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Religion is a tool designed to create a personal relationship with God. Spirituality, on the other hand, is the personal relationship to God.
Religion is a huge concept, which is often studied through theology or in academic institutions. Some people devote their life to these non-secular pursuits.
At SarahMonial Metaphysical Ministries, my focus is on the intersection of spirituality and emotions. With a background in Metaphysical Sciences and mental health, my goal is to understand the impact of spirituality on individuals' emotions and thoughts in a mindful manner.
The approach of spiritual individualization examines common themes found in most religions and secular institutions, with a focus on understanding the benefits and limitations of both secular and non-secular institutions from a compassionate perspective. I strive to understand the factual benefits and examine flawed systems within religious institutions from a cognizable perspective.
The ways in which people worship and understand the divine are vast and complex, and there are numerous beliefs and practices that have developed over time to reflect this diversity.
Understanding these different approaches to spirituality can shed light on the beliefs and practices of different cultures and communities. As the old saying goes, "there are as many paths to God as there are people on earth." These paths generally include, but are not limited to:
- Agnosticism: the belief that the existence of God or gods is unknown or unknowable.
- Animism: the belief that everything in nature, such as animals, plants, and rocks, has a spirit or soul.
- Atheism: the belief that there is no God or gods.
- Deism: the belief that God created the universe but does not intervene in its affairs.
- Henotheism: the belief in multiple gods, but elevates one god above all others as the most powerful or important deity.
- Monotheism: the belief in one God.
- Panentheism: the belief that God is present in all things and is greater than the universe.
- Pantheism: the belief that God is an omnipresent energy and is not anthropomorphic. We find these beliefs in Buddhism (among other religions) and are generally more found in Eastern cultures.
- Polytheism: the belief in multiple gods.
That being said, not every religion is one or the other. We can find polytheistic beliefs that also tie into pantheism. In shamanism, there are deities who represent a facet of God, but do not completely represent God.
Our journey of discovery invites you to explore spirituality and its potential to enhance the quality of life in today's society.