Spirituality

I was recently accused of needing spiritual guidance. But what is spirituality?

The technical term is defined thus: relating to the spirit or sacred matters. To go one step further, “spirit” is defined as “a life giving force”. (I kid you not, I got this straight from a dictionary and everything!)

So this explains what the word means, but what is it? I believe that spirituality is a mindset. Yes, it can be seen as a “life giving force”, the existence of a higher being, a belief in God. But that’s just it, isn’t it? If you have a belief, its a mindset. I believe that there is a Supreme Being, an entity (or entities) that seem to watch over the world, and only step in when the situation/need arises.

Call it God, Allah, Jesus, Goddess, whatever you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that there’s something there. Shakespeare wrote in one of his plays, (Romeo and Juliet) “Would a rose by any other name still smell as sweet?” So, conversely, would a God by any other name be as great? There is not one religion that is unique. Every religion has at least one thing in common with a different religion. Take Judaism and Christianity. Both have a book that explains the various lessons they teach. Just because one calls it a Torah and the other a Bible, it does not diminish the fact that they serve the same relative purpose. In fact, early Christianity was started by adapting Jewish, Greek, and Pagan beliefs. For example, Christmas, the celebrated day of Jesus Christ’s birth, is on December 25. However, Jesus was actually born in March/April, closer to Easter. Early Christians wishing to ease the conversion of Pagans adopted December 25, since the day coincided with the Pagans celebration of the Winter Solstice.

I was raised Christian, baptized Catholic. I don’t claim to know all there is to know about the religious sect that my family chose, long before my time. My parents are open-minded enough to allow me to expand my knowledge of religion. Not just Christianity and Catholicism, but many others as well. I’ve taken a certain interest in Wicca.

Wicca is the modern version of an ancient pagan sacred tradition that predated Christianity. It is Earth-, Nature-, and Fertility- oriented. Followers worship at the turns of the seasons, and at new and full moons. Wiccans acknowledge both female and male deities and believe in reincarnation, magick, and divination.

After putting countless hours of study on a variety of religions, belief systems, and philosophies of life, I have come to a startling conclusion.

I believe. (Okay, maybe not so startling after all)

I believe in a higher energy force that makes our world work. How else could miracles occur? I believe that we, as humans, make our own choices, but that a standard is set by which we decide. Religious communities share a common bond, and, therefore, their religion, and society, temper the decisions made by individuals in that community.

I believe that we are put on this Earth for the purpose of bettering ourselves and perfecting our souls. Through triumphs and hardships we learn more about ourselves, our fellow humans, and the world around us. And that one time around, just doesn’t make sense. So, I guess you could say that I believe in reincarnation.

I believe that we are definitely being watched by something, someone, or someones.

I also believe that no religion is any better or worse than another. That is simply a matter of opinion. In fact, all of this is opinion. Some could argue the rights and wrongs. Some could call my quest for knowledge of other religions heresy. But believe me, if my soul has been condemned to the fiery depths of “Hell” for seeking knowledge, doesn’t that make the same people hypocritical? If I am being damned for what I believe in, what does it matter what I call it? I don’t know all the answers, and I don’t pretend to. I know what I believe in, and that’s what matters.

Now I ask you, does that sound like the musings of a girl in desperate need of spiritual guidance? I think not.

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