by Russell Clark
The journey started in the late 1960′s early 1970′s when I followed my brother into the Christchurch Spiritualist Church, never having heard of or been to before. As I sat and listened to the Medium work I thought ‘Is he all there?’ or ‘What was wrong with him?’ as he talked to the other side. All I wanted to do was get out of there, but my brother would not let me go. As I listened, things started to make me think ‘Was there life after this life?’. When the Medium came to me and said that I should be up there with him doing as he did, that scared me. When I left that meeting, I wanted to forget about it, but something inside of me wanted to learn more about this spiritual thing.
Not long after this I moved to Melbourne, Australia. Things had started to happen around me and I wanted to learn more, so one Sunday I went along to the Brunswick Spiritualist Church and started to learn more about the spirit world. After a while, I joined a learning Circle which had Question and Answer time, then Meditation Circle. As time went by my thirst for knowledge became like a river on its run to the sea. I was sitting three circles a week also Sunday nights at the Church looking for answers, asking questions wanting more and more. I became a member of the Brunswick Church and after two years was voted onto the committee. Another year later I became Vice President. In the late 1970′s after sitting group, the Church asked me if I would like to start my own group and, after much thought and talk with spirit, began a group which lasted seven years. Out of that group I was proud to teach the now two Ministers and President, also a Treasurer of The Brunswick Spiritualist Church. I started many groups and started going to other Churches in Melbourne working as a Medium and Healer. I also sat in other groups to help them get started and as my pupils left me to start their own groups, so the circle of events that got me going, it then closed for me.
I left Australia to come home to New Zealand. Having come home I searched for something to keep me going. As Spirit keeps saying “You will never learn everything in this life”, so I kept seeking more knowledge. I found the Dunedin Spiritualist Church and with Spirits help started to work again.
It has been a dream of mine and Spirit told me a long time ago that I would become a Minster of a Church. That dream has come true. When Dunedin Spiritualist Church asked if l would become their second Minister I readily said “Yes.”
The group I have started here I could not ask for more as I think they will go far in this work. I have had my up’s and downs in this life the same as all people, but Spirit has helped me.
I feel that no matter what we do in this life, if we are patient and love ourselves nothing is too hard for us. So after 35 years of learning and doing this work I feel Blessed in what I have learned and been able to pass onto others from spirit. I hope the next years on this earth plane I can learn more and help more people in this way.