What is the difference between being religious and being spiritual? Spirituality is the out-flowing of your soul in oneness with the consciousness of God. Religion is the acceptance through faith of dogma you impose on your soul. You give up a degree of freedom to obey the rules and in return you receive security and love from other believers. One can be spiritual without being religious. Or one can be religious without being spiritual. One can blindly attend services, keep rules and perform rituals without knowing God. Just don’t assume you are spiritual because you are religious. God is being itself and permeates everything like a force field. Your God is far too small if you think of Him as “the man upstairs.” Spirituality seeks unity with the universal consciousness of God by going within your soul.
Religion gives you rules to follow to find God and to receive His grace. No matter what name you apply to God He is the universal consciousness of which you are apart and He resides in your heart. Seek Him and you will find Him! You came from Him, are attached to Him and will return to Him. In prayer you speak to Him from your heart. In meditation you quiet your mind and listen as He speaks to you. There are different degrees of consciousness and the longer you meditate the more you will experience the higher levels. Also there is formal meditation where you sit with your eyes closed and there is informal meditation where you watch the ocean waves strike the beach or gaze at the night sky. You are a conscious being that temporarily is housed in a body with a mind. Are you in communion with the source of your being? As you continue to meditate you will soar with the eagles and reach new heights in communion with God.