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spiritualism - members beliefs and thoughts

mac

site administrator
Staff member
Jenn's writing is highly accomplished and easy to read but she's still charting her own path of discovery of the so-called afterlife. I've responded there to her latest blog entry. A Wordpress account is needed to be able to post there.
 

mac

site administrator
Staff member
Following on from the posts immediately above readers/members may be be interested in what Jenn had to say a year earlier, found by following this link: “Spiritual But Not Religious” Here's a taster:

With attribution to author 'Jenn'
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on Wordpress:

"My spirituality is actually composed of a torrent of information from many different sources, which develops into a consistent pattern only when I consider everything I’ve learned from science, philosophy, religion, and spiritual phenomena. It’s detailed, convoluted in some places, unresolved in others, and yet, in my opinion, describes a reality more magnificent and comprehensive than any offered by organized religion. I’m certainly not alone. I would venture to guess that this also describes the spirituality of many of my readers as well. How do we encapsulate this spirituality into a descriptive term that can be conveyed to others, and more importantly, how do we integrate this information with our lives and spiritual practice? If you are anything like me, it’s not easy to square these beliefs with everyday life.


Although our movement (and yes, I’d call it a movement) has no name and no codified beliefs, we have a distinct affiliation separate from the New Age movement and the Spiritual-Wellness movement. We are a collection of researchers, scientists, philosophers, authors, spiritual practitioners and experiencers. We evolved from the Spiritualism movement of the mid-1800’s and the formation of the Society for Psychical Research, inspired by discoveries in quantum physics and philosophy, influenced by the introduction of Eastern philosophy in Western culture, and bolstered by research in spiritual phenomena such as near-death experiences, reincarnation, terminal lucidity, afterdeath communication and more. We consider transformative spiritual experiences a natural and universal aspect of the human condition.


Incorporating knowledge from a wide variety of sources is the hallmark of this movement, as well as the understanding that beliefs derived from these sources are always up for scrutiny and revision when better evidence comes along. Unlike the static orthodoxy of religion, our beliefs may (and should) change as we integrate more evidence and experiences.


For lack of a better term, I’ve been using either ‘Modern Spiritualism’ or ‘Evidential Spiritualism’ in order to describe who we are, though it doesn’t quite capture all that we are involved in. From EVP technicians to philosophers to Psi researchers to hospice workers and near-death experiencers, we are united by our desire to study a hidden reality that is revealed through small glimpses behind the veil. It requires the participation of tens of thousands of people who each hold a small clue or piece of the overall pattern. Together we can begin to see the tapestry of this larger reality take shape, even if the image that emerges looks different in the details to each of us."
 

jobun

New Member
Jobun, just noting this down before I forget. Jenn at thesearchforlifeafterdeath.com has posted again. The new post is about "cultivating a Thriving Spiritual Practice", and she also writes very well, so you might like to read it. Thanks for your references, which I will follow up. You know a lot more than me! I find it very difficult to believe in the afterlife, but have had experiences. I go one way and then the other. Sometimes I simply think that if we are all here, why not something to follow? One thing I'm looking forward to is that Leslie Kean's book "Surviving Death" has been turned into a documentary in six parts (?) and will be available on Netflix on 6th January! I wonder if it will have the full Hollywood treatment?! Something has rubbed off on me though as I can't say I feel as sad as I did before. I'm liable to get the same symptoms my son had and get very worked up that it will progress and I'll need the same medical tests he had and I'd get so emotional about that I'd collapse in a heap. I was terrible all last month and could hardly digest a thing.

Thank you Ruby. I will look into Jenn, and also Leslie Kean.... I'm always down for new ideas, new authors, and interesting subjects.
 

Ruby

Established Member
I've watched four episodes so far of the Netflix documentary "Surviving Death", and it's very interesting, but the book is better! The two episodes on mediumship followed participants who were trying to contact the dead, and the dark-haired boy was finding that even when information comes through, the modern problem of social media means that that information can already be out there and public knowledge anyway. There was no discussion of research, except briefly from Chris Roe of Northampton University, and no mention of "drop-in" communicators, which is probably the most evidential aspect of mediumship.
 

Ruby

Established Member
I suppose the format of following people on a "journey" is the in vogue way to present things. What pleased me was that my husband was sat next to me reading, but he said after the first one that it was "interesting" and has sat there for the next three!
 

DenverGuy

Active Member
I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
I have seen the first episode and there are some very compelling and encouraging stories.
 

Ruby

Established Member
Hi DenverGuy! I'm watching it! I got there before you on the above thread mentioned by mac. I think it's good and I was thinking of you when I saw episode four last night as it shows one of those retreats by the Forever Family foundation which you attended.
 
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