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 →

Hauntings According to Spiritism

First things first, in Spiritism we really hesitate to call places "haunted". As a philosophy it has always sought to create calm, rational adherents, who are able to approach the spirit world with peace of mind rather than fear. One of the big questions that came up for budding Spiritists early on was that of... Continue Reading →

The Goal of Spiritism

What's the goal of Spiritism as a philosophy? It might be an odd question, but it was certainly one on the minds of the early Spiritists like Allan Kardec. As a both a philosophical movement and "science" (as the early members would come to call it) Spiritism sought to ultimately prove the existence of an... Continue Reading →

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