Spirituality Definition
Religion Definition

My Working Spirituality Definition and Religion Definition

For the purpose of this website, I will give my own spirituality definition and religion definition.
The words religion and spirituality have taken on so many meanings that they require explanation from those of us who use them.

Spirituality Definition

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  1. Our personal connection with the all-powerful, all-loving beingness that lies behind the seeming reality of our physical existence.
  2. A belief or sense that we are all one in the Spirit.
  3. A willingness to allow Spirit to flow in us and through us.

My spirituality definition is summed up by the quote from Jeremiah which teaches us to listen to the still small voice of God.

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Religion Definition – positive:

  1. The structures and beliefs we put in place and agree upon with others in order to maintain morality, stability and community in our lives.
  2. The word can be applied to any set of beliefs, as in the phrase, “he did it religiously”.
  3. With regard to God, religious beliefs and practices are those we follow repeatedly and diligently with the aim of experiencing, through discipline, spiritual freedom.

Some Common Aspects of Religion

  • Code of Conduct
  • Rituals
  • A Holy Book
  • Stories
  • Religious Doctrines – set of beliefs taught to and shared among the community
  • Some Clear Benefits of Religion

  • Establishment of community
  • An attitude of service
  • All religions teach the golden rule: Do to others as you would have done to you.
  • In addition religion has made a huge contribution in the areas of

    • art,
    • architecture and
    • music.

    You will see from this list that a spirituality definition isn't straight forward.
    Many spiritual groups have their own "religion". They too have their stories, their rituals and share many of the benefits of religion.

    Religion Definition – negative:

    Whenever a belief is imposed with rigidity it may cause harm. It can restrict our freedom and lead to conflict between those who hold different beliefs.

    A belief in God, applied rigidly, can make us feel more separate, feel more fear of God, and lead us away from the freedom of the spiritual experience.

    A Poem: Spirituality Definition Versus Religion

    The poem addresses the question: in what way is religion different from spirituality?

    Stand Within It

    Religion allows us to subdue
    the chaos in our life;
    of particular use in times of
    change and grief –
    births, marriages, deaths –
    such a relief for someone
    to tell us what to do.

    It also helps us reach
    a consensus on how to behave –
    important when there are so many
    different ways of doing things.

    It teaches us the difference between
    right and wrong
    and gives a sense of belonging to
    whichever community it is.

    But the spiritual path is
    one of anarchy, individuality:
    listening to the spirit within,
    giving up the need to fit in with
    what others expect of you,
    learning to do what God would have you do.

    Do we not need them both?

    For is not the spiritual journey best pursued
    when a certain acceptance of the rules
    holds us back from total chaos?

    Let us accept the church of man,
    and stand within it to find
    the Church of God.

    It's OK to need structure and discipline in order to find your freedom.

    “Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.
    So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
    Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.”
    (Galatians 3:23-25, NIV)

    © Katherine T Owen

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    A Book From Someone Who Is Spiritual and Religious

    The poem above appears in my upcoming book Through Diversity to Unity - A Journey with Spirituality and Religion.

    This is a book which takes the reader with me a I seek to answer questions of faith and inquiry such as:

    • What about all the mistakes religion makes? Does this mean we should stay away from religion?
    • What is religion? Are we all inevitably religious?
    • How can there be many paths to God? What does it mean to say that we are one.
    • What does the word God mean anyway?

    The book is packed with accessible content poems relevant to anyone who asks questions of faith whether in or out of religion.

    The narrative conveys my own journey as I reach the conclusion that through the diversity of our different faiths we can also celebrate the unity of the spiritual experience.

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    Are spirituality and religion the same things? No.

    Can they be complementary? Yes.

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