What does it mean when a person is 'spiritual'?
That is, what are the characteristics of a truly spiritual person in your view?
For most people, they believe it is being in tune with anything deemed supernatural or related to angels, the occult, and the dead. For me, it's being in tune with the God of Abraham, Issaac, and Jacob, His Word, and His Spirit. It means being willing to do as He wants throughout my day, and sharing His love with others.
I believe it means they don't follow any particular "organized religion". They may meditate, subscribe to positive thinking/visualization, and affirmation. They believe there is a "higher power" but they may not believe in "Adam & Eve", "Noah's Ark" or "The Devil". Generally they believe all of mankind is "connected" and "karma" has the final say regarding our actions.
At the heart of it I believe people who say they are "spiritual" are basically saying, "I'm a good person even though I'm not a member of a church." My guess is what turns them off from organized religion is how each one says (their way) is the (only) way. If you don't believe as we do then you are going to "hell"! A spiritual person prides them self on not being judgmental. They believe you can have a one on one relationship with god without having to "fellowship" with the rest of the flock.
Well, this is a most interesting question. Lets start chiseling away at it by stating; one could pair spiritual with ambiguity or better still a more general classification, one that encompasses a few Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim etc. into a category or grouping, a category void of a specific religion. Perhaps if one wishes to impress on persons their beliefs without bringing his/her religion into play one may be spiritual. Spirituality can be used to define a person who is in tune with God through his/her actions or circumstance yet excluding his/her religious beliefs/affiliation (perhaps or perhaps not). One could say, to be spiritual is to be able to "hear" or listen to God in a sense...
I will conclude by stating that to read about the Saints and a few others (i.e. Mahatma Gandhi) one may indeed discern/understand spirituality more profoundly...
I think a spiritual person is kind and has no judgement of others beliefs and doesn't follow any organized religion but rather believes we are all created equal and all have free choice to believe and worship the all in all (Allah, God ,Buddah, whatever you choose to call your higher power) in whatever way you see fit. For some it's meditating or being out in nature or praying or??? Whatever the person feels they need to feel connected to the everythingness that is .
With each belief system this writer immersed himself into, his idea of what it means to be a spiritual person changed. For example, in childhood attending Catholic Mass, the high cathedral ceilings, stained glass windows and rituals were sacred and mysterious. He was 'a spiritual person' by saying the rosary, going to confession, and reciting the penance.
In teen years, practicing Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, he felt he was a spiritual person by zealously following the precepts with long hours of chanting and going out on the streets to proselytize.
After the death of his close younger brother, he left studies of mysticism for a literal approach to the Bible as the infallible word of God and made his relationship with Jesus his religion and world view. For many years he felt that being spiritual meant to read the Bible and attend church....
In his fifties, he came across a stone labyrinth in a sheep pasture. As he walked the paths, reflecting on the recent question of a young friend who asked, "Where is God?," the inner voice spoke to him, "Look into the atoms."
Today in his unfolding perspective, spirit and matter are inseparable. Man's spirit is integral to his psyche and the universe, through his Higher Self, which is higher in vibration not in hierarchy. This higher vibration translates in human behavior as the higher feelings such as compassion, confidence, courage, appreciation for aesthetics and service to Life. These, to him, are the qualities of a spiritual human.
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Hello Emanate Presence. A thought provoking question you have offered. Not trying to be facetious, this author thinks a puzzle has been offered. From what lit
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