My Diary … Fifty Years … Can Spiritualism Survive by Walter Taylor … I disagree with Mr Taylor … Rami Adham – The Toy Smuggler of Aleppo … Your Comments.

                                                        My Diary…
13th…  ASK –
28th – Prestwick Spiritualist Church.  It is always that little bit special to
attend this church as it is in Community Centre,
Caerlaverock Road, Prestwick, KA9 1HR.   Formerly Prestwick Public School which I
attended for a few years. Entering the building brings back a lot of
memories.  Although I only moved 23 miles
up the road to Beith I have always wondered what happened to my old
classmates.  In all those years I have
only met one of them.
This month
was intentional kept quiet so I could catch up with some of the paranormal
research work I have been asked to do and for some lectures and workshops. 

And most
importantly we celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary.  Fifty-years how time flies.  It has just dawned on me that half of our
married life we have been connected with Spiritualism.  More about this later in the blog.
                                                             Fifty Years.  
This month we celebrated
our golden wedding anniversary – 50 years married. When someone made a comment
married for half a century really made me think in-depth of the last half
If it had not been for
Isabel I would not be where I am today as far as Spiritualism is
concerned.  Isabel was the one who
encouraged me to keep going to the development circle when I felt I was out of
my depth.   Again, it was Isabel who gave
me so much encouragement in the week leading up to my first time on the
platform with four other fledglings.  For
someone with zero confidence that short time linking with Spirit in public was
a complete impossibility for me, or so I thought.  So, I owe a lot to Isobel as well as Spirit
and many others in our churches who gave me the confidence and courage to
continue along this path.
As I look back over the
past fifty-years I feel a tinge of sadness for those couples who have not
reached this milestone.  Those who have
only had a short time to enjoy married life before one passed over.  And those who were so close to this anniversary
or retirement, yet did not get to spend more time together.
                               Can Spiritualism Survive by Walter Taylor, F. S. N. U.
From The Glasgow Association’s  Beacon – May / June 1980
Part 1.
 The question as to whether man survives death is still
scientifically, not yet proven.  I would
like to state what I think is scientific evidence of human survival of
death.  It will be scientifically proven
when the evidence is of such a nature, as when for instance, we put the kettle
on and know that the water will boil at a certain temperature.  This may seem realistically crude, but surely
this is what we mean by scientific evidence?  
This definition may seem philosophically disputable, but in what other
way can we talk about scientific facts?
It would seem, looking at the Spiritualistic scene, that a
scientific basis of the claims made by Spiritualists, will never be
established.  Actually, it is far short
of meeting any such claims!  There may be
evidence coming through that satisfies an individual level, but it is
consistently repeatable evidence that is required.   I may be asking far too much, but should we
not be seeking a reliable system of communication which would lift the
phenomena above the banal and the ludicrous?
I am going to make a suggestion that may not be welcomed by many,
but I ask – Should we not seek a Dialogue with the Society for Psychical
Research?  I anticipate cries of protest,
but let me put the case to you.  First
the S.P, R. does not exist to prove survival. 
Its task is to experiment and explore physical phenomena. It has no
fixed views nor creed nor dogma.  Its
purpose is to “examine without prejudice or preposition, and in a scientific spirit
those faculties of man, whether real or supposed which appear to be
inexplicable on any generally recognised hypothesis”.  I am asking – is it too much to open us a
discussion with the S.P.R. to discuss and experiment into psychic
phenomena.   This is, or should be, OUR field.  Do we want to widen and deepen our field or
are we content and happy with a comforting message from Auntie Mary who will
assure us that all is well with everything and we have nothing to worry
about?  Is that all there is to
psychnomina I would wish to be counted out!       
I disagree with Mr. Taylor. 
Within Spiritualism we not only believe that man survives death, we give
proof.  Whether that proof is accepted by
the scientific community is up to them.  
We do not need to go cap in hand to other groups to get the scientific
acceptance.   All groups have their own
agenda and this changes from time to time depending who it at the top.  I can just see experiments going our way and
then religions and other interested parties infiltrating the group to dumb down
the results.
Hitler, the CIA and KGB have investigated all areas of the
paranormal.  By the state of our planet
today they have not managed to harness any of the power or knowledge to suit
their own causes.  Why?  Why have they not harnessed or made a pact
with those on the other side? Because it is not meant to be.  It is obvious that there will be those who will
be negative in the Spirit World and they are being kept at bay by the positive
realms of this dimension.  Thankfully the
hierarchy of the spirit world are keeping any contact with subversive groups in
our dimension at arm’s-length.
There are some who believe that Spiritualism is the sole agent for
the Spirit World.  Although we may be the
biggest player in getting Spirit’s message across I feel that in many ways our
religion is losing favour with the Spirit World.  I believe that the powers that be are working
more closely with individuals and small dedicated groups. 
Spirit has always worked closely with dedicated individuals,
circles and groups.  Many an artist has
claimed that their work has been influenced by an outside source. If only those
seats of power took time listening to that little voice in their head.  Not telling them what to do, but giving them
a little guidance as where to look to solve a problem.
Let me give one example Dag Hammarskjöld (Sweden) second
secretary-general of the United Nations,
from 1953-1961. He died in an air crash in Africa in 1961 where the details
still remain unclear and many still believe foul play was involved. 
He is looked upon by many as the best Secretary
general the UN has ever had.   He gained a reputation as a peacemaker,
man of faith and a man of peace.  He treated all around him in the
same way whether it is a junior member of his staff, a senior politician or
royalty.   The more I read about Mr.
Hammerskjold they more I believe he has a close link with Spirit.  If only today’s world leaders look of Dag
Hammersjold as a role-model, there our planet would be a more peaceful place
 I do agree with Walter Taylor that Spiritualism should be more than
a comforting message from Aunty Mary.    
                                    Rami Adham – The Toy Smuggler of Aleppo.
After five years of civil war, Syrian children living in war zones
have little to look forward to. But one man is attempting to bring gifts to
Syrian children, along with essential food and medicines.  That man is Rami Adham. 
Few will have heard of Rami Adham a 44-year-old father of six, is a
Finnish-Syrian originally from Aleppo who has lived in Finland since
1989.  Few ever get to know the real heroes of our time we are too busy
worshiping celebrities of stage and screen. 
For the past five years he has dedicated his life to helping children in
Syria and has now visited the war-torn country on 28 occasions, bringing over
80kg of donated toys across the border from Turkey on each trip.
                                                        Your Comments.

Tom, a spiritual
service is not like Royal Ascot it does not need a strict dress-code.  On saying that a suit and tie to be worn is
not too much to ask a male medium who has been given the honour of taking such
a service.
Spiritualism has already
surrendered to the entertainment industry so why not let the tie drop? 
Bennie.  The story about the son going to the races in
memory of his dead father, did he back a winner this year?
Sorry Bennie.  No fairy tale
ending to the Peter’s story.   Of the
horses Peter selected with names related to his father’s life the only one
declared to run was Perfect Pasture.  
horse started at the odds of 50/1 and finished 10th in a
twenty-three runner field.  Peter’s final
comment – “I hope my father enjoyed the
day as much as I did”.
BV – Tom – I don’t
accept your comment that Spirit Guides may be on strike, from what I have
witnessed at my church recently, they are on a go-slow”.
“Tom, spot on with
North Korea.  Leaving this country out in
the cold at our peril.  Neutral countries
must start to build bridges with NK. How about you be one of the
negotiators?”   LN….

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