What is Spirituality? How it Benefits You

Spirituality is the path and process of self change, improvement, and action that leads to awakening. Many people in today’s society are considering themselves more spiritual than religious, including teenagers. However, these spiritualists have their own definition of what spirituality means to them so it shows how the spiritual path can differ among us.

For example, people may have not considered my first sentence of this spiritual blog as the definition of spirituality. Also, spirituality is not a religion. Religions are associated with doctrines, dogma, large organizations, based on a widely accepted belief system on how events occurred, what God is, the process of creation, etc., whereas spirituality is learning about and experiencing one’s own self on a deeper level that leads to the realization of truth and the spiritual reality.

Countless Spiritual Paths
There are as many different paths and processes to realizing truth as there are as many people. Like Mt. Everest, one of the tallest mountains on earth, the top of the mountain is the goal and the sides of the mountain are the way up to the goal. With no set paths, people try and climb Mt. Everest, paving their own way, experiencing their own side, facing their different challenges, having achievements along the way, and ultimately reaching the top. At the top, where the climbers discuss their path, the one thing in common is that they reached their highest goal, but getting there was completely different with its own set of challenges, achievements, and experiences. Similarly then, spirituality is the individual path of change, improvement, and action which leads to awakening (top of the mountain).

Religion vs. Spirituality
Religions in this world, using the Mt. Everest metaphor, are like paved roads going up the mountain. People only know these roads as getting up to the top, so most people take it. The paved roads of religion, however, do not go all the way to the top, but rather stop at a middle point on the mountain because it is impossible to pave any road further. From there, religion does not take anyone further, but if an individual wants to continue up to the top, he or she, like other climbers, must climb Mt. Everest on their own to reach the goal. Spirituality leads to self-realization. Religion can help you become a good person in society but religion does not lead to soul awakening and liberation.

A person can be religious and spiritual in the way that a person can still change, improve, and take actions in their life; however, the downfall is that a certain belief system of “this belief is the only way” is one of many spiritual blocks that can keep a person from moving forward to the top of the mountain. Eventually, to realize the self one must dissolve the beliefs and ideologies of religion, although it was initially helpful.

According to Acharya Shree Yogeesh, religions hold maybe 1 – 2% of truth. One religion, Jainism, contains 10%. If a person looks in their heart and soul they will see all the truth is within them. The realization of truth can happen if they are able to dissolve and uncover the darkness, clouds, and illusions that subtly cover the soul that cause pain and suffering in life.

Spirituality: Change, Self-Improvement, Action
Spirituality is the path and process of self change. Change is important because no one is the same person. Every moment is changing and in each moment a person is changing. Changing yourself is putting efforts into dissolving and uncovering the darkness and clouds.

Spirituality is the path and process of self improvement. In order to change, one must grow, learn, and have experiences. Reflection of the self and what needs improvement is a key factor in realizing one’s negative and positive qualities that need improvement. With self-analysis, one can find the blocks and errors in thinking that are causing and collecting pain and suffering in the life.

Why People Are Leaving Religions in Droves?

One could put this down to space travel and realisation that heaven and hell are myths, and that is a viable concept. Another factor which is less obvious has to do with the number of people who are disillusioned with religious claims that the officials within them speak for God. There is also a third factor that is even less noticeable and it concerns those who have some degree of memory or inkling of reincarnation.

Everyone questions why we are here and at this time. What is life about and why do we suffer and how is pain an answer to one’s spirituality? In other words, why do some put themselves through rigorous and dangerous pilgrimages to prove their loyalty to the God they worship?

With memory of my reincarnation it has presented problems when it comes to explaining it to others. There is a blanket of disbelieve and yet curiosity as people struggle with a twinge of familiarity or insight into something they may have experienced but forgotten. They feel connected when talking about it and yet they find few willing to listen.

The scenario in answer to these questions and problems in my opinion is the control the Spirit has over its own. The latter are called the ‘children of Israel’ in the bible (Isaiah 5:4,7) and they are those who were seeded with Spirit some 4,000 years ago. They are written into the tree of life (Revelation 19:21) and are protected while going through the fires of refinement.

What else makes sense when God is the potter (Jeremiah 18:6) who breaks down and builds up again until the vessel is perfect and strong enough to hold the power that comes with full spirituality? Religion is the pain, the fire, and the substance meant to test them. Six times over we have died and returned (Job 5:19-22) but the seventh time is now and we are in the last days.

There is proof of these words in the massive population spike that shows that all are back (Isaiah 26:19) and they are tested and judged. They are leaving religions in droves because they are seeking the real God and not the false one represented by statues, icons, and ideologies that lead to nowhere. The Spirit is now pouring over the children of Israel and miracles of healing are taking place (Ezekiel 39:29) but not in religious institutions.

Is Religion Only a Past and Present Period Aberration – Will Humankind Grow Out of It?

Will humankind ever grow up from the crutch of religion? Will humans ever realize that they don’t need a religion for a sense of morals? I often wonder, but I’d say if humans are still around in 500-1000 years in whatever form that religion and much of the human superstition will be nothing more than cultural history. Not long ago, I was discussing all this with someone from India, someone who didn’t hold large organized religions in high regard. Okay so, let’s talk because I told my new acquaintance that I did hold their views on religion.

In fact, I further added that humans should be permitted freedom of the mind, even if they choose to allow those crutches of religion to box in their thinking. I think any human living within this present period ought to have a decent understanding of all religions; Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Religions of Nature, Spiritual religions of the mind, religions of science, and so on. By having such basic knowledge does indeed allow alternative foundations of a diverse set of thinking, this is of value, much the same as perhaps reading or enjoying movies bathed in fictional literature with stories of morality whether historical, fantasy, Sci Fi, or other.

Humans seem to like to have a set of guiding principles to operate within larger societies, such guiding principles do not need to come from religion. They too can come from experience, wisdom, and reflection of such. Morality does not come from religion, it comes from the mind. The individual is the most important part of society because if all individuals are strong, then every link in the chain is strong and the society and civilization or even the whole of humanity is all the more stronger for it.

I wonder if the topic of religion is even a viable topic of higher order thinking, it may be that of lower level thinking, thus, until one can get past such topics or understand religion on a philosophical level, they may not be ready to lead or worth following. See that point. Again, not to offend anyone’s beliefs, it’s just for me, it’s not needed, and I am doing fine, so one would have to ask what’s the problem or weakness with the rest of humanity?

Yes, I wish them the best in their life experience, but I must realize they are work in progress and need releasing from their self-inflicted mental box. Ouch, that did sound a bit harsh didn’t it? Now then, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Self-Made Spirituality – Seeking and Finding Some Help Along the Way

If you have a toothache you go to a dentist, if you have a broken wrist you go to see a doctor. What do these have in common? There’s something wrong which you can’t fix so you go to someone with expert knowledge in the relevant area to help resolve the problem. For a toothache you wouldn’t go to a car mechanic because what do they know about teeth? And you wouldn’t try to fix it yourself, as this would likely make it worse and certainly wouldn’t help matters. We recognise that we are not experts in these areas and so we go to those who have studied dentistry – or medicine for the broken wrist – to get expert treatment. We rely both on their knowledge gained through study and their experience in treating others to get a good solution for ourselves.

But when it comes to other areas of life these principles get discarded when they still could have a useful application. Take spirituality for instance. Many people have not studied religion or spirituality extensively and do not have too much experience of spiritual matters. When talking about spiritual beliefs people say things like that’s OK for you but it’s not for me. Yet if I have a toothache and I say “I’m going to the dentist “no-one says that “the dentist is OK for you but I’m going to the car mechanic to get my teeth fixed” and no-one says “that’s OK for you but I take care of all my own dental problems”. With spirituality that’s so often exactly what we do. Why is that? What are the results? This article will look to provide some answers to those questions.

To answer the first question, there can be a lot of cynicism towards organised religion. Often religion is blamed for all sorts of social evils. This type of cynicism is often pervasive in other areas of life too, notably towards politics. For many people this cynicism is a quick and easy response which is substituted for a real engagement with spiritual issues. For all the evils perpetrated in the name of religion, the genocide caused in the twentieth century by regimes intent on stamping out religion, led to tens of millions of deaths, far more than the number for which religion is held responsible. However, it would be unfair, and indeed absurd, to label all atheists, and indeed atheism itself, as being implicated in these genocides. It is equally absurd to blame religion for so many social ills. The term religion contains a panoply of different cultural and faith practices maintained over centuries by vast swathes of humanity.

Vast amounts of social good have also emanated from religion. A well known example is the abolition of slavery was a campaign led by Christians. And the modern campaign against people-trafficking for the sex industry, slavery of the twenty-first century is also strongly supported by Christians. Admittedly terrible things have been done in the name of religion, but it is obvious that people can abuse a religion for their own ends just like people abuse political parties or corporations for their own personal advantage. Christianity for example, is founded on the person Jesus Christ. Jesus taught that people should love their enemies. Anyone trying to kill their enemies in the name of Christianity would therefore not therefore be displaying any type of authentic Christian faith or spirituality.

To say that religion should be rejected for all the evils it has committed must entail saying that atheism should also be rejected for all the evils it has committed. As discussed however, this is a very superficial way of looking at the matter. The teachings and lives of the founders of different religions should be examined and then one should look for authentic followers of those teachings practicing today to truly assess a given religion, and by implication, how that religion could influence your spirituality.

How Spirituality Differs From Religion

Do you believe that there is something more powerful then you are? Do you think miracles are real? When you pray, are you knowing that your prayers will be answered? Spirituality is more then just asking for favors from a higher power. But it’s a great way to begin your journey to becoming more spiritual.

Religion is an organized belief system that can be of old ideas and handed down, as well as new thoughts about spirituality. Many people are fulfilled spiritually when attending church as this practice involves like-minded people believing in the same higher power. To congregate with others for prayer, sermons and song makes us feel like a part of a group who have similar beliefs.

Spirituality is not the same as religion. Spirituality is not necessarily organized and doesn’t always have a leader, such as you would find in a church. Depending on the name of your god, or higher power, doesn’t really matter in an unorganized practice. In spiritual circles Christians and Buddhists alike can worship side by side in harmony, appreciating each others differences as opposed to criticizing the lack of believing the same things. Some of us have a book, such as a bible to guide us on our journey. While others recollect stories told by their ancestors to learn what is expected of them on a morally.

Spiritual paths may be guided, such as religion offers, or may be more self taught. Though we live in a world that is accustomed to arguing about what is `right,’ much of the differences comes from using a different vocabulary. I may use the term God, while someone else may use Higher Power or Buddha. While some of us pray and listen to what God has to tell us, others may meditate and listen to what their Source, angels or guides may want them to know. The person seeking and learning without the guidance of a church is not concerned about buildings, memberships and tithing. They commonly build an altar they have created with the things they believe in and it is never a focal point on display for others.

Regardless of the words used, spirituality has been given credit for miracles, angels, and eternal life to name a few. Spiritual populations are not commonly at war. They live a peaceful sort of life and accept others beliefs. They seem to function with a more open mind then those who follow particular religions. Meditation guides them to their `source’ and no conversation regarding beliefs seems to be `out of bounds.’

With spirituality there are no boundaries which cannot be explored. Guidance from their `source,’ as opposed to rules from a book, gives the seeker their moral compass. When spiritually bound people are united, you never hear anyone ask what church they attend. They are on a journey, not so different then the organized religions are, they just have a different path to get there.