SPIRITUALISM WHAT IS IT?
Spiritualism is a way of life. It combines philosophy, science and
religion. It covers a very wide field, and, therefore, you cannot
expect to understand it without a certain amount of study.
Spiritualists mainly agree on seven principles:-
- The fatherhood of God.
- The brotherhood of man.
- The communion of spirits and the ministry of angels.
- The continuous existence of the human soul.
- Personal responsibility.
- Compensation and retribution hereafter for all good and evil deeds done on earth.
- Eternal progress open to every human soul.
The primary object of Spiritualism today is to prove the survival of human
personality after death. Death is the doorway to a new and wider life.
From the day of our birth we each have two bodies, the material or earthly
body, which can be seen, and the spiritual body, which is unseen during
life but is a counterpart of our earthly body. These two bodies are
linked by a cord. In similar fashion, before birth a baby is joined to
its mother by a cord. When it is born the cord must be cut.
When we die, the cord linking our two bodies is severed. The material
body returns to the earth whence it came, and the spiritual body becomes
the vehicle of our spirit. We are spirit here and now - we don't have to
wait until death to become spirit. Death, as a rule, seems like sleep -
there is no pain. When we awake, conditions seem much the same to us as
before we "died". We take with us into the beyond no material
possessions, such as clothes or money - they are no longer needed. But we
do take our character and our individuality. In every way we are the same
individuals immediately after death as before, with all our faults and
The home that awaits us in the spirit world depends upon the life we have
led on earth. If we have honestly tried to do the best we can, then we
need have no fear of death. We have fitted ourselves for the result
which is automatic, a better, happier life where we are reunited with our
loved ones and friends.
If, on the other hand, there has been more selfishness than goodness and
service in our lives, we will automatically have to pay the price. This
is part of the law of sowing and reaping, which is only another way of
saying that effect must follow cause. It is perfectly summarised in the
sixth principle (printed overleaf), which says that hereafter there are
compensation and retribution for all the good and evil done on earth.
Acts of service that we have performed will naturally increase our
spiritual status. Sins of omission or commission will just as naturally
retard it. There is, however, no hell in which its inhabitants are
condemned for eternity. Once self-realisation dawns and the soul is ready
to advance, there are enlightened spiritual beings who will show the way
The practical application of Spiritualism is the supreme necessity for all
of us to lead the best kind of life we can on earth, to practise qualities
of compassion and kindness and to give service wherever we can.
Heaven and hell are really states of mind, not geographical locations.
Even here we can live in heaven or in hell, the choice is ours. The world
we inhabit after death is not far away up in the sky. It is round and
about us, interpenetrating the world in which we now live. Those we have
"loved and lost awhile" are not in some far-off, inaccessible place,
seated on pink clouds at the right hand of God and playing golden harps.
Very often, they are close by our side, striving to help and guide us, and
loving us just as they did before passing.
The evidence reveals that love, like life, is stronger than death. It is
love that proves to be the compelling force, striving to break down the
barriers, which man in his ignorance has created, between this world and
what is called the next, in order to achieve spirit communication. Often
there is grief on both sides of the veil. There are the tears shed over
loved ones who have died and the grief they experience when they try to
reach us but fail to make their presence known.
There are many spheres of existence that are invisible to us because they
function in a different manner from earth. Millions of vibrations of
sound are lost to us because they are outside the range of our hearing.
And millions of vibrations of sight fail to be registered because they
are beyond the scope of our eyes.
Microphones and radio receivers enable us to hear what is normally beyond
the range of our ears. The telescope and television will bring into focus
what is beyond our vision. The inhabitants of the spirit world are very
real even though we cannot see or hear them.
There are, however, highly sensitive individuals who have developed their
innate natural psychic faculties with the result that they can tune in to
the spirit world and its denizens. These human television and radio sets
are mediums. They become the agents through whom spirit communication is
There is nothing supernatural about this happening, though it is
supernormal. Everything in the universe is in accordance with natural
laws. They were devised by God and God is perfect. If it was God's will
that we should be ignorant about His natural laws then we would know
nothing about them.
God is not only perfect but all-powerful. God is spirit. He is not an
old man with a long white beard who sits on a throne in heaven. To
picture God as a human being is to impose limitations. Were He human He
could not be in all places at once, neither could He hear every prayer.
God is not a person but the creative universal spirit. Wherever there is
life there is spirit; and wherever there is spirit there is life. We
exist because a spark of divinity is within each one of us. This is a
divine relationship in which God is our father and we are all His
We can, by our lives, fan the spark into a flame so that a greater
expression of divinity is made known through us. The result will be to
sustain, uplift and help us in our spiritual development. And we have the
free will to reject and ignore the spark of divinity. The result is that
we fail to make the progress we should and deny ourselves the beauty that
life has to offer.
We do not believe in a vicarious atonement as preached in some orthodox
religions. We regard Jesus as an exemplar, not a saviour. Man has no
saviour but himself. We are each personally responsible for our sins and
must atone for them here or hereafter. It is far more moral to
acknowledge our sins and try to make amends than to try to place them on
the shoulders of another. We believe that Jesus was divine, but only in
the sense that we are all divine. There is a difference of degree but not
We also believe, as the Bible states, that Jesus developed his psychic
faculties and was a supreme master of spiritual law. Moreover he was in
close touch with the spirit world and demonstrated his survival after his
death. His teaching of brotherhood, love, humility and service is the
basis of Spiritualism as we know it today.
We do not claim to know everything - no one does. Knowledge is infinite
and we shall always be learning. What we do maintain is that we have
caught a glimmer of truth. It inspires us to search for more, rejecting
anything that does not appeal to our God-given reason and accepting that
which is logical and uplifting.
What makes Spiritualism unique is the evidence of survival after death
that is obtainable through mediumship. Whereas most religions preach an
after-life as a hope, faith or belief, we maintain that any reasonable
person can prove it for himself.
We do not ask you to believe what we say. What we do suggest is that you
study the literature and then make your own inquiry.
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