A few weeks ago, Reverend Carol passed out slips of paper to each person in the congregation at the Christian Spiritualist Temple with two words written at the top. The words were, “I fear”. Each of us then wrote on the slips of paper what we feared, and we put them into a collection plate. The plates were switched and each person received another person’s “fear list”.
My person’s fear list was: death, no love, and unforgiveness. My lecture is going to talk about how spiritualism helps us to remove the fear from these major items in all of our lives: death, no love and not being forgiven.
Many people have experienced a spiritual message that was clearly from a loved person that has passed over. Mny people here know of a person that had a near-death experience that told about being greeted by beings “on the other side”. Death is not the end of our existence. As spiritualists, we have had these experiences and it provides direct proof that our souls survive after death, and the relationships that we had on earth remain connected to those that remain behind on the earth plane. Death is not the end of our “being”; it is only the shedding of our physical body.
Those that have had near-death experiences relate back the feelings of unconditional love, and almost always want to remain “dead” and not return to their physical bodies. Those that return from these experiences do so with a clearer life mission, and they are changed beings with regard to how they view their lives.
Some of the Native Americans warriors used to go into battle with the cry that “today is a good day to die”. Spiritualists can also make that our statement. For myself, my cry is “it is a good day to live, and it is an OK day to die”. My cry is a little more complicated, but that is the way life goes. It’s complicated, but I don’t fear my death. You should not fear your death either.
The second fear on my person’s fear list is “no love”. There are hosts of people here and in the hereafter that love each of us. The feeling of no love is generally based upon our belief that we don’t deserve love. This is a mistaken idea. We are all children of the Creator, and we are here for a reason, which is to fulfill a mission to return back to the Creator. We are worthy of love, and we are loved by many without regard to who we are or what we have done. We do not need to fear that we are unloved. Our existence as part of the work of the Creator proves our worthiness of being loved.
The final fear on the list is unforgiveness. We recite each Sunday that “no person is ever beyond redemption”. While we believe as spiritualist that we are responsible for the consequences of our actions, we are never beyond redemption. There are some religions that declare that certain actions will never be forgiven by God. There are other religions that teach that we are all blemished because of “original sin”. As spiritualists, we do not believe that we take on the sins of others, and we do not believe that others can save us from the consequences of our actions.
The person that can forgive you is sitting inside your skin. There is a line in a REM song that goes “I can’t save you; I can’t even save myself”. I love the song, but in truth, the only person that can save you is you. That is because the most important forgiveness is the forgiveness that we give ourselves. In the end, we are all doing the best that we can, and we will still make mistakes and hurt ourselves or others. That is the universal human condition; to make mistakes that leave us less than perfect human beings. We need to accept our humanness, and move forward. Your actions are forgiven as you accept the consequences of what you have or have not done.
In conclusion, as spiritualists we can give up our fears of death, being unloved, and being unforgiven. We continue after death. God and our spirit guides love us, as do many on the earth plane. We are all forgiven for what we do even as we experience the consequences of our actions.
Sunday services are at 11 a.m. at the Christian Spiritualist Temple. You can find out about the church at www.christianspiritualisttemple.org. There are many other spiritualist churches in Columbus, and all will help you understand that you don’t need to fear death, feel lack of love, or believe that you are beyond being forgiven. You can find the contacts for these other churches at http://christianspiritualisttemple.org/gpage6.html. Go with Grace and Peace, and have a good time.