Spiritualism is a way of life. It combines philosophy, science and religion. Spiritualists agree on seven principles:
When our physical body dies, the cord linking our two bodies is severed. The material body returns to the earth whence it came, and the spiritual one becomes the vehicle of our spirit. Death, as a rule, seems like sleep; there is no pain. When we awaken after death conditions seem much the same to us. We take with us into the other dimension no material possessions such as clothes or money as they are no longer needed. What we do take is our character and our individuality. In every way we are the same individuals immediately after death as before, with all our faults and virtues.
The home that awaits us in the spirit world depends on the life we have led on earth. If we honestly tried to do the best we could, we have fitted ourselves for a life which will reflect that. If, on the other hand, there has been more selfishness than goodness and service in our lives we will automatically be living a life which reflects that. This is part of the law of reaping what we sow. This is our fifth Principle, which says we are personally responsible for all our thoughts, words and actions.
Acts of service that we perform will naturally increase our spiritual status. Sins of omission will just as naturally retard it. There is, however, no hell in which inhabitants are condemned for eternity. Once self-realization dawns and the souls are ready to advance, there are enlightened spiritual beings that will show the way to progress.
The practical application of Spiritualism is for all of us to lead the best kind of life we can on earth, to practice qualities of compassion and kindness and to give service wherever we can.
The world we inhabit after death is not far away up in the sky. It is around and about us, interpenetrating the world in which we now live. Those we have loved and lost are not in some far-off inaccessible place, seated on pink clouds at the right hand of God and playing golden harps. Very often they are close to us, by our side, striving to help and guide us and loving us just as they did before passing.
God (Infinite Spirit) is not a person but the creative universal spirit that exists everywhere. Wherever there is life there is spirit; and wherever there is spirit there is life. We exist because a spark of divinity is within each of us. This is the divine relationship in which God is our “father/mother” and we are all the Creator’s children.
We can, by the way we live our lives, fan the spark of divinity into a flame so that a greater expression of divinity is made through us. The result will be to sustain, uplift and help us in our spiritual development and help the world as a result.
There are many excellent books and websites on this topic, to aid you in your search for understanding.