What type of spiritual path do you follow? Describe it in your own words.
According to SBNR.org, a recent poll suggests that of the one in five Americans who see themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” forty-seven percent view religion negatively. This 2005 Beliefnet and Newsweek 2005 give a sense of the American landscape in relation to spirituality and religion. The most recent Newsweek poll has just been released (April 2009) and shows that 30% of Americans now describe themselves as SBNR.
My Dear Sweet Friends,
We walk two paths. One path is towards the perfection of self, the other towards the perfection of all the world. The perfecting of self is our spiritual walk towards the Creator. The perfecting of the world is result of that walk. So, in essence, they both art one.
The perfecting of self is the Way of Love. In our walk we try to be as self examining as possible of our Love. For us, Love is both the Message and the Messenger, or the Christ. Therefore, our walk leadeth unto the Creator, Oneness with the Creator, Who Is Love.
As we become the embodiment of Love we seek to establish the Kingdom of Love upon all the Earth. This is our expression of Love both for God as well as for all humanity.
Thus, whatever way Love callest us to express It, that is our daily spiritual path.
I'm a bit like those 30% of all Americans: a bit distrustful of churches, but still spiritual. In my case though, I've still decided to join a spiritual organization: the Theosophical Society http://hubpages.com/hub/Theosophy-ts
In this spiritual path the focus isn't on fighting for your version of truth, but on finding your way to truth, in full awareness of the limitations of our present perspective. In other words: keeping an open mind and heart and learning from those you meet.
I am very religious and very spiritual. I believe that religion can be a great way to express one's spirituality. Religion can also be a negative. I don't believe in preaching to people, but 'preach' by my actions. I don't talk about my religion, unless specifically asked, or am in a community of like minded people, where such issues are being discussed. I don't make my spiritual beliefs known either, unless asked. People should see what I'm about by how I live. To me, this is how I choose to follow my spiritual path.
Religions, particularly organised religions, have very little to offer by way of spirituality.
However, that may not necessarily mean that religions can be totally done away with. Most of the organised religions have a list of do's & dont's & dogmas that are horribly outdated. These need a thorough revision.
Personally I would be comfortable with Hinduism/Buddhism Version 2 .0 ! Somehow I find the New Age religions pretty close.
My Spiritual Path is Guided and Directed by the Ruach Ha Kodesh, the Holy Spirit. I consider my path to be Spiritual as I experience and live in a Spiritual environment rather than an earthly one. However, my path also includes religion, because I am a Yeshuaim, a True Christian. There is no separating the religion from the Spiritual experience. Depending upon what your Spiritual experiences are, you will form and confirm your religious beliefs. I am Grateful to be a Yeshuaim. There is Power and Protection for those who are Committed and Faithful to Yeshua.
I see myself as being Christlike, following the teachings of Jesus Christ, a spiritual member of the Body of Christ, but not religious. Christianity is not a religion but a living relationship with a living God.
I just surrender to THE DEVINE, by opening myself to it, and I accept all that is comming towards me, in the knowledge that life brings all to me which I need.
I know this will sound like advertising for myself and I hope you forgive me..., but I made this hub:
which is directly related to this answer
And beside that, I wrote this prayer for a new time, in which the spiritual path I follow is expressed:
"PRAYER FOR A NEW TIME"
“I wish to live in a state of deep, complete and graceful surrender to ALL-THAT-IS.
A state in which there can be total giving and unhindered receiving.
Because I know that only in that state of total giving and complete receiving
The only true love can be experienced.
I want to live in a state of complete surrender,
Because I know and trust
that ALL-THAT-IS knows what good is for me,
and that IT always gives me that which is best for me.
But above all, I know deep in my heart, that through this deep and total surrender, I allow perfect harmony to become a reality.
Not only in myself, but in the whole world!
Amen (So be it!)"
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