Spiritualism’s main focus is to promote an individual’s personal experience with God.
Spiritualism is a religion that is not based on a relationship with a particular savior. It recognizes all prophets that have come to humankind throughout the ages, not setting one above the other. Rather, it is based upon the idea that we are all to form our own relationship with God, and to obtain guidance and accept responsibility for our actions based on our interaction with that personal guidance. We are able to have that instant and personal communication directly with God through no intermediary; hence the reason that we do not give anyone a fixed idea of God, only that there is a God. Any attempt to personalize the idea of God only limits the totality of that Intelligence, which is the reason that Spiritualists sometimes refer to that idea of God as “Infinite Intelligence” or “Infinite Spirit.”
Another significant difference is the belief of survival of the personality after death, meaning that we still think of ourselves the same after death as during our physical life. This is proven by Mediumship, the bringing back of loved ones in evidential form who have gone through the change called death. Belief in the survival of the personality also removes grieving when it is realized that our loved ones are still around us from time to time, are able to communicate with us and still care about us, and can be communicated with. Mediumship, when done in the true sense, will produce a real understanding of this existence and level of interaction to and from the spirit realm.
Another major difference is that we believe that the nature of humankind is to be good, not evil. We do not believe in sin and repentance, only spiritual progression by natural law. Nor do we believe in vicarious atonement, which means we believe that you are responsible at all times for your actions, here and hereafter, and must compensate in some fashion for them yourself, not through a savior of some kind.
The basic philosophy of Spiritualism does not say it is the only way, but feels that all religions can produce enlightenment, and believes that Jesus, as well as all other saviors and prophets, was a real person.
Our feeling is that your purpose here is to evolve spiritually and then use that to be of service to others as you continue to evolve.
You need not aspire to be a medium or healer to be a Spiritualist.
Spiritualism is a science, philosophy and religion:
a science because it investigates, analyzes, and classifies facts and manifestations of Spirit; a philosophy because it studies the laws of nature both on the seen and unseen side of life and bases its conclusions upon present, observed facts; a religion because it strives to understand and comply with the physical, mental, and spiritual laws of nature, which are the laws of God. Co-development is the methodology we use for enacting everything mentioned above: For our guidance, we draw from those around us, from our own minds and experiences, and from spiritual inspiration.
The philosophy and movement of Spiritualism, when put into practice in your life, will truly change it and produce true freedom and confidence in you. Through your example, you can lead others to seek what you have.
We are not a religion of conversion. We do not proselytize. We spread the truth about Spiritualism only by example, through self-evolving, and teaching those who come seeking answers.