Spirituality was never the problem of the masses. But religion and politics can be.
Science rejects any hypothesis that is not based on the human experience in the physical world and therefore cannot be tested. Yet, spiritual truth is based on human experience…of the sixth sense. If something can neither be proven to be true nor false does not render it unworthy.
The more rigid a belief system or movement, the more it's based on fear.
From the 1870's to the present, science and religion have been at odds. In 1925, the Scopes trial was a contest between evolution and creation; between science and religion, not between science and spirituality. Spirituality and religion are NOT synonymous. Spirituality is neither religion nor science and can bridge the gap between these two warring parties.
Enlightenment comes from or leads to a constant, daily "mindfulness". It transcends both belief and faith. While many of us can do without religion, none of us can do without spirituality. If your only beliefs are with science and the five-sense areas, technology and money with no connection to spirit, you may never know complete, inner peace. You may never know what it means to be truly human.
The Holocaust came about from what Karen Armstrong calls: "soulless technocrats"…people with no sense of the sacred. A belief in or experience with something greater than one's self is necessary to give meaning to life. Almost any form of meditation can lead to this, even informal meditation.
Neither spirituality nor art is rational and should not be subject to rational scrutiny. One's ultimate being; one's inner self, is not to be understood by the mind, but must be felt, intuitively. God or spirit (not religion) is not something you grasp. It is something you feel, something you discover within. With this uncovering, the void or emptiness disappears and questions of your existence are resolved. You transcend the self and become "everyman"; connected to all life. The source within that is fundamental to our existence, is revealed. This is you without ego.
Life needs to have meaning and purpose. Otherwise, despair, depression and anger prevail. Practicing the behavior of a sage or guru daily can lead to a spiritual transformation. If you mimic your hero or heroine, you can become like them.
Different faiths, different rituals and different cultures can interpret reality differently and they can all be correct. To be open to that which is not rational; love, art, poetry, spirituality, we have to open up in a non-intellectual way.Transcendence is of the intuitive realm, the feeling realm; not the reasoning realm.
Human experience, in general, is of the mind and , therefore, open to interpretation and, to some degree, unreliable. Knowledge, with few exceptions, is subjective…See quantum mechanics. The world is not so much as we find it but as we make it. This results in equal portions of power and responsibility.
To paraphrase Karen Armstrong again:– "Originally, religion had the job of helping us live creatively, peacefully and joyously…as we do with art. It also can help us cope with mortality, pain, grief, despair, injustice and cruelty and, facing an uncertain future. Between rationality and the transcendent is unknowing. Unknowing alerts us to listen receptively and without judgment. God lies beyond words and concepts, yet can be felt. God is not a fact, a thing, but a presence, to be experienced. It is active, not static and, ultimately, ineffable."
"Existence is suffering" is the first noble truth of Buddhism. Spirituality is a way to transcend all suffering and go on to a life of peace, love and joy…as we are intended to live. We are all born with gifts and talents. These gifts and talents need room to breathe and to blossom. We can create a nonjudgmental, healthy, inviting atmosphere for them to emerge and thrive. Holiness is within, now. You can live intensely, passionately and richly, now, in your daily life. Enlightenment is your birthright and your destiny.