Allow me to add this as a historical footnote to my end of class essay on Defining Spirituality. Also, allow me to add three corrections to my essay; para 4 line 3 'moments' should have single quotes on both sides; para 4 line 4 should be 'sprung up' not 'up sprung'; para 4 line 8 should be 'In' not 'I'. Finally, I know that the class referred to Spiritualism and I, instead, referred to Spirituality. Because, it is my understanding that Spiritualism refers to that group that holds "seances' for contacting the dead. Last century both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini spent years trying to find a genuine 'medium' only to discover that every one that they contacted was a fraud. Houdini was especially motivated to find someone genuine. He and his mother were extraordinarily close and after she
passed he was distraught and desperately wished to contact her. It never happened. Before Houdini passed he made a pact with his wife, that if it were at all possible, he would attempt to contact her every Halloween night.
She tried for many years without success. On the other hand, there are many accounts of soldiers appearing to loved ones at the moment of their death (their local time) and then disappearing. These occurrences have been reported during every one of our wars right up to current time. I am convinced that we continue after our passing. Never the less, the methods of "Spiritualism" are highly questionable, and there was no reference to those types of activities in the class. Blessings on this most Ancient of Holy Solstice Celebrations. Rev. Ken Thompson
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