The Seven Principles of 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 we feel they best pertain to our lives.
The Modern Version of the 7 Principles of Spiritualism as adopted in 2010
For a more in depth explanation of the 7 Principles of Spiritualism follow pink links below.
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.
7 Principles of Spiritualism History
Emma Hardinge Britten was born in 1823 in the East End of London.
She is one of the most renowned and respected advocates of Spiritualism
working in the early Modern Spiritualist Movement.
Emma was a spiritualist medium who travelled the world giving public
talks on the philosophy of Spiritualism. She was often in a light trance state;
she allowed her spirit guides to inspire her words or
even to speak directly through her.
In 1855 Emma first visited America, it was in that year that she met a
Spiritualist couple who persuaded her to have a sitting with a medium.
This experience changed her life and Emma discovered
she had a mediumship gift.
In 1856 Emma held a table séance
that spelt out a message from a friend
who had died on the ship ‘Pacific’. At
that time the ship had just sunk so no
one was aware of it at the time.
From then on she became well known
as a medium and practised along with
Miss Kate Fox who was one of the
famous ‘Fox’ sisters from Hydesville.
It was in 1848 when Modern
Spiritualism first came to the
attention of the public.
In 1871, by which time Emma Hardinge Britten was one of the founders of the SNU, she received a message through
mediumship from Robert Owen who was a well known Welsh philanthropist, social reformer and one of the
founders of socialism and the co-operative movement in the UK and America.
Robert Owen had passed to spirit in 1858; his message was given to
Emma some years later, and contained 5 Principles of Spiritualism.
It was the SNU who revised them for better understanding into
the Seven Principles we have today.
Emma Hardinge Britten died in 1899; most historians agree that,
as a propagandist for Spiritualism, she was unequalled in her
zeal, commitment and enthusiasm.
Her dream of establishing a proper and formal ‘School of Prophets’
training school for mediums was realized in 1900, with the
founding of the Britten Memorial Institute and Library, in Manchester.
Sadly Emma was not a citizen of this world when this happened,
although we are sure she was witnessing it from the next. In
his early life, Robert Owen preached and taught socialism and
atheism, the latter being the forerunner to the Secularist movement.
Owen became a Spiritualist around 1853. He died in 1858 in Newtown, Wales, having been a great humanitarian and an inspiration to many.
In Depth explanation of 7 Principles of Spiritualism
1. Infinite Spirit, Divine Creator of All That Is
By this we acknowledge a Supreme Power, a Creative Force everywhere present, manifesting as life throughout creation and called by many names including Great Spirit, Infinite Spirit, God, Divine Creator, Infinite Intelligence, Universal Source, Divine Energy, Allah, Yahweh to name just a few. Creation is ongoing and never-ending, and all of sentient life contributes to the continual unfolding and co-creation of all that is. Infinite Spirit, Divine Creator sustains all that is. r Light is a clean and stylish font favored by designers. It’s easy on the eyes and a great go to font for titles, paragraphs & more.
2. Unity and Equality of All
This principle expresses our belief in the immanence of Infinite Spirit and that all forms of life are manifestations
of this Spirit. It follows that all human beings are children of the same Divine Creator, and, therefore, are one family.
Since we are all part of the one whole, we interconnect on every level of existence. All humans are
equal, regardless of race, national or ethnic origins, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation,
age, or mental/physical disability.
We support the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that states that everyone has freedom of
conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion, and expression.
The idea of one spiritual family inspires Spiritualists to work towards the improvement of the lives of
many, bringing equality, security, and peace throughout the world. Spiritualists try
to understand the needs of others and help all people.
3. Communication, Guidance, and Healing from Spirit and Angels
Spirit communication has been evident throughout human history and is amply recorded in both the religious
and non-religious literature of all ages. Other religions have accepted these manifestations and have interpreted
them in terms of the supernatural and the miraculous. Spiritualism accepts and recognizes these manifestations
and understands them in the light of Natural Law.
Healing is central to Spiritualism, whether physical, mental, social, emotional, or spiritual. Since every human being
is one with Infinite Spirit or Source, healing and wholeness is available to all and through all. Healing restores
balance and harmony, and helps persons to be free of obstructions to their utmost well-being.
Communion with our Divine Source is a natural and essential part of existence.
Communication between Spirit and humans is an in-built ability. Spiritualists use this ability to communicate
directly or via a medium with those in the Spirit World. This is not supernatural, but a normal activity. The main
purpose of communication with the Spirit World is to provide the evidence of survival of life after so-called
death. Through its mediums, Spiritualism renders an invaluable service bringing consolation to the bereaved,
comfort to the troubled and hope to the despairing. The guidance and healing from angelic energies bring
enhanced wisdom to enlighten the individual, society, and the world in which we live. This includes those
who are dedicated to the welfare and service of humanity, bringing inspiration, guidance, and healing.
4. Continuous Existence of the Soul and Its Personality
Spirit is indestructible. Energy cannot be destroyed; it can only change its form. After physical death, the
soul continues to exist in a different dimension that we call the Spirit World. The individual personality also
continues uninterrupted by the event we call ‘death’. Those who have entered the Spirit World remain united
with those of us who are still on the earth plane. It is only the mode of existence that has changed.
5. Personal Responsibility for the Creation of Our Reality,
though Thought, Word and Deed
We are individually responsible for the attainment of love, happiness, peace and joy in our lives by overcoming
the weaknesses and limitations that prevent us from achieving these. Vicarious atonement has no place in
the beliefs of Spiritualism. We alone are responsible improving our behaviour and for putting right our wrongdoings.
We have been given enormous potential that we can use to enhance our own lives and to help others enhance theirs.
We have the ability to make decisions throughout our lives as we see fit. This potential is our Personal Responsibility
that no one else can override. Each human being is responsible for contribution to the welfare of the world
and the attainment of a higher consciousness. By raising our own consciousness we also help to raise the
consciousness of others. Our spiritual journey challenges us to transform those aspects of our personality that
do not serve us well into those which uplift and edify us, those around us and the whole human family.
Our spiritual growth is attained by aspiration and striving and, for this, we are personally responsible.
6. Actions create results according to Natural Law
Natural law operates on Earth as well as in the Spirit World. For every choice we make, for every thought we
entertain, for every action we carry out, for every word we speak there is a consequence either immediate
or at a later time. These consequences inevitably affect our lives and souls’ growth. We do, indeed, create
our own reality and its results, whether we want them or not. When we leave this earthly life there will be
no divine judgement. Rather, we ourselves will have the opportunity to assess, take stock
and decide what might have been done differently.
7. Eternal Progress open to Every Soul
Any action or intent to change, or to promote soul growth and progression, creates a positive reaction. There will
always be the opportunity to develop and move forward, because no one is ever deprived of the all-embracing,
unconditional love of Infinite Goodness. We accept that life continues after so-called ‘death’ for every soul,
without exception. The opportunity for evolving and progressing to better, higher, and more spiritual
conditions is open to all. These opportunities continue even after our transition from the earth plane.
Upon transition, the spirit goes to the level to which it has evolved in order
to progress to even higher planes of existence.
Source of in depth explanation of 7 Principles of Spiritualism:
As a final note to these principles, Spiritualism, through an intelligent and thorough investigation of its Seven Principles, reveals the understanding, the deepest
significance of service to others and transforms life from selfishness to
unselfishness, from individualism to social cooperation. Only on such
a foundation can love and truth and all other spiritual
values have any practical meaning or reality.