Taken from the VSU handbook
Getting to know the philosophy
The Seven Principles Explained
1. THE CREATIVE DEVINE SPIRIT OF THE UNIVERSE THAT WE CALL GOD
No matter whether we refer to God. Divine Spirit, Supreme Intelligence, Buddha, Allah or the many other titles we have heard, it is generally accepted that there is a force greater than ourselves in control.
We make the rules by which we live, but laws are made by nature or this Supreme Being. God is not a person but the creative universal spirit, and this spirt is in all of us, and all life.
2. THE UNITY OF ALL CREATED BEINGS
Humanity is truly a species of many variations, but it is one which is inexorably united by the fact that we are residents of this tiny planet and have a common if ancient ancestry.
We have a responsibility to safeguard, nourishing and protect all life forms on this planet, as we are all interdependent and an integral part of the creators great plan.
3. THE COMMUNION OF SPIRITS AND MINISTERING GUIDES
Within Spiritualism, our knowledge, healing and clairvoyant connections come through our guides and helpers. Angelic beings also link with the Earth through sensitive people to help the planet and us to evolve and develop, but few of us have that type of connection.
4. THE CONTINUOUS EXISTENCE OF LIFE BEYOND THE VEIL OF DEATH
This is the belief that the soul is the vehicle for the spirit, and transports it to the higher realms when the silver cord snaps at the time of physical death.
Messages from those in spirit, reassure those left behind, that they are no longer suffering or restricted by the physical, but are once again whole and keeping watch over them.
Sustained grief retards their progression towards the light of totality and peace, but their reassurance is often important for our acceptance of there departure from the physical.
5. COMMUNICATION BETWEEN INCARNATE AND DISINCARNATE SPIRITS
Not only is their communication from the world of spirit via mediumship, but also through ordinary people, family and friends linking via mental mediumship, direct voice, table rapping, automatic writing or trance.
6. PERSONAL RESPONIBILITY FOR ALL OUR ACTIONS WHILST ON EARTH
We are all responsible for our own thoughts, words or deeds. We determine our status as a spiritual being because we create our own future by our physical lives here and now.
7. A PATH OF ETERNAL PROGRESS OPEN TO ALL SOULS
Spiritualists recognize that all life has the capacity to evolve. We know from communications that pets live on in the spirit and great teachers such as Silver Birch have acknowledges the spiritual progression of other life forms.
Physical Medium Helen Duncan
Helen was a well known medium who offered evidence of survival at a vital time in England's history, Helen was a physical medium who offered comfort to family left at home, to their family and loved ones who were fighting in the world war, that had passed over to the spirit realm. Helen was tried as a witch and imprisoned, On her release she went right back to work as a medium, holding spiritualist séances. Again Helen was raided by the police and was man handled by the attending officers, while she was in an altered state of consciousness. This is a very dangerous action to take and from this time on Helen suffered bad health. Helen ultimately never recovered her health and died as a result of the last raid on her séance.
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