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Religion, Superstition And Personal Spiritual Practice

click here for a free psychic reading at PsychicAccess.comReligion is not only a codified system of beliefs, it also includes rituals that some might label as superstitions. The difference between belief and superstition is experience. If you experience something it is a reality, for you, and you will believe it. If you don’t experience it, then it is only hearsay and without proof you don’t necessarily believe it. However, you might still engage in it, because you were ‘told’ it is true. The latter usually applies to religion. Sound familiar?

Superstitions are the building blocks of present day religions. People tithe the church, for example, because they were told that is what God expects and they will be rewarded with prosperity. Some people use guided meditations, or rituals and spells, to manifest what they want, without having any real experiences of feeling an energetic connection themselves.

And in all of these superstitions, the beliefs are surprisingly similar. Prosperity and getting what you want are seen as ‘signs’ that you are on the right track and doing what the gods want you to do. You are getting proper rewards for being a ‘good follower.’

It is superstition to do what you are told to do, in order to get some result you either want, or are told you should want, because someone else has had the spiritual experience you so fervently desire. These are actually the behaviors for the formation of cults. All organized religions eventually codify their beliefs, which runs the risk of turning them into superstitions, and worship of the people or organization, instead of homage and a real relationship with Spirit.

Having a spiritual practice has nothing to do with any religion or superstitious rituals. People who teach or offer a true practice typically have no formal organization and not much use for ‘prosperity’ in material measure. They don’t need, or want it. Their practice is their prosperity. These teachers encourage people to discover their own experiences and offer situations (meetings, workshops, ceremonies or private sessions) where others can experience the Divine for themselves. They offer spiritual practices for you to try and see what happens: for you, to you.

Perhaps rather than concerning ourselves with trying to form a relationship with God, we should instead become fully aware of the relationship that already exists ~ Reza Aslan

And typically, the practices produce results. Like hiring a personal fitness trainer, you either build muscle, or you don’t. The results of a spiritual practice will not always appear to be ‘positive,’ as growth always include periods of shadow work, where one must encounter the darkness. This usually includes what is first perceived as emotional upset, followed by a distinct change in attitude regarding your relationships with Self, others and Spirit. The quality of your everyday life changes measurably.

Spiritual teachers offering a practice, rather than a religion, often encourage you to work on your own and they typically ask or create questions for you, rather than give answers in order to appear all wise or ‘gifted,’ and thereby encouraging your dependence on them, instead of relying on and trusting your own spiritual practice. They encourage you, and sometimes even ‘scold’ you, to have and keep your own practice and emphasize that as the most important ingredient in your spiritual evolution, rather than promoting their own teachings as all important.

Religion strives to be consistent. That is the easiest way to create followers. It demands less thinking, and no personal practice. Instead there is just complying with empty rituals, where the followers feel nothing, but have been told that if they comply they will get certain results.

A true energy-based spiritual practice is a bit like nature that is constantly changing, thereby always amazing, engaging, alive, and never to be taken for granted. Spirit is energy, it is not your so-called ‘guides’ chatting you up. Energy is felt and not always understood in the moment. Understanding it, like understanding why sunsets light up the sky, has little to do with enhancing the experience of the sunset.

People are longing for the Divine and modern cultural programming has given people the predisposition to believe that a Divine connection can be bestowed upon you by someone else – someone, usually self-proclaimed, magical or ‘gifted.’ This is especially believed to be true if that person offers you codified practices that make claims for spectacular results! We see the evidence of this in the prolific media reports of cult activities, once the leaders are arrested for economic and sexual maleficence.

Spirituality is not taking shelter under religions or prophets but making deep union with the God that exist in every heart ~ Amit Ray

It seems impossible that people would be seduced by the claims of these cult leaders, and yet they are. Smart, educated, often wealthy people are seduced, because our culture reinforces the belief that someone other than yourself has the power to ‘hook you up’ with the Divine, and that if you are hooked up, you will prosper in the material world and hopefully feel better.

There is nothing wrong with joining an organized religion and you can certainly bring your personal spiritual practice into any religion. Religion offers community, and often a physical place to meet and participate. There is nothing wrong with guided meditations, rituals and spells either, and they can be more fun and uplifting than a TV movie or dining out. It is simply about making a distinction. Religion is not a personal practice, and a personal practice is not religion.

If you want a connection with the Divine, it has to be yours, personal, practical, and ecstatic. If you are working with someone, make sure you are clear if they have their own practice. It is often difficult to ascertain, so ask lots of questions and make astute observations. Be cautious if they are offering you religion and superstitions, or a prepackaged practice, or both, Be sure to know what you are signing up for, an make a conscious, healthy, mature decision.


About The Author: Nonna

Nonna lives in Southern California, and is a professor of psychology and a teacher of psychic development, energy work and meditation, who has recently finished her PhD. She has been a counselor for both humans and animals for thirty years, removing energy blocks through her expertise in the spiritual arts. She also has numerous years of study and practice with classic psychological therapeutic models, family work, twelve-step processes, nutritional and body/mind/spirit healing, complementary, alternative, and quantum medicine. Nonna is brilliant at unearthing the gems in every client's soul and polishing them to a fine finish. To release your own soul's sparkle, contact Nonna at PsychicAccess.com.

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