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sunflowerPeace is a State of Mind

Peace

By Rev. Don Treadwell, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

March 2022

With all the chaos and conflict in the world right now, it can be difficult for us to center our minds on the idea that we can create peace through the use of our minds. But recent advancements in the realms of quantum physics and the science of spirituality demonstrate that this is indeed the case.

We want to develop a mind-set of "praying peace", not "praying for peace". When we pray for something, we start with the assumption that whatever we are seeking is absent and that we have to somehow "make it happen". When we pray peace, we put ourselves into a consciousness that peace is already present but hidden beneath layers of hatred and ignorance and that we have the ability to pull it into conscious experience.

James Twyman, in his book, Praying Peace, identifies seven Pathways to Peace, which, if we make them the focus of our thoughts, will allow us to see peace fully manifest in our outer experiences.

These pathways are:

  1. You are always praying; thought itself is prayer.
  2. Whatever you focus your mind on increases.
  3. To change the world, change your thoughts about the world.
  4. If you want to experience peace-become peace.
  5. Peace is always present, though it is sometimes hidden.
  6. Love is the only force in the universe.
  7. The world is already healed.

If we live from these principles, our hearts and minds are calm and open to knowing the Truth about our world.

Another way to use our minds to manifest peace is what is called The Intention Experiment. Using cutting-edge research conducted at Princeton, MIT, Stanford, and many other prestigious universities and laboratories, The Intention Experiment reveals that the universe is connected by a vast quantum energy field. Thought generates its own palpable energy, which you can use to improve your life and, when harnessed together with an interconnected group, to change the world.

Lynne McTaggart, developer of The Intention Experiment, invites us to spend ten minutes a day holding to the thought of peace in the world: "Our intention is that peace be immediately, completely and permanently restored in Ukraine and throughout the world with no further loss of life and that the Ukraine maintain its sovereignty as an independent, democratic nation."

May the blessings of peace be yours,
Pastor Don

For more information, see:

  • Praying Peace: In Conversation with Gregg Braden and Doreen Virtue by James Twyman.
  • The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart.

sunflowerSparkle and Bright - The Reason for the Season

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

December 2021

Our Advent Readings this year bring our attention to the "Season of Sparkle and Bright." Just reading that brings a smile to my face and a sense of joy to my heart.

It occurs to me that "Sparkle and Bright " is more than a season, it is a choice. It is more than shiny objects and bright lights; it is a state of being. And, even though tradition tells us that December is the time for Sparkle and Bright, there is no time box for this attitude.

During this season we also often hear the phase "Jesus is the Reason for the Season." As Spiritualists we honor Jesus, the Christed One as one of our Master Teachers and specifically, our Way Shower. This means that Jesus modeled the Christ filled life. While doing a little research, I came across the following:

Christed Beings are fearless. They see or feel a need and they respond. And because they are fully aligned with God's Energy, they respond accordingly from this higher level of awareness of what is most needed, of what will do the greatest good.

Talk about Sparkle and Bright!! Jesus was the poster child for this state of being. He taught us so many things about how to show up on this physical plane. Here are some of the lessons that come to mind…

  • Live in harmony with the world around you
  • Take time so share what you know, to teach
  • Take time to listen and learn
  • Walk your talk
  • Manifest good things in your life
  • Stay the path even when it is difficult
  • Remember that you are so much more than your physical being
  • Feed the hungry, heal the sick, comfort the grieving; this is love in action

Jesus, when he walked the earth plane, chose to be the embodiment of Sparkle and Bright. Knowing this, never doubt that you too can choose to be the embodiment of Sparkle and Bright!

Dear ones, embrace the loving, caring energy of the season. Immerse yourselves in the lessons of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy that we celebrate each Sunday of Advent. Put these lessons in action. Choose to shine! Let the warmth of your spirit draw others to you this season. Embrace who you are and know what you have to give. Be Sparkle and Bright! Be the Reason for the Season!

In love and light,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerWords

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

November 2021

In his book, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz tells us "Be impeccable with your word." This is the first of the Four Agreements and according to the author the most important. What is it about what we say that is so critical? This is the question I would have you prayerfully and thoughtfully consider this month.

Our word is the vehicle that shapes our reality. As we walk this physical path, we interpret our experience through words whether they are spoken words or the words of self-talk. Words are what we use to reach out to others and also to connect with our inner selves. For example, if I tell myself that I am a failure, I act like a failure. If I tell myself that I am accomplished, I act like I am accomplished. Our words also have a powerful impact on others. If we consistently point out what we perceive to be faults in others, they will accept our judgement and see themselves as faulty. If we build others up with sincere praise, others will see themselves as praiseworthy.

Words are the expression of our personal creative power. We define who we are, what we do and how we show up in the world with our words. As Spiritualists we believe that we work with our spirit guides, teachers and other members of our soul group to plan the lessons we will work on during each earthly experience. In a sense, we define this incarnation, this life, with our words.

Understanding that words are the framework of our lives allows us to consider the impact of being impeccable with them. To be impeccable is to be without error; we allow no dents, wrinkles or spots in the fabric of our lives. Don Miguel Ruiz encourages us to "do nothing that goes against yourself." We take responsibility for our actions, but we do not judge or blame ourselves. We examine our choices and accept the results we create; however, we do not blame or judge ourselves. We resolve to keep moving forward and where things have not worked out, we resolve to do better.

Pause for a moment and consider the feelings and emotions that are invoked with our words. Notice how low your energy becomes when your self-talk focuses on failed endeavors, tense relationships, lost opportunities. In contrast notice how light and how much higher your energy becomes when your self-talk is focused on what you perceive as your successes. Even the expression on our faces, the outward reflection of our inward self, change as we shift our focus.

Remember, words are an instrument of creative power. Words are the tools we use to shape our perception of life. If we judge ourselves and focus on what we believe to be failure; then we create more failure. If we accept ourselves as a work in progress, then we create opportunity for growth.

Seize the day dear ones! Be impeccable with your word! Create the beautiful life you deserve!

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerFounded In Love

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

October 2021

October is a special month for Progressive Spiritualist Church.

This year marks our 108th Anniversary. If you go to the Church History segment on our website you can follow the path of the congregation as it moved from physical location to physical location. This brief history also highlights the consolidation with another Spiritualist church. Our roots go deep here in Indianapolis and the souls of our membership, on both sides of the veil, span more than a century. What an amazing blessing to be part of this community, this family.

We truly are a family. And, we do all the things that families do. We laugh and cry together, we argue and reconcile, we take on serious work and we play together; most importantly, we worship and study together. We support one another in growth and development, we connect with spirit and we share words of encouragement and love from those on the other side who have gone before us.

Our family shares many gifts but of all the gifts we share these are the ones that have endured through our century of existence. Faith, hope and love. The bible, one of the texts we Spiritualists hold as sacred, speaks of faith, hope and love as the gifts that remain. And of these three, the greatest is love.

As I think about Progressive Spiritualist Church and imagine the people who have been part of our community over the years, I can't help but feel the energy of those who established our roots. I feel the strength of purpose intertwined with a kind-hearted invitation to join the family. I envision a group that stood on the faith of things unseen with hope fueled by passion for making a difference in the world around them. And, yes, I'm sure these people were viewed with the same skepticism as we sometimes feel today. Seems to me that makes us stronger!

Our principles speak to the moral responsibility of the individuals and our ability to create our own happiness or unhappiness by the choices we make. No wonder Spiritualism endures! Our forerunners understood that we can make a difference in the world by the choices we make; we can shine our lights. We may not be perfect; certainly, the founders of our beloved church family were not perfect, but we remain. We move forward in the same faith, the same hope and the same love.

And, the greatest of these is love…. Love, such a simple word. Yet, it is such an expansive word. Love overcomes fear, love overcomes hate, love overcomes doubt, love overcomes worry; and the list could go on. Progressive Spiritualist Church is a center for love and light; that is why we have endured all these years. The energy of love binds us with the past, supports us in the present and leads us to the future. We move forward in the light of the highest and best of spirit.

To all members of Progressive Spiritualist Church; past, present and future, I am grateful for you and am grateful for the opportunity to serve and participate in the community! We are BLESSED!

In love and light,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerLessons and Spiritual Growth

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

September 2021

Being an only child who became the mother of four amazing children, I found myself often praying desperately for patience. Interestingly, the "patience" that I was asking for never came. I wanted and expected an instantaneous change of heart and mind. Dictionaries define patience as "the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset." As I am now older and my children have reached adult age, I can say that I have somewhat mellowed into a more patient state.

I often encourage you to look for the learning in all circumstances. With hindsight, I can see the learning in this situation for me. I asked Spirit for the gift of patience. Spirit responded with opportunities for me to learn patience. Not what I had in mind, but since when do I know better than Spirit what I really need and want? At this stage of my life, I have a much deeper appreciation for the guidance of Spirit and for knowing that all things do truly work together for my good.

What are you asking Spirit to give you? What is it that you believe with all your heart that you need and want? Do you want to be more kind, more loving, more serious, more dedicated to a goal, more committed to your spiritual development, more…? You fill in the blank.

I absolutely encourage you to keep asking! Keep praying! And, I strongly encourage you to listen for the answers from Spirit. What is it that is going on in your life that will help you develop the gifts and talents you are seeking? Take a close look at the people who have specifically crossed your path to be your teachers. My kids were and continue to be my teachers. My work colleagues are my teachers. Members of my church family are my teachers. For all of these wonderful souls I am grateful. Without the experiences I share with all those in my life, my life is empty. I become stagnant, satisfied with the status quo. I lose my desire to learn and grow.

Before we are born our soul chooses a destination. This destination is all about Enlightenment. The journey, the path, of this incarnation is focused on learning and growth. Ironically, we don't start the journey with a clear sense of the destination. It is in the daily living of our lives that our goals are revealed. It is in the challenges we face that we have the opportunity to grow.

It is interesting to me, that we may or may not "learn our lessons." As Spiritualists, we believe that some of us, at least some of the more stubborn of us, have been working on some of the same lessons time after time. When we get IT right, whatever IT is, we can move on to the next lesson.

I believe that I have made progress on the patience thing. There are clearly days and situations where I realize that I haven't got the lesson fully because I hear myself whispering "Give me patience." The journey makes us understand how precious the destination must be. Our spiritual growth is worth all the challenges we face along the way. Keep moving forward dear ones! Carpe Diem!

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerLife is for Living

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

August 2021

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride!'
- Hunter S Thompson

The quote above from Hunter Thompson is certainly thought provoking. What is our goal in this lifetime? Are we here to play it safe or are we here to try scary things like speaking in front of an audience; or dancing like no one is watching; or figuring out what we came here to learn and then go about the business of learning it?

I make up that several of you are like me in that you find yourselves living on automatic pilot at least 90% of the time. Monday through Friday, the "work week" is framed in the same routine each day. The weekend arrives and several of us follow routine patterns for Saturday and Sunday as well. Are we living? Of course, we are. We are living up to a set of beliefs that demands that we support ourselves, hold up our end of the bargain in our agreements, meet expectations in relationships and take some time for nourishment and sleep. This is the ROUTINE!

I'm not saying that routines are bad things. Actually, they serve us very well as our routines allow us to function efficiently without making a new plan every day. This saves a lot of energy. Routines also give us a sense of control. We have made decisions about specific areas of our lives and we own them.

Here is what I would ask you to consider this month: Does your established routine leave space in your lives to learn and grow?

There are many options for growth. We can focus on the physical. Do you want to make your body stronger or healthier? We can focus on art. Do you have a little voice in your head that says things like, write that book, poem or song? Maybe your voice is encouraging you to paint, draw or sculpt. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. We can focus on personal development. Is there a field of study that you have always wanted to pursue? Do you want to learn computer programming, mechanical drawing or advanced mathematics?

Maybe your little voice is calling you to sit with Spirit, to spend more time in meditation and prayer or to tackle writings that you think are beyond your comprehension. Would you like to take a class on Shamanism or Spiritual Healing? Maybe you are interested in the art of forgiveness or Don Miguel Ruiz' Four Agreements.

Routines assist us with stability in our lives and that is a blessing. What is your soul calling you to do that is out of the ordinary? What will cause you to shout "What A Ride!" at the end of this journey?

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerLove Yourself! You are Worthy!

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

July 2021

Having recently spent several days with my 18-month-old granddaughter it occurs to me that she has absolutely no trouble loving herself. She is a happy child with bright blue eyes and a winning smile. She lets the adults around her know what she wants when she wants it and has no thought of not deserving it. She lives life with the confidence that she is worthy of love. She has no reason to doubt herself, no reason not to love herself.

It is heartbreaking to know that this will not always be the case for her. The journey of life begins with a knowing that we are worthy of love. As we move forward on our journey, we allow circumstance and other people to convince us that we are not at all worthy of love. Inevitably we buy into the fact that we are not enough, we aren't pretty enough, fit enough, smart enough, witty enough, tall enough, tough enough… The list goes on and on. Because we are each wired a little differently, some of us buy into this unworthiness frame of mind more than others. None of us escape it; some of us recognize it and decide to change it; others recognize it and choose to accept it. Remember we get to choose how we move forward. It is never too late to start loving ourselves more.

My challenge for you this month is to take time to LOVE yourself!

  • Know that you don't have to be perfect to be worthy of love. That's a good thing for not a one of us is perfect! Love all of you, even the imperfections.
  • Be honest, if there are things you want to change about yourself, change them. Love yourself for doing it.
  • Keep a journal for 30 days listing all the things you love about yourself. Do your best to enter something in the journal every day. It is okay to repeat entries. If you miss a day or two, be gentle with yourself. Love yourself for the effort you have made.
  • Think of something that you would like to do that will make you smile. Really smile, not just an expression on your face, but a deep down truly happy feeling. Love yourself for that smile.
  • Think of one person every day that you admire for one of their qualities. Know that you can't see the quality that you admire unless you have that quality yourself. Love yourself for having that quality.
  • Take time to be grateful for the amazing person that you are. Be grateful for the people in your life, the blessings you have and the challenges you have. Love yourself for knowing that life is made up of blessings and challenges.
  • Take time to acknowledge yourself every day. Stand in front of a mirror and say "I am enough and I love myself." This will work better for you if you put some enthusiasm and joy in your voice. 😊

Know that you are worthy of loving yourself. Most importantly, know that Spirit loves you very much!

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerI Promise

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

June 2021

I promise to work hard and do what's right, to be a leader in this game of life. - LeBron James from his children's book, I Promise.

By definition a promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something. As a noun promise means a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something. As a verb it means to commit oneself by a promise to do or give.

The energy of a promise is sacred. It is a commitment, a covenant, an oath, a pledge. Knowing that we manifest the circumstances of our lives by the focus of our thoughts, let us strive to make our promises thoughtfully. Both the benefit and the cost of making a promise need to be considered. In life there is this delicate balance between what we have and what we want to have; where we are and where we want to be, who we are and who we want to be. A promise can propel us from one state of being to another by the strength of will that holds us to our promises.

Inspired by what I read from LeBron James' beautifully written and illustrated children's book, I am drawn to ask each one of you, what does it mean to work hard, do what's right and be a leader? Where are we called to serve? Where does the energy of love and compassion draw you? As we move forward one step at a time to regain a healthy degree of "normal life" what promises are you making to yourself and others?

I know that I give you more questions than I give you answers. 😊 I do this by design. I really do want to present you with ideas to consider. Spiritualists are charged with thinking for themselves. When it comes to the powerful act of making promises, each one of us is called to go within and search for how we want to show up in life. It is up to us to decide how we will use our inborn talents, how we will manifest our dreams, and how we will follow our passion.

In "this game of life", our results are a reflection of promises kept and promises broken. Do we take care of ourselves the way we promised? Have we achieved the goals that we promised ourselves we would achieve? Do we have the relationships that we promised to create?

For all of us the answer to the questions above are yes and no. There are promises we have kept and promises that we have released. What can we do about that? We live in the moment remembering that the door to reformation (change) is never closed and that we are loved more than we can imagine. I promise to keep moving forward, to take one day at a time and to be the best version of myself that I can be. What do you promise?

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerBloom Where You Are Planted

Blooming Flowers

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

May 2021

Bloom where you are planted. Thought provoking concept, isn't it? The first question that came to my mind was "What does it mean to bloom?" The Free Dictionary (www.thefreedictionary.com) offers 4 definitions. The one that resonated with me in this context is; "a flourishing, healthy condition, the time of greatest beauty, vigor or freshness."

So, it seems that to bloom is much more than to grow. Growth implies an increase in what is already there, but to bloom means that something new and beautiful is produced. In this time of spring, I'm sure you've noticed the amazing colors of the flowering plants and trees. Nature's landscape is becoming rich with color and fragrance reminding us that yes, it is very possible and natural to bloom where we are planted.

As our Spiritualist Principles remind us, we create our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature's physical and spiritual laws. We GET TO create the environment we need to grow and bloom, right where we are. We are responsible for what we produce in this lifetime!

Plants and flowers need good soil, the right amount of water and sunlight, and maybe some fertilizer to support not only growth, but to provide the energy needed to bloom. Consider your current environment. Do you find yourself in a place that is rich with the nutrients that you need to support your personal growth? Are you connected to those who support your growth? Do you have access to the information you may need? Do you have time to take care of yourself?

I challenge you to do the following:

  • First, consider your environment. Make a list of what is working to support your growth. Say a prayer of gratitude. Then, note things that stand in your way. Say a prayer of gratitude for these as well. The blessing embedded in obstacles is the awareness that things are not working which in turn allows you to make change.
  • Second, make a list of all your blooms (i.e. the talents and gifts that you have). Think of these a unique bouquet that only you can produce. Don't be shy or stumble in humility. Own your gifts. Again, offer a prayer of gratitude.
  • Third, clearly identify the blooms you want to produce. Do you want to enhance current talents or cultivate new ones? Do you want to become more active in service to your community, your family, or your church? Do you want more time to meditate? See them as already in hand!
  • Finally, identify the changes you would like to make in your current environment to make it richer. Who are the people you would like to bring closer, who are the people you may need to step away from? What classes or books would you like to investigate? What changes to your schedule would support you best?

May you all immerse your energies in the regeneration and hope that Spring brings to Mother Earth!

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerThe Phoenix

phoenix

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

April 2021

Some myths, stories and legends can be found in many cultural and religious traditions. The details may vary from group to group, but the lessons are the same. The teaching of the mythical Phoenix is one such story. Variations can be found in Greek, Egyptian, Jewish, Hindu, Native American, Iranian and Slavic mythology. Sounds to me like a Universal Lesson. It is one of those truths that touch each of us as individuals as well as touching humanity as a connected whole. There is something here for each of us and all of us at the same time.

The story goes that…

The Phoenix was known to be a majestic bird-like creature that lived in Paradise. The Phoenix, like all other creatures who live in Paradise, was known to live a good life. However, in time, the bird began to feel the effects of its age. After 1,000 years had passed, it was ready to move on.

…In the still of the night, just before sunrise, a magnificent creature builds its nest. You stop and watch as it carefully puts each spice, clove, and branch that lay before it in place with meticulous detail. As you stand and watch, you are struck by the tiredness of the creature that is clearly evident – though in no way takes away from its beauty. The sun begins to rise and the bird begins to stretch. Its feathers are a beautiful hue of gold and red – the Phoenix. It cranes its head back as it sings a haunting melody that stops the sun itself in the sky. A spark falls from the heavens and ignites a great fire that consumes both bird and nest – but don't worry. In three days, the Phoenix will rise from the ashes – born again.

As I read the story of the Phoenix here are few of my lessons:

  • Living is a series of experiences; one of which is death and rebirth
  • When needed and wanted, I can choose to move on
  • Beauty can and does come out of the ashes
  • The red and gold energies call me to follow my passion

So, dear ones, let me ask you this…

  • Do you remember that no matter what your current circumstance you are a beautiful, magnificent child of God?
  • Do feel the spark of the Creator that you carry in your soul? Or, are you living on autopilot, going through the motions of your current situation?
  • Is it time to consider a change? Are you being called to release a job, a relationship or a memory that consumes your energy and leaves you feeling helpless?
  • What is your burning desire? Are you following your passion?

What lessons are there for you in the legend of the Phoenix? I urge you to do a little research. Find the full story and read it for yourself. Know that while you cannot change the past, you have the power to make a fresh start, a new beginning whenever you choose.

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerJust Breathe

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

March 2021

"Just Breathe!" We often hear these words when we are nervous, scared or worried. When we take on a new challenge, like a new job or a new relationship, we tell ourselves, "Just Breathe!" In the middle of a crisis, we can keep our focus and spread calm to others if we "Just Breathe!"

What is it about the simple act of breathing that is so powerful? Most of the time we don't even notice that we are breathing, it is just automatic. When something interrupts our breathing like an illness or an accident, we painfully remember how vital it is to breathe. Our breath is literally, the gift of life.

Research from www.GotQuestions.org offers this explanation "Man did not become a living soul until God breathed life into him. As a physical, animate, rational, and spiritual being, man is unique among all living things upon the earth. So, what is the breath of God? It is the life and power of God, given to man to animate him. The Hebrew word for spirit is ruach, which means 'wind, breath, air, spirit.' The life of God lives on and on; the immaterial part of man was designed to live eternally.” Now, isn't that something? The breath of God creates the living soul; the soul carries the spark of the Creator in each of us.

Many of the World Religions have something to say about breath.

  • In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for Spirit and Breath is precisely the same: Ruach. "In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth… the Spirit-Breath of God was stirring the waters."
  • In the New Testament, the Greek word for Spirit and Breath, as used by Jesus, is precisely the same: Pneuma. "And Jesus breathed on them, saying, receive the Holy Spirit-Breath."
  • In Taoism and the martial arts that developed from Taoism, the energy of the warrior, Chi, is carried in the Breath.
  • In Yoga and Hinduism, Breath is essential in healing and cleansing mind and body: it carries the cosmic force of Prana.
  • In Buddhist meditation, the mind touches its original Buddha-nature by centering on the flow of breath. This practice brings Samatta (unity of mind-body) and Vipassana (insight into the true nature of existence).

It occurs to me that the Divine Creator, the Great Spirit, gave us all something to have in common. All human kind as well as many other beautiful and amazing life forms here on Mother Earth depend on the flow of oxygen, the breath, to survive. We come in different packages, different colors, different shapes and sizes; however, for each of us, breath is life. Breathing, how we control our breath, how we preserve our breath, how we channel our breath, all these things help to shape our lives.

So, when you are stressed or when you seek peace, pause for a moment and "Just Breathe!" With this simple act, know and believe that you are tapping into the Spirit of God!

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerLoving: Holding On or Letting Go

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

February 2021

Love is a powerful energy, the highest vibration of energy according to some sources, and is named the greatest of spiritual gifts listed in the Bible. Remembering that love is energy, not a feeling, brings a different perspective to what it means to be loving. Loving can be holding on tight or letting go; most of the time it is easier to hold on than to release. There is an element of fear in letting go.

Consider the following words from this unknown author. May they support you, bring you comfort and assist you as you choose to stay the course or let go in relationships or situations in your life. Either way, live in love!

To "let go" does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can't do it for someone else.

To "let go" is not to cut myself off,
it's the realization I can't control another.

To "let go" is is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To "let go" is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.

To "let go" is not to try to change or blame another,
it's to make the most of myself.

To "let go" is not to care for,
but to care about.

To "let go" is not to fix,
but to be supportive.

To "let go" is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.

To "let go" is not to be in the middle of arranging the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own destinies.

To "let go" is not to be protective,
it's to permit another to face reality.

To "let go" is not to deny,
but to accept.

To "let go" is not to nag, scold or argue,
but instead to search out my own shortcomings, and correct them.

To "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires
but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.

To "let go" is not to criticize and regulate anybody
but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To "let go" is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.

To "let go" is to fear less
and love more.

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerTo Everything There is a Season

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

January 2021

In the late 1950's Pete Seeger wrote a song called "Turn Turn Turn" that was released by a group called The Byrds. Some of you may remember this and some of you will undoubtedly need to look it up. 😇
The chorus goes like this…

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

The song calls attention to the fact that there is a time for every season under heaven and that the seasons turn with the passing of time. These lyrics are based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 from the Bible's Old Testament. The Bible is one of the texts we Spiritualists hold as sacred.

As I think about the message in these words, it occurs to me that yes, the seasons turn with time; however, it is not just the passage of time that influences the season. I suggest to you that the seasons, or cycles, or rhythms of existence as we experience them are shaped and molded not only by cosmic forces, but also by the intentions of humankind.

The knowledge that we, as humanity, gain in each age, the lessons we choose to learn as well as the lessons we choose to ignore, all shape our reality on this earth plane. Yes, if we reflect historically over time, we can see that the seasons change. I challenge you to look more closely, look with an open mind and a caring heart. 2020 brought us laughter and tears, courage and fear, love and hate, victory and defeat, personal battles won and personal battles lost, and on and on and on… What do you see in the changing of the seasons? What have you learned?

The energy of January, in Roman culture, is that of doorways, openings, beginnings. Today we experience January as a time for retrospection and resolution. One door closing and another door opening. As we review the year that is past, we can become clear about how we want to shape the upcoming year. It is a time to set clear intentions.

So, I ask you dear ones; what is your intention for 2021? Are you committed to learning, to study, to growth? Are you committed to rest and restoration of energy spent? Is it your intention to be in service to your fellowman? What difference will you make in the world? As Mahatma Gandhi urges all mankind, Be the change you want to see in the world.

Our light shines brightly at Progressive Spiritualist Church. Many have worked together to make that happen over the last 100+ years. It is our intention to keep that light shining through our services, our classes, our prayers, our healing circles and our commitment to one another. Be the light! Take heart in knowing that every spark of light makes a difference. When we join together, we create a beacon!

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerThe Doorway to Reformation

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

December 2020

During this season of gift giving and celebration (however unusual it seems in this year of 2020) you may be wondering why my heart is drawn to the thought of the Doorway to Reformation…

Principle #8 on the list of Spiritualist Principles reads: We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any human soul here or hereafter.

This incredibly powerful principle offers the gift of renewed relationships, fresh starts, and new beginnings to all souls. If the choices we are making today aren't working, we can make new ones.

Take a moment and remember the best gift, the most appreciated present you have ever received. Allow yourself to immerse your senses in the feelings of joy, kindness, thoughtfulness and love that came with the gift. Remember how special it made you feel. Breathe deeply, bask in the memory, drink it all in.

As much as any material gift is a blessing in our lives; the gift of reformation brings blessings without measure. Stepping through the Doorway to Reformation allows each of us to step into a world of new possibilities! We can drop our baggage on one side of the door and boldly step into the future with the power of choice, courage and hope to manifest a life that we love. Embrace the concept; think about what it really means for you; whisper a prayer of gratitude to our Creator.

Knowing that reformation; i.e. change, is always possible is the true blessing of this gift. Knowing that I am not trapped in my current set of beliefs or practices is freedom at its core. I may not be able to control external circumstances; however, I absolutely can choose how I respond to them. I can lay aside beliefs that don't serve me and open myself to a new understanding and acceptance of myself.

In conclusion consider what a privilege it is to comfort a brother or sister with this gift; to share the knowledge that the Doorway to Reformation is never closed against them. As with any gift, once that knowledge is shared, once the gift is given, it is up to the receiver how to use the gift. Some may be ready to step through the door immediately; some will consider the gift too good to be true and resist the opportunity altogether; others will say thank you, then put the gift on the shelf and maybe bring it out later. They get to choose.

May this season of hope and joy bring love abounding to your lives and peace to your souls. Know that "The Doorway to Reformation" is never closed against you! Be bold! Create the life you want and live it to the fullest!!

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

sunflowerSpiritualism - A Religion of Responsibility

Sunflower

By Rev. Margee Jaeger, Sr. Pastor

Progressive Spiritualist Church

November 2020

We often talk about Spiritualism being a Religion of Responsibility. As a community we emphasize the individual's right to question and choose. We offer Principles rather than Dogma; we require that people think for themselves rather than tell them what to think; we open our doors with acceptance rather than requiring conformity.

Whew! That's a lot of responsibility. And it starts with each one of us.

Spiritualist Principles speak to humanity's relationship with the Creator, Nature, ourselves and our fellow man. They are like a mirror we can use to see how WE are doing; not a magnifying glass to see how OTHERS are doing. I am responsible for me; for my words, my actions, my choices. As I embrace the Principles, I accept my responsibility to be the best version of myself I can be. When I am distracted and find myself operating in a way that is not my best self; the Principles serve as a guidepost to get back on the path.

Thinking for yourself can be a heavy responsibility. It can be easier to have someone that you respect, and maybe even fear, tell you what is right and wrong, how to act and what to do when you have strayed from their path. It is more challenging to make a personal decision about what it means to be your best self and hold yourself accountable to those standards.

Finally let's consider the concept of acceptance. Acceptance does not mean agreement. I can accept you, acknowledge what you believe, love you and not agree with you at all. We each walk our own path in this life; paths that contain a combination of universal and unique experiences. Your path will shape your opinions and beliefs just as my path shapes mine. Some things we will agree on and others we will not. And, here's the really cool thing: THAT IS OKAY!

Like-minded souls will gravitate toward one another and our community will be strong as we flex and grow together. We are a willow in the wind, bending and flowing with the breeze, yet never breaking. Let us continue to pray every day - May those who need us find us, and may those we need find us too!

Blessings,
Rev. Margee

Requirements for Certification

Note: One year interval required between each level of certification / ministry

sunflowerMediumship Certification

Required Classes:

  • Fundamentals of Spiritualism
  • Meditation
  • Auras, Chakras and Ethric Bodies
  • Spirit Guides
  • Phases and Laws of Mediumship
  • Symbols and Their Interpretation
  • Ethics of Mediumship
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Capstone Class - Mediumship Demonstration

Additional Requirements

  • Two years minimum participation in development class at Progressive Spiritualist Church.
  • Test after each class
  • Mediumship demonstration at eight public events
    • Worship services
    • All message services
    • student services
    Three of the eight must be outside Progressive Spiritualist Church.
  • Volunteer in the Healing Room
  • Mediumship demonstration for the Ministerial team

sunflowerMediumship for Private Readings

Required Classes:

  • Fundamentals of Spiritualism
  • Meditation
  • Auras, Chakras and Ethric Bodies
  • Spirit Guides
  • Phases and Laws of Mediumship
  • Symbols and Their Interpretation
  • Ethics of Mediumship
  • Practical Aspects of Mediumship
  • Spiritual Healing

Additional Requirements

  • Two years minimum participation in development class at Progressive Spiritualist Church.
  • Test after each class
  • Mediumship participation at four psychic fairs as a reader
  • Three private readings with three Progressive Church members
  • Three private readings with three individuals outside Progressive Church with evaluation
  • Volunteer in the Healing Room

sunflowerAssociate Minister

Required Classes:

  • Counseling
  • Life After Death
  • Natural Law
  • Sacred Writings
  • Preparation and Delivery of Sermons and Lectures
  • Death and Dying

Additional Requirements

  • Test after each class
  • Teach one mediumship certification level class.
  • Sermon and messages at six worship services. Three must be ouside Progressive Spiritualist Church.
  • Act as chairperson at a minimum of four worship services at Progressive Spiritualist Church.
  • Volunteer at least one time each for:
    • Kitchen
    • Healing Sanctuary
    • Usher
    • Psychic Fair Fundraiser
  • Continued mediumship development
  • Regular meetings with mentor

sunflowerOrdained Minister

Required Classes:

  • Unity of Religions
  • Church Business and Organizational Behavior
  • Basic Metaphysics
  • Study of the Bible
  • Ritual in the Spiritualist Church

Additional Requirements

  • Test after each class
  • Teach one Associate Minister level class.
  • Sermons and messages at four worship services. Two must be ouside Progressive Spiritualist Church.
  • Act as chairperson at a minimum of four worship services at Progressive Spiritualist Church.
  • Volunteer at least one time each for:
    • Kitchen
    • Healing Sanctuary
    • Usher
    • Psychic Fair Fundraiser
  • Continued mediumship development
  • Regular meetings with mentor
  • Shadow pastor for a minimum of three Sunday mornings
  • Create a ritual for worship service (pet blessing, communion, etc.)