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Being religious often slams you with the idea that you must focus your energy, time, and motivation on conservative law and philosophy. What people don't understand is that people and culture change and that it's normal for change to happen, even within religious context, and sometimes they change for the better.

That doesn't mean you can or have to throw out objective morality or core values, but if you focus more on the spiritual aspects instead of fundamental restrictions of your religion/non-religion, it provides you with so much freedom and ability to understand the world around you and it can help you understand what exactly you are putting your values on and why.

But for those who think that religious tradition is a bunch of shit, think about this: the spiritual side of yourself is most effectively nourished to it's full potential by engaging in traditional or ritualistic attributes.
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Zee-BBad's avatar
HI, i just want to say i'm using this stamp in my account. i hope you don't mind, and thank you for making this stamp
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shark235's avatar
shark235|Hobbyist General Artist
I chose spirituality over religion after reading this.
www.bibliotecapleyades.net/mis…
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Vovina-de-Micaloz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea. Most people who claim to be spiritual, aren't at all.

How many of these so-called "spiritual" people actually work with their soul every day? Clean their aura? Open their chakras? Next to none. They are not spiritual.
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shark235|Hobbyist General Artist
I thought that being spiritual was being this www.stevemcswain.com/spiritual…
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Vovina-de-Micaloz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. That sound like a mix of christianity and new age rubbish; both of which make a mockery of anything spiritual.
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shark235|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh
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KothoDaFurry|Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true

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ToastyBrain|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tend to be more spiritual than religious. My parents are the other way around. Good stamp though.
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Mysticalblackangel|Hobbyist General Artist
This describes me perfectly!

I've never felt "religious" persay, I've always been more on the spiritual side of things. I've been more open towards things I don't understand and wish to find answers to. To me, religion is more public, and spiritual more personal. I do not like that religion tells you exactly how to have a so called "relationship" (that is basically forced with threat of hellfire) with God and that he'll be furious with you if you do something wrong, but spirituality says have whatever comfortable relationship with God you want, know that God loves you no matter what you do. I do not want a rulebook relationship with God, I want a loving, comfortable one. I find more answers and spiritual healing when I lean away from religion and be more open to lessons, wisdom, and experiences from other people. Now I'm not against religion entirely, it has given me a strong sense of morality that I use in life, I do respect it and some of the good deeds it has done along with some of the beautiful traditions it has, but a pious religious life is just not and never will be a fit for me. Religion has left questions unanswered because of how black and white it is, and has lead me to seek elsewhere regardless of the unspoken threats it gives. Though yes, in order to be spiritual you will have needed to be religious or exposed to religion first, I still prefer spirituality above it for the peace of mind, heart, body, and soul it gives me. It helps me feel closer to God, it helps me understand many things, and it helps me understand his plan for me.   
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qekkon's avatar
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^this
though im nontheistic (so I do not believe in any God/Godess) this comment is a fucking master piece.
Religion forces you to do things, it doesn't give you anything solid, but just what they call "facts" which fall apart whenever someone starts
to wonder and pone themselves answers. 
Like you, I never was, and never will be religious, I ,anyway, grew with a pagan family. Like you, this gave me morals, 
but not the answers I was trying to discover. And like you I found these answers inside myself.
Spirituality is all about the peace you have with yourself and what comes after :peace:
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Mysticalblackangel|Hobbyist General Artist
*sorry for the super late reply* 
Oh wow, thank you! ^^
If I may ask, what form of paganism does your family believe in?

Exactly, you couldnt have defined religion better. I deem that as very black and white. And I do not want to live in a black and white world, I want to live in a colorful one. Religion is black and white, spirituality is color. With that, spirituality is a strong guiding force in my life. And I hope that for you, whatever you deem to be a guiding force, helps you :)
 
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AngeIHeart|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Using~ :heart:
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iNextMorning|Student Traditional Artist
AAAAAAHHH YEEEEEEESSSS!

i love you for making this 
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Corvus-the-Snark|Hobbyist General Artist
Amen
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lionkinq|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, thank you. o v o
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Zeonista's avatar
You still have to be religious before you can be spiritual. Being spiritual just means you deliberately seek the divine connection instead of going through the motions of ceremony & tradition.
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Zeonista's avatar
I didn't want to sound like a Net pedant, but I gotta be me. =P (Razz)  That aside, it's the truth; at least for me, and many others I have known. The (positive) religious upbringing, no matter how close "to the book" in its teaching, will lead to a strong spiritual self as an adult. It's not that an adult raised as non-religious can come to a spiritual development moment, but those individuals are rare. 
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Shernod9704's avatar
Ey, wanna see my religion?
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AGiLE-EaGLE1994|Hobbyist General Artist
Strong message behind this! :aww:
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mjponso's avatar
I personally believe that seeing the difference between spirituality and religion means you have made a certain level of progress on your journey of faith. :) In my first few years as a Christian, I took a very legalistic attitude towards my thoughts and actions, believing that I couldn't allow myself to do this or say that because I would risk incurring God's wrath. I still revert to such a mindset at times, but for the most part I realize that humans aren't perfect and that we shouldn't miss the forest for the trees.
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Bladex1200|Hobbyist Writer
"But for those who think that religious tradition is a bunch of shit, think about this: the spiritual side of yourself is most effectively nourished to it's full potential by engaging in traditional or ritualistic attributes."

It's a shame the spiritual side of me will never be fully nourished, because I intend to allow it to starve, choke-up, and die.
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XDiaLinnX's avatar
Suit yourself
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PieWriter|Hobbyist General Artist
I really don't like it when people slam the term "religious". I think the proper term to use for those who are ridiculously rigid and unwilling to change the ritualistic/traditionalist things are more "legalistic" than "religious". The love for one's philosophy/theology and focus on it is religious, but never really bad unless someone is a legalist about it (i.e., making following tradition more important than upholding the tenets of your faith).

Sort of like with Vatican II: Although things were changed, such as Nova Ordo Mass and a re-establishment of how we interact with the world, our core beliefs and the sacraments retained their religious and spiritual values. In the end, I think religious and spiritual go hand in hand.

But yeah, thanks for defending religious tradition at the end. I know a lot of people, especially the youth, who get gung ho about slamming "religion" and then they have little to nourish their soul with afterwards.
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