Celebrating 169 years of Modern Spiritualism

Celebrating 169 years of Modern Spiritualism

March 31st is an important day in the Spiritualist movement calendar. Hydesville Day is celebrated as the anniversary of Modern Spiritualism as on this date, some 169 years ago, rappings were heard in a house in New York. The Fox family lived there with their three young daughters. This rappings were then identified as from spirit although it has been widely debated on its authenticity. Regardless, this recorded incident help to advance greater awareness of Spiritualism and Spirit communication to the public.

Spiritualism is the belief that spirits and humans can communicate through “Mediums”. Today although the main principles of the spiritualism as a “religion” cover the 7 principles, spiritualism means different things to different people. 

Spiritual communication is not a new experience. The Shamans, aboriginal people, medicine men and wise men and women have been able to feel, sense, hear and see Spirit. Over the years we have heard of witches being burned, spiritual gurus or even wise men who would have grown strong with power as they had a unique gift – were eventually penalised for their ability. A lot of this, in my humble opinion revolved around fear and power. Their “source” would have been keep a secret as mystery created an illusion of power and fear controlled people. There was no sharing of knowledge, no understanding of the Spirit world and even less, the evidence of life after death.

The Fox Sisters’s experience demonstrated physical contact and the willingness of Spirit to make their presence known. This sparked a debate and search for the truth and understanding. While people were at this time having similar experiences in a quiet way, the news of the sisters’s experiences spread and reached the UK. It had a large influence in the growth of Spiritualism in this country.

As a Medium, I would like to thank the sisters and the people who helped advance the spiritual movement. I am thankful as it opened me up to a new wonderful world of knowledge, discipline and understanding. There is a new era in spiritualism which is merging the teachings of the East with the West, tearing down the barriers to spiritual acceptance – FEAR and making spirituality part of modern life. The movement is working at snails pace but you can already see little signs – mindfulness and meditation is very much part of mainstream society. People are being “spiritual” without being aware of it. Meditation is now being introduced in schools, people are leaning towards mindfulness to help with their emotions. Soon the veil will lift and all will see the truth – that Spirit is always part of us and we are in fact all working together in the same path.

A little more on the Hydeville Experiment:

Taken from the First Spiritual Temple website: http://www.fst.org/fxsistrs.htm

Beginning at around the middle of March, 1848, the Fox family began to be disturbed by the strange sounds and activities. The children were so alarmed at what was happening that they refused to sleep apart and were taken into the bedroom of their parents. The sounds were so loud, that the beds themselves often shook. Every possible opportunity was made to ascertain the source of the sounds, but to no avail. Finally, on March 31st, Kate Fox made history. She challenged the mysterious unseen power to repeat the snaps of her fingers.

To offer a more personal sense for what actually took place during this evening, we are presenting the content of a signed affidavit written by Mrs. Fox on April 4, 1848. As you read this, see if you can envision mentally what transpired:

“On the night of the first disturbance we all got up, lighted a candle and searched the entire house, the noises continuing during the time, and being heard near the same place. Although not very loud, it produced a jar of the bedsteads and chairs that could be felt when we were in bed. It was a tremendous motion, more than a sudden jar. We could feel the jar when standing on the floor. It continued on this night until we slept. I did not sleep until about twelve o’clock. On March 30th we were disturbed all night. The noises were heard in all parts of the house. My husband stationed himself outside of the door while I stood inside, and the knocks came on the door between us. We heard footsteps in the pantry, and walking downstairs; we could not rest, and I then concluded that the house must be haunted by some unhappy restless spirit. I had often heard of such things, but had never witnessed anything of the kind that I could not account for before.

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On Friday night, March 31st, 1848, we concluded to go to bed early and not permit ourselves to be disturbed by the noises, but try and get a night’s rest. My husband was here on all occasions, heard the noises, and helped search. It was very early when we went to bed on this night; hardly dark. I had been so broken of my rest I was almost sick. My husband had not gone to bed when we first heard the noises on this evening. I had just lain down. It commenced as usual. I knew it from all other noises I had ever heard before. The children, who slept in the other bed in the room, heard the rapping, and tried to make similar sounds by snapping their fingers.

“My youngest child, Cathie, said: ‘Mr. Splitfoot, do as I do,’ clapping her hands. The sound instantly followed her with the same number of raps. When she stopped, the sound ceased for a short time. Then Margaretta said, in sport, ‘Now, do just as I do. Count one, two, three, four,’ striking one hand against the other at the same time; and the raps came as before. She was afraid to repeat them. Then Cathie said in her childish simplicity, ‘Oh, mother, I know what it is. Tomorrow is April-fool day, and it’s somebody trying to fool us.’

“I then thought I could put a test that no one in the place could answer. I asked the noise to rap my different children’s ages, successively. Instantly, each one of my children’s ages was given correctly, pausing between them sufficiently long to individualize them until the seventh, at which a longer pause was made, and then three more emphatic raps were given, corresponding to the age of the little one that died, which was my youngest child.

“I then asked: ‘Is this a human being that answers my questions so correctly?’ There was no rap. I asked: ‘Is it a spirit? If it is, make two raps.’ Two sounds were given as soon as the request was made. I then said: ‘If it was an injured spirit, make two raps,’ which were instantly made, causing the house to tremble. I asked: ‘Were you injured in this house?’ The answer was given as before. ‘Is the person living that injured you?’ Answered by raps in the same manner. I ascertained by the same method that it was a man, aged thirty-one years, that he had been murdered in this house, and his remains were buried in the cellar; that his family consisted of a wife and five children, two sons and three daughters, all living at the time of his death, but that his wife had since died. I asked: ‘Will you continue to rap if I call my neighbors that they may hear it too?’ The raps were loud in the affirmative.

“My husband went and called in Mrs. Redfield, our nearest neighbor. She is a very candid woman. The girls were sitting up in bed clinging to each other and trembling with terror. I think I was as calm as I am now. Mrs. Redfield came immediately (this was about half-past seven), thinking she would have a laugh at the children. But when she saw them pale with fright, and nearly speechless, she was amazed, and believed there was something more serious than she had supposed. I asked a few questions for her, and was answered as before. He told her age exactly. She then called her husband, and the same questions were asked and answered.

“Then Mr. Redfield called in Mr. Duesler and wife, and several others. Mr. Duesler then called in Mr. and Mrs. Hyde, also Mr. and Mrs. Jewell. Mr. Duesler asked many questions, and received answers. I then named all the neighbors I could think of, and asked if any of them had injured him, and received no answer. Mr. Duesler then asked questions and received answers. He asked: ‘Were you murdered?’ Raps affirmative. ‘Can your murderer be brought to justice?’ No sound. ‘Can he be punished by the law?’ No answer. He then said: ‘If your murderer cannot be punished by the law, manifest it by raps,’ and the raps were made clearly and distinctly. In the same way, Mr. Duesler ascertained that he was murdered in the east bedroom about five years ago and that the murder was committed by a Mr. _______ on a Tuesday night at twelve o’clock; that he was murdered by having his throat cut with a butcher knife; that the body was taken down to the cellar; that it was not buried until the next night; that it was taken through the buttery, down the stairway, and that it was buried ten feet below the surface of the ground. It was also ascertained that he was murdered for his money, by raps affirmative.

“‘How much was it – one hundred?’ No rap. ‘Was it two hundred?’ etc., and when he mentioned five hundred the raps replied in the affirmative.

“Many called in who were fishing in the creek, and all heard the same questions and answers. Many remained in the house all night. I and my children left the house. My husband remained in the house with Mr. Redfield all night. On the next Saturday the house was filled to overflowing. There were no sounds heard during the day, but they commenced again in the evening. It was said that there were over three hundred persons present at the time. On Sunday morning the noises were heard throughout the day by all who came to the house.

“On Saturday night, April 1st, they commenced digging in the cellar; they dug until they came to water, and then gave it up. The noise was not heard on Sunday evening nor during the night. Stephen B. Smith and wife (my daughter Marie), and my son David S. Fox and wife, slept in the room this night.

“I heard nothing since that time until yesterday. In the forenoon of yesterday there were several questions answered in the usual way by rapping. I have heard the noises several times today.

“I am not a believer in haunted houses or supernatural appearances. I am very sorry that there has been so much excitement about it. It has been a great deal of trouble to us. It was our misfortune to live here at this time; but I am willing and anxious that the truth should be known, and that a true statement should be made. I cannot account for these noises; all that I know is that they have been heard repeatedly, as I have stated. I have heard this rapping again this (Tuesday) morning, April 4. My children also heard it.

“I certify that the foregoing statement has been read to me, and that the same is true; and that I should be willing to take my oath that it is so, if necessary.”

(Signed) MARGARET FOX, April 11, 1848.

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Believe

Believe

Today has been a rather intense from both a positive and negative. I have been getting messages from friends, family and followers about vivid dreams and strong emotions. I woke up with some pretty amazing lucid dreams this morning and a few things fell into place for me which was fabulous. I spent this afternoon meditating on today’s energy and asked my guides for some wisdom.
The meditation was intense. From colours moving around me to guides appearing to visions and deep levels of understanding, it was simply magical!
My guide stepped forward to give us this message:
The venom that exist in us, drives us away from our true meaning, the purpose, our destiny, the source.
Keep still, be blessed, be true and believe in the journey. 
You will see the light, the source, the love and the meaning.
Believe.
I reflected on the message tonight and I this is what was channeled to me: The venom he speaks of, is our ego, that drives us away from our true purpose which is to be happy and to be loved. Our ego to want to be loved, to be some body, to compare, to envy others and to attack, makes our lives more complex than it needs to be. It also encourages us to fill up our body and mind with negative emotions e.g anger, resentment, envy, aggressiveness, self depreciation which leads to outbursts, depression, unhappiness and so much more. The guidance is to keep still – by meditation, focusing on the moment and to keep positive. This will lead you out of the tunnel of darkness and into the true purpose of your life.
Why is this message important now? Because today and for the next 24 hours, we have an opportunity to accelerate our ability to manifest our heart’s desire. Remember that we manifest both good and the bad. Therefore on days like today and on New/Full moons, you need to be aware of what you are manifesting. If you go about the whole day being angry, speaking negatively and saying things like “I will NEVER be able to do…..” or wishing bad things on other people, you will be reflecting it all back to yourself. Always think of a mirror in front of you and things you are wishing for, good or bad, bouncing off and coming back to you.
I was very aware of the fact that I had fallen into a deep altered state and I do that very regularly. It was hard in the early days when I started to meditate. I did all the things people tell me – fall asleep, couldn’t focus and kept being distracted by thoughts. But with enough practice and dedication, it becomes easier and natural. I do have days when my mind won’t settle and I just leave it and do it at another time or another day. You don’t HAVE to meditate, you should WANT to meditate. If it becomes a chore, it will be difficult and frustrating. Once you feel its a pleasure, a treat or a fun thing to do, then it becomes easier and part of your routine.
Today I was shown like a few days ago, some future life visions. It was like someone was taking me into the future where some of the things I am trying to manifest has already happened. I did not even set the intention for this when I started to mediate so I was deeply surprised by what I experienced. I can’t really go into some of the things I saw as its personal but I was given a message about a future event which we will be hearing about.
I was taken deep into the sea where the waters were dark and the light to the surface was so far away that it seemed almost impossible to reach. I could not see any form of life around me. Hardly any fish or sea life that I could recognise or detect. I looked ahead and I saw sharp dagger like things jutting out. I knew that although we were deep down in the ocean, we were no where near the sea bed. And then as I looked further and and further into this range of pointy reefs, I noticed an object. It was a plane and it had nose dived into the ocean. It was still in tact and I was told the passengers were still inside this plane and that they had all passed fairly quickly. 
Part of me wanted to rush over as fast as I could to help but I knew I was merely an observer. The next message scared me. My other guide, the Indian, whispered ” Madagascar to Philippines” and then he said, a water related disaster is coming. I wrote down some of the words but also sketched a swirl like a tornado. He also showed me the plane dislodge itself from this reef. I sat and reflected on this message and it became clear that some sort of disaster would occur and the plane will be found. Which plane, when, where ……they were not clear. I will continue to ask them for guidance. 
What ever it is, I ask for mercy for the innocent and the poor. The world needs more peace, love and prosperity, not pain. I finished with a deep healing session for family and friends. I also feel i connected with someone who was spitting blood. It was really vivid and I felt like this person needs some support. There were lots of lovely spirit families around when I sent off the distance healing. It was so powerful and lovely.
The New Moon on July 19th: Bold decisions and Balance

The New Moon on July 19th: Bold decisions and Balance

You would have seen the bright, sparkly and powerful moon last night if you looked up at the sky. The light radiating from it was strong, vibrant and crystal clear. I felt a sense of calm and also hope reach me through the air and into my body.

For most of us, the dust is just settling and we are making sense of the aftermath of events that occurred  the last full moon. There is more clarity coming our way and with the male energy that comes with it, the new moon will empower us to be more assertive. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself making bold decisions and walking just a little more taller than normal. The energy of this past year has been building your confidence and now is the time to shine.

Put your best feet forward and make plans. Believe that it will happen and trust yourself to take the appropriate actions to realise it. You will also feel your sacral chakra more active than normal.  Your Sacral chakra is in your lower abdomen, just below your naval. This is your second chakra and an important one as it controls the flow of energy and is essentially your “core”.  Each chakra has its dowsacral-chakran special sound and we are lucky that the pioneers of yoga and meditation in India have made so much information available for us in this generation to tap into. Here is a fantastic free sacral chakra VAM chant meditation. My favourite person DhyaanGuru Dr. Nipun Aggarwal who shares so much freely on the Internet, with the intention of helping people, explains it and chants it perfectly. Please set aside some time this week to sit in meditation.

Meditating to clear and and balance your Sacral Chakra 

Create a sacred space by burning incense, light a candle or if you have one, a Himalayan Salt lamp or tea light. Try to do this when you are alone and can be undisturbed for at least 15 – 30mins. The best way to really feel this mantra is to listen to it on your earphones as you can really connect with vibration of the chant. Place a crystal in your dominant hand. The best crystals to meditate to energise your sacral chakra is  amber, carnelian, citrine or orange calcite but if you don’t have any of those mentioned, just pick one that is orange or golden in colour.  Cleanse it first by smudging it or with some incense. You will be thirsty when you finish the meditation so keep a glass of water next to you. Watch out for subtle messages or signs in your dreams that night. Always keep a notebook next to your bed so you can write it all down when you wake up.

Trust me, this is powerful, amazing and beautiful! If you have sudden urges to empty your bladder then do not fear as your body is cleansing and releasing. Please ensure you drink plenty of water. Lemon water in the mornings is great for the digestive system and for health. Obviously take care if its a symptom of a medical condition and check with your doctor if it continues for more than a week. This chakra is important for your brain’s well being in a way. It helps you with your ideas, starting new projects and also with creative endeavours. It also helps you balance your emotions and encourages healthy relationships with people around you.  sage

So the full moon appears in our skies tomorrow night at 11:57pm. If you can do it, please smudge your house and do your full moon ritual and then meditate. If you want to learn more about how to manifest and my moon rituals then don’t forget to sign up to my workshop in September.

Hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and learning more about tomorrow’s moon. Please feel free to leave me a comment or get in touch if you have feedback or questions.

 

Teaching and learning never ends

Teaching and learning never ends

I have the privilege of teaching another group of wonderful people who were looking to learn more about their spiritual experiences. My Psychic and Mediumship classes are aimed at real beginners who haven’t yet explored the what, why and how’s of their gifts. I’ve done a number of these workshops now but I am not the most confident person around so I do get a little nervous. But yesterday I asked spirit to help me overcome my fear and just let me flow with it. And boy did they help! The feedback from the participants made me cry! In a good way of course.  I work with the heart and genuinely want to help people embrace their spiritual experiences in a positive way so this really means the world to me.

“Angela is a very warm and honest person. I personally enjoyed the workshop, thank you”

” A great opportunity to work with like minded people in a supportive environment, thank you”

“Its a great opportunity and meeting like minded people. Workshop was good, very informative, Angela presented herself very well”

“The content was comprehensive and well thought through” 

“Enjoyable, relaxed, easy to follow instructions, feel relaxed, group were nice to work with and pleasant atmosphere” 

The feedback during and after the workshop was excellent and our experiences during the exercises was magical. We had two ladies who were particularly advanced in the sense that they were into yoga and healing, therefore used to working with their chakra system. Their solar plexus were spinning away so much at one point they  almost took off! It did however enhance their experience yesterday and it was wonderful for the others to also see how one person’s experience is different to the other. But it also emphasised the need, as we grow spiritually, to keep the energy flowing through your chakras.

I received a name during one of the meditations I led earlier on the day and I am not a names, dates and places sort of medium. I know some whose USP is being able to bring forward names of the spirit contact straight away which is very impressive especially during demonstrations. But for some reason, spirit do not work with me that way. They provide  lots of details usually  information about their personality, how they looked, where they lived , how they passed,  people they cared about and very very occasionally, names. But yesterday I felt it was important to let the participants know that a name was given. True enough it was taken and it was her best friend who passed a few years ago. So you see even as a teacher, you learn and develop as you teach. You can never be arrogant enough to think that you know EVERYTHING. The learning never stops!

Every time we open up a channel for spirit to work with us, you will have an audience of spirit people who may or may not be connected to the people in the room. We had a few random spirits come forward to us yesterday who were very lovely and just wanted to be acknowledged. I love it when they do because it is important for people who are developing to understand that you are not going to always connect with people you know and  to respect their connection regardless.

It warmed my heart to see them do so well and gain a lot more confidence as the day progressed. The hugs I received at the end was so special and gave me such a buzz all day!

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who stepped into their true potential yesterday and I can’t wait to see them again!

I only took a few pictures yesterday as I was so busy but here are some of the lovely ladies

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My next workshop is on July 16th. Look out out for the booking form and details released next week. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Happy Tamil New Year

PUTHANDU VAZTHUKALor Happy Tamil New Year to all my Tamil followers.

Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year in mid-April by Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India, Sri Lankan Tamils and Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka, and by Tamils in Malaysia, Singapore, and Mauritius.

May this Tamil New Year
Brings you lot of good things
in your life.
May the God blesses always
In your life for the entire year ahead.
“Eniya Puthandu Vazthukal”

Peacock themed Kolam

You will find most Tamil homes decorated outside with “Kolams” a beautiful handcrafted design made from coloured powder or rice made by the lady or ladies of the house. Preparations also involve cleaning the house, to welcome the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, making delicacies to enjoy and prayers. Although my family is not strictly of Tamil origin and nor are we Hindus. we celebrate everything in Malaysia and plus half of my relatives are Hindus so we joined in everything.

May Lakshmi visit your home today and bless you with health, wealth and happiness.

Some interesting facts from Wiki:

The Tamil New Year follows the vernal equinox and generally falls on 14 April of the Gregorian year. 14 April marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and is a public holiday in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.Tamil people celebrate Tamil new year on 14 April. This is the month of Chitterai, the first month of the Tamil solar calendar. On the eve of Puthandu, a tray arranged with three fruits (mango,banana and jack fruit), betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewellery, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is placed. This is to be viewed upon waking in the morning. In the temple city of Madurai, the Chitterai Thiruvizha is celebrated in theMeenakshi Temple. A huge exhibition is held, called Chitterai Porutkaatchi. In some parts of Southern Tamil Nadu, it is called Chittirai Vishu. The day is marked with a feast in Tamilhomes and entrances to the houses are decorated elaborately with kolams. In most parts of India, one can see neem trees blooming with their flowers and the first batch of mangoes hanging prominently. This day is celebrated by some communities with neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity.