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Chosen from a wide variety of inspirational sources: Definitions
of frequently used words in Spiritualism and Spirituality

*Spiritualism -- A philosophy, a science and a religion
Spiritualists' National Union: Spiritualism is a religion that gives an understanding of God and encourages us to act with a high sense of duty towards others. Spiritualism stimulates spiritual ...
Akashic Records -- "The Book of Life"
From the Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E.ģ): The Akashic Records or "The Book of Life" can be equated to the universe's super computer system. It is this ...
Akashic Records -- Library containing all the thoughts and knowledge of the universe, past, present and future
The Akashic Records are believed to be a sort of library in a plane of existence not accessible to ordinary people. This library contains all the thoughts and knowledge of the universe Terminology ...
Akashic Records: What They Are -- Universal Filing System, Collective Unconsciousness
Mysticism and the magical have always held a certain, intriguing lure for the curious. The ruins of Atlantis, the contents of the library of Alexandria, and even the secret lore of the masonic orders ...
Apport -- Paranormal tansportation
The Mystica.com: Materialized objects produced by mediums during Spiritualistic seances. These objects can range from flowers, jewelry, and even live animals. The production of the apports was and is ...
Ascension Process -- Increase of vibrational levels
From the site of Anne Reith, Ph.D.: Ascension is the process of increasing your cells' vibrational levels. If looked at under an electron microscope, you can see that the cells of all living ...
Astral Travel -- Astral Projection
The separation of the astral body from the physical body. Astral Travel, also known as Astral Projection, is most common during sleep.
Astral Vision -- Seeing one's surroundings through closed eyelids
During meditative experiences, sometimes people find themselves able to see their surroundings through closed eyelids. Some practitioners of New Age activities call this astral vision or astral ...
Astro Travel -- Astral Projection
Astro Travel, otherwise known as Astral Projection, is the process in which the spirit, or etheric body, separates from the physical body to travel in a dimension called the astral plane. This can be ...
Astrology -- Divination
A divination influenced by star and planetary movements in the universe that foreshadow human time based life events.
Attunement -- Harmony
Attunement.org: Attunement is both a way of life and a spiritual healing art, with specific techniques to enhance essential health and well-being. It is a state of consciousness in which the spirits ...
Attunement: What Is the Meaning of Attunement? -- Kenneth Gordon
In a general sense, attunement describes the action of being brought into harmony with or awareness of something. Its modern usage is chiefly in a spiritual context, which refers to a practitioner ...
Aura -- An energy field
Reiki For Holistic Health.com: The electromagnetic field that surrounds the human body (Human Energy Field-HEF) and every organism and object in the Universe.The Human Energy Field as a collection of ...
Aura -- How to See Auras
An aura is an electromagnetic energy field that surrounds each living thing. Seeing auras isnít as difficult as you think. If youíre focused on your spiritual side, itíll probably be easier. Auras ...
Aura Imaging Photography -- Kirlian photography
From Angela Tarry, the aura expert: Normally, we are unaware of the subtle energies of our aura as they are not visible with the naked eye, except to some gifted clairvoyants and healers. Now. with ...
Aura Reading -- Identification of blocked energy
From the web site of the Reno Psychic Institute: - Your aura is the energy field that surrounds your body. - An aura reader uses her clairvoyant ability to see the conditions in your energy body. - ...
Automatic writing -- A form of channeling
At Healing From Within, Susan Eller offers in 5 steps "a simple way to develop intuition, access inner guidance, and unblock creativity" where she advises "Do not judge, analyze or evaluate what you ...
Automatic Writing -- How to Do Automatic Writing
Automatic writing is easy to do, and anyone who desires to do it can try. It's been around a long time and many people believe it's a way to communicate with spirits. Skeptics believe ...
Autumnal Equinox -- Sept 22-23 of each year
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumnal Equinox occurs in late September, generally the 22 or 23, and marks the beginning of the season of autumn, or fall. In the Southern Hemisphere, this date ...
Chakra -- An energy center
Sacred Centers.com: The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body that correspond to nerve ganglia branching out from the spinal column, as ...
Channeling -- Mediumship
Communication with the spirit world through a medium, an individual believed to possess the special ability to communicate with spirits existing in another dimension, is referred to as spirit ...
Circle -- Also called development circle
Mystical Empowerment.com: Have you ever wanted to find out whether you have psychic and spiritual abilities, or how to develop them? If you have, then a development circle is a good place to start. ...
Clairaudience -- Perceiving sounds not normally audible
From The Spirit Artist - Rev. Rita Berkowitz: Mediums do not always recognize when they are awakening the facility of hearing. They are expecting to hear an audible loud voice. Sometimes this will ...
Clairempathy -- To sense the emotional & physical condition of others from a distance
Clairempathy is the ability to sense the emotional and physical condition of others from a distance. For instance, if you were to be in an online Chatroom you would be able to sense the emotion and ...
Clairsavorance -- Clear tasting
Clairsavorance is translated as clear tasting. The person experiences tastes in the mouth without putting anything physical actually in the mouth. Note: There are a variety of ways in which a Spirit ...
Clairscient -- Clairolfactance
Clairscient also known as Clairolfactance means to smell a fragrance or odour of a substance which is not physical in nature. For example, you might smell cigarette smoke when you are in a place ...
Clairsentience -- An inner knowing
leylijnen.com: Clairsentience is used both for paranormal feeling and paranormal knowing. With paranormal knowing, the person gets through an answer. With this answer he got the feeling / knowing to ...
Clairtangency -- Psychic faculty related to the physical sense of touch
Clairtangency is the psychic faculty that corresponds with the physical sense of touch. Note: There are a variety of ways in which a Spirit Guides or a departed spirit can communicate with a medium ...
Clairvoyance -- Perceiving images not normally visible
From The Spirit Artist - Rev. Rita Berkowitz: Some mediums see spirits as physical forms, but it is necessary to know that it is not the physical eye that is the center of psychic vision. It is ...
Creation Spirituality -- Ancient tradition
From Creation Spirituality Communities: Honoring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures, ...
Difference between mediumistic and psychic abilities -- One can be a psychic and/or a medium
Difference between a "mediumistic reading" and a "psychic reading" by Joanne Gerber, LLC - Psychic Medium and Spiritual Teacher: If you are looking for guidance about your life, such as career, ...
Direct Voice -- A physical phenomenon where spirit voices are heard
From the site of the Spiritualist Church of Canada: Direct Voice is accomplished with the aid of a horn or trumpet, usually of aluminum, which is used to intensify the spirit voices. It is also used ...
Discarnate Entity / Discarnate Intelligence -- Disembodied Entity
Spirit entity without a physical body.
Distant Healing / Remote Healing / Absent Healing -- Remote channelling of energy
From the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary: Spiritual Healing can be given in person through contact healing or alternatively, when the individual is not present, known as distant healing. Distant ...
Dodecadiamond Sphere -- Meditation and healing sphere of fluorite and quartz
When you sit in the Dedecadiamond Sphere you should immediately feel some intensified energy from every single angle The magnets surrounding the fluorite or the quartz magnify this energy which will ...
Dowsing -- To search with hand held tools
From the website of the British Society of Dowsers: To dowse is to search, with the aid of simple hand held tools or instruments, for that which is otherwise hidden from view or knowledge. It can be ...
Earthbound spirit -- Lost soul
From ectoweb.com: A term referring to a ghost or spirit that was unable to cross over to the other side at the time of death and is therefore stuck on earth. _________
Ectoplasm -- Emanation from a medium
From Studies Of The Paranormal.com: A strange, mystical material that flows out of any orifice and opening of a mediums body during a seance. This paranormal substance would sometimes take the shapes ...
Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) -- Voices captured on audio equipment
From ectoweb.com: EVP is the use of audio equipment to capture voices. Typically, voices appear on tape or video that should not be there. For instance, when there was no one in the room or the ...
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) -- Release of energy blockages
"EFT is based on a revolutionary new discovery that violates most of the beliefs within conventional psychology. It contends that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's ...
Energy Healing and Orthodox Medicine -- Spiritual Healing
What is Energy Healing? Energy Healing is distinguished from other therapies and practices by being non-invasive; no medicines or drugs are given; no inroad into the body or mind is made, It seeks ...
Esoteric -- Hidden
From The Metaphysical Center of New Jersey: Esoteric means "hidden" or "inner," for these ancient teachings have been hidden or secret for many ages, taught only to selected initiates who have proven ...
Grounding -- A centering exercise (like before a meditation or a performance)
From the web site of the Reno Psychic Institute: Grounding is the base of the spiritual pyramid Grounding locates you in time and space. Then you, the Being can know Where you, the body is Grounding ...
Harmonic Healing -- Vibrational - Harmonic Therapy
The alternative healing introduction of harmonic forks, which vibrate in accordance with whatever discord they encounter within the patientís body are excellent for general well being to chakra ...
Higher Self -- Spiritual Self
"Higher self is an integral and intimate aspect of ourselves that remains aware of (and actively interacts with) the whole of our being and our existence on the many planes or possibilities of life. ...
Highly Sensitive People -- HSP
Jim Hallowes's HighlySensitivePeople.com: We've learned highly sensitive persons or "HSPs" make up 15% to 20% of the population. HSP's nervous systems are different and are more sensitive ...
Hypnotherapy -- Therapeutic change from outside suggestions
From Ian Lawton's Hypnotherapy page: What is hypnosis? Hypnosis happens naturally whenever a person is inclined to accept outside suggestions. Hypnosis makes memories more real and ideas clearer. ...
Ketheric template aura -- Aura
"The ketheric template aura extends about thirty six to forty eight inches from the physical body and appears as an extremely bright golden light that is rapidly pulsating. This aura takes on the ...
Lapis Lazuli: Metaphysical Properties -- Blue stone
Lapis lazuli is a rock made up of various minerals, and it's found in crystalline limestone. People use lapis for spiritual insight during meditation, and it's also worn as jewelry for ...
Law of Thought and Attraction -- We are what we think
From Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism: The Law of Thought and Attraction: The tool of the Spirit is Mind, and like any tool, Mind can be used to build and unify, or to destroy and fragment. ...
Lucid Dream: How Does a Lucid Dream Work? -- Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD)
When you sleep, you dream. Most of your dreams will slip away long before you wake, and you won't remember them. You dream during the REM stage of sleep, so named for the rapid eye movement that ...
Lyceum -- Spiritualist Sunday School
From the website of the The Spiritualist Society of Barrie, Ontario: Andrew Jackson Davis, who foretold the coming of Modern Spiritualism, developed the Lyceum, which is the Spiritualist equivalent ...
Medical intuition -- Intuitive health reading
From the web site of Winter and Michael Robinson: Medical intuition is probably the most misunderstood (and misused) term in the spiritual field today. A health scan or intuitive health reading ...
Medium - Watch a Medium Give Messages (short video) -- Bridging between two worlds
"A medium is a bridge between two energy fields, which are the World of Light and the world is which we are at the moment, the Earth World." Stephen Wakeling (below) is an international Spiritual ...
Mediumship -- A link between 2 worlds
SpiritLincs.com: When people think of Mediums they usually visualise people wearing long flowing gowns in a sťance, sat round a table holding hands with the people they are doing a reading for. ...
Mental travel -- Also called mental projection
AstralVoyage.com: Mental projection "can be induced by daydreaming, remote viewing, listening to music, and hypnosis just to name a few. Mindless behavior, in my opinion, is really mindful behavior ...
Metaphysics -- "Which lies beyond the physical"
From The Metaphysical Center of New Jersey: Metaphysics is the study of esoteric teachings concerning cosmic laws, the nature of reality, the purpose and meaning of life, our relationship to the ...
Mysticism -- Spiritual Activity or Experience
The word "mysticism" comes from the Greek word "to conceal." In ancient Greece, mysticism referred to secret rites of esoteric religions. Mysticism now has a broader definition, and it has become ...
Namaste -- Greeting
From the website of Reverend Diane Jensen: "Namaste" is the Sanskrit word that means "I bow to the divine in you." What a lovely expression! _________ From Aadil Palkhivala: We bring the hands ...
Natural Law -- The way the universe works
From the web site of the the Spiritualist Society of Barrie: As Spiritualists, we believe in Natural Law. This is understood, not as a prescriptive resource from which we can discern a set of moral, ...
Near-Death Experience (NDE) -- Powerful Event of Consciousness, Near Death (or sometimes not)
We find the following description on the fascinating website of the International Association For Near-Death Studies (IANDS): A near-death experience (NDE) is a profound psychological event that may ...
Numerology -- Using Numbers
Numerology takes the premise that you can break down your own personality based on simple numbers in your life. Once you discover those numbers, you can look up what those numbers mean and learn more ...
Ouija Boards -- Floating planchette on a board
From the website of International Medium Sandrea Mosses: Ouija boards are not new and have been around since the 1890ís. How do they work? The idea is that two or more people place a finger onto the ...
Out of Body Experience -- Being outside our body
From Aspects: Out Of Body experiences are where people have the experience of being outside of their physical bodies. If a person is permanently outside of their physical body then they are often ...
Out of Body Experience: Difference with Dreams -- OBE
An out-of-body experience, or OBE, and dreaming -- particularly lucid dreaming -- are two psychological phenomena that are similar and often mistaken for one another. Despite this, however, the two ...
Overshadowing -- When a medium is overtaken by a spirit
Communication with the spirit world through a medium, an individual believed to possess the special ability to communicate with spirits existing in another dimension, is referred to as spirit ...
Parapsychology -- Psychic phenomena
Parapsychology is the study of psychic phenomena. It is not limited to psychic abilities but includes all aspects of consciousness outside the mainstream, such as dreams and hypnotic states. ...
Past Life Regression -- Recalling experiences in previous lives
From the website of the Miami Hypnotic Center: Do you believe that your soul travels through time and space to reincarnate into another body and into another live? Past Life Regression (PLR) is a ...
Past-Life Regression: How to Learn Past-Life Regression -- Dealing with past life experiences
Past-life regression is a controversial procedure where a patient is hypnotized in order to help remember memories from previous lives. The theory hinges on the reality of reincarnation and multiple ...
Pendulum -- Dowsing (Radiesthesia)
Learn how to access your subconscious and the collective consciousness of the universe with a pendulum. Pendulums may be used by anyone, regardless of whether you believe you will get any results. ...
Physical Mediumship -- A phonomenon that everybody can witness
Steven and Stella Upton's web site: "For any kind of phenomena to be categorised as physical it must impinge upon one or more of the five physical senses, ie. you must be able to see it, hear it ...
Physical Mediumship -- Apports -- Objects brought by spirits
Sometimes spirits bring forth physical objects to their loved ones, called apports. These can be jewelry, books, money or other significant objects. Source: Stacey Buckner
Physical Mediumship -- Direct Voice -- Spirit sounds emerges from a trumpet
This type of medium uses a cone-shaped object called a trumpet to communicate with the spirit. The trumpet has a hole at each end. It is placed in the center of the table and when the necessary ...
Physical Mediumship -- Trance -- A spirit takes over a medium's body
A trance occurs when a spirit takes over a medium's body. The spirit communicates with the voice and body of the medium. The medium is in a sleep-like state, withholding her own thoughts, but is ...
Physical Mediumship -- Transfiguration -- Face of athe spirit on the face of the medium
When the lighting in the room is appropriate, the face of the spirit can be seen on the face of the medium. This is called transfiguration. Sometimes the facial features of the medium completely ...
Poltergeist -- Noisy mischievous emotional or spirit activity
MysticalBlaze.com: Research has revealed that many suspected Poltergeist agents are females under the age of 25, who are completely unaware that they are the causing this type of activity. Emotional ...
Pre-Birth Planning -- We, ourselves, pre-planned our own challenges before our birth
Watch Robert Schwartz, author of Your Soul's Plan, explain the meaning of pre-birth planning, which is that we planned our greatest challenges before we were born for purposes of spiritual ...
Precognition -- Predicting the future
Precognition is the ability to predict an event before it occurs. One of the more famous psychics with this ability is Nostradamus, who some credit with predicting many events, including the rise of ...
Psychic Detective -- One who investigates crime through supernatural gifts
Psychic detectives are individuals who investigate and attempt to solve crimes through supernatural gifts or abilities. Although it is not often discussed, police investigators and private citizens ...
Psychic Empathy -- Ability to be in tune with other people's emotional states
In the realm of psychics and similar phenomena, there exist different factions of psychic behavior. Some psychics feel attuned to the past while others can see what the future holds for people. ...
Psychic Surgery -- Surgery Done by Spirit Through Increased Vibration
Source: Andy Porter, Psychic Surgeon: Psychic surgery is similar to congenial medical surgery that you would receive in hospital, except with psychic surgery you are operated on by a "spiritual team" ...
Psychic Surgery -- How Can Psychic Surgery Work
Psychic surgery started in the Philippines in a spiritualist community. The first well-known psychic surgeon, Eleuterio Terte performed surgery using only his bare hands. Frequently accompanied by ...
Psychomanteum -- Mirrored room used to communicate with spirits
A psychomanteum (sometimes spelled as psychomantium, and often called "mirror gazing") is a mirrored room, specially set up to communicate with the spiritual realm. Reflective objects or surfaces, ...
Psychometry -- Picking up impressions from an object
From Powerful Psychic Reading: Have you ever touched someone or something and gotten some kind of message ó such as ideas, pictures, or words? While shopping in an antique store, do you pick up ...
Raps -- Sounds made by a spirit entity
From the site of the Spiritualist Church of Canada: Used from a spirit entity, taps were formed into a method of communication - one tap for yes, two for no. The Modern Spiritualism Movement was ...
Reiki -- Universal life force energy
From ReikiZone: The word Reiki means free passage of Universal Life Force energy. When you are attuned to Reiki energy, the channels are opened to Universal Life Energy. Reiki attunements are much ...
Reincarnation -- The return to the earth
From Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism: The Law of Reincarnation: Every soul is given the opportunity to return to the earth (or elsewhere) as often as he or she feels necessary, and enter a ...
Remote Viewing -- View objects, people and events across space and time
Remote viewing is an extrasensory technique whereby the viewer uses transcendence techniques to view objects, people and events across space and time. You can find instruction online and for free for ...
Sensitives -- Psychics
Psychics don't consider themselves mere "fortune tellers." Their perceptions can lead to dream interpretations, "aura" perception, receiving other's "energy," emotions and even physical ...
Silver Cord -- Link between the physical body and the astral body
Impression of an umbilical cord linking the physical and astral bodies.
Spirit Art (a kind of mediumship) -- Portraiture of people who have passed into the spirit world
I am Jeff Horrocks, a psychic artist and medium, who draws portraits of people who have passed into the spirit world. It is, as yet, an unusual form of mediumship in which the psychic artist is able ...
Spirit Attachment -- Lost souls in the energy field of a person
From Spirit Release: Spirit Attachment is very common and unfortunately nearly always goes unnoticed. Many of the spirits that have attached to people donít do much harm, but some can be very ...
Spirit Release -- Spirit Rescue
From the Spirit Release Foundation: Spirit release involves freeing earthbound spirits from their condition of attachment. This is done in a compassionate, non-confrontational way, by contacting the ...
Spiritism -- A type of Spiritualism that believes in Reincarnation
Spiritism is based on the five books of the Spiritist Codification written by French educator Hypolite Lťon Denizard Rivail under the pseudonym Allan Kardec reporting sťances in which he observed a ...
Spiritual Healing -- Channelling healing energy
From the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary: Spiritual Healing is the simple process of channelling divine healing energy through a healer to an individual. Healing can be given in person through ...
Spiritual Kinesiology (SK) -- Muscle testing
"Kinesiology testing refers to the use of muscle testing to access information from the unconscious mind and the bodyís innate intelligence. Many people consider it to be the most advanced diagnostic ...
Summerland -- The Spirit World
"A term coined by Andrew Jackson Davis and used by Spiritualists as another word for the spirit world. "
Synchronicity -- Coincidental occurences of related events
From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: The coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected ...
Table Tilting -- A form of physical mediumship using ectoplasmic rods from the medium
From the site of the Spiritualist Church of Canada: Table tilting is done by spirit employing the use of ectoplasmic rods from a physical medium. The ectoplasm is built up in the body of the physical ...
Telekinesis -- Moving objects without touching them
Telekinesis is the ability to move and manipulate objects without actually touching them. This ability was made famous by Uri Geller and his seeming ability to bend spoons. Telekinesis requires deep ...
Teleportation -- Movement of an object
"A hypothetical mode of instantaneous transportation; matter is dematerialized at one place and recreated at another."
The 12 Zodiac Signs -- From Arie to Pisces
The 12 signs of the zodiac are known to be: Arie Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces
The Seven (or Nine) Principles of Spiritualism -- Philosophy
A - The Nine Principles of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, USA: 1- We believe in Infinite Intelligence. 2- We believe that the phenomena of Nature, both physical and spiritual, are ...
Trance Healing -- Spiritual healing done during a state of deep attunement
From Bob and Maggie, Trance Healing Mediums: Trance is just one of the many levels of consciousness and these can be measured scientifically using EG machines and are measured in units of Hertz. ...
Trance mediumship -- Also called "deep attunement"
First Spiritual Temple: When spirit links with a medium, the spirit communicator exerts various degrees of control, or overshadows the consciousness of the medium to a greater or lesser degree. This ...
Transfiguration -- Temporary change in appearance
From The Spirit Artist - Rev. Rita Berkowitz: You will feel the strong impression of your face taking on the features or expression of another being. You may feel as if cobwebs are flowing around you ...
Truth -- What we know inside
From Healing Through Spirit: Truth is what we know inside. When the knowledge that we have and information we are taught is brought into the heart and Spirit's Light shines upon it, this ...
Western Astrology -- Divination
A divination most popular in western countries also known as Sun Sign Astrology, based on a person's date of birth. Will result to finding out their zodiac sign in western astrology and ...
Zero Point Field -- An energy field suspected by Albert Einstein and Evin Laszlo
From the website of Winter Robinson, Medical Intuitive: Beyond space and time (modes in which we think, not conditions in which we live) there is a "place" we call the "space between the notes." This ...