STUDY GROUPS OVERVIEW
Enhance your understanding of life.
This program is based upon a series of 8 books entitled Journey of the Soul, written by Sylvia Browne and published by the Society of Novus Spiritus. These volumes provide detailed information gathered through Sylvia's mediumship, her seminars and her spiritual sermons are available for purchase through our online store on this website.
Each month, you will also receive 2 audio downloads of her sermons, which are brilliant, moving and loving testaments to God.
A Study Group can be established strictly for yourself; you need not have other people join in.
WHAT IS A STUDY GROUP?
A Study Group is a group of people interested in studying Sylvia’s spiritual philosophy. It is similar to a book club or Bible study, but in this case, the Study Group studies material by Sylvia and her Guides, Francine and Raheim.
WHO JOINS THE STUDY GROUP?
People who have:
Read and enjoyed Sylvia’s books and lectures.
Been let down by organized religions that preach “guilt”, “sin” and a “vengeful God.”
Always been looking for a deeper meaning in life and want answers to tough questions like;
“Why are we here?”
“Why is there so much hate in the world?” and
“Where do we go after this?”
Always felt this way, but never had anyone to share these ideas with.
CAN I STUDY ON MY OWN?
The material can be studied in a group or on your own. Either way you are considered a group.
If you wish to study with others, you may invite people you know, place an ad in a newspaper or community bulletin board, and/or open your group to referrals from the office.
Usually Study Groups meet in peoples’ homes or in local cafés or coffee shops. We have hundreds of active Study Groups all over North America (and the world), many of which are open to accepting new members.
WHAT DO WE STUDY?
The primary study materials are studied are the set of 8 Journey of the Soul books produced in Sylvia’s office. These books contain information taken directly from research with Francine and Raheim, as well as lectures by Sylvia and are not to be confused with the 3 books of the same title available in stores.
Other material that you may study during meetings include:
Sunday Service tapes, which will be mailed to you upon receipt of your charter fee.
Any books, publications, tapes or videos written by Sylvia Browne or the Society of Novus Spiritus.
There is also a recommended reading list of other titles recommended by Sylvia, which can be ordered Amazon.com
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A STUDY GROUP COORDINATOR?
A coordinator is no more than the person who provides the space, organizes the meeting time and has interaction with the group’s liaison at the office of the Society of Novus Spiritus.
Study Group Coordinators are not expected to teach, know more about or be the source of information. It is similar to a book club, where people are studying together and sharing ideas.
We provide each group with a liaison who assists by researching and providing answers to questions about the Study Group material and Novus philosophy.
HOW DO I RUN A MEETING?
We give each group the flexibility to hold meetings in a way that works best for them. Some groups meet weekly, others twice a month and others meet monthly. Some groups take summers off. Many groups meet in the coordinator’s home, but the meeting place may be rotated to other members’ homes if the group chooses. Some groups choose to meet in a café or coffee house.
In terms of the meetings themselves, it is up to the coordinator to decide how the material will be discussed. We will send you some meeting ideas in your Study Group Start Packet.
HOW TO GET GROUP MEMBERS?
You can invite your friends and family to join or put a notice on a local bulletin board or in the local newspaper.
Novus can also put you in touch with others in your area looking for a Study Group if you wish.
If you decide to open your group to referrals from Novus, we give YOU full control over what information is revealed to prospective members. We will never give out your home address or last name.
We also encourage you to use your intuition about prospective members. If they do not seem to be a good fit for your group, you do not have to invite them back. We recommend keeping your group to a maximum of twenty.
WHAT IF WE HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MATERIAL?
Each Study Group is assigned a Novus Liaison to answer the group’s questions. You may forward your questions with your monthly charter fee or directly to your liaison, depending on what works for both of you.
If you have administrative questions, or if you are having trouble contacting your liaison, you can contact the study group department of your home office.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE IN A GROUP?
The monthly charter fee is $25 (US)
Whether you are in a group with other people or studying on your own, it is the Study Group Coordinator’s responsibility to send the monthly fee.
If you are studying with others, you can ask for a donation to help cover the monthly fee.
You may choose to have the fee automatically charged to your credit card, or you may send in a check or money order every month.
If you send a check or money order its up to you to send in your fee. We will not bill you.
After we receive your fee each month, we will send you the following:
A Sunday Service Tape with a message by either Sylvia or one of the Novus ministers.
A copy of the Novus Connection, the Novus Spiritus Study Group Newsletter available exclusively to our Study Groups.
WHERE DO I GET THE STUDY MATERIALS?
Study Group materials, including the Journey of the Soul books are to be purchased through your Home Office (San Jose, CA, Tyler MI or Las Vegas, NV).
Study Group members receive a $5 discount on each Journey of the Soul book they purchase (a 20% discount!).
Discounts of 10% off other products are available for people who choose to become Lifetime Members of the Society of Novus Spiritus.
Information about Lifetime Novus Membership is available in the Study Group Start Packet.
To help you get started, the Study Group Start Packet includes the following:
Two lectures (audio) by Sylvia
Novus Spiritus Questions and Answers
Journey of the Soul Topic 1: God (Volume 1)
Unless you purchase additional products, future mailings will only include your monthly audio (tape or CD) and the Study Group newsletter “Novus Connection.”
HOW LONG DOES THE PROGRAM LAST?
The Study Group Program lasts as long as you want it to.
You can receive a tape every month indefinitely, even after your group completes the 8 Journey of the Soul Books. You can also study Sylvia’s other books during your Study Group.
The Novitiate Degree
Each Journey of the Soul book contains a Study Guide also called the Novitiate Exam. It is an open book test that you may use to see if you understand the information you are studying. If you choose to complete and send in all 8 tests, you can apply for the Novitiate Degree. This degree is a way of demonstrating your understanding of our teachings and distinguish yourself as a Gnostic seeker of truth.
HOW TO GET STARTED?
We appreciate your interest in supporting our efforts to bring light into the world through our Gnostic philosophy.
100% of the charter fees are used to support Society of Novus Spiritus, a 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation.
To learn more about joining and existing group, starting a Study Group with others or to begin studying on your own, please click on the link below.