Traditionally, religions have regarded spirituality as an integral part of religious experience. Many still think of spirituality and religion as one and the same. But a declining membership in the organized religions, and the growth of secularism in the western world has broaden the view of spirituality.
Spirituality is characterized by a person who has a spiritual outlook that is more personal, less structured, more open to new ideas / influences, than the organized religions are known to be. One of the key differences is that religion is a type of formal external search, while spirituality is defined as a search within oneself.
You do not need to be religious to be spiritual. Many atheists are spiritual and define “spirituality” as caring thoughts, feelings, words and actions, that are in harmony with a belief, that the entire universe is connected.
According to one poll, approx. 24% of the US population identifies itself as spiritual but not religious.
Those who are spiritual but not religious, generally believe in the existence of many “spiritual paths” in which one advances to achieve a higher state of awareness. They put an emphasis the importance of finding one’s own personal path to spirituality, and the path can contain various experiences or spiritual disciplines (repeating mantras, meditate or pray).
Life is a journey. Every event of life (can also be “tests”) is part of this journey. The journey consists of some significant moments, such as deep spiritual experiences, which are often referred to as teachings. During these experiences, one often meet a teacher, assistant, spiritual preceptor, guru or otherwise, depending on the cultural context.
Spirituality is mentioned to be a process in two phases: the first phase is inner growth, and the second phase is the ability to manifest the result in the world on a daily basis.
Also in science we have begun talking about spiritual subjects. This is in the area of Quantum mechanics, which is a set of scientific principles describing the known behaviour of energy and matter at the atomic and subatomic level. To go deeper into this, you can find lots of information on the internet or in books.
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