Spirituality vs. Religion

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This Best of Erik is short but sweet! Gives you a break from the recent long posts. 

Me: When a religious person asks for help reconciling their religious beliefs with spirituality, what do we tell them? How do we help?

Jamie: He’s already answering, but it’s so inappropriate.

Me (sighing): I bet.

Jamie: He’s horsing around. He says, “You look at ‘em and you tell ‘em, “Baptists are full of bullshit!”

Me: Erik!

Jamie: He’s laughing.

Me: Oh, Whitney Houston is not going to like that, because she was a devout Baptist. By the way, Robert channels Whitney all the time and she keeps referring to herself as Nippy. That’s kind of funny.

Jamie giggles.

Me: Anyway, sorry that I digressed. Go ahead.

Erik: So, everybody, human wise, feels comfortable if there are similarities, and within every religion, there is a mystic vein. And within that mystic vein is where there is all the spirituality, where there are all the morals, where there is everything is that “spiritual people” live by, and so you encourage them to find that vein within their own religion. Once they can identify that within their own religion, it’ll make them comfortable with the ideas and they might start seeing how their original religion is starting to confine them.

Me: Ah.

Erik: Confining them in ways they’re not comfortable with.

Me: Yeah. Interesting.

Jamie: He’s talking about how in the case of the Jewish religion it would be the Kabbalah—

Erik: It’s straight in the Bible. There’s everything. How about The Book of the Dead?

Me: From the Tibetans?

Erik: You know there are documents older than this that even talk about how spirituality doesn’t need to be confined by religion to be valued.

Me: Yeah, exactly.

Erik: Really, that’s what people are looking for. But if they’re already seated in a religion, I would encourage them to go through that religion to find the underbelly of spirituality. You can’t knock somebody out of a religion and encourage them to embrace only spirituality. That’s so fucking lame. That’s the biggest bullshit you’ll ever hear. You can’t encourage someone to be spiritual They’re doing it on their own. You can’t say, “Come to our team!” There’s no fucking team. Religions do that shit, not spirituality. There’s the difference.

Me: So no proselytizing.

Erik: Yep.


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Elisa Medhus

  • Thanks dude.

  • 403LEC

    Good one…thanks.

  • Sarah

    I agree, we ARE Spiritual in everything we do, can be a spiritual experience but Religion sets up that you have to do/be this/that in order to be a “proper” spiritual being. And that to me is a major fault about Religion, it separates Us as a whole, I understand as Humans we need to have labels and groups for everything in order to process information, but that’s on One level of Understanding. On another level if we “processed” from the heart then those labels/groups would break and crumble because we would have a bigger overall understanding, this coming from the heart I understand it’s just acting upon it without delay or worry(about judgement). In the heart there is no judgement, and we All have these same answers within ourselves, if we only could be open to it more and connect to that more often. Erik inspires Us always to seek the answers within Ourselves and to Just Do It. I’m always able to be open to another level when I come on here, watch a vid. or listen to the radio show, it’s as if I seek out his guidance but I always find the answers within myself (Usually LOL), it gets easier the more you Try. Much Love!!!!

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