"Many people often confuse spirituality with religion. People can be both religious and spiritual, but it is also possible to be religious without being spiritual, or to be spiritual without being religious".
I have found in my day to day life many people are confused when you mention the word spirituality or that you are spiritual. They either think you are a witch or religious and want to run in the opposite direction. So i thought it best if i spelt out what being spiritual means to me.
In order to understand what it means to be Spiritual and to further clarify the myth between religious and spiritual so that any person can see that neither are synonymous with the other; i have attempted to discuss this in as simple a way as possible, beneath:
A person bound by monastic vows.
Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
God: Universal Love/ Divine/Higher Power (When i refer to God i refer to the Divine, the Universe, Universal Love or the Higher Power, however you want to see it or understand it...i do not refer to God in a religious sense but in a spiritual sense.
“The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.” ~ Rob Bell
So then, if you go to church every Sunday and you say your prayers every day. Does this mean you are a spiritual person? No.
If you practice yoga and meditate every day. Does this mean you are a spiritual person? No.
If you belong to spiritual group and are devoted to following the teachings of the group. Does this mean you are a spiritual person? No.
What then does it mean to be a spiritual person?
Being a spiritual person is closely associated with being a person whose highest priority in life is to be loving, kind and compassionate to oneself and others. A spiritual person cares about all people, animals, and the planet/environment. A spiritual person knows that we are all One, all inter-connected together, the rich man, poor man, beggar on the street, and consciously (with awareness off) attempts to honor this Oneness. A spiritual person is a kind, loving and deeply compassionate person. so really in effect you could still go to church every Sunday and say your prayers every day, without caring about loving yourself, others or the planet. You could practice yoga and meditate every day without being conscious (aware) of what is loving and what is not loving in your thoughts and actions. You could belong to a spiritual group and devotedly follow the teachings, yet still be judgemental toward yourself and others in your daily life.
There are many many people who do not practice a religion, who do not meditate, pray or belong to any group, who are very spiritual people. These people naturally do caring things and think about how they can help others Their thoughts and actions are kind, loving and compassionate rather than un-kind, un-loving and judgemental toward themselves and others and when you look at them, you see a light within, a kindness in their eyes.
There are many religious people who are anything but kind. We all know of religious people who are extremely judgemental, righteous, and outright mean. So then can you be both religious and spiritual? Of course, but only when you are operating your religion from your heart rather than from the learned dogma and prejudices of your mind and other peoples minds.
We are all to aware that we can visit so called religious or spiritual places that are about God and surrendering to his love and yet hear parents, friends or family yelling, chastising or being mean to children or each other and judging them in a bid to control them. These parents, friends or family at that moment are being anything but kind and loving with their children or each other, they are not demonstrating the true love of God!
In my understanding of God, i believe we are all born of Love - Gods/Universes/Divines Love and its all we ever know until we begin to experience life. In those moments we then choose to create and experience all that is not of love, in order to fully understand what love and the different emotions really are. This is why we experience so much hurt, hardship, pain and suffering, we have freewill to experience it in whatever way we see fit and only when we have had enough and have experienced enough do we then wish to return to Love.
"God is the energy of Love that created us and sustains us. "God is Spirit" (John 4:24) and "God is love" (John 4:16). Anything that is not of love, peace, joy, truth and kindness is not of God".
Many religious people believe that by Praying to God you are allowing the spirit that is God, the love, peace, joy, truth and kindness that is God, to guide your thoughts and actions, yet very often you are not. Meditating for hours on end or practicing yoga, tai chi etc does not mean that you have invited the love that is God into your heart. We can all talk of great spiritual things and immense religious practices and yet still lock God/Universal Love/The Divine out of our hearts.
This Love, Gods Love, The Universal Love, The Love of the Divine is within YOU always, even during your darkest times it is always present. Where people go wrong in their understanding of God/Universe is expecting something outside of themselves to miraculously solve everything for them without understanding the part they play in the equation. Without understanding what is in our highest good and the highest good of others and our planet we will not be able to see a clear picture and understand whats at play here. Without realising that God is within us and we are within God, we are all one, we have the power already within us, we expect outside influences to solve our dilemmas, we think we have no power, we are powerless, but we are not. Once we understand this equation, the Universe, God, the Divine, moves heaven and earth to help us in the best possible way, for ALL concerned, not just for oneself!
If you want to be a spiritual person, then let kindness and compassion be your guiding light, kindness and compassion towards yourself and all others including children, the old, the young, the poor, the downtrodden, the needy, the beggars, the rich, the judgemental, the unkind, the righteous, the ex, animals, mammals, fish, plants, trees, flowers, and toward this beautiful planet that is our home. Recognize that we all have the spark of love that is God within us, we are all one, and learn to honor that love so that you can know and experience the Oneness of all that is.
“God made the world for the delight of human beings-- if we could see His goodness everywhere, His concern for us, His awareness of our needs: the phone call we've waited for, the ride we are offered, the letter in the mail, just the little things He does for us throughout the day. As we remember and notice His love for us, we just begin to fall in love with Him because He is so busy with us -- you just can't resist Him. I believe there's no such thing as luck in life, it's God's love, it's His.” ~ Mother Teresa
In order to further expand on this vision of being spiritual, conscious and aware of ones actions, thoughts or feelings, I'd like to explain some more concepts that may make things clearer as there are for most things in life, many many ways of viewing a topic or discussing it;
"The Universal Bank Of Spiritual Consciousness/Awareness"
Did you know that The Universal Bank of Spiritual Consciousness/Awareness, has super high interests for savings and whatever you put into it grows exponentially? When YOU are born you receive a free account with a substantial deposit to enable you to grow and prosper, but as with all banks its overdraft facility should be used with caution......NEVER take out more than you put back in as 'The Bank' will penalise you in more ways than one if you keep taking from it.
YOU learn to earn and the spiritual currency is energy. If YOU give value to the universe and help the spiritual bank grow, it will help and encourage YOU to grow and the more YOU grow the more YOU will be rewarded in whatever way YOU desire.
If however your desires are driven purely by ego you will require substantial withdrawals from your spiritual bank as self indulgence is only a one way flow of energy from the universal bank to you, so in truth you could end up spending more than you save and invest. What you do with the energy you receive is very important but rightly, up to you. If you use this energy wisely you are rewarded with more energy to further add value to the universe and to increase the balance of your own account.
Spiritually you can add value in a number of ways by working on raising the vibrational energy of yourself or a person or system from a low vibrational (Negative) energy, emotions such as anger, hatred, fear, apathy, resistance, closed mind, closed heart to higher vibrational (Positive) energies such as, Love, happiness, harmony, peace, acceptance, courage, strength, forgiveness.
YOU will know when your bank deposit is growing as your positive emotions will increase and your negative emotions will decrease or disappear all together
Emotions, good or bad, are a consequence of your vibrational energy, LOVE is merely a measure of vibrational energy;
Peace (eternal Love for all) is at the highest vibrational energy level. Apathy (no love, devoid of all energy) is at the lowest vibrational energy level.
"If you continue to take from soil without sowing and nurturing more seeds, you will starve"
The more you take from people, situations, the earth, in order to obtain material possessions, loveless sex, greed and power etc without giving back in the form of real value, the less happy you will be.
A hypothetical example of this could be an artist, musician, painter, singer making great art that is acclaimed and adored by many many fans. In return the artist receives lots of money, power, love, sex, and of course fame. The artist then chooses to abuse this abundance of energy he/she has received and uses the abundance for self indulgence, has copious amounts of sex without love, burns bridges with all his/her friends as their ego drive increases, he/she stops writing the great music, painting the wonderful landscapes or singing the most soulful of melody's that the public so loved and then wonders why he/she is alone, sick, broke, poor or in rehab.
The corrupt and greedy people getting financially rich by manipulating people arn't truly happy, on the surface they may appear to be and you the outsider may feel cheated and resentful of the universe by their supposed power despite their underhand dealings and manner. However the people who live this type of existence know, it is a lonely life and you must realise that they live within the lower levels of vibrational/spiritual energy of fear, anger and grief. This is a very dark, cold and lonely place to be for anyone regardless of how much money they may have and you cannot try and buy your way out of those feelings, these feelings have to be worked through. They will exist at the core root of you and unless you dedicate your self and your awareness of self to increasing your vibrational/spiritual energy, this existence will be your daily facing and your fear, anger and mistrust will only perpetuate your loneliness even further.
Those artists who are not sidetracked by fame, money, sex or power continue on their journey of self improvement with a purposeful and conscious mind, with a kind, generous, compassionate and loving heart. They write great songs, paint great pictures and sing wonderful melody's that enhance and inspire the lives and souls of countless people. These people enjoy the merits of a blissful, spiritual, journey through life.
Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day :)
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”