The basis of the Spiritualist religion is to prove the continuity of life after so-called death. It has nine principles that have been developed over the years but began with three. The way that got started was very interesting.
In the early days of Spiritualism, the mid-1800s, there was a great deal of misunderstanding and confusion about it. A lot of people thought Spiritualist mediums were speaking with Satan himself. Because of this, mediums in the early days were subjected to amazing varieties of harassment. They were locked into tiny boxes, they were dunked and had all kinds of horrible things done to them.
At one point a medium was sued for fortune-telling and was represented in court by a man named Harrison D. Barrett, who was to become the first president of the National Spiritualist Association. He defended the medium on the basis that she was not doing a prohibitive act—fortune telling was against the law at that time—but a practice of her religion. The judge asked him what were the tenants of the religion? Barrett responded that he didn’t have them on him but to give him half an hour. He went into a back room and he wrote the first three principles on the spot. Those principles were that:
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 being in accordance therewith, constitute true religion.
Then the others came in due course.
4. We affirm 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 in fact scientifically proven by the phenomenon of Spiritualism.
6. We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
7. We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws.
8. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter.
9. We believe that the precepts of prophecy and healing are divine attributes proven through mediumship.
These principles continue to guide and inspire the religion of Spiritualism. The churches regularly help people contact loved ones who have passed on and through that contact, teach us all that life continues beyond death.
To learn more about Spiritualist churches, their locations and philosophies, visit the National Spiritualist Association of Churches at www.nsac.org. Their churches conduct weekly services, classes, and certify and ordain Spiritualist ministers, healers and mediums. Two local churches are located at Camp Edgewood, 1228 26th Ave. Court, Milton, Washington, 98354, 253-927-2050.
Click on the following links, Spiritualism at Camp Edgewood and Natural Laws of Spiritualism, to discover more about this wonderful community.