Religion and spirituality

Religion is a difficult subject to discuss, primarily because everyone has a different perspective on the subject. I understand that religion is a huge component in many lives; whereas, some are spiritual. Others have no religion whatsoever. The truth is; our beliefs are the key to unleashing happiness in our lives. Religion and spirituality can help you form positive beliefs so you can reach true happiness.

For years I dismissed religious thoughts and conversations from my conscious altogether. I wanted nothing to do with it. Every time I would listen in on a religious conversation between others I turned a blind eye because it always seemed to end with someone getting upset, even to the point of losing friendships. As I grew older, I saw war on the television, and I heard of a lot of religious racism on radio programs. It all seemed to blossom from religion and their differentiating beliefs. I never understood how one belief could cause so many ruckuses over an entire Nation. I’m not saying that religion is bad. I’m simply saying that there has been a lot of turmoil in the past, and a lot of it has stemmed from religion. There are however many great principles that religious studies share. These components can help you achieve happiness, success and many other great opportunities if you use them properly.

As I look back at my life and the experiences within it, I realize that a huge portion of it was lived without a conscious spiritual plan or specific beliefs. As I roam the experiences of my past, the question that serves my mind is this; is religion and spirituality really that important in one’s life? I pondered my thoughts for a moment. Here is my response:

I believe religion and spirituality can be very important to a person’s lifestyle, especially if they take it seriously (but not too seriously). It isn’t for everyone; however, for those that find it, if used properly, they can excel in life further than those that don’t. Spirituality can bring empowerment to those that listen to its life messages. Even though there’s hundreds of different religions out there there’s definitely one that will fit your lifestyle. It can help you find meaning in your life and strengthen your belief system. Remember, your beliefs shape your values. Your values keep you in line with  making positive lifestyle choices.

For many years I didn’t follow any specific religion. I still don’t. I’m strictly spiritual … for now; until I find something that empowers me more than today. Heck, I might even wake up one Saturday morning and change my beliefs altogether after opening the door to a door to door salesman who sold me his religion. My beliefs come from inspiration all over the place, and from every walk of life. I learn little life messages from almost everyone that I meet. In fact, I make a point to absorb as much information from each person that empowers me. In your own trek to finding meaning in your life I suggest researching a variety of religious and spiritual outlets. Each one has different views upon society. For some, spirituality is essential to creating optimal happiness.

You make the choice … It’s your life!

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  • Jessica

    True religion should lead you to you to know the living God, which is what Jesus taught. God and Jesus are one and so the Holy Spirit and that oneness is given freely to us through salvation. Our spiritual man is unity with God and we have the Holy Spirit as our teacher to help us replace our ilusionary ego, selfcentered world, with the eternal freedom and love of God.

  • Kisna

    I read your book The First Chapter and learned many things from it that lead me to better quality of life. In my opinion, humanity is the best religion if anyone wants to believe in it. Religion should not make people apart each other, it should make people together. Religion should teach people about values in their life because our beliefs and values built us and society.

  • Kirsten

    Every religion came by spirituality, by the journey through which one person became God. The details of the story are not important they just help the character discover the truth. The message that shares the truth is what is important, The Divine Code of The Human Heart that resonates harmoniously through each of us. That is why every religion has something true in it, the truth.

  • Yohan

    Religion tells you to follow an ideology and obey certain rules or you’ll be punished otherwise. Spirituality lets you Follow Your Heart and What You Feel It’s Right. It sets you free to be what you truly are without bowing to anything that doesn’t resonate as right with you nor to anyone because we are all one. It is all up to you to choose what you’ll honor enough to make it divine.

  • Linda

    I have no problem with my religion as the starting point of my spirituality. If you only do what feels right to you – Lord help us all, there’s a lot of people out there that feel that punishment, revenge, murder, sexual deviants are all “right” for them. I don’t think so.

  • Kevin

    The biggest issue with religion is, “My religion is better than yours.” This was the spark of every war fought due to religion. Every religion mainly teaches only good things but have many flaws as well. The worst being, strict rules and regulations. I, too, like you don’t follow any particular religion and I’m pretty determined to maintain this status quo for the rest of my life. Spirituality is a different thing altogether and is what which drives me. A very nice read!

  • Sydney

    Religion can be a great thing that empowers people to unleash their potential and do amazing things for their fellow humans. Fanaticism is the very dangerous part of religion. It’s when people use their beliefs and their religion as a reason to hurt others. They find all sorts of excuses to be evil, to fight wars, to hurt or even kill others that don’t share their beliefs. So religion, at its core is wonderful but some of us had to pervert it and transform it into something appalling.

  • Madison

    I have always wanted to identify with one religions specifically, but truthfully that just isn’t for me. I do agree with Hinduism more than anything, but I also love Buddhism and even Judaism. For me personally, I don’t think that there is any one true religion out there for anyone, but you either go along with what relates to you the most or don’t identify with a religion at all. I like to expand my horizons and learn about all religions, so instead of saying that I am this or that, I just do my thing and believe what I believe. Nice post!

  • willie

    Thank you so much for writing this!! you are amazing!

  • Alex

    Be it Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or any other religion in the world, the biggest problem with religion in general is limitations and strict rules. A human and a human mind is a free bird and shouldn’t be limited and dictated by what someone else might have thought about life centuries ago. It in fact should be the other way round. A human mind should be allowed to cross the boundaries of thoughts and imaginations without any fear. And that’s the reason why Spirituality is the way to go. You’re free to make your own world, your own set of rules by following the path of Spirituality.

  • Jason T

    Religion is always hard to discuss without emotions getting involved. I appreciate that you understand beliefs as important and at least keep an open mind. Kudos, Kerry!

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