posted on Mar, 24 2013 @ 10:03 PM
In modern times "spirituality" has acquired a new meaning. It still denotes a process of transformation, but is often seen as separate from
religious institutions, as "spiritual but not religious."  Spirituality has come to mean the internal experience of theindividual. According to
Yuk-Lin Renita Wong and Jana Vinsky, religion represents the organized aspect, the institutions which press people into a mold. Dick Houtman and
Stef Aupers write that modern spirituality blends humanistic psychology with mystical and esoteric traditions and eastern religions.
Social scientists have defined spirituality as the search for "the sacred," where "the sacred" is broadly defined as that which is set apart from
the ordinary and worthy of veneration, for example "a transcendent dimension":
[...] a transcendent dimension within human experience [...] discovered in moments in which the individual questions the meaning of personal
existence and attempts to place the self within a broader ontological context.
Spirituality can be sought not only through traditional organized religions, but also through movements such as the feminist theology and green
politics. Spirituality is also now associated with mental health, managing substance abuse, maritalfunctioning, parenting, and coping. It has been
suggested that spirituality also leads to finding purpose and meaning in life.
The Wiki description of "spirituality" seems confused to me.
First it denotes some sort of 'transformation', as if a person can become "spiritual". The definitions also suggest that spirituality is something
to be "experienced". Finally, it suggests that spirituality is something to be attained or "sought".
I disagree with these explanation. Maybe I see "spirit" as the OP does... (?)
For me ones spirituality is within one at all times. It gives us life-forms the ability to analyze, operate our body and to react sub-consciously.
Even during sleep and moments of unconsciousness our spirit remains, fully functioning and recording our percepts.
How people think and use the data about themselves and their environment is entirely down to their analytical mind and how well it functions: mental
and physical damage sustained previously can seriously inhibit and/or prevent mental function. The spirit is still their, but sometimes (as with most
human beings who have been damaged through life's events) how they think is unethical and plainly "wrong". Thus we have people who commit all sorts
of things such as murder, rape and drug-taking. To suggest that they have no spirit is wrong; it is just that they have suffered so much damage that
their analytical abilities have become sort of demonized. With the correct treatment (I would suggest Dianetic therapy), those internal demons can be
cleared and the person's spirit will reign supreme, and the person will see heightened analytical state and better health.
But all that is just my opinion.