Religion dictates the desirable outcomes
of its teachings
in the life of the faithful.
It uses religious tradition as a template
against which the ideas, beliefs, and behaviors of believers
are to be measured.
The goal of religion
is to shape people to the template
with no additional education needed.
But that sort of education is no education at all.
That kind of spirituality is no spirituality at all.
wants to open us to truth
whatever that truth may be,
wherever truth may take us.
Spirituality does not dictate where we must go,
but trusts that any path walked with integrity
will take us to a place of transformation.
Spirituality welcomes diversity and conflict,
and embraces paradox.
Spirituality is not about dictating ends.
It is about examining and clarifying
the inner sources of teaching and learning,
ridding us of any religious toxins
that poison our hearts and minds.
Authentic spirituality addresses the fear
that so often permeates religious teaching and learning.
Fear, not ignorance,
is the enemy of learning,
and fear is what gives religion its power.
To grow Spiritually
is to create a space
in which obedience to truth is practiced,
not obedience to some set of
religious rules, regulations, rites, rituals,
doctrine and dogma.
Religion seems an end of itself,
Spirituality, a beginning, a journey,