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Although we value freedom of religion, many of us are spiritual or religious.  Our spirituality can take many forms.  Some are agnostic, but still spiritual.  Spirituality can have many meanings--to some, it is just the spirit of life, or the spirit of humanity in its highest or most refined or most creative forms.  To some, spirit is love, or the energy that "inspires" us.  Literally, spirit means breath.  I use the name "enthusiast," partially realizing that the word literally means "filled with God," even though I am a deist or pantheist, believing that there is divinity in everything around us.  But how would you describe your spiritual journey?

Originally posted to enthusiast on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:09 PM PST.

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How would you describe your spirituality?

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  •  Big difference between spirituality and religion (none)
    My grandfather, an agnostic, was highly spiritual.  I'm both religious and spiritural.  One doesn't need a religion to be a spiritual person.

    "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Will Rogers.

    by Rogneid on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:08:06 PM PST

  •  I consider myself a Christian... (none)
    ...but plenty of Christians wouldn't.

    How do you love America? Don't just salute the flag, and don't burn it either. Wash it. Make it clean. -- William Sloane Coffin

    by KTinOhio on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:08:18 PM PST

  •  I don't believe in god. (none)
         Period. I also do not like being pigeon-holed into any of your categories. I don't consider myself an atheist. I don't believe in no-god either. The existence of god is an unproven/unprovable proposition.

    "When the going gets weird, the Weird turn pro" Hunter S Thompson

    by irate on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:10:47 PM PST

  •  that's kind of petty (none)
    associating us atheists with cynics and nihilists. par for the course but petty nonetheless.

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:12:51 PM PST

  •  Oops... (none)
    You poll combined categories that shouldn't be and omitted others so I can't pick any of them.
  •  I'm a devout Frisbeterian (4.00)
    I believe my soul is a Frisbee on your roof.

    "In the beginning the universe was created. This has been widely criticized and generally regarded as a bad move." -- Douglas Adams

    by LithiumCola on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:20:24 PM PST

  •  Other (none)
    you forgot "agniostic"

    All your vote are belong to us

    by Harkov311 on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:28:48 PM PST

  •  I believe... (none)
    ...there are fairies at the bottom of the garden.

    "There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"

    Richard Dawkins (b. 1941) British Zoologist

  •  I don't have a religion (none)
    but I'll share my own philosophical views. I don't see the life as a collection of individual entities all sharing the same universe. Instead we are all connected because we originate from the same source (energy) that makes up life.

    I do not claim to be too knowledgeable about the essence of existence, because I am still trying to understand or grasp the meaning of it. Its an ongoing journey.

    "No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut."- Sam Rayburn, Former Speaker of the House

    by LeftistIndependent on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:34:14 PM PST

  •  don't confuse religion and spirituality (none)
    Religion is for people who don't want to go to hell.

    Spirituality is for people who have already been there.

  •  I wouldn't be so sure... (none)
    that Jefferson was a deist.  I by no means am claiming I know that he was an agnostic but some quotes by him would be highly suspect if he were indeed a deist:

    Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.

    -Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

    I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.

    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789

    Clearly he he much more skeptical about the existance of god altogether...

  •  As a recovering alcoholic and addict (none)
    I truly believe and have lived the adage: Religion is for those afraid of going to hell, Spirituality is for those who have been through hell.

    Today my life is guided by Native American Spirituality.  The Medicine Wheel, Seven Directions:East, South, West, North, the Sky, The Earth, and the seventh direction is my inner person.
    The practice of the spirtual principles of the Medicine Wheel have taught me more about living life in a spiritual, loving way than years of sitting in church.  When I want to feel close to the Creator, I sit in a beautiful chapel called the outdoors and watch the sunset. That is what affirms my belief in a Creator.
    I will always be grateful to the Elders of the Native American community who have preserved these ways and passed them on.
    NOTE: This isn NOT what today is termed as New Age,or Shamanism. There are true Shamans but a lot of phonies proclaiming to be so for profit today, not for the true teachings of spirituality.

    REAL NEWS-"The news you and I need to keep our freedoms." Richard Reeves

    by Oke on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:42:08 PM PST

  •  The poll asks (none)
    what our religion is, not how we'd describe our spirituality.

    I have no religion but the spiritual is everything to me. I have nothing on the list to check.

    That's not fair because I like polls and spirit and polls about spirit.

    I will start my own religion and make it be added to lists and polls.

    •  Given the discussions here (none)
      in the last few days, and the fundamentalist takeover of a political party, now is the most important time in our live to seperate religion and spirituality.

      REAL NEWS-"The news you and I need to keep our freedoms." Richard Reeves

      by Oke on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 10:50:21 PM PST

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  •  America is trending toward (none)
    more religious heterogeneity, it seems.

    A few decades ago, it was simple.  You were either Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or in the tiny minority of "Other," which made up 1% or 2% of the population.

    Today, each generation has more religious diversity.

    This is beginning to be reminiscent of the Mediterranean world about 2000 years ago, when there were dozens of religions, including pantheism, gnosticism, mithraism, judaism (essenes, etc.), and all kinds of mystery cults.  

  •  Pretty obnoxious poll (4.00)
    So atheists are of a class with "nihilists" and "cynics", eh?

    Nice.

    Perhaps Christians should have been lumped in with schizophrenics and others who hear voices.  

    Look.  I don't believe in gods.  I can't see a shred of reason for doing so.  I've never seen any sign that they exist, nor any evidence even that they could.

    But that doesn't mean that I don't find the Universe marvelous, mysterious, beautiful in its exquisite complexity.  I'm delighted that the many happy accidents that led to my tiny moment of time in existence all conspired to bring me about.  It's a magnificent ride, despite the hard stuff.

    You don't need gods to find meaning, wonder, purpose, morality, ethics, or joy.

    The blood of the tortured. The skin of the privileged class. The blood of the ruling dynasties.

    by Dracowyrm on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 11:14:39 PM PST

  •  In reality (none)
    I enjoy spirits with you, hence, spirituality. Get it? BOo.

    On a serius note, I cannot wait 'til this spate of diaries are over. Jesus, or whomever, it's getting really old.

  •  I'm a native Californian.. (none)
    beliefist.  Anybody can have whatever belief they want.

    Science is religion.  Religion is a type of science.

    it's all different implementations of the same abstract classes.

    so you think I'm a troll? Well kiss my hairy troll nalgas then

    by MetaProphet on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 11:53:53 PM PST

    •  afsafda (none)
      the  subject line from my above post is supposed to say "I"m a beliefist".  Damn auto-fill.   Good thing it didn't pull down my "I'm a cross-dresser during the winter solstice" entry.  That would've been embarassing.

      so you think I'm a troll? Well kiss my hairy troll nalgas then

      by MetaProphet on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 11:55:49 PM PST

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  •  Confirmed Nebulist (none)
  •  Other: Bored n/t (none)

    Power corrupts. Hey, let's learn it the hard way!

    by Bob Love on Wed Nov 16, 2005 at 01:46:29 AM PST

  •  atheist AND spiritually alive (none)
    I'm seeing a tendency to slap atheism as being dead on the inside.  Cold, inert, nihilist, spirit-less.

    This poll seems to continue it...

    I've been reading DarkSyde's diaries for a year now, and I can tell you that the man is an atheist AND he is filled with a sense of wonder and awe and love of life, love of truth, love of mystery, love of existence.  Please scroll through his diaries of months past and re-read him for a while if you don't see this quality.

    And this is my own relationship to spirituality as well. I am an atheist and yet, spiritually, my cup runneth over.

    Can anyone else relate?

  •  For me, (none)
    I believe in God. It's hard not to when God gives you a good swift kick in the ass.  

    It's religion I don't believe in.  At least until I can see people practicing, or at least trying to practice, what they preach a heck of a lot better than they do now.  I'm at the trying to stage myself right now.

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