Personal experience of the Spirit

Words cannot adequately convey the essence of spiritual experience, and individual Quakers will express their understanding in different ways. Quakers often speak of the ‘Inner Light’ and ‘the Spirit’; by these phrases we mean the divine stirrings which it is possible for anyone to experience, the promptings of God which illuminate our lives and lead us to make good and loving choices. We share and test our promptings with others because we find that prayerful reflection of a group is more discerning than that of an individual. Valuable guidance often comes from the pooled wisdom of the group – in fact, a Society of Friends. Whilst we have no set creed, the Bible, other religious texts and Quaker writings are important to us.