Spirituality means many things to different people. Some equate it with the observation of religious practices. Others feel it is less about religion and more about a personal relationship to divinity or to nature. But, what does the term mean to us here at Sane Spirituality? Let’s define it and put it into our common vocabulary so that we know what it means in relation to everything we’re going to talk about.
Traditionally, spirituality refers to a religious process of re-formation which “aims to recover the original shape of man,” oriented at “the image of God” as exemplified by the founders and sacred texts of the religions of the world. In modern times the emphasis is on subjective experience of a sacred dimension and the “deepest values and meanings by which people live,” often in a context separate from organized religious institutions. Modern systems of spirituality may include a belief in a supernatural (beyond the known and observable) realm, personal growth, a quest for an ultimate or sacred meaning, religious experience, or an encounter with one’s own “inner dimension.” – Wikipedia
The definition provided by Wikipedia does a pretty good job of encompassing what we mean. For us, spirituality is not about religion. Religion is about myth, ethical teachings, moral laws and the worship of one or more deities. Religion requires faith and belief in God and adherence to the doctrine of that religion.
Spirituality is really the pursuit of inner personal growth, developing a deep knowledge of and relationship with your Higher Self, overcoming the control of your ego and becoming one with the source of all energy and light. This does not require a belief in “God”, though having some concept of a higher power or universal source can be beneficial to achieve results.
Spirituality usually requires a belief that we are not just our physical bodies. That inside of us, that we can experience a connection to some higher aspect of ourselves and to the Universe. This can be an understanding in scientific terms that all matter in the universe, and thus everything about us, is made from a common energy, with no relationship to divinity. It can also be a deeply-felt reverence for God or Gods. It can also be anything along the infinite spectrum from atheist to devout believer. Whatever your religious belief, the techniques of Sane Spirituality can work, if you take the time to learn them.
There are many different types of spiritual techniques. Some of them are:
- Forms of Yoga
- Sex Magick
- Sexual Practices
- Astral Projection
We will explore these and other techniques and systems in time, here at Sane Spirituality.