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Spirituality


 


 

What is spirituality? According to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia, "Spirituality" is a concern with matters of the spirit vs. the worldy. It is viewed as an expression of life that is perceived as higher, more complex and more in tune with one's worldview."Definition of spirituality is seen in both a religious context, and opposed to one's personal religious belief system.In today's world, spirituality in a religious context is more on a personal level, less dogma and more open to new ideas. It is seen as one's personal relationship with "their" God or belief system (God-Spirit-Universe) vs. what is understood to be shared by all others. In otherwords, it is much more personal in nature rather then something that is simply believed from the traditions of dogma. It is our perceived emotional connection to God-Spirit-Universe.Some people do not believe that spirituality is religion at all, but the connection to the universe itself, or a force, spirit, or sense of their inner being, in an active and vital way.One aspect of 'Being spiritual' is goal that aims at simultaneously improving one's wisdom and willpower, while achieving a closer connection to God-Spirit-Universe, whichever one believes in, by removing all illusions and false ideas at the sensory, feeling and thinking aspects of a person.For those who consider themselves Spiritual by nature it is an essential part of an individual's overall health and well-being. Due to its personal nature, spirituality can perhaps be better understood by highlighting key concepts that arise when people are asked to describe what spirituality means to them. Research by Martsolf and Mickley (1998) highlighted the following areas as worthy of consideration:


 

  • Meaning – significance of life; making sense of situations; deriving purpose.
  • Values – beliefs, standards and ethics that are cherished.
  • Transcendence – experience, awareness, and appreciation of a "transcendent dimension" to life beyond self.
  • Connecting – increased awareness of a connection with self, others, God/Spirit/Divine/nature.
  • Becoming – an unfolding of life that demands reflection and experience; includes a sense of who one is and how one knows.
  • As cultural historian and yogi William Irwin Thompson put it, "Religion is not identical with spirituality; rather religion is the form spirituality takes in civilization."
  • The strength of our "connection" is derived from our connection to "self". The first step to being more spiritual is a better understanding, acceptance, and love of ourselves, thus creating a stronger connection to God-Spirit-Universe. The stronger the connection to the above, the more flexible we become in dealing with both our inner spiritual life, and our external life. Spirituality develops along with, and not separated from our body awareness, thought processes, and emotional intelligence. When one component grows faster or slower then the other, our mind-spirit-soul becomes cluttered and unclear.
  • You must first understand your body awareness. All experiences, beliefs, desires and expectations are held in our bodies at a cellular level. These cellular memories can either support or inhibit what we are currently wanting to create for ourselves. Our body’s reaction to any situation will affect our emotional response and the thoughts we engage in around the situation.
  • One's thought process determines world-view and their abiltiy to connect with God-Spirit-Universe. There are many different kinds of thought processes that hold our current reality in place and can inhibit us from moving towards the vision we are holding for ourselves. These stories and beliefs that we have accepted as "truth" are grounded in our bodies and emotions. Once we allow the energy of our stories and beliefs to flow freely between our thoughts, emotions, and bodies, then and only then, can we move to a new level of vibration.
  • Emotional Intelligence is connected to our emotional reactions to people and situations. Whenever we experience a “trigger” by an event or person, our "true" self-soul-spirit is telling us something wants to be acknowledged, forgiven, healed or embraced. The more we experience working with our emotions, the more we realize that all of our emotional defense mechanisms were born from a place of Divine Love (energy), allowing us to release our expectations, detach from outcomes, and allow others to be who they are without judgment.

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    Spiritualism grew out of the concept of Spirituality, and is a belief system or religion, believing that spirits of the dead residing in the spirit world have both the ability and the desire to communicate with the living. Spiritualists were more inclined to believe it took a medium and they often used seances or trances to deliver spirit messages to others in attendance. It reached its peak in membership from the 1840s to the 1920s, in English-language countries. By 1897, it was said to have more than eight million followers in the United States and Europe, while the corresponding movement in the continent of Europe and Latin America is known as Spiritism. Refer to the "Spiritism" page for a broader understanding of what how individual spirit visitation falls more under this category. The Spiritualist religion flourished for a half century without formal organization. Principles of Spiritualism:

  • A belief in spirit communication.
  • A belief that the soul continues to exist after the death of the physical body. 
  • Personal responsibility for life circumstances. Even after death it is possible for the soul to learn and improve
  • A belief in a God, often referred to as "Infinite Intelligence". 
  • The natural world considered as an expression of said intelligence.
  • Secular spirituality emphasizes humanistic ideas on moral character (qualities such as love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, responsibility, harmony, and a concern for others - aspects of life and human experience which go beyond a purely materialist view of the world without necessarily accepting belief in a supernatural reality or divine being. Spiritual practices such as mindfulness and meditation can be experienced as beneficial or even necessary for human fulfillment without any supernatural interpretation or explanation.

    To learn more about this, Click "Spirit" and "Soul".


    Spirituality vs. Religion

     

    NOTE: When this was first sent to us, I hesitated in using it on the site, not wanting to offend anyone's religious beliefs. After pondering about it and searching "our truth and beliefs", I decided that it would be hypocritical to hold it back because the "truth" is the "truth" and it is not for us to decide what should be shared and what should not.

    First let me say that I too have a religion of my choosing, and I believe a good religious upbringing is necessary for children, and the comraderie among people who believe and practice certain traditions is a necessary and important part of life. My intent is not to be misconstrued as being anti-religious. Quite the contrary, there is a place for both religion and spirituality in our lives, but we first must understand there is a difference.

    There is no intent on the part of the authors of this site to in anyway offend anyone. It is our intent, however, to aid in one's own personal "spiritual" journey in any way we can by providing all information, spirit and orb photographs, stories, essays, recordings, prove of the afterlife, universal law, EMFs, EVPs, reincarnation, scientific studies, and all other experiences that we have experienced, without any embellishments or exaggerations.

    We believe that some people get so caught up in religious dogma that they overlook the spirituality part of it. It is with this in mind, that the following is being published. I do not know who the author of this piece is, but I in no way want to claim it as my own work, just that I happen to agree with it.

    Spirituality vs. Religion

    Spirituality says that God is within us and that we don't need anyone else to make that divine connection for us.

    Religion says that we are separated from God and that we need "them" to make that divine connection.

    Spirituality says that we are free to make choices on our own and that we must take personal responsibility for our actions.

    Religion says we must make their choices and act their way.

    The theme of spirituality is unconditional love.

    The theme of religion is fear and guilt.

    Spirituality does not require us to make donations.

    Religion has become big business.

    Spirituality says there is no hell, no judgement, no angry God... that we are loved unconditionally.

    Religion says there is a hell, God gets angry and judges us... therefore, we are not loved unconditionally.

    Spirituality says we are free to choose our own path to God.

    Religion commands us to do it their way.

    Spirituality says we go to God to lighten our burden.

    Religion has taught us to fear their God.

    Spirituality says we should not be ashamed of our sexuality... that it should be a sacred celebration of love.

    Religion has taught us to feel ashamed, guilty and dirty about our sexuality.

    Spirituality teaches us to honour and respect mother earth.

    Religion has told us to "be thou fruitful, multiply and subdue the earth". I repeat... "subdue the earth".

    Spirituality reminds us that we are one with God and one with each other.

    Religion teaches disunity and separation which is the opposite of God,

    Spirituality says God is within.

    Religion says He is in heaven and that "they" are the only intermediaries for us.

    Spirituality says we are born in innocence and purity.

    Religion says we are born with sin.

    Spirituality teaches that we are on a long spiritual adventure and journey which will ultimately end by reuniting with our source.

    Religion says we've got one life to get it all right and there is nothing but heaven or hell after that.

    Spirituality says we are free to express.

    Religion gave us the dreaded inquisition.

    Spirituality teaches unconditional love for all.

    Religion gave us the crusades in which many were killed and slaughtered in the name of God.

    Spirituality teaches that we should love one another unconditionally and always honour the rights and choices of others.

    Religion treated Native Americans, the Mayans and other indigenous cultures as savage primitives who "must be saved".

    Spirituality teaches peace and harmony.

    Religion has caused more wars and more killing than any other reason.

    Spirituality says respect all living things.

    I never once heard any religion say stop slaughtering millions of trees every year for Christ's birthday.

    Spirituality teaches us to have faith in ourselves.

    Religion teaches us to have faith in them.

    Spirituality says we have all the answers... that we can find them by "going within".

    Religion teaches us that it has all the answers and only its answers are the right ones.

    Spirituality teaches us to search for the Universal Truths and our hearts will tell us when we have found them.

    Religion teaches we have no choice but to accept their version of the truth.

    Which one feels better to you? Spirituality or religion?

    Go to your heart for the answer it will never lie to you.


    The Conference Most High!

     

    And the day came to pass that representatives of all peoples of the world united in a global convention, to discuss the future of man. In the advanced society of the year 3,000, a specific forum was enlisted to minimize the use of valuable time. After much deliberation, consideration, and delegation, issues of great importance were reached in every arena of discussion, but one - The topic of God.

    As the various religious denominations and sects sat perplexed as to how even to begin, for each believed its own beginnings was fashioned originally, solely, and like no others. The great elders and priests now sat speechless and quiet, obviously closed to any other possibility.

    The agnostic sector came to the podium and offered the suggestion to at least agree on the existence of a supreme being, but before they were through the atheists and polytheists began a heated discussion on how many, if any, Gods to agree upon.

    To solve the erupted dispute, the Native Americans offered their shamanism or spirituality as the prime choice for the whole of humanity, but before their medicine men could finish their reasons of logic, the Rabbis from Israel stood up and began fervently arguing that the God of Abraham could only be chosen, for Abraham’s God was the only true God.

    As the Jews debated their truth with vigor, the Christian denominations became enraged that Jesus somehow was not automatically selected as the only true and dominant religion’s focus. As the Buddhists began to disagree with the Jehovah Witnesses, the Hare Christnas became uncommunicative when the Muslims and Mormons began to offer their views. Within a matter of minutes each and every organization from atheists to zionists were in an out-of-control altercation. Then the room was silenced, as all eyes looked up to find rays of light penetrating the alabaster and marbled ceilings.

    As the Muslims dropped to their knees to bow in the Holy presence, the Rabbis could be heard agreeing it was truly the God of Israel, Adonai. The thunderous voice replied,”Yes, I am the God, Adonai”. In horror, all of the Christian denominations joined in the building of mass confusion, and in a panic demanded to know where their savior was. The heavenly voice assuringly declared Himself also the Holy Trinity. As the Buddhists meekly ask about their beloved Buddha, the unearthly presence acknowledged Himself as their Buddha. Each religious group in turn ask the Holy presence its identity, and each in turn learned His presence to be their own beloved Deity.

    The agnostics conceded that though they did not comprehend the presence they were witnessing, it was real and both “supreme” and “the answer”, but for what they didn’t know. Brooding, the atheists sat silent, quite irritated by the whole unexplained display. When ask why, they answered curtly that nothing had changed, they still refuted any beliefs in a supreme Deity, Creator of anything, and that destiny was man’s illusion for self comfort. The all knowing voice agreed that His place was void of that responsibility since the atheist didn’t seek comfort, intervention or even a hint of connection.

    As diaglouge continued, each denomination grew more unsettled, frustration mounted causing bursts of anger and negativity between those in attendance. Among the raised voices, a quiet yet peaceful voice rang out creating a hush that enshrouded the room. The Hindu woman’s voice, young and timid, and in simple terms asked, “Who was the God to first?”

    Without hesitation, the miraculous voice filled with kindness and understanding replied, “I have always been Father to all my children, from the first moment of life and throughout the years they enlisted my aid, to the last moment of life, and beyond. I show no partiality. I have no divine plan for one and not the others. I am everything to each one of you.”

    As the Grand Counsel of men and women sat basking in the unseen smile of a being with no form other than total presence, one question remained. An old frail bodied Taoist man, with eye’s lowered, quietly spoke and politely asked, “If this is all true then why have so many lives been lost through persecution and in wars fought in your name?”

    The voice simply replied, “I myself cannot tell you this, for man, not God, is responsible for his own actions. So let me ask you, my son, why?”

    Before a word could be uttered, the ray was gone and with it the tremendous presence of Holiness. The priests, rabbis, ministers, polytheists, as well as monotheists, atheists and agnostics all sat with heads bent, thinking both of the answers and question left to man’s accountability to man. Each beginning to absorb the words of wisdom just spoken for all to hear.

    Written by Robin Renee' Lucero

    To read more of Robin's writings Click Here!


    The Great Illusion

     

    Victor Kahn is a wonderful writer and visionary; he has a beautiful surreal art website that goes with this one quite well. Mr. Kahn has graciously given me permission to link to his site, which I would highly recommend you go visit. The Great Illusion opens you to 'see'. It takes you beyond lifestyle, religion and philosophy and into an area where the subconscious mind actually recognizes the Universal concepts of spirit, life force and manifestation.


    Courageous Souls

     

    Although I am not one to "sell" anything on this site because of the nature of it, I feel compelled to recommend the book "Courageous Souls" to all our readers who recognize they are on a spiritual journey. I have come across a book that I know to be full of truth, as related to me by my daughter, and validated by author Robert Schwartz. To read more about your spiritual journey, the choices you make, and how you choose your parents and life, this book is a must. I have included the following excerpt from the book, with written authorization from the author.

    "Would you like to understand the deeper meaning of your greatest challenges?

    So often, when something "bad" happens, it may appear to be meaningless suffering. But what if your most difficult experiences are actually rich with hidden purpose-purpose that you yourself planned before you were born? Could it be that you chose your life's circumstances, relationships, and events?

    Courageous Souls tells the stories of ten individuals who-like you-planned before birth to experience great challenges. Working with four gifted mediums and channels, author Robert Schwartz discovers what they chose-and why. He presents actual pre-birth planning sessions in which souls discuss their hopes for their upcoming lifetimes. In so doing he opens a window to the other side where we, as eternal beings, design both our trials and our potential triumphs.

    Through these remarkable stories of pre-birth planning, you can:

  • Learn why each of us decides to experience such challenges as illness, the death of a loved one, and accidents. Other challenges explored from the perspective of pre-birth planning include being the parent of a handicapped child, deafness, blindness, drug addiction, and alcoholism.

  • Understand how you as a soul create your life blueprint.

  • Consciously use your challenges to foster spiritual growth.

  • Understand that the people in your life, including your parents and children, are there at your request, motivated by their love for you to play roles that you scripted.

  • Replace anger, guilt, and blame with forgiveness, acceptance, and peace.

  • Deepen your appreciation of and gratitude for life as a soul-expanding, evolutionary process."
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  • Terri Daniel

     

    You can also watch Terri Daniel in an interview at the Conscious Media Network, which validates the information in "Courageous Souls" by clicking here!


    Today's Heartfelt Blessing

     

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    What Is, Is!

     

    I had the pleasure of communicating with R. W. Richardson about his beautiful writings and would like to introduce him to you, my readers, to learn not only his questions, but answers to the "truths" as he knows them. Although long in substance, it is the substance that will bring about a better understanding of spirituality, and your quest in finding it.

    To read his beautiful site and book, Click Psychognosis.


     

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