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What It Means To Be Spiritual But Not Religious.

What It Means To Be Spiritual But Not Religious.

Authored by Caroline Kitchener.

Posted May 16, 2020 by cindye.

 
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growing contingent of Americans—particularly young Americans—identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Masthead member Joy wanted to understand why. On our call with Emma Green, The Atlantic’s religion writer, Joy asked, “What are they looking for?” Because the term “spiritual” can be interpreted in so many different ways, it’s a tough question to answer. I talked to people who have spent a lot of time mulling it over, and came away with some important context for the major shift happening in American faith.

Americans Who Want Faith, Not a Church

Kern Beare, a Masthead member from Mountain View, California, believes in God and studies the teachings of Jesus. But does he identify with a particular religion? “Never,” he told me. The structure and rigidity of a church, Beare believes, is antithetical to everything Jesus represents. Instead of attending services, he meditates every morning.
Americans are leaving organized religion in droves: they disagree with their churches on political issues; they feel restricted by dogma; they’re deserting formal organizations of all kinds. Instead of atheism, however, they’re moving toward an identity captured by the term “spirituality.” Approximately sixty-four million Americans—one in five—identify as “spiritual but not religious,” or SBNR. They, like Beare, reject organized religion but maintain a belief in something larger than themselves. That “something” can range from Jesus to art, music, and poetry. There is often yoga involved.
“The word ‘church’ means you need to put on uncomfortable shoes, sit up straight, and listen to boring, old-fashioned hymns,” said Matthew Hedstrom, a professor of religion at the University of Virginia. “Spirituality is seen as a larger, freer arena to explore big questions.”
Because over 92 percent of religiously-affiliated Americans currently identify as Christian, most “spiritual-but-not-religious” people come from that tradition. The term SBNR took off in the early 2000s, when online dating first became popular. “You had to identify by religion, you had to check a box,” Hedstrom told me. “‘Spiritual-but-not-religious’ became a nice category that said, ‘I’m not some kind of cold-hearted atheist, but I’m not some kind of moralizing, prudish person, either. I’m nice, friendly, and spiritual—but not religious.’”
Religion—often entirely determined by your parents—can be central to how others see you, and how you see yourself. Imagine, Hedstrom proffered, if from the time you were born, your parents told you that you were an Italian-Catholic, living in the Italian-Catholic neighborhood in Philadelphia. “You wouldn’t wake up every morning wondering, who am I, and what should I believe?” That would have already been decided. Young people today, Emma said on our call, “are selecting the kinds of communities that fit their values,” rather than adhering to their parent’s choices.


“Spiritual is also a term that people like to use,” said Kenneth Pargament, a professor who studies the psychology of religion at Bowling Green State University. “It has all of these positive connotations of having a life with meaning, a life with some sacredness to it—you have some depth to who you are as a human being.” As a spiritual person, you’re not blindly accepting a faith passed down from your parents, but you’re also not completely rejecting the possibility of a higher power. Because the term “spiritual,” encompasses so much, it can sometimes be adopted by people most would consider atheists. While the stigma around atheism is generally less intense than it used to be, in certain communities, Hedstrom told me, “to say you’re an atheist is still to say you hate puppies.” It’s a taboo that can understandably put atheists, many of whom see their views as warm and open-minded, on the defensive. “Spiritual” doesn’t come with that kind of baggage.
For people who have struggled with faith, embracing the word “spiritual” might also leave a crucial door open. Masthead member Hugh calls himself “spiritual,” but sees the designation as more of a hope or a wish than a true faith. “I hope there is more to this wonderful world than random chemistry… Nonetheless, I do see all of that as an illusion…That does not stop me from seeking something as close to what I wish for as I am able to find.” In his class, “Spirituality in America,” Hedstrom tells his students that the “spiritual-but-not-religious” designation is about “seeking,” rather than “dwelling:” searching for something you believe in, rather than accepting something that, while comfortable and familiar, doesn’t feel quite right. In the process of traveling around, reading books, and experimenting with new rituals, he says, “you can find your identity out there.”

 



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Sexta-feira, 7 de Fevereiro de 2020

What Is a Spiritual Atheist and What It Means to Be One

What Is a Spiritual Atheist and What It Means to Be One

Becky Storey.

https://www.learning-mind.com/

February 6, 2020

 

 
 
Spirituality can be a very vague term and has many unique definitions depending on who you ask. It is often assumed to be connected to religions, but some might disagree. Spiritual atheists aren’t religious at all but instead, believe in “spirit” by another definition.
 
To put it simply, a spiritual person is someone who is not concerned with material matters. They are concerned about the universe itself and use this feeling to navigate their days. This can be called an “energy”. We all have our own energy, as does the universe. Energy can be a feeling, an emotion, or just a “vibe”.
 
What Is a Spiritual Atheist?
 
A spiritual atheist is someone who, unlike a religious person, does not believe in any “God”. Instead, they believe in a higher consciousness that cannot be represented as a physical being. They believe the universe governs itself through actions and intentions.
 
This spirit flows amongst us all and connects everyone and everything on every scale, from minor coincidences to major global changes. Spiritual atheists believe each person has a soul that should be tended to, and a hard to define spirit which flows amongst us, similar to the energy, but more personal and unique to the individual.
 
Spiritual atheists believe in ideas like Karma, which govern us through consequences equal to our actions. If you put good into the universe, you will have a good life in return. This contrasts with the religious idea that God decides our fate.
 
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson considers himself a spiritual atheist and in one famous quote, explains why the universe connects us all and why our lives are more meaningful than they might seem at times.
 
He says: “We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. And to the rest of the universe, atomically.”
 
In our modern times, religion is becoming less popular, especially among young people. The advances in science can make religion seem unappealing, and yet still, we crave meaning. Spiritual atheists find meaning in their lives through devotion to the universe, others and themselves. Their purpose is to improve, nurture and learn in order to reach their true path.
 
The Butterfly Effect
 
Spiritual Atheism can be linked to the Butterfly Effect – both a spiritual and physics-based theory. Spirituality and science are becoming more linked, and this is no exception.
 
The butterfly effect tells us that the tiniest of actions, such as a butterfly flapping its wings, can have massive impacts. It may be far in the future or far away, but every action has a reaction.
 
In spiritual terms, this means a spiritual atheist is more compassionate and considerate of the world around them as well as themselves. They are aware of their actions and behave intentionally to influence the world in their chosen way.
 
How Does a Spiritual Atheist Think?
 
Spiritual atheists are more aware of their thoughts and mental state than others. They may practice meditation to help them understand themselves and discover their true purpose.
 
They are deep thinkers and often philosophers. It means that they seek to answer the most important questions in life without relying on the idea of a physical God. Instead, they take responsibility for their own lives.
 
Spiritual atheists govern their own lives using their own rules, which typically develop around their core values and priorities. These tend to include matters such as kindness and compassion for other beings.
 
These values dictate their behavior in order to create positive karma for themselves and add positivity to the world around them. This differs greatly from religion, where the rules they must live by are dictated in scripture.
 
The beliefs of spiritual atheists are similar to those of the Buddhists. Buddhism is a path to enlightenment and living life well. It is often misunderstood as worshiping Buddha, but true believers will note that the intention is to follow in his path, not pray and devote themselves to him.
 
Why Spiritual Atheism Makes Sense
 
Ultimately, being a spiritual atheist is a way to add meaning and value to your life without relying on the structure of religion and debating the rules it sets. For matters such as the clothes we wear and even the food we eat, religion can feel outdated. Spirituality allows us to stay connected to the universe and each other without the obstacle’s religion brings.
 
The issue of an all-powerful and almost supernatural “god” choosing who lives or dies or suffers and succeeds is widely debated. With spirituality, we understand that we are in charge of what happens to us.
 
Through matters like Karma, the butterfly effect and responsibility, we dictate what happens to us. It also brings comfort to the suffering we don’t feel we deserve, by explaining that the universe cannot always be predicted.
 
We put faith in the idea that everything happens for a reason, even if we can’t see it yet. Each moment of our lives is connected, and one tragedy could change our lives for the better eventually.
 
Why It Encourages Self-Improvement
 
Spiritual atheism encourages self-betterment, while some complain that religion does not. Instead of reliance on an external God to “guide us”, we take responsibility for our own actions and the consequences involved. This encourages compassion for our fellow beings, the desire to work on ourselves and more self-awareness.
 
Spiritual atheism can seem to be a complicated concept and may differ in the mind of each person, but it is simple at heart. It is the belief that the universe is connected and that our actions, thoughts, and intentions have an impact on ourselves, others and the world around us.
 
Spiritual atheists believe in being positive influences on all scales to better themselves and the way they live. They work towards enlightenment, which will allow them to discover their true purpose on this Earth.
 
Between this and their values and morals, a spiritual atheist will devote their lives to achieving these goals and living as fully and as well as possible.
 
References:
  1. http://theconversation.com
  2. https://www.goodreads.com
 

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About the Author: Becky Storey


 
Becky Storey is a professional writer who has been passionate about the way we think and the human mind since she developed chronic anxiety many years ago. Now she loves to write and educate people on mental health and wellbeing. When Becky is not writing, you’ll find her outside with her Labrador, sitting behind a jigsaw puzzle, or baking something with too much sugar.
 
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Mind control (silent weapons)

Mind control 

(silent weapons).

By Teri Wade.

Posted February 3rd, 2020.


 
 
 
 
 
If everyone had a better comprehension of how mind control is used everyday in the mainstream media we would know its ultimate goal is to promote divide and conquer belief systems. What we are seeing now with this human Awakening is that the surface population is now starting to refuse to participate in this divide and conquer game.
 
We live in a world where links to higher information have been turned off by the controllers serving the negative alien agenda programs and are poisoning the human body and Earth's body. As Humanity wakes up to this knowledge about the natural function of the human body we can then reverse-engineer this process.
 
Many people are starting to realize that some major factors in mankind's mind control are our diminishing access to sunlight through mass weather modification. There is a powerful agenda of social engineering to gain control over your thoughts and gain access to the human mind in order to prevent free and open thinking. GMOs are also used to gain control over mankind thru altering the functions of the human body's DNA. The altering/modification of our DNA is very dangerous to the human race as its ultimate purpose is to serve this anti-human agenda.
 
Social engineering goes hand-in-hand with genetic engineering. These mind control techniques are processes that control the cultural mindset and belief systems of mankind. It's all to exert total control over their biology as well as their thought, behaviors and actions. Once these belief systems are held firmly in place as ideology/dogma it is then enforced by the power and authority structure and is easier to control that particular species. It's like it compartmentalizes the consciousness meaning it puts you in a mental box or cage so to speak. What it's really doing is boxing your consciousness into a very limited frequency band of mental, emotional and spiritual exploration. It puts an end to our creativity and imagination. Every organized religion is guilty of this.
 
This rigid frequency fence/band creates spiritual fragmentation and it allows deviant psychological and behavioral dysfunction to enter. An example of mind control by this negative alien agenda is the time of the 1960s. During this time the Pleiadians and others pushed a higher frequency onto Earth this is where all the flower children and rock bands singing of space and starships came about. This negative alien agenda became aware of this and squashed this attempt at a human Awakening with the Vietnam war and here we are today.
 
A major goal of this negative alien agenda is to engineer programs to condition Humanity into learned helplessness. Basically, this program is to promote victimization. When you're a victim you are helpless therefore easier to control. It's really quite sad what has happened to us meaning this learned helplessness/victimization program puts thoughts in the minds of either a human or animal that there is no escape. This mental program is carried out against the human population without their awareness or consent.
 
Silent weapons like this are applied gradually to the public so they will adjust and adapt to its presence and learn to tolerate the encroachment on their lives oblivious to it. Basically, these silent weapons are types of psychological warfare and eventually it will crack. I believe that's what we're seeing currently happening on our planet. Mankind is going through a mass Awakening and the silent weapons that are being used and enforced on the surface population through AI controlled holograms are being exposed. The exposing of this very dark anti-human agenda is very ugly but if it doesn't surface and rear its ugly head it will continue.
 
 
Controle da mente (armas silenciosas)
 
Se todos tivessem uma melhor compreensão de como o controle da mente é usado todos os dias nos meios de comunicação, nós sabemos que o seu objetivo final é promover a dividir e conquistar sistemas de crença. O que estamos vendo agora com esse despertar humano é que a população de superfície está agora começando a se recusar a participar desse jogo de dividir e conquistar.
 
Nós vivemos em um mundo onde os links para informações mais altas foram desligado pelos controladores que servem os programas de agenda alienígena negativa e estão envenenamento o corpo humano e o corpo da Terra. À medida que a humanidade acorda para este conhecimento sobre a função natural do corpo humano, podemos depois reverter este processo.
 
Muitas pessoas estão começando a perceber que alguns dos principais fatores no controle da mente da humanidade são o nosso acesso cada vez mais à luz do sol através da alteração do tempo em massa. Há uma poderosa agenda de engenharia social para ganhar o controle sobre os seus pensamentos e ter acesso à mente humana, a fim de prevenir o pensamento livre e aberto. Os OGM são também usados para ganhar o controlo sobre a humanidade, através da alteração das funções do ADN do corpo humano. A alteração / alteração do nosso ADN é muito perigosa para a raça humana, já que o seu objetivo final é servir esta agenda anti-humana.
 
A engenharia social anda de mãos dadas com a engenharia genética. Estas técnicas de controlo da mente são processos que controlam a mentalidade cultural e os sistemas de crença da humanidade. É tudo para exercer o controle total sobre a sua biologia, bem como o seu pensamento, comportamentos e ações. Uma vez que estes sistemas de crença são mantidas firmemente em vigor como ideologia / dogma, é então aplicado pela estrutura de poder e autoridade e é mais fácil controlar essa espécie em particular. É como se isso compartimentaliza a consciência, o que significa que te coloca numa caixa mental ou gaiola por assim dizer. O que está realmente a fazer é boxe a sua consciência em uma banda de frequência muito limitada de exploração mental, emocional e espiritual. Isso põe um fim à nossa criatividade e imaginação. Toda religião organizada é culpado disso.
 
Esta cerca / banda de frequência rígida cria fragmentação espiritual e permite a entrada de disfunção psicológica e comportamento. Um exemplo de controlo da mente por esta agenda alienígena negativa é o tempo da década de 1960 Durante este tempo, os Pleiadians e outros empurrou uma maior frequência para a Terra, foi aqui que todas as crianças de flores e bandas de rock cantando do espaço e das naves espaciais. Esta agenda alienígena negativa tomou consciência disso e esmagado esta tentativa de um despertar humano com a guerra do Vietnã e aqui estamos nós hoje.
 
Um grande objetivo desta agenda alienígena negativa é engenheiro de programas para estado a humanidade em impotência. Basicamente, este programa é para promover a vitimização. Quando você é uma vítima você está indefesos, portanto mais fácil de controlar. É realmente muito triste o que nos aconteceu, o que significa que este programa de impotência / vitimização, coloca pensamentos na mente de um ser humano ou animal que não há como escapar. Este programa mental é realizado contra a população humana sem a sua consciência ou consentimento.
 
Armas silenciosas como esta são aplicadas aos poucos ao público, por isso eles vão se ajustar e adaptar-se à sua presença e aprender a tolerar a invasão de suas vidas não a dele. Basicamente, estas armas silenciosas são tipos de guerra psicológica e, eventualmente, vai quebrar. Acredito que é o que estamos a ver neste momento a acontecer no nosso planeta. A humanidade está a passar por um despertar em massa e as armas silenciosas que estão a ser usadas e aplicadas na população de superfície através de hologramas controlados por IA estão a ser expostas. A exposição desta agenda anti-humana muito escura é muito feia mas se não superfície e traseira a sua cabeça feia vai continuar.
 
 
Teri Wade.
 



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Individually you can be helped to find your Truth that is different of everyone. 


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