Spiritualism Basics

By | January 20, 2017

Spiritualism is the science, philosophy and religion of continuous life.

Declaration of Principles
(National Spiritualist Association of Churches)

  1. We believe in Infinite Intelligence.
  2. We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence.
  3. We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression, and living in accordance therewith, constitute true religion.
  4. We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change called death.
  5. We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.
  6. We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: “Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye also unto them.”.
  7. We affirm the moral responsibility of the individual and that he makes his own happiness or unhappiness as he obeys or disobeys Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.
  8. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any human soul here or hereafter.
  9. We affirm that the precepts of Prophecy and Healing contained in all sacred texts are divine attributes proven through Mediumship.

What is Spiritualism?

Stated simply, Spiritualists believe that there is no such thing as death. Certainly our physical bodies cease functioning eventually, but our consciousness, our essence, the part of us that thinks, loves, and laughs (our soul, in other words) continues on.

Spiritualism is something that I have long believed in, although I didn’t know it had a name at the time. I have always felt strongly that we go on from here, that this physical life is not all there is to our existence. (Growing up in a haunted house might have had a little bit to do with it! Click here to read more about that)

In 1996, I was led to Spiritualism, and everything came together for me. I realized that other people believed the same things I did; that our lives, our consciousness, did not end with physical death. I realized that “Heaven” was not some distant, unknown place “out there”, it was just another, higher phase of life. Heaven is a higher plane of existence, the plane of existence we all came from, the plane of existence we will all eventually return to. Death, therefore, is a rebirth into that higher plane of existence, and is nothing to fear.

Furthermore, Spiritualists believe that communication with those who have passed over is very possible, through the gift of Mediumship, which we all have. Some of us are born with this gift fully developed, while others have to work at it, but we all have the ability. (Click here for more information on Mediumship)

Although I have gone on to travel other spiritual paths since discovering Spiritualism, I still carry its truths in my heart, and it remains a very large part of my belief system.

Do Spiritualists Grieve?

Do Spiritualists grieve for loved ones who pass over? Absolutely.

Grieving is a very important part of the healing process. When a loved one dies, we feel sorrow for our loss, we miss them, we don’t want to live our lives without them. Expressing these emotions is necessary for our own healing. But we try to do so while wishing the deceased well on their journey back to Spirit, and being genuinely glad for them, although our hearts may be breaking at that moment.

In my own personal experience, believing that there truly is no such thing as “death” (meaning our consciousness, personality, and awareness do not die) has helped me tremendously in letting go of loved ones who have passed over. Knowing that they are okay, that they are happy where they are now, knowing that they can come to visit me whenever they wish, and knowing that I will see them again someday gives me such a feeling of inner peace.

Letting Go of Loved Ones

Many Spiritualists, myself included, believe that by “hanging on” to someone who has died, we can actually hold them back from progressing on the other side. They feel the “pull” we exert on them, and it keeps them from fully moving into the Light.

How do we hang on to our deceased loved ones? By refusing to accept their deaths, by refusing to let go of them, by remaining mired in our anger and denial.

Please do not misunderstand me. These are all very important parts of the grieving process, and we must go through them. But the final stage of grief is acceptance, and many people do not allow themselves to reach that stage, which keeps them from fully healing.

I believe it is possible to let go of our loved ones while still in the midst of our grief, rather than as the final step in our grieving. It is a process though, and will not happen overnight. We may have days where we feel okay about it, and then find ourselves mired in anger or sorrow again the next day. It is normal to vacillate between acceptance, sorrow, anger, and denial as we heal.

If we are gentle and patient with ourselves, if we give ourselves the time we need to grieve, we will one day be healed, and be ready to move on with our lives.

Communication from Beyond

I am a firm believer that our deceased loved ones can still hear us, that they are still aware of us, and still love us. I also believe that they are much closer to us than we realize. Talking to your deceased loved ones can be cathartic and comforting. Believe that they can hear you, and don’t be surprised if you suddenly feel their presence nearby.

Often, our loved ones will send us a sign from the other side, to let us know that they are okay. It is easy to dismiss these signs as coincidence, as they are often subtle. A sign can be anything, from an early blooming flower, to the person’s favorite scent suddenly appearing out of nowhere in a closed room.

Whatever shape the sign takes, you will know it when you see it. No matter how subtle these signs often are, they usually hit our consciousness with the force of a sledgehammer, and can be very powerful emotionally. Be sure to thank your loved one, in your heart, when you feel you have received a sign from them.

The Sunflower, Emblem of Spiritualism

Spiritualism SunflowerOne tiny seed is placed in the dark of Mother Earth. It is watered by rain from Heaven, blessed by man and often grows as tall as six feet, just like man. When they become mature and in harvest season, so rich from God’s blessings, they often become, like man, stooped with age.

The main stalk is strong which is the life center and often has seven branches or twigs symbolizing the seven days of the week. It also has 12 green leaves representing the 12 months of the year. The branches often have three nice sunflowers symbolizing the Blessed Trinity.

Each flower has 52 golden yellow petals, which represents the 52 weeks of the year. In the center of the yellow frame of petals are 365 rich seeds representing our calendar year. These seeds are protected from weather by husks, and contain a sweet meat and oil for the nourishment of our bodies. Even the birds of the air feed on them. Each morning, the sunflower faces the rising sun to the East, as if to say, ‘Good Morning to the Great Spirit.’

We call this beautiful stately flower of God, the Emblem of Spiritualism.

The flowers are often planted in a cluster, or a long row and act as a fence or barrier from storms and shade from the hot summer sun. We’re all blest with a very wealthy Father who meets our every need, and if we would remember that self-preservation is nature’s first law, we would thank God for our Health, Wealth, Prosperity, and Spirituality in the knowledge of the life of the Sunflower.

Truly, our God is Wonderful!

– Author Unknown

Prayer for Spiritual Healing

I ask the great unseen healing force to remove all obstructions
from my mind and body, and to restore me to perfect health. I ask
this in all sincerity and honesty, and I will do my part.

I ask this great unseen healing force to help both present and
absent ones who are in need of help, and to restore them to perfect

I put my trust in the love and power of God.

Prayers for Protection

The Light of God surrounds me,
the Love of God enfolds me,
the Power of God protects me,
the Presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is.

Dear God, please cleanse, clear, fill and encapsulate me in the white Christ light of healing and protection. Remove all negative energies and entities from me and send them to their proper plane. Then close the aura against their return, and in their place put the highest and most powerful vibrations. Thank you.

The Great Invocation

From the point of Light within the Mind of God,
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God,
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the centre where the Will of God is known,
Let purpose guide the little wills of men,
the purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the centre which we call the race of men,
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

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