Spirituality vs. Religion

by David Nova [from Deus Nexus | 10 Oct 2014]

Those who are unfamiliar with the spiritual experience often confuse religion with spirituality, throwing out the baby with the bath water, so to speak.  For others, religion provides a sense of order in a chaotic Universe, while spirituality is at best, mumbo-jumbo, and at worst, something subtly demonic.

However, our personal spirituality often provides us with empowerment and hope while our cultural religions tend to appeal to our subconscious fears.

“Religion is based primarily upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly as the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. It is because fear is at the basis of those two things.”

― Bertrand RussellWhy I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

 “All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.”

― Stendhal

Certainly religion can encourage us to explore our spiritual side, likewise a spiritual experience can motivate someone to create a new religion.  They are Yin and Yang to one another.  While spirituality is a byproduct of our intuitive mind, religion is a byproduct of our rational mind, and our divided minds often work against one another, creating conflict.

Quantum mechanics and spiritual mystics are both telling us that our thoughts have the power to shape our reality.  When we give up our thoughts to an external authority, we give that authority the power to shape our reality, and thus shape our beliefs.  We lose our ability to perceive and believe what may be standing right in front of us, trying to communicate with us.

When we fear the unknown, we perceive the Universe as a hostile place.  When we trust the unknowable, we perceive the Universe as loving and nurturing.  The Universe has the ability to be both,  both hostile and loving, and we can choice at any given moment which to perceive and thus experience.  The Universe allows us to make this choice because it is the very basis of our free will.  Thus we are equally capable of perceiving and creating for ourselves a Heaven or Hell.  The Universe does not judge or discriminate, it allows, even if our belief is an illusion.

Our spirituality is awake and alive.  It is a living, breathing relationship with the Universe and our Source\Creator in the present moment.  Religion is like slumber.  It relies upon an external hierarchal authority to tell us what we should believe about the Universe we inhabit, ignoring and distrusting our own innate spiritual senses.

If you were to walk into your bedroom and catch your husband, wife, or partner in the act of cheating with another person, and he or she said that old clichéd line: “Honey, it’s not what it looks like!”  Much like religion, the cheating partner is asking you to believe their word over the evidence of your own eyes.  And too many people are willing to close their eyes and blindly believe.

For centuries, our religions, our sciences, and our governments have conspired against us much like a cheating partner, telling us to ignore our own senses, ignore the strange lights we see dancing in the sky, ignore the mounting evidence of an ancient global civilization, and ignore the countless testimonials of life beyond death – just to keep us obediently locked inside a narrow box of false belief systems.

Such belief systems reinforce the idea that we require external salvation, that we are incomplete, incapable, and lost without external leadership and guidance.  For example, there is a huge difference between the religions of Christianity and the spiritual expression of Christianity.

The religious message is that we are sinful and lost without the authoritative figure of Jesus Christ, or any of his representatives on Earth.  This message manipulates our subconscious fears, keeping us spiritually imprisoned.  When we go to church to seek absolution or salvation from an external authority figure we are subjugating our divinity to others, disempowering ourselves.

However, when we seek an inner spiritual experience, such as asking Christ into our heart, we are basically reconnecting to our inner Christ, to our true divine nature.  The only salvation we require is internal, reaching inside and awaking to the authenticity of our divine selves.  Then we bring forth the unmanifested divine into the manifested world around us.

However, for many people, the historical oppression, cruelty, and hypocrisy of religion has tainted any positive spiritual aspect of their message.  So we seek new avenues of spirituality that ultimately only lead us to adopting other people’s belief systems, thus creating New Age religions.  We are still half asleep.  Though we are looking outside the box of our old belief systems, we are often too eager to adopt new ones without exercising any inner discernment.  We look outside of ourselves to adepts and spiritual masters, seeking the easy answers, avoiding the difficult inner work.

Spirituality is restless. It is the eternal quest for greater knowledge and understanding.  Religion is complacency.  It is the creation of a stagnant dogma which serves to hinder our continued inner growth. Spirituality is a continuous journey.  Religion is at best a rest stop, at worst a prison for our spirit.

And consider this possibility: the sleeping world requires religion.  An awakened world only requires our spirituality.

When we’re sleepwalking, stumbling around in the darkness, we often need some external rules and guidance to keep us from harm.  We are constricted by a system of moral duality.  Much like children, we have to be told not to touch a hot stove.  However, once we’ve awakened those limiting rules become obsolete.  Spiritually awakened, we become perceptive adults, capable of inner discernment, connected to our own higher divinity, mature enough to act upon its command.

Those who wish to control us count on us remaining fearful, sleeping children for as long as possible.

Of course, the danger is entering this New Age half asleep… awake enough to question the Matrix around us… yet still asleep enough to fall for the deception of yet another ego-created, fear-based controlling religion.  It is up to each one of us to find our true divinity within and free ourselves from belief systems that only serve to keep us slumbering.

About the Author

David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.”  He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and was the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe.  For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.

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