Ascended Master Teachings – Chapter II

Chapter 2: The Life and Work of Baird T Spalding

Baird Thomas Spalding (1872-1953) was an American writer and spiritual teacher known for his work in the New Thought movement and the development of the Ascended Master Teachings. Spalding’s life and work played a significant role in the development of this spiritual belief system, and his teachings continue to influence modern spirituality.

Early Life

Baird T Spalding was born on March 3, 1872, in Cohocton, New York. He attended school in his hometown before moving to Boston to study theology. However, he eventually abandoned his studies and embarked on a series of travels that would significantly influence his spiritual beliefs and teachings.

Spiritual Experiences

In 1924, Spalding claimed to have embarked on a series of travels throughout India and Tibet, where he encountered a group of ascended masters who revealed to him their teachings. Spalding claimed that these masters had achieved spiritual enlightenment and had the ability to communicate with him telepathically.

Spalding’s experiences in India and Tibet formed the basis of his book, “Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East,” which was first published in 1927. The book became an instant success, and Spalding went on to publish several more books based on his spiritual experiences, including “The Masters and the Path” (1925) and “The Law of the Higher Potential” (1933).

Ascended Master Teachings

Spalding’s teachings were influential in the development of the Ascended Master Teachings movement. His books emphasized the existence of ascended masters and their teachings, which were believed to offer guidance and support to individuals on their spiritual journey. Spalding’s teachings also emphasized the importance of self-awareness and self-improvement as key components of the spiritual journey.

Spalding’s works were well-received and inspired many individuals seeking spiritual growth and enlightenment. His teachings continue to influence modern spirituality and have been translated into several languages.

Legacy

Baird T Spalding passed away in 1953, but his legacy continued through his teachings and the impact they had on the development of the Ascended Master Teachings movement. His books continue to inspire individuals seeking spiritual growth and enlightenment, and his teachings continue to influence modern spirituality.

Conclusion

Baird T Spalding was a significant figure in the development of the Ascended Master Teachings movement. His spiritual experiences and teachings formed the basis of his books, which were influential in spreading the belief in the existence of ascended masters and their teachings. While his teachings were not without controversy, they continue to inspire individuals seeking spiritual growth and enlightenment, and his legacy continues to influence modern spirituality.


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