what does spirituality mean in layman terms?
“Fighting is spiritual. It appears to be physical from the layman’s eyes. In my fights, I seemed to be angry and mad – all that stuff you saw me doing, the yelling and screaming and being mean in the ring – but I’m cool as a cucumber. I can hear everybody talking around outside the ring. I can see everybody. I know what is going on.” ~ Mike Tyson
Spirituality in layman’s terms means what the fuck you and I desire it to be! That's it! I don't have to write anything else about it because it's a personal relationship. Spirituality is you and I faith, beliefs, & imaginations. Spirituality is what works for you and I. There is no right or wrong way to define spirituality. What matters does it work for you and I? If whatever spirituality practices, belief systems, traditions, religious, voodoo, etc. you and I practice will influence our reality whether we like it or not. There are so many definitions of what spirituality means that anyone can get lost within the illusions of what others ideology of spirituality are. A person might think religion is a form of spirituality or religion is their spirituality! That individual is correct! But does that religion benefits you and I? Does it satisfy are relationships not only with ourselves but with the world around us? Is it allowing you and I to expand and grow? Are you and I happy with how our lives are operating and unfolding right now? Is there an urge within you and I that’s seeking something more to life than what we think it is right now? I used to be a Christian! I’m not anymore because I felt at that time God and Jesus Christ failed me! Honestly and truthfully, I felt that my mother and unknown father failed me and yet, since I am God/Goddess of my own reality. I take full responsibility of what have, had, and has happen in my life. I’m taking the time to apologize for talking down on Christianity and other denomination ideologies in a negative, bad way or bad thing. Now, I’m going to make jokes at religion and damn near anything else in life so if it offends anyone. I just want to express that I DON’T GIVE A FUCK :)
My truth, my opinion, my experience, Christianity and all other religions are branches from the authentic spirituality ideologies from ancient times. If one can observe all religions without a cloudy judgment. Then one is able to see the similarities in each religion. Most of all religions expresses similar truths. Which is why I broke free from religion and became God/Goddess, Demon/Demonness of my own reality. Everybody have their own definition of what God is and yet I included Goddess because in this reality it takes both masculine and feminine energies to either produce or create something new. For example, how does a battery operate? If we check out this battery below (after this paragraph), you and I can perceive that one side have a + (positive sign) while the other side have a – (negative sign). Without either of these components that battery will not provide energy to power up whatever device you and I desire to use. My perception, God is positive while the Goddess is negative. Now when I am expressing about positive and negative charges, it's the void of human positive or negative connotations. So opposite charges attract while same charges repel each other. As you and I can observe, man and woman can reproduce while man and man or woman and woman can not reproduce without external assistance. If you and I can really be still and observe that God provides and don’t ask for shit in return. God don't need shit from me, my opinion, my truth, my experience. Let’s sit back and ponder on this. Even if you and I don’t even believe in God, God will still provide! Something to really think about. So like God, man provides. But there’s something missing! If God provides all, who is receiving? A man can ejaculate his semen but who is going to receive that semen? The woman! The woman receives the semen to reproduce. So God & Goddess goes hand in hand. Neither are greater than the other because both have roles that each other needs to operate in this reality. Male and female, ying and yang, electricity and magneticity (made up that word), positive and negative, etc., it takes two opposites to create something new. For those out there who are curious, check out other religion creation stories. An individual can google “creation stories around the world.” Some creation stories express masculine and feminine energies created the world and everything in it including man and woman. For me and only me, if I read a creation story that only involve one side of the energy like God create the heavens and Earth without his Goddess from Genesis of King James bible . That let me know that their foundation is no good, my truth, my opinion, my experience.
I relate my mind to like a building. If my foundation isn’t right, that building will collapse eventually. I started my spiritual journey as a homeless person. I lost everything in a blink of an eye back in Texas! I used to think being homeless was negative in a bad way or bad thing. I hate thinking, believing, programmed that being homeless is a negative in a bad way or bad thing #unlearn As I started to unlearn a lot of bullshit, I realized that there are infinite perceptions of why anyone is homeless. So homelessness isn’t positive or negative, it’s how I perceived it. Anyways, while being homeless, I learned so much in such a short period of time! I was able to work on myself 24/7! I sacrificed my old life (go against what is consider to be a decent human being) to be spiritually incline with magick to manipulate the quantum realm to always benefit me in the physical realm. To be able to do whatever the fuck I want to do. On my own terms and no one else and it paid off too! Honestly, I decided not to work a 9 to 5 or not work for Corporate America and shit! I believed in what I was doing even though the rest of the world and myself might not at that time lmao (non beneficial programs in my mind). To build my reality with my own mind, my own thoughts, my own feelings/emotions, my own spirit and soul alone. Which meant everything to me! I felt that’s truly living. I have no children, no wife, no external responsibilities except for myself. So I can experience life to the fullest without something or someone holding me back. So I came to a conclusion that the foundation that I was programmed from the time I was born til now wasn’t beneficial for me anymore. So I started to strip away shit that doesn’t belong. I stripped away religion, I stripped away belief systems like money is the root of all evil or I need someone or something to rescue me. Money is just a tool and the entity that can save me from my own problems and issues is myself and myself only. To take full responsibility of my own thoughts, feelings/emotions, and actions! Anyways, homelessness was a blessing in disguise because it allowed me to unlearn programs that doesn’t support my spiritual growth. For example, racism and race is a program. I know some white people that are actually black and I know some black people that are mixed with white. Or that white people don't have a soul or spirit. I don't give a fuck about that shit any more. I had to unlearn that shit because it’s a distraction. I don’t give a fuck what color is your skin. I’m observing all vibrations, frequencies, and energies to see if they are beneficial or non beneficial for me.
“Spirituality does not come from religion. It comes from our soul. We must stop confusing religion and spirituality. Religion is a set of rules, regulations, and rituals created by humans, which were supposed to help people spiritually. Due to human imperfection, religion has become corrupt, political, divisive and a tool for power struggle. Spirituality is not theology or ideology. It is simply a way of life, pure and original as given by the Most High. Spirituality is a network linking us to the Most High, the universe, and each other.” ~ Haile Selassie I
Check out this document I found on the web about spirituality by Dr. Maya Spencer^1
“Spirituality involves the recognition of a feeling or sense or belief that there is something greater than myself, something more to being human than sensory experience, and that the greater whole of which we are part is cosmic or divine in nature.
Spirituality means knowing that our lives have significance in a context beyond a mundane everyday existence at the level of biological needs that drive selfishness and aggression. It means knowing that we are a significant part of a purposeful unfolding of Life in our universe.
Spirituality involves exploring certain universal themes – love, compassion, altruism, life after death, wisdom and truth, with the knowledge that some people such as saints or enlightened individuals have achieved and manifested higher levels of development than the ordinary person. Aspiring to manifest the attributes of such inspirational examples often becomes an important part of the journey through life for spiritually inclined people.
The spiritual journey involves first healing and affirming the ego so that positive states are experienced; with secure self-esteem, belief in self-worth and a capacity for love and generosity, a person becomes less constrained by ego defences. An opening of the heart is an essential aspect of true spirituality. In this regard one may question the spiritual nature of masochistic religious practices such as self flagellation, which is based on a belief in the wickedness inherent in the body rather than on any real connection with, and therefore compassion for, the body. This illustrates the fact that religion does not always serve the progress of spiritual development but may get side-tracked into practices that create pride, feelings of superiority etc. or else lead to a person becoming bogged down in unworthiness, guilt and shame - all of which emotions are commonly suffered by psychiatric patients. In short, religion will be taken up by a person in a way that inevitably reflects their own level of development and maturity.
The development of spirituality is generally recognised as requiring some sort of practice or discipline in order to make ‘progress'. This can involve the aspirant in paradoxes such as non-striving, the gateless gate, or coming home to oneself. Contemplative practices such as prayer and meditation are the common denominator of many religions and the foundation of spirituality. Without them, personal growth is much slower and haphazard. A teacher or mentor is usually recommended.
Spiritual development often involves spontaneous happenings that cannot be accounted for scientifically and that may be attributed to an external force, for example: grace, or angelic or divine interventions.”
What is Spirituality by Dr. Maya Spencer^1