Why Spirit Communication?
By Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis
For thousands of years, Spirit
has come forward, through a variety of channels, and communicated to us
regarding the wonders and mysteries of life, death, birth, and creation.
They have, also, come forward and warned us to be weary of the times and to
change our ways. Psychic researchers have alluded to such communications,
especially those having passed through the mouths of mediums during the
last 150 or so years, as platitudinous, trite, and of relatively little
Let us look at what one of
this century's foremost researchers, Harry Price, had to say about mental
"Mental mediums, often
women, appear to have no qualities, intellectual or physiological, which
distinguish them from their fellow. On the contrary, they often emerge from
the semi-educated class of society. Their utterances are often puerile,
platitudinous, or nonsensical. The trance addresses one hears at the
typical spiritualist service have been called "a farrago of stale
platitudes and twaddling ethico-religious
uplift,' with little spirituality in them. And after nearly a hundred years
of intensive experimentation, we have learnt absolutely nothing from the
spirits. And the many recorded conversations with the dead, such as can be
found in "Raymond", are often so mundane that they are usually
received with scepticism, if not ridicule. Some
of these messages may be true. But if true, why so silly? Are our dead
relatives and friends incapable of giving us information that so vitally
concerns us, and of which we are so badly in need? Are they incapable of
giving us one new fact concerning this world -- to say nothing of the next
-- not already known to us? Or one proof -- absolute and scientific -- that
our souls 'survive' if our bodies do not? It rather looks like it."
What a sad commentary from a
researcher who spent a good portion of his life investigating mediumship
So, we ask: why seek
inspirational mediumship; of what value is it to us to have Spirit come and
share with us through inspirational mediumship?
First and foremost, like
evidential communication, inspirational mediumship seeks to bring together
two seemingly separate worlds into one universal kingdom of Spirit; God's
Spirit, as manifested through us, the spirits -- that's you; that's me;
that's our loved ones who have passed through the portals of death.
Through the wonder of
inspirational mediumship, amazing works of literature, stunning portrayals
in art, awe-inspiring sermons and lectures, even more awe-inspiring holy
books and Scriptures, incredible advances in science and technology, and an
amazing catechism of life, death, and creation have all been given to us.
Many would disagree, here,
suggesting that all these wonders originate from nothing further than our
own intellect and creativity. But, the truth speaks for itself: Spirit out
of body continuously seeks to inspire Spirit within the body, and we are
all the beneficiaries of this inspiration, regardless of what our personal
views may be concerning mediumship and channeling.
However, the question which
plagues so many people -- especially researchers such as Harry Price -- is
legitimate: if all this wonder and mystery is, in fact, often
Spirit-inspired, why is there, also, so much trite communication;
furthermore, why is there disagreement, amongst those in Spirit, concerning
such profound issues as reincarnation?
First of all, it is important
to keep in mind: all communication from Spirit must pass through the
consciousness of the channel; therefore, it will be influenced, to one
degree or another, by the medium's mind and personal prejudices. Secondly,
and probably more challenging to the student, is this simple truth: not
every spirit sees life through the same set of "eyes". There is
disagreement on some very important issues amongst those of us on the Earth
plane; likewise, there is disagreement on some very important issues
amongst those of us not on the Earth plane.
To some, this may seem
disturbing, for they would like to believe that somewhere in creation there
is ultimate and universal truth. Indeed there is! But, that ultimate and
universal truth concerns matters of the Spirit, not of the earth. Ultimate
truth resides within the Spirit, and it often gets distorted when it
filters down to the level of earthly matters and conditions. That of the
earth comes and goes, with the winds of time, but the truth of the Spirit
remains constant, steadfast, and eternal.
Therefore, all inspirational
communication which has come to us, over the centuries, from the deeper
level of the Spirit has lead humanity to one basic set of truths. The
images and symbols of those truths differ, from age to age and from culture
to culture, but the basic message of Spirit has, indeed, been steadfast and
consistent. This should give us hope and promise that God's Truth does, in
fact, reside within the Spirit.
There is but one Kingdom and
one Life, and we are all part of that Kingdom, even though some of us
happen to be in different sectors within that Kingdom at different points
in time. This is what Christ meant when he referred to God's Kingdom as a
mansion with many rooms.
Inspirational mediumship seeks
to convey this universal truth to all spirit. And, yes, while there may be
much twaddle and trite communication coming through some ill-informed
channels, for the most part, some mighty amazing revelation has come
forward through this gift of the Spirit, known as inspirational mediumship.
That is why Scripture tells us, time and time again, that, when it comes to
matters of the Spirit, we must be discerning in all ways!
Part Three of This
Series: Why Seek Physical Mediumship?
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