How do you view spirituality?
Same thing? Or different?
Do you see them as mental or experiential in nature? Are they a combination of both? Can a person be spiritual and religious or does one have to be one or the other?
How you answer those questions for yourself are important. Your answer reveals the way you perceive and process your experience of life and the world. If you are a person who likes to use your mind to find the answers then perhaps you perceive spirituality and religion through your thought processes. Are interested in scripture and history, analysis and debate. If you are a person who likes to use your heart to find the answers then perhaps you perceive spirituality and religion through your emotions. Are interested in singing and dancing, in communing with groups of people.
Is one way wrong and the other right?
Is there a middle path between them, where one is an equal representative of both mind and heart? Or are all three yet another example of how there is no right or wrong truly and just perspectives and stances that we take on to reflect our unique ways of perceiving ourselves and the world?
According to our current use of the word religion, it is an organism system of worship. But it is more than that. The root is latin, “Re” is back, “ligios” is to tie. So religion is to tie us back to what? To Source. A source that we have been separated from. By what? By individuation. By material incarnation in a world bound by time and space. Separated from each other by bodies and minds that experience reality according to their individuated perceptions.
When we denigrate another’s experience of spirituality or religion what are we saying about ourselves? When we hold our own experience to be superior to another’s, what does that say about us? How do we judge our perceptions when compared to others?
All experience is subjective. All experience is also objective. We have a subjective perception of an objective reality. When we share perceptions with people who are close to us then we created bubbles of reality. Agreed upon understandings about the nature of life and the world. To the extent that we educate ourselves beyond the limitations of our bubbles we are able to free ourselves to understand the world and experience from a higher and more holistic perspective. When we choose willful ignorance over purposeful familiarity we are accepting the boundaries of agreed upon parameters of knowing. Colluding with others in the support of limitation over increase.
It’s possible to exist within limited bubbles of perception for a lifetime. But these days, all such constructs are challenged by the sheer breadth of information available. Threats to ignorance abound and knowledge “traps” are everywhere. The more deliberate obfuscation is cultivated, the more reality conspires to illuminate the darkness with the light of knowledge.
Sometimes people have to be trapped by the truth, whilst mired in the squalor of their self-induced fear. It is painful in these instances to experience cognitive dissonance but the outcome is revelation. And passage upwards, along a new turn of the spiral begins. Then the cycle begins again.