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WHAT IS SPIRITUAL HEALING?

Suggested Reading List for Personal UnfoldmentSpiritual Healing is one of the special phases of mediumship and of Divine Metaphysics which uses the understanding and power of the Natural Universal Laws to impart vital and curative forces to pathological conditions. It is recognized in the New Testament and has been a tenet of both ancient and modern religions.

A human being is made up of three parts: body, mind and spirit. And, it is the energy of the mind which controls the spirit. And, it is the energy of the mind which controls the condition of these parts. Constructive mental thoughts create healthy conditions. Destructive mental thoughts create disease condition. It is a fact, stated in the Bible, that the normal condition of an individual is to be perfect and healthy in body, soul and spirit. This is the condition which God has made available for everyone. Therefore, there is always a limitless supply of Divine Healing Energy to help a person achieve perfect health. This Divine Energy and the Natural Universal Laws which control it are what a Spiritual Healer uses with the direction and guidance of higher spirit forces, to help an individual during a healing. Spiritual Healers work in many different ways, but whichever methods they use, all contain common attributes. The healers enter into their own silence and meditation to raise their consciousness to the spiritual plane, request spiritual direction and guidance, and tap into the limitless storehouse of God-supply. They visualize the person receiving healing and request the cooperation of the unseen forces to direct the healing energy to that individual. The healers also visualize the person in perfect health affirming the presence of infinite intelligence; and giving thanks for an influx of peace, harmony and balance. In addition, the healers mentally direct to the individual instructions to attune their own mental energies along positive and constructive pathways. Although healers can assist an individual by directing healing energies, the success of a healing depends on the faith and desire of the person to use his or her own mental energy positively.

And finally, the individual desiring healing need only attune his or her own mind to Spirit so that the forces can operate successfully.

WHAT IS DESIDERATA

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

– written by Max Ehrmann

Suggested Reading List for Personal Unfoldment

Andrews, Ted

Animal Speak, any others 
 
Brennan, Barbara

Hands of Light (then her others) 
 
Browne, Sylvia 

Any book (Journey of the Soul Series good beginner stuff) 
 
Burnham, Sophy

Any book 
 
Dale, Cyndi

Everyday Clairvoyant, her others 
 
Farmer, Steven D. 

Animal Spirit Guides (then others) 
 
Fiore, Edith

You Have Been Here Before: A Psychologist Looks at Past Lives                                               
 
Hicks, Esther and Jerry

A New Beginning 1 & 2 (then others) 
 
Holliwell, Raymond 

Working With the Law 
 
Millman, Dan

Way of the Peaceful Warrior (then others) 
 
Montgomery, Ruth

Search For The Truth (then her others) 

Moody, Dr. Raymond 

Life After Life, Life Between Life, Life Before Life                                                           
 
Moore, Thomas

Care of the Soul 
 
Myss, Caroline 

Anatomy of the Spirit 
 
Newton, Michael 

Destiny of Souls (then others) 
 
Roberts, Jane

The Nature of Personal Reality, Seth Speaks                

Robertson, Jane L. and

Metaphysical Primer:  A Guide to Understanding 
 
Deborah L. Hughes

Metaphysics 
 
Roman, Sanaya

Living With Joy, Personal Power Through Awareness, Spiritual Growth                                                        
 
Samonie, Rev. Jay

On My Way Home 
 
Shinn, Florence Scoville 

The Game Of Life, then her others 
 
Taylor, Terry Lynn 

Messengers Of Light (then others) 
 
Wambaugh, Dr. Helen 

Reliving Past Lives:  Evidence Under Hypnosis, Life Before Life                                                           
 
Weiss, Dr. Brian

Many Lives, Many Masters, Through Time Into Healing, Same Soul, Many Bodies, Messages From the Masters 
                                                           
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn

Messages From Michael  (for soul age material) - With cautionary tale about Ouija board use 

Divine Metaphysics found in the Bible
Genesis 15: 12
Abraham goes into a trance
Genesis 16: 7 – 11
The angel of the Lord appears to Hagar in the wilderness and comforts her.
Exodus 3: 2 – 10
An angel speaks to Moses out of the burning bush.
1 Samuel 9: 10 – 20
Samuel is consulted by Saul as a seer.
1 Samuel 28: 6 – 20
Saul consults a medium and asks to talk to the spirit of Samuel.
Matthew 17: 3 – 5
The Apostles hear the voices of Moses and Elias on the mount.
Mark 16: 18
They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.
John 2: 1 – 11
Making wine from water at the marriage feast.
Acts 3: 1 – 8
Peter cures the lame man.
Acts 9: 4 – 7
And the man which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no man.
Romans 8: 26
Paul has a clear understanding of spiritual agencies
What is Divine Metaphysics

First Spiritual Church of Bay City is a church that celebrates and practices the religion, philosophy, and science of Divine Metaphysics.

What is Divine Metaphysics?

Divine Metaphysics is a Science, Philosophy and Religion which accepts the existence of an infinite intelligence. It practices and teaches the spiritual truths recorded in the Holy Bible and other Sacred Scriptures, and as revealed in the life and teaching of Jesus the Christ and other Holy Avatars of God.

Paramount among the spiritual truths is the fact that life is continuous. The change called death is merely a rebirth into a world of higher vibration. This truth is proven through communication, by means of mental and physical mediumship, with loved ones and teachers who live in the spirit world.

Other truths are contained in the Declaration of Principles as accepted by the United Metaphysical Churches and can be found under the section, “This we believe.”

One of the truths of Divine Metaphysics is to teach these truths pertaining to man’s spiritual and physical welfare. However, the practice and promulgation of these truths do not make Divine Metaphysics a creed because each individual is encouraged to worship God according to the dictates of his or her own conscience.

Some of what Divine Metaphysics teaches and does are contained in the following points: 

  • Individuals are morally responsible for themselves.
  • Man is a threefold being – body, soul and spirit. 
  • Man is just as much spirit now as he ever will be, except that he is encased in a physical body. 
  • We reap as we sow and, life being continuous, we carry into the next world all positive and negative actions taken on the earth plane.
  • An understanding of God’s Natural Universal Laws teaches an individual how to love, here and hereafter.
  • All men are brothers and God is their Father. Therefore, all men are divine because they have the spark of God within them.  They all have potentialities of God if they choose to develop them. 
  • Heaven and hell are states of mental consciousness and not literal abodes. 

NOTE: We recommend the George M. Lamsa translation of the Holy Bible which is taken from the ancient Aramaic text. The Metaphysical Church does not accept the Bible as the infallible word of God, but as an inspired collection of stories based upon the spiritual laws of the Universe seeking to help us unfold our own divinity

 

 

Declaration of Principles

The Metaphysical Church does not accept the Bible as the infallible word of God, but as an inspired collection of stories based on the spiritual laws of the Universe seeking to help man unfold his own divinity. 
 
1. We believe in God as Infinite Intelligence. (Not a personified being sitting upon a throne–neither male nor female but containing both–thus we say, “Father-Mother God.”) 
 
2. We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence. (God, God, God, there is naught else but God! This includes the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms.) 
 
3. We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith constitute a true religion. 
 
4. We believe in personal responsibility & that we create our own happiness or unhappiness as we live in harmony or discord with natural physical and spiritual laws. (We do not accept vicarious atonement! We are personally responsible and cannot be acquitted from the results of our choices by merely repeating empty words that are usually induced by fear. 
 
Ignorance is no excuse of the law! That refers to the spiritual law as well. As long as we are ignorant or indifferent to the spiritual laws of the universe we will continue to create the negative and suffer the results.) 
 
5. We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continues after leaving the physical world. (Moses and Elias continued to exist after death and were able to be personally identified when they appeared to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. 
 
Every person who has ever repeated the Apostles Creed which says, ‘I believe in the communion of saints’ has acknowledged communication with the so-called dead.) 
 
6. We affirm that communication with Spirit is a natural experience & is demonstrated through mediumship. 
 
7. We affirm that examples of prophecy and healing contained in the Bible & other Sacred Texts are divine attributes found in all people. 
 
8. We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” 
 
9. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is always open to any soul here or hereafter. (We can begin our spiritual progression here and now. It also means we do not accept “eternal damnation.”  
 
We can and must correct whatever we have done amiss to ourselves and to our fellow man. It can be done here on earth or after we pass to the higher life, but it means we are not eternally punished, etc.)

Definitions

Metaphysical Theologie Divine Metaphysician: The one who believes, as the basis of his or her own religion, in communication between this and the spirit world. In addition, he or she endeavors to mold his or her character and conduct in accordance with the higher teachings derived from such communion. 
 
A Medium:A person whose organism is sensitive to vibrations from the spirit world. It is through this instrumentality that an intelligence in the spirit world is able to convey messages and produce the psychic phenomena of Divine Metaphysics. 
 
A Spiritual Healer: A person who is able to impart vital curative force to pathological conditions through his or her own inherent power or through his or her mediumship. 
 
Psychic Phenomena: Are the subjective experience of vibrations and/or communications manifest from intelligences in the world of spirit. The types of phenomena on which Divine Metaphysics is based include Mental and Physical Phenomena. 
 
Mental Phenomena:Use mental energy to produce forms of mediumship such as Clairvoyance, Psychometry, Gift of Tongues, and Inspirational and Trance Speaking. Physical Phenomena use physical energy to produce forms of mediumship such as Trumpet, Direct Voice, Rapping’s, Telekinesis, Independent Writings and Drawing, Levitation, Transfiguration and Materialization which includes Etherialization, Precipitation, Apport, Skotography and Spirit Photography. 
 
Psychic: Refers to anything pertaining to the human soul or mind especially super or extrasensory functions. 
 
Esoteric: Refers to that which is understood by or meant for a select few persons 

Metaphysical Theology

United Metaphysical Churches definition of Metaphysical Theology: 
 
GOD 
 
Our first principle states: “We believe in God as Infinite Intelligence.”  God is not a personified being sitting upon a throne- neither male nor female but containing both – thus you may hear many of our ministers say “Father-Mother God.”  Our understanding of God is more Panentheistic.(We are not referring to the gods and goddesses of the Mesopotamian myths.)  PANENTHEISM removes these obstacles.  The Greek roots of the word mean “everything (pan) is in (en) God (theos).”  The middle syllable en has a double meaning: everything in God, and God in everything. 
 
To cite the most concise biblical expression of panentheism, God is “the one in whom we live and move and have our being” (Acts. 17:28) Notice how the language works:  Where are we in relation to God?  We live in God; we move in God; we have our being in God.  GOD IS NOT SOMEWHERE ELSE, but “right here,” all around us.  God is the encompassing Spirit in whom everything that is, is. 
 
Thus panentheism does not think of God as “a being”.  To clarify, it does not think of God as a being separate from other beings, not as another being in addition to the universe of beings.  Rather, it thinks of God (or “the sacred” or “Spirit,” terms which we use interchangeably and synonymously) as a non-material level or layer or dimension of reality that pervades the universe.   To use William James’s generic term for God, God is “the more.” 
 
“THE MORE” is all around us and within us; the universe is shot through with the presence of God.  Thus God and the universe are not completely separate; rather, the universe is “in God,” and we, and all that is, are “in God.” 
 
Importantly, panentheism does not identify God and the universe.  God is not the universe, and the universe is not God.  Rather, though the universe is in God, God is more than the universe.  Thus “the more” is “right here,” intimately present, as well as “more than right here.”   This expressed in our 2nd Principle. 
 
BIBLE 
 
We take the Bible seriously, but not literally.  We do not accept the Bible as the inerrant Word of God!   It has been translated many times and was written as part of the culture and social experience of that time.  The “inerrant word of God” has supported throughout history a wide variety of completely discredited practices.  The Bible was quoted to claim that kings rule by divine right, that the earth is the center of the universe around which the sun rotates, that slavery, segregation and apartheid are legitimate and moral social institutions that women must be kept in second class positions, that evolution is wrong and that homosexuality is a condition condemned by God.   In each of these cultural debates the Bible has lost. 
 
We read and use the Bible as a book of the light of the soul, a metaphysical history of transcending consciousness—that is, a history which tells the story of human consciousness constantly rising above culture, environments, difficult situations, and trying events, including self-imposed limitations.  “Thus Holy Scripture is a book of guidance, instruction, and teaching intended to enlighten humankind.  It is a record of Hebrew law, drama, sacred history, poetry, philosophy, psychology, and religion.” 
 
CREATION 
 
We may also think of God as the “Absolute.”  According to the Genesis narrative, all things are created by God, exist, and are made manifest.  Everything subsists in essence, and nothing exists without essence.  The universe and humankind are manifestations of God and reflections of that Essence.  Many believe that the earth was created in seven days.  The number seven in many schools of numerology mean something was finished completed, not literally seven days. 
 
We can spend countless hours debating the big bang theory versus creation, etc.; however, remember that we internalize the scriptures.  In light of this, how do we relate to “darkness?”  Many teach that only light and the color white are symbolic of God.  But darkness and the color black are also representations of God.  Darkness, as a metaphor, presents God as the Inscrutable Source, the Unknowable and the Unmanifest.  According to the early Egyptian writers, the first principle is characterized as darkness because it is beyond all classified and rational conceptions.  We see the creation process beginning at the commandment, “Let there be light!”  We see Divine Order taking place as names were given to things, such as day, night, and so forth.  “The Hebrew cosmological depiction of a God-created “good” world in the biblical story is the ultimate purpose and destiny for the human family.”  
(The Mysteries of Creation)  Rocco A. Errico) 
 
ANGELS 
 
The term angel in Aramaic has many meanings: ambassador, messenger, preacher, a good man, holy man, a man of God, principal elder, minister of a congregation.  In the book of the Revelation, John was asked to write to the angels of the seven churches in Asia Minor (Turkey) meaning to the head ministers of the seven churches.  Angels, malakheh, are also considered spirits.  (Aramaic Light on Genesis) Rocco A. Errico / George M. Lamsa 
 
In many metaphysical circles you will hear people speak of their Master Teacher, their Ascended Master Teacher, their Guardian Angels, etc.  A Master Teacher may be a “master” of a certain thing or subject as we have master electricians, carpenters, etc.  An Ascended Master Teacher means that they have evolved into the “Christhood.”  Today’s usage of “Guardian Angel” simply means a guiding spirit. 
 
In some Kabalistic circles Angels are God manifesting, for example, as the four main elements of earth life, earth, air, fire and water, and man personified them giving them individual names. 
 
ADAM & EVE 
 
“Adam and Eve are representational of humanity and are fictional characters who have become historicized.  The narrative of the transgression of Adam and Eve, their punitive consequences, and exile from paradise is the story of what humanity continually endures by constantly seeking power over others.  The tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents power—that is, becoming gods.  Human beings have the tendency to self aggrandizement and deifying their own powers.  Knowledge bestows power.  One can use it to control and manipulate or bless and advance humanity into a new state of enlightenment and understanding.”   
Aramaic Light on Genesis” Rocco A. Errico/George M. Lamsa 
 
FALL OF MAN-ORIGINAL SIN 
 
Metaphysicians do not accept the concept of original sin!  They believe that this is the beginning of man’s individual journey.  The Christological interpretation is that only through accepting Jesus as your personal savior are you saved from “original sin.” 
 
DEATH 
 
To the Metaphysician, death can be as beautiful as birth.  We have an earth birthday, the day we are born, as well as a spiritual birthday, the day we are born into Spirit.  There is a saying that says “Weep for the coming in. Rejoice for the going out.”  Weep for the coming in because we do not know what that child will go through in their lifetime.  Rejoice for the “going out,” because all theologies teach of something better than this life.  We believe that all of our relatives, friends, teachers etc., will be there to greet us. 
 
Metaphysicians do grieve!  We grieve the physical loss that is apparent, we are not in denial.  However, we can rejoice in their great gain.  “Death is not the opposite of life; it is the opposite of birth.” 
 
JUDGEMENT 
 
We believe that JUDGEMENT is automatic, logical and unavoidable.  We do not believe in a personified God sitting upon a throne with a large book in his hands judging where you shall go!  As we live our lives, we accumulate and create a vibration which is uniquely “ours.”  When we pass from this world to the next, we shall go automatically to that sphere or place which we vibrate with accordingly.  For example, if we measure sound waves….Middle C will only be in unison with Middle C.  Our vibratory rate will take us to the place where we belong.  In other words, we will be in a place where everyone is “just like us!”  Imagine!  However, our 9th Principle teaches us that we do not believe in eternal “damnation.”  In other words, when we have had awareness of our wrong doing and thinking we can then begin to progress. 
 
HEAVEN AND HELL 
 
“In my Father’s House are many mansions.”  Metaphysicians believe that there are spheres and gradations.  According to the school of numerology you will hear different concepts.  One will teach there are 7 gradations and 24 spheres within each gradation and then when you reach the 7 gradation, 24th sphere, you are back to God, which is also the number 8…which goes on forever.  Another school will teach 12 gradations, etc.  The important concept is to have awareness of vibrational levels.  The orthodox version of Hell is a geographic place consisting of fire and brimstone, etc.  We believe that some of the early church fathers traveled astrally to the lower planes where there was much hatred, jealousy and greed, creating clouds of darkness.  Thus when they returned they referred to the darkness as “great clouds of belching smoke like those from Gehenna.”  Gehenna is outside of Jerusalem where they burned the trash.  Thus, where there is smoke, there certainly must be fire.    We hear many Metaphysical folks saying, “I don’t believe in Hell!”  What they should be saying is “I don’t believe in the Orthodox conception of Hell.”   We have all heard and read “Heaven and Hell” are states of consciousness, and that is true, here or hereafter! 
 
SATAN 
 
An Aramaic idiom which means “You deceiver you!”  We believe it is radical left brain “stuff,” not an individual. 
 
DEMONS/ DEVILS 
 
“The Aramaic word for devil is dewa.  Dewanais the adjective of  dewa and means “insane.”  A similar word that Aramaic speaking people use is shedana.   This Aramaic word means “a demented person” and refers to one whose talk is jumbled and whose mind is unbalanced.  Although these terms sound strange and also refer to so-called invisible spirits called demons and devils, they are really the names of diseases known to the ancients.”     
(Aramaic Light on the Gospels of Mark & Luke) Rocco A. Errico/George M. Lamsa 
 
JESUS 
 
of Christed Consciousness is how many Metaphysicians refer to Jesus.  Jesus, was his name, The Christ, was his title.  Metaphysicians do not deny the “Divinity” of Jesus; however, we do not deny the “Divinity” of any other person as well.  We are all dormant “Christs” in various stages of unfoldment. 
 
REINCARNATION 
 
This is a subject that has split many Metaphysical groups. Many who believe in spirit communication will argue that it would be impossible to communicate with their spirit loved-ones if they reincarnated.    When we study the subject of reincarnation, we must realize that there exists a possessive personality factor.  That is, we all know that we cannot possess anything, even our own bodies; we will have to die and go on.  However, many times we possess relationships to various folks we have left behind, our husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends, etc.  For this reason, many would not want to reincarnate. 
 
There is also the argument that if reincarnation does exist why are there more people on the planet now than ever before?  Where did they come from?  Well, one answer is “new souls.”  Another, “other planets.” 
 
Past life information can be of use to us when it explains something that is taking place in our lives, etc.  Dr. Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia did over 500 research cases of past lives with children.  Over 200 of these cases had physical deformities and would start telling under hypnosis of an incident that related to their scars or deformities.  His book, Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation, is considered a classic in its field. 
 
Metaphysicians all agree that it is what we are doing NOW, that really matters.  We cannot relive a past life and why should we want to?  The subject of reincarnation should be discussed and investigated the same as any other metaphysical theory; however, it is up to the individual as to whether or not it is valid for them. 
 
VICARIOUS ATONEMENT 
 
Webster’s definition is “done or suffered by one person on behalf of another or others.”  Metaphysicians do not believe that another person can suffer vicariously for their wrong doings.  Our fourth Principle states “We believe in personal responsibility and that we create our own happiness or unhappiness as we live in harmony or discord with natural physical and spiritual laws.” 
 
REVELATION/RAPTURE 
 
Theologians cannot agree exactly who wrote Revelations.  Most agree that it was John when he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos.  Fundamentalist preach that this scripture is describing the end of time or “The Rapture.”  Most Theologians think this was about the conclusion of the ministry of Jesus, not the end of time.  This is the version that we accept as Metaphysicians.  We can also internalize this scripture for an indepth study of our own spiritual progression 

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