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Difference between spirituality and religion?

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#1    tiffanyt

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:35 AM

Hello everyone!  I'm currently conducting research and I would love to know what YOUR definition of spirituality is.  What constitutes spiritual as opposed to religious?  What activities do you engage in to be in a spiritual state (e.g., meditate)?  Any help you guys can offer would be awesome!


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:42 AM

Spirituality is a belief in something supernaturally greater then yourself more-often-then-not linked to a codified system of conduct.
Religion is that codified system, spirituality is about beliefs, while religion practices.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:10 AM

Mine is slightly different.

Spirituality = knowing and exploring your own divine connection to your higher self and the super mass consciousness, or 'god/christ' consciousness. The acknowledgement of a higher  creator source and exploring all from within self, without controlled, dogmatic rules.

Religion = Originally intended as concepts and analogies to help the free thinker relate, but have become control tools where knowledge is drip fed to suit xyz agenda / perspective.

Activities i engage in are meditation, healing / energy work, astral projection.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 07:47 PM

View Posttiffanyt, on 29 November 2012 - 03:35 AM, said:

Hello everyone!  I'm currently conducting research and I would love to know what YOUR definition of spirituality is.  What constitutes spiritual as opposed to religious?  What activities do you engage in to be in a spiritual state (e.g., meditate)?  Any help you guys can offer would be awesome!

Both to be spiritual & to be religious are states of being. The difference between them can be explained as so, the truely spiritual will try to help, with out any judgement, anyone who stumbles into their path where the religious will do the same as long as their doctrine tells them to.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 07:59 PM

View Posttiffanyt, on 29 November 2012 - 03:35 AM, said:

Hello everyone!  I'm currently conducting research and I would love to know what YOUR definition of spirituality is.  What constitutes spiritual as opposed to religious?  What activities do you engage in to be in a spiritual state (e.g., meditate)?  Any help you guys can offer would be awesome!

Spiritually is a religion in which one can make hes own rules, he - she will decide in what way will he live and believe.
Religion as such is a tale of some gods which made their own rules, and later on .... i cant continue sorry..

The point is spirituality is FREE you don't need to believe in a God you don't need to follow rules which were created in some fairy way, you don't need to pay or attend crazy rituals ( go to church etc ).. You will create your own way, your own belief system, probably via meditation, good luck charms, whatever you might want to choose.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 08:01 PM

View PostbLu3 de 3n3rgy, on 29 November 2012 - 04:10 AM, said:

Mine is slightly different.

Spirituality = knowing and exploring your own divine connection to your higher self and the super mass consciousness, or 'god/christ' consciousness. The acknowledgement of a higher  creator source and exploring all from within self, without controlled, dogmatic rules.

Religion = Originally intended as concepts and analogies to help the free thinker relate, but have become control tools where knowledge is drip fed to suit xyz agenda / perspective.

Activities i engage in are meditation, healing / energy work, astral projection.

+1 Sorry for saying same thing.. just bursted when i saw the title.. But i agree entirely with what you wrote!

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 08:16 PM

There's a meme on the internet that I always found kinda interesting.....

"Religion is for those afraid of going to hell.

Spirituality is for those that have already been there."

Or, something along those lines.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:23 PM

View PostbLu3 de 3n3rgy, on 29 November 2012 - 04:10 AM, said:

Mine is slightly different.

Spirituality = knowing and exploring your own divine connection to your higher self and the super mass consciousness, or 'god/christ' consciousness. The acknowledgement of a higher  creator source and exploring all from within self, without controlled, dogmatic rules.

Religion = Originally intended as concepts and analogies to help the free thinker relate, but have become control tools where knowledge is drip fed to suit xyz agenda / perspective.

Activities i engage in are meditation, healing / energy work, astral projection.
The funny thing is that this is what religions do to but call it something different but with twists and dogmas.

If one pays close attention, the founders of most religions were spiritual people going against the grain of the dogma of the time.

Edited by White Crane Feather, 16 February 2014 - 09:24 PM.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 09:25 PM

Basically a spiritual person is an agnostic theist while a religious person is usually a theist. There variations and combinations of course, but that's the gist of it.

Edited by White Crane Feather, 16 February 2014 - 09:26 PM.

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:32 AM

I'm going to buck the trend slightly and say that spirituality is a word people use when they don't want to call themselves or their beliefs as religious. For whatever reason (and I can speculate several of them), the term "religion" and "religious" have become almost dirty words in modern society. As soon as one is seen as "religious", a sort of stigma is attached to them. To get around this, people adopted the term "spiritual", as a socially acceptable synonym. Recently (several years ago) I participated in a survey, and on the question of "how would you describe yourself about religion", the following options were available:

I identify as:
a- Religious
b- More spiritual than religious
c- Non-religious

No one ever really defined what spiritual meant, but the majority of answers I found out, after I submitted the survey, was "more spiritual than religious". That was the first time I began to suspect that people just don't like to be labelled religious.

Then I saw videos and Christian evangelism campaigns saying that Christianity wasn't a religion. One of the more popular catch phrases was: Religion is spelled D-O, what we "do" to reach God. Christianity is spelled D-O-N-E, what God has "done" to reach us. I may have even adopted this catch phrase myself for a time.

I've come to believe, though, that this entire thing is part of a wider phenomena - the aversion of labelling oneself, or ones beliefs, as "religious". Thus the rise of the word "spiritual" as a replacement term.

Edited by Paranoid Android, 17 February 2014 - 03:34 AM.

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:13 AM

I don't like organized religion that much.
I prefer to meditate and do my own spiritual stuff.

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 02:38 PM

View PostParanoid Android, on 17 February 2014 - 03:32 AM, said:

I'm going to buck the trend slightly and say that spirituality is a word people use when they don't want to call themselves or their beliefs as religious. For whatever reason (and I can speculate several of them), the term "religion" and "religious" have become almost dirty words in modern society. As soon as one is seen as "religious", a sort of stigma is attached to them. To get around this, people adopted the term "spiritual", as a socially acceptable synonym. Recently (several years ago) I participated in a survey, and on the question of "how would you describe yourself about religion", the following options were available:

I identify as:
a- Religious
b- More spiritual than religious
c- Non-religious

No one ever really defined what spiritual meant, but the majority of answers I found out, after I submitted the survey, was "more spiritual than religious". That was the first time I began to suspect that people just don't like to be labelled religious.

Then I saw videos and Christian evangelism campaigns saying that Christianity wasn't a religion. One of the more popular catch phrases was: Religion is spelled D-O, what we "do" to reach God. Christianity is spelled D-O-N-E, what God has "done" to reach us. I may have even adopted this catch phrase myself for a time.

I've come to believe, though, that this entire thing is part of a wider phenomena - the aversion of labelling oneself, or ones beliefs, as "religious". Thus the rise of the word "spiritual" as a replacement term.
Hmmmmm I think there is a difference though. I certainly think a person attached to a religion can be spiritual, but a spiritual person doesn't mean that that they have to be apart of a religion. Your example is interesting though. Christians not wanting to be considered apart of a religion. It makes sense in a self diluted sort of way. If you really believe something is the truth, then why would you consider it a religion?

Edited by White Crane Feather, 17 February 2014 - 02:41 PM.

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 11:44 PM

View PostWhite Crane Feather, on 17 February 2014 - 02:38 PM, said:


Hmmmmm I think there is a difference though. I certainly think a person attached to a religion can be spiritual, but a spiritual person doesn't mean that that they have to be apart of a religion.
And here you've highlighted one of my speculations why modern society has an aversion to the term "religion". You used the phrase "a religion" which suggests something external. Simply put, religion has become synonymous with "organised religion", when the two are in fact completely different things.


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Your example is interesting though. Christians not wanting to be considered apart of a religion. It makes sense in a self diluted sort of way. If you really believe something is the truth, then why would you consider it a religion?
As above, it's an attempt to move away from organised religion and the implications of ritual and liturgy. The hope is that it gets to be seen not as "things you do on Sunday", but a broader "this is a holistic way of life".

It's not the only reason religion has become an abhorrent word, but it's there nevertheless.

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