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 →

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 →

Spiritism vs Spiritualism

One of the first things that always comes up when I start talking about Spiritism is the question, "Is that the same thing as Spiritualism?" A lot of folks have heard about the latter, mostly through media portrayals of spirit mediums, and possibly the stories connected to greats like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry... Continue Reading →

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