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Spiritualism has been defined as the belief that departed or disembodied [[spirits]] hold intercourse with mortals by means of physical phenomenon (as by rapping) or during “abnormal” mental states as in trances commonly manifest through a medium. Lewis Spence defines it as “the belief in the continuance of life after death, and the possibility of communication between the dead and the living, through the agency of a medium or psychic, a person qualified in some unknown manner to be the mouthpiece of supernatural beings ... variously regarded as a religion or philosophy.”<ref>Lewis Spence, ''Encyclopedia of Occultism'', (New Hyde Park, N.Y.: University Books, 1960), s.v. “spiritualism.”</ref>
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'''Spiritualism''' has been defined as the belief that departed or disembodied [[spirits]] hold intercourse with mortals by means of physical phenomenon (as by rapping) or during “abnormal” mental states as in trances commonly manifest through a medium. Lewis Spence defines it as “the belief in the continuance of life after death, and the possibility of communication between the dead and the living, through the agency of a medium or [[psychic]], a person qualified in some unknown manner to be the mouthpiece of supernatural beings ... variously regarded as a religion or philosophy.”<ref>Lewis Spence, ''Encyclopedia of Occultism'', (New Hyde Park, N.Y.: University Books, 1960), s.v. “spiritualism.”</ref>
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[[File:Fox sisters 185211-324x500.jpg|thumb|The Fox sisters]]
    
== History ==
 
== History ==
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While attempts to contact spirits of the dead have been seen throughout recorded history, the ascended masters [[El Morya]] and [[Kuthumi]] were responsible for a sudden and swift blossoming of spiritualism during the latter part of the nineteenth century.  
 
While attempts to contact spirits of the dead have been seen throughout recorded history, the ascended masters [[El Morya]] and [[Kuthumi]] were responsible for a sudden and swift blossoming of spiritualism during the latter part of the nineteenth century.  
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In 1848 the Fox sisters testified to “rappings” in their home in Hydesville, New York. In 1862 Hypolyte Leon Denyad Rivail, known to his followers as “Allan Kardec,” founded Spiritism in France, including in its tenets the doctrine of reincarnation. (This constituted a departure from spiritualism as it was expounded in Britain and America.) In 1882 the Society for Psychical Research was founded in London. The cumulative psychic stir in society had not been equalled since the eighteenth century when, midst the skepticism of the Renaissance, a flair for the occult had been aroused by that mysterious figure, the celebrated mystic le Comte de Saint Germain.
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In 1848 the Fox sisters testified to “rappings” in their home in Hydesville, New York. In 1862 Hypolyte Leon Denyad Rivail, known to his followers as “Allan Kardec,” founded Spiritism in France, including in its tenets the doctrine of [[reincarnation]]. (This constituted a departure from spiritualism as it was expounded in Britain and America.) In 1882 the Society for Psychical Research was founded in London. The cumulative psychic stir in society had not been equalled since the eighteenth century when, midst the skepticism of the Renaissance, a flair for the occult had been aroused by that mysterious figure, the celebrated mystic [[Wonderman of Europe|le Comte de Saint Germain]].
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Spiritualism also paved the way for the successive revelations to be made by the Brotherhood through metaphysics, first systematically set forth by Mary Baker Eddy in ''Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures'' (1866); through Madame [[Helena P. Blavatsky]] in Theosophy (1875); through the writings of Max Heindel (1911); through the Agni Yoga Society under [[Nicholas and Helena Roerich]]; and through other ascended master activities of the early twentieth century such as the [[I AM Activity]] headed by [[Guy W. Ballard|Guy]] and [[Edna Ballard]] under the guidance of the master [[Saint Germain]].
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Spiritualism also paved the way for the successive revelations to be made by the Brotherhood through metaphysics, first systematically set forth by Mary Baker Eddy in ''Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures'' (1866); through Madame [[Helena P. Blavatsky]] in Theosophy (1875); through the writings of Max Heindel (1911); through the Agni Yoga Society under [[Nicholas Roerich|Nicholas and Helena Roerich]]; and through other ascended master activities of the early twentieth century such as the [[I AM Activity]] headed by [[Guy W. Ballard|Guy]] and [[Edna Ballard]] under the guidance of the master [[Saint Germain]].
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Historians trace the ancestry of spiritualism to witchcraft, demoniac possession, poltergeistic disturbances and animal magnetism. But there is a clear-cut line of demarcation between these activities of the lower astral order and the inspired work of the masters, which was to presage the dawn of a new era of the [[Brotherhood]]’s contact with humanity on a world scale.
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Historians trace the ancestry of spiritualism to [[witchcraft]], demoniac possession, poltergeistic disturbances and animal magnetism. But there is a clear-cut line of demarcation between these activities of the lower astral order and the inspired work of the masters, which was to presage the dawn of a new era of the [[Brotherhood]]’s contact with humanity on a world scale.
    
In their sponsoring of spiritualism, it was the desire of the masters to give hope to a tired and weary world of a life beyond, of comfort from the departed, even of the possibility of their own immortality. Spiritualism also paved the way for the successive revelations to be made by the Brotherhood through metaphysics.
 
In their sponsoring of spiritualism, it was the desire of the masters to give hope to a tired and weary world of a life beyond, of comfort from the departed, even of the possibility of their own immortality. Spiritualism also paved the way for the successive revelations to be made by the Brotherhood through metaphysics.
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Speaking of the masters’ introduction of spiritualism, Kuthumi says:  
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Speaking of the masters’ introduction of spiritualism, [[Kuthumi]] says:  
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<blockquote>When beloved El Morya and I introduced spiritualism to the advanced students of the West in the [nineteenth] century, it was with the fond hope of increasing men’s understanding of survival after death. We longed to see the receding of fear in men’s consciousness and the reflection of a more expanded vision of the eternal nature of life. Therefore, contacts carried on from a very high plane were permitted that the blessing to men might be very great. However, frequently the reverse was true.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>When beloved [[El Morya]] and I introduced spiritualism to the advanced students of the West in the [nineteenth] century, it was with the fond hope of increasing men’s understanding of survival after death. We longed to see the receding of fear in men’s consciousness and the reflection of a more expanded vision of the eternal nature of life. Therefore, contacts carried on from a very high plane were permitted that the blessing to men might be very great. However, frequently the reverse was true.</blockquote>
    
<blockquote>Fraud and deceit entered into the practice of spiritualism. Charlatans who took pleasure in entrancing the people with their own personalities for the love of money and self-glory perverted the original design of this potential avenue for Truth. Contacts debased themselves through association with the lower psychic or astral realm, paying heed to those [[discarnate entities]] whom they would never have deigned worthy of their attention while in embodiment. Thus, another door was closed that we might have used to bring humanity nearer to the Godhead.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>Fraud and deceit entered into the practice of spiritualism. Charlatans who took pleasure in entrancing the people with their own personalities for the love of money and self-glory perverted the original design of this potential avenue for Truth. Contacts debased themselves through association with the lower psychic or astral realm, paying heed to those [[discarnate entities]] whom they would never have deigned worthy of their attention while in embodiment. Thus, another door was closed that we might have used to bring humanity nearer to the Godhead.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>It must ever be recognized that the real and the counterfeit have been with humanity for a long time. Whenever God has blessed men with Truth, the counterfeit, or [[Antichrist]], has also asserted itself. Each attempt for Good is usually inverted and the opposite end of the axis is brought to the fore in the attempt to alienate the allegiance of men from their highest Selfhood.”<ref>{{POWref|6|39|, September 27, 1963}}</ref></blockquote>
 
<blockquote>It must ever be recognized that the real and the counterfeit have been with humanity for a long time. Whenever God has blessed men with Truth, the counterfeit, or [[Antichrist]], has also asserted itself. Each attempt for Good is usually inverted and the opposite end of the axis is brought to the fore in the attempt to alienate the allegiance of men from their highest Selfhood.”<ref>{{POWref|6|39|, September 27, 1963}}</ref></blockquote>
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Thus the ascended masters sponsored an activity (spiritualism), destined to serve a twofold purpose: as a catalyst in world thought and as a foundation stone for future revelation. However, it is never the purpose of religion to bind man to a system, to dogma or to a set of doctrines, but to bind him to God. When a particular form of religion ceases to serve this specific reason for being—when through progressive revelation new dispensations of enlightenment are released by the Hierarchy—the old form must be remodeled to conform to the accelerated momentums of light that are made available to a planet and its evolutions. Or, when this is not forthcoming, the old form must be discarded—however painful this process may be, however much good may still remain within it.
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Thus the ascended masters sponsored an activity (spiritualism), destined to serve a twofold purpose: as a catalyst in world thought and as a foundation stone for future revelation. However, it is never the purpose of religion to bind man to a system, to dogma or to a set of doctrines, but to bind him to God. When a particular form of religion ceases to serve this specific reason for being—when through [[progressive revelation]] new [[dispensation]]s of enlightenment are released by the Hierarchy—the old form must be remodeled to conform to the accelerated momentums of light that are made available to a planet and its evolutions. Or, when this is not forthcoming, the old form must be discarded—however painful this process may be, however much good may still remain within it.
    
Just as old buildings are condemned and torn down to make way for developments that better serve the current needs of a community, so the followers of God should not fear to reject a system that seeks to bind them to itself rather than to free them to reach for the heights of divine reunion.
 
Just as old buildings are condemned and torn down to make way for developments that better serve the current needs of a community, so the followers of God should not fear to reject a system that seeks to bind them to itself rather than to free them to reach for the heights of divine reunion.
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