The Seven Principles

PrinciplesThe Seven Principles of Spiritualism

1. The Fatherhood of God.  By trying to understand the Laws of Cause and Effect which govern all that is happening around us, we recognise that there is a creative force in the universe, which is extremely complex, both in physical and spiritual terms. We know there is the known universe that scientists can prove but there are also the astral planes and all other worlds. This force, or energy, could not have come about by chance, a supreme plan must have been orchestrated by a supreme being, known to us as God our Father.

2.  The Brotherhood of Man.  As we all come from the same universal life source we are, in effect, one large family. This means that all mankind is part of a brotherhood which is a community for mutual support and comfort. We need to share our joys as well as our burdens and we need to understand the needs of others in order to assist them as part of our service to each other, not just their material necessities but also to their spiritual needs. As we learn to give so we must also learn to receive thereby achieving the necessary balance for our life.

3.  Communion of Spirits and the Ministry of Angels.   The communion of Spirits with humans not only occurs through the clairvoyance of a medium on the platform, but also in our everyday life by raising our own sensitivity and awareness and opening our minds to the reality of Spirit. Through communion we gain assurance that Spirit is real and that, despite occasional hurdles, there is purpose in our earthly existence.

The Ministry of Angels are our helpers and guides from the Spirit world who we might regard as Guardian Angels or guides. Angels are higher souls and have travelled further and experienced more than ourselves. Guides will not live our lives for us, but they can offer assistance in troubled times. Most Angels manifest through a quiet voice within but on occasions in more practical terms too.

4.  Continuous Existence of the Human Soul.  Our existence is eternal. We always have been, and always will be, in whatever form or plane our spirit or soul is in. Most religions believe this but the Spiritualist religion explains it more simply. On the death of the physical body, the spirit continues as an integral part of a world, which permeates our world but in a different dimension. This is referred to as the Spirit World. In spirit life we have a spirit body, which until we progress far enough, is a replica of our earthly body. We are the same individuals in every way with the same personalities and we change only by progression. Our personal responsibilities do not stop at death.

5.  Personal Responsibility.  Every action we take, every thought we think, every word we speak is our responsibility. We can never blame anybody else for our errors, the mind is responsible for its own actions. It is not possible for any other person to interfere with our spiritual development, unless we are willing to allow this.  As we are given freedom of choice we are also given the ability to recognise what is right from wrong.  We are totally and personally responsible.

6.  Compensation and Retribution hereafter for all Good and Evil deeds done on Earth.   We will earn compensation for all the good deeds we have done and retribution for those things we have done that have marred others lives in some way. One cannot be cruel and vindictive towards others and expect love and popularity in return. As the saying goes ‘As you sow, so shall you reap’.  We are our own judge and on our return to the spirit world we shall see for ourselves what recompense must be made.

7.  Eternal Progress open to every Human Soul.   In every heart there exists the desire for progress and to every human spirit belongs the power to progress in wisdom and love. We can progress to higher and higher planes of development when we have learnt our lessons and repaid our dues. All who desire to tread the path that leads to perfection are able to pursue it.  If we do our best in earth life we shall find progress very easy, if not, every step in advancement will follow a struggle against imperfections, which we ourselves will have worked into our natures. Within the Family of God, we are all given the opportunity to be responsible for our own eternal progress.

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