A summary of Spiritualism

Spiritualism is a way of life combining philosophy, science and religion. It covers a very wide field and cannot be properly comprehended without a certain amount of study. The primary object of Spiritualism today is to prove the survival of the soul after death as death is simply the doorway to a new and wider life.

From the day of our birth we each have two bodies – the material or earthly one which can be seen, and the spiritual one which, although unseen during life , is a counterpart of our earthly organism. These two bodies are linked by a cord, and when we die this cord is severed. The material body returns to the earth and the spiritual one becomes the vehicle of our Spirit. We are Spirit here and now – we don’t have to wait until death to become Spirit. Death, as a rule seems like sleep – there is no pain. When we awake, conditions seem much the same to us as before we “died”. We take with us into the beyond no material possessions such as clothes or money as they are no longer needed. But we do take our character and our individuality so in every way we are the same individuals immediately after death as before, with all our faults and virtues.

The home that awaits us in the spirit world depends on the life we have led on the earth. If we have honestly tried to do the best we can, then we shouldn’t fear death. We have fitted ourselves for the result which is automatic – a better, happier life where we are reunited with our loved ones and friends.

If however, there has been more selfishness than goodness and service in our lives, we will automatically have to pay the price. This is simply cause and effect which is summarised in the Sixth Principle of Spiritualism “Personal responsibility for all our actions whilst on earth.” Acts of service will increase our spiritual status and acts of omission or commission will retard it. There is however, no hell in which its inhabitants are condemned for eternity. Once self-realisation dawns and the soul is ready to advance, there are enlightened spiritual beings who will show the way forward. The practical application of Spiritualism is the need for all of us to lead the best possible life on earth – to practise qualities of compassion and kindness, and to give service wherever we can.

Heaven and hell are really states of mind – not geographical locations. Even here on earth we can live in heaven or in hell, the choice is ours. The world we inhabit after death is not up in the sky, it is round and about us, interpenetrating the world in which we now live. Those we have “loved and lost are not in some far-off inaccessible place seated on pink clouds at the right hand of God playing golden harps. They are often close by our side, trying to help and guide us, and loving us just as they did before passing.The evidence reveals that love, like life, is stronger than death. Love is the compelling force, striving to break down the barriers of ignorance, between this world and the next, in order to achieve spirit communication. Often there is grief on both sides, our tears over those who have died and their grief, when they try to reach us but fail to make their presence known.

There are many spheres of existence invisible to us because they function in a different manner from ours. Millions of vibrations of sound and sight are lost to us because they are outside the range of our hearing and vision. Microphones, radio receivers , microscopes, telescopes and television reveal many sounds and sights we would otherwise be unaware of. Likewise, the inhabitants of the spirit world are very real, even though we cannot hear or see them. There are however, highly sensitive individuals who have developed their innate natural psychic faculties with the result that they can tune into the spirit world and its inhabitants. These human “television and radio sets” are Mediums and they become the agents through whom spirit communication is achieved.

There is nothing supernatural about this although it is supernormal. Everything in the universe is in accordance with natural laws. They are devised by God and if it was God’s will that we should be ignorant about divinely-ordinated natural laws, then we would know nothing about them.

God is not only perfect but is the all powerful  creative universal spirit. Wherever there is life, there is spirit; and wherever there is spirit there is life. We exist because a spark of divinity is within each one of us. This is a divine relationship in which God is our “Creator” and we are all the Creator’s children. We can live our lives so as to sustain, uplift and help us in our spiritual development but we can also decide to reject and ignore the spark of divinity  with the result that we fail to make the progress we should, and deny ourselves the beauty that life has to offer.

We do not believe in a vicarious atonement as preached in some orthodox religions. We regard Jesus as an exemplar, not a saviour because we have no saviour but ourselves. We are each personally responsible for our sins and must atone for them here or hereafter. It is far more moral to acknowledge our sins and try to make amends than to try to place them on the shoulders of another. We believe that Jesus was divine – but only in the sense that we are all divine. There is a difference of degree, but not of kind. We also believe, as the Bible states, that Jesus developed psychic faculties and was a supreme master of spiritual law. Moreover, he was in close touch with the spirit world and demonstrated his survival after his death. His teachings of brotherhood, love, humility and service are the basis of Spiritualism as we know it today.

We don’t claim to know everything – nobody can. Knowledge is infinite and we will always be learning. What we do maintain is that we have received a glimmer of truth which inspires us to search for more, rejecting the unreasonabler and accepting what is logical and uplifting. What makes Spiritualism unique is the evidence of survival after death that is obtainable through Mediumship. Other religions preach an after-life as a hope, faith or belief but we maintain that reasonable people can prove it for themselves.

We don’t ask you to believe what we say however. Take some time to study the literature and then make your own inquiry. There are several excellent books which are available for either purchase or loan from the VSU. You can view a list of subjects by clicking here – Books