- The act of being involved, or taking part in something.
- The state of being related to a larger whole.
- The process during which individuals, groups and organizations are have the opportunity to become actively together in a project or program of activity.
- An ownership in or belonging to. In spiritual situations an affiliation with a belief.
Spiritual participation is where people share love/compassion in a deep way. Most traditions state that people who do not participate authentically in a loving way are not following the tradition. Participation and spirituality overlap.
“People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what – and who – we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.”
Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
There are many words which are used to describe spiritual participation;
Those that are religion neutral including:
- Celebration of life (eg births)
- Worship of Life and Nature
- Thanks and appreciation (eg Holidays like New Year’s, Thanksgiving)
- World Aid to the suffering
- Human Rights groups
- Spiritual Pilgrimage
- Spiritual Healing
For many people spiritual participation occurs in the form of religious organizations and traditions.
And there are many terms specifically associated with participation in religions, such as:
- Yom Kippur
- Speaking in Tongues
- Prayer Group
- Lectio Divina
- Badeken Ceremony
- 正一道; Zheng Yi Dào or the Way of Orthodox Unity
And sometimes the place in which participation occurs is also overlapped with the intention of authentic unforced participation. (However these are also the places often associated with influenced or forced belief)
Some examples of names of places for religious/spiritual participation are:
- House of God
The range and interpretation of these words and concepts is vast. LISN can only touch on the observation that in general the specific religious and the general spiritual both were originally intended for the good of both the individual and societal participant.