A Way of Life
Spiritualism is a religion, philosophy, and science that celebrates Eternal Life; recognizes that our true nature is spirit, and, as such, we continue to live after physical death in a higher dimension known as the Spirit World. As spirit, we can communicate and commune with one another and those in the Spirit World through the link of love.
Spirit communication is not unique to Spiritualism. It has existed since human beings first walked on the planet and will exist long after our own steps are no longer imprinted in the sands of time. Spiritualism is life itself, here and hereafter, and it exists naturally whether we call it a religion or not.
We practice the religion, we espouse the philosophy and demonstrate the science when proving survival. In other words, we practice and live Spiritualism as a religion. We understand the truth and teachings of Spiritualism as a philosophy. We demonstrate and prove the phenomena of Spiritualism as a science.
As a religion, Spiritualism is both rational and spiritual. It encourages our intelligent and individual search for truth, our personal responsibility for the consequences of our actions, thoughts, and words, and our striving toward love, truth, and harmony. This Religious Aspect accepts God as Infinite Creator, the mother-father God of the Soul and that; the soul is immortal.
As a philosophy, Spiritualism seeks to establish truth as evidenced in God's Natural Law and discerned in the Seven Principles. A philosophy that uniquely bridges and harmonizes the opposing views of science and religion. These philosophical differences are one of Spiritualism's greatest strengths and, paradoxically, also one of its weaknesses. This Philosophical aspect speaks to the blending of higher reasoning, allowing one to attain the perfect whole of its parts.
As a science, it endeavours to demonstrate that spirit manifestations are observable, quantifiable and verifiable. Spiritualism affirms life goes on beyond the death of the physical body, and that continuous existence of the soul in the Spirit World is demonstrated through mediumship. Mediumship, therefore, is the cornerstone of Spiritualism. This Phenomenal Aspect recognizes the divine messages from God to Humankind, either by direct perception awakened in humans or by inspiration from the higher realms of God, being spirits and angelic beings. Spiritualism also teaches Natural Laws govern the universe. These Laws affect the seen and unseen world and all aspects of our lives. Spiritualism also emphasizes the individualism of its adherents by affirming their right to seek the truth in their own way.
But above all, Spiritualism is a way of life.
Spiritualists accept that they are personally responsible for their actions and the results they bring. The central beliefs of; a higher power – God, that the Spirit World is real, that humans survive physical death, and that communication with the Spirit World is a proven fact, coupled with love, unity, equality, service, harmony, and the progress of humans constitutes a way of life.
Spiritualism has no founding prophet, no dogma, creed or scriptures. Since the initial manifestations that marked the advent of Modern Spiritualism at Hydesville, New York, in 1848, to this day, Spirit has continuously revealed itself through the dedicated services of our mediums in order to teach, guide, comfort, encourage and heal.
Spiritualism's foundation is; observable facts, irrefutable evidence and truth, not blind faith, but sound knowledge. The individual search for truth is the prerogative of every Spiritualist. It is a search that requires intelligence, curiosity, discernment, spiritual aspiration and, often, a sense of humour.
As a way of life, Spiritualism engages our entire being in an effort to attain our true spiritual nature, our highest and best, a higher ground from which to live our lives. This is not a simple task. It requires a conscious effort to think good thoughts, to speak kind and loving words, to reach out and help those in need and to act for the good of all concerned. It also means to honour our God-given gifts and share them with others. Essentially, it is to live in joy, give generously, show loving-kindness toward all, appreciate God's creation and be thankful for everything.
Spiritualism addresses the more profound questions of life. For those of you who are willing to live by its teachings, it will open the way to higher levels of consciousness, uncover the hidden treasures of your soul and reward you with the companionship of spirits in this world and the next. It is an exciting journey of self-discovery, self-mastery, service, and fulfillment.