Spinoza is here!
Many years ago, I lived in Key West and several friends and I would meet once a week to discuss philosophy and subjects of psychic phenomena. One day I learned that a woman who did past life regressions was in town offering classes and demonstrations. I told the group, and some of us decided to attend a session. I arrived at the appointed time and place. The woman invited me into her office and I sat down. Immediately I was transported to another time and place; Amsterdam in the 1600s. The facilitator recognized that I had “left” the building and asked me where I was. I told her I was in Amsterdam and it was the 1600s. She then interjected; “oh you must be a Calvinist.” I knew I was not a Calvinist. I was Jewish. The facilitator interrupted me to say, “you cannot be Jewish! There are no Jews in Amsterdam.” I knew she was mistaken and I shouted; “Spinoza is here!” Now 20th century Emmy had no idea who Spinoza was! At that moment my grandmother from the spirit world took my wrist and led me out of the building. I rushed home to see if Spinoza was a piano (my first thought) or a man. Spinoza was a man! Often called the prince of philosophers! Thus began my more serious study of spiritualism. I soon realized that our philosophy also contains the belief in the Immanence of God. I first found this in the writings of Cora Richmond. Before Cora, by Spinoza and before Spinoza, by a Dominican monk Giordano Bruno. Giordano was burned at the stake and Spinoza was excommunicated from the Jewish community. Welcome to freedom of religion! I am very happy that early Spiritualists, in particular Cora Richmond, joined the ranks of believers in the Immanence of God! The philosophy of religion is contained in those few words. The blessings of spirit are manifested by God is in those words. We enjoy the blessings of spirit and we can manifest those blessings; remember the words of Jesus: “all this and more you can do.” Life is the teacher of wisdom. We are safe. We are happy. We are loved!
The Immanence of God: preaching that God is the everywhere present, impersonal power manifesting as life through life. In and of itself conceived; whose knowledge does not depend on the knowledge of any other thing.
Namaste! emmy chetkin
Founding Member of the
Church of the Living Spirit