Spiritualism and the Paranormal
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Paranormal research has been around for over a century.
Most people in other countries are much less skeptical and
much more accepting of the paranormal than people in the United States.
Modern Spiritualism began with the investigation of paranormal activity in the home rented by the Fox family in Hydesville, New York on March 31, 1848. The family seemed to live at peace during the day, but at night, they were kept awake by knocks and noises. One night the girls named the knocking "Mr. Splitfoot" and devised a system of knocks for this spirit to communicate with them - knocks meaning "yes" and "no" and to designate letters of the alphabet. Through this system, they found out that this spirit being had been a traveling salesman who was murdered in the house and buried in the basement. His remains were later found where he indicated.
This began the rise of Modern Spiritualism and the acceptance of mediumship in the United States as we know it today. Spirit communication is not a new phenomena. Our religion is called "Modern Spiritualism" because spirit communication became a subject of scientific research in the United States in 1848 with the experience of the Fox family. Spirit communication has been with the human race since the beginning of time and has been documented in sacred spiritual texts throughout the ages.
The manner in which spirit manifests has not changed. The manner in which we can detect this manifestation has greatly changed. Tape recorders pick up EVP (electronic voice phenomena) or spirit voice, cameras of all types catch ectoplasm and orbs on film. Mediums are no longer tied to chairs to prove they are not faking physical phenomena. Mediums now appear on TV and radio and give messages regularly in Spiritualist churches and other places.
Psychic Science Spiritualist Church has mediums who give messages at our regular Sunday in-person services.
As Spiritualists, we continue to investigate the presence of spirit beings. We have had ghost hunts during which spirit communication through pictures and voice phenomena are evident. We also assist those who are in spirit to pass to the light which most often calms the manifestation of spirit entities within a dwelling.