Some Differences between Spirituality/Religion

One of the first questions people ask us when they come on our website: Is your coach training school based on a certain religion?  The answer is no; we are not associated with any one religion but rather we honor and are unconditionally accepting of all paths.  Spirituality, to us, is a way of life, a joyous celebration of everyone’s innate spiritual nature and power.

What do we mean by “spirituality”?

First, we believe everyone has the divine within them and it manifests itself in our uniqueness, our authenticity and our unlimited power to create. But most of us unintentionally turn away from our innate divinity as we grow older and we unconsciously create a Conditioned Self, the limited self- to fit into our environment and adapt to the outside world.

In spiritual development, we believe our job and purpose in life is to call forth that divine within each of us.  Since there is not some outside entity controlling us from a far, we believe we all create our own lives, whether we do it consciously or unconsciously. “Spiritual” means establishing an intimate and loving relationship with yourself.   You know yourself so well that you can unite with this divine within and create, just like the divine.   The only Divine you may ever know is the one inside of yourself.

Secondly, we believe in everyone’s inherent goodness rather than expecting individuals to be sinful in nature.  We don’t have certain rules or dogma in becoming more spiritual; it is always up to each individual to begin to learn to take responsibility for the creation of their own lives.  Becoming spiritual need not mean believing in certain doctrine or creeds, but through doing our own internal work, learning to believe in and develop our best self: giving, kind and compassionate.

Thirdly, instead of worshiping something outside ourselves, we work on knowing ourselves.  We believe that the divine is inside and outside of us showing up in the kindness of a stranger or the beauty of a sunset or the gratitude that wells up inside of us with the healing of a loved one.  All are the divine.

We see spiritual figures like Christ or Buddha or Billy Graham as examples rather than exceptions of what we can also become if we work on ourselves long enough to bring forth the divine within.

We do not judge others who may have their own certain religious beliefs.  We accept all people for what they are:  an indivisible part of the unlimited mind of the Divine.

The following chart below may help you understand what we mean by spiritual in contrast to religious:

 

Spirituality Religion
Belief that the divine is within us all. Belief in a superhuman power, the creator and governor of the universe.
Personal Belief / Value System Dictated Beliefs / Conditioned Minds
People’s inherent goodness People’s inherent sinfulness
Spiritual development Worship
Authentic Self Conditioned Self
Joyous living Narrow creeds
Science / Spiritual Laws Based Faith Based
Present Oriented:  Heaven is a state of mind Future Oriented:  Heaven is a place you go when you die
Human relationships Brick / mortar temple

8 Comments

  1. Ron Culver on April 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Well said/written.

  2. Nikeisha on April 13, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Thank you for posting this. It’s interesting to see how others who have come to their own understanding of the realization that spirituality and god is a constant journey of personal development that we do within ourselves that naturally shows us that the power starts from doing the work within instead of the idea that god is outside of us and in that understanding we feel dependent on a power outside of us giving us the illusion that we’re powerless and that there’s a power greater than us – to view spirituality in the same light as you do, without ever having been apart of your institute makes me realize that when we go within to find our true nature it unites us rather than divides us between denominations . its hard to not offend anyone but if we feel offended then we already know that’s due to conditioning and not to our true nature. Also appreciate how accepting this view is.

  3. Allen Maples on April 13, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I love what she has to say. I’m a spiritual coach myself and am very interested in her discussion. Is it possible to get a copy?

  4. Izzat Suleman on April 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I agree to all the above mentioned–except–I strongly believe with conviction that you need to be faith based in order to develop your spiritual state.

  5. Karen on April 14, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Love this perspective and I agree except for one area.

    My Only concern is that when you list condition self /next to and in reference to Religion, you are saying that religion is not acceptable! This limits the whole divine process because people should have the spiritual freedom to be spiritual how ever they choose to make it work for them.

    To have a truly limitless divine system people can choose for themselves. The way it is positioned here does limit their choices and turns people away from becoming more spiritual.

  6. Ed Powers on April 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Excellent summary of the differences between Spirituality and Religion! Next you may suggest ways to bring more Spirituality into our lives.

  7. Gerry Himes on June 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I was able to overcome the affects bipolar and anxiety disorders had on my life when I realized and began to believe they were not who I was. when I asked the question, “Who Am I?”I began to own my mental dysfunction and take charge of a journey to wholeness!

    • Dr. Jayne Gardner on August 4, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Gerry,
      My great respect to you on your ability to overcome these disorders. In all of my 35 years of working with people who have been diagnosed with these labels, i find very few who can do this kind of transformation so i greatly admire you for trying…..sending you love and light and appreciate for the note…
      yes owning it is the key….
      Dr. Jayne

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