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Spiritualism, A Guide for Those Who Seek ~ Part 8
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By Ethel Rowe and Norma Bright
Feb. 12, 2012
Spiritualism, A Guide for Those Who Seek ~ Part 8, Ancient Spiritualism (Feb. 12, 2012)
Part 8 ~ Ancient Spiritualism
Fabre D'Olivet, in his book, Hermeneutic Interpretation of the Origin of the Social State of Man, tells an interesting story. A factual story for it is also found in the early writings of the northern European countries.
In 6750 B.C. a woman named Voluspa was a member of the Borean race and of the tribe known as the Herrncns. They were nomads and wandered over northern Europe. Her story is the first recorded and preserved story of mediumship.
Voluspa continued to have visions and became a power in the lives of the Hermens with complete authority over them. The oak tree became a sacred symbol because Voluspa had her vision in its shade
Voluspa's husband and brother were both chieftains of the Hermen tribe. They had a violent quarrel and challenged each other to battle until death. They chose an open field surrounded by trees.
Voluspa believed the spirit and ran out into the field. She told the men of her vision. She spoke with such authority the men believed her. They immediately searched the woods and killed the opposing warriors
The two men and Voluspa started toward the home but stopped to rest under an oak tree. Voluspa again became entranced, and this time Hermen the First spoke through her. He promised the Herrnens a glorious future if they would follow his guidance. They agreed
Herrnen the First told them to always respect Teub-Tad, the Sublime, the Infinite, the Universal Father
Historically, we learn through Voluspa's mediumship two great truths: a belief in one God and the survival of human consciousness after the change called death
The women of the Hermen tribe had been looked upon as slaves belonging to men and had been shown little or no consideration. Voluspa's vision and ultimate outcome from that vision changed all this.
Voluspa continued to have visions and became a power in the lives of the Hermens with complete authority over them. The oak tree became a sacred symbol because Voluspa had her vision in its shade.
Soon other women began to develop psychic power until each tribe of the Borean race had its own medium who sat beneath an oak tree to receive and deliver direction for her people.
The tribe grew rapidly and their authority spread throughout all of northern Europe. Colleges for women were built. Women became all powerful in government and religion. At the head of each college was a woman directly under Voluspa's guidance
This was the beginning of Druidism. The woman at the head of the college was called Druidess. These women were taught all the secrets of mysticism and occultism. They became efficient in receiving and delivering oracles
As the authority of these leaders increased they became filled with their own importance and power. They began to abuse their power of leadership. They planned an intricate system of human sacrifices as part of their religious practices.
The Druidesse said a messenger was needed to take messages back into Spirit, so human beings were chosen to fulfill this mission. Even the royal family was not exempt. All who were chosen as messengers were considered to be greatly honored. In some cases, large wicker basket cages were used and several victims and animals were placed in these cages. As the fire under the cage burned, the Druidess and their people stood around the burning cages. They chanted messages to be taken to their spirit ancestors.
This rule of terror soon filled the people with sorrow, misgivings, and doubts. Voluspa and her followers began to lose their ability to predict, to heal, or to counsel.
The men banded together and realized thcy had been wrong in allowing the women absolute power in government. They gradually stepped back into power. Women again became subordinates
A form of Druidism existed for many centuries. It was especially strong in Ireland. Even now there are Irish stories of nature spirits and fairies. The new form of Druids worshipped the sun, the moon, and the trees. Their prophets foretold future events from dreams and visions. The raven was their symbolic bird and they believed it posesscd psychic power.
D'Olivet claims that Voluspa, in spite of her mistakes, brought much knowledge and beauty into being. She developed such rhythm and beautiful tonal qualities by her chants that the first taste of music, rhythm, and poetry came into being.
As Voluspa's desire for power grew, she began, more and more, to add her own ideas to her oracles. Power hungry, she failed to live by spiritual law. Aside from this, her early contact with Spirit has given to us first documented knowledge of the ',continuity of life and the communication with Spirits.
Her early concept received from Herrncn the First, also tells us that one supreme power was known. Our concept of God has grown from these beginnings.
As Voluspa's power diminished, a young man, Rama, came into view. He was born about 6700 B.C.. He studied science, philosophy, and religion, all as a part of a prophet's training.
Rama was disturbed with the events Voluspa carried out. The people were becoming ill and the plague was ravaging the people. Rama believed it was judgement against their wicked ways.
He spent much time in pondering just what he could do to cure the people. He walked until he was tired and then laid down under a tree. He fell asleep. He felt a presence and opened his eyes. Before him stood a Spirit clothed in the white robes of the Druids. The Spirit was holding out his hand and Rama rose and followed him. The Spirit was wearing a gold knife in his belt. He drew it and cut some mistletoe from a tree. He gave it to Rama and told him how to prepare it for a cure of the plague. Rama thanked the Spirit who immediately disappeared. Rama hurried home, brewed the concoction, gave it to the people, and they were cured.
Rama later declared a special day set aside as a feast day. It was called Ncwhcyl Day, meaning new health. This day eventually became Noel Day and later, our Christmas.
Voluspa was still in power and saw in Rama a rival. She tried to discredit Rama's efforts. He quietly persisted in his teaching of truth, winning the hearts of the people. Voluspa's power lessened because she abused her psychic gifts. Rania's sincerity and honesty soon brought him into leadership of the people.
Rama was in constant contact with his spirit guides. He was told to abolish human sacrifices and to heal the sick. He was taught the use of herbs. His preparation of mistletoe for healing and its successful use caused it to become a sacred symbol. We use it today at Christmas time as a symbol of love. Rama was revered by his people and spoken of as "One Sent From God."
After Rama established his teachings in his own land, his guides directed him to take these truths to other lands. He took a group of followers into Asia, where he taught, and into part of Africa. Throughout these areas he established many centers of learning
Historians tell us Rama overcame the Black Race of India in a Seven Year War. This war was not for power or gain but to establish peace among the tribes and a greater spiritual understanding. There were marvelous psychic manifestations during this war and many happenings that seemed miraculous
Rama's attitude toward women proved his belief in equality, even possible superiority in religious matters.
It was recorded that Rama performed many seemingly miracles of healing. He is given credit for being the first to lay down a program to spiritualize and civilize the world
Rama, as all prophets, was tempted by offers .of being a ruler of a physical kingdom. He renounced such a thing and stayed under the spirit power of his guides
Rama's life is recorded in Vedic literature in the Ramayana epic. His followers came to believe him to be God-man, their god, who so loved mankind that he incarnated to the earth so as to be more effective with the people.
While many of the priests allowed themselves to deteriorate into the use of Black Magic, Rama stayed pure and in the light. He followed the guidance sent from higher planes of cosmic wisdom and his influence is sti\l very evident today.
The truths and wisdom Rama taught gave him a powerful leadership. He gave inspiration and spiritual guidance to all who came to him. The Hindus sti\l honor him, and you can read of him in their holy books
After many long years of service, he withdrew to a quiet mountain retreat, where he taught his wonderful truths to a band of chosen followers. He prepared them to carryon his ministry
Historians tell us it is from Rama that we learned our first understanding of the Zodiac. It is also said he developed the Aryan Calendar.
Rama's vibrations were so powerful that for many years after he . passed, his people believed him to still be living in his mountain home.
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