Spiritualism, in religion, a movement based on the belief that departed souls can interact with the living. Spiritualists
sought to make contact with the dead, usually through the assistance of a medium, a person believed to have the
ability to contact spirits directly. Some mediums worked while in a trancelike state, and some claimed to be the
catalyst for various paranormal physical phenomena (including the materializing or moving of objects) through
which the spirits announced their presence.
a static place, but as one in which spirits continue to evolve. These two beliefs — that contact with spirits is possible,
and that spirits are more advanced than humans — lead spiritualists to a third belief, that spirits are capable of
will speak of a concept which they refer to as "spirit guides"—specific spirits, often contacted,
Spiritualism is a religion that embodies the main ideas of all religions, that there is a life after death,
immortality and the existence of a Higher Power.
One difference between Spiritualism and other religions is the acceptance of the ability, through mediumship, to
offer evidence of spirit communication to a recipient and in doing so demonstrate that people survive physical
death. The individual may decide if they have received sufficient evidence to give them personal proof
that people survive death as individuals in Spirit. Where personally proven it provides conclusive
evidence of the 4th Principle, 'The Continuous Existence of the Human Soul'.
Mediumship and the evidence is just the key to a door to encourage further study and understanding, the
message is not the goal of Spiritualism. It is what an individual chooses to do with that key once they
have it, once they accept that we survive death and continue on in the unbroken cycle of eternal
life of spirit that forms the purpose of Spiritualism.
Spiritualism becomes the study of this earthly life's purpose as Spirit here and now and as such empowers
anyone to take charge of the development of their own Spirituality, continually aiming to progress and
live life with a fuller understanding and a greater learning experience for the Spirit.
Spiritualism is a universal religion, one focus of which is embodied in our 5th Principle, 'Personal Responsibility'.
It is by our own free will we may chose to live a better life here and now reflected by how we live. It is by our
own will and choices in how we act react and interact with everyone and everything that we must each be solely
responsible and accountable. In understanding and accepting this, we accept our 6th Principle of 'Compensation
and Retribution' encompassing the universal and natural law of cause and effect.
It is through personal experience and expression by the study, consideration and application of the many
aspects of the religion, philosophy and science of Spiritualism that the Spiritualist gains understanding and
Spiritual growth. No one person has all the answers and Spiritualism becomes a continual personal
religion to be lived, to nurture and enlighten the Spirit within us, here and now.
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.
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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