The questions and answers page has been put together that represent the belief of the Spiritualist philosophy, for the 21st
Many of these answers are controversial, but tie in with the majority of Spiritualists world wide.
The answers do not necessarily represent the personal beliefs of Jason Anastas.
The purpous of spiritualism and its philosophy is to prove the existence of life after death and unify all the world religions as one.
Spiritualism is a recognised religion under British parliament and the commonwealth countries and has its own ministers that are legally allowed to perform their own weddings,naming ceremomonies and
funerals as well as chaplancy. Stanstead hall (The Arthur Findlay College) was bequethed by Arthur James Findlay to the spiritualist national union in 1964, for a school to be set up for the teaching
of spiritualistic psychic science and the advancement of the spiritualist belief system. It is a well known fact, that Arthur Findlay is a direct descendant from a long line of stuart monarchs, and
is the author of many interesting books on past world religions and the understanding of the philosophy of spritualism. His books include 'The curse of ignorance' 'Torch of knowledge' and 'Rock of
Truth, spiritualism the coming world religion'
Jason Anastas has been officially named into the spiritualist religion, whereby any person that is named into the spiritualist religion, gently
puts aside old dogma and creeds and follows the spiritualist seven principles and its philosophies. This is in line with all spiritualists world wide who have had naming ceremonies into the
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Mental Mediumship is the most common of the two types of Mediumship that are practiced today: there are literally hundreds and thousands of 'mental' Mediums throughout the world. Most people (if
they have the desire and patience to do so) are able to develop one or more of the three main forms of mental Mediumship to some degree if they sit for it in a dedicated way (within a development
circle) under a good teacher. It is possible for an individual to develop the first signs of mental Mediumship in a relatively short space of time; sometimes within weeks of starting to train as a
Medium. A much longer period of development is however necessary for the 'fledgling' Medium to achieve a good standard of Mediumship.
The four main forms of mental Mediumship are (1) Clairvoyance (2) Clairaudience (3) Clairsentience (4) Psychometry.
Clairvoyance is the ability of the Medium to see spirit personalities. Sometimes the Medium sees these spirits as though they are real people, moving about in a normal and natural way. At
other times, the Medium might see them on the mirror of their mind, within their head. What distinguishes this as mental Mediumship however, is the fact that only the Medium sees these spirit people.
ANYBODY ELSE WHO IS PRESENT DOES NOT. The Medium can then pass on to his or her 'sitter' what they are seeing , by way of evidence.
Clairaudience: is the ability of the Medium to hear what the spirit personalities are saying. This gift often goes together with Clairvoyance.
Clairvoyance. Sometimes the Medium hears these spirit voices as though they are real and coming from another real person in the room with them - or from mid air. At other times, the Medium hears
the voices within their head again, on the mirror of their mind. The Medium is the ONLY person who hears these voices, and can pass onto their sitter what the spirit person is telling them, by way of
evidence of the existence of 'life after death'. Such a message can provide great comfort for a bereaved friend, relative or loved one.
Clairsentient: is the ability of the Medium to sense the presence of spirit people, and to sense what they are saying. Again the Medium is the only person who can (through their
training) sense the presence of these spirit personalities, and sense the message from a specific spirit person that they can pass onto their sitter, who has gone to them for a private reading, or
who might receive such a message in a spiritualist church.
What is physical Mediumship?
Physical Mediumship is totally different from mental Mediumship. Firstly, is is extremely rare at the moment, with only a handful of
physical Mediums giving public demonstrations. When physical Mediumship is taking place, EVERYBODY WHO IS PRESENT IS ABLE TO WITNESS IT. it is real, and it is objective. It is indeed PHYSICAL,
therefore , the evidence of post mortem survival, however, which can be obtained through this type of Mediumship is truly life changing.
Physical Mediums are sometimes 'born' especially those who work in the more traditional way, where their Mediumship is Ectoplasm based. Not everyone can be a physical Medium working in this way.
They need to be extremely dedicated, and their personal development as a physical Medium can take many years before they achieve any success.
Transfiguration is achieved by a fine ectoplasmic mask that forms on, or just in front of the mediums face; whereby the persons loved ones press their features into this mallable mask. For all those
present in the room to witness. This ectoplasmic mask is created by a combination of the etheric energy of the people in the room witnessing the phenomena combined with the energy of the medium.
spirit world utilises this energy to convert into a semi physical substance. People who have witnessed this type of mediumship feel the immense love and compassion that spirit bring into the
It is a
more intense form of Mediumship, mental and physical Mediumship combined into one. Jason is one of a very few mediums that demonstrate this type of Mediumship publicly to a competent level.
is the only Physical Medium in the 21st century to have had his Transfiguration confirmed. This took place during his demonstration of Transfiguration Mediumship on a live Greek TV Show *The
Gates To The Unexplained* In the after discussion with the panel and the audience, the psychologist on the panel confirmed that in his expertise of the mind he had witnessed that he could clearly see
there was an independant personality working through the mind of Jason during the Transfiguration demonstration. There was an Ear, nose and throat specialist in the audience who stood up
he had seen changes to the structure of the ear during the Transfiguration demonstration. This was also witnessed by the audience.
This should only be practised in a properly controlled environment with the correct supervision and safeguards in place to ensure the safety of the medium. Physical mediumship usually
takes more time and patience to practice. The conditions have to be right for spirit to appear in whichever form. The energy use in Physical mediumship is a lot greater that in mental mediumship, and
in most cases the medium goes into trance for spirit to work through them, The spirit will use the mediums body (the medium will not be possessed by the spirit ) the medium steps to one side while
spirit uses a part of their body to communicate.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A
PSYCHIC AND A MEDIUM?
A medium is
able to form a link between the living and those in the spirit world, allowing these spirits to communicate with loved ones through messages the medium is able to relay. A psychic has the ability to
sense, understand and interpret information about a sitters life, without contact from those in spirit, that can aid in emotional, physical and spiritual guidance. The psychic can also pick up
atmospheres around people and places, positive and negative feelings.
WHAT IS A TRANCE MEDIUM & TRANCE MEDIUMSHIP?
Medium is a person, due to their fluidic etheric energy, they are able to shift their conciousness to one side, to allow a higher intelligence; from the spirit world, to influence the thoughts
process of the Trance Medium. This is always on a teaching level, for the betterment of mankind, or used to provide evidence of life after physical death. This is always a partnership between the
guide and the Medium, this would never be intrusive without the permission of the Medium! Many skeptics make the claims that Trance Mediums have secondary personalities working through them. This
hypothesis has been thrown aside as we have to say, as we analyse it with intelligence, that if the information being given through the Trance Medium, is beyond their knowledge and is able to pass on
information that could not be confirmed in any other way. Then we have to say that there could possibly be a link with the spirit world. Effectively singers, inventors, sculpturer, dancers,
philosophers are all a form of Trance Mediums. Anyone who brings through knowledge for the betterment of mankind is working on the same level as a Trance Medium. Trance mediumship is a partnership
between a medium and his or her spiritual communicator. The blending of their energies enables the spirit communicator to use a level of control of their medium’s consciousness and their voice box to
impart knowledge and guidance, that is beyond the Mediums knowledge. Changes to voice pattern, inflection and general manner of speech along with changes in facial features can be
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU WAIT AFTER A BEREAVEMENT BEFORE YOU SEE A MEDIUM?
There is no
HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN A SITTING WHERE NO ONE CAME FORWARD FROM SPIRIT?
No, but I
have had an occasional sitting where spirit were present but communication was not clear. In this situation I will always be completely honest with the client and close the sitting.
ARE ALL SPIRIT GUIDES NATIVE AMERICAN, CHINESE OR TIBETAN?
Not all of
them are! Guides from spiritual cultures are usually so because they have advanced to a higher level of vibration before passing to the spirit world. However any spirit, regardless of their previous
earthly conditions, who has enough knowledge and experience to guide an earthly individual, will be able to do so.
ANIMALS HAVE A SPIRIT AND CAN THEY COMMUNICATE THROUGH A MEDIUM?
To some people, pets can mean more than human company. We frequently have communication from much loved pets because Mediumship is a mind to mind process with no language barrier. it has been known
that pets have materialised in physical Medium seances.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE WHO IS A SKEPTIC?
mindedness is a great asset to knowledge, but if someone has no belief in a life after this, it's usually because they have not had sufficient evidence to believe otherwise. I would say that no one
should be expected to accept something they have no experience of.
IS TRAINING NECESSARRY FOR MEDIUMS?
carries a great responsibility and good training recognises this, even in natural Mediums. Presentation and an empathetic awareness of the client are also very important. Understanding the mechanics
of Mediumship also attunes the mind to be more receptive to clearer spirit.
CHILDREN GROW UP IN THE SPIRIT WORLD?
have a physical body, not the other way round, and children, like all spirit, progress in the spirit world. But this is a mental process as the spirit is ageless and eternal. The physical body
determines age. When a parent of a lost child passes to the spirit world, the child will present itself in whatever way the parent will recognise him or her.
IS YOUR SPIRIT GUIDE?
I have a
few spirit guides but my main one is a Native American Indian called Joseph. An African man ,who is a door keeper and protector, called Patterson. And philosopher and Scientist who works with me,
through my Trance and Physical Mediumship.
SPIRITUALIST MEDIUMS BELIEVE IN THE DEVIL?
No we do
not believe in the Devil. Spiritualism was founded in America in 1848 through 3 young girls, by means of intelligent rappings and knockings, that devised a code for yes or no. It is well documented
that a so called dead peddler was able to correctly locate his body, to the 3 girls, thus confirmed that life after death was a reality.
In our 1st
Principle: fatherhood of God, it states we are a part of God, and that if we are a part of God; we could not possibly be from anything else. The free will of man gives him choices in his life to
choose to cause harm to others. But no, we do not believe in the Devil.
WHAT ARE SPIRITUALISTS AND MEDIUMS VIEWS ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT?
No we do
not support capital punishment of any kind, no matter what the crime may be, this includes minors and adults. This was also stated by our past president Duncan Gascoyne at the spiritualists war
memorial opening service. He made the statement with many other spiritualists. Many guides of Mediums and guides who materialises in seance rooms, all state that life is precious and needs to be
SPIRITUALISTS CLAIM THAT THEIR RELIGION IS THE ONLY RELIGION?
Spiritualists respect other religions and belief systems. The difference between spiritualism is we do not tie our beliefs to a dogma or creed, nor do we follow any written scripture. Spiritualism
allows the seeker to be a free thinker. It is a known fact that spiritualism is the most scientifically tested religion and the only religion that has been tested. Many well known eminent men and men
of science have supported the study and belief in spiritualism.
Mediums have been tested throughout history. We believe, as spiritualists, that it is our sovereign right, that every human being can communicate with the spirit world and communicate with our loved
ones who have passed on. In the past this was called ancestral worship, through lack of understanding of that time, today we call it Mediumship.
IS A SPIRITUAL SERVICE/DEMONSTRATION CONDUCTED IN A SPIRITUALIST CHURCH/CENTRE?
Spiritualist service is usually opened with prayers, then the Medium will give a philosophical address on a given subject. The Medium will then give approximately 45 minutes of Mediumship, thus
proving life after death, by bringing through people's loved ones. And then there is a closing prayer and that is the end of the service.
anti is the Greek word for opposite of something. So the word antichrist means opposite of Christianity. Spiritualists are no more antichrists than Buddists, Native Americans or any other religion
that does not follow the teachings of Christianity. Spiritualists do accept that an historical person called Jesus did exist, but we don't follow the belief that he died To save us from our sins.
Firstly the Spiritualist way of thinking is we do not follow the indoctrination that we are all born of sin and we are sinners. This is expressed in our 5th principle, personal responsibility. We do
not accept the indoctrination that someone else can die so to wipe away your wrong doing. Only the person can correct the wrong doing. This is the law of cause and effect and is unbreakable.
do not believe in a vindictive God sitting in judgement over us. We are our own judges here and now and we shall receive compensation or retribution for whatever we have done, whether good or
Hell are not places to which we are destined to go but states of mind of our own creation.
We do not
automatically become Spiritual when we leave this world. We shall, infact, retain our earthly characteristics while the opportunity will be given throughout eternity to make spiritual progress and so
undo any wrongs we committed on earth, for both free will still be with us in the world to come.
living in a material age in which Orthodox religion has lost its impact.
Any religion, therefore, which can
successfully overcome this materialistic influence must be scientific, and Spiritualism is just that. It has turned the pious hope of a hereafter into a scientific fact. The advent of the spirit of
man into this world and in the course of time, his transition to another world is a scientific fact proved by Mediumship. We do not expect you to accept these things blindly but we do invite you to
prove our claim for yourself.
SHOULD MEDIUMS CONDUCT THEIR LIVES TO BE OF SERVICE TO HUMANITY AND DEVELOP I.E. ANY LIFESTYLE CHANGE; STOP SMOKING, DRINKING ETC?
no strict religious laws associated with Spiritualists Mediums and Spiritualists drink alcohol, eat meat, i.e Pork, Beef and it's an individual choice of the Medium to adjust their lifestyle to suit
their personal needs. It does not stop Spirit communication, either Physical or Mental Mediumship. Mediums have been known to come from all walks of life, from different religions, a Medium can be
black, white, gay, straight, lesbian, trans, mixed race. It's been known for Mediums to be in the police force, pole dancers, bakers, wedding planners, builders etc. It seems the more colourful the
Mediums life has been, the more they are able to help others through their own life experiences.
SPIRITUALISTS BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION?
Spiritualists do and some don't. There is still an ongoing debate as to whether reincarnation exists or not. But we have to come to the conclusion that it is a possibility if we look at the story of
Fanny Higginson, who is Gordon Higginsons mother. As follows:-
tender age of 14 (1903) Fanny was introduced to Spiritualism, when she visited a Spiritualist church, that Fanny was given a message by Medium Annie Brittain which would change her life.
Fanny that her future Spiritual development lay in Trance Mediumship. She also told Fanny that she would have a son who would become a world famous Platform Medium. During the message, Fanny was told
that she Annie had a spirit lady with her who was also named Fanny, and was infact the 14year olds mother. Stating that this was impossible as she had only left her mother one hour previously,
Fanny was advised to return home. On her arrival at the home she shared with her mother, Fanny was devastated that her mother had indeed passed away.
message through Annie Brittain became a milestone in Spiritualism history, proving that prophetic evidence and validity could not be questioned.
a son (Gordon) and the prophecy was fulfilled, when he became a world famous platform Medium. His name is remembered today with love and respect. Gordon Higginson was to become one of the most
prolific Mediums of all time.
We can all
say that at some point in our lives that we have met partners and friends, that we have felt as if we had known them before.
SPIRITUALISTS BELIEVE IN SOUL MATES OR FEELING OF KNOWING A PERSON THEY HAVE JUST MET?
Spiritualists do believe in this possibility. It is a known fact that the late Helen Duncan and Ivy Northage both have felt, that they knew their husbands from before, On meeting them for the first
time. Curiously enough, both their husbands were encouraging them to go towards Spiritualism as they both were resisting this.
SPIRITUALISTS AND MEDIUMS BELIEVE IN EVIL SPIRITS?
Spiritualists do not believe in evil spirits.
SPIRITUALISTS BELIEVE IN SINNING AND SINS?
Spiritualists do not believe in the indoctrination of sin. The Spiritualists philosophy is that we come to earth to learn and grow as human beings. In order to answer this question we have to see
what the Spiritualists philosophy considers bad. Spiritualists believe that we are born onto the earth to experience different things, to learn from them, so that the soul evolves. We see the earth
plane as a school for Spiritual progression. The Spiritualist philosophy does not accept that a person is to be condemned by a judgemental God because the person is unbaptised or born out of wedlock
or that they have been in a relationship and are afraid to leave that relationship, because they don't want to hurt the husband or wife. Sometimes affairs and divorce are part of a persons life plan.
For example, It is well documented that certain individuals that have been born in second marriages that have positively influenced major events on earth, such as doctors and scientists. If we
look at this with intelligence. You can not condemn a person male or female who has fallen out of love with a person, and that person has to be in the relationship, when they do not love that person
anymore. Spiritualism does not condemn sex before marriage. It would be a cruel God that would condemn a soul, for a person wanting to be free to love whoever they want. We do not believe this
is the word of God but rules set by man! The Spiritualists philosophy recognises that how people conduct their lives is up to them. Anything that forces a person to do something against their will,
such as forced marriages or causing mental or physical anguish to a person for no reason is against all Spiritualist philosophy.
that every human soul has eternity for spiritual progression and only the person doing the wrong doing, can put right the wrong doing, and nobody else. Nor do we believe that the word of God is to
punish someone through hurting the person or inflicting pain and suffering. This has been condemned world wide by spiritualists.
RELIGION CONDEMNS ME FOR HAVING RELATIONSHIPS BEFORE MARRIAGE, FOR BEING GAY AND TRANSGENDER AND FORBIDDING ME FROM CONSUMING ALCOHOL. AND FORBIDDING ME FROM TRAVELLING ALONE TO OTHER
COUNTRIES. WHATS THE SPIRITUALIST VIEW ON THIS AND CAN I CHANGE MY RELIGION TO SPIRITUALISM
Spiritualism does not follow the dogma and creed of certain religions. Freedom is very much part of the Spiritualists beliefs. You can change your religion to Spiritualism.
FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, CONSCIENCE AND RELIGION OF THE DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, FORMED IN 1947. WHICH ALL WORLD LEADERS AND CITIZENS MUST OBEY.
has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or
private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship teaching practice and observance. Get in contact with The British Embassy of your country and ask them to be put through to The Spiritualist
National Union, based at Stanstead Hall, Essex. stating that you wish to legally change your religion to Spiritualism. Once this is done, you are free from the dogma or creed of your previous
religion. You will then legally have right of freedom under that religion.
SPIRITUALISM IS A RECOGNISED LEGAL RELIGION UNDER BRITISH LAW, PASSED IN PARLIAMENT IN 1939 AND CAN NOT BE ALTERED OR CHANGED.
THERE ANY COUNTRIES YOU DO NOT DEMONSTRATE YOUR MEDIUMSHIP IN, WORK IN
unfortunately there are, together with my mentors that work with me in the spirit world and the philosophy and belief in Spiritualism and as an openly gay man. There are countries that my guides have
forbiden me to enter. These are countries that do capital punishments for crimes such as certain USA states. This goes against all Spiritual philosophy and because there has been human error in the
past and innocent people have been killed. We can not deem this as a safe practice of punishment in a civilized world of the 21st century. Also strict sanctions have been put in place by my guides
that I can not work in countries that do not accept gay marriage or civil partnerships. This is because I am an openly gay man.
welcome anyone from these countries to come and see me for readings or any of my demonstrations of for any of my classes, in my current country of residence, until such sanctions are lifted.
WHAT ARE SPIRITUALISTS VIEWS ON SAME SEX MARRIAGES, DO THEY AGREE WITH THEM.
spiritualists do support same sex marriage. Many of spiritualist pioneers of the past as well as Mediums, Ministers past and present are from LGTG (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender community).
history many Mediums were known to be Gay. Many guides of famous Mediums such as Estelle Roberts and Maurice Barbenell, had strong Native American guides and many Native American Indian tribes were
supportive of same sex couples, who were respected in the tribe.
were not shunned, but respected. They respected Gay, Lesbian and Transgender people. Many of these people had, and were allowed to have their own marriages and ceremonies to the great spirit that we
Judith Seaman, Deputy Vice President - Spiritual at the The Spritualists National Union (SNU), said "The SNU is fully supportive of the new legislation around same sex marriages.
One of our
seven founding principles is 'brotherhood of man - the idea that we are all equal and true brotherhood throughout the world will bring equality, security and peace.
encouraging all spiritualist churches across the UK to apply for same sex marriage registration and we are delighted that same sex couples are now able to celebrate their love in the same way
heterosexual couples can.
A SPIRITUALIST CHURCH: CAN I GET MY BABY BAPTISED? CAN AN ADULT GET BLESSED OR BAPTISED?
can. Naming Services
service or ceremony is the Spiritualist version of a Christian Christening with one subtle difference - Spiritualists do not believe that water needs to be used to purify someone who God has already
deemed to be pure! besides the religion of Spiritualism is not based on a saviour - God philosophy. Our theology does not embrace 'falling from grace' or 'sinning' therefore, we do not believe in a
devil. We believe, we alone are responsible for the benefits or consequences of our actions. Therefore when a Spiritualist naming takes place, all those in attendance bring a flower and at an
appropriate time during the service, everyone is invited to come forard and present the flower to the person being named. it is a truly beautiul service, not only for the person for whom the service
is organized but for everyone attending.
services are held for people of any age, babies, young chilren and when required, for adults who may have come into Spiritualism as their chosen religion.
naming service, as well as names already given, another name is given - this by the world of Spirit - something which is truly a Spiritual experience.
"Now I feel
I really belong" is the usual comment after a naming service.
WAS AMAZED TO FIND OUT THAT THE PIONEERING MEDIUM GORDON HIGGINSON DID HIS FIRST PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION OF MEDIUMSHIP AT THE AGE OF 11 UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF HIS MOTHER FANNY HIGGINSON, IF MY CHILD IS
SHOWING MEDIUMISTIC SIGNS, IS THERE SOMEWHERE I CAN GO TO HELP THEM DEVELOP IT
is. The religion of spiritualism has its own form of what Christians has as Sunday schools and its called 'The spiritualist childrens lyceum. This was founded in 1863 by The pioneering medium Andrew
Jackon Davis.If you get in contact with Stanstead hall, The Arthur Findlay college. The SNU (spiritualist national union) they will point you in the right direction.
SPIRITUALISTS CONDUCT FUNERALS, WEDDINGS, AND BLESSINGS
can. It is well documented in 1939, ministers in Spiritualisms were appointed by the British Parliament, to conduct Funeral, Weddings and Blessings.
information of the above, contact the Spiritualist National Union, at The Arthur Findlay College, Standstead, Essex.
NATURE OF SPIRITUALISM AS A RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE.
Spiritualism is a religion that embodies the main
ideas of all religions, that there is a life after death, immortality and the existence of a God.
"The aim of
Spiritualism is to effect an at-one-ment and unison of Humanity with God until every action and thought of Humanity is in perfect harmony with the Divine Will."
(Adapted from the
Spiritualists' Lyceum Manual)
One difference between
Spiritualism and other religions is the acceptance of the ability, through mediumship, to offer evidence of spirit communication to a recipient and in doing so demonstrate that people survive
physical death. The individual may decide if they have received sufficient evidence to give them personal proof that people survive death as individuals in Spirit. Where personally proven it provides
conclusive evidence of the 4th Principle, 'The Continuous Existence of the Human Soul'.
Mediumship and the
evidence is just the key to a door to encourage further study and understanding, the message is not the goal of Spiritualism. It is what an individual chooses to do with that key once they have it,
once they accept that we survive death and continue on in the unbroken cycle of eternal life of spirit that forms the purpose of Spiritualism.
Spiritualism becomes the
study of this earthly life's purpose as Spirit here and now and as such empowers anyone to take charge of the development of their own Spirituality, continually aiming to progress and live life with
a fuller understanding and a greater learning experience for the Spirit.
Spiritualism is a
universal religion, one focus of which is embodied in our 5th Principle, 'Personal Responsibility'. It is by our own free will we may chose to live a better life here and now reflected by how we
live. It is by our own will and choices in how we act react and interact with everyone and everything that we must each be solely responsible and accountable. In understanding and accepting this, we
accept our 6th Principle of 'Compensation and Retribution' encompassing the universal and natural law of cause and effect.
It is through personal experience and expression by the
study, consideration and application of the many aspects of the religion, philosophy and science of Spiritualism that the Spiritualist gains understanding and Spiritual growth. No one person has all
the answers and Spiritualism becomes a continual personal religion to be lived, to nurture and enlighten the Spirit within us, here and now.
SPIRITUALIST NATIONAL UNION (SNU) IS A SPIRITUALIST ORGANISATION, FOUNDED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM IN 1901, AND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST SPIRITUALIST GROUPS IN THE WORLD. ITS MOTTO IS LIGHT, NATURE,