An address at the Church of the Living Spirit - Lily Dale 9th June 2019 outlining the differences between Scottish Spiritualism and American.
Traditional Scottish Spiritual Training
Scottish Spiritualism is huge in terms of its scale in Scotland. It is also very different in many aspects to the rest of the world. This is an attempt to spread the methodology of Scottish Spiritualism to other parts of the world, in the hope that it will enable people around the world to progress and grow their own Spiritualist movements locally.
Courses in Traditional Scottish Mediumship and Spiritualism. With an emphasis on how
we do this through Scottish Churches.
With the current situation re Coronavirus in botht e UK and USA the plans for the courses are having to be changed. The first two modules and the introduction course are now being run online and there will be a weekly online circle. Modules three and four will have to be taught face to face, but this will be a shorter course and will be organised for later in the year. The final module can be done online, and also can be incorporated into the face to face second course. We are also working on a one day online introductory course.
These will be going online over the next few weeks
The Course in Scotland is for the moment on hold until things are completely cleared up, probably until next year.
The emphasis in the American course is very different from the Scottish course, and the level of investment much lower to reflect the shorter distance involved.
The Key Points About Scottish Spiritualism
The major differences between Scotland and the USA can be summed up under these key four bullet points:
Spiritualism is the seventh-largest religious movement in the United Kingdom. There are Churches everywhere. They open weekly or more. Many Churches open multiple times a week. There are weekly circles, there are people coming into services to see Mediums working for up to an hour in each service in Gallery. Private reading bookings follow!
We work for Spirit. All mediums may say that but do they understand what that actually means? One of the direct consequences of the first item - Scale is that those learning to be mediums have the proper attitude instructed from the start. Everything regarding training and attitude is developed and around the numerous Churches. There are many differences between Churches but many consistencies as well.
If you work for Spirit - Spirit will work for you.
Mediums work hand in hand with Spiritualist Churches. There are more Churches and everyone knows the local Church. Mediums work on Gallery constantly and are always in demand by the Churches. So from an employment perspective Mediums are seen by many, many people and reputations are built this way.
This means that everything in a Scottish church is very different from a church in the US. And that is if you can even find an American church!
The circles are practical. Weekly and cost no more than two dollars. This brings people into the Church.
Church Services are radically different. The Address lasts for between five and seven minutes on average. And is given in a similar way to a message from spirit as in no
The evidential messages given in the church are for over forty-five minutes long often for as long as an hour. So people support and come to the Church.
All of this leads to local demand through a constantly growing local community of people who will openly call themselves Spiritualists.
Think of Scotland and what images come to your mind? Men in kilts, bagpipes, castles, and ghosts? All images used by the Scottish tourist industry very effectively. Indications of the ancient nation that modern Scotland evolved from.
An ancient country with ancient legends and religions, originally four ancient tribes: Celts, Picts, Scots, and Caledonians. The beliefs of these peoples, like the Native Americans, were spiritual in nature. For example the legend of the Kelpie. A spiritual being that takes the form of a young beautiful man or woman, swimming underwater seduces the passing human then drowns them turning into a horse. Many elements of those ancient tribes became the clan system in the highlands.
So as a culture the Scottish people are let's say historically conditioned to accept spiritualism. Look at the numbers of ghosts everywhere in every older building. Jut ask
the tour guide. Jump forward to the twentieth century and you have Modern Mediumship created in New York State. Yet the greatest heroes of the movement come from Scotland. Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle from Edinburgh. Helen Duncan, the last woman to be jailed for witchcraft in the UK from Dundee.
Most of the more established Scottish Churches are decades old. Most dating back to the early twentieth century. So whilst this is just a summary any journey through Scotland in any direction exposes you to ancient tribal history. To haunted buildings and castles. And almost everywhere a modern Spiritual Church.