Spiritualism is the belief that the dead and other spirits have the ability and desire to communicate with the living from their side of the universe. Spiritualists see the spirit world or afterlife as an ever evolving plane. They believe that we are able to pierce the veil and contact these spirits, that these spirits are more advanced than we are because they have passed on to a higher plane, and that because of this they have access to knowledge and insight that we can use to improve our lives. Many attempt to connect to a spirit guide. A spirit guide is a spirit that is frequently contacted by spiritualists for spiritual guidance.