Spiritualism – An Explanation
Spiritualism is a universal religion, recognising Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, and Moses as great teachers. Even though spiritualism has no set dogma or creed, spiritualists accept what is known as the Seven Principles.
- In the fatherhood of God
- The brotherhood of man
- The immortality of the spirit, the continuity of the individual life, with its personal characteristics beyond the veil of death
- The proven facts of communion, between discarnate and incarnate spirits
- Personal responsibility
- With compensation and retribution here and hereafter for all good or evil deeds done on earth
- A pathway of eternal progress, open to every individual that will tread it
One’s religion is a personal matter so that anyone adopting spiritualism is free to interpret these principles according to their own awareness at any given time. Spiritual growth widens one’s interpretation, just as time and experience increases one’s knowledge. Study and observation of the world of nature, of the planet on which we exist, and of the universe, lead to the inescapable conclusion that there is a force which has both created life in all its forms and the universe itself, and keeps existence in a state of balance, allowing expansion, transformation and creation to take place.
This force we term, for want of a more explicit word as “God”. God has created life, so we speak of “fatherhood”, and because we all emanate from God, we can speak of “brotherhood”. This brotherhood, of course, embraces all forms of life, not just mankind, and brings with it, rights and responsibilities in our relationship with fellow beings, great and small.
Matter cannot be destroyed, it can only change its form as it is with spirit. Man is a spirit, now within a mortal body, death is but a parting of the ways – the body to decay, and the spirit to live on in a new environment. Death does not break bonds of love and friendship, so it is natural, and not “supernatural”.
The difference between spiritualism and other religions, is the ability through what is called mediumship, to prove and give evidence that man really does survive beyond the veil of death.
Another major difference between spiritualism and other religions is embodied in our fifth principle – Personal Responsibility. We are given free will, and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, and we alone are responsible for all our thoughts and actions. Our interpretation of this is, “whatsoever a person sows, so shall they reap”. Man alone must atone for their own “sins”, and cannot shirk that responsibility.
We do not believe in a God sitting in judgement, as we are our own judges here and now, and accordingly, we shall receive compensation or retribution for whatever we have done, heaven and hell are not places for which we are destined to go, but states of mind of our own creation. We shall retain our earthly characteristics while the opportunity will be given throughout eternity to make spiritual progress. We will progress when we observe the natural laws of truth, justice and compassion.
We are all progressing towards the same point; Unity with God. Spiritualists believe service to others is the way.