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.