Spiritual Beings

Recently I had a conversation with my brother, the physicist, about the difference between religion and spirituality. I commented that some very religious people were not very spiritual and some very spiritual people were not very religious. He admitted that he had no idea what I meant. I was caught off guard and did not explain. It was a good question, however and one that I have not had to answer.

Most of my friends and the people I meet though my work means I am usually engaged with people who understand the difference between spirituality and religion. Although I would suspect each of us would answer the question differently.

All of the faith traditions are built upon creeds, detailed explanations of how people are supposed to worship, and certain beliefs that are held sacrosanct. These are what I call the exoteric parts of religion and they are created by people. When you get into the esoteric of all the faith traditions, there are certain truths that emerge in common which are usually expressed by the mystics. Some of these truths are that knowledge of God comes from within and we are all connected with God as one. It leads many of us to believe that instead of physical beings searching for spiritual truth we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. One can have this knowledge whether they do or do not participate in a faith tradition or religion. So the spiritual person realizes their spiritual essence and is a spiritual seeker of the mystical. Sometimes this person seeks it through their religious affiliation, sometimes not. There are many people who participate in a religion but do it solely for community and also for the ritual, the creeds, the rules but do not have any sense of being a spiritual being having a spiritual experience.

Categories General Spiritual Musings | Tags: | Posted on July 10, 2009

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