Who and What are the Mystical Spiritualist Church Family?
Our church service - in our prior location
This Church does not claim to be "The Only Way". We simply offer Another Way, to understand the Grandeur and Grace of Love within the infiniteness of God-Goddess and the Universes ... another path for love to create and find its way. Instead of telling you that "We have The One and Only Way", we offer you the freedom of your soul and offer; "Every One their Own Leeway", as the Loving God-Goddess does.
- Rev. John M. Kohlenberger (6/6/12)
So, while there are always those who think that the only goals should be order and perfection, our founders, organizers and facilitators are not of that "orthodox" persuasion. Yes, to some we do tend to be a "paradox" . And, yet, by and large the people who attend our functions are mutually supportive of our facilitators and each other. And, if one of our facilitators drops the ball someone is always ready to pick it up! Our "flow" of loving allowance allows for occasional surprises, or opportunities for the synchronicities of creation to be revealed. And best of all, we know how to laugh. That brings healing all around.
- Rev. Lois Cheney (14/12/14)
Be Fruitful and Multiply ... the Love that You Are!
PICTURED: In the tradition of the gatherings at the time of Jesus - Summer Solstice 2014
Rather than being Bible Based with words, as so many other churches are, this church is heart based in Love, which is forever. And so, our "mystical" side looks beyond the physical as being all there is to life, while our "spiritualist" side believes in the communion of souls throughout Everlasting Lives.
Many churches stress "Faith" as being important. So, what is our faith like? Dr. Wayne Dyer pretty well sums it up in these words, “It is an act of FAITH to listen to your inner promptings, and then go with them.” Thus we are a "Charismatic" church not revering a single book or teacher, for ion all of God's Creation, everything and everyone is valuable! Thus, nothing is ever valueless or lost!
P.S. The Mystical Spiritualist Church in NOT an "Orthodox" church in the usual sense! But, Brother John, Martine (and its other founders) believe that we follow in many of the ways of love that Jesus lived and taught. Thus, we do not believe the story of sin, death and eternal fires of damnation that Paul (and Plato) invented! As one of John's teachers oce said several decades ago, these stories are the "subconscious regurgitation" of the fears these writers had. They knew not The Love of Creator that exists within creation, and the soul of self!
What is a "Mystical Spiritualist"church?
We all come from Mystical and magical origins, beyond the 3-D world, and this church acknowledges these origins so that we are helping to build "bridges" to those forgotten origins.
This church, then, is considered Spiritualist because we are finding ways to "Pierce the Veil" so that heaven is made more manifest on the earth. While many new age churches employ the psychic energies, of the mind, but we are going beyond that, seeking the "Soul Perspective" of the 5th dimension so that we may experience and know ourselves and others as Eternal Souls ... grander that the limitations of our human experience.
And we know that there are many mysteries yet to be unfolded.
Science and Spirituality Meet Here ... in this church!
Hear ye Oh Israel (meaning: "all hopeful people"); thy Self, thy God and thy Universe is Unified!
Who you are is indeed grand and truly wondrous!
Who you, and we all are, is a facet of the God/Goddess, Creator, a Vibration of Creative Energy and All-That-Is. If this were not so, you and I would not even be here. So, that which we call the universe is part of who you, I and we all are. You are the God-Goddess of You. You are the universe. Nothing else really exists outside of you, except those things, events, situations and people that may show you who you really are. It is as if we each live inside a grand mirror, giving us a reflection to show you, me and we how wonderful and how magnificent you and Creation are.
P.S. This is the "Unified Theory", of Spirituality!
Who are we and What do we believe?
•We areMystical: Believing in communion with The Living Spirit, or God, and the ability for direct experience with Spirit, the Angels, Saints and Loved Ones.
•We areSpiritualists: Believing in everlasting life; the “dearly departed” are still alive in Spirit and may communicated with.
•We areMetaphysical: Practicing the ability to increase our awarenessbeyond the confines of earth, body and mind through Relaxation, Contemplation, Chanting, Meditation, Toning and other means.
•We Seek Greater Truths and Awareness: Thus, we follow wisdoms revealed through our connections with the Universal God-Goddess energy - which is all that is, was and ever shall be.
•We Believe in God-Goddess: which is the all in ALL; All-That-IS, without any specific (limiting) characteristics of an individual being, yet a living presence within each and every particle in the earth, air, seas, leaves, trees, animal, including each and every human being … even YOU!
•We believe in No Hierarchy:There is no one above you and there is also no one below you, for we are each on our own divine path … on a quest to understand and experience unconditional love, which is the energy of God-Goddess.
•We Believe that the Masters, Prophets, Saints, Angels and loved ones are our brothers, sisters and helpers, not judges:Each expression of life is unique and related to all others, as we all have but one Source. Thus, Jesus, Buddah, Lao Tse, Mohammed, Krishna and others are our Brothers In Spirit that have shown us their way of Inner Light and Love throughout their lives (each in their own way), so that we might Live Life More Abundantly.
•We Believe in No sin and no Devil:These are inventions of our linear conscious and fearful subconscious minds, inspired by our illusions of separation from All-That-Is. Greater Mind is loving, benevolent, non-linear, multidimensional yet nondimensional and even beyond Quantum!
• Our God is not our King and does not sit on a throne: for, He, She, It, They, We are One and exist within each other; within, yet also beyond, 3-D, 4-D or any other measure (THIS IS THE AWSOME CREATION THE PROPHETS SPOKE OF). So, as God lives within each one of us, why not bring that Love. Light and Life out to play ... with each other?
•Yes, Jesus is our brother, not our savior; for all are saved in their own (which is also God's) time and way. Thus, by the love of God, no one would ever be left out or behind!
The Way We Are:
In preparing to lead a class, "From Jesus to Constantine", at Yavapai College, Rev. John run across many interesting facts concerning the roots of today's Christianity.
ONE: As Roman Christianity became formalized, there became two different ways of running churches; 1) clerical, run by a clergy and 2) charismatic, run by inspiration or gifts of the spirit. Unlike many of today's churches, this Mystical Spiritualist church is "run" by a combination of these, with ministers that work with and by spiritual inspiration.
You are invited to join in and participate in our many spiritual activities!
THE SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION OF THIS CHURCH
It all began eons ago:
Many early churches followed the teachings of Jesus who became the Christ. Some of these were:
Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Bnistic-Christians, Egyptian Orthodox Church (Gnostics) Greek Orthodox Church of Turkey, Greek Orthodox Church
Marcionites, started by the writings of Marcion of Sinope at Rome, Not known today
Ebionites, Jewish-Christians of Palestine and , , Not known today
However, James the brother of Jesus was effectively the Bishop at Jerusalem (Blessed are the poor)
Orthodox Catholic of Rome, after 425, decreed by Constantuine, Roman Catholic Church
oWhich became the "parent" of themany off spring, called "Protestant" churches
The Mystical United Spiritualist Church was founded by Jack & Ethel Rowe in 1976. According to Ethel, Jack Rowe had lived a previous life as a Gnostic Christian in Egypt.The Gnosticsare the people, who according to the Edgar Cayce and other sources, the Holy Family stayed with while they lived in Egypt at the time that they were avoiding the edicts of King Herod.So it was that Jack must have read many of the Coptic Christian texts and believed in their philosophies.
John and Martine Kohlenberger discovered that church in 1991 and found a "home" with Jack and Ethel Rowe, learning much from both. Thus, it seems that, many of these Coptic/Gnostic philosophies have been (spiritually) resurrected in the Mystical Spiritualist Church; as many were in John's innate belief system by the time he was a teenager, even though he was raised in the Presbyterian church and his grandfather was a German Methodist minister.
Interestingly, as I (John) was recently reading the Gospel of Mary , I find that we follow much of what is put forth in that and other Gnostic/Coptic Christian texts such as the Gospel of Thomas.
In the Gospel of Mary (Magdalene) it is related that ... the blessed one greeted them all, saying, "Peace be with you. Receive my peace to yourselves. Beware that no one lead you astray, saying, 'Lo here!' or 'Lo there!' For the Son of Man is within you. Follow after him! Those who seek him will find him."
In this church, we believe that "God is Alive and hiding in each one of us", as Jesus did, thus we encourage each one to find all people to be born of God and Man, thus each may be called the Son or Daughter of the Divine; as Jesus claimed to be!
If this seems to be your cup of tea, we invite you to come sup with us for a while.
Now ... WHO ARE WE ... AS SOULS?
"Across millennia and in dozens, even hundreds, of incarnations, we as souls seek to discover and then lead lives based on our own inner wisdom, our own heart's desires, our own strength, our own knowings, longings, and passions. In the Oneness of Home we retain our individuality, but when we isolate that individuality on the physical plane, its contours become more pronounced, its facets deeper and more striking. The diamond that glistens in a long necklace may be brilliant, but its light is immersed in that of the other jewels. When removed from the necklace and standing on its own, its unique radiance shines more brightly for all to see."
From "Your Soul's Gift", The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born, by Robert Schwartz, (pg 349)
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