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Spiritual Or Religious?

Click Here for a free psychic reading at PsychicAccess.comThere are those of us who describe ourselves as “spiritual, but not religious.” But what does that really mean? Spirituality can be defined in many different ways, and it is a very personal matter.

Everyone has the right to decide for themselves what belief system or philosophy resonates most with their heart. In my view, there are many different spiritual paths that all lead to the same destination.

To be spiritual, for me, is to practice being kind to others and myself. It is simply about the ‘golden rule’ of treating others the way you wish to be treated. Truly spiritual people, no matter what their personal beliefs or values may be, are appreciative of life’s blessings and practice gratitude daily.

Spiritually aware people have hope and faith. They look at life challenges as possibilities and opportunities, instead of as limitations and setbacks. They strive to see the glass half full, as opposed to half empty.

Spiritual people also have compassion for others, and all life forms. They are usually concerned about global issues. They respect the natural environment and see the beauty in the world around them. The simple things in life become the extraordinary things bring them joy. Look at trees, mountains, ocean, birds, animals, flowers and plants! That is what I called my church. How can one be out in nature, surrounded by all its beauty, and not believe in something greater than yourself?

Spiritual people are always aiming to become better people. It’s about living your own truth, living with principles and integrity. They realize that money does not necessarily bring happiness and fulfillment, which is not to say that one cannot be wealthy and happy at the same time. I know some very wealthy people that are highly spiritual, happy and grateful, doing good things for the world we live in. Wealth often affords people the ability to contribute to making the world a better place.

You are completely free to reject everything we have to say about spirituality. What we believe in is not that important. What really counts is what you believe that gives your life meaning, direction, and purpose ~ Gary Eby

Spiritual people experience hard times like everyone else. Life is not all rosy. It’s how they handle the hard times spiritually that helps them get through it. Being spiritual helps develop mental and emotional stamina and resilience. We seem to make the best decisions when they are made through a spiritual lens, from the higher self, our spirit.

Spirituality, however, does not mean that you must belong to a particular religion or faith tradition. A lot of people explore and study many religions and belief systems to ultimately come to their own conclusions of what spirituality and faith is for them.

I once had a business partner who said to me, “I wish I was more spiritual, or religious. I wish I had faith in something like you do.” She said she felt so alone, and also believed that when we die it is the end of it all. “That’s it,” she said. “Lights out for eternity.” Our partnership worked because we both had respect for each other’s views.

To be spiritual you do not have to belong to any particular religion, or attend a church or temple faithfully. Some of the most spiritual people I know do not belong to any particular religion, group or church.

Why join a religion? Some of the reasons a person joins organized religion is the sense of community and shared lifestyle or basic beliefs. People tend to like people and groups that think like they do. It is my opinion that it is crucial to really examine your beliefs and be honest about what you think and feel.

The spiritual quest is not some added benefit to our life, something you embark on if you have the time and inclination. We are spiritual beings on an earthly journey. Our spirituality makes up our beingness ~ John Bradshaw

It may not be beneficial to just join any religion or spiritual group that you don’t really resonate with. People should never feel pushed or just go along with the crowd to be living a lifestyle you really don’t believe in, even if you believe in some of basis practices, but not the core belief of the group or religion. Each person must find what is a good fit for them and enriches their life.

Many people adopt the religion of their parents, or community around them. When they reach the age to make their own decisions about religion and spirituality, they may find what calls them is different. Some people are also drawn to a particular religion or belief, because they have a need to feel that evil people will be punished in some way. Another reason some people choose a particular religion is the need to be told what to think and do. For some it is just comfortable to follow the leader.

Bottom-line, a person can choose to be both religious and spiritual, but it is always a personal choice. People may also choose to be spiritual, and not belong to a religion, while some may be religious, but not at all spiritual.

About The Author: Elizabeth

Elizabeth's talents go back several generations. She found her own gifts and embraced them at an early age, recognizing the difference between herself and most others around her. She's since honed and mastered many metaphysical practices, providing hypnotherapy, Psychic Mediumship, Mysticism, and Hypno-Reiki to her clients in Maine, and in areas around the US and in Canada, where she travels. A lover of pets, they are her greatest teachers and these unconditionally loving creatures often chime in on a reading in addition to the Angels, Guides and loved ones who provide resolution and answers for each of her clients. Elizabeth is also an author with much spiritual wisdom to impart and is currently working on a book. If you'd like to be a recipient of her unique Psychic Wisdom, find peace and receive answers that will also benefit your highest good, you can reach Elizabeth at Psychic Access.

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