Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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Profile - Gillian Albers - 2


How has Spiritualism and The Star of Hope changed in the years since you became involved?


I'm still such a newbie to Spiritualism so I don't feel I can comment on how it's changed except what we can all read in books. But, the Church has changed in the short time I have been associated with it.When I started attending it was very solemn and quiet during Sunday service. There was a very contemplative air about it.  People would show up for service and leave as soon as it was over.  Now it is quite common for members to come ahead of time and stay afterwards for a social chat.  Sometimes there is so much talking and laughter the service leader has a difficult time getting people's attention to start the service. Also, there was once a time when people seemed too embarrassed to sing. Now, we raise the roof even though we have no musical accompaniment. The energy is incredible. There has been a shift over the past 2 years and we, on the Board of Directors, have chosen to believe that Spirit is leading this shift and we are more than happy to get out of out of the way and let this magical transformation happen. 

You have seen Sunday night attendance increase, Wednesday meditation sessions turn into a success, and have been key in growing the Tuesday development workshops as well as other special workshops and celebrations.  Where do you see the Church heading in the future?
I love witnessing the growth in attendance at each of our weekly events, and I'm impressed with the level of participation and energy that people consistently bring.  The subjects that the Inspirational Speakers bring to our service on Sunday are constantly uplifting and always unique.  So too is the quality of messages and proof of survival that our message bearers bring. I see the Church growing in membership and demographics, in particular, people under the age of 30.  I see us being a leader in education. I see us doing more outreach, friendly visiting, phone calls, driving people to/from services and workshops. I also see us in our very own location where we can grow and learn without having to be constantly looking for venues and equipment. Oh Happy Day! 

How does your background training in different healing modalities and overall wellness mesh with Spiritualism and the Star of Hope? 


Firstly, I wouldn't be a healer or have any training if it hadn't been for Hope. Pam Corby, our past President, and Eva Pal, our Treasurer, started to work with me as a Spiritual Healer. Then I met Rev Wilma Trebell through a mediumship development course she was giving and discovered that she was offering Reiki classes. I jumped at the opportunity and took all three levels and received the title of Reiki Master from her. In Feb 2011, I attended a Wellness Fair at Westminster Church in Whitby. There were these people doing healing but different from anything I had seen. The technique was Therapeutic Touch. The woman giving me the healing was Pearl, and it was wonderful. Turned out she had attended Hope 30 years ago. Small world! I was so interested, I began taking Therapeutic Touch workshops. I now have Level 3 and I'm on my way to Practitioner Status. I have also looked at Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Body Talk, and a few others. What I found, is that they are all spiritual in nature, all talk about universal energy and all channel energy. It's just the technique that's different. But each one I learn adds to the previous ones and I feel stronger and more focused. I have come to realize that healing is my primary calling and have been doing it my whole life without knowing or understanding.  I feel very humbled and satisfied when I'm healing, regardless of the technique.