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Were Greek Philosophers the First Spiritualists?

It never ceases to amaze me how everything old is new again. So much of what we know and believe about the Afterlife and the Soul seems to be rooted in Greek Philosophy. This philosophy goes back approximately 2500 years. This knowledge is not necessarily mainstream or taught as a regular curriculum in schools. Greek Philosophy is a pretty specialized field of study. I am fascinated by it. As a Spiritualist this study is a part of my life’s Journey.

A very brief description of Spiritualism is the belief and proof that there is an Afterlife. The proof is provided via mediumship (a.k.a. channeling) when verifiable information is provided to the recipient of the Spirit Communication. For a more detailed explanation of Spiritualism please visit the National Spiritualists Association of Church’s website at www.nsac.org; the Spiritualist National Union website at www.snu.org.uk/index2.htm; and for an explanation of Christian Spiritualism, please visit the First Spiritual Temple’s website at www.fst.org

The Greek Philosophers seem to be the first Spiritualists. I have been re-reading Socrates from various sources. His philosophy is so closely related to Spiritualism. I know in some circles he is referred to as an ancient Spiritualist. I refer to him in that way as well. Perhaps we Spiritualists should refer to ourselves as modern Socratics, followers of Socrates.

Although Socrates never wrote anything down, Plato recorded his life and philosophies. “The Last Days of Socrates” by Plato and translated into English is a fascinating read. Socrates explains his Afterlife Philosophies in detail.

There were other Greek Philosophers besides Socrates and Plato such as Pythagoras who believed in an Afterlife. He invented the mathematical Pythagorean theorem.

Spiritualist Sunday Schools were named Lyceums by Andrew Jackson Davis in 1863 according to the “Lyceum Manual” first published in 1887. Andrew Jackson Davis was one of the Founding Fathers of Modern Spiritualism. To directly quote from the Lyceum Manual co-compiled by Emma Hardinge Britten (another founder of Modern Spiritualism);

“Lyceum was the name given originally to a gymnasium and garden with covered walks near the temple of Apollo Lyceus at Athens. Arstotle taught there, and hence the name was applied to his school of philosophy. Aristotle’s school came to be known as the Peripatetic, from the walks in the garden in which Aristotle walked and talked with his pupils.”

The original Lyceum structure set down by Andrew Jackson Davis closely resembles the Greek Philosopher Aristotle’s model for teaching.

I’ve lost count of how many books have been published on the Afterlife in present day society. I wouldn’t care to count how many books were published over the course of history on the subject as well. It seems quite a few are an offshoot of Greek Philosophy. It certainly gives me pause to reflect.

Addendum:
I have been speaking about Spiritualism here. It is part of my Journey. It is not my intention to proselytize. Mediumship has been secularized with an abundance of Mediums and their books. Not everyone is comfortable in a religious setting. It’s up to the individual where they are most comfortable. I provide the opportunity for private, secular consultations for those who prefer not to go to a Spiritualist Church. I share my Spiritual Gifts in Church for those who feel comfortable there. I try to provide everyone equal access to their Spirit Guides and Loved Ones, along with Spiritual Guidance regardless of the setting.

2 Responses to “Were Greek Philosophers the First Spiritualists?”

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