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Religion is belief in someone else’s experience.
Spirituality is having your own experience.

~Deepak Chopra~

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We are all getting in touch with our Divine selves....Kerry Guy <3
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Tribal Unity 4 Liberation

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Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.

Dalai Lama

Peace, love, light and blessings

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‎”One of the priorities young people have to think about is spirituality, and mental wellness.”
~ Elder Henry Lanigan, Cote First Nation, Saskatchewan
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Today there are many questions about where religion ends and spirituality begins, or does spirituality end and religion begin, or are religion and spirituality the same thing in the same place…..and that is just the beginning of the confusion for many today!

This is a story of unravelling the mystery of where one begins and the other ends for me!

I was doing a training program with individuals who were embarking on a career of working with people in the helping industry and a woman walked into the program praising the Lord every time she said anything. I noticed the other participants of the group beginning to get very upset and distance themselves from her physically, and mentally they tuned her out each time she had anything to say. She had some very valid information to share, however, her sharing lost all impact because of her involvement and inclusion with religion in all that she did. No one would give her any feedback about what she was doing, because each time anyone did attempt to give her any information she made sure to let us know that her husband was a Pastor, and she would then quote him and the bible stopping all information in it’s track. It became very evident to all of us in the program that religion had become a shield, a defence mechanism to keep people away from her! I spent much time contemplating how to approach this issue and then miraculously I walked into the group one day, opened my mouth and began to talk about how easy it is to confuse spirituality with religion. The 15 people in the group began to relate their stories and the confusion that existed for them around this issue. About 75% of the group stated and agreed that:

  • every human being has a right to have their own personal beliefs about everything and that includes religion
  • No other person has the right to demand what they individually believe in
  • Most of them did not go to church,
  • They all had strong belief systems,
  • They believed themselves to be spiritual beings
  • They did not believe that going to church made them spiritual
  • Going to church made them religious
  • religious doctrine did not fit with them and their personal belief systems
  • They all believed in a god, creator, and the acceptance of all doctrines
  • They did not appreciate anyone telling them that if they were not Christian in someone else’s eyes that they could not and would not be successful in creating their own lives!

It was amazing to watch the Pastors wife really listen to what they had to say. She agreed with every point and stated that she did not realize that religion and spirituality were not the same thing.
From that point forward in the training program, she became accepting of all human beings, no matter what race, creed, color or religion they were. In the eyes of humanity and in life she accepted the fact that we are all one, with our own unique religions and spiritual beliefs and who was she to think that her religion was the only one for everyone!
Today, she is working with people and making a real difference in their lives because of her understanding of the uniqueness of individuals, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually and she now believes that:

  • RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY ARE NOT THE SAME THING!

The group determined that everyone in the group was a spiritual being, however, each one of them had their own religious doctrines including being an atheist which was also seen as being a spiritual belief system!
Dictionary Definitions

Spiritual

  • Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material.
  • Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.
  • Of, from, or relating to God; deific.
  • Of or belonging to a church or religion; sacred.
  • Relating to or having the nature of spirits or a spirit; supernatural.

Religion

  • the service and worship of God or the supernatural
  • commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
  • a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
  • scrupulous conformity: conscientiousness
  • a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Examples of RELIGION

  1. Many people turn to religion for comfort in a time of crisis.
  2. There are many religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.
  3. Shinto is a religion that is unique to Japan.
  4. Hockey is a religion in Canada.
  5. Politics are a religion to him.
  6. Where I live, high school football is religion.
  7. Food is religion in this house.

What is your religion?

Are you Spiritual?

Can you be both?

Peace, love, light and blessings!

“White Eagle”

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Today there are many questions about where religion ends and spirituality begins, or does spirituality end and religion begin, or are religion and spirituality the same thing in the same place…..and that is just the beginning of the confusion for many today. This is a story of unravelling the mystery of where one begins and the other ends!

I was doing a training program with individuals who were embarking on a career of working with people in the helping industry and a woman walked into the program praising the Lord every time she said anything.  I noticed the other participants of the group beginning to get very upset and distance themselves from her physically, and mentally they tuned her out each time she had anything to say.  She had some very valid information to share, however, her sharing lost all impact because of her involvement and inclusion with religion in all that she did.  No one would give her any feedback about what she was  doing, because each time anyone did attempt to give  her any information she made sure to let us know that her husband was a Pastor, and she would then quote him and the bible stopping all information in it’s track.  It became very evident to all of us in the program that religion had become a shield, a defence mechanism to keep people away from her!  I spent much time contemplating how to approach this issue and then miraculously I walked into the group one day, opened my mouth and began to talk about how easy it is to confuse spirituality with religion.   The 15 people in the group began to relate their stories and the confusion that existed for them around this issue.  About 75% of the group stated and agreed that:

  • every human being has a right to have their own personal beliefs about everything and that includes religion
  • No other person  has the right to demand what they individually believe in
  • Most of them did not go to church,
  • They all had strong belief systems,
  • They  believed themselves to be spiritual beings
  • They did not believe that going to church made them spiritual
  • Going to church made them religious
  • religious doctrine did not fit with them and their personal belief systems
  • They all believed in a god, creator, and the acceptance of all doctrines
  • They did not appreciate anyone telling them that if they were not Christian in someone else’s eyes that they could not and would not be successful in creating their own lives!

It was amazing to watch the Pastors wife really listen to what they had to say.  She agreed with every point and stated that she did not realize that religion and spirituality were not the same thing.

From that point forward in the training program, she became accepting of all human beings, no matter what race, creed, color or religion they were.  In the eyes of humanity and in life she accepted the fact that we are all one, with our own unique religions and spiritual beliefs and who was she to think that her religion was the only one for everyone!

Today, she is working with people and making a real difference in their lives because of her understanding of the uniqueness of individuals, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually and she knows now that

RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY ARE NOT THE SAME THING!

The group determined that everyone in the group was a spiritual being, however, each one of them had their own religious doctrines including being an atheist which was also seen as being a spiritual belief system!

Dictionary Defintions

Spiritual

  • Of, relating to, consisting of, or having the nature of spirit; not tangible or material.
  • Of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.
  • Of, from, or relating to God; deific.
  • Of or belonging to a church or religion; sacred.
  • Relating to or having the nature of spirits or a spirit; supernatural.

Religion

  • the state of a
  • the service and worship of God or the supernatural
  • commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
  • a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
  • scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness
  • a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Examples of RELIGION

  1. Many people turn to religion for comfort in a time of crisis.
  2. There are many religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.
  3. Shinto is a religion that is unique to Japan.
  4. Hockey is a religion in Canada.
  5. Politics are a religion to him.
  6. Where I live, high school football is religion.
  7. Food is religion in this house.
What is your religion?
Are you Spiritual?
Peace, Love, Light and Blessings
“White Eagle”

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Dear Ones,
At this time, we are finding many of you are struggling with your beliefs.

What truly works for you?

Is it your own unique individual beliefs or are you following what others have told you the right way to believe is, so you feel you need to obey to be saved.

Do you have an inner battle within not sure which way to turn?

Spirituality comes from within you, it is part of you. Reaching Our Creator is not meant to be an endless battle of searching outside of ourselves. He is never far, he is in our hearts. That amazing, loving feeling you get when you feel such great happiness is him. He is present in our lives, he never leaves us. It is us that abandon him, he gives us Free Will.

Spirituality is not about someone else telling us how we have to live to be able to have a relationship with Our Creator. We have been taught to think to have a connection with Our Creator we must try to be good & obey or we will be punished.

The creator never punishes us, we punish ourselves.

When we decide we don’t need him, he just waits till we are ready to let him in, never leaving our sides. When we are on our own we no longer feel that security & love we had when he was in our life. We become fearful of everything & feel so alone. Negative thinking takes over & our lives spiral out of control. Many signs come into our life that we need change but it takes awhile till we can’t take it anymore. Most of us it takes us to be humbled to our knees before A Great Awakening takes place within us. We then are finally willing to realize the lessons we needed to learn, we aren’t victims, things happen to us to realize the bigger picture of life. Then we can once again open our hearts, release past hurts, and forgive others & ourselves. Life then starts to make sense; we start to take responsibility for our lives & our own actions.
We become better people without trying, for we have found our purpose to just be our own unique selves. Life is not about striving to be the best, or who has the most money to define who they are. This rat race we have lived in for so long is not what the Creator wants for us. He wants us to look within ourselves & find the answers we need & seek to feel fulfilled in our lives. We were created to learn to live as One. Everyone & everything in life is equal, we must learn to live life through are hearts. We are related, my friend. When we live life through our hearts, we drop prejudices’, we drop are need to feel in control of everything &others, we drop judging of others & self, we then live life with love in our hearts, a light within shines bright to help us all see more clearly, so then we can ALL walk together as ONE on the path of life, never feeling alone again, making our world a place full of PEACE, LOVE & LIGHT!!

Many Blessings to all of you My Brothers & Sisters,
Red Feather

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