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Old 07-05-2022, 03:47 PM
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... Upstate New York is a very beautiful area ...
I was raised in Central NY, farm country, the Finger Lakes, rolling wine country, red barns and cows.
Saw my first UFO above my house moving soundlessly eastward about 4 stories up.
What?
Now I'm sounding like someone else off topic...
My sister and I agree now - that area was big in supernatural events.
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Old 07-05-2022, 06:26 PM
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Now I'm sounding like someone else off topic...
My sister and I agree now - that area was big in supernatural events.
true dat

(Maybe the happenings are more about the individuals than the area? That's something for discussion in its own thread, away from this one.)
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Old 08-05-2022, 05:09 AM
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I was raised in Central NY, farm country, the Finger Lakes, rolling wine country, red barns and cows.
Saw my first UFO above my house moving soundlessly eastward about 4 stories up.
What?
Now I'm sounding like someone else off topic...
My sister and I agree now - that area was big in supernatural events.

There were a lot of Supernatural events that happened in that greater area. Many of them of the early 1800's time period probably attributed to that of "Modern Day Spiritualism" coming to fruition.

Being this about the History of Spiritualism, I can not see, why what was going in that area in the 1840's, as some historians have indicated when they have discuss that event and other events of history.

Most historians mention the canal but I do not think any of them ever mentioned the mesmeric feel a person gets on riding on one of those old canal boats, especially if it was being pulled by mules, etc.

Another historian claims some of the farmers in that area grew Peppermint which probably had an effect on people. Then there must have still have been some Groves which some might have gone to meditate or to be just alone. For example, nearby was the Sacred Grove near Joseph Smith's home which many still visit every year. It was Joseph Smith Junior who had his first vision 28 years before the Fox Sisters and Mother in that grove.

As for the canal, it was used for hauling merchandise and people and also the printed word along with ideas. One group that moved westward around about the time of the Mormons (to be) was the group that would later be referred to as the Oneida Community. I would say that group may have had one of the greater influences on the various groups of that area but is rarely mentioned. I was always impressed with their extensive Library. The Syracuse University's Bird Library, the Special Collections Research Center, deals extensively about them.

That greater area had been the 'Frontier' but after it opened up, it moved forward very progressively. Roads made of planks, called Plank Roads were started to be 'laid' in the 1840's while new ideas were being perpetuated by the Oneida Community and various other groups. When the Fox Sisters and Mother began Rapping Mediumship, it is no wonder it caught on as rapidly as it did.
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Next: back to Emmanuel Swedenborg.

Swedenborg entertained Spiritual just as we do on SpiritualForums. Something he wrote was:

" The human mind is of three degrees, which are the celestial, spiritual, and natural. In the first degree is the soul, in the second, is the spirit or the mind, and in the third, is the body. "
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There was a "lol" at the end of the sentence that you missed quoting - that "lol" was important.

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Old 06-04-2024, 08:44 PM
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(from post #107) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous Spiritualist, wrote that Spiritism is Spiritualist, but they are not vice versa.

During Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's time, Spiritualist in Europe and in America both did not believe in Reincarnation whereas Spiritist did which put in that context, I would say Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was right for that time period.

I also mentioned in post #7
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"As far as I am concerned, Spiritualism is part of a greater belief system which in the eyes of many, is Animism.
I look at Animism as being 'Spirit in everything'."

For me, Animism seems to be the basic for all of the other religions. In the West, it is virtually never mentioned. I came across Animism in Asia when Ex-pats would talk about Buddhism and their disdain for Asian Buddhists because of their intertwining Buddhism with Animism. From this, I began looking at Buddhism.

At the same time, I noticed the similarities between Modern Day Spiritualism and Animism. The similarities seem to be uncanny.

By studying the history of Modern Day Spiritualism, I could see how this came about.
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