Uncommon Sense

May 20, 2023

Alternative Spirituality?

Filed under: Culture,Philosophy — Steve Ruis @ 8:25 am
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spirituality (noun): the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things

spirit (noun): a force within a human being thought to give the body life, energy, and power: soul.

The human spirit includes our intellect, emotions, fears, passions, and creativity. In the models of Daniel A. Helminiak and Bernard Lonergan, human spirit is considered to be the mental functions of awareness, insight, understanding, judgement and other reasoning powers. (Source: Wikipedia)

alternative spirituality (noun) WTF?

There is no universally accepted definition of the term spirituality, which is a tell. Everyone wants their bullshit to be special.

In this case I was reading a post about Neville Goddard (1905–1972) whose philosophical work experienced a resurgence  during the New Age movement. At his metaphysical core, his position was that “The only God is your own wonderful human imagination.”

Finally a spiritualist who admits it is all imaginary!

But, of course, things are not that simple.

As a practicing Stoic, I focus on things over which I have control and try to ignore things over which I have no control. (This is not easy because one doesn’t know when one communicates an idea whether someone else will take it and run with it.) So, I have the power to sit in a chair and make myself miserable or I can make myself happy, merely through what I choose to focus upon. So, as many say and I believe, we create our own reality. But unlike some who say, “No, really, we actually create it.” I say we have some power over how we perceive it. I know of no one who claims that they create their own reality who is willing to stand in front of an avalanche and uncreate it to save their ass. And how is it that all of us waiting for a bus seem to create the same damned bus? Is great puzzlement.


  1. Ha ha! I love your avalanche and bus analogies!


    Comment by ziggyseamstress — May 20, 2023 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  2. We do have wonderful imaginations- imagine being made in God’s image. For me, spirituality is me being me with God, warts and all.


    Comment by Arnold — May 20, 2023 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

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