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Spirituality Defined

Spirituality can be described by the premise that humanity and all of creation are composed not only of matter and energy, but of something immaterial, something invisible, something much grander and therefore something that transcends our present knowledge and understanding. Furthermore this “ethereal stuff” is all interconnected and related to itself and everything in the cosmos in ways that ordinary human consciousness cannot begin to understand.  

In a nutshell, spirituality is about trying to understand an aspect of reality beyond that which we can perceive with our senses, infer with our instrumentation or know with our rational mind. It is really about a personal intuitive understanding of the relationship of how our lives fit into the greater scheme of the cosmos as contrasted with our ordinary existence in it.

Religion is contrasted with spirituality as a set of principles followed and practiced by a community of people. Often it is based on adherence to a faith as set down by an authority figure who claims or claimed ultimate and incontrovertible knowledge of the cosmos.

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