Two Types of Spirituality ... Faith and KnowledgeWritten by Edward B. Toupin
The term "spirituality" is a confusing term. Usually, when one mentions "spirituality", first thought in many people's minds is that of "religion". While religion is an aspect of spirituality, spirituality is not an aspect of religion. Spirituality covers other areas of belief as well. Put simply, spirituality is all-encompassing arena of "belief in something greater." This can be a god, oneself as greater being, or simply, life-force or essence that surrounds us all. But, society and religion lead their followers in many different directions replacing core meanings with moralistic and idealistic terms in hopes of garnering attention by answering those "big questions" pertaining to life, death, after-life, and a god.
--- Faith vs. Knowledge ---
While many religious zealots view idea of knowledge-based spirituality as "agnostic", indeed, it is not. As a matter of fact, even agnosts believe in something, which provides them an alternative stance to organized religion and gods. You have to believe in something to take a stance!
Faith-based spirituality is belief and trust that things will be as they will be in future. It is acceptance of "great mysteries" of life and death for which religion and society teaches that there are no "definitive answers." Such an approach to spirituality creates a fear-based environment based on gods who are vindictive and uncaring. Believers place their lives into hands of an unseen being in hope that all will "work out for best."
Knowledge-based spirituality is understanding and kinship of all and desire to achieve and progress through life toward one's own Vision and goals. The "great mysteries" become topics of personal research and, with an open mind, answers can be acquired from environment and Universe. This type of spirituality invites one to set aside fears and examine information and entities of surrounding environment. One has chance to take life into one's own hands and guide it along a path to one's own desires.
--- Hatred and Faith ---
One of problems of today is that, in our world, wars, hatred, and bias begin in moral grounds established by religion and society. Religion creates a solid separation between different factions of humanity. These factions take core ideals of society and mutate them to suit needs of their particular beliefs. In end, when societal boundaries are breached, and control languishes over ranks, uprisings and bitter conflicts begin to restore order. The stronger of factions wins and forces their beliefs on weaker.
In faith-based factions, fear is instilled and faith that a great hereafter exists. People fight to maintain their beliefs because they've finally "forced" their conscious minds to accept unanswered questions based on invisible and unfounded guesses by their "noblemen". The battles are fought to ensure that their foundations and comfort zones are not affected by infidels of intruding factions.
However, with knowledge-based factions, fear is minimized and great hereafter is right here and now and continues on forever. Knowledge provides mind with a greater degree of processing information arriving at our many senses in many contexts. It allows us to look beyond basics and outside of accepted "comfort zones" to comprehend ideas and ideals of other entities, both physical and spiritual.
Origin of Certain Thoughts (Part I)Written by Isaac Nwokogba
We all have spirit guides and we all benefit from their assistance, whether or not we recognize it. Only a few people can hear and exchange verbal communications with their guides, or occasionally see their foggy, ghostly image materialize; some people only sense their guide’s presence; others know signs that indicate their guide’s presence; and still others do not believe these guides exist, much less assist us.
Our relationship with our guide probably represents highest level of personal relationship between two beings. If there were any other beings worthy of term “soul mate,” guides certainly would qualify. They know and understand us like no other.
Considering experiences many of us have in life and problems we often face, some of you may find it difficult to accept that our guides are there for us and work constantly to help us. In times of great difficulty, human tendency is to question where these guides are when they are most needed. If they exist and are there for us, why don’t they intervene?
As legitimate as these questions may sound, they show our limited knowledge of who we are and our lack of understanding about our relationship with other side. All of us are here for a reason. We’re here to have experiences that are possible only in this world; to learn and grow; to contribute to humanity, greater good; and to attest to infinite manifestations of God force, source of all things. In this process, our consciousness continues to expand, soaring higher and higher until we’re able to appreciate opportunity and privilege of having existed as humans.
To reach our individual goals in a given lifetime, we chose to have certain experiences. While many of these experiences may be unpleasant, they are for our good nonetheless. Our guides were there with us at beginning when we made our choices. They understand our higher needs, those beyond our material and earthly needs. They know exactly why we’re here and what experiences we must have. They know firsthand our cosmic obligations and commitments. And they know magnitude of pain associated with those commitments. In short, they know us and our needs better than we could possibly know ourselves while here on earth.
Because they understand our needs so well, they do not see many of our experiences as requiring intervention. They have an obligation to help and encourage us through those experiences, but they are not to interfere no matter how much we think we need divine intervention in our lives. For them to intervene would amount to failing in their obligation and doing us a disservice as our guides.