Sprituality Vs. Religion; It’s not all the same.
Welcome to Wisdoming, a blog dedicated to the ongoing exploration of soul development. My intention is to open up one’s mind to what is possible for human beings and to explore what stops one in reaching their highest potential. You will find tools, tips and ideas to consider for yourself in your soul-centered journey.
Let’s begin with a look at the difference between ‘Spirituality’ and ‘Religion’. When the subject of Spirituality comes up, what pops into your mind? Most of us have an immediate thought, response or opinion. For some, spirituality and religion are interchangeable terms. For others, spirituality and religion are two different things. And for some, the two are interrelated – meaning they can’t have one without the other.
When I discuss spirituality, I am not talking about religion. There is a distinct difference.
Religion according to Webster’s is:
~ an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods
~ an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group
Traditionally, spirituality refers to a process of re-formation of the personality. The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning “breath”.
So as we look at spirituality, we are looking at the soul, breathing new life into one’s being.
We are all spiritual beings living on this earth. We live in a body, something I like to call our vehicle that we drive. (Sometimes someone else is driving the car – but that’s another discussion!)
One may be religious and attend worship services regularly, but not experience a deep sense of spirituality, yet be committed to the structure that keeps them hopeful in their search for their own spiritual growth. Likewise, one can be spiritual, but not attend organized religious services. As I consider the two, religion is the organizational structure here on this earth to bring forward an experience of spirituality.
Some have belonged to religious organizations for years and come to realize that the organization is no longer fulfilling their needs. Others seem to have a deep spiritual sense within themselves, but have never found an organizational structure to support their growth and development. And there are those who experience both; they have an organized religious structure and are at peace with their spiritual growth. They have experienced deep growth in their spiritual journey and are fulfilled by the structure that supports them.
I consider myself religious and spiritual. Both are very distinct in my being. My practices support my growth and development and I am grateful for the knowledge that I have. I experience a peace and expansion in my life.
So consider, What are your spiritual practices? What supports your spirituality? Is there a difference as you apply both modalities in your life, or have you ever considered there is a difference? Are there practices you discarded in the past that you would like to begin again? What can you do to put those practices back into place? And are there new practices out there that can support you?
We all will continue to evolve and grow throughout our lives. I am looking forward to continuing the inquiry around the personal mastery in our lives. Looking at new ways to enhance the experiences of being human. I invite you to join me on this journey and hope you will share your thoughts and perspectives with me.
Til next time, make it a beautiful day.
About the author: I’m Judi Price and over the last 11 years, I have thirsted for knowledge for the next level for my own personal mastery. I have journeyed myself to many places of self-doubt, self-worth, and wondering what my talents and purposes were. The journey hasn’t always been easy. In fact, I felt I was scratching and clawing my way through. But each experience – every step of the way, has been so worth it. Each of these experiences has helped me to gain more insight about myself as I take 100% responsibility for how my life is showing up.
Having a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology, I returned to study a third year in Consciousness, Health and Healing. I have experienced many methodologies, and I am constantly open to the next teacher in my path. This is just one of the many pieces of my puzzle that has brought me to where I am today. I am excited to share what I have discovered within myself in these journeys.
I will explore many things in this blog, including my own experiences and experiences of those with whom I have worked. I will be looking at, What stops one’s highest soul development? What is in the way? How does one keep moving forward?