Hull Spiritualist Centre SNU

Spiritualist teachings

Spiritualist philosophy is based on seven inter-connected principles given to us from the world of spirit by one of the pioneers of this movement, Emma Hardinge Britten.

The study and application of a spiritual philosophy is a key to establishing a Spiritualist way of life and within the membership of the SNU it is introduced through the 7 Principles of Spiritualism.

Though the SNU chooses to set down the principles behind Spiritualism for its members, they are not intended to be binding rules or the basis of a dogma but to provide each individual, particularly those who are new to Spiritualism, a foundation for developing a personal philosophy.

The Seven Principles are:

    1. The Fatherhood of God.

    2. The Brotherhood of Man.

    3. The Communion 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 and Evil Deeds done on Earth.

    7. Eternal progress open to every human soul

The origins and concept of the Seven Principles came through Emma's mediumship. Guidance received from the Spirit World by Emma inspired her to utilise teachings given by the eminent philanthropist, Robert Owen, to provide a basis of suitable guideline/principles to follow in our daily lives.  The Principles are equally important to assist us on our Spiritual pathway.  The original Principles were later adapted to suit the newly formed Spiritualists’ National Union becoming the Seven Principles of Spiritualism in the format that we are familiar with today..

Modern science has brought man to understand that matter cannot be destroyed, it can only change form. Spiritualists believe that life-forms, having been created by God, cannot be extinguished by death. The life energy manifested through the physical form is only changed, not terminated, at the end of physical existence. Because of this Spiritualists believe that communication from the spirit world to the physical world is possible.


Emma Hardinge Britten

Spiritualist philosophy is very simple, there is no need to overcomplicate the teachings of spirit, it is for everyone.

Many pioneers have struggled over the centuries against oppression, persecution and even death for being curious or simply showing our natural ability to work with the spirit world, yet the human race has always had this ability.  

Only in the last 160 years or so has the modern spiritualist movement, which originated in the United States with the ‘Hydesville rappings’ - where the Fox sisters made contact with the spirit world- was allowed to flourish.  Since then the movement spread throughout the Western World

The Fox sisters Margaretta and Katie

The Fox home in Hydesville, New York state USA