At the Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, we hold the following 9 Declarations of Principles as our core beliefs:
• We believe in God as Infinite Intelligence.
• We believe that the phenomena of nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence.
• We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith constitute a true religion.
We believe in Personal Responsibility and that we create our own happiness or unhappiness as we live in harmony or discord with natural physical and spiritual laws.
• We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the individual continues after leaving the physical world.
• We affirm that Communication with Spirit is a natural experience demonstrated through Mediumship.
• We affirm that examples of Prophesy and Healing found in the Bible and other Sacred Texts are divine attributes found in all people.
• We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
• We affirm that the doorway to reformation is always open to any soul here or thereafter.
Interpretations of our Declarations
By this we express our belief in a supreme impersonal power, everywhere present, manifesting as life through all forms of organized matter, called by some “God”, by others, “Spirit” and by Divine Metaphysicians, “Infinite Intelligence”.
In this manner, we express our belief in the imminence of Spirit and that all forms of life are manifestations of Spirit or Infinite Intelligence, and thus – that all men are children of God.
A correct understanding of the Laws of Nature on the physical, mental and spiritual planes of life and living in accordance therewith, will unfold the highest aspirations and attributes of the soul, which is the correct function of a true religion.
A life here and hereafter is all one life whose continuity of consciousness is unbroken by that mere change in form whose process we call death.
Spirit communication has been in evidence in all ages of the world and is amply recorded in both sacred and profound literature of all ages. Orthodoxy has accepted these manifestations and has interpreted them in dogma and creed, and in terms of the supernatural. Divine Metaphysics accepts and recognizes these manifestations and interprets them in the understanding and light of the Natural Law.
This precept we believe to be true. It points the way to harmony, peace and happiness. Wherever tried, it has proven successful and when fully understood and practiced, “will” bring happiness and peace to man on earth.
Man himself is responsible for the welfare of the world in which he lives; for its welfare or its misery, for its happiness or its unhappiness – and – if he is to obtain the symbolic “heaven upon earth”, he must learn to make that heaven for himself and for others.
Individually, man is responsible for his own spiritual growth and welfare. Wrong-doing must be outgrown and overcome. Virtue and love of good must take their place. Spiritual growth and advancement must be attained by aspiration and personal striving.
Vicarious atonement has no place in the philosophy of Divine Metaphysics. Each one must “carry his own cross” in the overcoming of wrong-doing and replacing them with the right.
We discard entirely the terribly wrong and illogical teaching of eternal damnation and, in place thereof, we accept and present for consideration of thinking people the thought of the continuity of life beyond the change called death.
A natural life where the opportunity for growth and progress to better, higher and more spiritual conditions are open to all, even as they are here on the earth plane of life. We accept no such teaching as “hell fire and damnation for one’s sins”, but we do teach that wrong-doing and unenlightened acts will necessarily bring remorse and suffering that would be difficult to describe in words – and which can only be relieved by the individual’s own efforts if not here, then in the hereafter. If we make our own lives better while here, and that of our neighbors happier, then we shall unfold true happiness, which we shall carry with us into the spirit world.
We thus affirm our belief in and acceptance of the truths, which are contained in the Bible and other Sacred Texts, and assert that healing, prophecy and mediumship are neither unique nor of recent occurrence alone, but they are universal, ever lasting and have been witnessed and observed in all the ages of this world.
And so it is…