A HAUNTED CHURCH
It seems funny to think of a Spiritualist Church being haunted – but it has happened. In the seventeenth century this had been a Baptist Church, which later became a Spiritualist Church. Many mediums had seen or felt the presence of an old fashioned Baptist Minister dressed in the garb of long ago. They all felt the presence to be unpleasant – even menacing. In spite of every effort to clean and refurbish the church this powerful negative energy remained.
Two very experienced mediums wished to bring about a cleansing of the church by persuading this unwanted visitor to move on to his proper place in a higher dimension. Hearing that our group had been able to free a number of sites and homes of earthbound entities, we were asked to lend a hand with the effort to free this gentleman from his attachment to the earth.
Three of us joined the two mediums at the church, making a circle of five. I pinned a microphone to John’s clothing. After an opening prayer for protection and guidance, John settled into trance as he has done so many times before. As usual the first person to speak through John was Grey Cloud, his guide. The following is a transcript of the recording I made at the time.
Michael: "Welcome, friend".
Grey Cloud: "You still use friend?"
Michael: "Grey Cloud!"
Grey Cloud; "Yes! We are brothers – altogether –although we have a sister with us tonight'
You are right – this gentleman who is upsetting things is a very disagreeable gentleman, although he wears his collar back to front. But I think he has met his match. It is not only I, but many other spirit friends who work with us, and if I cannot persuade him, he will be persuaded by all the rest.
In a minute I will see if he wants to talk to you,
(To the spirit) And you can stop that right away. I'm not going to take any messing about from you! You can spout the Bible as much as you like – it was all right when you were on the earth plane, but you have passed to the world of Spirit. It is now time for you to take up a position in the world of Spirit where you can help people and not hinder them. You know the Bible inside out, I know – why don't you practice what you preached? You know it is right. It is not your church and even when you were on the earth plane, it was not your church".
Ron: "Let him come and speak to us".
Grey Cloud: "I will if he will come. We can only hope and open the space for him, but if he does not want to, we cannot force him at this time. So, I will see:
(To spirit) It's no good you trying to tell me you are frightened! You are not frightened. The only thing you are frightened of is the truth – so come along!"
Ron: "Were you baptized?"
Spirit: "I was, and I baptized many others".
Ron: "You were baptized into the Spirit!"
Spirit: "That is perfectly true, as many others were,"
Ron: "Then, first and foremost, you are a Spirit".
Ron: "You are here adhering to this place, but you have not followed the commandment of Jesus, 'Take up thy cross and follow me".
Spirit: "That is very true".
Ron: "And where did Jesus go?"
Spirit: "Hmm. Among the people".
Ron: "And after that, after the crucifixion – He ascended!"
Ron: "As all people who leave this physical life must do. Why do you cling to the physical? You taught poverty _ you taught chastity, but you do not follow your own teaching".
Spirit: "I must agree with you. I cannot do anything else but agree with you".
Ron: "Then it is time to realise that you must move to the next dimension! 'Today you will be with me in Paradise' – not some dim and distant future. Today! Paradise is there for you. Go with all your brothers who worked with you in this place when it was the Baptist Church. Have you not looked at the limestone building, just across from here? That is the Baptist Church now – it was not there when you were here".
Spirit: "No, it was not".
Ron: "Right! Do you cling to that building?"
Ron: "Why not? That holds a license as a Baptist Church – this does not. You do not cling to the Baptist teaching – you cling to a material place."
Spirit: "Yes ".
Ron: "Yet you taught poverty – to cling to nothing material".
Spirit: "Exactly what I am doing".
Ron: "You remember Brother Hawkes?
Ron: "Where is he?"
Spirit: "In a different place to me".
Ron: "He's looking at you now, waiting for you to look up and see him. Don't look at the past – look at the present!"
Spirit: "So, in other words, I must look forward to the future, not only for myself, but also for the building as it is now – still doing the work of the Spirit and our beliefs".
Ron: "You worked, as you thought, for the Spirit but you became too attached to position. You became too attached to the material panoply. You know that. You loved the respect that all the poor people around gave you. Be truthful in your own heart, and have compassion on yourself."
Spirit: " I think I was too much in feeling with the power which I had over other people".
Ron: "But look up! You know Brother Hawkes is here".
Spirit: "Not only Brother Hawkes!"
Ron: "But you respected his knowledge".
Spirit: "All right Now I have to – I am going to make myself do something which I have never done before – and that is to apologize to our two friends here for causing so much disturbance to you, Forgive my foolish ways."
Ron: "You forgive your foolish ways and follow the behest of Brother Hawkes and the lady who has come to join him!"
Spirit: "Yes, yes!"
Ron: "I believe you now see Gwen".
Spirit: "Yes, they are both stood together, right in front of me with their arms waiting to enclose around me".
Ron: "They have not at any time criticised you or judged you".
Spirit: "I know – nor has the other. All this time he has been waiting so patiently".
Ron: "That is the true love – the love of Jesus which follows his teaching – 'Love ye one another!"
Spirit: "Love ye one another as I love you. All right, I will go with my dear friends. You will not hear from me again unless you wish the help of us in any matter concerning this place. I am so glad that that burden has been able to be lifted from me, through the help of our friends, and my friends in Spirit".
Ron: "Remember your own words: 'Love and serve the Lord'. Remember, Jesus taught, 'You can only serve by serving these, the least of my brethren.'"
Spirit: "I give you my thanks, my friends, for all your endeavours, your troubles; the troubles I have caused. Now go forth into your world and do the work of your beliefs. In many ways it has been difficult for me to realise that where I am is a true and wonderful place that few upon this earth can gaze upon. I have gazed and not seen the
beauty, but now the light of our Lord is shining on you to come forth again to see the beauty that there is.
I will leave you now in peace and love. Goodbye!"
Michael: "Goodbye, friend".
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