At the Wednesday night service early in this journey my deeply religious Grandmother came through so proud of me. The Medium said “of my 17 grandchildren, you are the one closest to God, I am so sorry I gave you such a hard time about Religion.” I could hear her saying it — and the surprise in her voice.
As a teen my Grandmother on my Mother’s side of the family would always say I am not Religious, I am Spiritual. There was deep divide between the two sides of my family about Religion.
At the time I questioned the difference between her and my other Grandmother. She went to Church every Sunday and served on this committee or that and was deeply involved in our Roman Catholic Church. She was deeply Religious. She also made is very clear my Mother’s Mother was going to hell.
It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I made the connection and truly understand what she was telling me. Her connection to God/Spirit/Infinite Intelligence was direct while my other Grandmother was dependent on someone else for that connection. It explains so much to me now. Why I was so close to her, why I struggled with my other Grandmother’s definition of Spirituality.
Organized Religion attempts to control the masses and the message that they receive and makes you believe there is some deep secret to the connection. I have since learned that Spiritualism although considered a Religion is really a way of life.
In 1919 the National Spiritualist Association of Churches defined it this way:
Spiritualism is the Science, Philosophy and Religion of continuous life, based upon the demonstrated fact of communication, by means of mediumship, with those who live in the Spirit World.
Spiritualism is a way of life, first and foremost. The Religion of Spiritualism attempts to share this way of life with others in a format that many are familiar with. There are a wide variety of independent churches along with the NSAC. All work together to promote an understanding of the connection with Spirit and each of us are encouraged to define that for ourselves.
By far, my journey is far from over. I am personally learning each and every day. What I believe today may change on some truth that I learn tomorrow. All I, and anyone else for that matter, can do is be open to learning and growing.