I am often asked by people who find out that I am studying spiritual metaphysics about the difference between that and religion.
As often happens for me, the Universe provides an excellent, real life example.
I’m sitting in the airport terminal waiting for a flight that has been delayed for more than an hour. Tensions are running high and people aren’t happy.
A “religious” person with a lot of energy is sitting at one of the device charging stations and making a scene that I’m sure she thinks is appropriate; but judging from the look on everyone else’s face, she might be alone in that assumption.
She’s been putting her hands in the air and proclaiming Jesus is in charge of this situation and the delay would soon be resolved… so far, Jesus appears to be on the same schedule as the airlines (delayed).
The difference between that awkward and unnecessary display of religiosity and the spiritual (but not religious) perspective is significant.
The spiritual/not religious person will quietly know that all is well – regardless of the circumstances. They will be kind to airline employees who are simply doing their jobs and have nothing to do with the delay. They bring peace to the surroundings by smiling at exasperated mothers, helping elderly travelers or even just sitting in the corner and knowing that regardless of the news from the boarding desk – All.Is.Well.
No one knows whether the spiritual/not religious person is spiritual OR religious; and lets face it – in these circumstances, no one cares.
It’s no wonder church membership and attendance is in decline.
I understand that some people have traditions and beliefs that don’t align with mine – and I get it that evangelizing is a tenet of Christianity; but inflicting oneself on others shouldn’t be a part of that marketing plan (& p.s. I don’t think it’s working,…).
Now I’m going to work on knowing that the preacher and her entourage are NOT in the seat row with me,…and so it is!
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