My daughter, Sydney Carter, and I are starting a second Saturday of the month message service at Colby Memorial Temple in the Spiritualist Camp. The first is March 9. It’s from 7 to 9 p.m. We plan to work in tandem, which basically means we will link in with spirit to give a message to each person in attendance.
So, Thursday night we had the opportunity to practice at a Christian Spiritualist Church in Orange City. We’ve both been there on occasions to assist with message work during Sunday Service and Thursday Night Message Service. At the latter, there’s either a meditation or short class before the messages. Before the messages, we learned about Lent through the eyes of a reverend connected with a Spiritual Episcopal Church.
The reverend spoke about the days of Lent to include Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Sacrificial Feast of Overcoming Temptation, Sacrificial Feast of Forgiveness, Sacrificial Feast of Service, Sacrificial Feast of Giving, Sacrificial Feast of Humility, Sacrificial Feast of Triumph, Good Friday and Sacrificial Feast of Easter.
Being raised a Methodist, I did hear of Lent. Sydney on the other hand was completely clueless about the whole thing. When I look back at conversations we’ve been part of in the past, they really make me chuckle. One time when Sydney was in middle school, we were talking with a Spiritualist minister in Colby Temple. He made a comment about communion. She asked, ‘Mom, what is communion?’ The minister didn’t quite believe his ears. I shared with her later.
As far as Lent goes, why does it have to be called Lent? Why does it have to be practiced for 40 days before Easter? Isn’t this something each and every one of us should be practicing on a regular basis? Should not all of us always strive to raise our vibration no matter where we are in life?
This brings me to a teaching about vibration and the ocean. The bottom of the ocean is dark and murky. Those living in that vibration are fine with it. In the middle of the ocean, it’s murky and sometimes clear. People living in that vibration are fine with it. At the top level, there’s clear water and the light comes in much brighter. People living there are fine with it. The point is we may all live in any of those vibrations in just a day, or some maybe a couple of hours, depending on the circumstance. Give something up, change your vibration; raise it. It helps yourself and the whole.
I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to serve Spirit with my daughter. To help others understand that their loved ones are just a call away, always around, is a true Blessing!
Lori Carter is a freelance writer and Spiritualist Medium -- truly a Spiritual Being, and aren't we all.