Two Types of Spirituality ... Faith and Knowledge

Written by Edward B. Toupin

The term "spirituality" is a confusing term. Usually, when one mentions "spirituality",repparttar 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 isrepparttar 122311 all-encompassing arena of "belief in something greater." This can be a god, oneself asrepparttar 122312 greater being, or simply,repparttar 122313 life-force or essence that surrounds us all. But, society and religion lead their followers in many different directions replacingrepparttar 122314 core meanings with moralistic and idealistic terms in hopes of garnering attention by answering those "big questions" pertaining to life, death,repparttar 122315 after-life, and a god.

--- Faith vs. Knowledge ---

While many religious zealots viewrepparttar 122316 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 isrepparttar 122317 belief and trust that things will be as they will be inrepparttar 122318 future. It isrepparttar 122319 acceptance ofrepparttar 122320 "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 intorepparttar 122321 hands of an unseen being inrepparttar 122322 hope that all will "work out forrepparttar 122323 best."

Knowledge-based spirituality isrepparttar 122324 understanding and kinship of all andrepparttar 122325 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 fromrepparttar 122326 environment andrepparttar 122327 Universe. This type of spirituality invites one to set aside fears and examinerepparttar 122328 information and entities ofrepparttar 122329 surrounding environment. One hasrepparttar 122330 chance to take life into one's own hands and guide it along a path to one's own desires.

--- Hatred and Faith ---

One ofrepparttar 122331 problems of today is that, in our world, wars, hatred, and bias begin inrepparttar 122332 moral grounds established by religion and society. Religion creates a solid separation between different factions of humanity. These factions takerepparttar 122333 core ideals of society and mutate them to suitrepparttar 122334 needs of their particular beliefs. Inrepparttar 122335 end, when societal boundaries are breached, and control languishes overrepparttar 122336 ranks, uprisings and bitter conflicts begin to restore order. The stronger ofrepparttar 122337 factions wins and forces their beliefs onrepparttar 122338 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 acceptrepparttar 122339 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 byrepparttar 122340 infidels ofrepparttar 122341 intruding factions.

However, with knowledge-based factions, fear is minimized andrepparttar 122342 great hereafter is right here and now and continues on forever. Knowledge providesrepparttar 122343 mind with a greater degree of processing information arriving at our many senses in many contexts. It allows us to look beyondrepparttar 122344 basics and outside ofrepparttar 122345 accepted "comfort zones" to comprehendrepparttar 122346 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 knowrepparttar 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 representsrepparttar 122310 highest level of personal relationship between two beings. If there were any other beings worthy ofrepparttar 122311 term “soul mate,” guides certainly would qualify. They know and understand us like no other.

Consideringrepparttar 122312 experiences many of us have in life andrepparttar 122313 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,repparttar 122314 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 withrepparttar 122315 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,repparttar 122316 greater good; and to attest torepparttar 122317 infinite manifestations ofrepparttar 122318 God force,repparttar 122319 source of all things. In this process, our consciousness continues to expand, soaring higher and higher until we’re able to appreciaterepparttar 122320 opportunity andrepparttar 122321 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 atrepparttar 122322 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 knowrepparttar 122323 magnitude ofrepparttar 122324 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.

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