The 7 Principles of the Spiritualist Church of Canada

The Modern Version of the Principles as adopted in 2010

  1. Infinite Spirit, Divine Creator of All That Is
  2. Unity and Equality for All
  3. Communication, Guidance and Healing from Spirits and Angels
  4. Continuous Existence of the Soul and its’ Personality
  5. Personal Responsibility for the Creation of our Reality through Thought, Word and Deed
  6. Actions create Results according to Natural Law
  7. Eternal Progress open to every Soul

 

Liberal Interpretation of the Modern Version of the Principles  1. Infinite Spirit, Divine Creator of All That Is

By this we acknowledge a Supreme Power, a Creative Force everywhere present, manifesting as life throughout creation and called by many names including Great Spirit, Infinite Spirit, God, Divine Creator, Infinite Intelligence, Universal Source, Divine Energy, Allah, Yahweh to name just a few. Creation is ongoing and never-ending, and all of sentient life contributes to the continual unfolding and co-creation of all that is. Infinite Spirit, Divine Creator sustains all that is.

2. Unity and Equality of All

This principle expresses our belief in the immanence of Infinite Spirit and that all forms of life are manifestations of this Spirit. It follows that all human beings are children of the same Divine Creator, and, therefore, are one family. Since we are all part of the one whole, we interconnect on every level of existence. All humans are equal, regardless of race, national or ethnic origins, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or mental/physical disability. We support the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that states that everyone has freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion, and expression. The idea of one spiritual family inspires Spiritualists to work towards the improvement of the lives of many, bringing equality, security, and peace throughout the world. Spiritualists try to understand the needs of others and help all people.

3. Communication, Guidance, and Healing from Spirit and Angels

Spirit communication has been evident throughout human history and is amply recorded in both the religious and non-religious literature of all ages. Other religions have accepted these manifestations and have interpreted them in terms of the supernatural and the miraculous. Spiritualism accepts and recognizes these manifestations and understands them in the light of Natural Law. Healing is central to Spiritualism, whether physical, mental, social, emotional, or spiritual. Since every human being is one with Infinite Spirit or Source, healing and wholeness is available to all and through all. Healing restores balance and harmony, and helps persons to be free of obstructions to their utmost well-being. Communion with our Divine Source is a natural and essential part of existence. Communication between Spirit and humans is an in-built ability. Spiritualists use this ability to communicate directly or via a medium with those in the Spirit World. This is not supernatural, but a normal activity. The main purpose of communication with the Spirit World is to provide the evidence of survival of life after so-called death. Through its mediums, Spiritualism renders an invaluable service bringing consolation to the bereaved, comfort to the troubled and hope to the despairing. The guidance and healing from angelic energies bring enhanced wisdom to enlighten the individual, society, and the world in which we live. This includes those who are dedicated to the welfare and service of humanity, bringing inspiration, guidance, and healing.

4. Continuous Existence of the Soul and Its Personality

Spirit is indestructible. Energy cannot be destroyed; it can only change its form. After physical death, the soul continues to exist in a different dimension that we call the Spirit World. The individual personality also continues uninterrupted by the event we call ‘death’. Those who have entered the Spirit World remain united with those of us who are still on the earth plane. It is only the mode of existence that has changed.

5. Personal Responsibility for the Creation of Our Reality, through Thought, Word and Deed

We are individually responsible for the attainment of love, happiness, peace and joy in our lives by overcoming the weaknesses and limitations that prevent us from achieving these. Vicarious atonement has no place in the beliefs of Spiritualism. We alone are responsible improving our behaviour and for putting right our wrongdoings. We have been given enormous potential that we can use to enhance our own lives and to help others enhance theirs. We have the ability to make decisions throughout our lives as we see fit. This potential is our Personal Responsibilty that no one else can override. Each human being is responsible for contribution to the welfare of the world and the attainment of a higher consciousness. By raising our own consciousness we also help to raise the consciousness of others. Our spiritual journey challenges us to transform those aspects of our personality that do not serve us well into those which uplift and edify us, those around us and the whole human family. Our spiritual growth is attained by aspiration and striving and, for this, we are personally responsible.

6. Actions create results according to Natural Law

This Principle expresses the Natural Law of Cause and Effect. This law operates on Earth as well as in the Spirit World. For every choice we make, for every thought we entertain, for every action we carry out, for every word we speak there is a consequence either immediate or at a later time. These consequences inevitably affect our lives and souls’ growth. We do, indeed, create our own reality and its results, whether we want them or not. When we leave this earthly life there will be no divine judgement. Rather, we ourselves will have the opportunity to assess, take stock and decide what might have been done differently.

7. Eternal Progress open to Every Soul.

Eternity does not begin at death. Progress is open to all now! Any action or intent to change, or to promote soul growth and progression, creates a positive reaction. There will always be the opportunity to develop and move forward, because no one is ever deprived of the all-embracing, unconditional love of Infinite Goodness. We accept that life continues after so-called ‘death’ for every soul, without exception. The opportunity for evolving and progressing to better, higher, and more spiritual conditions is open to all. These opportunities continue even after our transition from the earth plane. Upon transition, the spirit goes to the level to which it has evolved in order to progress to even higher planes of existence.


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