What is Spiritualism?
Spiritualism is not, as is commonly believed, a sinister cult meeting
in darkened rooms to “call up the dead” but an officially
recognised religious movement with its own churches who possess
the same rights and privileges as other religions.
Spiritualism is in itself a religion in that it embodies the main
ideas of all religions that there is a life after death, immortality
and the existence of a God. The difference between Spiritualism
and other religions is the ability through mediumship to prove that
the Human Soul survives beyond physical death; that is to say certain
people called mediums are able to communicate with those who have
passed over, thus furnishing conclusive evidence of their continued
existence in another world. Mediums cannot call up these people
as one would a friend on the telephone – they come to us,
but only when they are ready, willing and able to do so.
Who are these mediums? They are highly sensitive people who have
developed their psychic power – which each one of us possesses
to a greater or less degree. Some are born mediums; others take
years to develop, while others, through ignorance or lack of opportunity
of development are unable to exercise their gift.
Spiritualists recognise God as an Infinite Power embodied in all
that is good and beautiful in our world, the greatest factor in
the universe and the controlling force of all nature. We do not
believe in a vindictive God sitting in judgement over us. We are
our own judges here and now and we shall receive compensation or
retribution for whatever we have done, whether good or bad. Heaven
and hell are not places to which we are destined to go, but states
of mind of our own creation.
Spiritualists are not anti-Christian any more than they are anti-Jewish,
anti-Hindu or anti-Moslem. Spiritualism is a universal religion
recognising such leaders as Buddha, Mohamed, Moses as well as Jesus.
We do not, however, claim a monopoly of religion. One’s religion
is a personal matter and any person adopting Spiritualism is free
to interpret the principles according to their own awareness.
Another major difference between Spiritualism and the orthodox
Christian religion is embodied in our fifth principle – Personal
Responsibility. We do not accept that Jesus died on the cross to
save us from our sins. We hold that no one can do this but ourselves.
We are given free will and the ability to distinguish between right
and wrong and we alone are responsible for all our thoughts and
What the church calls sin we regard as the violation of the divine
laws made by God, which Paul interpreted when he wrote “whatsoever
a man soweth that shall he also reap”. Man alone must atone
for these “sins” and not shirk his responsibilities.
We do not automatically become spiritual when we leave this world.
We shall in fact, retain our earthly characteristics while the opportunity
will be given throughout eternity to make spiritual progress and
so undo any wrongs we committed on earth, for both free will and
personal responsibility will still be with us in the world to come.
Man is a spirit now within a mortal body. Death is but the parting
of the ways – our body to decay but our spirit to live on
in a new environment. The knowledge of a continuous spiritual existence
gives motive and purpose to our physical existence.
We are living in a material scientific age in which orthodox religion
has lost its impact. Any religion therefore which can successfully
overcome this materialist influence must be scientific – and
Spiritualism is just that. It has turned the pious hope of a hereafter
into a scientific fact. The advent of the spirit of man into this
world and in the course of time, his transition to another world
is a scientific fact proved by mediumship.
Religion has been defined as faith without science – and
science as faith without religion. Spiritualism embodies science,
faith and religion, unfettered by dogma or creed.