Spirituality in practice is directly affected by our human desire to connect and organize.
But of course groups of people also like to be organized, to have someone lead and protect them. So there are clubs formed, and leaders elected.
This is the same with spirituality.
Unfortunately there will be differences in any group of people, and religious organizations in all recorded history had examples of leaders who claim to have ‘special’ understandings or interpretations that are from the divine God/Higher Power, and use that power to control others.
This use of the religious ‘club’ or organization in order to have ‘power over’ exists in all major religions yet is against the intentions of all enlightened founders of these religions. Despite the minority, most religious organizations are full of truly loving spiritual people, but it only takes one or two religious power brokers to create a religious war and destroy the trust that authentic religion deserves.
So it is important to understand the parallel history of Spiritual Development and to compare religions for yourself in order to connect and organize in service and worship with those who are in a similar place of growth and healing.
Religious studies scholar, Huston Smith, expressed his View about the origins of religious theology this way: “We can define theology as the systematization of thoughts about the symbols that religious experience gives rise to.”
Some thoughts regarding the words “Spiritual” and “Religious”…
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