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Genuine spirituality—or spiritualism?

From the September 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

On the face of it, the experience I’m about to relate is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me. But it turned out to be a valuable lesson and a means of helping others facing similar experiences.

One Wednesday evening, my husband and I returned home from a testimony meeting at our church and noticed the message light on our phone blinking. The message was from our son, who sounded unusually agitated and asked us to call him as soon as possible. 

When we called him, he told us that something extremely disturbing had happened at work that day. He is a schoolteacher, and the school psychologist had called him to her office. He assumed that she wanted to confer about one of his students. When he arrived, however, she closed her office door and made him promise that he would keep what she was about to say private. She then proceeded to tell him that she had strong spiritualistic abilities and that the spirit of his grandmother, who had committed suicide more than a year earlier, had been coming to her for more than six months and delivering messages. The psychologist said she felt that she must relay the messages to our son, and that he, in turn, must relay them to me, since they were meant explicitly for me. The messages sounded very much like what my mother might have said. The psychologist also told him intimate details about our family which she had no conventional way of knowing. 

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