Ozark Spiritism: The Stringfellow House

Here in Fayetteville, Arkansas, there's an otherwise unassuming Victorian home over in the Historic District that some know as the "Stringfellow House" but few are aware of the full tale of the Stringfellow family. More information about the family can be found in Stephen Chism's book, The Afterlife of Leslie Stringfellow: A Nineteenth-Century Southern Family's... Continue Reading →

Help Open Ozark Healing Traditions!

First off, thank you to everyone who has helped me over the years to bring workshops, hikes, and healing sessions to Northwest Arkansas and beyond.  Ozark Healing Traditions started off as a blog called Mountain Man Healing about seven years ago. Back then I was participating in a project where I would write about Ozark... Continue Reading →

New Name!

As you might have been able to tell, we've been doing some changing! We've thought and thought and decided to put aside Mountain Man Healing, and are now embracing the name Ozark Healing Traditions, which we hope will show the wide variety of information covered by the blog and classes. Traditions of healing in the... Continue Reading →

Spiritism and Religion

I've talked elsewhere about the universal nature of Spiritism, but I thought it might be appropriate to look more closely at the topic of Spiritism's relationship to religious traditions. In this article I will be using quotes from the 1893 edition of The Spirits' Book, as translated by Anna Blackwell. Early Spiritists came mostly from... Continue Reading →

Ozark Bestiary – Moving Islands

Other Names: grassy backs; moss turtles Habitat: lakes; swampy areas Diet: fish; small mammals Appearance: Often on cool mornings in summertime, a fisherman will step out onto a wide patch of marshy plants and rocks, only to have the spot give way, plunging him into the murky waters. These are the Moving Islands, as they... Continue Reading →

Ozark Bestiary – False Trout

Other Names: mud-skips; land-fish; getaways Habitat: rivers; deep creeks Diet: trout; trout eggs Appearance: The False Trout in all appearances, look exactly like the normal trout found across the Ozarks, Oncorhynchus mykiss. The difference is that the False Trout is not, in fact, a fish. The False Trout is most known for its thin arms... Continue Reading →

Spirit Evocation

For those spirits who don't appear spontaneously there is the route of evocation, which basically means calling upon a certain spirit (or group of spirits) to appear to the medium. There are advantages and disadvantages to both the spontaneous and evocation routes. For instance, with spontaneous manifestations we are at more of a risk for... Continue Reading →

Spirit Obsession

Relationships between mortals and spirits can be viewed in a positive or negative light. Sometimes when we encounter spirits the information given (and the experience in general) is enlightening and helpful. Other times we encounter spirits who just want to joke around, or who pose as well-meaning characters as a sort of trick. Identifying spirits... Continue Reading →

Varieties of Spirit Mediums

Spirit mediums play a very important role in Spiritism as a way of communicating vital information between the world of spirits and the world of mortals. The spirit medium, according to Allan Kardec, holds a specialized position, but it is ultimately open to anyone who is willing to learn and grow. Some mediums have a... Continue Reading →

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