Spiritualism, in philosophy, a characteristic of any system of thought that affirms the existence of immaterial
reality imperceptible to the senses. So defined, spiritualism embraces a vast array of highly diversified philosophical
views. Most patently, it applies to any philosophy accepting the notion of an infinite, personal God, the immortality
of the soul, or the immateriality of the intellect and will. Less obviously, it includes belief in such ideas as finite
cosmic forces or a universal mind, provided that they transcend the limits of gross Materialistic interpretation.
Spiritualism as such says nothing about matter, the nature of a supreme being or a universal
force, or the precise nature of spiritual reality itself.
In philosophy, spiritualism is the notion, shared by a wide variety of systems of thought, that there is an immaterial
immortality of the soul, or the immortality of the intellect or will, as well as any systems of thought that assume a
philosophy, while pantheism is an example of monist spiritualism.
Spiritualism does not dictate what to believe or how to interpret religious
philosophy, there are no books or preachers whose word must be obeyed.
The philosophy of the Canadian Fellowship of Spiritualists is founded upon the Seven
Principles of Spiritualism and we are free to interpret them as they pertain to our lives.
The Modern Version of the 7 Principles of Spiritualism as adopted in 2010
By the study of Nature, by personal experience and from the wisdom given to us from those in the spirit-world we recognise
that there is a creative force in the universe. This force created the whole universe and life itself in its many forms. This
‘Creative Force’ manifests in all things and as we are part of the Life created by God, we acknowledge God as our Father.
We are all part of the universal creative force, one large human family in God. Spiritualists try to understand
the needs of others and aim to help all people materially, emotionally, and spiritually.
Spiritualism aims to prove that there is life after death and encourages the development of mediums who are able to
communicate with the many loved relatives and friends in the spirit world. There are people in the spirit world who are
dedicated to the welfare and service of mankind, some bring inspiration and guidance whilst others help with healing.
Spirit is part of the ‘Creative Force’ and indestructible. After death the spirit continues in a different dimension, that
we call the ‘spirit world’. In the spirit world we have a spirit body which, until we progress far enough, is a replica of our
earthly body. We have the same personality and characteristics and we change and grow, as we would on earth,
by experience and as result of our own efforts.
Responsibility for wrongful thoughts and actions, in every aspect of life, lies with the individual. No other person
or influence can put right our wrong doings. No one can interfere with our spiritual development unless we allow this.
Spiritualists believe that this sixth Principle is a natural law and has been expressed by others as,
‘as you sow, so shall you reap’. If someone is cruel and vindictive towards others then in some way retribution
will follow, if someone gives love and kindness then compensation follows. This law
operates now, on earth as well as in the spirit world.
All who want to walk the path that leads to perfection are able to progress in mental and spiritual understanding. By
doing our best in earth life and by following our inward intuitions we shall find progress comes on earth and in spirit.
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