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SPIRITUALIST DESERT CHURCH

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

 

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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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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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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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

 

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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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

 

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

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

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

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

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Phone: 702-876-8783 (message)

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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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