During the Summer Season of 2015 the
Camp Etna Lyceum, also known as the Healing Light Spiritualist Church Sunday School, met each Sunday during season after church.
It was a great Discussion Group of All Ages.
Below you will find an outline of the classes we had covering 9 weeks, 9 principles and 9 historical events.
9 Weeks - 9 Principles - 9 Historical Events
July 5, 2015 Principle #1- We believe in Infinite Intelligence. Discussion of God, Spirit, Soul and the meanings of the words believe, infinite and intelligence.
Historical Event Week 1-Harrison D. Barrett writes 1st three principles of Spiritualism: Discussion of Harrison's life.
July 12, 2015 Principle #2- We believe the phenomena of Nature, both physical and spiritual, are the reflections of Infinite Intelligence. Discussion of Nature and how it reflects Infinite Intelligence from the smallest molecule to the most majestic mountain. How is Infinite Intelligence reflected in each of us spiritually?
Historical Event Week 2-Carrington Event of 1859 super solar storms brightened night skies around the world for 7 days, causing many to question life as they knew it. Conversations about God, life and life after death most likely were instrumental in the beginnings of Camp Meetings around the United States and indirectly to the beginnings of Camp Etna. Discussions of what life might have been like with solar storms and virtually no communication.
July 19, 2015 Principle #3- We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith constitute a true religion. Discussions of the meaning of religion and this principle and how do we live in accordance with it.
Historical Event Week 3-Birth of Camp Etna 1858 with Daniel Buswell's meeting's, gift of property, changing name etc.
July 26, 2015 Principle #4- We affirm the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death. Discussion of what this means and how we know the personal identity of individual continues.
Historical Event Week 4-Mary Vanderbilt- Her life and her amazingly accurate billet readings bringing through individuals and answering questions clearly.
August 2, 2015 Principle #5- We affirm that communication with the dead is a fact scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism. Discussion of readings people in class have received and the documented proof we hold of the phenomena of Spiritualism.
Historical Event Week 5-Writings of Dr. Funk proving communication with dead. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's involvement in Spiritualism and other noteworthy participants.
August 9, 2015 Principle #6- We believe the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Discussion of this quote from the bible and how it affects our actions. Discussion of Karma.
Historical Event Week 6- Spiritualists involvement in the abolition of slavery and women's rights. Susan B. Anthony
August 16, 2015 Principle #7- We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature's physical and spiritual laws. Discussion of how to live our lives and how not to live our lives. Sharing times in our lives when we were stuck in unhappiness having our own “pity parties.” Talk about our feelings and how they are like our children; we give birth to them, it is important to nurture them and then to let them go. Expressions and ideas to keep us in the happiness groove.
Historical Event Week 7- The Fox Sisters-the event and then their lives following.
August 23, 2015 Principle #8- We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul, here or hereafter. Discussion of examples of how people who have passed may continue to learn through our life experiences and be forgiven for things they may have done and how that helps us heal.
Historical Event Week 8- Andrew Jackson Davis' life and presence in Maine
August 30, 2015 Principle #9- We affirm the precepts of Prophecy and Healing are divine attributes proven through Mediumship. Discussion of the meanings.
Historical Event Week 9- All the history of philosophies and religions before the term “spiritualism” was introduced; Traditions throughout the history of mankind have paved the way for Spiritualism. Native Americans and Shamans spoke to animal guides, Greeks spoke to oracles (2000BC).Theosophists, teachers of God's wisdom, appeared as early as the 3rd century and the Kabbalah, meaning received tradition, emerged in the 12th century and led to the Christian Cabala and the Hermetic Qabalah which still remains the center of Western Escoterism. Protestants claimed man didn't need a priest to talk to God (Luther, 1517AD), the founder of the Shakers, Mother Ann Lee had visions (1747), Mesmer used animal magnetism for healings (1774), and Swedenborg spoke with spirits and angels during meditations (1787). The Theosophical Society, a combination of Eastern religious traditions and Western esoteric teachings, was co-founded in 1875 by Madame Blavatsky, Colonel Olcutt and Will Quan Judge.