I wanted to attend meditation sessions for myself and I was directed to Portobello’s Wednesday evenings of meditation and healing. I thoroughly enjoyed coming to the church and after I while I started to attend other church services. I was also by now experiencing different spiritual phenomena and it was suggested that I might like to attend one of the Church’s Introductory Workshops which I did and as a result I joined the development circle in 2006 and have never looked back.
This year I have been out visiting and working in different churches around Scotland and have now started to get my own bookings. I wouldn’t have dreamt that when I came to the church for the meditation and healing service five years ago that I would now be taking my own services!
The experience of visiting other churches has been invaluable as I have the opportunity to work in different environments e.g. scout halls, community halls. Each environment has its own energies and it is amazing to experience and notice these differences. I also have the opportunity to work with different sizes of congregations, ranging from 6 to 50+, and the opportunity to meet new people all the time. The majority of the churches share their facilities with other community groups, Portobello being one of the few churches that has its own dedicated premises.
You soon learn that no two Churches run their services in the same order as Portobello; some have hymns and music, and some do not. This is the type of experience you can only gain by working in different churches.
If you are considering joining the Development Circle please bear in mind that much more is involved than just attending your circle on a Monday evening.
Joining the Development Circle was not a decision that I made lightly as I knew there would have to be a great deal of commitment and time dedicated to my development and working within the Church.
For example I am also expected to regularly attend other church services. Participation in the tea, reading and chairing rotas is also an important part of my development, as is undertaking tasks such as changing the flowers, preparing for functions, washing up/clearing up after functions etc. All of these different tasks are, believe it or not, all part and parcel of my spiritual development.
I need to be able to ‘connect’ to people in all sorts of different ways, and in different situations, not just through my spiritual work. For instance, it is very important that members of the congregation are welcomed with a happy smile at each service whilst being given a hymn book. That warm welcome may be the first human contact they have had all day! If you can’t connect with people on the material side of life, how effective do you think you will be in connecting with the spiritual side of life?
We all have different gifts and spirit do their best to use our gifts to their advantage whilst we are developing. We do not know at the start of our development where our strengths lie, which gift will be used the most. For example I don’t know if I will be predominantly a healer, a philosopher etc. I can’t make that decision, Spirit does. I have been given the opportunity to work through different aspects of mediumship so I can gain different experiences, but Spirit still have to let me know where they think I would be most effective in carrying out their work and I look forward to this very much.
Spiritual development has been good for my own self development enabling me to understand myself at a much deeper level.
I have been given the honour to work with spirit so I shall do my best and I know that my developing journey will continue for the rest of my life.