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Maidenhead Spiritualist Church

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 15

Welcome to Spiritual Service No 15, which we hope you enjoy and find inspiring and uplifting. We have now been publishing these Services for a year and will continue till the church services can resume, hopefully in July 2021. This will, hopefully, be our last published Spiritual Service as we get back to normality.

Members please note that the AGM is now planned for Sunday 4th July 2021 – restrictions permitting.

Tribute to Maureen Bright who passed to the Higher Life on 5th May 2021

Maureen Bright CSNU joined Maidenhead Spiritualist Church in 1990, and quickly became an active member

She sat for development of her craft with Mabel Shepherd, and when the time was right started to work with Spirit with Platform work and Development Circles.

She went on to become a wonderful medium and regularly worked in other Churches, but was always loyal to Maidenhead and called the Church ‘her home ‘

Gillian Camidge, our the past President, always introduced her as ‘Home Grown ‘

Maureen was very instrumental when we started running Workshops, and always very happy to help others develop their link with Spirit.

We must also mention David, her companion for many years, and often making himself busy in our kitchen, lending another pair of hands, and help to clear up after services

One occasion clearly remembered was a Good Friday Rally; we left Maidenhead in a mini bus, twelve of us, and did the whole Journey with Maureen giving each of us a message from loved ones, and also encouragement to further our own development.

We will miss your presence Maureen, but know you are still with us.

Pam Saunders on behalf of us all.

Opening Prayer –

As we come together in love and harmony, we engage in this service of devotion in our own way. Dear Lord, we thank those in the Spirit Realms for the support we know is always there and that we only have to ask for. May I ask for healing energies to go out to ……..and special support to ……….. I send out my love and positive thoughts to those in the Higher Life who I have known, loved and respected in particular …….

Help me to enjoy and learn from this service.

Amen

Reading – Pointers to ponder upon.

· Where has this year gone, time flies so quickly.

· But it is not the time here that is so important it’s what you do with it.

· Life can be so beautiful at times, yet it can be destroyed in seconds.

· Life is not a race – slow – down-enjoy the beauty of life.

· What is the key to life – on word – LOVE.

· It can multiply every time we give it away – but true love must come from the heart.

· It is needed so much at this time in our world.

· Bring into our lives our 2nd Principle “The brotherhood of man”, with love, tolerance and understanding. Helping many souls to understand life’s purpose.

· We have many “mountains” to climb – but each step we take is called progress and climbing them together – would make it easier.

· One good deed cannot rid the world of all its cares and strife and yet – one act of kindness could change someone’s life.

· If we can find happiness, then we will REAP from what we SOW.

· The more we can give to other souls – the more we will receive.

· Give to those who have not much to give – then we will surely be blessed – and we would have found the true philosophy of life.

· Let our philosophy of life to love all of God’s creations.

· Never let the beauty of what you love – ever change what you do for others.

· Be a lighthouse for others – a beam of spiritual light.

· Plant a seed of loving thoughts into other minds, then that seed will grow in wisdom and beauty.

· May the “stars” carry away all your tears, may the flowers fill your heat with beauty, may hope give you strength and above all – may your faith always make you strong.

· Let us make this world a place of beauty, and then we will see as love grows within us. So beauty will grow, for love is the beauty of our souls, we cannot always see the beauty in our faces – but beauty is a light that shines from our hearts.

Address:

It is only through pain and sickness that we learn to appreciate freedom from pain and enjoy the goodness of life. It is only experiencing sorrow, unhappiness, injustice, cruelty and hatred that we learn what true joy and love really mean. It is only then this knowledge becomes a lot clearer to us, many souls on earth cannot find what they are looking for. But we must be taught the skill of self-control to overcome cruelty and selfishness. So for us to find Gods Heaven, which is within ourselves. It is very important to understand, this life on earth plays a big part of our progress in our spiritual journey and for use to reach a higher and happier state to follow. True happiness can only be found by making others happy. No matter how big or small our deeds may be towards helping

others we will gain more that we could ever realise. No matter how bitter our lessons may be, it is necessary for our development and they will keep coming, until we realise why. So we have our part to play among all and this divine purpose which is the birth of every soul. Finally; we can only do our best, love all of life it is so very precious. Now let us make a better world for those who follow our footsteps.

Jim Walker CSNU

Children and their Spirit Companions.

As people with knowledge of spirit communications, we are aware that many young children are aware of spirit energies – their little friends that they play with and talk to – that others are not necessarily aware of. The majority of children experiencing what we know is a natural phenomenon are just told not to be silly and consequently most of them “grow out” of these experiences. In some cases the child develops into what is termed a natural medium and goes on to develop these gifts for his/her own wellbeing and that of others.

Can we explain what is happening logically? We are aware that the spirit energy is an integral part of the child’s makeup from the point of conception, incorporating the biological development from the fertilised mother’s egg that incorporates the mother’s and father’s DNA. While the babies are in the womb they maintain that spirit energy and the link to the Spirit World from whence they came; this continues after they are born until the time when they develop into independent human beings, or in some cases this will continue throughout their physical life. The Spirit identification in the human body has various unique markers such as fingerprints. Now enjoy this true story:

TELEPHONING – Published in “Children are our Future” from the writings of Doris Davey MSNU

When Trevor was nearly four, Uncle Reg’ and I took him, together with a little crowd from Hounslow Lyceum, to the Engineering and Marine Exhibition at Olympia (event halls located in Kensington, West London) there were many things to interest the boys and girls, working models, parts of engines and places where they could climb little flights of steps to see how things worked. But what appealed to Trevor most were the telephone booths just behind the Refreshment Bar.

Uncle Reg’ always delights in giving the children what they want, so when Trevor said he wanted to telephone someone, I took him to one booth and Uncle went at the other and he rang us up.

I expect you all remember talking on the telephone for the first time – most of you I expect were held up to say “Hello Daddy” but when young Trevor spoke it was to start a one-sided conversation, so far as we could hear, with “Memel” a little spirit child who had attached herself to him, and with whom he was quite used to playing. He would tell us she wore red shoes.

So on this occasion, Trevor used the telephone as a medium to talk to the Spirit World, which was rather strange really, as usually it’s the Medium who is used as a kind of telephone to talk to those who have passed on.

(This event happened some 70 years ago and yes I do remember Spirit coming close till I was probably seven or so when it stopped and took nearly 50 years before to ability to communicate with Spirit re-established itself. However, it is not uncommon for young children to have their Spirit Companions, and if the family understands it is a wonderful experience).

Blessing from Spirit

We come with a blessing, a blessing for each and every one – we and your loved ones, those who are here. You have the opportunity to return to community worshiping, to build up your own energy, your own way of thinking. Within these past times, when you have been alone to some extent, your ability to meet and greet ones person to person has been limited. Remember that each and every one of you has an etheric body. As you meet with others in close proximity, you are able to link with the etheric body of yourself with others. It is a wonderful experience; it is part of your learning. We leave you with the blessings from the Realms of Spirit, for your progress, your happiness, your joy, your satisfaction, your way forward.

Closing Prayer

Divine Spirit – as I close, in this my personal prayer, I thank Spirit for their guidance and support knowing that I will be helped to fulfil my personal development and live a full and worthwhile life. I am leaving myself in thy care and protection, now and forever more.

Amen

Church News for Members and Friends.

All MSC members received an “Invitation to Renew their Membership for 2021” by letter dated 18th January 2021 – thank you to those members who have renewed so far. Can we please remind those who have not paid so far, to kindly do so. If you would like to join in membership of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church – just send me an e-mail [email protected] for details.

Trevor

Information

Psychic World is available as hard copy and is being published regularly for details contact The Editor Candy Taylor on [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.

Psychic News Back copies, can be read for free by downloading https://www.psychicnews.org.uk/articles/free-2020-issues You can also look at past copies of PN back to 1932 using the search engine link on the Psychic News web site.

Your Spiritualist Newsletter is in a free web sites with contributions from Spiritualist Churches, around the UK, for access to subscribe go to www.thespiritualist.org

Maidenhead Church Web Site; www.maidenheadspiritualistchurch.co.uk Also on Facebook

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal relating to the history of Spiritualism, by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 14

Welcome to Spiritual Service No 14, which we hope you enjoy and find inspiring and uplifting. We have now been publishing these Services for a year and will continue till the church services can resume, hopefully in June 2021.

Opening Prayer – Divine Spirit, Mother Father God, I earnestly ask for help and guidance in living my life to the full, to be able to help others in our paths of discovery in this earthly existence; also for the healing energies to go out to family, friends and acquaintances that are in need of help, be it for the mind, body and or spirit. I would request special thoughts for the following who are in need of the energies brought by those in the Spirit Realms ………….. I now leave myself in your care and guidance as I join in with the following words, to absorb the inner meanings that will help me live my life to the full.

Amen

Reading

Our Deepest Fear By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of the Divine.

Your playing small Does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, As children do. We were born to make manifest The glory of the Divine that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.

Address:

HOLDING THE LIGHT

Welcome Beloved Ones

We want to let you know that you are all doing so very well at this time of such change in your world. In your physical form you could never have imagined the changes that have happened to you during the last year. Your world no longer appears to be the same, your airports have become quieter, and your homes have become the centre of your worlds – your places of safety. And we in Spirit want you to know that you are surrounded by our love as you go through the changes you are facing both as a collective and individually.

We have said this before but we want to remind you that you promised to be here on earth at this time to support the energy changes. You have kept that agreement and you have shown up to hold the light and the love as your world descended into what might appear to be chaos. You will have grown so much during this year – the invitation was given and consciously or unconsciously you took it. We are so proud of you.

Many of you have adapted to schooling your children, to volunteering, to caring for older family members. In every way these are acts of service, kindness and of love.

You may not feel you have come willingly into these situations, perhaps you feel you have struggled on some days and that is natural, but beloved ones you have been holding the light – the light that has allowed the fears and the shadow to rise to the surface. They rise to the surface to be seen; you will have noted unrest around the world – with matters of politics, diversity, equality and inclusivity coming to attention – perhaps giving rise to demonstrations and acts of vandalism – scenes that are uncomfortable for many. Do not be afraid, they rise to the surface so that light can shine upon the fears and healing can begin to take place. You may witness these scenes but you do not have to be part of them – stay in your Divine Centre in your heart – trust that we are with you and shine your light brighter than you ever have done before.

Do not be swayed by the constant call of the media to bring fear into your lives – focus your light on the positive things and again shine your light; in that way you help to dissipate the negativity.

Hold your power, you are here to help create amazing things. The energy of the world is shifting and in time (perhaps not immediate time) you will see the changes beginning to occur. Focus your light on these changes – you do not have to shout loudly or participate in the fear. You are love.

The world continues to shift and you will continue to evolve and grow.

If life feels difficult for you in the coming months, do not seek to be a victim, hold your power and return to your heart centre and ask ‘How May I Be of Service to the Light?’ Love from Spirit World will infuse you, you will be surrounded by peace and you will be rewarded with the greater gift of wisdom and of love.

We are so proud of you all and thank you for the amazing work you are doing by staying centred and holding your light for the world.

We are always with you.

With all our love.

Spirit – Channelled by Tara North

Historical Spirit Communication of Emmanuel Swedenborg

One of history’s “natural mediums”, long before the advent of Modern Spiritualism, was a man called Emmanuel Swedenborg; however, his channelled writings were an influence on the philosophy of spiritualism. He was born in 1688 in Stockholm, Sweden, the third child; his father being Jesper Swedenborg, an army chaplain who was later to become a chaplain to the Swedish royal family and then Bishop of Skara in the Swedish (Lutheran) Church, and his mother Sara Behm (of a wealthy mine owning family). From the age of eleven attended Uppsala University, graduating in a scientific subject in 1709. Uppsala, founded in 1477, is the oldest university in Sweden using “Gratiae veritas naturae” as its motto and embraces natural science. He then travelled across Europe for a number of years and publishing volumes of poetry. For a time, he studied in England with Edmond Halley (of Halley’s Comet fame) and John Flamsteed (the first Royal Astronomer); he also attended lectures by Sir Isaac Newton.

His interests, as a well-respected academic and a scientist included astronomy, mathematics, theology, among others. He was a parliamentary figure and a visionary; his writings and lectures proposed explanations on many understandings, long before they became accepted as explanations. Much of his work was considered to be influenced by Spirit Mentors.

His books were originally written in Greek and Latin (rather than Swedish, as at that time acceptance of his writings were not considered to be acceptable in his “Mother tongue”), and only translated to English and other languages many years later. These books were hefty tomes with explanations of Biblical texts; one book “Heavenly Arcada” was published in London (1749 – 1756) with the English translation running to twelve volumes. There was also a Scientific Journal describing scientific/engineering designs, which including “submarines” long before they were invented.

In 1743, aged 55, he suddenly ceased his scientific studies after undergoing a spiritual awakening that included, vivid dreams and visions. At a later date, he explained that the Spiritual world was opened to him, that he could visit the afterlife and converse with Spirit energies. He had mediumistic abilities including trance and automatic writing. He had an “out of body experience” during which he was able to view a great fire in Stockholm in 1759, when he was some 300 miles away – clearly before the advent of instant or quick news communications.

The Swedenborg Society, established in 1810, has its headquarters located in Bloomsbury, Central London since 1925, and as a learned society has translated his books into English, and organises lectures with an extensive research library. On a personal note, my maternal Grandfather, who in his younger years was an Evangelist and later belonged to a Christian Mission Church in Isleworth, became a member of the now called Swedenborg Society. In the early 1920’s he started to attend Hounslow Spiritualist Church, developing as a medium (mental and physical), healer and, at a later date, as an SNU Minister with particular interest in the Lyceum movement.

The “Age of Enlightenment” was a period in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the thinkers and philosophers, especially in France, at this time strove to understand our physical and spiritual existence. Swedenborg and many others were part of this intellectual group of thinkers.

It is referenced that after Swedenborg’s passing in London (1772) he was able to resume his work -prior to the Hydesville phenomena with the Fox family, in 1845 – through the mediumship of a young American, Andrew Jackson Davis. AJD was a deep trance medium and wrote extensively on the philosophy of what today we call Modern Spiritualism. He became aware in 1844 of the knowledge and guidance being given to him by the Spirit energy of Emmanuel Swedenborg. At the same time, he also became aware of the presence of the physician Galen (AKA Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus, anglicised as Galen, who lived from 129 AD to 200 AD in the Roman Empire). Galen being a physician, surgeon and philosopher is considered today to be one of the most accomplished of all medical researchers in antiquity. He is said to have influenced the development of various scientific disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and neurology, as well as philosophy and logic.

As with all historical stories of our pioneers, it is the providence of the facts that are important. Although, the recorded historical references would have been originally published, in various languages that included Latin. Greek, French, English and Swedish, the basic facts are accepted as a true record. Spiritualism’s philosophy incorporates many of Swedenborg’s views/writings that formed the understanding in the 19th century.

Closing Prayer – Divine Energy – Thank you for allowing me to link with the Spirit Realms in this spiritual service. I send out my love and greetings to those who I know who have passed to the Higher Life and wish them well in their progress, remembering the happy times we spent together and the lessons we experienced together. I leave myself in Thy care and keeping – as always thanking you for your everlasting support, love and guidance.

Amen

Church News for Members and Friends.

All MSC members received an “Invitation to Renew their Membership for 2021” by letter dated 18th January 2021 – thank you to those members who have renewed so far. Can we please remind those who have not paid so far, to kindly do so. If you would like to join in membership of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church – just send me an e-mail [email protected] for details.

The provision of the step-free access, to the new church entrance, additional window in the side wall and the fire escape from the upper floors, (which were part of the sale contract for River View Lodge), have been completed. We now have to move out of the old church with 50 years of collected fixtures and fittings, (and to get rid of the things we do not need). Then we have other works to make the new church rooms on the ground floor fit for purpose along with things like a Safety Plan that will incorporate a Risk Assessment in accordance with the Government Guidelines for indoor meetings that will be in place in June 2021. Clearly a massive task ahead of us, over the next couple of months and any practical help will be appreciated.

At this time the actual date of opening for public meetings is of course dependant on Government Guidance and directives but currently our Members AGM for the 6th June 2021 still stands.

Trevor

Information

Psychic World is available as hard copy and is being published regularly for details contact The Editor Candy Taylor on [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.

Psychic News Back copies, can be read for free by downloading https://www.psychicnews.org.uk/articles/free-2020-issues You can also look at past copies of PN back to 1932 using the search engine link on the Psychic News web site.

Your Spiritualist Newsletter is in a free web sites with contributions from Spiritualist Churches, around the UK, for access to subscribe go to www.thespiritualist.org

Maidenhead Church Web Site; www.maidenheadspiritualistchurch.co.uk Also on Facebook

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal relating to the history of Spiritualism, by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.

If you receive hard copies and have an e-mail address please let me know for future Spiritual Services and news from your church on [email protected] or if you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions. Unfortunately at this time it is still difficult and expensive to obtain ink for my printer.

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No. 13

Welcome to Spiritual Service No 13, which we hope you enjoy and find inspiring and uplifting.

Opening Prayer

Divine Spirit, Mother Father God. As I link with the Higher Energies to spend some time in spiritual attunement to feel the presence of loved ones and to know that I am being looked after, I ask that my spiritual development will continue and that my understanding will grow. I ask for healing energies to go out through the ether to the whole of the human race and in particular …………..

Allow me to live my life to the full and to be able to help others in our journey of life.

Amen

Reading: What is Love?

Thoughts to consider at this time: I have called the question what is love? Most of us understand love, by sharing our lives with each other but it is only true love from the heart, that many souls will find the true value of life. Love is important and we need to fit it into our lives; it gives us a meaning and a purpose as to how we live our lives. Love can mean so many wonderful things, mercy, goodness, compassion, kindness, patience and understanding; all these words can be found in that one word Love. Love is the key to all life; it is the power of our love into other minds that seed will eventually blossom. For love is the only thing that is free, which can multiply every time we give it away; if only many souls could live by those three simple words – love one another.

Let us be strong in our love for each other and in our beauty and strength, only then will peace be found.

Send out your thoughts to all God’s creations and create a Bridge of Light for all God’s angels to cross over. Living our lives and serving others are two of our greatest challenges – but it is true philosophy. Let us start right now and try and make this World what God intended it to be. Then, we can live in the Brotherhood of Man within our mind, with love, tolerance and understanding to all. Love and life are the two greatest gifts given to us; let us use them well. We must live for today, while we prepare for tomorrow, then we will find knowledge and wisdom – then, we have found true love. There is a saying that came from Spirit, “that true love is the blending of two souls and when they eventually find one another, in the World of Spirit and thought, only then, this is the natural marriage of all loving souls – so, this is what love is all about!”

Jim Walker

Address: Fear Not

In a time when the physical world seems to be opening up again, don’t dwell in fear – FEAR is Fanaticised Events Appearing Real. Allow yourself to breathe and follow you heart, and it will guide you peacefully and without fear with confidence back out into the world. The strength and love that

supports all our planets in our universe and beyond are the same strength and love that hold and guide each of us.

Trust and faith are words that we know and hear a lot when we talk about the divine spark and life force that is within each of us, and it is that which endures and exists beyond this physical realm – if you allow FEAR to disturb your NOW, it won’t change the future but it can affect your peace of mind and wellbeing. We have often heard the saying, “Don’t dwell on the past, for it is gone, don’t worry about the future, for it has not yet happened.” The only thing we have is now and now is a gift, which is why it is called the PRESENT. Trust YOUR truth, have faith in YOUR OWN intuition and know all is well in the PRESENT.

You may ask “how to a eliminate FEAR?” We would suggest that anytime FEAR or negative thoughts appear, think or write down all the things you are grateful for. These can be a simple as “I am grateful I can see; I am grateful I can hear; I am grateful I am able to read this service; I am grateful I can hear the birds sing; I am grateful I have a warm roof over my head; I am grateful I have access to clean running water…………..” whatever you are grateful for. Once you start giving thanks for all you have, your body, mind and spirit can start to release FEAR or negativity, for it has no room to exist. So, when someone says to you “don’t think about FEAR”, it is like saying “don’t think of your front door” and of course the first thing you think about is your front door! By being in a state of gratitude, you will release FEAR for there will be no room for it to exist in your mind and you will release negative thoughts as loving, thankful thoughts are more powerful. Being in a state of gratitude, you will reconnect with your divine spark, intuition within, call it what you will, but you will then know peace and be confident with the way forward, as the physical world opens up again.

Blessings and joy to all.

Tracy Rawlins

Historical Spirit Communication

The founding of most of the religious beliefs relate to some form of connection with the Spirit Realms, either understood or just knowing that there are higher energies that are making an awareness in some form. The phenomenon known as the Epworth Rappings is well documented, with good historical provenance; it happened between December 1716 and January 1717, some 304 years ago. If the rappings were de-coded, as the Fox families did some 131 years later, our understanding of Spirit communication may be very different.

We need to go back to 1695 when the Reverend Samuel Wesley became the Anglican rector of the parish church of Saint Andrews at Epworth, at the time in North Lincolnshire, but today in South Yorkshire. He was also responsible for the parish of Wroot. This was under the benevolence of Queen Mary II although his ways of thinking were not to the liking of the locals. The rectory was a large building and was probably needed, as with his wife Susanna had four children when they moved in, and later had a further fifteen, although only ten survived to adulthood (three boys and seven daughters). With such a large family, there were also male and female servants. It is clear that the family were living well although it is recorded that Samuel Wesley struggled financially and supplemented his income by writing poetry. Both Samuel and Susanna came from families where their fathers were also rectors but said to be prominent “dissenting” members of the established Church of England. Two of the sons, John and Charles, attended Grammar School and then went on to Oxford University. These two Wesley’s sons eventually initiated the Methodist Church. John Wesley is better known as an orator. His brother Charles, meanwhile, was no mean preacher in his own right, but turned his passion to the writing of hymns that were sung originally at Methodist gatherings in fields, chapels and market squares. In fact, Charles Wesley wrote more than 3,000 hymns, becoming perhaps the most famous hymn lyricist of all time. To this day, Wesley’s hymns are a part of many services throughout the world, including the popular Christmas carol Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, and anthems such as O For a Thousand Tongues, And Can It Be and Love Divine, All Loves Excelling. Another son, Samuel, became a well-known artist.

In 1709 the original rectory, which had a thatched roof was set on fire, possibly by vandals, and John Wesley who was five or six at the time was rescued from an upper storey window. It is recorded that he never forgot this incident and attributed his rescue to God for his purpose in life.

The rectory was then rebuilt in a Queen Ann style as a much larger building. The building was in a poor state by 1954 when the British Methodist Church bought the building and restored the house to its former glory and subsequently opened the house to visitors with a museum.

The year is now 1716 and John Wesley would have been about twelve when he witnessed, along with others, paranormal events happening in the house. On the 1st December 1716 the children and servants began to talk about strange noises such as knockings and sound of footsteps going up and down the stairs during the night. The Rector Wesley, of course, had words with the children and servants about these ‘imagined’ events and suggested that they were young men who had an interest in his four grown up daughters. The children said to their father, ‘I wish the ghost would come knocking at your door!’ The very next night nine loud knocks thudded on the walls of the reverend and Mrs Wesley’s bedchamber. The rector thought some mischief maker was responsible and he decided to get a large dog to deter these persons unknown. He obtained a large mastiff but all the brave dog did was to whimper and hide behind his frightened children when the noises started. Two nights later, the sounds were so extreme that the rector and his wife were forced out of bed to investigate; they searched the property but could find no reason for the sounds. Eventually the rector asked one night when the knockings in the nursery became particularly loud, ‘Why do you disturb innocent children? If you have something to say, come to my study!’ In answer to the rector’s challenge a loud knock sounded on the study door with such force that the boards must have surly been shattered. The rector decided to consult with the vicar of Hoxley and after confiding in him, he agreed to lead devotions that night to see if the ‘visitor’ would dare to make him/herself known in his presence. Evidently the communication was so good that the Vicar of Hoxley fled in fear!

Eventually the children had overcome any fear of the ‘intruder’; they accepted the visitor and called him ‘Old Jeffery’. If people suggested that the sounds were due to natural causes such as rats, birds or the wind, the sounds became more distinct and the doubter was put to rights.

The sounds were always heard at ten in the evening and the rector recalled an old way of what we would call today exorcism by getting a large trumpet and blowing it as loudly as possible in every room of the house but, of course, this was a complete failure.

Just as everybody was getting used to ‘Old Jeffery’ the phenomena ceased never to return.

The providence for these events is exceptional with recorded statements from the family and servants, together with letters written in the period.

How these paranormal events affected the spiritual understanding of both the Wesley brothers and influence of spirit energies over their lives can only be a quandary, but today with our greater understanding of spirit communication it’s a big “What if”.

References – The Epworth Phenomena 1917 by Dudley Wright, statements / accounts and letters taken at the time, various other documents and web sites.

Closing Prayer

Divine Energy, Mother Father God. Thank you for your everlasting support, love and guidance. May I have the strength to use my abilities to their full potential for my own development and those I care about; and by joining in with this service, along with many others who share my understanding of this progressive eternal life, we ask for your help, so that we can all go forward in our spiritual progression.

I leave myself in your care and keeping as always.

Amen

Church News for Members and Friends.

All MSC members received an “Invitation to Renew their Membership for 2021” by letter, dated 18th January 2021 – thank you to those members who have renewed so far. Can we please remind those who have not paid so far, to kindly do so?

If you would like to join in membership of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church, just send me an e-mail [email protected] for details

NOTICE for Members – It is planned to hold the Annual General Meeting of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church at River View Lodge on Sunday 6th June 2021, which will follow the 6-30pm Divine Service. This is subject to Government Restrictions allowing the holding of meetings with any control systems being in place. Further paperwork will be sent to members with notices of motions and nominations.

Information

Psychic World is available as hard copy and is being published regularly for details contact The Editor Candy Taylor on [email protected] – telephone: 020 8903 1993.

Psychic News Back copies, can be read for free by downloading https://www.psychicnews.org.uk/articles/free-2020-issues You can also look at past copies of PN back to 1932 using the search engine link on the Psychic News web site.

Your Spiritualist Newsletter is in a free web sites with contributions from Spiritualist Churches, around the UK, for access to subscribe go to www.thespiritualist.org

Maidenhead Church Web Site; www.maidenheadspiritualistchurch.co.uk

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal relating to the history of Spiritualism, by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.

If you receive hard copies and have an e-mail address please let me know for future Spiritual Services and news from your church on [email protected] or if you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions. Unfortunately at this time it is still very difficult and expensive to obtain ink for my printer and the “print shops” are of course, closed, due to Level 4 restrictions.

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 12

Welcome to Spiritual Service No 12, which we hope you enjoy and find inspiring and uplifting.

Opening Prayer

Divine Spirit, Mother Father God. As I take this opportunity to link with the Higher Energies for peace and tranquillity, to absorb the power of Spirit and to my spiritual benefit; I ask that I will be guided to a greater understanding. May I ask for a healing blessing for myself to allow me to live my life to the full even in these difficult times. For the healing energies go out to those I know who are in need; especially these loved ones ………….

I send out thanks to all those who help me on my journey of discovery for their love and support; to the doctors, nurses, medical staff and carers who are working so hard in these unprecedented times to help those in medical need – I ask that all of them be helped and supported in these difficult tasks they are dealing with.

Loving Father hear my prayer.

Amen

Requesting spiritual healing transmission.

This is just one way as to how you can direct absent healing to one who is in need. You do not have to be a trained healer, but to have the empathy for one in need. If you have a photograph of the person, or a hand written letter or card it will help to connect with their

vibration. You could have a memory of where they are currently living or at least a map to concentrate your thoughts. If you know their medical condition, do some research as to the cause and symptoms of their medical condition and the healing required. If you are sending out healing for a third party, get the most information available. Now go into the silence (your preferred prayer method) and build up a picture in your mind of the information you have – then ask the Higher Energies for the healing balm to go out to the one in need, be it in mind, body or spirit. You can imagine the person’s body and concentrate on the area of concern. Always remember to thank Spirit for their assistance and to ask for the “Cloak of Protection” when you close down.

Reading

Wise words of wisdom from Spirit, I hope these words will inspire you as they have done for me. May the future take away all your tears of unhappiness and shower you with love and peace, as you look back in recent times, with all that has taken place in your life.

Remember the efforts you made and the goals you reached. Remember the love you shared and happiness you brought to others. Remember the laughter, the joy, the hard work and all the tears – as you reflect on the past, remember the past, no one can ever change, but you could make a vast difference to someone’s life in the future – but first you must learn to love one another, and find that love within yourself.

One of the greatest gifts given to you is time. Give someone your time, to someone who may not have as long as you have been given. Then, you will begin to see the true values of life.

Remember: try to live like a beautiful flower that you really are, ever growing from your tiny seed, which will bloom into many wonderful colours of life. Shine God’s beautiful light into the darkest of shadows of many poor souls. Live like the little lighthouse shining your light onto others.

Let me leave you with these wonderful words: “Yesterday was only a dream, tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived, will make every yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope.

I truly wish you a future with lots of happiness, love and peace – wherever you may be on your journey in life.

God bless you in all you do for others. From Jim Walker CSNU

Address: Life Patterns

As time goes by, I often think about people I have known and their experiences, and about stories I have heard that have made me think about life and its patterns. I remember when talking to my Dad, when I was a teenager. I had been told a few times, of when, as a miner, he had been trapped underground for four days. I asked him was he afraid whilst he was trapped. He told me that no, because he knew he would get out safely. I didn’t ask how he knew, it was enough that he knew.

He was a thoughtful, kind and at times philosophical man whom many people respected. His pattern of life was to work as a miner, Deputy and then safety Officer, and this included training people in first aid. He was also a First Officer in our local division of the Saint John’s Ambulance Brigade. In a direct and indirect way, he must have saved lives and given confidence to others.

I realised that what we become is what we do and how we do it. Not the words, but the thoughts and actions. Every action and thought builds our Pattern of Life. Like creating a tapestry – first we choose the colours and then we gradually make the pattern come to life. The pattern may have mistakes in it – sometimes the wrong colour, the wrong action and

thought – but the overall effect remains. It reminds me of the verse “Not till the loom is silent and the shuttle ceases to fly. Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why, the dark threads are as important, as the silver and the gold in the pattern to behold”. I may have quoted this incorrectly, but I know we see life only from our perspective and not from the pattern we’ll see when we can see our lives clearly at the end of our Earthly life. I wonder what we will make of the pattern we have created during this last year. Perhaps, we can consider adding new colours, a flower here or there, making a vision for others to see. What is your message to the world? How can you weave it into your life so that it sings out a Melody of love?

By Minister Nora Moray Stringer – Vice President Spiritualist’ Lyceum Union

Channelling Energies

We talk of energies and depending on our background, technical knowledge and our particular perception, we will have our own understanding of energy forces. What is energy? Is it power, a force that can only be seen or felt as a movement of an object in relationship to another object? A movement of air can be felt but can only be seen by dust, water and other matter moved by the force. An electric motor rotates due to magnetism generated by electric currents, which cannot be seen as such. The movement of the tides of sea and oceans are affected by the energy of the moon. The force of gravity is a magnetic energy from the centre of our planet that affects our whole being; it can be measured, but not seen. The North and South Poles are magnetic centres that can be detected by another magnet on the simple basis that unlike magnetic poles attract unlike poles.

The ancient civilisations accepted that energy was something that was difficult or even impossible to define, but they knew it was something special that controlled their existence. They accepted that energies were more powerful than themselves and in their own way praised the energy of Mother Earth, minerals, water, solar systems, mountains etc., detecting there were different energies that affected their lives.

Today, most people accept a divine or higher energy that is difficult to define; hence, different cultures use slightly different explanations that they can accept. You may term this as a religion or a way of life, on a basis that all religion is man-made to suit the particular culture, standards, necessity to control and interpretation of Natural Laws.

We know and accept that the energy we call the soul or “spark of life” cannot be destroyed and is eternal. Energies can be divided into categories we perceive as communication from the Spirit Realms and the ones we can draw upon from our planet and the entire cosmos. Then, there are also energies that the human body can generate, for good and not so good, for their fellow human beings.

There are many forms of spirit communication that are common today and some less common. Mediums will work on one or more ways to decode spirit energies. When mediums develop their communication skills, the form their ability to communicate with the Spirit Realms develops depends on their personal abilities and how the ones in spirit wish to work through them.

When a medium is establishing a link it is often important for him/her to hear the recipient’s voice, just a “hello” or “thank you for coming to me” confirms the link has been made and received by the correct person. Every living soul in the Earthly or Spirit realms has a

unique vibrational signature, therefore, the spirit communicator can identify the vibration they wish to connect and make a positive connection. In some cases the medium may be aware that the link is not right and will ask the spirit communicator for confirming information. Mediumship is not an exact science and the decoding of information is not always an easy task, so if you do not understand tell the medium. In some cases names when given, you may need to give them thought; they may have been from way back in the family or friendships where recognition may not come immediately to mind. Perhaps, we should all have access to a “family tree” document!

There are two distinct types of mediumship – mental and physical, generally categorised as follows:

Mental communication is where the medium is de-coding, through one or more of the senses a greeting from a Spirit Energy to a recipient. This can be a public demonstration, within a closed development of “home” circle or a one to one reading. This type of mediumship includes “psychic art”, either by a trained or totally non-artistic medium. Also types of inspirational writings or orating on matters, which may not generally be in the sensitive’s normal vocabulary. Spiritual Healing is also considered a type of mental mediumship.

Physical mediumship generally takes place in circle conditions where the room may be in subdued lighting or in darkness. Generally there will be a lead medium, referred to as the “catalyst” for the energies of the other sitters. The communication of the Spirit Energies may include “deep” trance communication, movement of objects in the séance room, automatic writings, orbs of spirit energy materialising as light, often moving around the room. In the past, it is recorded that Spirit Energies were able to play musical instruments – there are no limitations.

Blessings from a Spirit Energy

Each and every one of you has what you may well call your Guardian Angel to look after you, to bring you peace and tranquillity. You only have to ask for that connection for the blessings. You have ones who are closer and look after your existence, from the Realms of Spirit. You also have the ability to link with others, when you need particular help and guidance; so, be aware that the blessings of Spirit are always there. Just acknowledge, be aware you are not alone. You have your family, your earthly family, and you also have your spiritual family caring for your way forward.

Blessings, be with you.

Closing Prayer

Mother, Father God, I give thanks to my Spirit friends for the support given, knowing that I will be guided on my personal “Path of Discovery” in this earthly life, being able to work towards reaching my personal goals and ambitions, and living a worthwhile life. Also for being able to help others on their life path in whatever way is possible. I send out special thoughts for those who are finding it difficult to cope with some of the current restrictions, such as not being able to get out of their homes, and unable to be with their family and friends.

May I absorb the words given and build on my personal spiritual understanding now and in the future.

Thanks you for your everlasting support, love and guidance.

Amen

Church News for Members and Friends.

All MSC members received an “Invitation to Renew their Membership for 2021” by letter dated 18th January 2021 – thank you to those members who have renewed so far. Can we please remind those who have not paid so far, to kindly do so.

If you would like to join in membership of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church – just send me an e-mail [email protected] for details

Planning permission for the Disabled Access at the rear of River View Lodge and the Fire Escape from the upper floors has been agreed by the local authority and works will start soon. On satisfactory completion of these contractual works we will need to vacate the old building.

Information

Psychic World is available as hard copy and is being published regularly for details contact The Editor Candy Taylor on [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.

Psychic News Back copies, can be read for free by downloading https://www.psychicnews.org.uk/articles/free-2020-issues You can also look at past copies of PN back to 1932 using the search engine link on the Psychic News web site.

Your Spiritualist Newsletter is in a free web sites with contributions from Spiritualist Churches, around the UK, for access to subscribe go to www.thespiritualist.org

Maidenhead Church Web Site; www.maidenheadspiritualistchurch.co.uk

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal relating to the history of Spiritualism, by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.

If you receive hard copies and have an e-mail address please let me know for future Spiritual Services and news from your church on l[email protected] or if you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions. Unfortunately at this time it is getting very difficult and expensive to obtain ink for my printer and the “print shops” are closed, due to Level 4 restrictions.

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 11

Welcome to Spiritual Service No 11, which we hope you enjoy and find uplifting. Maidenhead Spiritualist Church wishes you a Happy and Prosperous New Year with Good Health and Progress – in your personal journey of life.

It is becoming very clear that churches will probably not be able to open for public services without limiting restrictions till mid-2021, but we hope the Spiritual Services help in maintaining your spiritual strength. The words from one of our Spirit Mentors are very poignant at this time, so stay positive and “Go Forward” as best you can.

Opening Prayer

Divine Spirit Mother Father God, as I link with the Higher Energies I ask that I will be given strength to maintain my spirituality in these trying times. To be able to make a positive difference in my understanding to be able to give guidance and support to others. I ask for the “White Light of Protection” to surround myself, family, loved ones and friends.

Please channel healing energies for my own good health and ……………….

I would ask for particular spiritual support for the medical people, emergency services and others whom have to cope and support with unprecedented strain on their abilities, to tend to the sick and those who pass under their care; throughout our world.

I send out positive thoughts to the governments and leaders of our world, so that they will be guided and inspired to make the right plans and actions, to make our world a better place for all humanity, the animals and our environment.

Help me to absorb the words given in this service and progress in my own “Path of Development”.

Amen

Morning

Look at the mountains shrouded in glory.

Look at the morning mist.

The spider’s web sparkling of a thousand jewels.

Look at the birds high on the wing.

The dew covered flowers amidst all of the grasses.

Look at the colours so deep and pure.

Now look at the sunshine and feel the bright light.

All warming from the heaven above.

As if God’s arms were wrapped round us, feeling so right.

Look and listen and you might see an Angel appearing bringing you love.

Taken from “Verses from Spirit” by Sharon Silver.

Address: A Normal Quality of Life

Many centuries ago, it was discovered that the earth was round. The contentious arguments were aplenty, some accepted while others did not. The teachings of their time caused division, but still they continued on with their standard of living. They created different systems, and different agendas in societies, and some even proclaimed that their way of life is the only normal way to uphold the law of the land through secular approaches or religion, but is it? What is the normal way of life, and is there anything new that hasn’t happened before? Man continues to be apace about progression to the best of one’s ability, yet still falls short of it all. We see how the clouds in its formation, some are more dense than others, but yet they still go in the same direction guided by the wind. Can it be said that it is the same for each individual Soul to find out their own standing in life? Only you can change your way of conducting your pathway. Whether you achieve success and prosperity is entirely up to you in how you view what that is that you seek. But if you are sagacious enough to have understanding of your Soul, then you have gained a better wisdom, if not there is still time to learn, for each journey you take is indeed a new one. You may have trod a familiar passage, but it is still new. Yesterday is not today, and tomorrow is still to come. Accepting a simple life brings one more closer to the light of Truth. The art of having a primitive attitude or finding dissonance in everything and everyone does nothing to help this cause, but being truthful does, and always will. The Divine Spirit disseminates its own charter of Truth o’er land, sea, and sky, to educate us all in a new way of being, and unification of Souls into a world where everyone has a chance to live in the quality of life that is a normal Truth.

Les Pilgrim

Words of Wisdom

Which were communicated, by a Spirit Mentor, at our Home Circle, on 12th December 2020.

“Welcome from the Realms of Spirit. There is something which is currently happening all over your world, which unfortunately produces a lot of negative energies, negative energies occur when there is worry and there is concern, when there is a doubt. It is so important, vitally important for the continued clear communication between the Spirit Realms and the physical life in that positivity is vital. Having the faith, you have many developments to overcome this problem, this virus and it will be overcome. We have been working with the scientist, it is the protection of the human body, and it has nothing to do with the soul, the spirit energy. We work continuously to give guidance, give inspiration – but negativity causes a barrier that needs to be overcome; will be overcome. Be assured we aware, we are “tweaking the knobs” on a sort of computer to make communication stronger, communication from the Spirit Mentors to the those on the earthly plain who they have responsibilities to guide. Have faith have that understanding. There have in your history been other pandemics, perhaps not understood, the same way your physical world is suffering which is something that has a fragile existence that needs to develop, as the human race has evolved so it’s not just the physical attributes but involves the body systems intelligence. Have faith; send out positive thoughts, keep you mind in a joyful state.

“Remember:

The spiritual side is always protected. Medical science has evolved, have the faith that everything possible is being done. Hope that this helps to give you confidence that all will be right.

“If you have concerns:

Relax and allow us to give you that help, because people’s attitudes spread. It is very difficult for everybody, especially at this time of year to carry on in the way they have done in the previous years, the way that they have done since childhood. Care needs to be paramount. Loving thoughts can be sent; but care, I will call it hygiene, (but it is not really the best word), is vitally important.

“Thank you for allowing me to be with you.”

Blessing

As you in the physical realms go through trying times, we are always there to support to bring you comfort in the most difficult circumstances. We are there to help and to give healing to those you know. We bring healing for yourselves, for your energy levels and for your positivity. To know that life is an experience and lessons will be learnt and a better place will evolve.

Blessings form the Realms of Spirit.

Closing Prayer

Divine Spirit Mother Father God. Thank you for your support and guidance and for giving me the strength and determination to go forward; and for the love and support from those in the Spirit Realms, whether they are guides, mentors, friends or family. Help me to live my life to the full, despite the difficult times we are going through.

Amen

Church News for Members and Friends

Information

Psychic World is available as hard copy and is being published regularly for details contact The Editor Candy Taylor on [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.

Psychic News Back copies, can be read for free by downloading https://www.psychicnews.org.uk/articles/free-2020-issues You can also look at past copies of PN back to 1932 using the search engine link on the Psychic News web site.

Your Spiritualist Newsletter is in a free web sites with contributions from Spiritualist Churches, around the UK, for access to subscribe go to www.thespiritualist.org

Maidenhead Church Web Site; www.maidenheadspiritualistchurch.co.uk

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal relating to the history of Spiritualism, by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.

If you receive hard copies and have an e-mail address please let me know for future Spiritual Services and news from your church on [email protected] or if you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions. Unfortunately at this time it is getting very difficult and expensive to obtain ink for my printer and the “print shops” are closed, due to Level 4 restrictions.

 

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 10

Welcome to Spiritual Service No 10 which we hope you enjoy and find uplifting. This issue is in early December 2020 and, therefore our Christmas season’s publication. Also at long last, news of the re-location of our church, planned for early 2021.

Opening Prayer

Divine Spirit Mother Father God. At this time my thoughts go out to my loved ones and friends who now reside in the Spirit World and remember them in so many ways; as parents and grandparents other family connections together with so many that have influenced my life. I send out my positive thoughts for their eternal progress. I ask for the healing energies to those I know that need help in mind, body and or spirit to help them to feel better and also to place the cloak of protection around them that they will be to cope in these difficult times.

Help me to remain positive and enjoy this life experience to the full.

I would like to send special prayers for the following ……..

Amen

Hello everyone. It’s almost Christmas once again. Little did we know this time last year what sort of year we had ahead of us. I hope you’re all well and making sure you’re keeping safe and not taking chances. Myself and the committee of Maidenhead Church wish you all a happy Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year and look forward to seeing us all back together in hopefully not too distant future.

With Love and Best Wishes

Sharon

(Sharon Silver President Maidenhead Spiritualist Church)

Art work by Pam Saunders

Christmas Verses by Andrew Collins

A Robin came calling In the garden red berries shine in the winter sun. Cobwebs capture a falling snow flake, as the garden turns white. A robin sings carols, while children sleep. Happy dreams of gifts under the tree. Remembering a friend at Christmas. You are my friend. A candle so bright. You are my guide in the darkest night. You are my dream when I awake. You are my love. A true saviour. You are the one I remember. On this Christmas Day.

Address: Observations from Redwood, a Mayan priest-king from the distant past.

Your world is consumed with sadness, anger, outright despair and hatred. There are wars raging with great loss of life and a wave of bitterness that will never be erased, there are laws and restrictions it will be difficult to dismantle from the law books and most of all, your children have lost much schooling time and will be in difficulties in their future. The number of dead continues to climb, even as some short sighted and power hungry politicians fight for the right to continue to be short sighted and power hungry.

Is there any light in this depressive and bleak forecast? Of course. The one thing the human race is capable of doing is overcoming all obstacles, no matter how difficult, how treacherous, how dangerous. This is the reason the early tribes set out on journeys to find new lands to settle in, to seek new ground to plant seeds and harvest their crops before the bitter cold winters arrived. No obstacle was too much for these adventuring people. Do I see this trait still in the human race, after countless years of living in the spirit world? Indeed I do.

A very wise lady gave a casual piece of advice to my channel many years ago, advice she has held on to and given out to others on many occasions. It is simplicity itself.

Out of every bad thing comes something good.

The deaths of certain chosen people, chosen by us that is, has resulted in changes to laws and deep held attitudes. Names resonate through your history, how many can you think of immediately? Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, you know them well. You know too that one life can change a whole nation, given time. That is the larger picture, as you refer to it, but come down to a different level – communities have rallied round, have fed the housebound, the disabled, cared for the sick, helped with the children, helped with – you know it, you know the heroes who came out of the first lockdown and who will do it again. For every bad thinking person, there are six or more good thinking people. During these strange ‘lockdown’ times there have been many sacrifices, much fund raising, many innovative ways of exercising or quite simply getting through the days without being overwhelmed by depression.

Small acts have become big acts. The services held at this church had to be cancelled, so using initiative, the contents of the service are distributed by technology and in doing that, it has reached more people. Yes, they are losing out on the physical contact, the energy that builds when people are together with one mind but the words are there to be read again, to be absorbed, to help people through these troublesome and depressing times.

It is like being in a war situation; it’s just that the enemy is unseen, unheard; able to spread very fast in the right circumstances. It comes without guns and bombs; instead its insidious little claws find the target and hold on until it is ready to attack the next victim. The very silence and ability to mutate and move on makes it a dangerous enemy and so new phrases enter the vocabulary, social distancing, Covid, coronavirus, and new acts, donning a mask to enter an occupied place. All this will pass, all of it. Given time, the scientists will find the cure and life will return to being more or less as it was, with all the unnatural things, masks, hugs, mass gatherings, being a distant memory but with the fear that it will naturally leave behind. It will be there, a part of your history, tales to tell to the younger ones, books and articles to write…

I speak to you from experience of living through a pandemic which decimated the Mayan people countless years in the past. The Mayan temples and buildings you visit now were built on the ruins of the earlier temples and buildings, which fell into ruin when life was taken from us by an invisible illness that swept through the communities. I see the similarities in what you are living through now; I am aware of the impact it has on communities in every way. It is tragic for families and communities and devastating to the earth itself. Whilst you are enduring this, it is hard for you to appreciate what good can come out of it. We can see the future but right now it is not there to be shown to you. Sometimes you need to live through disasters, for sure there have been enough of them over the lifetimes of the people who reside on this earth, to see the strength of the people left to carry on, to see the changes every disaster causes, changes for good, changes for the better, changes which will fill your hearts with joy.

The advice, should you need any after the torrent of information from your government, is simple. Stay strong in mind and body. You can overcome and you will. Find something good in every day, no matter how insignificant, a flower, a bird, a child’s laughter, a book you are enjoying, a programme you become involved in, the conversation with friends and family – the good things are there to be enjoyed and appreciated, while the fight to break the hold the virus has on the world goes on.

And in that sentence, you see how important you are. The virus is worldwide. Every country is fighting the same battle so every person in those countries is coping with the same restrictions. You are not alone. There will be foolish people, from heads of governments to the person in your road, of course there will be, this world of yours contains many foolish people! Remember and hold on to the fact that you are not alone. Together the world will overcome this pandemic; individually

you will all have your part to play in the overcoming of the enemy. We who watch and advise and grieve with you from the spirit world will walk with you every step of the way to that final victory.

I leave you now with blessings from the Realms and the sure and certain knowledge that you are Not Alone.

Redwood Channeled in early November through the mediumship of Dorothy Davis

Let me leave you with these wonderful words from a wise and loving Spirit Energy.

· Be of good courage, this will strengthen your hearts.

· For where your treasures are, so there your hearts will be.

· And by learning about life, so will you gain a heart of wisdom.

· Some of the most beautiful things in your daily lives cannot always be seen or ever touched. They must be felt by the heart, so make your heart God’s Garden and be prepared to blossom for all eternity.

· Yesterday was only a dream, tomorrow is only a vision but today, well lived, will make every yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope.

Closing Prayer

Divine Spirit Mother Father God. Thank you for allowing me to spend this time to enhance my spiritual understanding. For the support, I know I get from those in the Spirit Realms, to progress on my Path of Progression. Please help me to live my life to the full however difficult the circumstances may be.

Amen

Church News for Members and Friends

I am delighted to be able to tell you that, at last since the 27th November 2020, we have a new building; Maidenhead Spiritualist Church, River View Lodge, Ray Mead Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8NJ. We will remain in the current church under a Licence arrangement, until such time as the conversion building works to the ground floor, our place of worship, will meet current standards. The upper floors, after some modifications, will be leased to a suitable tenant/s (by the church) as office space, with limited parking only during office hours. Details of the arrangement of the ground floor will follow once we have had the opportunity to agree the final conversion works.

The current situation, as to when the church will be able to reopen for services is difficult to predict at this time and I will let you know the latest situation via the Spiritual Services. We sincerely hope and trust that the new premises will take our faith to a higher level. It may be difficult at first, if we have to introduce some form of social distancing for a time, but with your continuing support we will get there. Let’s hope and trust the future of our church will build on the valiant work done in the past, to maintain our record of being a very successful church.

The church main entry and fire escape will be at the rear of the building and suitable for disabled access. There are car parking facilities (also a cycle store) in the church car parks (front and rear) with additional parking available in local streets also bus stops in Bridge Road and 20 minutes walking distance from Taplow station. The location is, within reason, very quiet and of course no trains thundering past or football matches, to disturb our services.

Maidenhead Spiritualist Church @ River View Lodge

From the front opposite Bridge Gardens

Map where River View Lodge is located.

We hope these regular Spiritual Services help in your personal spiritual faith. Till we meet again, take care and maintain your positivity.

With Best Wishes for the Festive Season

Trevor

Information

Psychic World is available as hard copy and is being published regularly for details contact The Editor Candy Taylor on [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.

Psychic News November 2020 and back copies, can be read for free by downloading https://www.psychicnews.org.uk/articles/free-2020-issues You can also look at past copies of PN back to 1932 using the search engine link on the Psychic News web site.

Your Spiritualist Newsletter is in a free web sites with contributions from Spiritualist Churches, around the UK, for access to subscribe go to www.thespiritualist.org

Maidenhead Church Web Site; www.maidenheadspiritualistchurch.co.uk

If you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions please e-mail [email protected]

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal relating to the history of Spiritualism, by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.

If you receive hard copies and have an e-mail address please let me know for future Spiritual Services and news from your church on [email protected] or if you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions.

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 9

Welcome to Spiritual Service No 9 which we hope you enjoy and find uplifting. This issue is in early November 2020 and, therefore, covers our Remembrance Sunday devotions.

Opening Prayer

Divine and loving Spirit, Father God. Hear my prayer. May the entire world be free at this time to find peace in all hearts. As I open in prayer, may I send out healing thoughts to all four corners of the world, to all those that are suffering in mind, body and soul. I also ask for healing for the animal kingdom, wherever they may be and I pray many souls will treat them with love and respect, which they deserve. Help me to understand that in your heavenly home there is no death but a continuation of eternal life, revealing that you are the power and the perfect justice. Also, help me to acknowledge the wisdom of life, in every phase of life with all its beauty. Help me to learn and dedicate my life to serve all of your creations with the love we are all born with. I give thanks for the very precious gifts of life. Help me to understand your infinite purpose of life and achieve harmony in my mind, body and soul. May your power of love breathe into my inner being, with all the colours of Spirit and its beauty, allowing me to renew my strength, health and understanding. So, I can walk in peace, learning the ways of this earthly existence through the many experiences I encounter.

I send out special loving and positive energies to …..

Amen Sent by Jim Walker

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Spiritualism is the first step in knowledge and wisdom and with Spiritual awakening brings the truth. Spiritualism has many paths but there is only one truth: life is eternal and never ending. Learning this knowledge and living our lives to the full will bring wisdom into many hearts. Any step forward is progress, physical or spiritual, and every step we take in our lives is an invitation to grow in strength and an opportunity for further progress. If one soul should come to us and we can touch that soul with awareness, and tell the truth of Spirit, which is eternal, then our lives have all been worthwhile. It is when there is a glimmer of light that is shining in the darkness and for us to keep that little light burning, only then will that little light grow bigger and brighter for others to follow. All truths are a stepping stone to learn from one another. So, let us plant that seed of love for all others to share; then it will be us that will blossom. Forgiving others is where real progress begins, and all kinds of service are rewarded, if not in our world, it will certainly be in the next world, the Spirit Realms. Sent by Jim Walker

Address: Lest we forget

Remembrance Day is celebrated at 11pm on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year in many countries by a two minute silence at 11pm; marking the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28th June 1919 marking the official ending of the First World War.

On Sunday the 8th November 2020, as the nearest Sunday to the 11th, we will remember those who perished in the line of duty serving their country be it in the Army, Navy, Air Force and the civilian services, in times of war. The event we call Remembrance Day, known in the USA as Armistice Day, will take place on the 11th November with a national two minute silence.

The Royal British Legion service on the Sunday 8th November, in Whitehall at the Cenotaph, together with services at local war memorials and the televised events will be very different this year. For the last two years the President of the SNU, Minister David Bruton, has represented the followers of Spiritualism at the Cenotaph, along with representatives of many other faiths. The persons attending this national remembrance will be limited and the traditional marchpast with only a small number of participants. The annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall will be a pre-recorded event. So, the events in November 2020 will be very different to what we have become used to. The British Legion was founded in 1921 as a voice for the ex-service community as a merger of various organisations: the Comrades of the Great War, the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers, the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers, and incorporated the fundraising department of the Officers’ Association.

However, there are many services held by allies of Great Britain in times of conflict that have their own services at special locations.

We tend to concentrate on so termed World Wars and other conflicts over the last 70 years but there were many wars involving serving military personnel over eons of time, back to at least Roman times and tribal disputes from recorded times. Conflicts resulting from greed, expansion or attempts to change religious beliefs, cultures or ways of living to suit the aggressors.

Has any good come out of these conflicts? Unfortunately, these troubles are still happening in certain pockets of humanity and others just teetering on warlike aggression, with the reasons often really difficult to understand. Perhaps we know more about conflicts and disagreements today with the reporting and hopefully unbiased and truthful accounts of what is happening around our world. Unfortunately, this negative reporting is not balanced by the way different countries are working together in peace and harmony to make our world a better place.

From 1928 the Marylebone Spiritualist Association, later to become the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain, held special spiritualist meetings at the 5000 capacity Royal Albert Hall right up to 1975. This included a Service of Remembrance held in the Sunday evening. As a young lad I was taken to these services, probably in the 1950’s by my maternal grandparents. As I recall, we sat on the stage and the red poppy petals fell from the roof of the hall while the two minute silence was observed. For such an event attracting probably the largest single gatherings of Spiritualist, there were the likes of Estelle Roberts (medium) and Harry Edwards (healer) addressing the vast audience in this act of remembrance that reflected an understanding of eternal life in a positive way. I remember being ticked off for suggesting that the poppy petals used on the Sunday were the sweeping up from the previous Saturday’s Festival of Remembrance, poppy fall.

This day, we may be aware of family and friends that passed in conflicts from our family history, and in a few cases, remembering ones we have known physically. They put their lives on the line either as recruits or conscripts to the armed services and also in reserved occupations. Personally, when I started my apprenticeship back in 1960, we had the

option of being conscripted at 18 or completing our five years craft training then joining one of the armed services, but fortunately conscription was abolished by the end of 1960 in Great Britain.

So, as people of a spiritual way of thinking can we make a difference? Of course, we as a society that is considered forward thinking, the experience of major conflicts is always a reminder that civilisations must always seek peace and compromise. It is easy to start a conflict but very difficult to come to a peaceful and lasting conclusion. Today, the term Peace Mission is used to try and resolve conflicts rather than fighting. Remembrance services are generally multi-cultured with leaders of different faiths coming together to remember those lost before their time in conflicts involving their country, in the line of duty but in some cases because they were forced into fighting. We have our second principle “The Brotherhood of Man” reflecting that we are in reality the inhabitants of this planet at a time in our personal evolution, despite living in many different cultures and that we must aim to live in harmony.

The power of positive prayer is at this time when people are reminded of those who were casualties of wars and conflicts, and sending out positive thoughts to those who passed, in these circumstances, for their eternal progress. We have the ability to send a heartfelt wish, for peace and harmony in our world to the leaders and influencers of our civilisation. You may consider yourself as just a ripple in a mighty ocean but positive thoughts are mighty powerful tools in the progression of mankind.

The words from a poem Ode to Remembrance was written by the poet Laurence Binyon and first published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914, although containing seven verses, we normally only use the forth stanza:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

Quote: “We cannot always like each other, but because we are Spirit, which unite us all, we must endeavour to love one another.” Gordon Higginson, a Past President of the SNU.

A Blessing from our Spirit Mentors

“So that you recognise you send out thoughts to those who have passed, endeavour to make peace that the link goes out for those who passed before their time in a positive and spiritual way in a way that shows that your world has improved to a certain extent to what it was. Not the easiest subject to think about, because you don’t always know the full circumstances. Maybe you are remembering your father, grandfather or even great-grandparents who were involved in conflicts, but guidance will be given to you.”

“Blessings be with you.”

Closing Prayer

Divine Spirit: Mother, Father, God. May I send out my thoughts for peace and progression of mankind now and for future generations. That I will be helped and guided, on my Path of Development. That I will be inspired by this service to feel the inner peace and sanctity of linking with those from the Higher Realms for my benefit and those who are close to me.

As I leave myself in the cloak of protection I know that my guides, friends and family in the Spirit Realms are only a whisper away and always there to help.

Amen.

Church News

As you will realise, the church has to remain closed until it is safe to re-open in accordance with government guide lines. We hope these regular Spiritual Services help in your personal spiritual faith. Till we meet again, take care and maintain your positivity.

Information

Psychic World is available as hard copy and is being published regularly for details contact The Editor Candy Taylor on [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.

Psychic News November 2020 and back copies, can be read for free by downloading https://www.psychicnews.org.uk/articles/free-2020-issues You can also look at past copies of PN back to 1932 using the search engine link on the Psychic News web site.

Your Spiritualist Newsletter is in a free web sites with contributions from Spiritualist Churches, around the UK, for access to subscribe go to www.thespiritualist.org

Maidenhead Church Web Site; www.maidenheadspiritualist.co.uk

If you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions please e-mail [email protected]

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal relating to the history of Spiritualism, by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.

If you receive hard copies and have an e-mail address please let me know for future Spiritual Services and news from your church on [email protected] or if you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions.

Trevor

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 8

Introduction: As we are all aware, along with other churches, we have had to cancel our public meetings due to the current virus. Our church will not re-open until it is safe to do so in accordance with the latest government guidelines; currently, to effectively manage social distancing protocols and maintaining our duty of care is very difficult.

For Spiritual Service No 8, which I hope you will enjoy, we have contributions from Gillian Blaise for the Address, an extract from our Channelling Energies workshop notes and the Blessings channelled from Spirit.

We aim to issue regular Spiritual Services, until such a time as we can meet again.

The oldest active member of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church, Iris Thurgar, celebrated her 100th birthday on the 21st September 2020 and the church, SNU along with many others were delighted to send her heartfelt greetings.

Opening Prayer

Divine and ever loving God and Spirit Mentors, please help me to live my life to the full and to progress on my path of discovery, of learning and helping others; therefore, allowing my spirituality to grow, even in these stressful times when lessons can be learnt. I also ask for healing for our planet in every aspect.

I send out healing energies to those I know are in need, knowing that Spirit Energies are always there to help.

Allow me to absorb these words in our Spiritual Service and use these thoughts for my own development and understanding.

Please accept my prayers for help and guidance to the following friends and family who are in particular need ……………….

I send out my positive greetings to friends and family in the Spirit Realm, to wish them well in their continued journey and to remind them that I still think of them and the joy we shared.

Amen.

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I don’t need you at your best when you come home. I don’t care what you’re wearing or what car you drove here.

I don’t care if there is food on your shirt or if your hair has not been brushed.

None of that matters to me.

I care about you.

I care about what’s in your heart, how afraid you are. What you worry about in the night.

I care about your deepest fears and you biggest dreams and I am there for it all.

If you mess up, I won’t judge.

That’s my promise to you.

So, don’t cancel me because your house is a mess and your cupboards are bare.

I will bring what you need with pleasure and I will listen to your problems without measure.

If you are on the floor, I’m picking you up or I’m sitting right down beside you.

You need never be alone down there.

And before I leave, I will have made you smile at least once.

That’s my promise to you.

So, save you best for somebody else my friend because I want you just as you are.

That’s what friends are for.

By Donna Ashworth

Address – What are you doing down there?

A long time ago I was in a state of grief and I had a complete melt down, because I couldn’t get the lock on my front door to work. I was completely helpless. Crying my heart out, couldn’t speak, snotty nose, heart felt gulps. So I telephoned a good friend.

Those were the days when you didn’t know who was calling until they spoke. I couldn’t speak, so bless her, this sweet lady kept talking calmly and telling this person who was sobbing down the line “everything will be ok. Just tell me where you are and we will come.” At last I managed to say my name and she assured me, still not knowing what was wrong, that her husband was on his way to me armed with his tool box.

He arrived a few minutes later to find me sitting on the kitchen floor howling in emotional pain. He was a bear of a man, the sort who makes you feel safe just by his calm presence. He sat on the floor with me and looked me in the eye. He helped me to start to breath properly and he didn’t ask what was wrong. He asked what could the ultimate outcome be if we sat there and did nothing?

When I thought about it through the tired mist of emotional exhaustion I realised actually ………no one would come to harm. Non one would end up in hospital or worse. In fact the whole thing was just the very point at which I needed to call for help for myself. Not to fix the front door, not to have this lovely man’s kit of tools, but to have his presence to hug my soul, not the physical part of me or my world. I needed to come to the point where is said, “I am in pain and that I need that to be recognised.”

Recognised by my every day self. I needed to be vulnerable. Not the Super Hero, I had been trying so hard to portray.

I found out later that this lovely man had been through many painful situations that I had no idea about and he had spent many times; just sitting on his floor of pain and trying to breathe through until the mist cleared.

Then when I was asked to wright this address I realised that I was never alone. I was never unseen and my Super Hero cape was not seen by the one that never leaves my side. I had hidden from God and my Spirit friends. I was never alone in my pain; in fact I had been making the ultimate earthly mistake. I had turned away from the light. WHY? Because to stand in the light is the ultimate joy and a time of grief it didn’t feel right to feel good.

So, next time that mist descends, turn it into the light unashamedly, with your whole heart and breathe in the unconditional love which is yours for ever and always.

Channelling Energies

We talk of energies and depending on our background, technical knowledge and our particular perception we will have our own understanding of energy forces. What is energy? It is a power, a force that can only be seen or felt as a movement of an object in relation to another object. A movement of air can be felt but only seen by dust, water and other matter being moved by the force. An electric motor rotates due to magnetism generated by electric currents, which cannot be seen as such. The movement of the tides of seas and oceans are affected by the moon. The force of gravity is a magnetic energy from the centre of our planet that affects our whole being; it can be measured but not seen. The North and South Poles are magnetic centres that can be detected by another magnet on the simple basis that unlike magnetic poles attract unlike poles.

The ancient civilisations accepted that energy was something that was difficult or even impossible to define but they knew it was something special and controlled their existence. They accepted that energies were more powerful than themselves and in their own way praised the energy of Mother Earth, minerals, water, solar systems, mountains etc., detecting there were different energies that affected their lives.

Today most people accept a divine or higher energy that is difficult to define; hence different cultures use slightly different explanations that they can accept. You may term this as a religion or ways of life, on the basis that all religions man-made to suit the particular culture, standards, necessity to control and interpretation of Natural Laws.

We know and accept that energy we call the soul or “spark of life” cannot be destroyed and is eternal. Energies can be divided into categories we perceive as communication from the Spirit Realms and ones we can draw upon from our planet and the entire cosmos. Then there are also energies that the human body can generate for good and not so good for their fellow human beings

There are many forms of spirit communication that are common today and some less common. Mediums will work in one or more ways to decode spirit energies. When mediums develop their communication skills, the form their ability to communicate with the Spirit Realms develops, depends on their personal abilities and how the ones in spirit wish to work through them.

There are two distinct types of mediumship – mental and physical. Mental mediumship is defined as the spirit energy, working through the mediums or sensitives physical senses. Often this is just termed as Clairvoyance, for convenience and general understanding. However, there are many forms of defined communication for example – Clairvoyance (clear seeing), Clairaudience (clear hearing) Clairsentience (feeling), Psychic Art where the mediums may or may not be a competent artist is able to draw a likeness of a spirit communicator, a together with smell, heat, cold, auras and colours. Today we have mediums that have the gift to bring spirit communication without being in the same venue, this may be by written requests (hand written), telephone conversations even by Skype and Zoom to any part of the world – clearly, distance is no barrier to Spirit. Trance communication varies from the medium being overshadowed (for inspiration) to a state of deep trance; the result can be philosophy from the higher energies, spirit friends coming to give greetings and in some cases proof of survival. Trance is normally undertaken with an invited group of sitters rather than open public meetings. Healing is a form of mediumship where the spirit or higher energies work through the trained healer to transmit beneficial energies to the patient.

Physical mediumship is defined as a spirit energies working within a group of sitters where the medium in control acts as a catalyst for the spirit communication. In some cases the medium sits in a cabinet and the séance room is in complete darkness to concentrate the energies. This can result initially in some form of mental mediumship to establish the connection. Physical movement of objects, arrival of objects (apports) from outside the séance room, spirit writing on sand or paper that can be understood, bells being rung, direct voice where spirit communicators are heard by all, raps, taps and even footsteps and infrared photographs of energies – the possibilities go on. Physical mediumship can and does work in the light although this may be subdued lighting.

Transfiguration where there is a mask of ectoplasm created in the front of the mediums face that is illuminated with a red light and recognisable faces build up.

There are other forms of mediumship which have been known from time immortal and most religions can trace their history back to some higher energy influence. This includes possible spirit communication by initially using systems such a Tarot Cards, Angel Cards, Pendulums, Meditation, Psychometry (picking up energies for personal objects that link into the sitter’s energy field) – it is often a starter for the spiritual link to be established.

The term Psychic is a used in various ways and may be just another name for a medium. Psychic energies can be detected and may be the feeling in certain environments or interaction with others – the “gut” feeling if you like.

Blessing

“We bring you the blessings, eternal blessing of the Spirit Realms. For ones that are always there to help and guide, whether or not you are aware of that help, whether you receive that inspiration that feeling of wellbeing, whether it is given to you in your sleep state, Spirit is working continuously there are no hours there are no days you are linked to you own Spirit Energies, which have the responsibility of your wellbeing, your guidance. Just remember the help is there, the guidance is there and as always we bring you the blessings that we know you need, especially at this time”.

Closing Prayer

Dear Father/Mother God. As I come to the finish of this short time to refresh my spirituality and time to think and enjoy the experience of opening up to the closeness of the Higher Energies, allow me to enjoy the benefits. I look forward to being able to join with the fraternal companionship of others, who are on a spiritual pathway, knowing that there will be times to come when problems will be resolved.

I leave myself in your care and keeping, as always.

Amen.

Autumn Harvest Time

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 7

Introduction: As we are all aware, along with other churches, we have had to cancel our public meetings, due to the current virus. Our church will not re-open until it is safe to do so in accordance with government guidelines and we can effectively manage social distancing protocols and maintain our duty of care.

I hope you’ll enjoy the seventh Spiritual Service as we were delighted at the many positive comments made on previous issues. For Spiritual Service No 7 we have contributions from Frances Woolf for the Address, and an extract from the book “Further Words of Wisdom” for Flowers.

We aim to issue regular Spiritual Services, until such a time as we can meet again.

Opening Prayer

Divine Spirit, Mother / Father God: at this time I would like to ask for help and guidance in my life to be able to progress in my Path of Discovery in this world. I send out healing thoughts to the following ………………….whether their needs are improved health and wellbeing or to cope with the difficulties and challenges encountered daily. I send out my support and thanks to all those who have helped me in my life; my family and friends whether they are in the Spirit Realms or in this earthly life. I ask that I can use my abilities to the full to help others wherever possible. Please allow me the benefits from the words and the thoughts behind the words that are contained within this service.

Amen

The Sunflower often used as an early Spiritualist Logo.

The Flower – Inspirational words given when holding a spray of flowers.

Life is part of creative energy. It has its own vibration; it is part of Divine Energy. It is part of eternity.

From the seeds of many other flowers that have gone before we have this one spray here. It has been nurtured; it has been cared for by the growers. It has been brought to our country from abroad, carefully tended. But energy is more than something that is manipulated by man. It is something that occurs deeper. Man cannot create, man can assist creation but man cannot create from nothing.

So it is with our thoughts and vibrations. We bring with us Divine Energy when we enter into a human body. We bring with us what has gone before. Our own experiences, strengths and weaknesses. The love others have shown us and the love we have shown others. – But added to this also we bring to the human form the traits of our human ancestors. The weaknesses, strengths, experiences, that are all in our DNA.

How can we divide what is Spirit and what is human? – We cannot. – We merge and blend together. We take from all and utilise at our will, our free will. Whatever, it is for the good of ourselves or the good of others. Or for our selfish greed and the detriment of others. Free will is our choice but according to what we have brought with us we have the responsibility.

How far we are on the Spiritual Pathway, how much what we have been given and how much we utilise this.

We end our flowers and feed our flowers, give them water and food and give them warmth and light. So we nurture our spirit which is us. We nurture those that walk with us and give them help and advice. We cannot walk others’ paths for them but we can share with them and they in tern share with us. This is how we grow and gain knowledge.

So as a bud of a flower opens out with the light of day so our spirit essence opens out. With the light of Spirit and the light of others, we must keep this energy bright. We must not turn from the light but walk with the light.

As this flower has been given to us, to enjoy and cherish, so we must accept it with the love that has been given. We must accept other blessings that are given to us on our path and not take them for granted.

Not all happiness, some experiences we do not wish to experience but they are there for a purpose and we must take them for this purpose and gain from them. Always mindful that others are working with us and we share. We are all part of the Divine Energy – all part of each other.

At times like this we can stretch out to those who are no longer in an earth body. But there are times when our feet are firmly on the ground of human existence. And in times that we stretch out to those who are walking an earth path with us.

We learn to blend with different vibrations. As the flower, learns to blend with the coldness of night and the warmth of the day. The darkness and the light, so we learn to blend with many vibrations.

We cannot choose to always walk in a sheltered environment but we need to spread ourselves to blend with many vibrations and share.

Cherish the blessings that are given to us as this flower, be responsible for it. Be responsible for yourself. Walk always in harmony. Do not become despondent. Overcome hurdles and learn for them.

Blessings from Spirit (communication on 10th April 2001)

We have all been living through very unprecedented times. Our freedom seems to have been restricted, choice reduced and movement of people denied. People have felt confused, fearful and frustrated with the uncertainty of the whole situation and the fear of catching the virus themselves. The trauma of losing loved ones and the grief intensified, by not being able to say our goodbyes.

What if there is actually a divine universal reason behind the pandemic, rather than seeing this experience as judgement and punishment through the wrath of God?

Whilst man has been restricted in many ways, mother earth has quickly utilised her new found freedom to rebalance, rebuild and heal herself. Waters have cleared and welcomed new life; the earth has begun purifying her polluted body, through man’s unthoughtful trashing behaviours and the air toxins have lessened. The natural world has been given the space to finally right itself. Something that would and could not have happened, if man had continued to have his freedom, to perpetrate his same thoughtless and selfish behaviour.

Also by being locked down man has been forced to be still. This has offered people the opportunity to reassess their lives, to question their emotional states and what authentic happiness looks like to them. Also it has made one assess how they have invested their energy. No longer are we able to spend time superficially pacing shops to purchase unneeded items or carrying out unrewarding work and related tasks to earn a crust. It has made us question the jobs we do, the relationships we have and the chores we have to fill our days with. It has enforced us to look at being authentic, our level of honesty with ourselves and others and question how we use our energy and spend our days.

We now relish sitting in nature and listening to the song of the birds, something we may have previously taken for granted. Sitting and being able to talk and laugh with loved ones and reminisce and laugh at past memories. If we are lucky enough to have a garden or a small window box, we seem to experience joy whilst we put our hands in mud, which has the added benefit of transmitting negative feelings and energy. Some have used the time to reconnect with aspects of themselves they had lost touch with. Past hobbies have sprung back to life and desires to learn new skills, like playing an instrument or learning a language have been embarked upon and fulfilled. Our inner world has expanded whilst our external world seems to be more restricted.

Our worlds have been challenged, questioned and changed, all part of our own healing. These aspects would never normally have occurred if life had continued as prior to this deadly pandemic. Whatever its initial cause, it has benefited the progress of man’s soul on a global level, something the world was crying out for.

The pandemic has also shown that the barriers and boundaries between continent and country are superficial and manmade, in view of the fact that the virus transcended across the world. It has highlighted that man is all part of one race, that being human is irrelevant of ethnicity and culture.

By putting metaphorical spiritual glasses on, we can see that this pandemic is part of a new energy ascension, to raise our vibration and bring us to a new level of awareness.

Outworn regimes and indoctrinated philosophies have been questioned and crumbled. Companies that no longer serve the greatest good in society have failed under the stress through restrictions. New companies and ways of doing things have sprung up. Man’s genuine loving nature has come to the forefront and sort to support the most needy and vulnerable people in society. Food banks, beds for the homeless, new online support for school-aged youth and emotional support for the elderly have all sprung up.

I personally truly hope, that the world never returns to its pre-pandemic ways of selfishness, thoughtlessness and abusive commercial ways. That man continues to relish in nature, be unconditionally loving, caring and supportive to each other, and that neighbours continue to talk and take tea together. I hope man’s material ways are less important and mutual support wins the day.

If we, via this pandemic and with an open heart can see a new world is evolving and the hope of a new dawn is coming, we are truly blessed.

Blessings – given by Spirit

“May the divine and everlasting energy of Spirit be with you, may those who look to your improvement your guidance be allowed to make that interjection, to bring you peace, tranquillity to enable you to go forward to learn and experience whether it be from difficulties or from wonderful experiences. Learn and digest remember to pass on those understandings to others. May the peace and tranquillity, be with you”.

Closing Prayer

Divine Spirit, Mother / Father God: thank you for this time to reflect and to charge my spiritual batteries. May the true energies of the Spirit Guides and Mentors be with me and those I hold dearly, and help us to progress and lead our lives to the full.

Amen

Information

Psychic World is available as hard copy and is being published regularly for details contact The Editor Candy Taylor on [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.

Psychic News August 2020 can be read for free by downloading https://www.psychicnews.org.uk/articles/free-2020-issues

Your Spiritualist Newsletter is in a free web sites with contributions from Spiritualist Churches, around the UK, for access to subscribe go to www.thespiritualist.org

Maidenhead Church Web Site; www.maidenheadspiritualistchurch.co.uk

If you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions please e-mail [email protected]

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 6

Introduction: As we are all aware, along with other churches, we have had to cancel our public meetings, due to the current virus. Our church will not re-open until it is safe to do so in accordance with government guidelines and we can effectively manage social distancing protocols and maintain our duty of care.

I hope you’ll enjoy the sixth Spiritual Service and we were delighted at the many positive comments made on previous issues. For Spiritual Service No 6 we have contributions from Ernie Gillbert-Gray for the Address, an extract from the book “Words of Wisdom”, and “Thoughts” from Sharon Silver.

We aim to issue regular Spiritual Services, until such a time as we can meet again.

Thoughts

To feel the love of spirit as we sit with nothing but the sound of silence is something we all need to quieten our minds. The thoughts of this world soon left behind and we feel nothing but love. We lose all track of time as we know it. It is lovely to have nothing to rush for. We are engulfed in the beautiful healing energy our loved ones are able to give us from the peaceful spirit world; a world where people live together in harmony and even the animals, large and small, blend together with nothing but love. As we sit in the quiet and return to our lives here, we keep that feeling of peace and love and send it to the whole world and if we all do this every day, what a difference it will make to mankind with the knowing it can touch every heart.

Opening Prayer

As you open up in a personal connection with the Higher Realms – Divine Spirit, Mother Father God – I ask for the continued support from the spiritual energies, for help and guidance as well as the healing energies for myself and my friends and family. Help me to progress in my “path of discovery”, of experiences and learning to become a beacon of light in these stressful times and provide support to others wherever possible.

I ask for positive thoughts of encouragement to all those in our world who are struggling at this time, especially those who are having difficulties with their state of mind and not being able to cope without the support that they have become used to.

Allow me to link spiritually at this time of contemplation and focus on my personal development.

I send out special prayers to the following ………

Amen

Changes for us all

As the summer months begin and the freedoms we have taken in the past for granted are returning, we are now on the long road to the end of the year. 2020 is certainly a year that has tested everybody in the world.

As the nights, even now are drawing in, it is difficult to contemplate the inexorable changes that have happened and continue to take place within our daily lives. 2020 has been like a metaphor for life.

Each day of our lives is but a small fraction of time, when considering the millions of years that have gone past. However, to all of us, each day is a special day, as it charts our lives, actions as we grow and develop from a baby to a child, then a teenager and finally adult.

Thereafter, having reached adulthood, every day seems to speed up, just a little bit faster and then one day, we are old, and we are left with our memories of times gone past.

Life moves slowly forward

Of friends made

Of love, lost and found.

Of brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren

Of birth, life, death and transition

Spiritual Life moves slowly forward.

I have often wondered if the spirit world operates in a similar fashion once we leave this physical body. We understand that our loved ones are there, within the spirit world waiting for us, but how do we meet and who do we meet, in those most special moments crossing over into this most special, ethereal and beautiful world that will allow us to spiritually develop and grow, over an eternity.

Do we know the answer to this? I think all of us, who believe in spiritualism, have our own idea of what the spirit world could be like.

From my perspective, I always remember the celestial court scene in the magnificent Powell and Pressburger film “A Matter of Life and Death” made and released in the year after the end of World War 2.

The depiction of the spiritual world was one of equality when all people, irrespective of creed, race or religion came together as one to listen to the debates as to whether Peter Carter, who should have died when jumping from his burning bomber without a parachute, survived the fall and is washed ashore unconscious. He wakes up and believes he is in heaven, but soon realises that he has been washed up on the local coastline near to the local aircraft base. In the moments before he jumped, Peter was in conversation with a young American radio operator named June. Peter, as he prepares to jump, says that he could fall in love with a girl like June. He then jumps and June is left with radio static and at that moment a tear rolls down her face.

Fate though has intervened as Peter has survived and the first person he meets is June riding her bicycle along the coast road, after her shift has ended. They fall in love in that “additional” moment as Peter should have died.

This is the decision that the celestial court has to make as to whether Peter should now enter the spirit world or whether in the act of falling in love, as Peter should have died, so their love should have never existed.

If the spirit world is anything like the image portrayed in this film, then this appears to confirm that the seven principles are indeed enacted within the spirit world.

The principles that were given to spiritualists, all those years ago, provide us with a clear pathway that informs us how we live and work as spiritualists, in this ever-changing physical world.

The decisions we make today, influence the decisions of family, friends and even those who disagree. We are individuals, not simply tiny microscopic pieces of dust on the physical and celestial plain.

We are light, beauty, emotion, mentor and guide; sometimes within a structure, such as work or simply within the family, giving advice to brothers and sisters, our children, and even sometimes our parents and grandparents.

All of this is contained and driven by a love of spiritualism and the way in which seven principles reshape our lives in the physical world, and prepares us for the transition to the spiritual world.

And Peter and June are granted a life together in the physical world as their love is strong and true by the celestial court. The spirit world is seen as just and allows their personal development.

The Importance of Water

A teaching given, verbatim, by a Spirit Energy who lived (when on earth) in the New England area of the USA.

You have a saying still waters run deep. There is much wisdom in teachings depending on how deep you look. Those who wish to look at surface good, those who wish to go deeper can find more. When you read teachings again you see what you didn’t find at first. You only accept when you are ready. You understand more the more you learn. When you have had more experience on your path you read deeper. So I say still waters run deep.

Still waters will give you calm conditions, no hurry, run smooth. When torrent, when flood the vibration is too fast, you are not able to absorb. There is much flotsam, much passes without being grasped. It is good to have still waters, you can reflect in still waters. You can look in still water and see yourself so look at words in calm and see your own meaning. See how this affects yourself. See your own experience.

When on earth we would look into still water and meditate. We would sit by still waters, not rippling water, clear water and look at our image and see much vision. We would see ancestors; we would see signs of wisdom. There is energy from water, much energy. This energy rises and you are as one, not submerged, just looking down at clear, pure water. We would have visions, see face of ancestor then face would be clear, and then we would have visions of what ancestor’s wishes to show us. If we needed assistance, help we would look and wait for a sign. It is a way of concentration. You know of many ways of concentration in your world. Your Romany people have a ball into which they look into; it is a way of concentrating thoughts.

Water is very important, it is vital to existence. Without water you would not exist. You need water to survive, water to drink. There is water with your human body, without water you human body would not function. Your world is two thirds water. So you can see how important water is and what energy water gives, life force. Water has to be respected. You cannot be master water is its own master. You have to obey water. Those who live by the sea will have much knowledge of this, they respect water. Those who visit water do not understand and imagine water is always calm and peaceful. Waters of you oceans are controlled by forces outside your world; your tides are controlled by the moon. There is much magnetism with water. Water rising from your hills in springs, where does this come from / underground yes, but why? Who knows where this begins? What force but you accept as normal but there is so much majesty with water there is too much waste of water, it is very precious. I share my lore with you, my respect for Mother Earth.

Water is part of Mother Earth, but part of a greater force. You wild animals understand water they know where to find water. Those lands where water is scarce they know where to find water. They walk many miles to find water but they have instinct. They have instinct within them which is magnetism towards water and this attracts an energy field. Animals will follow this energy till they find the water hole. You see this instinct is within all, but man has lost this instinct. Water divining is a natural ability but over generations it has been lost, only preserved in a few. Anyone of you could do this but you need the ability to shut your modern world away. Your modern thoughts and ideas and be a one with nature to attune. Man survived many years with is ability. When you read history books of primitive man he survived. In your country also your primitive man’s first settlements were by water, your towns that are now vast started as small communities by water holes. Now you cover water holes up, they are not important. You can cover water up so that you cannot see but energy is still there and will find its own level. Your trees and plants know where there is water; their roots go in the direction of water. Running Bear on 24th June 1997

Blessings recently communicated from Spirit for each one of you.

“So my friends go forward in your path of discovery know that your associates within the Spirit Realms, those who help those who give you guidance are working continuously with your progression whether you feel inspired or whether that inspiration comes within the sleep state it is always there, it is almost that it comes in bite sized pieces of information building up to a crescendo of knowledge one part of a jigsaw. So we bring you blessings to know that you are never alone that you have the ability to go forward. Thank you”.

Closing Prayer

Divine and ever loving God – I thank you for the blessings and guidance given. For listening to my prayers and the help given to myself and those I have asked for. Allow me to go ever forward to realise my aims and desires with the help and guidance of those in the Spirit Realms. I ask for peace and tranquillity in my life and that of mankind throughout our planet. Amen

Till we meet again keep safe and positive.

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For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No 5

Introduction:

As we are all aware, along with other churches, we have had to cancel our public meetings, due to the current virus. Our church will not re-open until it is safe to do so in accordance with government guidelines and we can effectively manage social distancing protocols and maintain our duty of care.

I hope you enjoy the fifth Spiritual Service and we were delighted at the many positive comments made on previous issues. For Spiritual Service No 5 we have contributions from Fiona Heale for the Spirit inspired Address and Opening and Closing Prayers, Seven by “yours truly” and Jim Walker CSNU for the Reading. We aim to issue regular Services until such a time as we can meet again.

Please join us in quiet meditation to attune with the Higher Energies and to maximise the benefit of taking part.

Opening Prayer

Dear God, Great Spirit.

We thank you for the gift of life and look to your wisdom and guidance to make the most of this life. We ask that the leaders of this world also look to you for guidance and really make room for peace.

We ask for those suffering in mind, body or spirit, May that burden be lifted with love and with laughter.

We ask that the children of this world know of you, in whatever way you deem appropriate for they will inherit the Earth and need your guidance.
We ask that we become clearer channels of your love in this moment, at this time. We feel your presence and are nourished by it.

May the words, thoughts and actions we embody be loving, active and nourishing for ourselves and everyone we come into contact with, for we are all connected.

Amen.

Reading

Silver Birch once said you are the gardener of your own soul and your spirit within will grow through kindness, tolerance, sympathy, love, service and doing good works. For you all to know, the greatest riches are the riches of the spirit, which is within yourselves. So do not judge others, only yourselves; do not judge the smaller, when you have not seen the greater.

Address – Life is For Living

Living the life we love or indeed loving the life we live …for some this might seem like a tall order. When the worries of the material world crowd in and consume our energies, it can seem like an unreal irrelevant possibility. But we are first and foremost spiritual beings having human experiences, so the reality can be uplifting, loving and nourishing. Our souls are the greatest and best facet of who we are.

An invitation then to bring all of who we are to all that we do. Doesn’t matter if you’re a cleaner, doctor, pilot or supermarket checkout clerk. Bringing the best of who you are to what you do, and sharing that, can transform your day to day life. It can give it an upliftment and energy that’s inspiring.

We know from experience how quickly life can change. Indeed life is change, so we will benefit hugely mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually when we let love flow through us. Not in some slightly bonkers grin and bear it way, but in real sincere dynamic energetic ways. And it’s fun.

We can ask ourselves, “what do I love,” and do more of it. Be proactive. When we make love the driving force, life changes, for the better.

This isn’t some Mary Poppins magic bag trick. This is the nature of our soul’s existence through us on the earth plane. To experience life in the material and foster the love of life to create a wonderful loving reality here on Earth.

We are indomitable spirits. We all know someone who, despite what was going on in their lives, managed to still bring the best of themselves to the experience. This is showing itself particularly now with the pandemic and other turbulence’s. There are those whose Light shines brightly so we can see the way.

Harnessing our powerful brains to help us find ways and means to uncover the love and live it. Having an open mind is very helpful (some might say impossible!) well worth pushing through our judgements, bias and opinions to find that Light that makes us better at being love.

8.5 billions on the planet, we all need nourishment of the soul and then the material concerns. Whatever way we choose to nourish the soul is the right way for each and every individual. After all, it is our soul that’s chosen it! We are the gardeners for our souls and that’s how our lives can unfold and grow. Small steps can make for enormous growth and development. As a species we are evolving, sometimes in leaps and bounds, sometimes at snail’s pace, but we are growing. That’s life.

In the past, spiritual growth and knowledge was for the few. The educated, the powerful. In other cultures it was very earth based and bound together. As we evolve and become more aware, there is wisdom there for anyone who has the appetite or calling to explore. Individual awareness will evolve into community awareness and, when that collectively harmonises, we will see the power of love in action, on this plane.

So as I close this address, I extend an invitation to each and every reader: Say your own personal prayer of gratitude, say it out loud from the heart and feel the loving energy shift in your chest. Remember we are none of us ever really alone, if even you are the only one present in the room physically, spiritually you will have lots of spiritual witnesses and they will enfold you in their love. Don’t take my word for it…be proactive!

Giving thanks to those who inspire me.

SEVEN THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Seven stars shine above, seven continents, the number seven is important in all our lives – for our spiritual and material understanding.

For aeons of time the number seven has been significant, either as a single seven or multiples of seven in different cultures. The Chinese texts dating back to 1000 BC refer to the importance of seven and seventy. From the American Native Indians – Wakin Tanka, the Great Spirit, arranged the six directions, east, west, north and south, above and below with the most powerful direction of all, the one containing the greatest wisdom and strength being within. When man needed to navigate this earth, the direction was found by observing the seven brightest stars of the heavens part of the plough known as the Big Dipper.

The number seven can be found in so many things… it is more than a coincidence but something rather special. We have in our own body seven energy centres known as the chakras (and 49 minor chakras), with each energy centre relating to a colour and a particular function of the human body – these centres are used as concentration areas by some Spiritual Healers. The opening up of the chakras in a meditation scenario for spiritual and mental awareness is a common practice. This sequence being Root, Sacral (spleen), Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown energy centres. Some people consider the Earth to have seven energy centres where they can be close to spiritual communication. The one we are all familiar with is of course Glastonbury, although today it is better known for the music festivals.

Historically, we have the Seven Wonders of the ancient world that were considered by the Greek and Roman world to be awe-inspiring in splendour. There are seven visible colours of the rainbow. Not forgetting the Seven Principles of Spiritualism, so many sevens in book titles, organisations, songs, shows. The list is almost endless as the number seven seems to give some sort of credence. The list includes the seven deadly sins; dance of the seven vails; Seventh Day Adventist; seven segments on electronically generated number; the seven hills of Rome; “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”; “The Temperance Seven” band; the age of consent being in many societies 21 (3×7); also the children’s story of the man going to St Ives and the groups of sevens he meets on the way. Christian and Islam legend has reference to “Seven Sleepers of Ephesus” and “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” by T.E.Lawrence. The Seven Heavenly Virtues an epic poem relating to the seven virtues as opposed to the deadly sins, titled Psychomachia or battle/contest of the soul was written by Aurelius Clements Prudentius a Christian Governor and hymn writer from the Roman Providence of Tarraconensis in Northern Spain sometime in the later part of the year 300 AD. In the Bible there is the story that tells of the dream that Pharaoh would have seven fat years followed by seven lean years, and many more examples of course. In the Christian Bible in The Book of Revelations we find the Seven Seals and of course in Genesis1 the reference to God Creating the world in seven days.

A Blessing

May you walk in harmony with those companions that have chosen to serve with you along your path of enlightenment.
Go forward with love and joy in your heart in the service of your fellow brothers and sisters.

(Given in deep trance conditions by one known as Father Dominic in November 1999).

Church News (see also www.maidenheadspiritualistchurch.co.uk/news for all updated news)

We have a new Maidenhead Web Site; www.maidenheadspiritualistchurch.co.uk – ably produced by our Vice President Kristian von Sponneck, which is more comprehensive than the old site.

Discussions continue with various parties on the possibility of re-location of our church to a suitable new location that will provide a very special venue for the future of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church.

Closing Prayer

Dear God, Great Spirit, thank you for the words you have shared through me. I ask for a blessing for everyone, everywhere. I ask that we all know our Angels up close and personal until we meet again.

Amen

Until we meet again, love and light to all.

Other sources to find out more about Spiritualism:

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal relating to the history of Spiritualism, by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.
Psychic News – a monthly magazine for Spiritual Awareness, [email protected] telephone 01376 563091. Free downloads for May, June and July are available on www.psychicnews.org.uk The Psychic News plans to publish again in August.

Psychic World – a monthly newspaper dedicated to gaining knowledge of Spiritualism together with associated subjects and news and views. From Candy Taylor, [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.
SNU Bookshop – https://www.snu.org.uk/shop – a very wide range of Spiritualist books and training material.
SNU web site – www.snu.org.uk – general information about the Spiritualist National Union and spiritual guidance. Also information on SNU Zoom meetings

If you receive hard copies and have an e-mail address please let me know for future Spiritual Services and news from your church on [email protected] or if you know of someone who would like an e-mailed copy of future editions.

For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No.4

Introduction: As we are all aware along with other churches, we have had to cancel our public meetings due to the current virus. I hope you will enjoy the fourth Spiritual Service, as we were delighted at the many positive comments made for the previous ones. For Spiritual service No 4 we have contributions from Sharon Silver for the Prayers, Melanie Dent and Minister Brian Gledhill for the Addresses, Andy Collins for the Spirit inspired “A Celebration of Life”, and others. We aim to issue regular Services until such a time as we can meet again. We will aim to issue a limited number of hard copies, for members and friends who do not have access to computers and other devices.

Please take the time to relax and link with the Higher Energies to refresh your personal spirituality – perhaps by going into the quiet with a meditation to suit your own needs.

Opening Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, Divine Spirit, we thank you for being able to join together once again in this way, in love and friendship. We ask that your love and healing will be sent throughout the world to wherever it is needed. May healing go out to all those affected by the Covid 19 virus and especially to those who also are suffering wars, lack of food and no clean water to drink. We ask healing for our animal kingdom, whether in the wild or our own domestic pets. We ask that they shall be treated with the love and respect which they deserve. May we all have the guidance we need. We thank you for the help given and leave our service in your care and keeping.

Amen

A Celebration of Life

Outside the new day has arrived and so the birds have begun to sing.
A message of joy to everyone who can listen with a heart open to the realisation we all need peace in this world.
To feel connected to one another and to celebrate life.
A new dawn of hope.

We are beautiful from the moment we are born.
We are beautiful until we come home.
We are beautiful from when the Sun rises.
Until the Moon whispers, good night.
We are beautiful because we believe
That the light of life goes on.

Quote for Spirituality

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

Benjamin Franklin – (1706-1790) from Boston, America, he was an inventor, scientist, politician and diplomat etc. After his passing, he was a regular communicator through many mediums, including Emma Hardinge Britten (1823-1899) and referenced in her extensive writings. Andrew Jackson Davis (1826-1910) suggested through his mediumship, that Franklin was the inventor the rapping phenomena, as witnessed by the Fox Sisters in 1848.

Address from Melanie

At this unique time in our human history, many of us are concerned about the personal freedoms that we usually enjoy and feel that have been taken from us. There are many conflicting theories about whether or not lockdown is an erosion of our freedom and the fact that we aren’t able to be with those we love, but I don’t intend to delve into all that here and now else I wouldn’t be able to stop.

Spirit, God, or whatever name you give to the Divine, has given us free will. But true freedom as intended by Spirit is not the ability to go wherever and do whatever we choose, the freedoms that are currently curtailed. True freedom is to recognise the Spirit within your physical body. Your true self if you like. Our souls are immortal and indestructible and once we accept that Universal truth then nothing can keep us contained. Our imagination can take us wherever we wish to go and enable us to formulate plans for our future. Remember that every kind of resilience we need to cope with the physical and emotional privation of life in a physical body was given to us before we came here and we need to look within to find and use it. Don’t be imprisoned by fear or regret as those negative emotions can imprison you far more than simply not being able to go on holiday or do

something as simple as shopping or getting a haircut. Look within and you will find your true purpose and feel the love and power of Spirit in order to share it with others that they may find their own freedom.

Use this time to find yourself and to be open to the prompting of Spirit. Remember that those you loved who have passed to the World of Spirit remain close. They walk beside you every day as they have done since they took their last physical breath and will continue to do until you yourself return Home. Your guides and helpers are always there to advise and comfort you. Never lose sight of this and embrace every moment in the love of Spirit and the mission with which you have been inspired.

Send out love and healing into this troubled, broken world. Pray for the sick and disadvantaged when you can. You may not be able to offer practical support at this time, but celebrate the fact that Spirit have given us love of our fellow human beings. Try to forgive those who have hurt you and pray that our world leaders will know the Supreme guidance of Spirit. Pray for strength for all humanity in these troubled times and seek comfort from the knowledge that Spirit hear even the unspoken prayers of your heart.

Love of humanity, difficult though it can be at times, is a gift from Spirit. To love freely and truly, even those who wound you, is perhaps the greatest freedom of all.

Address from Brian

When we look at the Seven Principals at first, we never think of the implications that are contained within them. There are those principals that are self-evident, such as the Fatherhood of God.. Others like the Brotherhood of Man are not so.

In this time of Pandemic when we are not able to follow our religion as we would like it becomes more evident that the Principals really are a help. We are reminded that our Father God is the all -seeing, omnipotent creative force and that whatever this virus throws at us, it was created too. Therefore we should be able to overcome it and with the help of God, we shall do so.

The brotherhood of man gives us a clear indication that we need to look after each other. It is not a matter of one man is an island. In our groups and localities there are those who cannot manage and need our help just to survive. This Principal reminds us of this.

We glibly talk of being aware of the Communion of Spirit and the Ministry of angels without really thinking that this Communion and Ministry is what informs us and gives us the strength to carry on throughout the Pandemic.

Of course out existence is assured and we all know that we shall live throughout eternity but I don’t think we want to put that to the test just yet. We have to have time to learn those lessons of life that we can only learn here.

Who should we blame for this infection? Anyone or no one? We have Personal Responsibility, not only to take the blame for our actions but to take responsibility for finding the way forward.

Whatever this teaches us we have to take into account the Compensation and Retribution factor. We just need to survive and grow. Leave the blame and the retribution to the Power of the Father. Just remember, that there is Eternal Progress open to Every Human Soul. So we have to learn and grow with this Pandemic. Not shy away from it. Help those looking for answers and follow the suggestions that may shorten our time of travail. Keep Safe! 

A Blessing

Peter one of our communicators in our Trance Circle on 23rd May 2020, said that he was going to ask somebody from the Higher Realms to come forward provide some words for your Spiritual service. We know it is being accepted it doesn’t matter if only a few people benefit – but many are benefiting.

We bring the blessings of the eternal Spiritual Realms, from the highest levels. We bring comfort, we bring joy, we bring understanding and we endeavour to answer your prayers however you send out that thought. We endeavour to send that strength of healing for the mind, body and spirit. We fully understand the concerns, the stresses and we are there to give support. We are there as your Beacon of Light, your focus to keep your personal faith in that the path of discovery you are on, remains to the forefront and that you learn from all experiences. May the blessings of Spirit be with you each and every day.

Church & Members / Friends News

As some of you may already be aware one of our Committee Members and Trustee of MSC passed to the Higher Life, unexpectedly on 19 May 2020, following a cardiac arrest. John was very supportive of our work and his physical presence will be missed. Our positive thoughts go out to his wife Ann, daughter and son-in-law at this time. The service will be conducted on 11th June 2020 by Denise Shoremi (President Windsor Church), with a limited congregation in compliance with social distancing requirements. For John – “A candle of light that shall never go out”.

Discussions continue with various parties on the possibility of re-location of our church to a suitable new location that will provide a very special venue for the future of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church.

Closing Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank everyone who has contributed to our service today. We ask for your love and healing will continue to where ever it is needed. We thank all our loved ones in the Spirit World for their help and guidance. May we have peace within our hearts – until we meet again.

Amen

FOR MEMBERS & FRIENDS OF THE CHURCH – SPIRITUAL SERVICE NO.3

Introduction:

As we are all aware along with other churches, we have had to cancel our public meetings due to the current virus. I hope you enjoyed the third Spiritual Service and we were delighted at the many positive comments made on previous issues. For Spiritual service No 3, we have contributions from Pam Saunders for the Meditation, Tara North for the Spirit Inspired Address, Jim Walker Opening and Closing Prayers, together with others. We aim to issue regular Services until such a time as we can meet again. We will aim to issue a limited number of hard copies, for members and friends who do not have access to computers and other devices.

The Power of Meditation

Let us, once again, go into that wonderful silence, and put to one side everything that’s going on at the moment: the confusion, the isolation and everything connected with lockdown.

Go to your favourite chair, maybe in the lounge, garden, wherever your favourite chair is, and get comfortable.

Relax, drop your shoulders, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing, In to the count of 4 and Out to the count of 5. Concentrating on your breathing will help you to forget what is going on around you, don’t worry if you lose concentration at any time, just start again, do this for a short while until you start to feel relaxed, you will find yourself surrounded by a white light, or whatever colour Spirit feels is appropriate for you at this moment in time.

Take yourself visually to your favourite place, e. g. the beach, the countryside, your garden, and visualise your surroundings. Be aware of the warmth of the sunshine on your face; you are quite safe, your loved ones are taking care of you.

If you are on the beach listen to the water slowly ebbing and flowing. Watch the birds flying freely in the sky, dancing on the thermals. If you dip your toes in the sea, feel the cool water running over them, the freshness. Enjoy this wonderful space for a short while, returning feeling refreshed and uplifted.

In the countryside be aware of the colours of the shrubs and trees, and the different sounds of birds, and of any wildlife you may encounter; be aware of different bird songs, take you shoes off to walk on the grass, and feel the wonder of mother nature beneath your feet; one again, relax in this space for a short while coming back feeling relaxed and uplifted.
In the garden, relax and smell the perfumes from the flowers, and also draw in the wonderful colours that surround you, as each colour will energize you. Listen to that blackbird singing in the tree, and the reply he gets from the chorus; also be aware of all the beautiful colours of trees and shrubs that surround you; relax in this peace for a short while, returning feeling relaxed and uplifted

Know that your Spirit Friends and Loved Ones will always continue to work with you, reconnect, and ask, and they will continue to help and guide you on your pathway to wherever that may lead you.
Thankyou Spirit, Bless You.

Just remember to be kind to yourself; if you lose focus during meditation, just use your breath to re centre to bring back that peace and harmony.

Opening Prayer

Divine and Loving Spirit, Father God.
May all the World be free, to find peace in all hearts.
As I sit in this silence,

Let me send out my healing thoughts to all who are suffering in mind, body and soul and not to forget the animal kingdom, for many of them are suffering too.

I give thanks my thanks for the love put into our hearts.
I give thanks for your light that brightens up our pathway in life.
But most of all I give thanks for the very precious gift of all – LIFE
I pray for peace at this time, in the World we live.
I pray that our faith and strength will continue.
As I sit in this silence, let me be aware of your knowledge and wisdom and the truth I have discovered – that life is eternal.
So, I sit in this quietness, knowing my loved ones in Spirit will join me and whatever I receive at this time let it come with love, truth and understanding. I am watched by the Devine and Loving Spirit who surrounds me with eternal light of protection.
I send out my special thoughts to ……………………………..that they will have the healing and protection also.

Amen

Address – Be Still & Know Peace

We are in a time of great change. The whole of your world, your planet is undergoing an energetic ascension. Do not be afraid – welcome these shifts, welcome the changes. These changes are taking everyone, every living thing and your planet into a lighter, more sensitive vibration. Everything will beat at a different rate. You do not have to do anything but be still – go within and be at peace with yourself. We are here holding all of you at this time as you undergo the global change. Embrace the new energy. Open your hearts and minds to that which is taking place. Many people will feel fear – in fact this is being exacerbated by your media – but this just means fear is coming to the surface to face the light and be healed. Healing is taking place within each and every one of you and your planet. Some of you will recognise this – others will not. All you need to do is be still. The changes are happening any way. Some souls have already chose to leave at this time – it may feel painful – the physical loss of a loved one – the questions why them – but they are simply moving back to their place of love – their journey complete, their mission done. It is not for us to question or necessarily know what that journey was – we must trust that all is well. These souls have other journeys to follow – helping with the ascension – for it is not only us on the physical earth – it is taking place for all the souls and energies in the universe – something much bigger than our minds can even envisage at this time. Bless our beloved souls and thank them, offer them our gratitude, our healing and our love as they go onwards on their new journey – knowing they will always be with us – in the form of love.

Meanwhile, be still – allow the process – let your fear transmute into love and allow old habits to fall away – do not be tempted to hold onto them – let them go to allow a new way of being – let new wisdom come into our lighter and brighter world. For this time that we are so fearful of and that is causing such chaos in your world will pass – it will pass quickly in terms of universal years – and the sun will shine again. A cure will be found in a relatively short time and life will go on again – appearing normal – but each and every one of you will be different in some way – from the smallest child who didn’t complete their first year of school – to the oldest person – who had to stay locked away in their home for a while – some feeling isolation, not recognising that their beloved spirit souls were with them all the time, loving them as we always have done.
For some there will be a new profound sense of this lighter vibration – easily opening up your hearts to the new feeling of love and awareness that this situation has brought. For others, there may be a contentment, perhaps not a great knowing of what it has all been about – but on some level a sense of new awareness and for others, life may go on much as before – but again they will have shifted to a new energy vibration and in time, when they are ready, they too will experience the change.
We hold each and every one of you at this time of great change, we send gratitude for you being the brave souls who chose to be here at this time to accept these ascension shifts and we send healing and new learning to you for the new learning and brighter times to come.

Be still and let the revelations come to you. Be still, feel at peace and know we are holding you.

With all our love.

CHURCH MEMBERS & FRIENDS NEWS

Discussions still continue with various parties on the possibility of re-location of our church to a suitable new location that will provide a suitable new location that will provide a very special venue for the future of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church.

A Blessing

Blessings be with you.
May the light of Spirit surround you, may your path be peaceful.
May you share the experiences of those who have walked before with knowledge and wisdom and brought light to your dark world.
May you share this light of Spirit with those that you meet.
May you share the love of Spirit with those who are seeking.
May you give strength and encouragement to those who are struggling.
May you give healing and upliftment to those who are suffering.
May you walk for ever in the light of Spirit and raise your face to the beauty that surrounds you and the love that encompasses you and those who share their love with you from our realms.

This is a blessing for yourselves and also for your friends who listen to this voice.

Peace and blessings be with you.

(Transcribed verbatim from a deep trance communication by one known as Urazan on 20thJuly 1999)

Closing Prayer

Divine and Loving Spirt, Father God

I give my thanks for the guidance you have given to us all, and for us all move forward, helping others on our way through life.

I give thanks for hearing my prayer and give my thanks for those who have joined me today from Spirit.

As I come to the end of my prayer.

Help us Father God to put love and peace in our hearts, so that it will bring peace into this sick world we live in at this time – and make it a better place for those who follow in our footsteps.
We ask for blessings for all who have read this prayer.

Until we all meet again.

Take in the Love of Spirit.

Amen

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For Members and Friends of the Church – Spiritual Service No.2

Introduction:

As we are all aware along with other churches, we have had to cancel our public meetings due to the current virus. I hope you enjoyed the first Spiritual Service and we were delighted at the many positive comments made. For Spiritual service No 2 we have contributions from Pam Saunders for the Meditation, Tracy Rawson for the Address, Sharon Silver for Words of inspired guidance, Eveline Hewitson for the Opening Prayer and others. We aim to issue regular Services until such a time as we can meet again. We will aim to issue a limited number of hard copies, for members and friends who do not have access to computers and other devices.

“LOCKDOWN” MEDITATION – The Power of Prayer

This is a guided Meditation, we may suggest for you to visualize something, it maybe that you experience connection through feeling, or a sense of knowing as opposed to visualization, there is no right or wrong, when meditating it is what comes natural to each individual as you follow the guidance you may experience other senses instead, or as well as.
Let us for a few moments sit quietly in a comfy chair, put yourself in your favorite place, a deckchair on a beach, a bench in a country beauty spot, somewhere where you can relax and reconnect to that inner Peace, that wonderful Light of Spirit burning within us. Most of us are feeling that our Spirit and Soul has really been tested over the last three months, let’s lift ourselves up………………

Relax, drop your shoulders, close your eyes, try breathing in to the count of 4 out for 5 to regulate your breathing, ( you may have your own way of doing this} just for a short while, you will see a white light above you and caressing you,( the Light of your Spirit Friends). Breathing in that wonderful white light you will see/visualize before you a candle burning, but flickering.

As you breathe in, bring in that wonderful Love and Light surrounding us from our Spirit Friends and Loved Ones, and on your outward breath send it to your Candle, watch and feel it grow brighter and stronger within you. You will feel uplifted

Know that your Spirit Friends and Loved Ones will always continue to work with you, reconnect, and ask, and they will continue to help and guide you on your pathway to wherever that may lead you.
Thankyou Spirit, Bless You.

Just remember to be kind to yourself, if you lose focus during meditation just use your breath to re center to bring back that peace and harmony

Opening Prayer

Devine Spirit, God of Love shine your light and love all over the world.
I want to thank you for all the good things that come from your generous hands. Unfortunately, throughout the world this abundance is not equally shared amongst us. While some are satisfied with the way of their life has been guided by Spirit, others in our world are starving, have no water to drink, have no roof over their heads and have only experienced war and violence. We ask of you to find a common ground that would allow the world’s leaders to find a resolution and not war.

I ask Spirit to give strength and guidance to doctors, nurses, carers and all other health professionals at this difficult time.

I ask for the animal kingdom, wilds and domesticated to be loved and respected; and for mother earth to be loved by all mankind.

I ask for your Love and Light together with your help and guidance of my Mind, Body and Soul at this very difficult and stressful time.

I wish to send out absent healing to the following family members and friends for an improvement in their physical condition and their good heath ……………….

May these loving thoughts go forth.

Amen

Words of Inspired Guidance – Our World Today

In our world today, it’s a new way of living. Time to think of others, for loving and giving; time to think of nature and the joys of spring, a time for reflection, to see what our new life could bring. Why has it come to this, we may ask ourselves? But look back and think of the way man has treated this world. We always had wars and fights with each other, maybe this “war” we’ve been given will teach us to look after our brothers.
Thousands of people whose lives have been lost, at some point for our actions, we have to pay the cost. Thousands in mourning think they won’t see their loved ones again, as Spiritualist we know different, even though we still feel pain. We know we live on and that this is a big lesson. One day we will realise it’s all been a blessing; maybe we’ve been given this to think of others, at least; to bring our world together and at last to have world peace.

Address

In this time of uncertainty, it is very easy to say use your “trust and faith” to eliminate “fear and frustration” that many are experiencing but it is not knowing “how to” that can stop us achieving this peace of mind. Our aim in this address is to help guide you to find this peace, as the one thing we all have at present is the gift of time.

It is true to say that everyone experiences life in unique ways, we all have strengths and weaknesses and some may say “how can one message resonate with everyone to help us achieve this peace of mind” – well, with a quietened mind and an open heart it can because we are not our physical egos (our current physical selves in this incarnation) we are beautiful spiritual beings who resonate with love and light. It is accessing our true spiritual being, which some refer to as our “higher self” that will open up or indeed remove the restrictions/ limiting beliefs we place upon ourselves, including our thoughts that we allow ourselves to run away with us.

We would ask you to consider that if you can “hear yourself think” – you are not your thoughts – if you are not your thoughts, you can control your thoughts, if you can control your thoughts and you are not your thoughts – then who are you? The answer you may conclude is that you are more than your physical self and your physical mind – and in so being, you can not only control your thoughts and move beyond your physical limitations and beliefs, you are also able to, by the thoughts that you create yourself, chose to be at peace.

It is also true that if someone says to you “don’t think of your front door” the first thing you do is think of your front door before you clear it from your mind, so for us to say “clear your mind” this would be unrealistic in most circumstances.

There are a couple of strategies we would suggest you to implement we believe may help you quieten your mind, allow your heart to expand so can feel the true peace that is the spark within us all and help you to work towards achieving your peace of mind.

1. Find a book or some paper where you can start what we like to call your “Attitude of Gratitude” list. We would suggest you keep this close to you as move throughout the day. Starting when you wake up – write 5 things down that you are grateful for, these can be fundamental things such as:

I am grateful I have a warm roof over my head
I am grateful I have running water
I am grateful I woke up this morning
I am grateful I can see
I am grateful I can walk
I am grateful I can read
I am grateful for my loved ones
I am grateful I can hear the bird’s song

Whatever you are grateful for however simple or however complex write it down. Then during the day, when you perhaps feel fearful or your thoughts are out of control because you have seen something on the TV or social media that is causing you to feel fearful or you are feeling frustrated etc. reach for your book/paper and write 5 things down that you are grateful for – they can be the same as you have written before but as you continue with this practice you will find it easier to find the things that you are grateful for and you will start to write more and more things as time progresses and soon you will stop being controlled by your thoughts as your “attitude of gratitude” will bring you into your heart. Once you are in your heart, you will feel so much more peace.

2. You can do this at the same time as you put number 1 into practice if you wish and this is to find 5 or 10 minutes during the day to meditate. There will be those of you who are used to meditating, in which case you can increase the time or frequency that you meditate. There is a wonderful meditation within this service for everyone – those who have never meditated before and for those who are experienced practitioners, you can use these techniques at any time as a resource. Whether you are an experienced practitioner or new to meditation the key is to remember you are “practicing” meditation – which means there are some occasions where you will be able to be more “focused” than others – your mind will wander sometimes more than others, whenever this happens DO NOT berate yourself as this is quite normal, just use your breath to bring you back to the meditation, bringing about a peace within you.

3. Drink plenty of water. Our bodies are made of an extremely high percentage of water and keeping ourselves hydrated will also assist us with our concentration – it is also a great energy cleanser, assisting us to obtain a clear and peaceful state of mind.

We all have the ability to choose our thoughts, by choosing the good ones will help us in our quest for peace. Whatever is going on externally to us will not change if we worry or if we are fearful, however EVERYTHING can change for our body mind and spirit when we change our state of mind to a state of peace.
Blessings and love to all XXX

CHURCH AND MEMBERS / FRIENDS NEWS

Discussions continue with various parties on the possibility of re-location of our church to a suitable new location that will provide a very special venue for the future of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church.

Closing Prayer

Divine Spirit, creator of all that is good in the Universe: Grant us Peace, Love, Light, Cooperation, Trust, Truth and Forgiveness, so that we humans, irrelevant of our spiritual belief, can move forward in Harmony, Forgiving others and ourselves.

I ask this of you and all other divine energies abiding with you.

Amen

Until we meet again – Love and Light to all.
There will always be gold at the end of the rainbow

OTHER SOURCES TO FIND MORE ABOUT SPIRITUALISM:

Follow us on the Church web site maidenhead-spiritualist-church.weebly.com and social media sites under maidenheadsnu.

A free digital edition of Psychic News for May – all 200 pages – is available now. The link is https://www.psychicnews.org.uk/articles-news-may2020-bumper…

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.

Psychic News – a monthly magazine on various aspects of Spiritual Awareness, [email protected] – telephone 01376 563091.

Psychic World – a monthly newspaper dedicated to gaining knowledge of Spiritualism together with associated subjects and news and views. From Candy Taylor, [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.

SNU Bookshop – https://www.snu.org.uk/shop – a very wide range of Spiritualist books and training material.

SNU web site – www.snu.org.uk – general information about the Spiritualist National Union and spiritual guidance.

If you have an e-mail address or know of somebody else who would appreciate this publication, please let me know for future Spiritual Services and news from your church on [email protected]

Trevor

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FOR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF MAIDENHEAD SPIRITUALIST CHURCH – SPIRITUAL SERVICE No.1

Introduction:

As we are all aware along with other churches, we have had to cancel our public meetings due to the current virus. We have produced the following Spiritual Service for you to enjoy in the peace of you home by yourself or with family and friends. You may find it more powerful if you can read it aloud (if possible with others) perhaps with some suitable peaceful music in the background when you commence. We aim to issue regular Services until such a time as we can meet again.

Unfortunately, at this time, the various print shops are closed and, therefore, hard copies cannot be printed commercially.
Personal Meditation: If you do not practice meditation, just relax and put the troubles and strife to one side perhaps, concentrating on a beautiful flower or the flame of a candle. Allow your mind to relax and link with your higher self.

Your personal service of connection with the power of Spirit.

Opening Prayer

Divine Spirit, Mother, Father God. As I link with the Higher Energies in greetings and attunement with my Spiritual Guides and loved ones, I send out greetings and loving thoughts for their progress in the Spirit Realms.

I would ask that I am helped with my personal development, to learn and experience, to reach my aims and ambitions; also to enable me to be of assistance to others and help me understand their needs to the best of my abilities.

I request that positive energies are sent out to all those who serve our community as doctors, nurses, medics, emergency personal, carers and others at this particular time.

I send out positive thoughts to the young people of our world who have had their education interrupted, so that they will be able to progress in their education with enthusiasm.

I ask at this time that I will be given personal strength to overcome any difficulties and remain in a happy and positive frame of mind – I also ask this for my family, friends and the human race.

I ask that my spiritual development will continue to progress.

I ask these things in the sure and certain knowledge that my thoughts are communicated to the Higher Energies.

Divine Energies hear my prayers.

Amen.

Healing Thoughts

As I sit in the peace, dear Spirit friends, please allow the healing power to go out to all those in need of that healing balm be it for the physical body, mind or spirit. May those in need get the benefit they desire. I send out thoughts for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one who has made the transition to the Higher Life and finding their loss difficult to come to terms with, and not having the benefit of traditional services of remembrance. I send out my positive thoughts to all those in the medical and caring teams, so that they will have a cloak of protection around them to enable them to serve the community.

I wish to send out absent healing to the following family members and friends for an improvement in their physical condition and their good heath ……………….

May these loving thoughts go forth. Amen

Reading

These words were given by a well-respected statesman in 1999 and titled Creating beacons of energy to lighten darkness.

“We want you to send your love as much is needed at this moment in all parts of your world. No part is separated from other parts. We are prepared, but we need your love to assist those of your earth and those that are making the transition, because there is sadness, and those going home without preparation. Those that are to come will look back at this time and will mark it as a new chapter and a new beginning, but you have to live through this transition period. Many have been sent to your world to assist at this time. Many wise ones with much knowledge and much energy send you love.

“If you could see the world as a dark ball floating in infinity and around that dark ball there are bursts of light of energy shining as beacons sending forth light, linking with a greater light that is beyond your world. Light attracting light until these beacons spread. At the moment you are groups and souls seeking, searching, stretching out and as your light spreads, these beacons grow faster until they join other beacons of light and this light encircles your world. At this point, you can truly say that a new era is beginning because the light from these beacons has encircled the world and is leading the world forward with new energy and determination to unite in harmony. The link is there with those from the Higher Dimension. Your world can start to build with love in your hearts for each other without fear, jealousy or envy.”

“Go forward. I say, Go forward in love.”

Extract from “Going Forward to a New Millennium” published in 2000.

Address

The much loved hymn –“Make me a channel of your peace” attributed to the prayer of St Francis of Assisi, a Italian catholic friar, deacon and preacher born around 1182 and passed in1226 – also the Patron Saint of Italy. The words being be slightly modified are so poignant and a lesson to us all irrespective of our faith, creed and religion.

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me bring your love;
Where there is injury your pardon, Lord;
And where there’s doubt true faith in you.

Refrain:

Oh, Master grant that I may never seek;
So much to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love with all my soul.
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope;
Where there is darkness, only light;
And where there’s sadness, ever be their joy.

Refrain

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
In giving to all men that we receive;
And in dying that we reach the
Summerland

Refrain

Very powerful words and very poignant at this time, and we can all take a lesson in ensuring we take a very positive attitude as an example to friends and family and our positive thoughts to The Universe.
There are great opportunities to increase our spiritual understanding and realise that there are many in more difficult situations than ourselves whether it is our personal health, family stress, not getting the food of our choice or limitations of getting out and about. Many of us have already realised that our annual holidays are on hold for the time being, together with visiting friends face to face. Perhaps, we have to be grateful for modern technology, be it the telephone, e-mail, together with all the various computer systems and social media that people may have and, of course, the good old fashion letter.

Let’s say “Always look on the bright side of life” written by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame – a daft song, but what is important is that it raises the energies. A real message for these trying times we are experiencing.

CHURCH AND MEMBERS / FRIENDS NEWS

As those of you who attended our AGM on 15th March will be aware that following the planning permission for the construction of an apartment block on the St John Ambulance site that could be starting in early 2021. Preliminary discussions have commenced with Shanly Homes on possible re-location of our church, within the local area – more news when we have something more concrete.

Our Evening of Mediumship with Billy Cook on 30th May 2020 has been cancelled, and Billy sends his best wishes to you all. Persons who have already paid for tickets and or Private Readings will be fully reimbursed by the church.

A donation of a cocktail dress that was the original property of Lady Astor of Clivden and Grimsthorpe Castle, was recently donated in memory of a past President of Maidenhead Spiritualist Church, Gilian Camidge (who passed to the Higher Life on 29th October 2019), for the church funs. The dress (Christian Dior chestnut satin cocktail dress circa 1956) sold at an auction bid of £250. The monies raised will be used for the benefit and promotion of our faith by Maidenhead Spiritualist Church. We plan to have some sort of plaque in memory of Gilian in the church.
This Service has been sent electronically to those whose e-mail address we know. Please, forward to any of your contacts who would enjoy this offering. Please go to the church web page https://maidenhead-spiritualist-church.weebly.com and send a message via the contact page of things you would like for the next issue.

As far as we know the Psychic News and Psychic World will still be published you can order your own personal copy by contacting their offices (details below). Follow us on the Church web site maidenhead-spiritualist-church.weebly.com and social media sites under maidenheadsnu.

Closing Prayer

Divine Spirit, Mother / Father God: Thank you for this opportunity to link with my spiritual understanding and to take the time to reflect and learn.

I ask for progress in my Path of Discovery and to be able to deal with the challenges that this physical life has.
May the peace and love of Spirit continue unabated.
Divine Energies hear my prayers.
Amen.

Until we meet again – Love and Light to all.

OTHER SOURCES TO FIND MORE ABOUT SPIRITUALISM:

SNU Pioneer – https://www.snu.org.uk/the-pioneer-journal – a regular free journal by the curator of The Britten Memorial Museum at Stansted Hall.

Psychic News – a monthly magazine on various aspects of Spiritual Awareness, [email protected] – telephone 01376 563091.

Psychic World – a monthly newspaper dedicated to gaining knowledge of Spiritualism together with associated subjects and news and views. From Candy Taylor, [email protected] – telephone 020 8903 1993.

SNU Bookshop – https://www.snu.org.uk/shop – a very wide range of Spiritualist books and training material.

SNU web site – www.snu.org.uk – general information about the Spiritualist National Union and spiritual guidance.