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Dispelling Several Myths about Spirituality

By Sharon Janis

Part of Spirituality For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The quest for spiritualization is as valid and important now as ever, however, at times the spiritual path can be confusing. Here are some clarifications about what spirituality is not that may help you to understand what spirituality is:

  • Spirituality is not the same as religion. Religion is the shell, while spirituality is the kernel within that shell. Religion is the map; spirituality is the territory.

  • Being spiritual doesn’t mean becoming something you weren’t before. Although the light of spirituality may soften some of your personality’s rough edges, your individuality is an important part of how spirit expresses in this world through and as you.

  • Spirituality isn’t just for a chosen few. The universe doesn’t run with a class curve. Everyone can get an A in this class! In fact, everyone who gets an A helps more people get an A. One spiritually aware person can awaken many others, without even trying — through their positive efforts and expressions, and through the vibration of higher consciousness they contribute to the world.

  • Spirituality is not about using metaphysical techniques to bend the universe to fulfill your material desires. Spirituality is about bringing yourself in harmony with the greater good of this universe so that blessings can unfold around you naturally without your having to grab them.

  • Spirituality is not beholden to one or the other doctrine. Nor is it possible to fully express spirituality in any doctrine. Spirituality is alive in and personal to each soul.

  • Spirituality is not about being outwardly smart or well-versed in theological debates. In fact, spirituality is one place where being simple, humble, and open is the first step! Spirituality is a shift to the wisdom of the heart.

  • You don’t have to do anything in particular to be spiritual. Spirituality doesn’t require a list of specific actions. In fact, anything can be a spiritual practice, depending on your attitude. Spirituality inspires you to act with skill, freedom, gratitude, and a sense of service.

  • You don’t have to go anywhere to be spiritual. Of course, certain spiritual places can bring positive energy and inspiration to you — which is one reason spiritual seekers often take pilgrimages to holy places. Nevertheless, the ultimate goal of spirituality is to become a beacon of positive energy and inspiration unto yourself and the world. True spirituality comes with you wherever you go.

  • You don’t have to wait to be spiritual. Spirituality is a shift of awareness that can happen in a moment. Although external efforts can help trigger the inner shift, you can become spiritually aware right where you are — right here and right now.