My mother was raised Episcopalian, and I remember going to our church on the holidays and when I was baptized when I was younger. But that was about it. I remember hearing that you don't need to go to church to be a “good” Christian. I remember asking God to help when things were scary or helpful, but I don't remember ever hearing back from him in any such way.
My Dad, on the other hand, practiced Buddhism. This seemed to be more of a way of thinking. It didn't seem as strict, but more as a mindful way of living.
I find religion interesting, which mostly stemmed from a class I took in college. We learned about most religions: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Judaism, and Christianity. I don’t have anything against religious people, not at all. I have met a lot of wonderful religious people. However, I personally do not like religion because most religions require you to praise an idol of some sort, and I am just not into that idea. I also dislike that a lot of wars have been caused due to differences in religion. I have also seen and experienced judgment due to differences in religion and beliefs. If there is a God, he would not approve of such actions, any of them.
Religion is defined as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods”.
I have decided that I lean more towards Spirituality.
Spirituality is defined as “the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things”.
One of the reasons I wanted to talk about this is because of the HUGE impact it has had on my life. Focusing and growing my own spirituality has affected every area of my life. When I practice “grounding”, that is a spiritual practice. When I go for a walk in nature, that is a spiritual practice. When I meditate, that is a spiritual practice. When I listen to and trust my intuition, that is a spiritual practice. When I practice becoming more and more aware, that is a spiritual practice.
It is the belief that there is something bigger than us. I’d like to name it the Universe. I believe we are souls having a human experience. I believe that religion lacks the concept that we are so much more complex than “God” gives us credit for. Spirituality perceives that humans are multifaceted: emotional, mental, social and physical beings. I believe spirituality allows us to get closer to ourselves so that we can get closer to others, and so that we can come to understand our purpose here and the real meaning of life.
Of course, you can be spiritual and religious too! Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can't be both.
After my Dad died in 2017, I remember thinking that the trees outside were him speaking to me. I would ask questions, and the trees would shift and sway, and I really believed that was his way of communicating to me. That might sound crazy, but in a way, it makes sense. Energy is never created or destroyed, so what happens to someone's energy/soul after they die? Could it be possible that my dad's soul/energy was in the trees and was communicating with me? YES!
I did a podcast with a lady named Victoria Shaw who has her PhD in Psychology, but actually works with people on how to understand and listen to their intuition. This opened my eyes and ears even more to the idea of spirituality, and this immaterial idea/theory. That when I feel something that I can believe it. I strongly believe that the energy you put out into the world, the energy you give yourself, all the energy you exude will be returned to you by the Universe. Your thoughts, your words, your actions, are all energy. Your thoughts can in fact transform your health. Your body is made up of energy. It would make sense that positive energy would rub off and become contagious to other energy. That energy will come back to you. Same if you are negative.
The Universe, if you put your trust in it, and in your intuition, will send you things that are meant for you. You just have to be aware of them. You have to protect your energy. You have to be open. You have to step up to the plate (they say). The Universe is always listening. You can manifest anything you want by just speaking it into existence. It is really magical.
If you had asked me like five years ago if I would be into what I am into now, I would have thought you were cray!
But, like the little girl who believed in Santa for way too long, here I am. I love it. It really works for me. I feel the best I have felt in, well, my whole life. I never knew this was what was missing. It’s pretty dang magical. That is just what I was missing. MAGIC. REAL MAGIC. I really do think that having spiritual practices and living a spiritual life can really better our well being all around.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you have any special practices that really work for you? What is your story when it comes to religion and spirituality?
Please be very well,