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What Is Spirituality

Updated on March 8, 2019

What Is Spirituality

WELCOME TO Dr. Pastor Carlotta Boles Counseling Center, where I will explain what is Spirituality. Spirituality is different from religion. It has cognitive, experiential, and behavior aspects (search for meaning, purpose and truth in life; the beliefs and values by which a person lives. A feeling of hope, love connection, inner peace, comfort, and support! Spirituality has to do with individual"s intuition of being part of the universe, of being connected to all of life! Some find spirituality through religion or a person relationship with the divine.

Others find it through a connection to nature, through music and the arts, through a set of values or principals or through the quest for scientific truth. The essence of spirituality is the search to know our true selves, to discover the real nature of consciousness. This quest has been the foundation of all the great spiritual teachings, and the goal of all the great mystics. Throughout the history of humanity it has been said that the self we know -- the individual ego -- is a very limited form of identity.

Ignorant of our true selves we derive a false sense of identity from what we have, or what we do -- from our possessions, our role in the world, how others see us, etc. Because the world on which it is based is continually changing, this derived sense of identity is always under threat, and our attempts to maintain it are responsible for much of our "self-centered" behaviour. Behind this identity is a deeper identity, what is often called the "true self".

This can be thought of as the essence of consciousness. Although our thoughts, feelings and personality may vary considerably, the essence of mind remains the same. We are each very different people than we were twenty years ago, but still we feel the same sense of "I". This sense of "I-ness" is the same for everyone, and in that respect is something universal that we all share. When we discover this deeper sense of self we are freed from many of the fears that plague us unnecessarily. We discover a greater inner peace, an inner security that does not depend upon events or circumstances in the world around.

As a result we become less self-centered, less needy of the other's approval or recognition, less needy of collecting possessions and social status, and become happier, healthier and more loving people. In many spiritual teachings this is called "self-liberation". Most spiritual teachings also maintain that when one comes to know the true nature of consciousness, one also comes to know God. If God is the essence of the whole of creation, then God is the essence of every creature, and every person. This is why the search to discover the nature of one's own innermost essence is the search for God.

If you haven't accepted Christ as your Savior simply say in an audible voice, in all sincerity from the depths of your heart, "Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me of my sins and accept me as Your child. I accept You as my personal Savior and I promise to follow the instructions of Your Word from this day on. If I fail because I am human, please help pick me up so I can try again! Thank you, Jesus, for saving me from all my sins. AMEN."

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      Art Wartenbe 

      11 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Thank you for the wonderful hub. I hope that people continue to find your hubs and read them. I did and I'm glad of it! Blessings to you Dr

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      11 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Thanks for stoppng by, your AWESOME!!!!!!

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      Vicky Gentry 

      11 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      The search is over drpastorcarlotta! Seek ye no further when you have God! Trust and rest in him! Blessings..

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      11 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Hello my friend Juliet, what a wonderful comment! You have wisdom!!! Thank you for taking time to visit my Hub with your present!!!! Blessings to you and yours and you keep on doing what you are doing! Love ya!

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      Juliet Christie Murray 

      11 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      Human beings will always keep searching for something or some one greater than themselves. Each deligent searcher will find it.What s/he must do is to ensure that it promotes and produces righteouness. For in the long and short of it all one is following one of two paths righteouness or wickedness.The true essence of spirituallity is that we love God and we love others.If we cannot reach this conciousness then we have not found God , the devine presence, the essence or what ever we chose to call it, Devine etc. Going to a church just let one meet more people so one can practice this love that God requires of us. For in a church you meet all different types of personalities, It is the experiemental lab of devine love.

      Like your hub ,will link it to a building I am trying to build Spiritual living now.Keep on doing what you are doing.

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      11 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      There's my girl!!! Thank you skye2day for your comment! The light shines in you as well my friend! You know the TRUTH which has SET YOU FREE!! YOU GO GIRL!! lol Love ya! Born again is the WAY!!!!!! YES!

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      skye2day 

      11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      FANTASTIC hub You are a Blessing to many. The light shines in you. Your picture shines with the true light. For Reals.

      Many have a hard time with this scenario.

      I had a guy tell me the other day I was religious. I chuckled. My answer. I have a personal relationship with the Lord. This is Spiritual, Religion has doctrine or dogma they follow or add content to the Word of God. If you live a spiritual life Christ dwells in you. That is not saying Christ does not live in you if you belong to a church that has 'rules' to follow. One must be 'born again' to make heaven. Buddha will not get you to heaven, nor does he answer prayer. He is not alive, Christ is Alive in us when we make the decision he is Lord of our life.

      God is amazing. I led my friend to the Lord that afternoon. Praise God.My friend is going to church with us this weekend. Keep up his work Dr. You are an inspiration to many. Hugs your friend

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      11 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Thank you for your comment vitaeb! I aapreciate your imput as well. Blessings!!!!

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      11 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Thank you Amanda for your comment!! lol, I Counsel more than I preach! But both are needed at times with my clients! lol Religion is man's way to reach God! I am a believer that has faith in God with no denomination. I do not judge anyone about their beliefs but I want be presecuted for mine. I have to many people to help so I do not have time to be judging others! Blessings!!

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      11 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Thank you Jewels for your comment! Yes some people do have a problem with calling Our Savior God. I do believe that you can use God name without offending others, but then I always let others know I am a Pastor/Dr. so when I do speak about our God they will understand why. I can't hide who He is in my life, but I am trained to approach others in ways that draw them to Him! Be Blessed!

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      11 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Thank you Dr. Rob for you comment!! I am blessed to have you as a FAN! Blessings!!

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      vitaeb 

      12 years ago from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

      Beautifully expressed. Something I would like to add: When one is fully immersed in the spiritual reality you describe, it can be said that one has become a mystic - and the mystic "knows" there is only one being and that is God.

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      Amanda Severn 

      12 years ago from UK

      Thanks for posting this hub. It's refreshing to discuss a spiritual path without being preached to. I sometimes feel that people get so caught up in the detail of their religions that they forget about the message! Jewels mentions that she thinks of God as the 'Divine Presence', and I also tend to have trouble with the word 'God', and tend to think more abstractly in terms of a power for good, and of an ever present bright light that guides our path. 

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      Jewels 

      12 years ago from Australia

      I liked your hub and the description you gave.  When I started my spiritual path I had allot of trouble speaking the word God and chose to use another term, like Divine presence or Divine Essence.  And I continue to use this term.  I'm in essence looking for my Divine presence (the God inside me) which is the same as looking for God.  I don't see a difference.  And using this term also bridges gaps for those who don't like dogma or religion and have no desire to be preached to. Many people are finding inner peace and living virtuous lives outside the influence of a church.  It's a beautiful thing.

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      Dr. Robert 

      12 years ago

      I found this hub very informational and I thank you for sharing your thoughts and information with us. I am looking forward in seeing more of your hubs posted in the future. You seem very interesting. Thank you for being you!

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