General Spirituality

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Spirituality category graphicSpirituality is very personal and each person will have their own definition of what it means to them. For some people, spirituality equates religion, for others, spirituality is an internal experience and perspective on life.

Spirituality: No Rules, No Dogma

Whereas each person may have their own definition of spirituality, there are no rules, no dogma to follow. Mostly it has to do with a personal and internal connection with what each person feels is their source or their creator. It is the inner space where they connect with their guidance, and the highest and best aspect of their being.

While a religious person will attend church services, a spiritual one may not necessarily do so, as one can be spiritual without being religious.  (Unfortunately, sometimes, one can be religious without being spiritual as well.)

How Does One Become Spiritual?

How does one become spiritual? Many of the master teachers through the ages, such as Jesus, Buddha, etc. etc. have propounded the same wisdom: Love thy neighbor... Do unto others... What we have come to call The Golden Rule.

While there are many religions, spirituality is "one". While it is "one", it is not so in the sense of being "the only one". Spirituality can encompass the teachings of multiple religions, many teachers, and many paths. It is "one" in that it connects everything together, and sees that we all are beings of light, living on planet earth in a common experience, and that we are all one.

Guidance for Spiritual Living

The articles in the "general spirituality" category focus on a spiritual way of life and perspective... always with the goal of being the best person you can... one for all, and all for one in our journey of life. The goal of the articles is to empower you, enlighten you, and generally assist you on your path to inner peace.

If You Meet Your Ego on the Path, Don't Kill It; Heal It Instead

If You Meet Your Ego on the Path, Don't Kill It; Heal It Instead

by Jason Shulman. The vehicle that enables us to live as who we are—that is, as individual personalities in finite bodies who are simultaneously manifestations of Spirit beyond life and death—is the human ego. While problematic in its unhealed state, the ego in its healed state is the best vehicle we have for bringing us to the gate of enlightenment.

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Learning the Art of Discernment & of Seeing Things As They Are

Learning the Art of Discernment & of Seeing Things As They Are

by James Allen. Spiritual progress is painfully slow and uncertain until the eyes of discernment are opened. Without discernment, we too often mistake the inward promptings of our small self for the voice of the higher spirit of Truth.

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Faith: Misunderstood Yet Important for Spiritual Seekers

The Issue of Faith: Misunderstood Yet Important

by J. S. Gordon. Faith is one of the most misunderstood yet, curiously, most important issues that the individual on the Path will face. Its real nature needs to be properly recognized so that it can be adequately used or taken advantage of. In practical terms, there are three kinds of faith...

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Nine Steps to Spiritual Health

Nine Steps to Spiritual Health

by Carla Wills-Brandon, Ph.D. Along with working through my emotional baggage and caring for my physical wellbeing I began looking into what I needed to do for my spiritual health. Following are a few of the steps I took.

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The Idea of Sin Feeds the Engine of Self-Hatred

The Idea of Sin Feeds the Engine of Self-Hatredby D. Patrick Miller. One of the ego’s chief delusions is the idea of sin, which has become institutionalized in Christianity and serves as the engine of self-hatred even for many who do not consider themselves religious. The Greek word for sin means “missing the mark.” That...

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How To Make Spirituality Your Way of Life

How To Make Spirituality Your Way of Life by Wendy Stokesby Wendy Stokes. We are told by spiritual teachers that we must seek enlightenment and that we must become ‘conscious’ and ‘awake’. However the proof of personal transformation is that our service and other actions demonstrate that we believe and understand eternal truths and the nature of...

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Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Religion

Walking a Mile in Someone Else's Religion by Steven Greenebaumby Steven Greenebaum. I was for a number of years the choir director of a First United Methodist choir while all the while remaining, in my own offbeat way, a practicing Jew. Some may see my actions as hypocritical, but I do not. I learned a lot by becoming involved in the music and ritual of another religion.

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Consciousness: The Bridge between Science & Spirit

Consciousness: The Bridge between Science & Spiritby Peter Russell. Traditional scientists seek to understand a phenomenon through careful observation. They reduce distracting data, or “noise,” to a minimum and control factors that may disturb their observations. Mystics do the same in the realm of mind. They seek to minimize the noise of mental distractions by...

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How Does One Find Spiritual Guidance?

How Does One Find Spiritual Guidance?by Marie T. Russell. For some people spiritual guidance comes while sitting quietly in meditation. For others, spiritual guidance comes while taking a quiet walk, or taking a long shower, or washing the dishes quietly, or doing anything quietly. There is no "right" way to attune to your spiritual guidance. The right way for you is...

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Dancing & Spirituality: God Loves When We Dance

Dancing & Spirituality: God Loves Us When We Danceby Johanna Leseho, Ph.D. "When I have a problem and I dance, at the end the problem is gone!" Ultimately, I am convinced that it is the connection to one’s sense of the spiritual that infuses dance with the power to heal and transform.

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Why & How To Pick A Spiritual Practice

Why & How To Pick A Spiritual Practice

by Sophie Rose. In this age of technology and materialism, when many wonder what tomorrow will bring, the resurgence of spirituality is a normal phenomenon. For centuries, people have turned to religions or other belief systems for support and understanding. So one can wonder why, after centuries of religious or spiritual...

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How To Be Spiritual in the Western World

How To Be Spiritual in the Western Worldby Imre Vallyon. Very often people cannot understand why they should live the Spiritual Life. It is a natural question: “What do I get out of it?” It is important to understand that if you follow through with the Path you’re going to get a lot out of it...

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The New Spirituality: Ecstasy & Responsibility

The New Spirituality: Ecstasy & Responsibility, by Stephanie Dowrickby Stephanie Dowrick. The primary spiritual challenge is not just to love but to allow love to be the foundation of our lives: the ground of our being, the place of forgiveness and gratitude, delight and awe, and ceaseless source of hope. Here’s what we know...

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Do No Harm! Easier Than Love Thy Neighbor?

Do No Harm! Easier Than Love Thy Neighbor? -- article by Stephanie Dowrickby Stephanie Dowrick. I wonder whether “not harming” or not hurting other people — near and far — feels more reasonably within reach than loving them? As you think about it now, does it seem more realistic to affirm that you could refrain from harming, rather than “loving” others?

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What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality graphicby InnerSelf Staff.

Spirituality is very personal and each person will have their own definition of what it means to them. For some people, spirituality equates religion, for others, spirituality is an internal experience and perspective on life.

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Believing in Einstein, Darwin, and God

Believing in Einstein, Darwin, and Godby Bernard Haisch.

Can a Smart Person Believe in God? is the provocative title of a book by Michael Guillen, theoretical physicist and former science correspondent for ABC News (he has a Ph. D. in three disciplines, physics, mathematics and astronomy, from Cornell). His answer is yes, and...

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The Real Spiritual Path

Imre Vallyon is the author of the article: The Real Spiritual Path

by Imre Vallyon.

To live a spiritual life, you don’t have to give up your job or become a monk or a nun. The spiritual life is where you are, whether or not you have a job, are married or have children. You don’t have to suddenly throw everything away and rush off to join a Tibetan monastery. In fact...

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Experiencing God's Love

Mother Clare Watts, author of the article: Experiencing God's Love

by Mother Clare Watts.

Nothing will ever be more transformative and life-changing than having your own powerful and direct experience of God. Such an experience changes all your speculation about what is real and what is of value into first-hand knowing. No one else’s...

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Dictionary of Spiritual Terms

A Dictionary of Spiritual terms, or glossary of terms of wholistic (holistic) and alternative medicine as well as spirituality and counseling.

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Becoming a Spiritual Being

Dr. Wayne Dyer

Twelve beliefs and practices for you to cultivate as you develop your abilities to manifest miracles in your life. Becoming a spiritual being as outlined here is an all-out necessity if real magic is your objective in this lifetime...

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What Is Zen

Mel AshWho are we really? What is really the meaning of Life? How can we attain lasting happiness in the face of our seemingly endless troubles? These questions are basic to our lives, and it is from these questions that the practice of Zen has its birth. Zen can be the compassionate scalpel that removes the layers of accrued opinions, beliefs, and...

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Experiencing Sufism

James Dillehay

It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher may physically appear and guide them in their transformation until the time when the teacher is seen everywhere. As a result of working with a Sufi teacher, enhanced perceptions and awareness bring about deep understanding, inner contentment, healing and...

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Accessing Spiritual Direction

Wayne W. Dyer

Who or what grows our fingernails and beats our heart even as we sleep? Who or what is behind the movement of the winds, which we feel but never see? What is this force that keeps the planets in place and hurls our world through the galaxy at a breathtaking speed? Spirit is what I have chosen to call the formless, invisible energy which is the source and sustenance of life on this planet. This force, no matter the name we give it, can...

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Ego vs True Self

Vincent Cole

There comes a stage in spiritual development when you will experience the conflict between the fears of the ego and the power of spirit. An ego-based identity seeks only that which strengthens it. All else is seen as a threat. Therefore, in the beginning, as you take the next step in evolution, you will feel a conflict, a division within yourself as a new way of being struggles to emerge.

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Empowering the Human Spirit

When we cheer the spirit of the true athlete, what we applaud is a demonstration of all of the significance's the word spirit entails for us: courage, tenacity, commitment, alignment with principle, demonstration of excellence, honor, respect, and humility. To inspire implies filling with spirit...

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The Battle For God

One of the most startling developments of the late twentieth century has been the emergence within every major religious tradition of a militant piety popularly known as "fundamentalism." Its manifestations are sometimes shocking. Fundamentalists have gunned down worshippers in a mosque, have killed doctors and nurses who work in abortion clinics, have shot their presidents, and have even toppled a powerful government. It is only a small minority...

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Is There A Limit to Tolerance

Joseph S. WillisWe who value tolerance sometimes behave as if we think tolerance is the ultimate value of the liberal spirit, a cure for all the ills of society. But what if your next-door neighbors come from a part of the world where their homeland custom demands that the man...

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Gazing at the Beloved

Will Johnson

Most of our spiritual traditions tell us that, as humans, we are miniature reflections of God and that we have been created in God's image. If this is so, then it would follow that a more direct way to look upon the face of God would be to sit and gaze at an actual person, a real flesh-and-blood human. If you can truly see another and be seen by the other, you begin to see that he or she is an embodiment of the Divine, and you begin to feel...

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Hanging On to Old Values

Dan JosephIf I'm having difficulty opening my mind to a new perspective, I often find it helpful to look at how much value I'm placing on my old ways of seeing. Sometimes we invest very heavily in our old perspectives, without even knowing it. On one level, we want our minds to be healed...

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Being on The Path

Astrid Fitzgerald

by Astrid Fitzgerald. We all know from experience that we cannot be a better person, a more loving individual, let alone a fully realized being, simply by intention alone. Spiritual seeking is a commendable activity in and of itself but spiritual seeking that is undisciplined and aimless will not...

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He Talks With Me -- Am I Listening?

He Talks With Me -- Am I Listening?by Del Kyger. Since childhood, Mildred "Billie" Steves has felt the loving presence of God. So when Billie began to receive communications from God following her morning meditations, she was quite at ease and did not see these events as out of the ordinary...

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What is God: A God Beyond Words

And on the eighth day, man created God. Who else but man would donate only a mere three letters of the alphabet to the power behind the universe? Three letters do not bear much weight in light of a God who is attributed with creating a world, saving its people, and providing a life everlasting. Many would profess to say that God in fact is not the name they would use at all to depict their own conception of a higher being. Nature, the Great Spirit, Allah, Buddha, Goddess, Jesus Christ, no Christ, the earth, so many names...

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A Guide Named Joe

A Guide Named JoeLike many people on their spiritual path, it was some time before my spirit guide revealed his name to me. I must admit I thought it rather curious when he told me his name was Joe. I asked if he were an angelic being, or perhaps a saint, but he said I could just address him as Joe. Being a no-nonsense, down-to-earth kind of a person myself, I reasoned that was the type of guide I would attract. As you may have noticed, many metaphysical people tend to ask one another...

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Revitalization of Spirituality

 

Hank Wesselman, Ph.D. It is of interest that the current spiritual reawakening is mainly happening outside the carefully patrolled borders of our organized religions. It appears to be cutting across socioeconomic levels of achievement and status, and is transcending cultural, political, and ethnic boundaries as well. Although it's possible to do this in the church or the temple, the zendo or the mosque, the challenge is to accomplish it out in the world at large

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Accessing Divine Love

Divine Love is the needed energy for our planet to heal itself. There are so many well intentioned people and factions who think that they have the only right answers. They are often willing to fight and be mercilessly cruel to prove that they are the most Holy. Sometimes it's necessary to stand up to...

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Bridges on the Spiritual Journey

Wayne TeasdaleAlthough I am primarily a Christian, a Catholic contemplative, my heart and life are now totally open to wherever and whenever mystical graces take me. My inner journey has prepared me to appreciate the importance and possibility of a universal approach to mysticism because...

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Dirt As A Spiritual Path

Once upon a time there was a Lodgekeeper who managed a mountain resort. Many people visited the area to hike and enjoy the natural splendor of the mountain. One day, a guest checked in and after getting settled, he told the Lodgekeeper he was going out hiking. The Lodgekeeper advised him to...

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G O D

Jacques WeiselThose are the letters on several trucks I see being driven on Long Island highways. No, they don't stand for GOD...rather an acronym for Guaranteed Overnight Delivery. Even God can't match that speed. I know, because many people pray to God daily and hope for instant delivery from problems. Usually, they are very disappointed and lay full blame on their Creator...

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A Spiritual Life Game

Sarano Kelley Many people don't think about their spiritual lives until they're faced with a crisis such as a life-threatening illness. Then they decide to embark on spiritual practices such as meditation or prayer. Are you ready to turn "later" and "someday" into "now" when it comes to attending to your spiritual life?

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Holy Spirit at Work

Ron Roth, Ph.D. If we can begin to understand how the Spirit operates continuously in our lives, then our daily existence will become less stressful and more relaxed, filled less with drudgery and more with enchantment, and we in turn can become more creative and begin to enjoy a new sense of purpose, fulfillment, and enthusiasm.

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How Can I Find Inner Peace

Prema Baba Swamiji

How can you find some of that inner peace you hear the saints of old attained? Train your heart to function and perform and you will find that you can more easily handle day to day stress -- which leads to the ability to not lose your peace of mind. This is a great secret. Your heart is a transforming device. It will turn negative energy into positive loving energy...

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