How do we separate dogma from the beautiful aspects of religion and your spiritual life?
Spirituality is a category full of brules, dating back thousands of years. Among some of them are crimes against apostasy, treating gay people like outcasts, and violation of women’s rights.
But more and more people are rejecting those brules, and moving towards non-religious spirituality.
In fact, fewer Americans consider themselves religious but every day more Americans call themselves spiritual.
Spirituality is currently the 4th largest life adherence in the world after the Christian, Islam, and Hindu faiths. The great author and Humanist Harvard Chaplain, Greg Epstein, approximates that there are about a billion people who are “spiritual but not religious.”
So how do you separate dogma from the beautiful aspects of religion?
This video will help you whether you’re highly religious, spiritual but not religious, or atheistic / agnostic
In order have a spiritual life that helps you navigate your world, you need to create goals that speak to your soul.
Otherwise, you just embed yourself more deeply into the religious Brules that are restricting you.
You can tell that certain aspects of religion are dogma if:
- It calls for intolerance, hatred, or judgment of others
- It says you have sole access to God’s wisdom
- It restricts you from experiencing life
On the other hand, it’s a spiritual belief if it teaches:
- We are all connected
- Earth is a living organism that we should protect
- Do no harm to others
- We need to respect and take care of one another
At the end of the day, you need to be the one to discover your own spirituality. You get to design the spiritual life that you want to lead. I gave the advice in my book, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, that “your spirituality should be discovered not inherited.”
The point is, no one has a monopoly on spirituality.
You make sure that you’re not restricting yourself on the basis of other people’s beliefs.
And, since spirituality (like every other aspect of the human race) is constantly evolving, you learn from both the old and the new.
Spirituality might be hard to define but you can fine-tune your spiritual practices. In the video above, I ask you some powerful questions that can help you discover what spirituality means to you.
Watch this video to learn how to design a plan for spiritual growth. There are many brules around spirituality, but when you discard them, you can design a spirituality that helps you lead a better and freer life.
Traditional goal-setting is dangerous. Extraordinary By Design unveils a fundamentally new way to think about your life and your goals, including your spiritual growth.
When you look at your goals as tools to get the experiences that make you happy, grow rapidly, and contribute to the world — you can then break your life down into 12 distinct areas.
These 12 areas are so interconnected that when one is lacking, it will pull down the others. But when you elevate one, it with elevate your entire life.
This is how you become Extraordinary By Design.
What tips can you suggest to design an amazing spiritual life? Share your thoughts in the comments below.