The COSA Newsletter

CONTENTS
• UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS - Latest news from The Spiritual Awakening Spiritualist Center
• WHAT'S AROUND THE CORNER - Monthly schedule, special events, and more
• FRIENDS OLD AND NEW - Updates, news and announcements
• MEDITATION - Monthly link to a new guided meditation
• VOICES FROM THE PAST AND PRESENT - Spiritualism: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
• SPIRITUALISM AND SPIRITUALISTS - Different insights into Spiritualism's Philosophy and Beliefs
• THE TEACHINGS OF SILVER BIRCH - Questions which was Asked and Answered by Silver Birch
• FOOD FOR THOUGHT - Yet another point of view

• THE FUNNY CORNER - A little corner of the newsletter to make you smile
• SIMPLY DELICIOUS

• AND FINALLY - Newsletter information

 

UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Message from the President of

Spiritual Awakening Spiritualist Center

Dear Members and Friends,

A 'Very Happy June' to you all!

Thank you for taking the time to look over our June Newsletter. We hope you find the articles, and events we have planned interesting.

As there are 5 Sundays this June, we will be having a Soulful Sunday Service on the 5th Sunday which is June 30th. For more information about this event please Click Here.

Don't forget that we celebrate Father's Day on Sunday, June 16th. Also, Summer Solstice on June 21st (Longest Day, Shortest Night). June is also Pride Month, and there are many other dates in June to celebrate.

There is only one workshop in June and that will be a 'Mediumship Development Workshop' on Saturday, June 8th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. All are Welcome! For more information about this workshop please Click Here

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Blessings, Love and Light.

Michael

thechurchofspiritualawakening@msn.com

 

WHAT'S AROUND THE CORNER?


PLEASE CHECK THE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING CENTER WEBSITE FOR UPDATES OR CHANGES TO OUR SCHEDULE BY CLICKING HERE . THANK YOU.
 

Tanya Soper

Rebecca

Rev. Rosie Bouch

Lindsay Kincaide

Soulful SUNDAY

June 2nd
June 9th
June 16th
June 23rd
June 30th


Other Events and Services:

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Date
Events and Services for June 2024
Sunday 2nd
From 10:00am to 10:25am: Laying On Of Hands Spiritual Healing.
10:30am: Lecturer and Spirit Messages with Tanya Soper -
Spiritual Awakening Center V.P
Tuesday 4th
TUESDAY CIRCLE June 4th: Healing, Meditation, Mediumship
A small love donation of $5.00 would be appreciated. Thank you
Saturday 8th
Mediumship Development Workshop
From 10:30am to 12:30p.m.
- For more information about this workshop please Click Here
or visit our website
Sunday 9th
From 10:00am to 10:25am: Laying On Of Hands Spiritual Healing.
10:30am: Lecturer & Spirit Messages with Rebecca
Tuesday 11th
TUESDAY CIRCLE June 11th: Healing, Meditation, Mediumship
A small love donation of $5.00 would be appreciated. Thank you
Sunday 16th
From 10:00am to 10:25am: Laying On Of Hands Spiritual Healing.
10:30am: Lecturer & Spirit Messages with Rev. Rosie Bouch -
Spiritual Awakening Center Minister
Tuesday 18th
TUESDAY CIRCLE June 18th: Healing, Meditation, Mediumship
A small love donation of $5.00 would be appreciated. Thank you
Sunday 23rd
From 10:00am to 10:25am: Laying On Of Hands Spiritual Healing.
10:30am: Lecturer & Spirit Messages with Lindsay Kincaide -
Spiritual Awakening Center Member
Tuesday 25th
TUESDAY CIRCLE June 25th: Healing, Meditation, Mediumship
A small love donation of $5.00 would be appreciated. Thank you
Sunday 30th
From 10:00am to 10:25am: Laying On Of Hands Spiritual Healing.
Followed by Service at 10:30am
Tuesday 25th
TUESDAY CIRCLE June 25th: Healing, Meditation, Mediumship
A small love donation of $5.00 would be appreciated. Thank you
PLEASE CHECK THE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING CENTER WEBSITE FOR UPDATES OR CHANGES TO OUR SCHEDULE.
For more information on any of these events please visit our website at:
http://www.churchofspiritualawakening.com

Events and Workshops for June 2024
PLEASE CHECK THE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING CENTER WEBSITE FOR UPDATES OR CHANGES TO OUR SCHEDULE.

For more information on any of these events please visit our website at:
http://www.churchofspiritualawakening.com


PRIVATE READINGS
Private Readings will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturday mornings, starting at 10:00am
.
To book, please go to the booking page on our website or click here

http://www.churchofspiritualawakening.com/BookAReading.html

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FRIENDS OLD AND NEW

 

Happy Birthday To Members:

Chris Gunn on the 4th. Lisa Kushnick on the 9th.

Kathy Poppitt on the 22nd. And Vanessa Floria on the 24th.

A Very Happy June Birthday to you All!

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If you feel that you would like to become a member of our Spiritual Awakening Family and have been a regular for a while. Please click on the Membership link below for more information. Thank You!

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MEDITATION

Please click link below or picture to watch and hear Meditation:

Mindfulness Meditation - Guided 20 Minutes Run Time 20:18

In this guided mindfulness meditation, timed for 20 minutes, you can learn to be completely present in the moment, letting go of your thoughts and achieving calmness.

 

VOICES FROM THE PAST and PRESENT

SPIRITUALISM: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW


Mediumship is said to be the lifeblood of Spiritualism. It’s what separates it from any other religion, keeps it personal and contemporary and provides validation of our teachings. This makes us a religious philosophy, based on evidence, rather than a religious faith, based on tradition. Here are ten things you should know about it:

1. It derives from our basic spiritual nature.

Because we are spiritual beings, living in physical bodies, it follows that we have spiritual senses even if few of us are aware of these latent powers. Some exercise them so naturally that they are surprised when they learn that not everybody has them. Others discover them during an enforced solitude, such as a childhood illness or perhaps

when, for some reason, they’ve become isolated by their peers. Prayer, or meditation in awareness or development circles, also lead to discovery of these powers. Most people, of course, never do discover them. So ‘gifted’ mediums are special people because of their rarity.

2. The three-fold task of mediumship

To give evidence of the survival of the human soul after bodily death. This is done by giving clear evidence of the identity of the communicator. Names, accompanied by such details as occupation, relationship to the sitter, hobbies, age, cause of death, etc.

• To give comfort. This will often be given in the message given by the spirit communicator. Additionally, the church’s healing ministry will have a role here. A good medium, however, doesn’t foretell the future, and would not tell a sitter if he or she felt that sitter was about to pass into spirit life.

• To bring about a spiritual awakening within the recipient of the message. Once the fact of spirit life is assured, the implications should be clear as to the way we need to live our lives here – not in the context of three score years and ten, but in the setting of eternity. Spiritualism offers a rational philosophy to complete its unique offering.

3. It can be physical or mental.

Although it is now rare, physical mediumship produces phenomena which can be seen, felt, or touched by all those present, as described in last month’s ‘Psychic News guide to physical mediumship’.

Mental mediumship is about information ‘picked up’ by the medium and relayed to the person with whom the spirit communicator wishes to make contact.

4. The three types of mental mediumship.

Clairsentience is a French word which means ‘clear sensing’ and is an enhanced form of intuition. The majority of what most mediums perceive comes in this form and it requires some interpretation by them, which is where it can sometimes break down.

However, it is the string on which the other two types can be threaded. Most mediums are primarily, or exclusively, clairsentients.

Clairvoyance – ‘clear seeing’ is where the medium sees a picture of a spirit communicator in his/her mind, or in the room, possibly next to the person for whom the message is intended. These are known, respectively, as subjective and objective clairvoyance.

Clairaudience – ‘clear hearing’ produces the most precise and evidential form of mental mediumship because it is usually objective and needs no interpretation. It frequently conveys names. Sometimes, words can form in a medium’s mind, leading the medium to identify it as clairaudience, but this is not the same as true clairaudience, where a voice is actually heard by the medium. Those fortunate enough to witness the late Scottish-South African medium, Mona van der Watt, often reported a sibilant whispering around her head when she demonstrated, as her mental mediumship extended into the physical phenomenon of direct voice.

All mental mediumship can suffer interference from the subconscious mind of the medium, so should be assessed with discernment.

5. Trance speaking.

Trance is both a type of mediumship and an altered state of consciousness, in which the medium becomes less aware – or even (extremely rarely) completely unaware – of his or her physical surroundings. From here, one of two things can happen:


Red Cloud

Firstly, the subconscious mind takes over, manufacturing a secondary personality, or, a genuine spirit intelligence can speak through the medium. You can only distinguish this by the quality of the teaching, which only comes with experience. Many of our most eloquent teachings came via this type of mediumship.

Those from Silver Birch, Red Cloud, Abu and White Eagle are well worth studying. Passive, or ‘automatic’ writing also requires a mild form of trance and the book Spirit Teachings – regarded as the ‘bible’ of Spiritualism – came to us in this way. Guides’ true identities are often shielded behind names such as those above, otherwise their identities, rather than their teachings, would preoccupy the listener.

6. Physical mediumship.

At its best, physical mediumship leaves no doubt in the minds of those fortunate enough to witness it. It was always rare and is now rarer than ever. For a full explanation of what it’s all about, see ‘The Psychic News guide to physical mediumship’, published in the December edition.

To watch a one hour video about the circle of Minnie Harrison (pictured above) just google: ‘YouTube materialisation mediumship Minnie Harrison’. YouTube also has dozens of other clips of physical mediumship.

7. Mediumship is not divination.

Mediumship is often confused with forms of divination, such as fortune telling, astrology, tarot cards, crystal-gazing, etc. The difference is that mediumship, unlike such other message-based activities, is based on contact

with spirit. Seeking divination is a form of ‘message addiction’. The way to solve life’s problems is not to put the responsibility on the shoulders of a fortune teller, but to learn the philosophy sent to us by those in spirit, particularly regarding personal responsibility.

8. Mediumship is ethically neutral.

Although many saints have been mediums, mediumship is not a badge of spirituality or saintliness. It’s just a quirk of certain peoples’ mental nature. Many of the prophets were mediums – some were also rogues! Most,

then as now, were just human. The reason that ‘God’ favoured the prophets was that he could communicate with them, because they had the mediumistic ‘quirk’.

King David, for instance, was not above putting Uriah, one of his top generals, in the heat of battle where he was sure to be killed, leaving the way open for David to seduce his widow, Bathsheba! Mediums, no matter what their skill, are no better or worse than the rest of us. Because mediumship can be used for good or ill, Spiritualists develop it in a spiritual context.

 

“You should never put a psychic explanation on an event if a normal explanation fits the facts. In other words, keep your feet firmly on the ground, but be open to many possibilities.”

9. Mediumship has Biblical precedents.

Although the modern Spiritualist movement dates only from 1848, mediumship has always been the means by which revelation has been passed on to humanity. All religions begin when someone of this world is contacted by a spirit messenger – call it an angel, if you wish,

Angelos is a Greek word, meaning ‘messenger’ – but from Abraham to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad to Swedenborg to the Fox sisters, spirit finds someone with the mediumistic ‘quirk’ and brings a more advanced and contemporary slant on the universal message to our world. In fact, mediumship does not merely have biblical precedents – it is as fundamental to orthodoxy as it is to Spiritualism. But, as mediumship challenges the authority of the priest, its history is hidden. Every miracle in the Bible is explicable in terms of mediumship.

10. Mediumship and the teachings of spirit.

Those in spirit life who come to teach us have only a passing interest in proving that they continue to exist. It is important to us, since it deals with the foundations of our conviction as Spiritualists.

But spirit’s purpose is to spiritually regenerate humanity. In the words of Imperator, the guide behind William Stainton Moses’ book Spirit Teachings – “in accordance with their needs and capacities”. Once we get beyond messages and align ourselves behind that purpose, we may well re-discover those amazing forms of mediumship from Spiritualism’s early history. Much has been discovered in the world since the ancient truths were given and we now have the capacity to understand more advanced truths. Carrying that message to humanity is mediumship’s – and Spiritualism’s – highest purpose.

And finally… It’s easy to get carried away with mediumship. It’s a natural gift and subject to laws and limitations, not all of which we understand. It’s therefore important to subject everything to the test of reason. According to Maurice Barbanell, the medium of Silver Birch, “You should never put a psychic explanation on an event, if a normal explanation fits the facts.” In other words, keep your feet firmly on the ground, but be open to many possibilities.

“You should never put a psychic explanation on an event, if a normal explanation fits the facts. In other words, keep your feet firmly on the ground, but be open to many possibilities.”

 

SPIRITUALISM AND SPIRITUALISTS - What we Believe:

Featured Article Contributed by Rev. Al Potts.


Music is in souls a sympathy with sounds;
and as the mind is pitched the ear is pleased.
With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave.
Some chord in unison with what we hear
is touched within us - and the heart replies.

William Cowper.


The title of this months article came to me from a book by Minister Eric Hatton who took over the reins of the President of the Spiritualists National Union from Minister Gordon Higginson in 1993. Gordon was a devoted minister to spiritualism, having the most wonderful gifts of Mediumship, trance and physical mediumship, a hard act to follow so to say. However, Eric embraced the situation with his usual quiet enthusiasm and impressed all who heard him speak, with his vast knowledge of wonderful mediums such as Lillian Bailey OBE., Helen Hughes, Alec Harris who was a materialisation medium, Vincent Turvey, Helen Duncan and Many others, too many to quote.

Gordon Higginson
Eric had a wonderful tenor voice and sang at many concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall. Eric's mission was to bring love and peace to all people around the world, and

Hugh & Margaret Davis with Eric Hatton
Geoff and I were privileged to meet him at the Arthur Findlay College many years ago where he was the head Trustee of the J.V. Trust. Christine and Roy Wandless whose five children had passed away before them, left a considerable legacy to the SNU. to be placed in a Trust, which would benefit many spiritualists who could not afford to visit the college.
The Trust was named after their two eldest children John & Valerie, "The J.V. Trust" and Eric was
named along with Hugh Davis and later his wife Margaret to administer the Trust. Geoff and I were privileged to be invited to assist at many of the J.V. Trust's Annual Week-long Seminars which are held at 'The Arthur Findley Colledge' Stansted Hall, England, U.K.
Eric took up the challenge and became the most loved of spiritualists for his very presence and delivery of his incredible experiences with mediums with exceptional gifts. Dedication like that of Eric's is hard to find today, as life is gradually being taken over by Artificial Intelligence which seems to have allowed those who have no real vision of life, and who influence young minds to commit unnecessary hardships on those they leave behind.
Our task as spiritualists is to prove without any doubt that life is indeed continuous, and thus leave no doubt in those searching for answers to life's difficulties that there is nothing that they cannot achieve when they trust in the guidance of spirit. Not an easy way for anyone, especially those who will not listen or take advice. But we must remind them of the service of people like Eric Hatton, who dedicated so much of his life to searching for his truth and then putting it into practice.


Eric & Heather Hatton
All those who believe that they have spiritual gifts let us use them to the benefit of all mankind, not sit at home waiting for spirit to contact us through the modern appliances of today, but get out and let all know what spiritualism has to offer. The challenge has never been greater.

Rev. Al Potts.
 

THE TEACHINGS OF SILVER BIRCH

The Wisdom of Silver Birch

Silver Birch is arguably the most famous guide and prolific teacher in the history of Spiritualism. Though presenting himself as a North American Indian the wisdom of this timeless master transcends both history and culture.
The philosophy of Silver Birch was channeled over an incredible 61 years by trance medium and founder of Psychic News, Maurice Barbanell.
Silver Birch not only provides us with a comprehensive description of the Spirit realm and its relation to the material plane we temporarily call home, his words also provide a blueprint for living a purposeful and ultimately satisfying life.
The message of Silver Birch is an excellent introduction for newcomers to Spiritualism, an ongoing source of inspiration for established Spiritualists, and food for thought for even the most hardened skeptics.
On The Spirit World
Silver Birch made it clear that the spirit world is not “dreamy or nebulous.” Spirits are busy with activities just as they are in the physical world. In the spirit world, the mental is real and the physical is a shadow. For example, when one dreams, things seem real at the time. The dream only becomes ethereal when the person wakes up.

 

On Healing
He emphasized that the Great Spirit, the apex of love and wisdom and compassion, provides everyone with the opportunity to find themselves and begin to live, not in superstition, ignorance, or darkness, but in the full light of knowledge, with serenity and confidence as their constant companions.

'QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS' by Silver Birch

Every Month we will post a different Question which was Asked and Answered by Silver Birch


Silver Birch was asked:

When a person dies, what likeness do they retain? Could a husband be unrecognizable to a wife who passed on twenty or thirty years after? Could he progress so much that he was out of the orbit of his wife?


He replied:

"YOU do not change your identity. You do not change your individuality; you do not change your consciousness. You grow in spiritual grace and stature, but you are the same individual that you were before - with your perceptions heightened, your faculties deepened. But, except for the disappearance of blemishes, defects and injuries, you are recognisable as you were on earth. You do not change your form, for

all that is spiritual still requires a mode of manifestation, a body, a vehicle, an instrument through which the spirit must register itself. And that has always existed, that finer, more rarefied, more delicate body, while you were on earth."

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

What Deathbed Visions Teach Us About Living

Researchers are documenting a phenomenon that seems to help the dying, as well as those they leave behind.

Chris Kerr was 12 when he first observed a deathbed vision. His memory of that summer in 1974 is blurred, but not the sense of mystery he felt at the bedside of his dying father. Throughout Kerr’s childhood in Toronto, his father, a surgeon, was too busy to spend much time with his son, except for an annual fishing trip they took, just the two of them, to the Canadian wilderness. Gaunt and weakened by cancer at 42, his

father reached for the buttons on Kerr’s shirt, fiddled with them and said something about getting ready to catch the plane to their cabin in the woods. “I knew intuitively, I knew wherever he was, must be a good place because we were going fishing,” Kerr told me.
As he moved to touch his father, Kerr felt a hand on his shoulder. A priest had followed him into the hospital room and was now leading him away, telling him his father was delusional. Kerr’s father died early the next morning. Kerr now calls what he witnessed an end-of-life vision. His father wasn’t delusional, he believes. His mind was taking him to a time and place where he and his son could be together, in the wilds of northern Canada. And the priest, he feels, made a mistake, one that many other caregivers make, of dismissing the moment as a break with reality, as something from which the boy required protection.
It would be more than 40 years before Kerr felt compelled to speak about that evening in the hospital room. He had followed his father, and three generations before him,
into medicine and was working at Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, where he was the chief medical officer and conducted research on end-of-life visions. It wasn’t until he gave a TEDx Talk in 2015 that he shared the story of his father’s death. Pacing the stage in the sport coat he always wears, he told the audience: “My point here is, I didn’t choose this topic of dying. I feel it has chosen or followed me.” He went on: “When I was present at the bedside of the dying, I was confronted by what I had seen and tried so hard to forget from my childhood. I saw dying patients reaching and calling out to mothers, and to fathers, and to children, many of whom hadn’t been seen for many years. But what was remarkable was so many of them looked at peace.”


THE FUNNY CORNER

AS I AGE, I REALIZE THAT:

I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.

Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud?

I don't need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off.

My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance of idiots that needs work.

The biggest lie I tell myself is "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."

When I was a child I thought nap time was punishment. Now it's like a mini vacation.

The day the world runs out of wine is just too terrible to think about.

Even duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound!

Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would've put them on my knees.

When the kids text me "plz" which is shorter than please. I text back "no" which is shorter than "yes".

SIMPLY DELICIOUS

3 Ingredient Sponge Cake Recipe - Italian Sponge Cake

Please click link HERE or picture to watch Video:

3 Ingredient Italian Sponge Cake is an easy, foolproof recipe for a basic yellow sponge cake that is moist and perfect every time! This sponge cake has a light and fluffy texture and is amazing on its own or with a sprinkling of sugar or some apples mixed in, but most often this recipe is used for layered cakes. This sponge cake recipe is filled with tips on how to make a sponge cake with just 3 cake ingredients!

Ingredients for making 3-ingredient sponge cake:

4 eggs

150g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar

90g (3/4 cup) all-purpose flour

AND FINALLY

Thank you for reading the June 2024 COSA Newsletter, we hope you enjoyed it and found the articles and videos interesting.

Further details of services and events listed in this newsletter, together with suggested love donation and Zoom log-in details, will be emailed directly to you prior to the event dates.

Love and light

Tanya and Michael