Originally Posted by BigJohn
Why is it difficult to define Spirituality?
You would think there would be much commonality between belief systems
but it appears there is is a lot of polarization. How can this be?
“The temple of the most high begins with the body which houses our life, the essence of our existence. Africans are in bondage today because they approach spirituality through religion provided by foreign invaders and conquerors. We must stop confusing religion and spirituality. Religion is a set of rules, regulations and rituals created by humans, which was suppose to help people grow spiritually. Due to human imperfection religion has become corrupt, political, divisive and a tool for power struggle. Spirituality is not theology or ideology. It is simply a way of life, pure and original as was given by the Most High of Creation. Spirituality is a network linking us to the Most High, the universe, and each other…”
― Haile Selassie I
It was originally thought that Spirituality came first, that man began discovering the metaphysical aspects of his existence until along came religion, which was supposed to have been a pathway to Spirituality. From following the rules, regulations and rituals was supposed to come a Spiritual experience, like finding God by going to church on Sunday. Unfortunately, God made man and man made religion. Going to work on Sunday meant people were closer to God and therefore greater than those lesser mortals, in particular the atheists.
Spirituality has essentially become religion because people practice their Spirituality religiously. It has divided us both from ourselves and each other because it has become not our experiential existence but a way to escape it. We are no longer people who are Spiritual but we are Spiritual people.
Perhaps the question is not "Why is it difficult to define Spirituality?" but "What have people done with it, and what are the reasons?" The understandings lie within the reasons.