In English, however, the word came to be used specifically for a meeting of people who are gathered to receive messages from ghosts or to listen to a spirit medium discourse with or relay messages from spirits. Fictionalised conversations between the deceased appeared in Dialogues of the Dead by George, First Baron Lyttelton , published in England in In the religion of Spiritualism, and the religion of Divine Metaphysics a federally recognized religious branch out of Spiritualism in the United States , it is generally a part of services to communicate with living personalities in the spirit world. In these sessions, which generally take place in well-lit Spiritualist churches or outdoors at Spiritualist camps such as Lily Dale in upstate New York or Camp Cassadaga in Florida , an ordained minister or gifted contact medium will relate messages from spirit personalities to those here in the physical form. Sometimes the medium stands to receive messages and only the sitter is seated;  in some churches, the message service is preceded by a "healing service" involving some form of faith healing. In addition to communicating with the spirits of people who have a personal relationship to congregants, some Spiritual Churches also deal with spirits who may have a specific relationship to the medium or a historic relationship to the body of the church. An example of the latter is the spirit of Black Hawk , a Native American warrior of the Fox tribe who lived during the 19th century. Black Hawk was a spirit who was often contacted by the Spiritualist medium Leafy Anderson and he remains the central focus of special services in the African American Spiritual Churches that she founded.
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It generally involves six or eight persons, who normally form a circle and hold hands. Believers assert that communication has been established when a disembodied voice is heard, or a voice speaks through the medium, or a ghostly apparition appears. Sometimes music of unknown source seems to fill the room, objects appear to move for unnatural reasons, or a hand, a limb, or an entire body may take shape from ectoplasm q.
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