For thousands of years, we have accepted certain spiritual misconceptions as truth. In this article, I would like to take a look at our ten most egregious misconceptions...
1. We are separate from God and each other
2. You are a physical body
You believe you are a physical body, don’t you? Moreover, you believe the physical space between you and other people is what separates you from them.
3. This physical world is real
4. Death is real
We believe we are physical bodies which eventually must die. That’s our greatest fear. Organized religion has flourished because of this fear.
5. God is a person
God is often depicted as a person in writings and in art. Take, for example, Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which portray God as a stern old man with a beard and an angry expression.
6. Suffering is good for you
Many people believe suffering is a normal part of life. Some religions even teach that it is desirable. Christianity, for example, teaches that Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Therefore, we should be willing to suffer as well.
7. Fear, ignorance, and greed are normal human attributes
Fear, ignorance, and greed are among the most destructive of all human attributes. Think of the astonishing amount of suffering and devastation these negative attributes have caused. The pollution and destruction of our environment is just one example.
One could argue that the world would lose its karmic value without such negativity. There would no longer be any reason to come here for the purpose of spiritual evolution. That may be so, but why should we go on suffering as we always have?
We can overcome the stifling effects that fear, ignorance, and greed have in our lives. To do this, we need to understand that the world we see “out there” is just a projection of our own minds. Just as we awaken physically from our nighttime dreams, we can awaken spiritually from our daytime dreams of a world filled with negativity.
One of the most outrageous claims ever made by religious fanatics is that we are born into sin. They claim we are sinners from the moment of our birth. They tell us we inherited our sinfulness from Adam and Eve who ate the forbidden fruit eons ago, precipitating the fall of man in this act of “original sin” which severed man’s relationship with God.
9. Religion and spirituality are synonymous
Some people say religion is a form of spirituality. Others say it is the diametric opposite of spirituality. Either way, religion and spirituality are definitely not synonymous, despite the claims of religious fanatics.
10. Spirituality is not very practical
Most people are obsessed with earning enough money to pay their bills and buy the things they think they need. And, when not working, they’re busy doing “fun things” which they hope will bring them happiness. Spirituality seldom occurs to them, and if it does, they believe it isn’t very practical. They don’t have time for it. They’re skeptical of it.
A call to action
- We are separate from God and each other.
- You are a physical body.
- This physical world is real.
- Death is real.
- God is a person.
- Suffering is good for you.
- Fear, ignorance, and greed are normal human attributes.
- We are born into sin.
- Religion and spirituality are synonymous.
- Spirituality is not very practical.