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Take a look below for my latest and historical articles, covering thoughts, ideas, events and ponderings, as well as so much more, which are all as current and pertinent as the day they were written, in these ever changing times on this Earth we call home

Mini-Services from Home

Social Media is now offering Spiritualism and its good practices a chance to present itself to a wider public than ever before – and without the interested parties who tune in to be identified should they wish to be anonymous – or anyone having to actually travel any distance to a Spiritualist venue or visit…

No ‘Coincidence’ in Spiritualism!

Written for and published in the April 2017 issue of Psychic World – I take a look at some proof of the old Spiritualist maxim – there is no such thing as coincidence! When founding editor of Psychic News, Maurice Barbanell, fell out with the newspaper’s major shareholders, that included the wealthy stockbroker and Spiritualist…

Spiritualisms’ Bad Press! Why?

In honour of Hydesville Day I produced an annual magazine for Psychic Press 1995 ltd., owned by the SNU when I was editor of their publication Psychic News. For this year I thought a few words on this website might suffice to recall the advent of Modern Spiritualism… I have entitled them; ‘Spiritualism: a word…

Historic Mediums Events 1998

Two events stand out for me in the late 1990’s the Tribute to Spiritualist Pioneers organised by president of Wimbledon Spiritualists Chuch Derek Robinson at Bognor, and in 1998 Tony Ortzen organised a hitherto unknown kind of event for the public. Well-known international mediums were gathered to share the platform in an all-day Spiritualist experience…

How Our Names Make Us Human

When we are born into this world, we are given a name by which our family and friends, and society both local and in general, may recognise our individuality as physical entities. It is the system by which our family, tribe and its global location is also made identifiable, and as we grow into adulthood…

Sermon for Rev Ron Jones

Some years ago Reverend Ron Jones, founder of the Corinthian Church and Healing Association asked me to help re-establish his HQ and also to be the Principle Minister at his headquarter’s church at Hailsham. I agreedbut it wasn’t long after it became well attended again that our usual breakdown in relationship occurred… Reverend Jones has…

Another Side of Colin Fry

This article was written by Lyn Guest de Swarte, Publishing Editor of Spiritual News and printed back in October 2008. Reproduced as a tribute after his passing to Spirit in August 2015. Since he began his ‘Sixth Sense’ television series around five years ago Colin Fry has become synonymous with slick cleverly presented and edited…

Babble or Spirit Contact?

There is criteria for assessing whether persons professing to provide a link between the world of the living in the here and now to those living in the hereafter. Recently it’s been brought to my attention that things are not all as they should be perhaps in the realms of mediumistic presentations in the public…

Helen Duncan: Persecuted Medium

Helen Duncan was a famous working physical medium in the 20th century. She gave many evidential messages from individuals living on in spirit to loved ones who attended her meetings and seances. She became even more famous when she was accused of pretending to conjure the spirits of the dead under the 1735 Witchcraft Act…

Focus on: Emma Hardinge Britten

Taking a look in the light of today’s understandings of women and girls, whose lives were constrained in the 19th century by orthodox religious attitudes and accepted rigid social norms, and how the advent of modern Spiritualism, flourishing in these bad conditions, gave women from all classes of society a chance to rise above it,…

Why Hymns Lift the Spirit!

Looking at sacred music from a Spiritualist’s viewpoint,I’m of the opinion that it’s a useful tool in lifting the spirit that dwells within us to a higher level, and that it helps us resonate with the Greater Spirit that lives without! Secular music so often provokes baser impulses that exist on a more physical and…

Ministers or Presidents?

Why do all these old Spiritualist organisations have presidents? They may even be Spiritualist ministers too but seem to hide that spiritual light under a bushel… Perhaps they are deliberately dismissive as policy or just unaware that Jesus said not to do that – but to “ let your light so shine before men that…

Psychic Self-Defence!

It seems that some involved in what we might broadly refer to as the spiritual side of life may also be drawn to psychic practices which can be harmless especially when associated with Spiritualism, but there can be a downside. The ‘ungodly’ as Saint author Leslie Charteris called his hero’s adversaries have been known to…

‘Invisible’ Helpers!

This is an eye-witness account and testimony to the fact that we are all able to receive help and guidance in our darkest times if we can only search out this truth. To explore and develop a good rapport with those angelic beings, those more highly evolved spiritually – in that which we refer to…

Signs and Wonders

There are many misinformed people out there who believe that all the ‘signs and wonders’ mentioned in ancient texts – specially the better known chronicled in Biblical narratives – ceased about 2,000 years ago! Not so… When we are born into this life, once we get over the sheer terror and repulsion at it on…

Reading By Numbers

I’ve called this ‘Reading by numbers’ to echo the simpler method of creating a picture ‘painting by numbers’! Exchanging the letters of your name (or that of others)for specific numbers, and adding them together with your date of birth can offer strangely accurate readings… verything in life, everything that exists, is founded on calculation, is…

Crystals, Colour and Healing

A little knowledge is often better than none! Here Lyn offers a simple explanation that contains a possible and useful defence against the various critics of this branch of spiritual healing. The use of crystals and colour in healing is an ancient art steeped in mystery – until now! This has suddenly found itself popular…

My Story: By Dr Gerald Philips

Dr. Gerald Philips is a renowned psychoanalyst and psychotherapist – and a medium and healer. He is a member of the New Spiritualists’ Society. Here he tells us how he came into this way of life. I was born in Gloucester so many years ago that I think the Romans were still mooring their ships…

Why This Website?

Once upon a time, founded long ago in May 1932, there was a newspaper dedicated to spreading the word about Spiritualism. A unique weekly paper was produced by a renowned trance medium and journalist to publicise the truth that life is eternal, that there is ‘life after death’ and that it is through mediumship that…

The Exorcist – Lyns’ Action Plan

Since the beginning of recorded time,the earth plane has been beset by those of unkind and someimes downright evil intent. The problems these wrongdoers cause can affect life while they are down here, but they may also return to plague us from the lower parts of the spirit world they inhabit. So how do we…

How I Became a Medium

Of all the questions I’ve been asked, the one that crops up most frequently is ‘How did you become a medium?’ Was I born like it or was it something that happened later in life? I have always been aware of another kind of existence,another kind of reality and early on realised that that awareness…

Spiritualist Healing and Mediumship

Whether you like it or not, if you are a spiritual healer you must also be a medium to a lesser or greater degree. So what defines that mediumistic level? All who call themselves spiritual healers would agree that they are the human exchange mechanism, or medium,for extraneous healing energy that is channelled for the…

Spiritualist Reading Room

An Extract From “Power Of The Spirit” By PN’s Founding Editor Maurice Barbanell Permanent Records Of Survival For many years I was closely associated with John Myers, whose psychic photography was a storm-centre of controversy. The first intimation I received of his mediumship was when I launched Psychic News. A few days before the first…

The Spiritualists’ Handbook

The Spiritualists’ Handbook available from amazon.com by Reverend Lyn Guest de Swarte is published on behalf of the New Spiritualists’ Society By Right Reverend Nick Brown. Reverend Brown is Senior Minister and leader of the Littleport Christian Spiritualists’ Chrurch (NCSS), the First Church of the New Christian Spiritualists’ Society, and Surragan Bishop to the Prinicipal…

Good and Bad Healers?

When is a ‘healer’ a bad healer? As you know, I was the editor of Psychic News, then a weekly newspaper owned by Psychic Press (1995) Ltd, (a subsidiary of the Spiritualists’ National Union) for nearly 7 years. When they bought it in 1995 it had been nonstop printed every week since 1932! Each week…

Aura Viewing Workshop

This is just one in a series of workshops that are included in The Spiritualists’ Handbook, available at Amazon. It’s common knowledge that every living thing is a bundle of energy. Although each sentient being exists as a self contained unit, we know that some of this energy radiates to a greater or lesser extent…

Lyns’ Welcome

Some time ago now, I decided to drag myself forward into this new technological age and construct a website to put me back in touch with the many people that I have missed ‘chatting’ with in the way that I did during my time at Psychic News – now fast receding into history! I know…

Prayer and Meditation

There’s a good reason for the order in which this page is presented. Any activity that involves connecting to our spirit within, and from it to the Spirit and spirit world without, should begin with the emplacement of a positive attitude of mind and acknowledgement of the Power of Good; God; Great Creator; Holy Spirit;…

Guided Spiritual Meditation

First make a comfortable space for yourself where you can be quiet and undisturbed for about 15 minutes or so. You’ll need a chair where you can sit up straight with your back supported and a table on which to place your glass of water. You may like to have beside that a piece of…


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