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Spirituality. What is
spirituality? This is an often confused word, for many try to make it
synonymous with being religious, yet the two are polar opposites. So,
we'll try to better define spirituality for you.
How can we define spirituality? Being aware of spirit is spirituality, and that is different than believing there is a spirit. Looking for direction from spirit, by looking within one's heart, is spirituality. Looking outside of one's self for guidance by a book, minister, or denomination is not spirituality at all. Spirituality can best be defined by those who know they are spirit.
All of us are spirits,
energies connected one with another and comprising the whole
Spirit. Everything that is, exists within that entire
energy. Some may call this energy “God,” but make no mistake; you are a
part of it and your connection with this Divine source can never be
severed. Spirituality is knowing this connection as the truth, and that
you are ever part of the Divine.
Spirituality brings peace, because it allows one to identify with this energy, which is our source. In that source, there is no fear or condemnation, but only love, peace and understanding which brings great joy. Spirituality thus teaches that all of us are connected, all are important, and none will ever be lost for eternity. Spirituality is comprehending one's own divinity, and that is empowerment.
Spirituality is never religion, for spirituality never asks us to look outside of ourselves for answers. The Spirit is ever close, never far, and always connected to us, for it is us collectively speaking. We are the Divine interacting within this temporary, physical world. Religion would have us to believe that we are separate from the Divine, but that would be insanity.
There is no divine being separate from us who is angry. When we look externally and away from our source, we mentally disconnect and lose our spirituality for the time being. We then feel abandoned, alone, frightened, and condemned when we lose sight of who we are and our true nature. This way of thinking is based upon an illusion, like looking in a mirror and believing that the reflected image in front of us is truth. But, is it?