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Poll: Do you consider yourself to be spiritual?
No. I'm an atheist and I am not spiritual.
Yes. I am an atheist and I am spiritual.
No. I am a theist/deist and I am not spiritual.
Yes. I am a theist/deist and I am spiritual.
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The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
#31
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
If drugs are a religion then crown me the Pope. Cool
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#32
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
(18th November 2016, 16:00)Aegon Wrote:
(18th November 2016, 15:10)Primordial Bisque Wrote: Spirituality is attained when you successfully trick yourself into believing there's something outside of reality. It's hard enough for me to even read about without felling like a whack-nut; so I just stay away. Far, far away.

Are you believing something outside of reality, or are you just thinking about reality in a different way? That's what I think Taoism does.

Believing that there is something outside of, or greater than, reality which you can attune to. That's always how I viewed spirituality. Thinking of reality in a different way sounds closer to perspective, rather than spirituality.

Maybe I'm conflating spirituality with the supernatural?
“Life is like a grapefruit. Well, it's sort of orangey-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It's got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have half a one for breakfast.”  - Ford Prefect
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#33
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
(18th November 2016, 15:10)Primordial Bisque Wrote: Spirituality is attained when you successfully trick yourself into believing there's something outside of reality. It's hard enough for me to even read about without felling like a whack-nut; so I just stay away. Far, far away.

I have to agree.  I'm too logically-minded to even begin to be spiritual.  I just have no use for it in my life.
Christian apologetics is the art of rolling a dog turd in sugar and selling it as a donut.
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#34
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
(18th November 2016, 16:11)Primordial Bisque Wrote:
(18th November 2016, 16:00)Aegon Wrote: Are you believing something outside of reality, or are you just thinking about reality in a different way? That's what I think Taoism does.

Believing that there is something outside of, or greater than, reality which you can attune to. That's always how I viewed spirituality. Thinking of reality in a different way sounds closer to perspective, rather than spirituality.

Maybe I'm conflating spirituality with the supernatural?

I think "spirituality" means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I guess stuff like astrology and healing crystals could be considered spiritual, but they are outside reality because they're stupid and don't work. "Spirituality" to me is  a way to be feel more connected with the universe, in a way that examines the things that we already know to be true. Things like meditation, mindfulness, and, of course, psychedelic drugs are ways to do this. It's sort of like looking at the world with a pair of glasses that provides better clarity, while organized religions and some "spiritual" things are trying to design glasses that show you things that are not there. The Tao (the "way") is all about the natural flow of everything; if you better understand that, you'll flow much easier, and you'll be happy. That's what I consider spirituality, and I find I am quite spiritual in this way,
"When life begins, we are tender and weak.
When life ends, we are stiff and rigid.
All things, including the grass and the trees,
Are soft and pliable in life, dry and brittle in death.
So the soft and supple are the companions of life,
Whilst the stiff and unyielding are the companions of death.
An army that cannot yield will be defeated.
A tree that cannot bend will crack in the wind.
Thus, by nature's own decree,
The hard and strong are defeated,
Whilst the soft and gentle are triumphant."
                                                           
                                                           -Lao-tzu


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#35
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
The term 'spiritual' has become..rather a useless term. It has as many definitions as people that use it, and it always requires clarification and specification when someone wants to start a discussion about it. I find it's also kind of a red herring to focus on the term itself and whether or not one calls themselves 'spiritual.' Instead, just get down to what they actually believe, be it healing crystals or some single cosmic consciousness or chi-flow or whatever.
In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson
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#36
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
(12th November 2016, 08:25)mh.brewer Wrote: Some are OK, (mindfulness, vegies, pacifist, .....), some are kooky but benign, one is potentially dangerous.

Pacifism is immoral, brewer.
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#37
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
I am an atheist and I am spiritual.

I just like the sound of it, really, I don't know what spiritual means.
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#38
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
(18th November 2016, 16:30)Excited Penguin Wrote:
(12th November 2016, 08:25)mh.brewer Wrote: Some are OK, (mindfulness, vegies, pacifist, .....), some are kooky but benign, one is potentially dangerous.

Pacifism is immoral, brewer.

Just deplorable. They need to be made to kill, kill, kill!!!!
God(s) and religions are man made and the bane of humanity. 

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#39
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
(18th November 2016, 17:33)mh.brewer Wrote:
(18th November 2016, 16:30)Excited Penguin Wrote: Pacifism is immoral, brewer.

Just deplorable. They need to be made to kill, kill, kill!!!!
Pacifism sounds good in theory. In practice, it's the equivalent of suicide.
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#40
RE: The Truth contest, Essential Oils and New Age Spirituality
(18th November 2016, 16:11)Primordial Bisque Wrote:
(18th November 2016, 16:00)Aegon Wrote: Are you believing something outside of reality, or are you just thinking about reality in a different way? That's what I think Taoism does.

Believing that there is something outside of, or greater than, reality which you can attune to. That's always how I viewed spirituality. Thinking of reality in a different way sounds closer to perspective, rather than spirituality.

Maybe I'm conflating spirituality with the supernatural?

I think so.

I suggest that 'life-enhancing change in perspective' is often a reasonable (if less sexy) synonym for 'spiritual growth' as it is often bandied about. No supernatural beliefs or woo required. Aegon mentions Taoism. I think aspects of Buddhism shorn of some of its metaphysical dogma (and by extension Zen), as well as Yogic practice can lead to profound but entirely natural changes in one's life and relationship to others and the world at large. And of course, the Abrahamic faiths all have traditions of mysticism not wholly dissimilar from those found in Eastern practices, though of course with a rather different religious content associated with them.

I suspect the Buddha, St. John of the Cross, and Laozi most likely would have had much more in common with each other than any of them would have had with lay members/followers of their respective traditions.





 
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