Spiritualism - What is it?
Spiritualism teaches personal responsibility.
It removes all fear of death, which is really the portal of the spirit world.
It teaches that death is not the cessation of life, but a mere change of condition.
It teaches, not that a man has a soul, rather, that man is a soul and has a body.
That man is a spiritual being now, even while encased in flesh. That as man sows on earth he reaps in the life to come.
That those who have passed on are conscious, not asleep.
That communion between the living and the “dead” is scientifically proved. It thus brings comfort to the bereaved, and alleviates sorrow.
Spiritualism is the Science, Philosophy and Religion of continuous life, based upon the demonstrated fact of communication, by means of mediumship, with those who live in the Spirit World.
It brings to the surface man’s spiritual gifts, such as inspiration, clairvoyance, clairaudience and healing powers.
It teaches that the spark of divinity dwells in all.
That as a flower gradually unfolds in beauty, so the spirit of man unfolds and develops in the spirit spheres.
Spiritualism is God’s message to mortals, declaring that ‘There Is No Death.’ That all who have passed on still live. That there is hope in the life beyond for the most sinful. That every soul will progress through the ages to heights, sublime and glorious, where God Is Love and Love Is God.
It is a manifestation, a demonstration and a proof of the continuity of life and of the truth of the many Spirit manifestations recorded in the Christian Bible.
Spiritualism demonstrates the many spiritual gifts with which mankind is endowed but which through want of knowledge have been allowed to lie dormant, or through prejudice have been violently and unjustly suppressed.
Spiritualism is a way of life. It combines philosophy, science and religion.
Centre Christian Spiritualist Church believe in and promote 'The Seven Principles of Spiritualism.'
1. The Fatherhood of God.
2. The Brotherhood of man.
3. The communion of spirits and the ministry of angels.
4. The continuous existence of the human soul.
5. Personal responsibility.
6. Compensation and retribution hereafter for all the good and evil deeds done on earth.
7. Eternal progress open to every human soul.
As Spiritualists we believe from the day of our birth into the earthly world we each have two bodies, the material or earthly body, which can be seen, and the spiritual body, which is unseen during life but is a counterpart of our earthly body. These two bodies are linked by a cord. In a similar fashion, before birth a baby is joined to it's mother by a cord, when the baby is born the cord must be cut.
Similarly when we die, the cord linking our two bodies is severed. The material body returns to the earth whence it came, and the spiritual body becomes the vehicle of our spirit. We do not take material possessions such as clothes or money with us into the realms of spirit; they are no longer needed. But we do take our character and our individuality. In every way we are the same individuals immediately after death as before, with all our faults and virtues.
Spiritualism demonstrates and provides evidence of the survival of the human personality after death. Those who we have loved and passed away are not in some far off inaccessible place, rather they are close by our side, striving to help and guide us, and loving us just as they did prior to their passing.
The evidence reveals that love, like life, is stranger than death. It is love that proves to be the compelling force, striving to break down the barriers, which man in his ignorance has created, between this world and what is called the next, in order to achieve spirit communication. Often there is grief on both sides of the veil. There are the tears shed over loved ones who have died and the grief they experience when they try to reach us but fail to make their presence known.
There are many spheres of existence that are invisible to us because they function in a different manner from the earth. Millions of vibrations of sound are lost to us because they are outside the range of our hearing. And millions of vibrations of sight fail to be registered because they are beyond the scope of our eyes.
There are, however, highly sensitive individuals, known as mediums, who have developed their innate psychic faculties with the result that they can tune in to the spirit world and its denizens. Mediums become the vessels through whom spirit communication is achieved.
There is nothing supernatural about this happening, though it is supernormal. Everything in the universe is in accordance with natural laws. They are devised by God, and God is perfect. If it was God's will that we should be ignorant about His natural law then we would know nothing about them. God in not only perfect but all-powerful. God is the creative universal spirit, He is in all places at once and hears every prayer. We exist because a spark of divinity is within each one of us. This is a divine relationship in which God is our Father and we are all His children.
We can, by our lives, fan the spark into a flame so that a greater expression of divinity is made known through us. The result will be to sustain, uplift and help us in our spiritual development. We have the free will to reject and ignore the spark of divinity. The result is that we fail to make the progress we should and deny ourselves the beauty that life has to offer.
The practical application of Spiritualism is the supreme necessity for all of us to lead the best kind of life we can on earth, to practice qualities of compassion and kindness and to give service wherever we can.
We do not believe in vicarious atonement as preached in some orthodox religions. We regard Jesus as an example, not a saviour. Man has no saviour but himself. 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 His psychic faculties and was a master of spiritual law. Moreover, Jesus was in close touch with the spirit world and demonstrated His survival after His death. His teaching of brotherhood, love, humility and service is the basis of Spiritualism as we know it today.
What makes Spiritualism unique is the evidence of survival after death that is obtainable through mediumship. Whereas, most religions preach an after-life as a hope, faith or belief, we maintain that any reasonable person can prove it for themselves.
We do not claim to know everything - no one does. Knowledge is infinite and we shall always be learning. What we do maintain is that we have caught a glimmer of truth. It inspires us to search for more, rejecting anything that does not appeal to our God-given reason and accepting that which is logical and uplifting.
We do not ask or demand you to believe what we say. What we suggest is that you study the literature and interpret the Philosophy and Teachings of Spiritualism according to your own level of awareness and understanding, and create a foundation for developing a personal philosophy with the aim of bringing about a transformation of your own spiritual qualities, morals and ethics for the betterment of yourself and to the benefit of all in your life and the wider community.