Society of Novus Spiritus
The Society of Novus Spiritus was founded in 1986 by spirit
medium Sylvia Browne (1936– ), who has been channeling
a spirit, Francine, since the 1960s. The society was created to
disseminate the teachings that have been received over the past
25 years. Novus Spiritus strives to uncover all of the ‘‘mysteries’’
regarding the nature of life, death, God, and the role humans
play in life’s scheme. Members believe that God never withholds
information, though individuals may choose to ignore it.
Novus affirms the existence of an all-loving God and is dedicated
to eliminating what it considers the false concepts of
Satan, hell, sin, guilt, and the fear of God, all of which are contrary
to its understanding of a benevolent Creator. The pain of
life is not punishment from God; rather it is a learning tool,
and a very necessary one in the larger scheme of life.
The society also affirms that after ‘‘death,’’ the human soul
goes to the Other Side, which is better known as heaven. This
place is the true reality, as opposed to the temporal planet
Earth. The Other Side is eternal, a place of total harmony, no
physical limitations. The individual’s identity is intact. Life exists
in its most wondrous and joyous form on the Other Side.
Even though the Other Side is total beauty and happiness, the
soul may not be at peace and will still seek to better itself. This
seeking drives an urge again to enter life on Earth to experience
God’s knowledge, gaining perfection in the process. Each
soul decides how much experience it wants. While some may
never have a life on Earth, others will choose 50 or more lives.
Based upon the observation that everything in nature exhibits
a dual nature, most notably in the pairing of malefemale,
the society teaches that this pattern extends even to the Most
High, to God. Members believe in both Mother God and Father
God who reflect the patterns of nature. While God the Father
holds creation in a constant state of being, God the Mother
actively works with and through human beings for learning and
perfection. Each is a distinct entity, not just a nebulous force,
and they are addressed as Om (male) and Azna (female).
The society exists to help prepare individuals to receive
God’s wisdom. It teaches that knowledge provides the key
needed to unlock the mind, and considers itself to be a Gnostic
organization, by which it means that members are seekers after
truth (gnosis). God is the source of all truth, available to all who
are ready to receive it. The society promotes a community of
people who seek to be guided by the Light and dedicated to living
a spiritual life.
The society holds weekly celebration services in Campbell,
California, and Seattle, Washington. The work of the society is
expanded through study groups which utilize a 16-volume set
of books written by Browne, Journey of the Soul. Monthly, related
study groups receive two cassette tapes by Browne to focus their
meetings. Those who complete the Journey of the Soul lessons
may choose to take more advanced lessons leading to becoming
a deacon and ordained minister of the society.
The Society of Novus Spiritus is headquartered at 35 Dillon
Ave., Campbell, CA 95008-3001. Its website can be found at
httpwww.sylvia.orgnovusdoc.htm.
Sources
Browne, Sylvia. Adventures of a Psychic. Carlsbad, Calif. Hay
House, 1998.
———. Journey of the Soul. 16 vols. Campbell, Calif. Society
of Novus Spiritus, 1991–94.
———. Meditation Book I. Campbell, Calif. Society of Novus
Spiritus, 1994.
———. The Other Side and Back. New York E. P. Dutton,
1999.
Dufresne, Chris. My Life with Sylvia Browne. Carlsbad, Calif.
Hay House, 1999.