Spirituality vs Religion

nirvanaI’m not sure there is a right or wrong spiritual path. To me spirituality means going down a path of faith and trust in a higher power, whatever you choose to call that higher power. Religion on the other hand is about power and attempting to get you to believe as the religious institution believes. Spirituality allows belief according to your own inner guidance and not to some organized system.

I was attempting to read an article about going down the wrong path to spirituality; essentially it was an article about fanatical religious cults and how people can get swept up into them. We’ve definitely seen evidence of this over the years – where a belief in something very strong and yet destructive causes much pain in the long run.
Spirituality is about creation, not destruction. We are the most powerful when we are in a creation mode for we are then in areas of expansion—and we allow the natural flow of the universe to come upon us.

Religion has a tendency to hamper our creative expression. Many need the structure that religion serves and find comfort in the structure. If the religion serves mankind and doesn’t destroy mankind, then it may be one worth exploring.

Just as there are many aspects of man, so there are many aspects of any religion. Some aspects serve better than others.

It is okay to be both spiritual and religious; I feel you have to be spiritual to be religious, although if you are religious you may not spiritual.

These are questions that continue to open our mind to new viewpoints and perceptions. And that is a sign of creation—which is what this world is really all about anyways.

With Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon, PMC (Psychic/Medium/Channel)
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2 thoughts on “Spirituality vs Religion

  1. Yes! I agree. You can be spiritual and religious. It helps to belong to an institution that is open to many ideas. As a spiritual person, I have found it impossible to be in the leadership of said institution because I will not accept certain dogma. Thankfully, I’ve been able to make peace with that and have both my spiritual side and my religious side.

  2. Overall this appears to be a balancing act of one of the other and it couldn’t be further from the truth. Do followers of what is now a religion really believe that when the founder of their religion was teaching particular beliefs to help us live a faithful life that they were focused on creating separation of beliefs and how this would divide man’s thoughts of the Divine? I doubt it! They were sharing their inspiration from the Divine to bring people together to live in Love and Peace with one another… not separate and judge.

    Most folks still don’t get that spirituality is about a relationship with the Divine and all things Divine or God, nor do they understand that religion is man-made rules from such perceived beliefs (dogma). This is the over-simplified difference between the two. I pray that someday we can move beyond this separation and all of us can accept that Peace and Love are what is most important. Blessing of Peace and Love to All!

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