Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 4





sutra wrote:

> If you are wondering if it is 
> permissible to give healing to someone
> without asking their permission, 
> consider the following:
> In many spiritualist churches, there 
> is a healing book in which you can
> write the  name of someone you wish 
> to receive healing. There is no
> tradition that you must have the 
> permission of the person to enter
> their name in the book.
> Likewise, in healing circles, where 
> each participant names those whom
> he wants to receive healing, there 
> is no tradition that the persons
> named must have given permission for 
> their names to be spoken.
> When giving healing, it is usual to 
> begin with a prayer in which the
> request that healing be given only 
> for the highest good is made. There
> can't be anything problematical about 
> giving healing without permission
> if it is for the highest good. The 
> highest good cannot be anything less
> than the highest good.

This question -- whether one must get permission before saying a prayer or lighting a candle for healing -- is something i never knew about in my youth, in Spiritual Churches or in any other kinds of churches (Pentecostal, Baptist, etc.). I began to run into it within the past 15-20 years -- and it entered my consciousness primarily through the Neo-Pagan movement, especially in the culture of Gardnerian Wicca (of which i am not a member).

No matter how often i am reminded of this way of working, i still find it very strange -- kinda like refusing to call 911 when you see a mugging in progress unless the victim yells, "Help me!" or refusing to pick a hurt puppy up off the street and take it to the nearest veterinarian.

Anyway, in my personal practice i mostly bypass the issue of whether unsolicited healing is "kosher" by working, as you too note, "for the highest good."

Additionally, when folks ask me if it is "okay" for them to request a church healing for someone who has not given consent, i tell them as gently as possible that this is THEIR choice because Missionary Independent Spiritual Church takes no pro or con position on the matter.


We have put together a web page on British Automobile Association Emergency Roadside Telephone Boxes, the form of which we speculate may have influenced Don Burgess when he designed and built the structure that is to be our church. See this online at

Automobile Association Roadside Emergency Telephone Boxes and Missionary Independent Spiritual Church

We also have put up a web page demonstrating our interest in Chinese Joss House and Tibetan Temple architecture, with colour swatches proposing how Missionary Independent will look when it is painted. See it online at

Mendocino Joss House, Bendix Lama Temple, and Missionary Independent Spiritual Church

For those who are interested in the building process, we have a web page showing the literal foundation of the church at

The Foundation of Missionary Independent Spiritual Church


Roger, the carpenter who is rebuilding the old Burgess Bus Stop as our new church home, has experienced a work slow-down, as he had to pack up and move from his old house and into a new place. Right now the church stands with four walls and no roof -- and a bunch of carpentry tools in the middle of the floor. We'll let you know when work resumes -- but for the month of July, things have been in a quiet holding pattern, and all of the candles that people request are being set in the Lucky Mojo shop for the time being.


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