The World's Top 10 Spirituality Websites
Which are the best websites for spirituality and metaphysical topics on the internet? There are so many lovely sites that provide information on spiritual practices, but are they all in it for the right reasons?
If you are spiritual, but not religious, where do you go for earnest guidance and support? This is my attempt at finding the best possible sites available on the world wide web, because I believe that the solution to many of the problems in the world today can be found in spirituality.
You see when you venture outside the confines of organized religion it is very easy to become lost in the swamp of information technology. There are more than one billion website pages on the indexed internet, but this world of ours is not much focused on spiritual living.
To find steadfast sources of information is a challenge for spiritually conscious people. For this reason I have looked to find sites that offer something of value to a variety of spiritually aware people. I hope you will find my humble attempt at compiling a good list useful in your own spiritual life. May it help you to find a deeper meaning and answers to your most heartfelt questions.
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Why this list?
A few years ago I was at my wit's end. My life was a royal mess and I had lost all faith in the future. Hope springs eternal they say, but I had lost all mine. In my desperation I went to see a psychic for the first time and the reading she gave me changed my life completely. It was a turning point for me that opened the door to my own spiritual awakening.
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Which is the best spirituality website?
I was lucky that I was introduced to the best spirituality and metaphysics teachers and books early on in my new journey to enlightenment. I hope this humble list of mine will help other new seekers in the same way.
How you can contribute!
My list is obviously not complete or perfect. I have selected the 10 websites that I have found most useful and meaningful in my own spiritual life. You may not agree with my choices, but there are only 10 places available on this ranked list. It will be an impossible task to find only 10 links that will suit each and every taste and personal need. But all is not lost! On this page you can also vote for the website you like the most, and at the bottom of this hub you can add your own favorites to the list. Your contributions are very welcome and everyone who reads this will appreciate your input.
Beliefnet.com is one of the most wide-ranging spirituality websites on the internet. They claim that they have “something for everyone” and they really do. The site offers everything from articles on all the major world religions to daily tips for health and happiness. They even have a celebrities and spiritual entertainment section for the more secular visitor. My personal favorite is the inspiration department and in particular the section on angels. The only thing I do not like about this site is all the annoying advertisements, but one must accept that they will not be able to provide quality material on this site without a source of income.
About Religion & Spirituality
About.com is well-known as a reliable source of quality online information. About is visited by millions of people each month and you can find the answer to almost any question you may have. The site covers almost every topic you can think of and the spirituality and religion section is no exception. The site has departments focused on many of the world’s religions, but also on alternative spirituality topics like angels, astrology, miracles, paganism and other unconventional religions. My personal favorite is the section on holistic healing and self empowerment.
ElephantJournal.com is proof that the passion of one person can make a vast difference. Waylon Lewis, the founder of Elephant Journal calls himself a “mediocre, lazy yogi” and a “1st generation American Buddhist” but he is also a multi award winning media hero who is helping to change the world for the better. For me the best sections on the site are the departments for “non new-agey spirituality” and “enlightened society”. What makes this site so special is that ordinary people write the contributions and as the site says, “We’re independent media. That means no fat cats own us, we say what we want to say”. I love that!
Hay House Radio
I don’t know where I would be in my own spiritual growth had it not been for HayHouseRadio.com! The Hay House publishing company was founded by author Louise Hay after the success of her first book You can heal Your Life. Hay House publishes some of the best spirituality and self help books in the world and in 2005 launched a internet radio station, Hay House Radio Network where you can listen to their authors talk about topics like affirmations, new thought, astrology, psychic ability and new age faith. The broadcasts that are available 24/7 and they have a free preview section.
DailyOM.com is a spiritual home away from home for many believers and seekers. The site name is very appropriate because it really is the sort of site you visit every day. DailyOM is perfect for social networking with spiritually aware and like minded folks. They publish new articles every day on many different topics. If you sign up they send you inspirational thoughts every day of the week and you can create your own profile. Personally I love the daily horoscopes.
Speakingtree.in is part of the portfolio of the largest internet network in India. The site is a collection of spiritual articles, blogs and forums where you can follow the works of spiritual gurus, participate in forum discussions and meet other spiritual seekers. This site is a must for anyone interested in Eastern religious traditions and yoga. The video section is very unusual and there are many gems to be discovered.
Patheos.com is one of the only websites focused on religion that I enjoy visiting. The approach of the site is very balanced and the information is credible. Patheos was created to bring together people with different beliefs and stimulate conversation about faith and insight into the religious beliefs of others. The site has an extensive library of information on all the world religions and it is a good place to connect with other people who share your faith.
This site is wonderful and one of my favorites because it explores all aspects of the human condition from an alternative point of view. HighExistence.com is not a spirituality site per se, but it is the source of some of the most refreshing spiritual insights and wisdom on the internet. It is a wonderful site where free thinking people share ideas about striving for a “higher existence”. The mission of the site is compel you to follow your bliss; make a life, not a career; and question anything and everything that is considered 'normal'!
Spirituality & Practice
SpiritualityandPractice.com is a multi-faith and inter-spiritual website devoted to resources for diverse spiritual journeys. Many of the world's religions and varied spiritual paths come together on this site while respecting the differences among traditions. The site as sections assigned to spiritual practices, books, audio, film, spiritual teachers, courses and blogs. My personal favorite is the The Spiritual Literacy Project department.
Institute of Noetic Sciences
The Institute of Noetic Sciences’ website at Noetic.org is a fascinating place where science and spirit meet! If you are at all interested in consciousness, intuition, energy healing and true human potential this site is a must. “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.” The institute researches consciousness with the hope of transforming the world. The section dedicated to intuition, parapsychology and subtle energies are very interesting.
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What is spirituality?
There are possibly as many definitions of spirituality as there are belief systems in the world.
According to Wikipedia "the term spirituality lacks a definitive definition, although social scientists have defined spirituality as the search for "the sacred," where "the sacred" is broadly defined as that which is set apart from the ordinary and worthy of veneration".
Here are a few more definitions of what it means to be spiritual:
- The quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters : the quality or state of being spiritual - Merriam-Webster
- Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things - Oxford Dictionaries
- The quality that involves deep feelings and beliefs of a religious nature, rather than the physical parts of life. - Cambridge Dictionaries
- Of, or pertaining to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature: a spiritual approach to life. - Dictionary.com
- Spirituality has to do with the spirit, not as in ghosts, but as in the essence of being human — your soul or your inner life. Spirituality often has to do with religion, but it doesn't have to. You might say, "I'm not religious; but I have a strong sense of spirituality," which might mean that you practice yoga or meditation, or you pray with a group, or you nurture your spirit by spending time in nature. Religions usually have defined beliefs, rituals, and guidelines; spirituality is more individual. - Vocabulary.com