I am casually walking down The Long and Winding Narrow Road with the Lord. Much like the Band of Brothers paratroopers at Bastogne, I'm in Enemy territory and am SUPPOSED to be surrounded. However, greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world, so I can relax and let Him handle things until He gets me to step up for a particular task 'laid out before hand' for me...like answering this question, for instance.
Nonexistent. People throw the word: spirituality, around with wild abandon, yet none of them seem to know what it actually means; especially its biblical meaning.
The word: spirit, comes from the latin - spiritus. It means: 'moving air', 'breath' or 'wind'. This word appeared in Latin versions of the Bible. The Greek equivalent was, 'pneuma': hence, 'pneumatic'. The original Hebrew word: used in the Old Testament, was - 'ruah' or 'ruach'.
In Genesis God brings brings Adam to life (made him a 'living soul') by breathing into his nostrils (a pretty good description of CPR) so the 'breath of god' or ruah, pneuma, spirit denotes a gift or empowerment bestowed by God. There are instances in the Bible where this gift is taken away.
So nobody posseses 'spirituallity' in the Biblcal sense of the word. What people actually mean when they talk about their 'spiritually' is that they have deemed themselves to be good people (they have preempted God's judgment in this matter) and that they have convinced themselves that they are going to heaven when they die. There is a phrase which describes people that are prone to this particular conceit: 'Holier than thou'.
The use of the word "spirituality" has always bothered me a little, especially when being used to describes ones walk with the Lord. I think I would prefer to answer this question, in this way. "I am a sinner who has been washed in the blood of the one whom I have offended, my creator, and because He has cleansed me and saved me by His vicarious death on the cross, I love Him; and because I love Him I do my best to obediently serve Him.
I relay heavily on God's mercy, because I don't know how I stand before God. My spirituality consists mostly in being thankful as I contemplate God's goodness, which surrounds and sustains us all the time.
The Golden Rule: 'Do unto others are you would have them do to you'. Everything else falls into place after that. Probably not the normal definition of "spirituality", but it's what works for me.
For me it's when I'm out back with the horses, take a short walk into the wildlife preserve (out my back door) or maybe I'm at the beach, or even on the sofa and take those few moments to connect or disconnect as you might say.
It's like sitting there breathing in everything that is glorious about this earth and the heavens above. To be able for that short time to be at peace with myself and feel the strength of the energy that surrounds me. Having that moment when I'm floating as if my physical body is beneath me and I am connected to a power that is so much greater than all combined.
To be able to get to that place in times when I need it for me is being spiritual and not to judge others for what they consider to be theirs makes it that much easier.
Fiercely non-religious, fragile, questioning, searching, yearning, waiting for validation knowing full well that faith is trust without reassurance, proof, or condition.
The essence of my spirituality is a desperate catch-22.
Peggy, you just keep posing one thought provoking question after another! I think I've answered at least of yours in the past couple of weeks. Anyone who is curious as to what my spiritual beliefs are can check out the numerous hubs I've written on the subject. It is who I am and what I am. Thanks for asking.
I am a born again child of God through Jesus Christ's salvation. Many call this a "Religion" I call it a relationship as I don't base my love for God on good deeds. I already know I am a sinner and need help. Good deeds wont save me.
Mainly two things: I'm a spirit which does every thing in my power to be free, and I'm that seeks answers to not a few questions about existence and reality.
If I had to label myself spiritually I would say I'm a mongrel mutt, (personal gnosticism, Tao, meditation and sacred sexuality).
I am deeply spiritual and am thankful each day for the many blessings that have been bestowed on me, but I am completely uninterested in any organized religion.
In fact, I feel that religious organizations receive way too much special treatment and too many tax breaks in the US and that much of that is unconstitutional, a violation of the cardinal concept of separation of church and state.
My spirituality is real. It is an intimate relationship with God based on His unfailing, unconditional love for me and my total dependence on Him as my Father. He knows me and I know Him.
Remembering that what I do in this moment will affect my tomorrows and my destiny.
Discriminating between the real and the unreal, important and the less important, right and wrong.
Helping others at every opportunity. Remembering that the person in front of me is the most important thing at the moment and not answering the mobile phone, texting or reading a book.
I have started a 90 Days Project for daily practice, maybe I should write a hub about it. Let me know if anyone is interested and I will do so.
I don't know how "spiritual" this is, but the Good Lord and I have had an arrangement for many years: I try not to do anything that'll tick Him off, and He hasn't struck me with lightning yet. So I guess that means it's working.
I feel that I am in isolation from an Absolute Source, a Perennial Entity from which ALL have come, live and have their Being.
My Spirituality is the 'science' or Principle that I follow or adhere to, in order to find my way back; to re-discover my True Self, this self-same Source.
In the process of doing so, I pray and meditate, gradually learning to love and to transform my lower nature, though service to mankind, while loving this Absolute Source of which I speak.
My Spirituality sees this Inner Light in all and identifies with only Oneness, not separation. As such it salutes the teachings of the Christ, Krishna, Buddha, Rama and all God-like Masters who have demonstrated in their lives and embodiment, the One birthless and deathless Cause.
My Spirituality is aware of the necessity of ALL scriptural writings, without which inspiration may be uncertain and insipid. Still, my Spirituality knows that if I do not exist, then nothing else does, and as such it holds me as infinitely more important than any book. After all, they are written about the lives of others.
My Spirituality is positive, patient, caring, and full of kindness and concern. Words like Compassion and Gratitude are too big for it right now, but it is practical, has an unconquerable Faith, and holds all within the realm of possibility. It is only a matter of time and the descent of a Higher Light, so called Grace. My Spirituality is not in a hurry but is filled with longing.
Finally, my Spirituality knows that even if I should speak of the mango for five hundred years and yet have not tasted it, then I am only dreaming. So too, the beauty of my Spirituality, is not in mere words, however essential, but in the experience or embodiment Itself. Much Peace.
being grateful for life itself, it is such a precious gift that is so often taken for granted. Have a zest for life that is second to none. When we do what is in our heart we thrive, and it is only then that we can truly reach out and help others. Walk the walk and leading by example. It is not about being right or wrong, it is about being. I don't pretend to have any answers. I'm not sure whether to believe in God, the Universe, angels or whatever, so I chose to believe in what feels right for me as I think faith is important. Believing in yourself is also important.
I think spirituality is more about how you live your life and treat others.
My spirituality came from Jesus Christ, the warrior of our salvation. It is not based on good works, religious piety or any actions of righteousness of men, but it was molded by God's words and the Spirit of God. Jesus' works on the cross makes this spirituality a cared one, it had been cleansed by the precious blood of the redeemer.
I try to live my life as Jesus taught. That means helping the poor and the infirm and loving all my neighbors despite how they live and what they believe. I say yes to tolerance, charity, and forgiveness. I say no to adultery, divorce, and the hoarding of wealth.
Firstly and possibly with oddity I kinda' don't see it as my spirituality. Or, of least I do my best to consider it 'our' spirituality. Of course I am unable to do that with great consistency. However, when giving pause to ponder with that perspective then the observation of 'my' spirituality becomes thought provoking. It is then that I cannot discover 'words' to describe 'my' spirituality other than borrowing from Rudolf Otto's shared concept of 'numinous'.
My spirituality is about me not wanting to miss what God has to say to me, to teach me, to make me to become, and what He wants to do in me, and through me. I believe that God wants to have a relationship with me, and you, through Jesus Christ, that touches and transforms every thing of importance, and every relationship in our lives.
My extent of curiosity to know who am i really will describe my spirituality
I would have to say mine is knowing that I have finally found myself. I am at peace with myself, one with my body, mind, and soul. I love reading about my religion, and learning more things, I find that spiritual. Watching my children play and explore in nature, I find that spiritual. Even the birthing of them was spiritual for me.
Being around my husband at the end of the day is spiritual to me. Teaching my children about the earth, and animals, plants, and living things is spiritual to me. I find a lot of things spiritual. Even meditating before I go to sleep.
My spirituality is highly connected to my sense of self. Although I am not religious in the traditional sense, I believe in a higher power and a power of individuality. The deep connection that one has with one's body and mind especially while practicing mindfulness-based therapies such as meditation is a profoundly spiritual experience. Ultimately, it does not matter how you find spirituality as long as it is present in your life. I believe that having as sense of your higher purpose is crucial to feeling fulfilled, but this doesn't have to include a God or Gods necessarily.
As it can be seen spirituality can cover
A broad range of thought, some who practice magic consider themselves spiritual, notice here as title.
Ex 7:11 However, Pharʹaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and the magic-practicing (priests) of Egypt also did the same thing with their magic.
They worshipped deities , Not the living God , and Father Jehovah,
Ex 3:15 Then God said once more to
Moses: “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘Jehovah the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and this is how I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
My spirituality is based on my relationship with the same God who's name has never changed as he has said, Jehovah the God of Abraham , Isaac , Noah, David, Solomon, and many more.
That relationship supports the provisions he has made through his Son Jesus to keep us living now and into the New System as written.
2Pe 3:13 But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.
This is our hope with a promise as stated.
A poetic journey across this world.I'm just passing through helping all by Gods grace before he carries me home.growing stronger and wiser from the mistakes and lessons,past and present
I don't like labels and I dont like to be labeled. I also tend to stay away from this subject but when Im asked I simply say I believe. I believe that there is definately a higher power something out there or up there for sure but everything no one truly really knows.
Hello Peggy, I believe in God and that Jesus is the son of God, I read my Bible and trust in God's Holy word, and try to live them daily.
Yes like ii3rittles, I am a sinner.
He is with me always, in everything I do.
Blessings Dear Peggy
i will describe my spirituality as closing to God.the more closing to God, the more will be spirituality.More closeness is best obtaind by serving humanity. so,serving humanity is the greatest souce of spirituality
My spirituality began between September and October 1973 when I observed me reaping what I had sown previously. I had been raised Baptist and upon realizing I wanted to understand the law of reaping and sowing a voice told me "go back to the church" which I call my "new" or spiritual "conception" because I did it.
Nothing in the church's doctrines nor teachings could explain "reaping and sowing" to satisfy my hunger so I began studying the Bible as a book I knew nothing about what was in it when the voice said "make note of all contradictions you find". There were many, 2 before leaving the first chapter, 1) the dividing of the waters with a firmament and the dividing of the waters for the appearance of earth and 2) the development of light without a source of light. Chapter 2:4 began a second creation without plants when in chapter 1 plants plants appeared with the earth's raising out of the water, a single man in 2 was formed prior to the plants, birds and animals when man of both genders were the last of the first chapter's creation. Those things, and many others, made no sense unless they were metaphors but I continued studying it through Revelation but found no answer to how "sowing and reaping" works.
After the study I sought my answer but always ended it with "follow Jesus" as the only answer. I became a preacher and, while preaching follow Jesus, I felt I was a hypocrite telling others to do what I had not done for the beginning of my spiritual trivial. My studies had shown me Jesus "had nowhere for his head" and instructed us to"forsake mother, father, sister, brother, wife, [husbands], children, houses and land" so I felt that was for me to do.
I was then sent on a faith mission without any money in my pockets for three weeks carrying three suits for Sunday service and five changes of everyday clothes. When my wife saw me returned read from being in the sun and none of the clothes except the ones on my back she wanted to know "what happened" and I answered "I was shown how I will be living once I give up my job." 4:30 pm August 6,1976 I walked away from my job and my wife in late September to become a nomad as I believed Jesus was.
Thus, I describe my spirituality as Jesus would have his, "one who has completely submitted his will to what we call god" with the explanation of how Reaping and Sowing works.
I have faith but I dont always practice what I believe. So I guess doubts clouded my faith. But I will never let my faith be gone.
I think there is a higher power, even if it may be internal one. and I think we have to be more human with one another, to think of everything as an entire, not separately
I think main lesson that spirituality provides us is calmness in our nature and learning the ways of tolerance to keep friendship with the fellow beings.
When you see God, the bright lights are too blazing to survive
God's glory is so bright that we could not bear to look at Him. We cannot bear to look at the sun when it is shining brightly. It hurts our eyes. If we were to look at it very long, we would lose our sight.
God's glory is much greater and much brighter than the sun. This is why we cannot bear to see Him. God said.
How can anyone witness him?
You are a spirit, not your body, and your potential is limitless.
by renju mathew 14 years ago
According to me religion can give nothing to yout soul.Religion will not take you any where except to satisfy some social obligations.
by Tim Mitchell 5 years ago
What is the difference between a religious person and spiritual person?Where that question leads to is can a spiritual person be a Christian? In other words, does a Christian have to be religious?
by Eze Ikechukwu 6 years ago
What is the difference between Religion and Spirituality?
by YvetteParker 10 years ago
What's one word that you'd use to describe your relationship with God?
by Reena Daruwalla 13 years ago
And what does spirituality mean to you? For me it is about being in harmony with my inner self as well as all those around me. Nothing more complicated than that.
by Marc Lee 6 years ago
Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious, and what do you see as the difference?
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