The Seven Principles
Spiritualism has been a legal and recognised religion for some time. It is not so much a religion as a way of life. These are the seven principles or guidelines which most spiritualists agree on:
1. The Fatherhood of God
We see 'God' as an all encompassing divine source from which everything comes and eventually returns. Indeed we often pray to 'Mother/Father God' or 'Great Spirit' as we regard God as the divine source, rather than a single being. We consider that we are all part of God and that there is no 'death', only a transition from one stage of life to another.
There is no dogma within the spiritualist movement. Everyone is encouraged to follow their own learning pathway and by attending meetings regularly, members are able to learn from the variety of speakers and demonstrators who attend the services, as well as talking and listening to each other.
2. The Brotherhood of Man
The brotherhood of man confirms that, as we are all part of the Divine source, we must all be brothers and sisters and should treat each other as equals.
3. The Communion of Spirits and the Ministry of Angels
At the heart of Spiritualist philosophy is the belief that the human form is only a vehicle for the soul or spirit. Spirit is pure thought energy and every living person is spirit within a material body.
4. The Continuous Existence of the Human Soul
Upon the death of the body, the spirit is freed and continues to exist, unseen and unheard to most people. Some people are naturally mediumistic and some are able to develop with training. We have learnt that our loved ones in spirit yearn to communicate with us to tell us they are fine.
5. Personal Responsibility
As Spiritualists we believe that our actions cannot be absolved by any God or divine energy. We have free will to do as we decide and must take responsibility for our own actions. When we pass to the Spirit world, we have to atone for everything we have done here on the Earth plane. What each of us makes of our own lives is a result of our own actions. We cannot pass the blame to anyone or thing.
6. Compensation and Retribution Hereafter for All the
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