Okay, so here’s the problem… I’ve asked you to join me on this amazing path for happy living, that I am on.  That’s not the problem.  The issue I’m having is the fact that the terminology that is “out” there surrounding my path is not to my liking.  In fact it makes me very uncomfortable.  I guess this is why it has taken me 43 years to even mention this path to you…

Let me throw out some definitions:

Religion – re·li·gion (noun) 1. Beliefs and worship; people’s beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life 2. System; an institutionalized or personal system of beliefs and practices relating to the divine

Spiritual – spir·i·tu·al (adjective) 1.  Of soul; relating to the soul or spirit, usually in contrast to material things 2. Of religion; relating to religious or sacred things rather than worldly things

This is actually quite interesting.  I was prepared to say terrible things about the word, “religion”.  Now, after actually looking up the word, using the Word reference tool, I have to say that I’m quite stunned.  Religion to me, is equivalent to the evil Church – I used a capital “C” to refer to all organized religions.  I personally, have a real problem with the man-made structured institutions, with all the rules – you can’t eat meat on Fridays, you can’t mix meat and milk, women aren’t allowed to fully participate, you must tithe – really?  Who says?  The bible?  Really?  My understanding of the bible is that it was written a very long time ago and translated over, and over and into different languages and that huge parts of this sacred document were deleted or changed.  Is this truly what these organizations are basing their beliefs on?  Oh, and don’t even get me started on the Catholic Church!  I will say, that organized religion is beneficial in that it creates a community of like mined people.  I do miss that in my own life, as I have been unable to locate a “church” that fills me up spiritually as well as provides me with a sense of community.

The fact that the definition of “religious” actually means its about “people’s beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life” is actually quite comforting to me.  I would have thought that this definition belonged to spirituality.  Which brings me to the word “spiritual”.  Again, the definition, as listed per the dictionary, is not exactly what I thought it meant.  The word “spiritual” to me means being open to the idea that something greater than us is at work.  I know, based on numerous events, that there is a greater power out there.  I like to refer to this power as God.  At times I will interchange the word God, with “The Universe”, “Source Energy” or even the “Divine Power”.

I know, I’ve made you uncomfortable – don’t worry so am I. I am Lisa Jones – join me on the road less traveled to happy living.  It only gets better – I guarantee it!

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