Spiritualism has inaugurated the era of woman, Mary Davis proclaimed.
She recalled the common birth date of the new religion and women's
rights in 1848. Spiritualist conventions called for the Emancipation of
women from all legal and social disabilities. Consistently those who
assumed the most radical positions on woman's rights became
Spiritualists Advocated for Women's Rights
Not all feminists were Spiritualists, but all Spiritualists advocated
women's rights. Women were equal to men within Spiritualist practice,
polity, and ideology. By providing a form of religious practice in
which truth revealed itself to individuals without recourse to external
authority. In the mid 19th century there were eleven million
spiritualists out of a population of twenty-five million.
The mid-19th century spiritualist movement was the cyclonic force of the
feminist movement. In manner of dress, the right to speak in public
forums, to own their own money, to be spiritual leaders, and to declare a
woman's right to equality, the spiritualists cleared the path. In
Spiritualism the place of worship was relocated to the home from church,
or temple. Spirit circles gathered around parlour tables, a most
appropriate place for women to preside.
Reminiscent of the Witch Burnings a Century Earlier
The medical society deemed mediumship a manifestation of a medical
disorder causing rebellion against gender roles. On the other hand,
Spiritualism taught women to exercise self-healing properties of her own
nature and to develop a more egalitarian relationship with her doctor.
The persecution the young female medium suffered at the hands of so
called psychic investigators was reminiscent of the earlier witch hunts.
Mediums were bound to chairs, locked in small cupboards almost naked,
supposedly to assure sitters they weren't hiding any tricks in their
skirts. Despite this stress, mediums were expected to provide proof that
they communed with the spirit world.
Equality between the sexes was forwarded from the spiritualists as a
spiritual imperative from the spirit world meaning that it was divinely
inspired. Spiritualists believed, as one advocate put it, that woman's
freedom is the world's redemption.
The seeds of modernism, psychoanalysis, communications, human rights,
longevity were all brought from the unseen world to the seen in this
most glorious age.
The her/his tory of religion has taught us that the further we move in
time away from the original spiritual message, the more it morphs,
disintegrates, and ultimately decays. Spirituality is a dynamic force
and has the power to alter the consciousness of humans, the course of
our collective destiny and ultimately our ability to thrive. It's
temple is the heart, its expression is in the actions we take every day
of our lives.
"Woman's Era is here; her right to half the knowledge of the
universe, as well as half of the opportunities of living, is daily
receiving more and more evidence, because of her ability to demonstrate
that she is that other half of the intelligence that man has failed to
by Mrs. Cora Richmond 1888
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may remember doing a Tarot Reading for my Granddaughter Corrie. During
our Christmas celebration this year she informed me that everything you
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"right off the wall" until it all started to unfold just the way you had
laid it out. She said to thank you as being prepared or aware of some
of the outcomes helped immensely. So THANK YOU Kathleen for helping her
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