Customarily, a lot of faiths have viewed spirituality as an essential feature of religious practice. They believe if you believe in God you will automatically become spiritual and happy. In midst of this common belief a growing number of people are going toward secularism and have agreed to a wider understanding of spirituality. Basically, this means you can attain spiritualism without following any specific dogmatic religion.

Spirituality without religion accentuates humanistic assets like love, empathy, endurance, broad-mindedness, mercy, peace, etc. the facets of existence and human knowledge which go past a materialist opinion of the world, without automatically accepting belief in a paranormal actuality or celestial existence. Meditation can be practiced as a guide to human enjoyment minus any transcendent explanation or elucidation. Thus, spirituality in this situation may be a matter of cultivating ideas, feelings, and actions that are in agreement with a certainty that everything in the cosmos is equally reliant on. Some varieties of Buddhist mysticism are similar to this idea.

Spirituality is understood to be a pathway to one or more of the following: an advanced state of consciousness, flawlessness of your own existence, knowledge, and empathy with God or gods. The gateway to such a path may involve meditation, prayer, and the observation of holy manuscripts, etc.

Whereas the expression spirituality and religion both relate to a search for a God or gods, there are also distinguishing variances in their practice. Religion suggests a specific faith that comprises of the recognition of a paranormal truth; while, on the other-hand, spirituality is not automatically bound to any specific religious practice. There are those who express spirituality separate of religion frequently describe themselves as "a spiritual being but do not follow any religious path" and stressing the significance of discovering your own distinct route to spirituality.

Radical thinking men like the 17th century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza thought God to be real, intangible and detached from mankind. He believed that the mind and body were a single identity, unlike the French Philosopher Rene Descartes dualist belief that the mind and body were two separate substances. In his magnum opus, 'Ethics' Spinoza offered a methodical interpretation of God, natural surroundings, the mind, and the realization to contentment. He claimed that God was merely a part of nature, not an 'Autonomous Creator' as mainstream religions believe. In his book 'Ethics', which was published posthumously, it stated that 'There is no significance, or purpose, to the world though we can still find happiness within it.'

In his earlier work like 'Theological-Political Treatise', published in 1670 and anonymously because of its controversial content, he reasoned that the bible, like all scriptures, should be construed as text written by mankind and not God. Spinoza believed that religion is an idea of ethical and dogmatic control, thus, all religions are effective because they achieve this duty successfully.

So, remember, whatever spiritual path you choose to undertake and how you get there is your individual choice. I will leave you with a quote from Spinoza, 'I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.'

Author's Bio: 

Belinda Daly is a certified master practitioner in NLP, Hypnosis and TLT. She has a degree in metaphysics. She currently runs a self help and spiritual development membership site with her brother Dion.

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