Am I religious or Am I spiritual?
I’ve heard this question many times. I usually laugh because I don’t care for such a question. Religion and spirituality are often separated for some reason; as if one has to exist separate from the other. But is this just a game that we play with ourselves? Or, are we evolving into a new form of thought? In my view, this question contains many spheres. Not only in the question do we find possible answers when we look deeply within, but we also find the spheres of mind, heart and soul. We find life in the question.
Most people that know me would say that I’m just an average person; a little reserved, very laid back and I tend to keep to myself. And this describes part of me very well. However, I’ve found that once I began writing and blogging; without knowing me personally many people have this idea that I’m some sort of guru sitting in a perpetual lotus position floating around on a magic carpet and sprinkling pixy dust on everything. And this is definitely not the case, though I would love a magic carpet ride.
We’re all different. We all have quirks and characteristics that make us whole. We cannot exist without all of our parts. It is our divine complexity that make us all very unique, but also very similar. Even Deepak Chopra, who is held as a wonderful spiritual teacher has his moments of anger, lust, humor and temptation. The Dalai Lama has admitted several times of being offended, angered and tempted. We are all the same in this manner, no matter how spiritual or religious we consider ourselves to be. No matter the definition, recognition of action and choice remain in our control.
We all also define life in so many different ways. What I define as spirit is entirely different than what another person may think. What I learn and interpret is entirely different from what another learns and interprets, even though the information may come from the same book. So when we ask ourselves are we religious or are we spiritual, the answer must come from within and not weighed against any collective definition or standard.
In fact, one could be religious about being spiritual, or, one could have religion and believe in a dogma that defines spirit. We could all smile at our own thought of what spirit looks and feels like. No matter, the road to answer this question is nothing more than a circle drawn around you in the sand.
Personally, I feel that Spirit needs no specific definition. Spirit needs no religion other than a philosophy of kindness and compassion. Once we attune, we realize our own truths and the question of whether or not we are religious or spiritual matters little. We all already know the answer. In a sphere of existence, we are all the definition of spirit, we are all penned and contained in a cosmic portrait painted by a divine hand.