A common supposition is that religions are spiritual; the terms are interchangeable, even synonymous. But is this true? Given the growing trend in America of multitude identifying themselves as “spiritual, non-religious,” these terms need to be redefined in a culturally referent and historically aware context, and set free from their confusing and outdated definitions.
I’ll offer an abbreviated definition from religion as any organized methodical asserting its primary directives are; to abet a strict point of view regarding the existence, power, relationship, and worship like a non-physical being or beings, variously referred to most commonly qua God, Allah, Jehovah, et al; to describe the conditions of an afterlife one can expect based on one’s allegiance to said religion; to impose its unique moral code on all humanity; to condemn those who do not conform to that code. Religions are managed and informed by a comparatively unimportant sociable of men, predominantly, who may uniquely interpret certain classical texts to manipulate others, who understand pack psychology, and are superb fund raisers. It is also common to claim theirs as the “one, true religion.”
I’ll define spiritual people that those who; avoid organized religion yet pursue understanding of the unseen, or spirit world, as part of understanding themselves; appreciate there is life in everything; veneration all upkeep beings in word and action; allow all living beings to be who they are.
Discuss religion and it’s neither long you find yourself in a highly charged emotional trap. I think where most regarding us get condition trouble is when we approach it with or are approached by a proselytizing mindset. This is always offensive because the proselytizer has already judged the religion or spiritual practice of the one she or he is trying to convert as wrong, misguided, “ungodly,” and worse. Furthermore there is rarely any effort by our friendly disciple to understand the religion or spiritual lifeways of the one under assault, given it does not conform to his or her belief. Hence, the fixate is on correction and conversion.
All religions throughout phylogenic and amid the world, are human-made constructs that attempt to define some higher power temperamentally and attributively, in what are essentially self-serving terms. From this, a hierarchy usually evolves, what we call a “clergy,” social engineers who assume they’re better and wiser than others, ejaculating their fealty as a moral sword under which unanimity must bow. Another common characteristic of corporate religion is to project itself at large, and sometimes violently. Witness early Christianity physically attacking the thousands year old Gnostic, Pagan, and Craft traditions, prosecution of its Crusades and the ever-popular, 600 year-long Inquisition, not to mention its prominence in the Holocaust from the Western Hemisphere; Israel’s determination to displace Palestinians sizable the same as Euros steamrolled Native American territory; the Talibahn sneaking about, asserting its Allah-given deontic to run the lives of others. Yet people cling to these institutions for reasons well beyond my heretic sinner’s mind.
Years gone I interviewed Deepak Chopra and asked if he thought religions helped evolve human consciousness, or hindered it? His answer, “I think plenary religions in all times have bot the bastardization and corruption of spirituality. When spirituality becomes corrupt, it becomes religion so religion as we have seasoned it throughout the course of history, et al this is veridical of Hinduism moreover Buddhism and all kinds of current religions, have been bastardized into dogma, ideology, and belief systems. And as interminable as the religion has a belief system, and all religions endure one, tout le monde without exception, then they hinder man’s evolution. So I think religion is toxic to society, all religions. Further that includes the Eastern religions. The Eastern religions, before they became religions, they were spiritual devices or you omnipotent say spiritual styles of living with an exact science and methodology to find the truth about one’s maintain nature. But when they became institutionalized, they became a determined of rules and regulations and beliefs and guidelines and dogmas and ideologies and there is no religion that I associate of, whether it is from Judeochristianity or it is from the East, that has not propagated war and destruction and murder and killing.”
To indiging “spiritual, non-religious” is to conversation and communicate directly with non-physical entities, uninterrupted the gambit from discarnate humans to spirits sometimes compassionate, of superior wisdom and experience that give never physically walked the planet. What we often call Earth-based spirituality is a broad term indicating an understanding of the astronomical and terrestrial environments we find ourselves a part of, as well as that non-physical dimension, unseen yet accessible.
When Earth based spiritualize practices are referred to as “religions,” understand they are not true religions because they lack the hierarchal structure and dogma that so well define organized religions. Referring to spiritual, non-religious lifeways as religions, sometimes even nearby the lifeways themselves, is confusing on the surface, otherwise has happened in order to gain certain lawfulness protections. It took years for Wicca to subsist realized in the US military and it was terminated First Amendment arguments that happened. Native American spiritual practices, outlawed entirely in 1880 through the so-called Civilization Regulations, were finally allowed again, partially in 1936 then completely in 1978, but only after fighting their way through the courts and various populism arenas in the US. This, even after all Indian people were made US citizens in 1924, whether they wanted to be or not!
Traditional Native American spiritualize lifeways are hardly religions. While some nations are struggling hard to rediscover the wisdom of their ancestors, lots need to still deal with the scars and interference of Christianity. What results are divisions among the people. But as some of the old ways are coming back, we find again and more community falling out of the pews et cetera into indigenous ceremony. Non-religious ceremony.
It is important to understand the true impact religions have had, and continue to have on the world, and to study their histories, hardly only post-formation besides of the conditions and actions that led to their origins. I am talking about an in-depth study of the profane phylogenesis of one’s subject religion, in the fullest practicable global context of it’s origination up through today. After all, if a devoutness is important enough to follow, it should be important enough to know where it came from and what it’s done, as reported by neutral observers.