Violet Kipling Spiritualist (T+Sibyl)
Vi held the Fellowship and Teaching Awards together with Diplomas of the Spiritualists’ National Union, and demonstrated mediumship in Spiritualist Churches for over 20 years. She was one of the founders of the teaching areas of this website and has reached out to thousands of mediums and new students of mediumship through our chat rooms. Below is the Eulogy and comments from our staff and visiters about this much loved Spiritualist. She wrote courses and web pages specifically for this website which you can read by browsing this site.
Eulogy for Vi – for Chat room Memorial Service Tuesday 22nd January
I am pleased that so many of you have been able to come here to night to honour the memory of Vi Kipling who most of you know as username T+Sibyl. Some of you also know her as Violet Fairy and a few as ‘Lemon Tart’ – but we’ll leave that one to you imagination.
The people here represent just a small fraction of the many thousands who have encountered Vi in these chat rooms and forums. A great many feel sad at Vi’s departure and we of course keep in our healing thoughts for her family and her much loved sister Doris who has also worked with us all here for many years.
Vi did a huge amount of work on this site. She wrote us the DLPs, ran some great classes, helped to organise us and write the rules. And most importantly she helped to instill common sense. As well as the vast amount of work she did for us she was also known as a tireless worker for Spiritualism.
And all this while burdened by debilitating illness over many years.
Her daunting Myths and Misconceptions course helped many budding ‘Harry Potters’ – as she called them –to understand the basics of real seer-ship and mediumship. Woe betide anyone who now mentions ‘Holes in Auras’, ‘Summoning Spirits’, Angel Orbs and so on without having thought things through. I have been looking again over her posts on the forums. It is hilarious how she puts some of the self proclaimed ‘experts’ in their place. She would dispel delusion and replace it with true spiritual insights.
The Internet is swamped with loony ideas. Vi taught everyone here to question beliefs and search for the facts. She was a bringer of Truth and we will continue to carry the bright torch she has given us.
But we have not only lost a superb teacher and mentor, we have lost a much loved friend too.
I loved Vi’s wit and will miss her intelligent conversations. If we phoned one another to sort out something about the site we would end up taking for ages – exploring ideas and putting the world to rights. She was a great arbitrator too when people fell out and was sometimes like a head mistress who sorted out all the naughty boys and girls. Including me.
Many of you also met her in real life through the site seminars at Billingham, Bristol and all over the place. Vi always used to tell me that people loved ceremony and pageant. She was a master at organising events that as well as the usual workshops and demonstrations, also included sing-a-longs and some of the most ridiculous costumes you could imagine.
I always feel that a person who had encountered real truth does not take themselves too seriously. Vi could laugh at herself and soon have everyone in stitches as well. Our egos did not stand a chance.
I first got to know Vi in the chat rooms and then later we spoke a lot over the phone. For some erroneous reason, perhaps because of her assertiveness, I assumed that she was a big lady. A burly sort of medium who would wrestle you into a half-nelson if you spoke spiritual nonsense. I was quite shocked to see she was so tiny – she reminded me of the movie version of singer Édith Piaf – a little sparrow with a huge presence.
I remember when we hired the library at The Arthur Findlay College in Stansted Hall for or site seminar sister Doris pushed her ailing sister in a wheel chair. Vi had oxygen bottles strapped to the side of the wheelchair and a air mask over her face. Her emphysema was kicking in at the worst possible time . After all the organising and planning now sickness was to stop her.
You wanna bet?
She winked and said, “I’m not popping my clogs yet Craig!” And with that Vi got out of the chair, took to the platform and gave one of the most rousing spiritual talks I have listened to. I have some of it on Video and throughout the talk she has bright blue spirit lights circling her. What an example she set that day. I often remind myself when I am to do a demo and feel ill that nothing ever kept Vi from serving spirit.
Real teachers live by example. With Vi it was not just all talk and fantasy. She lived her Spiritualism and explained and qualified it wherever they’d give her a platform. She has been able to reach out to many thousands through this website community over the years and reached the parts that other mediums cannot reach. She has inspired the seasoned mediums here but I know has opened a whole new world to the young spiritual seekers that have dropped into these rooms expecting the usual banal Internet Chat Room but getting far more than they ever expected .
There are not that many people in this world who can inspire as Vi did. In this era of hollow celebrity where spectacle masks true worth it is good to have encountered someone of real spiritual calibre, a Spiritualist of real quality.
Vi lifted our hearts to spirit and yet still kept both her feet – and ours too – firmly on the ground.
Vi, we know that you are plugged into us from the spirit as we hold this memorial. I’m sure you can feel the love going up to you. I’m sure you will be one of the T+ in spirit and so long as we endeavour to reach out to the perplexed and the grieving you will help our online readers and teachers from the spirit side. (And hopefully not boot us if we misbehave)
Thank you Vi for all you have done and for being a friend to so many.
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