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1 Cor. 7:17


Only, let every one lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.

 

 

 

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In the study of things pertaining to religion we should keep in mind the three activities of consciousness: spiritual,

psychical, and physical. The spiritual is the realm of absolute principles; the psychical is the realm of thought images; the physical is the realm of manifestation. The well-balanced, thoroughly developed man, of which Jesus is the type, comprehends and consciously adjusts his spirit, soul, and body as a whole, and thereby fulfills the law of his being. Those who are on the way to this attainment have various experiences, which are symbolically set forth in the Scriptures.

 

Charles Fillmore

The Revealing Word 

 

 

 

Meta-Musing ~ Spiritual Not Religious?
Blessings, this Glorious Day!

Living ChristIt is very common today to hear folks saying, "I'm spiritual, not religious." Usually this is in response to a question regarding if, why, or where they attend church.

So...are you spiritual or religious? Does it matter? Why?

In reality we are both. Let's begin with the dictionary definition:

Religion - a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

 Spirituality - the state or quality of being dedicated to God, religion or spiritual things or values, especially as contrasted with material or temporal ones.

The way I see it, one's spirituality is their beliefs and moral code is the "what," and their religion is the "how;"  the manner in which they express it. Religion without Spirituality would be like an empty house. Spirituality without religion is like a tumbleweed, blown around by the wind with no direction of its' own.

It is likely that many of the folks who say they are "spiritual not religious" were, as children, required to attend or participate in a religion that was not in alignment with the beliefs at the core of their being; their inner 'knowing.'

Likewise, many people simply attend the church their parents attended, adhering to the rules and following the rituals with no thought that their Spirit is not being fed.

Then there are those who have found the perfect fit of a religion that aligns with their personal belief system, or credo. It may be an a church, temple or mosque. The mode is not as important as the match.

As for me; I actually sometimes feel weak in the knees when I recall the feeling I had when I found my religious/spiritual match in Unity.

Why does it matter? When we find our own religious/spiritual match our relationship with God is strengthened and enhanced. We develop a spiritual support system with like-minded others. Our Spirit is fed by the opportunity to expand, express and practice our faith, and to share it with others.

The core mission of religion is to know, love and serve God; to worship, or give worth to (worth-ship) something greater than ourselves. Spirituality likewise strives to relate to and know that "something greater" we call God.

This week I invite you to ponder the "spiritual not religious" concept. Consider the possibility that they are not at all mutually exclusive, rather they are mutually supportive.

In the Spirit of Oneness, RevAli





 

                                      Unity World Day of Prayer

 

WDOP Table with Candles

 

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 7:00-8:00 pm

78 North Moodus Road, Moodus CT 

 

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Phone: 860-537-3727 

 

 

 

Join us for a time of prayer, meditation and song as we celebrate the One Presence and One Power in the Universe and in our lives God, the good!

 

This year our theme is "Together We Shine!"

 

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Rev Alicia Leslie

 

12 Balaban Rd. #716

Colchester, CT 06415

 

 

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