According to the Morris Pratt Institute, a Spiritualist is “one who believes, as the basis of his or her religion, in the communication between this and the Spirit World by means of mediumship and who endeavors to mould his or her character and conduct in accordance with the highest teachings derived from such communication”.
Most Spiritualists hold to the following basic principles, or some variation thereof:
1. The fatherhood of God
2. The brotherhood of Man
3. The communication 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 or evil deeds done on earth
7. Eternal progress open to every human soul.
These principles were derived and developed through the mediumship of famed Spiritualist pioneer Emma Hardinge Britten. It is commonly believed that she was inspired in 1871 by the communicating spirit of Robert Owen (the founder, when alive, of the Co-operative movement).
One of the more appealing characteristics I have found among modern day Spiritualists is an openness to other beliefs and practices. For example, many Spiritualists also practise elements of Christianity, Eastern Mysticism, Native American Spirituality, and other paths.
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