, independent voice, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and psychometry. She was twice invited to Buckingham Palace to give private readings to Queen Victoria. In 1904 her book, Psychic Light, The Continuity of Law and Life, was published, and she addressed our topic thus:

“Spirit must be infinite in its origin, to be immortal in its destiny. A beginning signifies an end. Neither the beginning nor the end concerns us now as much as the interim – the interlude, the tragedy or travesty, as the case may be. For between the beginning and the end, so to speak, or, between infinite origin and unending duration is the field of immortality. Life, the consciousness of this stage of existence, and death, the commencement of the next, are assured. Preparing for the unending future is what should most concern us all while here on earth.”

Every day on this physical plane we are presented with opportunities for love, compassion, laughter, personal and spiritual growth and so many others. Our responsibility is to seize the day – Carpe Diem not because of some doubt about tommorrow; rather because each day is a step along the path of our eternal journey. We are all in the boat, sailing the sea of eternity; we can’t predict if the water will be choppy or smooth sailing, but we can prepare ourselves mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually for whatever may lie ahead. As Spiritualists we know what lies before us, let us seize the opportunities that propel our souls’ eternal travels.

“Eternity is today.”           — Bangambiki Habyarimana

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“We are the embodiment of cosmic consciousness that lives life eternal.”

                                                            – Wald Wasserman

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 12, 2020         Vol 1, Number 17

COMMUNITY AND COMMITMENT

Community is characterized by a group of people having a shared indentity and interests. Our community here at Spritualist Desert Church enjoys the fellowship of like-minded individuals who join together in the understanding of Natural Law and the continuity of life as demonstrated through evidential mediumship. Even in this time of uncertainty, thanks to technology, we are able to continue our commitment to Spiritualism, Spirit, and each other – and welcome new people as well!

Modern American Spiritualism has always had an ‘open-door’ policy; all are welcome at the table. The current challenges we are facing have actually made that even more apparent and important as we are joined in services and classes (via Zoom) by people from around the country and the world.

Our commitment in this time must be stronger than ever – we must make sure that our community is looking out for each other, as well as praying for and engaging with our cities, our countires, and the world. As Spiritualists, we are aware of the role that Natural Law plays in our daily lives; and that the outcomes of the decisions and choices we make are ultimately determined by their adherance to Natural Law (Principle 7). Arguably we are living in a historical period of time, and all of us, individually and collectively, CAN make the difference that ultimately leads to change!

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.”

– R. Buckminster Fuller

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

                                                          – St Catherine of Siena

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

July 5, 2020         Vol 1, Number 16

MAJESTY

“There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.” – Washington Irving

The Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism affirms that both the physical world and the spiritual realm are governed by the same Natural Laws. Humanity’s evolution on this planet has resulted in our self-conscious awareness of ourselves as individuals, separate and distinct from each other and all other forms of life. Yet, we are all intrinsically connected by Natural Law and through  our relationship with Infinite Intelligence.

Each of us carries a spark of the Divine within and witnesses the manifestation of Infinite Intelligence through the phenomena of nature all around us. Step outside; look at the night sky, the distant mountains, a flower in your garden.  Each step we take in appreciation of the Nature that surrounds us brings us one step closer to true awareness and enlightenment. We are all a link within the grand chain connecting us to Natural Law and thereore, Infinite Intelligence.

Acknowledging the natural wonders around us reminds us that we are each one small spark; it humbles us to the majesty of God’s infinite wonders expressed in the universe that surrounds us. There is no better way to acknowledge the grandeur of creation than to step outside and witness it first hand.

(Burney Falls, California; June 2020)

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“We can breathe in the sweet scent of a tepid summer’s meadow after the kiss of a warm rain, and in the very same moment we can stand utterly breathless underneath the expanse of untold galaxies that breech the very edges of the universe itself. Such are the privileges we enjoy because of God’s unimaginable imagination.” – Craig Lounsbrough

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 28, 2020         Vol 1, Number 15

KINDNESS

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Kahlil Gibran

One could argue that we are living in a period in history when concepts like kindness, empathy, compassion and tolerance seem to be frequently in short supply. The news and our emails are bombarded with details of the tragic occurrences happening to our fellow humans. It’s hard to get a grasp on the dimension or scope of some of these things, but one thing is clear: the one part in all of it that we can have ultimate control of is ourselves.

As Spiritualists we know we are each personally responsible for our actions and decisions as outlined in our 7th Principle. In this human experience all of us make mistakes and bad choices; Victoria Barnes reminds us that Natural Law is like a ‘kind teacher’ that ‘points out our mistakes’. Natural Law is immutable, it never wavers and when we make poor choices, the resulting outcome is commensurate with that choice.

In this time when compassion and compromise are perceived as 4-letter words by some, let us remember our Spiritualist Philosophy of the pursuit of wisdom gained through human experience. We are here to learn from our mistakes and grow into better, wiser persons. Each interaction we engage in is an opportunity for growth and understanding; and every interaction counts, even those that may to us seem minor.

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”–Robert F. Kennedy

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

–Roy T. Bennett

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 21, 2020         Vol 1, Number 14

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

As Spiritualists, we do not refer to Infinite Intelligence as ‘Father’ or ‘Father God’.  We do not assign such anthropomorphic characteristics (‘human’ characteristics) onto the intelligent power responsible for all of the manifestations of nature, both physical and spiritual. We have to resist the temptation to define the infinite through our finite physical lenses.

Our human experience leads us to this temptation; we literally begin this physical journey with a Mother and a Father. For most of us, our early childhoods are ruled by parents who are the ultimate powers in charge of our well-being. As we evolve and mature, many of us also become parents ourselves, leading us to new realizations about our own Mother and Father and the responsibilities involved in raising a child.

Fatherhood has evolved within our society over time. Fathers used to be perceived as the one responsible for providing for and protecting the family; now they are just as likely to be doing the laundry, washing the dishes, or taking the kids to soccer practice. The lines may have blurred, but the dedication and love involved has not. Please take time this Father’s Day to recognize those that have acted as ‘father figures’ in our lives. Biologically related or not, our human existence is built on the bond of family and community. Fathers play an integral part in this step of our infinite journey.

“He never made a fortune or a noise in the world where men are seeking after fame;

But he had a healthy brood of girls and boys who loved the very ground on which he trod.

They thought him just little short of God;

Oh you should have heard the way they said his name – ‘Father’.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Authentic spiritual ideas have the power to heal. Healing is the building block of both individual and collective spiritual evolution.”         – Donna Goddard

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 14, 2020         Vol 1, Number 13

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?

“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”   – Albert Einstein

Modern American Spiritualism states that the purpose of this physical existence is the growth of the individual: spiritually, mentally, morally, and physically. In order to grow we each have to embrace the concept of change. One definition of ‘change’ is ‘to make or become different’; a scary thought for many of us. As we awaken to the realization of our nature as eternal spirits having a physical experience, we must also acknowledge that the burden of responsibility for this growth rests squarely on our own shoulders.

Principle 7 affirms our moral duty as individuals, and part of this includes our willingness to pursue personal growth – which inevitably results in change. We must strive to make a conscious effort to engage each person with love and understanding as expressed in The Golden Rule (Principle 6). Part of this effort in growth must also be directed to our relationship with Infinite Intelligence.

Prayer, meditation, and contemplation are key elements in changing our viewpoint of our roles in this world and the next. We are spiritual beings, and as such we pray to talk to God, and we meditate to listen, gaining valuable guidance, inspiration, and advice from Spirit. The time spent in these contemplative endeavors not only improves our own mental and spiritual states, but reflects outward to all of our interactions with the rest of our fellow humans.

‘Change’ does not have to be a negative event; it can be transformative and life-changing. It is the reason we are here on the earth plane. Each interaction reflects on the next, building the new person we can become.

 

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”       – Mother Teresa

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

June 14, 2020     Vol 1, Number 13      page 2

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.”     – Linda Hogan

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

June 7, 2020         Vol 1, Number 12

Modern American Spiritualism was founded by those who were actively involved in the social causes of their day. It was a divisive time in our country’s history, and a civil war would soon divide our society. The Abolitionist cause succeeded, but the problems of equality, justice, and tolerance remain with us 150 years later.

As Spiritualists we know that all of humanity shares one vital link in common: the spark of the Divine that resides within each one of us. Our physical body is the vehicle of expression for this physical existence only; we are all eternal spirits from the same source, Infinite Intelligence. As such, we are all inherently equal by definition. However, that understanding does not translate to the day-to-day experience of many of our brothers and sisters.

“We should all know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value.” – Maya Angelou

Since its Advent, Modern American Spiritualism has embraced the inclusion of all; everyone is welcome regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation. Our Principles reflect the recognition of the value of every person, and our own moral responsibility as individuals. We are living in another defining moment in history. Let us make our founders proud and walk the path of love that Spirit has set before us as our ultimate goal.

If We Knew Each Other

If I knew you and you knew me – If both of us could clearly see,

And with an inner sight divine, the meaning of your heart and mine –

I’m sure that we would differ less, and clasp our hands in friendliness;

Our thoughts would pleasantly agree, if I knew you and you knew me.

Anonymous (NSAC Religious  Services Manual)

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”

Marianne Williamson, author.

 

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 31, 2020         Vol 1, Number 11

SPIRIT COMMUNICATION

The practice of spirit communication through mediumship is a cornerstone of Modern American Spiritualism and the truth of the continuity of life is demonstrated regularly in our church services. Our NSAC Spiritualist Manual lists several reasons why this is the case.

– “To learn from their moral lessons.”Natural Law rules this world and the next, “as above, so below”, and the Law of Attraction applies here as well. Our goal should be to attract those entities that bring forward the higher teachings that will help evolve and build up our character.

– “To receive instruction from spirits.”This includes the makeup of the Spirit World itself. Who better to learn from than the entities that dwell there?

– “To hold communication with our loved ones in the Spirit World.”This validation of the continuity of life expresses the continued love shared by all of us with our dear family and friends who have transitioned beyond the veil.

– “To seek the advice of spirits in matters affecting our mundane welfare.”While in no way infallible, the advice of spirit entities does come from a wholly different perspective. Spirit is often in a better place to see what might lie ahead on our path here on the Earth plane.

“Mediums, as intermediaries, have enabled spirit people to comfort the sad and encourage the weak; to relive the doubter and console the bereaved; to confirm the old-world traditions regarding bygone spirit intervention and revelation, and supplement our hopes and intuitions with proof palpable.”  – Mediumship Explained by E.W. and M.H. Wallis

 

 

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“There is no better healer than cheery optimism, allied to the consciousness that God, by the operation of natural law, or through the spirit world, can and does heal.”

Harry Boddington, The University of Spiritualism

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 24, 2020         Vol 1, Number 10

MEMORIAL DAY

Our current Memorial Day holiday originally started as Decoration Day on the 30th of May. General John A. Logan is credited with starting this observance in 1868 in honor of the soldiers that died during the Civil War. Eventually this evolved to include all military personnel who had died in all wars (WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan). In 1968 Congress approved the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and Memorial Day officially became the last Monday in May in 1971.

Observances may include parades and visiting cemeteries or memorials. The wearing of red poppy’s used to be a popular tribute. Today, it is more often the 3-day weekend that promotes the beginning of summer and includes parties and barbecues. As Spiritualists we encourage each other to look forward, to engage in the evolution of Natural Law and the path that lies before us. But sometimes it is important to remember where we have been; whether it is to our founders and pioneers of our Religion of Spiritualism that we look, or to our own beloved family member or fellow Americans who gave their lives in service to their fellow citizens.

Our world is as divided by thoughts and opinions as it has ever been. Our Principles guide us in traversing the sometimes-perilous waters we tread. Principle 6 and 7 are our outlines for interactions with each other and ourselves. We are all individually responsible for creating the world in which we want to live and for our conduct within this physical existence. Let’s celebrate our similarities and our diversity as we navigate this life; let’s express our gratitude for our military members, both now and in the past, and especially to those who have died in service to our country.

“Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.” – Robert A. Heinlein

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world. Please include all of those serving in our military this Memorial Day.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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“Tonight, when you go to bed, say a prayer that God watches over those who watch over us, and thank them for their sacrifices, on and off the battlefield. Pray that they have a peaceful night and will be home soon with their families who also share their burden.”

Neil Leckman

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 17, 2020         Vol 1, Number 9

THE MOTTO OF SPIRITUALISM

“As the sunflower turns its face to the light of the sun, so Spiritualism turns the face of humanity to the light of Truth.” (NSAC Manual)

Why is the sunflower our symbol and the focus of the motto for Modern Spiritualism? In the ancient world, yellow was considered to represent truth and constancy. It was used by the women’s movement in the 1800’s and has been the emblem of Spiritualism since 1892 and adopted into our bylaws in 1893. Spiritualism and the sunflower share numerous characteristics which led to its adoption by Spiritualists.

— The sunflower and Modern American Spiritualism are both native to the United States, but have both spread to all corners of the globe (it is the state flower of Kansas and the national flower of Ukraine)

— Sunflowers are selective attractors of pollinators; Spiritualism also attracts a select group of people looking for knowledge, not simply faith.

— The large flowering head and great height of the sunflower protects smaller plants; the Science, Philosophy, and Religion of Spiritualism helps guard against superstition and fear.

— Sunflowers rely on their strong stalks for the strength required for such a large plant; Spiritualism affirms that the moral responsibility of each individual builds the character required to help unite humanity in peace and understanding.

Finally, sunflowers are ‘heliotropic’; they track the sun via circadian rhythms. The faces of the young flowers follow the sun from sunrise to sunset every day until maturity. As our motto says, it is our responsibility as Spiritualist to engage in turning the face of humanity towards the truth expressed in our Nine Principles. The sunflower is the perfect emblem for our goals.

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Try to remember to ‘pause for the cause’ at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm  (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world; all of those in need of healing at this time. Also, remember to include all of the ‘heroes’ (first responders, nurses, doctors, etc.) that are sacrificing so much in the fight against this pandemic.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

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“If you touch the soul, then you help the other components of body and mind to achieve the wholeness that brings health. So, let them play their respective parts and bring health, certainty, confidence, inner well-being, awareness, so that they are at peace with themselves and with everybody else they encounter. We are concerned with touching souls so that the spark of the divine spirit which is embedded within every human being can be fanned and become a beauteous flame. Thus, the divinity within finds a fuller, richer, more majestic expression.” — Silver Birch

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 10, 2020         Vol 1, Number 8

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

The word ‘Mother’ has a few nuances; it can be a noun or a verb. It might describe a relationship between two people, or it could explain the action of giving birth or the process of raising an offspring. Regardless, this concept of responsibility for another is universally shared by all of us, here and in the Spirit World.

One of our primary tenets in Spiritualism is expressed in our 7th Principle: the personal responsibility of the individual. There is no higher responsibility than that of a parent raising a child, and our mothers have collectively given each of us the opportunity to experience this physical existence and opened the doorway to the unfoldment of our individual spirits.

This Mother’s Day, take a moment to reflect on your own ‘mother’ experience; as a child, as a parent, as the beneficiary of someone who took you under their wing and became a ‘mother’ to you. This human existence is built on the bond of family, whether biological or not; we all share the need for love and validation. Let’s all make sure we extend a big ‘thank you’ to those that put our needs ahead of their own and helped us learn the lesson of service to others.

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“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

— Washington Irving

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Hopefully we are all remembering to pause at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm  (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world; all of those in need of healing at this time. Also, remember to include all of the ‘heroes’ (first responders, nurses, doctors, etc.) that are sacrificing so much in the fight against this pandemic.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

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“Healing does not occur only at an individual level. Because each individual is connected through a vast network of relationships to innumerable other people and creatures on the planet, the process of healing even one person has far-reaching ramifications.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

May 3, 2020 Vol 1, Number 7

THE TRINITY OF SPIRITUALISM

Spiritualism has some basic differences from Christianity; one main difference is the concept of the Trinity. Unlike the Christian belief in a triune Godhead, Spiritualists recognize two different trinities:

1- The trinity within the definition of Spiritualism – the Science, Philosophy, and Religion.

2- The 3 divisions or life principles of the individual – spirit, soul, and physical body.

The first describes the overlapping dynamic of Spiritualism as demonstrated through the phenomena and Natural Law. The second defines ‘me’, the individual, given the Divine spark of continuous life by Infinite Intelligence.

We have an obligation to care for our physical body, to nurture ourselves mentally, and to attain the highest level of spirituality we can. Our success depends on our ability to obey the material and spiritual Natural Laws (which our Science, Philosophy, and Religion are based upon). The closer we are in adherence of Natural Law, the more balance we will achieve in our physical existence.

To that end, the question of duty and service to others naturally arises. Acknowledging each person as a fellow child of God leads to the understanding of our personal need to make things better, improve relationships, and truly attempt to live life by our Sixth Principle, the Golden Rule.

The closer we get to living a balanced existence by recognizing our own triune nature inevitably leads to the discovery of our life’s purpose: the development and evolution of our individual spirit. Developing our attunement with the Divine, being of service to others, and expressing love through obedience to the Golden Rule enables us to reap the rewards of a well-lived, well-developed physical existence.

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Hopefully we are all remembering to pause at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm  (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world; all of those in need of healing at this time. Also, remember to include all of the ‘heroes’ (first responders, nurses, doctors, etc.) that are sacrificing so much in the fight against this pandemic.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

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“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand. If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another.”

the Dalai Lama

 

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 26, 2020      Vol 1, Number 6

Extended Prayer for Spiritual Healing

“We extend our healing and prayers to: Our Spiritual community, may we all serve as a beacon of hope, joy, and peace; and continue to become the true beacon of light that we are spiritually meant to be. For those who have lost their jobs and their sense of financial security, may they turn to God for renewed hope and strength to survive.

For the continued victims of current wars or conflicts, may healing and prayers also be sent to their families and friends for comfort. For the political leaders of the world, may they truly understand their obligation to serve the people with compassion and understanding. For our beautiful planet, dear Mother Earth and all the creatures who live in Mother Earth’s love and light.

For the darkness that consumes many who have lost their way, may the light of God shine back into their hearts to restore their faith and hope. For the young and elderly, may God protect them on their beginning and ending journey. For the homeless and those fighting any form of addiction.

For all of those in nursing homes, prisons, and institutions. For all the children in orphanages throughout the world, may they all be blessed with caring and loving parents. For all those souls making their transition today and in the days to come.

For all those who are suffering with loneliness, hunger, and sickness throughout the world, may they find peace. For all the animals in our shelters, may they be blessed with a wonderful and loving home.

Finally, may we continue to embrace the spirit of generosity and compassion. May we keep our hearts open and fill each heart with the love of God. May we be thankful for the many blessings Infinite Intelligence bestows upon us daily. Amen”

NSAC Religious Services Manual

2018 First Edition, NSAC

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Hopefully we are all remembering to pause at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm  (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world; all of those in need of healing at this time. Also, remember to include all of the ‘heroes’ (first responders, nurses, doctors, etc.) that are sacrificing so much in the fight against this pandemic.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

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“The healer does not heal of himself, healing comes through him and is not of him. Every healing is individual according to the nature and the severity of the disease and its causes. In Contact Healing the healer is the instrument through whom the corrective healing forces are administered. In Absent Healing the healing forces reach the patient direct, for just as the healer possesses a spirit-self, so the patient has a spirit-self, too.”

–A Guide to the Understanding and Practice of Spiritual Healing by Harry Edwards

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 19, 2020 Vol 1, Number 5

MINDFULNESS

‘Mindfulness’: ‘the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis’.

–Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The act of being mindful is not an easy task or one that is learned quickly. It’s accomplished one small piece at a time, one moment at a time. Do you remember looking at a sunset and appreciating the beauty of that instant? That was a mindful act. Now expand that idea to all  the individual moments, day-to-day, of this earthly experience…not an easy ask for anyone.

Are we always consciously aware of our thoughts and emotions as we react to the events going on around us? Of course not. The first step is to try and be aware of an instinctual reaction, as opposed to a mindful one. More than likely the first one will be judgmental in nature and the second one will not be.

One of the best ways to approach mindfulness as a habit is meditation. As we center ourselves, we increase not only our own internal awareness, but our external perceptions of others and the world at large. Meditation helps focus our minds and calm our emotions, decreasing our judgmental gut reactions.

As we look inward, we find the solutions to our outward problems. Healing must start from within and always extends into all our other interactions. Those who only look at the ‘big picture’ of life miss the precious little moments.  Every heart beat is an opportunity for being grateful and mindful of this incredible opportunity we have been given in this physical existence.

“Every step taken in mindfulness brings us one step closer to healing ourselves and the planet.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master

-Jennifer Rosson, LM

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Hopefully we are all remembering to pause at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm  (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world; all of those in need of healing at this time. Also, remember to include all of the ‘heroes’ (first responders, nurses, doctors, etc.) that are sacrificing so much in the fight against this pandemic.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

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“The NSAC Prayer for Spiritual Healing is more than mere words. It first appeals to the Unseen Healing Force to cleanse the Healer’s mind and body, then asks that it heal others. Finally, it affirms our trust in the Infinite’s power and love. Prayer is a mighty force. When linked with energy from the spirit realms, it expands to embrace the positive, eliminates the negative, and helps perfect health to manifest.”

The NSAC Website

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 12, 2020 Vol 1, Number 4

OUR DUTY TO OTHERS

April is celebrated as the month that Americans acknowledge and give thanks for volunteerism and service. When we speak of ‘service’ within the context of our Philosophy as Spiritualists, it typically refers to the actions of kindness, compassion, and helpfulness that we offer during our interactions with others in this physical existence. The Spiritualist Manual states a person’s duty on this Earth, “encompasses the entirety of conduct, mentally, morally, and spiritually”. It also explains that this evolves through the attainment of knowledge, leading to the development of our character and harmony with our own, unfolded spiritual state.

Our spiritual awakening as individuals evolves over time, just as the Earth does as a planet, just as cultures do within society, and just as our Religion of Spiritualism changes with our growing understanding of Natural Law. One of the ways we have grown as humans living this physical existence is the widespread recognition of the concept that is our 6th Principle, the Golden Rule. Virtually every society and religion has some version of this ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ axiom; this is the Cliff Notes version of what our duty is to each other and can be boiled down to a single word, ‘service’.

Service to others reflects our own inner growth and our recognition that the spark of the Divine resides within us all. It is not just the big things, like volunteering or raising money; service is also the little day-to-day interactions, like a smile for a cashier, holding a door open, bringing in a delivery for a sick neighbor, or any one of an infinite number of kind words or deeds that lead both of you to feeling better about this world. The ramifications ripple outward, like a stone dropped into a pool. We may never know how many we affect every day.

“Each germ of Truth, each act of Love, inherent holds a life divine;

And on them ever from above the dews of heav’n shall fall and shine.

Tho’ riches flee, tho’ friends depart, and broken hopes around thee lie,

Still let this message cheer thy heart; good deeds shall never, never die!”

–Good Deeds Can Never, Never Die by B.F. Austin (The Spiritualist Manual)

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

Hopefully we are all remembering to pause at 9:00 am or 9:00 pm  (or both!) for our moment of silent prayer/reflection for our family, friends, community, country, and world; all of those in need of healing at this time. Also, remember to include all of the ‘heroes’ that are sacrificing so much in the fight against this pandemic.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

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“The gift of healing functions when those who have the faculty establish attunement with Gods’ healing ministries in spirit, who indeed are the intelligent administrators of this beneficent power.”

The Total Self in Spirit Healing by Harry Edwards

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

April 5, 2020 Vol 1, Number 3

WHAT IS A ‘THOUGHT SEED’?

How many times have all of us here at SDC heard The Rev. Vicky Homann remind us, “Thoughts are things!”? Why is that so important? Think about yourself and the people you know; have you noticed a pattern? Those of us who try and keep an even mind and positive thoughts for ourselves and others don’t seem to attract the negative interactions that so many struggle with on a daily basis. The Natural Laws that govern this world and the next govern our thoughts as well, such as the Law of Attraction in this instance.

A garden provides the perfect illustration of the adage, ‘you reap what you sow’. When we plant a garden we give thought to the kind of seeds we will plant, the layout of the garden itself, what kind of soil is needed, how much water and drainage they require, and a myriad other requirements. Once the seeds are planted, they can’t be left on their own; there are weeds to pull, competition to contend with from insects and small furry veggie lovers, as well as harvesting the bounty it eventually presents us.

Our internal life is exactly like that garden. The seeds we plant, the plants we water, and the resulting crop reflects the thoughts that we have encouraged within. And like the beauty presented from a well-tended garden, so our life echoes the status of our life within. We all have a direct hand in creating our own reality; do we create a welcoming place for ourselves, full of love and acceptance? Or, are we sowing the seeds of self-doubt, fear, and resentment?

We are our own ‘Master Gardener’. The thought seeds we plant in our minds need to be consciously chosen and selected carefully, tended passionately, and harvested with compassion to our own self and others. Spring is here, and while we enjoy the beautiful weather offered by this season, let’s take a moment to check on our inner season as well. We all probably have a few weeds that need to be rooted out and replaced with positive thoughts that reflect our true inner hopes, wishes, and dreams for the reality that is created by us all.

The NSAC website (nsac.org) states that, “We can use the laws to choose love, light , peace, growth, and joy. The universe is propelled by law and impelled by love”.

FIVE PRINCIPLES OF SPIRTUAL HEALING

  1. Spiritual healing works with medicine and the physician, not in opposition to them.
  2. The spiritual healing medium has no power of their own; they are a channel for Spirit.
  3. We can all learn the ability to allow this power of Spirit to work through us.
  4. We must genuinely care about others without thought of personal gain or glory.
  5. The recipient of the spiritual healing must have an open, honest, and accepting attitude.

The Gift of Spiritual Healing by Ambrose and Olga Worrall

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

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If you or someone you know would like to be placed on our healing list or have any other questions or concerns, please contact us using any of the methods below.

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SDC Message Phone: 702-876-8783

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SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 29, 2020 Vol 1, Number 2

THE ANNIVERSARY OF MODERN AMERICAN SPIRITUALISM

On March 31st we celebrate the anniversary of the Advent of Modern American Spiritualism in 1848. On that day, communication was established with the Spirit World between the Fox sisters and the murdered peddler, Charles B. Rosna. This date has become the demarcation line between ancient and modern spiritualism. The personal communication demonstrated by the Fox sisters between this physical plane and the spiritual plane revealed the fallacy of both the need for intercession by priests and the belief in magic and superstition as an explanation of spirit phenomena.

The events within that small cottage in Hydesville showed that the spirit world was bound by the same Natural Laws that govern this earth plane. Swedenborg, Mesmer, Mother Ann Lee, and A.J. Davis bridged the gulf between ancient and modern spiritualism, paving the path that led to that fateful day. This New Dispensation of Modern American Spiritualism could be described as an amalgamation of man’s mortal investigation into the spirit side of life. Death is only a gateway; the soul continues, and communication with the Spiritual World is a function of the Natural Laws that govern this world and the next.

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“Spiritualism is a religion that consists of doing good and acting honestly toward one another; a religion, not of forms and ceremonies, nor of long prayers and longer faces, but a religion of kindness, justice, and good works; a religion that will make life brighter and more livable, and will bring back smiles to the lips and happiness to the souls of all who understand and live up to its highest teachings.” – Thomas Grimshaw, (1867-1938) Trustee/Vice-President NSA

 

A PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE

“Absent healing is the generating and transmitting of healing energies to the recipient at a distance and precludes any physical contact. Through the application of Absent or Distant Healing, spiritual beings (Spirit Intelligences) combine their own healing forces with the magnetism and vitalizing energy of spirit healers and convey them to the recipient who is at a distance.” – NSAC Spiritualist Manual

We all recognize the need currently for social distancing; however, that doesn’t mitigate our concern for family, friends, country, and world. Join us in taking a daily ‘pause for the cause’, a moment of silent reflection, positive intention, and prayer for all those who need healing at this time. Set your favorite time-keeping device for 9:00 AM or 9:00 PM (or both!) and take just a moment to silently join in collective thought for the healing so desperately needed by so many.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the Great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.

I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.

I ask this Great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

If you or someone you know would like to be placed on our healing list or have any other questions or concerns, please contact us using any of the methods below.

Spiritualist Desert Church, NSAC

Website: spiritualistdesertchurch.org

Facebook: Spiritualist Desert Church

Phone: 702-876-8783 (message)

SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

SEEDS OF THOUGHT NEWSLETTER

March 22, 2020 Vol 1, Number 1

GRATITUDE DAY

The fourth Sunday in March is designated in the NSAC Bylaws as ‘Gratitude Day’, honoring the founding of Modern American Spiritualism and the workers who dedicate their lives to furthering our knowledge of the Spirit World.

Gratitude is defined in the dictionary as the quality of being thankful and our will-ingness to show appreciation for and to return a kindness. As Spiritualists, we have so much to be grateful for as we enjoy the freedom to practice our religion without fear, a religion that has eliminated the fear so many have by proving the continuity of life.

Let us all take a moment in these stressful times to express our gratitude to our forbearers; our guides, doctors, chemists, healers, family, and friends who work with us from the Spirit World; and for our workers here on the Earth plane. Let us also be aware of our interactions with others, showing appreciation for the little things, and paying it forward where we can.

“Spiritualism is a religion that consists of doing good and acting honestly toward one another; a religion, not of forms and ceremonies, nor of long prayers and longer faces, but a religion of kindness, justice, and good works; a religion that will make life brighter and more livable, and will bring back smiles to the lips and happiness to the souls of all who understand and live up to its highest teachings.”
– Thomas Grimshaw (1868-1938)

“As the sunflower turns its face toward the light of the sun, so Spiritualism turns the face of humanity toward the light of truth.”

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Spiritualist Desert Church: 702-876-8783