As part of the Letchworth Festival, Letchworth Spiritualist Centre had a charity open afternoon on Saturday 9th June. The event was promoted as an
'Explore Spiritualism, sample Spiritual healing and Mediumship, chat with those
that believe in it' afternoon. The refreshments were very popular and the
mediums and healers were kept very busy all afternoon.
For many local people it
was their first visit to the Grade II listed Vasanta Hall and also to find out
what Spiritualism is all about. The afternoon raised £620 and a cheque was
presented to the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth.
Special thanks must go to all
the mediums, helpers and workers, Letchworth Festival organisers and also
Abacus Party Cover for the free loan of a marquee. Phil Mortiboy, one of the
organisers said: "It was amazing how many people were so keen to find out about
Spiritualism and sample a reading from the mediums."
The five mediums present did
over 40 readings during the course of the afternoon. They and helpers on the
day were rewarded by a barbecue in the gardens of the hall, before an evening of clairvoyance which proved so popular the organisers nearly ran out of chairs.
Picture shows Phil with his partner Jackie and Jo Whiffen (centre) from the Garden House Hospice, Letchworth
An introduction to Astrology
Astrologer Lynne Carter offers her second lessons on how to read the stars
The Sun is the
giver of life. Once worshiped as the Sun God, it is hot and dry by nature and
the placement of the Sun shows the area of life where you are to shine. The
sign you find it in is how you should manifest it for this lifetime. It s a path of character building; it takes
the whole lifetime and doesn’t come easily. Development of the Sun sign equals
cutting ties with the past, home and family’s and finding our own
individuality. This is the planet of a ‘rite of passage.’ It takes a year to
circumnavigate the chart.
Aries. The Sun placed in this sign is about learning
to take the initiative. It is all about
action, fast moving and many born under this sign have a fondness for sport or
a military life. They are very good at starting project but on occasions don’t
stay long enough to see them through.
Taurus. You are here to learn about practical
matters. You will also develop a love for the
Earth you live on and for beauty. Many
people with planets in Taurus usually take up gardening. Taurus is a fixed sign so stubbornness can be
Gemini. The Sun in Gemini is all about
communication. There is a need to learn
how to interact with others. The twins
is all about more than one, so people born under this sign are very good at
multi-tasking. They thrive on a variety
of activities and hobbies. They subconsciously
develop a thirst for knowledge and are happy when they meet others on their own
Cancer. The Sun placed here is about learning how to
deal with emotions, family matters and looking after others. The house that holds the Sun will show the
area of life where this will manifest.
Many people have problems tapping into their emotional side and as the
Sun sign is the life journey it may take a series of events that occur
throughout the life span to bring this to perfection.
Leo. This is the
sign the Sun rules, Leo the Lion, the king of the pride and pride is what this
sign is all about - pride in what you can
achieve. The requirements for this
lifetime is all about fun and creativity.
They are usually the life and soul of any party. Leos are here to learn about
how to enjoy themselves. Leos may also be involved in working with children.#
Virgo. You are here to learn about being precise,
analytical. A large number of Virgos
work as accountants, secretaries, book keepers and teachers. They can be very
studious when it comes to learning but can also be very critical and fussy. Their attention to detail can be faultless
but this can also lead to them missing the big picture. This sign is also about perfection.
Libra. The Sun in Libra is represented by the scales
of Justice. Here the journey is about
bringing balance to your life. This also about justice for others. Librans are very good at fighting for the
underdog as they see injustice being dealt out to others. There is a down-side to this sign. Many try
to be all things to all people and will spend many years being so, to the point
when their own needs are neglected.
Saying no is difficult. Many
reach a point where their own health breaks down and it is only then they
realise that they will have to take a stand.
Scorpio. This sign gets a lot of bad press due to
the scorpion's sting in the tail, but it not all bad news. There is a strength about Scorpio which can
lead to a profound transformation of life and thought. This sign is being asked to go where most
would fear to, into the world of the esoteric subjects such as mediumship. This is enough to strike fear into most
people, but those who take up the
challenge find it leads to a more spiritual understanding. Other subjects such as healing, inspirational
writing, astrology and tarot card readings are also included in this development. Scorpio is described as an iceberg, and you
know what that means - most of it is hidden beneath the surface.
Sagittarius. This is all about the big picture. The archer is shooting his arrow into the
distance. It could be said this is about
long term planning. A Sagittarian is to
develop skills in dealing with long term issues; there is no point in short
term plans - they want to be sure that what they create will stand the test of
time. This is also the sign of faith,
spiritual activity, philosophy and joy.
Part of the Sagittarian path is to bring joy to others through whatever
means their chart holds.
Capricorn. This sign is represented by a mountain
goat. You would expect them to be sure-footed but there is vulnerability about them; they seem to go through life
thinking they are not good enough and hold themselves back. They can be shy and not very forthcoming when
it comes to speaking out. This sign is
about developing ones ambitions, becoming an authority in their own field of
work. They should develop skills in
organising themselves and others.
Aquarius. This is a new age sign indicating a new way
of thinking and humanitarianism. These
are the traits which are to be embraced for this lifetime. For some this can be a difficult process as
they strive to let go of past ingrained thinking which stifle their
development. There is also an element of
freedom attached to this sign which may be part of the same lesson. Freedom can be gained through a deeper
understanding of spiritual maters while still living within a structured
Pisces. Two fish swimming in different
directions. This sign often causes
confusion. The purpose for someone with
the Sun in Pisces is to develop a spiritual insight and one of the main
characteristics is an ability to pick up
the feelings of others without even speaking.
Piscesians have a kindly nature but the downside is they can drift
In the next
edition we will look at the Moon and Mercury to learn about emotional responses
and what shapes our thinking and methods of communication.
Contact Lynne via her website www.lynnecarter.com
and the Chakras
by Frank Vilaasa
all enter our relationships with great hopes and the best of intentions – and
yet we often find ourselves getting bogged down in arguments, disappointments,
possessiveness, boredom and other relationship pitfalls. The love that was
there in the beginning so often gets trampled under by each person’s frustrated
difficulties arise in a relationship, your conditioning is to see them as
problems. You think something is going wrong so you start to wonder – whose
fault is this? Who screwed up? It is quite clear – in your own mind – that the
difficulty really has nothing to do with you. Like an astute detective, through
a process of elimination, you point your finger at the guilty party. It’s an
open and shut case. There’s the culprit standing right in front of you!
dismay, the culprit refuses to take the blame. They get defensive. They even
come back at you with some finger-pointing of their own! You have entered the
blame-game. This game can be played out in a heated, overt way – or in an
unspoken, internalised way. Either way, it undermines the positive regard and
trust needed for a relationship to flourish.
can approach relationships in one of two ways. We can either expect them to fit
with our wishes or we see them as a path to spiritual awakening.
we view them as a path to awakening, we will see that difficulties are not a
problem – they are one of the reasons why you have come together. Why do we
enter into a relationship with another person? On one level, we do so for
companionship, mutual support and the sharing of life’s joys and challenges. Yet there is a deeper reason that we don’t often recognise. We are there to
learn how to love. The reason we don’t recognise this is that we imagine we
already know how to love.
idea that we already know how to love is what causes most relationships to
break down. It is the root cause of the blame game. After all, if I already
know how to love, how could I be in any
way responsible for love disappearing? So we blame the other person for the
difficulties in our relationship and we remain blind to our share of the
will never learn something if you can’t admit that right now you are not
skilled at it. Of course, some forms of unskillfulness are easier to admit to
than others. We don’t mind admitting we can’t build a website. But admitting
that we don’t know how to love? That goes right to the core of who we are as
human beings. Even admitting it to ourselves can be devastatingly humbling.
spare ourselves this humiliation by recalling those times when we did
experience and share love. It is true that most of us have known love at some
time or other. Does this mean we have reached our full potential as lovers? Can
we say that we are satisfied with what we have known? Is it enough? If you are
honest with yourself, you will recognise that it is not. There is a longing in
every human heart for a love that is on-going. And when we look at the reality
of our situation right now, we see that this longing often remains unfulfilled.
doesn’t mean that you have to leave the relationship you are in. If there are
difficulties in your relationship right now – that’s perfect! This relationship
can become your classroom and the difficulties your homework assignments. It
would be very helpful if your partner could join you in the classroom but even
if they are unwilling to, you can still take the opportunity to work on your
own issues. Just you getting clearer within yourself will change the dynamics
of the relationship. As you learn about the ways of the heart, the possibility
of love opens up.
When we approach relationships as
a path to spiritual awakening, we start to discover the reality of a truly
loving relationship. The model I have found most helpful to facilitate this process
is the Tantric Yoga Chakra system.
The system of the chakras helps
us to identify our difficulties and stuck patterns not just as a mental
concept but also as a felt experience in the body. In our minds, we can get
carried away with our imagination about ourselves. By getting in touch with
what is happening in the body, we gain a more realistic understanding of where
we are at.
There is a saying in body-centered therapies that the body
doesn’t lie. Our feelings, and the energy pattern in the body, will always be a
more realistic guide to where we are at than our thoughts and beliefs. By
connecting with the energies of the chakras, we get to know what our real
Each of the seven chakras (energy centers) in the body
governs a particular set of responses in us. The first four are
particularly relevant to our intimate relationships and relate to survival,
sexuality, power, and the heart.
By understanding ourselves in
terms of the chakras, we have a whole new set of tools for healing and correcting
imbalances at these four levels. So by
feeling the fear that arises in the location of the first chakra, we know immediately
that fear is still something we have to deal with. Getting in touch with each
of our chakras helps us to know the reality of where we are, and dispels any
illusory ideas we may have about ourselves.
If we find ourselves caught up in
arguments, disappointments, demands and other pitfalls, we need to look at what
causes this in energy terms. We will see that there are stuck energy patterns
in the first three chakras which prevent our energy from rising up to, and
awakening the heart.
Most people find that they cannot
be loving just by wishing to be. The energetic fuel that the heart needs to
open and expand is blocked in the body.
Entering a relationship puts us in touch with feelings we never
thought we had. Suddenly, we find ourselves angry/hurt/disappointed when we
were expecting to feel joyful and loving. Our automatic response may be to
blame our partner for the way we feel. This is like blaming our surroundings for making us feel afraid.
When we approach our relationships
as a path to spiritual awakening, we recognise that the relationship is simply
bringing out unloving feelings and attitudes that were buried in us. It is a
situation from which we can learn and grow. If we can skillfully transform
these stuck patterns in ourselves, more and more energy becomes available to
rise up to, and awaken the heart.
We all have an unlimited capacity
for love. It takes skill and awareness to fully realise this potential within
the nitty gritty of an intimate relationship. The rewards for learning these
skills are enormous – we can create a relationship that is nurturing and
fulfilling to the heart and soul.
Vilaasa is a healer,
counsellor and meditation teacher. He is the author of the recently released
book What is Love? – the spiritual
purpose of relationships, available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Frank+Vilaasa+what+is+Love%3F&x=0&y=0
He can be
contacted through his website www.awaken-love.com
An invitation to time travel
behaviours and health issues often stem from the past. We unconsciously carry
forward experiences, attitudes and old dynamics
migraine, anxiety, relationship blocks or a phobia? Why not time travel into
your past to get an insight into how to heal your life?
Nicolas Aujula (pictured), a leading practitioner in Time Travel Regression, can help aid long-standing health complaints and
The purpose of Time Travel Regression is to help people discover the reason for
unwanted, negative and/or unexplained occurrences such as fears, phobias or
health complaints. Many clients can testify when they’ve regressed into old
traumas from childhood or even past lives, they’ve remembered, reflected,
released and healed these experiences.
"Problems, behaviours and health issues often stem from the past.," says Nicolas. "We
unconsciously carry forward experiences, attitudes and old dynamics."
A recent migraine sufferer, Lawrence Davies attended a session with Nicolas
where he regressed to a past life of a sailor who died of a head injury. After
dispersing the trauma through the regression, Lawrence said his symptoms were
reduced by 80% and has no longer needed to rely on medication for pain relief.
Nicolas, who has appeared on the Biography Channel is now hoping to demystify
the healing benefits of Time Travel Regression and make it a more understood
therapeutic tool for helping people. This type of sensitive therapy can be life
changing and can certainly be life-enhancing as 'memories of the past' can be
revealed and healed.
What is spirituality?
It is a word that we use so often within
our daily lives to describe people or experiences, but what does it truly mean? It is an essence and expression of the soul
Every living person has a soul and a spirit,
indeed we are all spirit possessing a soul and the soul within each of us has
different qualities of expression. If
each of us could learn to express and connect with the soul within, then we
would all go a long way to becoming spiritual beings.
The soul does not comfortably express
negative qualities. Our different lives
have moulded each of us through our various experiences, whether good or bad,
in our consideration, but the soul within each of us always seeks the light and
truth within every situation, but occasionally, the physical mind through our various experiences, tends to
mask the truth, and soul expression, and the expression of the soul’s light,
can be distorted.
There is light within all mankind, it was
put there by the Divine Spirit, and we though our various life journeys are
trying, and wish to be free from the trappings of physical life. Through life’s lessons, we enter into a kind
of sleep state where we seem to be unaware of what the spirit and soul try to
tell us and, in a way, ignore its voice because of the physical life that we
live. The material life can totally obliterate the longings of the spirit
within but the awakening comes to us all eventually, usually through dark times
or traumatic experiences that suddenly give us that big wake up call.
That experience is physically unpleasant but
the spirit within at that time usually says: "Hi, I’ve been trying to talk to
you for a while now but you weren’t listening. Let me lead you along this
bumpy road. I shall lead you out of this
darkness into the light, but you must heed my voice. I am the real you, it's time that our
relationship became stronger.”
spirituality within you then gets the chance to shine through you and the
light within begins to shine. And those around you begin to notice the
difference. There then begins to be a
calmness within you that you’ve never before experienced.
In your prayers you find a far reaching
confidence and you whole life begins to change. It all starts with you asking yourself: "What
do I need to change about myself?" There isn’t really anything to change, for
you already have within you the soul and essence of live, you just need to open
the door and greet it and allow it to shine as it always longed to do. Listen to the call of that inner voice; it
will lead you to many great moments in your life and will help you to realise
that the boundaries that you sent for yourself in life can be pushed further
and further afield until you finally realise there are no limits to your
abilities and to what you can achieve.
From Spirit Inspirations by Denise Pilgrim.
Published by Con-Psy Publications, P O Box 14, Greenfield, Middx. UB6 0UF. ISBN
978 1 898680 43 7
Spiritual workshops for children
Unicorn Workshops will soon be relaunching their new and exciting workshops specifically aimed at children to introduce and/or increase their spiritual awareness.
There are many children out there who are already living spiritual lives through their elder family members or simply those that wish to develop who will benefit from these welcoming and fun monthly meet-ups. The workshops will be held at Whomerley Spiritual Church & Centre in Spring Drive, Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage.
They are run by Carol Holmes and Michelle O’Brien, both members of the Spiritual Workers Association. They abide by the association's codes of conduct in working with vulnerable people in the community; children fall into this category. On this basis parents/carers must accompany their children and stay during the workshop thereby offering a chaperone service.
Said Michelle: "We aim to be open and transparent in our affairs and
parents can listen in on the workshops. This is also an excellent chance for
parents to meet up on a monthly basis and make new friends and engage in friendly
chats for a couple of hours over a cup of tea."
The workshops, which are held at the Whomerley Spiritual Church & Centre, Spring Drive, Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage, cost £5 per child per workshop and will be for two hours once a
month from 2-4pm. The team will consider family discounts for parents with more
than one sibling attending. Light refreshments (squash and
nibbles or fruit) will be provided for the break time. Parents are more than welcome to bring
along food to share.
"Our aim is to create awareness, invite change in the children’s
development and raise standards," added Carol. "The interactive
workshops will encourage children to
explore their Spirituality at an enjoyable pace. We use child friendly language and resources
and our workshops cater for mixed abilities and all ages."
of the topics to be included in
upcoming workshops are understanding
spiritualism, finding out how crystals and healing energies work, working with Angels, healing pools, guided
meditation, spiritual readings and much more.
you are interested and wish to find out more please call Carol Holmes on 07742 793208 or Michelle O’Brien on 07932 966161, or
alternatively e-mail email@example.com. Unicorn has also launched a new website which is still under development and is an
on-going project. Watch it grow at http://unicornws.wix.com/unicorn-workshops
Medium Marilyn Taylor, author of children’s spiritual book Circle of Life, told SoulSeekers: “I attended one of the first children’s workshops and must say how impressed I was. The children were amazing and it was so lovely seeing them learning and working alongside their parents.
“Carol has a gentle way of nurturing these special children who come along with problems that need to be addressed such as feeling different from the other children at school, and they seem so happy to be understood by like-minded people and find other children with the same problems.
“Hopefully these workshops will go a long way to make these children feel that they belong in whatever situations life places them.”
Unicorn workshops has just launched its new website. Check out Carol and Michelle on http://unicornws.wix.com/unicorn-workshops
Spirit in attendance
Experienced Mediums Gail Peacock & Jo
Bradley have teamed up to pool their diverse abilities in the field of
Physical Mediumship. They are conducting one day workshops up and down the
country during this summer to bring awareness to those who are interested in physical phenomena.
From these, the participants will hopefully gain insight into and an
understanding of how communication can be made between different dimensions.
Physical Mediumship became very popular
during the Victorian era. Small, usually family groups dedicated there time and
energy to work with those on the other side, to produce physical manifestations
and communication in various forms. This
included table tilting, transfiguration and voices coming from mid air. A
spirit cabinet was used for the mediums protection, but it was usually carried
out behind locked doors and in darkened rooms.
The picture on the right was taken by a student attending a previous workshop of ours. One can clearly see spirit did indeed join us.
Gail & Jo will be attending the
Oxford Castle Ghost Hunt 1st September: 10.30pm –
Tankerville Hotel in Northumberland on the
8th September 2012 10.00am –
Chillingham Castle Ghost
Hunt: 1st December 2012:
10.30pm – 3.00am £80.00
If you are interested in attending any of
the listed events or to host your own Victorian Bespook home party please call
Gail on: 07724 088430 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
to secure your place and host your own home party.
Thoughts of George Rixon
The Force Of God
We are part of the God force,
It lies in all those that see,
A vision of truth, a vision of love,
A vision that all men are free,
For the light of love that lies dormant,
Can be lit by all those that care,
Can be kindled with love,
Can be kindled with hope,
For qualities we all should share.
We are all part of the God force,
A force that only seeks peace,
A vision the world stops killing,
Where torture and wars will all cease,
Let that which lies dormant,
Be a beacon to all in a storm,
Let them bathe the light that is within,
Draw them close, let the flame keep them warm.
We are all part of the God force,
For your love will have lit the light,
For the vision of truth, and the vision of love,
In others will forever burn bright,
So follow the path you have chosen,
Ask nothing in return,
Just be a beacon to those in darkness,
Shine forth, so men can learn.
Take from that God force,
All the power that you will need,
To give hope to the loss and bewildered,
And knowledge for all men to feed,
Then those visions of truth, and those visions of love,
Will only be visions in your mind,
For the light of God has entered,
To teach the world to be kind.
Malcolm G Bradshaw
President of Beaconsfield Spiritualist Church, Nottingham