#1
What is it? I don't mean like 'evening gentleman, I think we should get together and wax philosophical over the definition of a term of significance to bring forth clarity to our lives', I mean, what is it? You hear 'I'm not religious; I'm spiritual', but what the deuce is spirituality? I have no idea what it is, what it consists of or anything, despite what a common word it is in our language.
#2
When I say it I mean I'm not a part of any religion but I still believe in some sort of divine power or god-like being. But maybe that's just my definition.
#3
"Hi, I am an intellectual type, And I am also full of myself. Therefore I tell you that I am spiritual. Also note how I used correct capitaliaztion on all the I's in these sentences. I am just so full of myself that I would let you know."

Basically what it means.
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#4
It means that while you do not believe in any sort of religion, you belive that there are powers and systems that you cannot comprehend, and that our world is made of more than is visible to our very limited eye.
#5
I suppose religion implies an organised belief system, at least in my mind, whereas spirituality implies a belief in the supernatural without following a specific belief system.
I think that's what I mean, sorry if it's not very clear

EDIT: On second thoughts... I agree with Gakbez
#6
I think people believe it to be the idea that the physical universe is separate from the realm of thought, morality, souls, etc.
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#8
Its when you're "in touch with Spirits of family and stuff" There use to be some girl on some show who made it popular, then was called out cause it was fake.

But I guess if it works for the people.
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It means that while you do not believe in any sort of religion, you belive that there are powers and systems that you cannot comprehend, and that our world is made of more than is visible to our very limited eye.

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#11
spirituality is just having a sense of some deeper and profound meaning that is beyond your physical self. not necessarily having to do with god or religion.

it is NOT an implication that you believe or trust in some higher power as some have stated although you may do so as a personal spirituality.
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"I'm not religious, but I am spiritual."

"Well I'm not honest, but you're interesting."

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What is it? I don't mean like 'evening gentleman, I think we should get together and wax philosophical over the definition of a term of significance to bring forth clarity to our lives', I mean, what is it? You hear 'I'm not religious; I'm spiritual', but what the deuce is spirituality? I have no idea what it is, what it consists of or anything, despite what a common word it is in our language.

I think it usually means absolutely nothing. I think most of the time it is the result of, "I believe in something higher than us, but because I think it is embarrassing to claim to believe in God, I will call it spirituality."

Some people do have a spirituality belief, which I think would just be that there is a non-material plane and those objects/forces in it (souls, ghosts, whatever) are the spiritual realm.
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Is it all wishy washy then or is there any attempt of substance to it?

All wishy-washy. Most people (at least on my end) say it to either sound smart or like an atheist without the pre-reqs for either.
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Is it all wishy washy then or is there any attempt of substance to it?

Well, I think the key thing about being spiritual is that you concede that you have no idea about WHAT exactly your purpose is, or who your creator is, so instead of believing in a set religion, you just kind of accept the fact that you cannot ever be able to find out or comprehend things like that, but at the same time still believe that there is more to this universe than what we can see.
#19
Vodka's quite a good example of spirituality.


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#20
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Cheers guys.

Is it all wishy washy then or is there any attempt of substance to it?


I always saw it as something very subjective and personal, which isn't necessarily about empirical substance, rather a more emotional belief which some hold. Maybe they believe in some sort of destiny, some forces, a spirit or a soul.
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All wishy-washy. Most people (at least on my end) say it to either sound smart or like an atheist without the pre-reqs for either.


i disagree. anyone can have some sense beyond themselves to find a peace of mind or clarity. for example, IMO true love is beyond the physical and people find a deeper meaning through which they find peace with another being whether they realize it or not. spirituality can simply be a state of mind. not everything is physical. some say you can put a science to the feeling of love, but we all know its a little more complicated than that.
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I think people believe it to be the idea that the physical universe is separate from the realm of thought, morality, souls, etc.
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#24
Spirituality is basically when people can't make up their minds about a particular religion but must let everyone know they're being silly anyways.
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#26
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i disagree. anyone can have some sense beyond themselves to find a peace of mind or clarity. for example, IMO true love is beyond the physical and people find a deeper meaning through which they find peace with another being whether they realize it or not. spirituality can simply be a state of mind. not everything is physical. some say you can put a science to the feeling of love, but we all know its a little more complicated than that.

Yeah I realize that, but typically people who know enough about that to articulate it like that typically don't describe themselves as "not being religious, but being spiritual."

I've never encountered someone who described themselves like that who can actually explain what they're saying.
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Yeah I realize that, but typically people who know enough about that to articulate it like that typically don't describe themselves as "not being religious, but being spiritual."

I've never encountered someone who described themselves like that who can actually explain what they're saying.


it really depends on the people you associate yourself with. true spiritual people that ive met are often extremely wise and somehow i could feel their spirtuality or peace of mind just through the words they say or how they present themselves.

anyways, spirituality is a lifestyle or mindset that most dont understand or are unaware of. but really it is something you have to find for yourself, although some may help you understand the path to getting there. its not a mindless following toward a "greater end", but rather a self-exploration and realization as well the connections you make with the universe and all that is part of it. again there is no implication that a higher power is involved. that is a personal choice and viewpoint.

its sad and unfortunate that anyone can claim that spirituality is absurd because its obvious that anyone who says this knows nothing about what spirituality truly is.
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I can imagine that phrase being said in an amazed voice by someone who's really, really stoned. As they examine the patterns on their rug.
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#29
in my personal opinion, it's people who can't let go of the concept of the divine/afterlife. people say it who are afraid to make the leap to atheism. just my $.02.
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in my personal opinion, it's people who can't let go of the concept of the divine/afterlife. people say it who are afraid to make the leap to atheism. just my $.02.


false. spirituality may or may not have anything to do with the divine or afterlife. imo religion and atheism are complete bullshit that focus on the negative of their opposition. religious folk claim there to be a greater end to the means that is believing, while atheists find that the belief is completely false and rather silly. both show hostility toward eachother (not always). however, there is no proof of a higher being or anyway to prove an existence or not.

to my understanding, spirituality, on the subject of god, can involve the idea that "perhaps there is a divine power or perhaps there isnt one". while one who is spiritual might make the choice that there is or isnt a higher power, they understand and tolerate the opposing viewpoint and doesnt throw out the possibility that the oppostion is right.

other spiritual people might say that the question of an existence is absurd. rather they acknowledge that there is a means to an end or possibly a means with no end. means being life and end being death or there after. "being" is all that matters and being cynical about life or about others (as many religious and atheists) is a terrible way to live.