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100+ Facts About Religion & Spirituality Curated from Books & Podcasts

Researching facts, ideas, insights, and core principles on anything theological is often a lifetime investment, as the knowledge itself is most of the time the reward of pursuing spirituality. From ancient religions of Egypt and Mesopotamia to contemporary beliefs and spiritual practices, the idea cards on facts, ideas & insights about religion you find on Deepstash are curated by passionate individuals, spiritual seekers, and those fascinated by the world’s religions. These idea flashcards present facts about Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and more, alongside insights into spirituality and spiritual health. Whether you’re seeking to understand your own faith more deeply or exploring the rich tapestry of global beliefs, Deepstash brings nuanced perspectives on religion and spirituality to your fingertips.

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Find insights from actual users with a genuine passion for researching religious practices, beliefs, and the principles of spiritual well-being. From the intricate rituals of the Aztecs and Incas to the profound teachings of Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, each idea card is a window into the soul of humanity’s quest for meaning. Learn about the impact of religion on societies, understand the importance of freedom of religion, and discover the role of spirituality in personal health. This collection encourages exploration and reflection, inviting you to delve into the mysteries and wisdom of religious and spiritual traditions.

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Religion the binding agent

A philosophy that acts as a connecting tissue for a community needs stories and rituals. Abstract concepts about the nature of reality or morality are not as conducive to cohesive action. 

Religion has played this role all through history. Being the binding agent for the prevailing philosophy. Making the masses act in concert rather than devolving into conflict. 

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CARL SAGAN

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it's a profound source of spirituality

CARL SAGAN

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Archetypal examples of Animus

Archetypal examples of Animus

>Tarzan , the unconscious primitive but physically vital masculine.

>James Bond , suave man of the world.

>Steve Jobs or Richard Branson , integrated masculine, strong, creative, attractive but more androgynous.

>Barak Obama ,integrated evolved masculine epitomising secular values in their most evolved form.

>Mahatma Ghandi or Nelson Mandela , the masculine which now brings the spiritual component into the world, transcending the mundane and secular but without denying it.

>Christ , Mohammed , Buddha, the conscious spiritual incarnation of the masculine, the unconscious masculine.

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Science And Spirituality

Science And Spirituality

Spirituality or spiritual practices are often confused for religion but are an entirely different phenomenon having a scientific core: self-inquiry.

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Science, religion, and art

  • In a way, science shares much with religion: Both are used to explain life's unknown. Similarly, they have the ability to make us feel insignificant and elevated. Awe, an intense form of wonder, makes people feel smaller than they are.
  • Art primarily appeared in a religious context, but when it parted company from religion, it started to crop up in private collections. These collections began to mix with animal specimens, exotic weapons, and decorative books. Art became associated with science.
  • The link continued into the 19th century. The British Museum included everything from animal bones to Italian paintings.
  • By the end of the century, science and art had parted company. Major cities started to open dedicated art museums, where people could view paintings. These days, we don't think of museums as places of curiosity, but they remain places of wonder.

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BUDDHA

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life

BUDDHA

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Astrology: Neither science nor religion

People seem desperate to find meaning and patterns and a way to know that they're not stuck in this moment. Astrology follows planetary cycles. When looking at the astrology, similar patterns can be seen that has happened in the past.

Astrology is an intriguing way of looking at the world. Traditionally it has been on the outs with both science and most mainstream religions like Christianity, which puts it in an awkward position of neither wholly scientific nor wholly religious.

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Imitate a spiritual master

Imitate a spiritual master

One of the most profound spiritual practices is imitating a spiritual master. We can learn from Thomas à Kempis or ask, “What would Jesus do?” in tough times, following spiritual leaders gives us valuable guidance. Every day, we can learn from Churchill, Lincoln, Winfrey, and Buffett. Their stories light the way to personal growth and enlightenment.

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Outer Space vs. Inner Space

Outer Space vs. Inner Space

The Dalai Lama once joked: "While the West was busy exploring outer space, the East was busy exploring inner space". 

Regardless of the veracity of this, it does seem that for contemporary western societies, silence and stillness are an exception, not the rule.

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Using Religion for Personal Development

You can learn important lessons from different religions, even if you are not religious. These teachings can help you grow as a person.

Here are some ways you can use religious teachings for personal development:

  • Acceptance
  • Self-reflection
  • Morals and values
  • Faith and
  • Compassion and kindness

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5. Social Spirituality

Experiencing spiritual awakening when you are surrounded by other people explains this type of spirituality. 

Being in religious groups is one way to experience this spirituality. However, this can also be achieved with any other form of a group – exercising, nature-related activities, meditation, etc. 

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Spirited Animals

Spirited Animals

For Girard, we are different than animals because of our desires, our myths, our lies. We invent stories, we go to war for abstract concepts etc. This is a the object of his psychological focused philosophy. 

Similar to how class was the nexus of socialism, how casts worked in Hinduism, or rationality in liberalism. 

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Spiritual But Not Religious

  • Religion is a much broader term than what the fundamentalists have promoted. It can be as objective as science (For example Buddhism).
  • Spirituality encompasses a lot more than what various religions try to impose on individuals.

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How did we came up with the Trinity doctrine as the orthodox view?

How did we came up with the Trinity doctrine as the orthodox view?

A major issue of early Christianity was:

How could Jesus be God, when the Father was also God?

There were competing theories at the time:

  • the most popular early belief (the Arian view) was that the Father was the original God, but at some point during his infinite existence he made a son, that got elevated to the position
  • there is one God, but with 3 modes. The same way in which a man can be a father, a son and a husband at the same time. However this didn't catch on because it meant God actually died on the cross ... and you can't kill God.

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Religion and repetition

Religion and repetition

When it comes to teaching important ideas, religion makes extremely effective use of repetition.

If an idea is important, they teach it again and again. If it’s important, it warrants learning repeatedly. Our secular education systems have consistently failed at this.

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The Flower Sermon & Beginning of Zen

The Flower Sermon & Beginning of Zen

The history of Zen starts with myths and legends. The starting legend for Zen is the flower sermon:

"Toward the end of his life, the Buddha took his disciples to a quiet pond for instruction. But Buddha had no words. He instead he held a flower silently before them.

None but Mahakasyapa understood. He smiled and began to laugh. Buddha handed the lotus to Mahakasyapa and he became Buddha’s successor."

This direct transmission of wisdom (with no words and abstract concepts) serves as the foundation of Zen.

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Bodhidharma, the father of Zen

Bodhidharma, the father of Zen

Bodhidharma was a semi-legendary Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century. He was of Indian origin, but moved to China, where he is said to have been meditating for 9yrs straight. 

Some of stories involving him are similar to more modern koans. 

  • He tells to the emperor he is not impressed with his Buddhist based policies and when asked "Who are you to question the king?" he replied "I don't know".
  • His disciple is also awakened suddenly after a paradoxical conversation about the nature of mind.

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Understanding The Concept Of Spiritual Fulfillment

Spiritual fulfillment refers to satisfaction and contentment from connecting with one’s inner self and a higher power. It is an essential component of personal development as it helps individuals understand their purpose in life and the values they hold dear. Spiritual fulfillment can lead to increased emotional stability, reduced stress, and a more profound sense of meaning in life. With this feeling, you’ll understand what goes on in your life and know there is a good reason behind it all.

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10 Types of Spirituality and Spiritual Practices

10 Types of Spirituality and Spiritual Practices

What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality is the place within yourselves where your soul can find a sense of peace. It’s a concept completely liberated from any rules, institutions or hierarchy and it’s dedicated to the human soul.

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How did the Trinity got decided?

How did the Trinity got decided?

When Constantine converted to Christianity he had no interest into this theological discussion. Nor did most of the early Christians. However most of the bishops in Alexandria (considered the cultural centre of the empire) were Arian, meaning they believed Jesus was somehow subordonate to the Father. But the head of Alexandian branch did not and Constantine had to intervene.

The council of Nicaea in 325AD was called to settle the issue. Based mostly on politics the Aerian position lost and it was decreed that God and Jesus are of the same substance.

100 years later than the Holy Spirit joined. 

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The Importance of Spiritual Practices in Our Busy Lives

Living in a fast-paced world, it can be hard to make time for spiritual practices. Here are some ways to incorporate spirituality into daily life:

  1. Practice meditation and mindfulness to connect with your inner self and find calm
  2. Take a break from work and read religious texts to change your perspective on life
  3. Attend religious services and engage with a community for a sense of fulfillment
  4. Too much focus on materialism can make our hearts cold and reduce our empathy

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Authoritarian Spirituality

This type of spirituality is believing in a hierarchical structure of things or in authority. 

Often, this type of spirituality is associated with religious beliefs . There are cases when not following the spiritual rules of religion may cause conflicts. 

People with authoritarian spirituality can develop a form of fundamentalist religion. 

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Religiosity Linked To Positive Affect

Religiosity Linked To Positive Affect

Religiosity typically refers not only to a belief in a higher entity or something greater than oneself but also formal involvement in organized religious activities and specific, measurable acts such as prayer, meditation, service attendance, religious readings, and affiliation with a particular religion or place of worship.

For those who find meaning or purpose in life through religion, religiosity is associated higher levels of positive affects.

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1. Mystical Spirituality

This type of spirituality is focused on the intuitional part of the soul . People who have mystical spirituality believe that there’s a greater unity to every experience in life. 

Every experience goes beyond the material or physical world, and everything can be brought into one greater unity. For example, people with this type of spirituality may support the idea that everything happens for a reason. There’s a greater explanation behind everything and that would be what unites all the different experiences. 

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The miracle of the Buddhist practices

Whether it is about the 'secular' or the 'buffet' Buddhism, individuals admit embracing these practices as they prove more efficient both from an emotional and a financial point of view.se

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Contemplate the heavens

Contemplate the heavens

Studies have shown that spiritual people tend to lead happier and healthier lives. Spiritual people cope better with stress, have healthier marriages, and may live longer. But what does it mean to be spiritual? Spirituality means connecting with something greater, like religion, nature, or having a purpose.

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Three Marks Of Existence

Three Marks Of Existence

  1. Annica: Life is in a constant flux.
  2. Dukkha: Life is painful and causes suffering.
  3. Anatta: Self is always changing.

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Christmas Movies Are Beyond Religion

The fictional world that holiday movies bring to the viewers provides them solace, courage and reaffirmation to move past the obstacles in their real life.

Though watching Christmas movies during holiday season is a ‘ritual’, the movies themselves do not bend towards christaniity or God, but towards true love, the power of family, the meaning of home and relationships.

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Integration of Psychology and Spirituality

Integration of Psychology and Spirituality

The Diamond Approach recognizes that psychological blocks and childhood traumas can hinder spiritual development. By addressing and understanding these issues, individuals can remove barriers to spiritual insight.

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'Being spiritual' to millennials

'Being spiritual' to millennials

It means acting wisely in the world by first reaching a high level of self-knowledge. 

This is acquired through meditation, self-reflection, and psychotherapy and leads one to become more sensitive to the emotions of others, and even to one’s surrounding environments.

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"The 'work as a linear function' is where all the religion of 'Bro, you’ve just gotta hustle' comes from."

MARK MANSON

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💦Tear Origin with its Spiritual Meaning.

💦Tear Origin with its Spiritual Meaning.

Right Eye: Traditionally linked to happiness or joy. Some cultures consider it a sign of good fortune but in spirituality, it can symbolize an awakening, an insight, or a positive change.

Left Eye: Often associated with pain, sadness, or grief. However, in spiritual terms, it may signify a release of negative emotions, a process of healing, or the beginning of a transformative journey.

Both Eye: When both eyes produce tears, it often represents intense emotional responses. Spiritually, it could signify a profound personal transformation, realization, or a strong connection to one’s emotions.

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The Religion Of Success

The Religion Of Success

The pursuit of success is a religion because, like other religions, it is a robust system of meaning-making that operates at emotional and cognitive levels, guides our decisions, contains its own morality, and is practiced en masse by a group of people sharing a largely unexamined ideology.

Enjoying the knowledge of one’s own enoughness while also honoring the imperative to possess some degree of social status might be the key to maintaining balance.

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Science Vs Religion

  • Science and Religion were historically being studied in a 'conflict model' where theological and scientific views were put in loggerheads with each other.
  • This contributed to a mistaken view of the past and led to a flawed conception of the future due to the expectations of secularisation.

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The meaning of bridging differences

Bridging differences means finding ways to create positive dialogue and understanding across race, religion, political ideology, etc.

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Fresh Take On Religion

  • Modern society has been described as the Age of Noise, and an Organized Lovelessness.
  • Advertising is revealed to be an organized effort to extend and intensify craving.
  • People in the modern age worship progress, technology, and their nation-state, all of which can be described as a 'religion'.
  • The dogma of such religions was profoundly criticized in the classic books, while paving the way towards newer ways to find God, like meditation.

The Author and Philosopher's fresh take on religion, shaping it as an 'empirical spirituality' was a huge influence in the 1960s and which has since then led to more people (now 27% in the US) being 'Spiritual but not Religious'

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The Journey of Life

The Journey of Life

Life is a chronicle: of the depths we have fallen into, the peaks we have climbed, and the detours we have taken on our journey. It's not always a straight path. We continue to work on our lives, while trying to remember that our true home is spiritual - the home of love that we never really leave and always resides within us.

Sharing our heartfelt stories with others - in the hopes of bringing more light into a sometimes dark world. 🌟

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The Ultimate Fight between the AI God and Human God

The Ultimate Fight between the AI God and Human God

As the Technocore AI civilisation was evolving into an ultimate form it met the Human Ultimate. It met God. What they realized is that God’s trinity is made of:

  1. the Void Which Binds
  2. Intellect
  3. Empathy

The machines did not poses Empathy so:

  • they tried to bait the Human God using empathy as its weakness. This is the role of the Shrike.
  • they worked on developing empathy by trying to understand poetry. It's why they focused on reviving John Keats. To understand the human spirit through poetry.

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Consciousness is a part of reality

Consciousness is a part of reality

The Universe can not exist without consciousness. The structure of reality is something an intelligence produces. We can't operate without patterns. But only humans makes patterns. So ... Intelligence is part of reality. Consciousness thus can be seen as the principality of reality.

And if we accept there are other agents in reality we can expand intelligence to the extreme, to the pattern of all patterns. We usually represented that ultimate congregated intelligence as God.

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Embrace Your Holes.

Embrace Your Holes.

The theory of holes offers a framework for understanding how early experiences shape our self-perception and behaviors. By addressing these holes, one can move toward greater wholeness, authenticity, and spiritual realisation.

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RITA SCHIANO

“Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow.” 

RITA SCHIANO

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Sometimes religion gets in the way of God.”

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Buddha can be found in everyday life

Buddha can be found in everyday life

Pirsing goes to great length to use motorcycle maintenance as an example for being fully immersed into the world. He wrote "Zen&The Art of .... " in the 60s, during the Vietnam war and the hippie revolution. A lot of the protestors saw nature loving pacifism as a reaction to the tech-focused future.

Pirsing does not see a conflict between tech and nature. It's not a subject problem, but a quality problem. Technology is not the enemy. He could became awakened by caring for his bike just as a guru would meditate on the mountain.

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The 3 Components of Being

Metaphysical desire is focused on our identity, our ego, our spirit ... the core of what we are. This itself can be broken down into 3 components:

  1. Reality. We want our existence to be observed and noticed by others. What really matters is not the physical experience but what others think it's real.
  2. Persistence. We want our identities to last through time. We are obsessed with achieving some immortality. 
  3. Self-sufficiency: Deals with having the power of the social realm to fulfil our thirsts. It's what Nietzsche calls "the will to power". It has a lot to do with domination over others.

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Ongoing Revelation

Ongoing Revelation

The approach considers spiritual realization not as a fixed endpoint but as an ever-unfolding process. There's always more depth, nuance, and understanding to discover.

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4. Service Spirituality

This is one of the most common types of spirituality. It’s because people experience spiritual peace when they serve others.   

There are many ways to achieve this spirituality, but the core of it is helping others without expecting nothing in return. Doing something that will benefit someone without getting something back is a common way for people to get in touch with their spiritual selves. #4. Service Spirituality

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🗝️Key Takeaways

🗝️Key Takeaways

Emotional Release & Healing: Explore how tears might facilitate emotional cleansing and spiritual growth.

Intuition & Inner Wisdom: Discover how tears from the right or left eye can be linked to intuition and self-understanding.

Spiritual Traditions: Learn about interpretations of tears in various spiritual and cultural contexts.

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Orthodox vs Orthopractic Religions

Orthodox vs Orthopractic Religions

Orthodox Religions like Catholicism focus on belief and the manifestation of that belief. You have to șah the right words, pray and so forth.

Orthopractic Religions like Judaism are much more focus on acting a certain way. How you act is more important than what you say.

Clearly the first are much more popular than the second. Because talking is cheaper.

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Spiritual Narcisism

Spiritual Narcisism

Self-enhancement through spiritual practices can fool us into thinking we are evolving and growing, when in fact all we are growing is our ego. The “I'm enlightened and you're not” syndrome:

  • "I am aware of things that others are not aware of. "
  • "I am more in touch with my senses than most others."
  • etc....

We may end up using our spiritual beliefs & practices to avoid genuine contact with our psychological unfinished business. 

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Meet the Buddha, Kill the Buddha

Meet the Buddha, Kill the Buddha

The Buddhist sage Lin Chi told a monk, "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him." He meant that those who think they've found all the answers in any religion need to start questioning.

Religion keeps the students dependent on the leader. That is an extreme form of attachment. Not Zen.

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ANTHONIO GARCIA

Christianity is Judaism with product market fit.

ANTHONIO GARCIA

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The Ego Self

The Ego Self

Imagine being in a room where you can't control your reactions. You might get angry easily or feel upset without understanding why. This stage is like living on autopilot, where you're not aware of your thoughts and emotions, and you react without thinking.

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SWAMI MUKUNDANANDA

We are not material beings having a spiritual experience. Rather, we are spiritual beings having a material experience in this world.

SWAMI MUKUNDANANDA

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Three Step System To Eliminate Negative Thoughts

Three Step System To Eliminate Negative Thoughts

1. Dilution— Distance Yourself From The Thought:

Whenever a negative thought pops into the mind, remember that it is not you. Rather than adopting it, you can distance yourself from it.

2. Substitution— Replace a Negative Thought With A Positive Thought:

When unwholesome thoughts contrary to self-discipline and goodness arise in the mind, the reverse thoughts should be practised.

3. Sublimation— Build A Positive Thought System:

Focus building on the thought chain of positive emotions. Cultivate in your mind wholesome ideas of inspiration, optimism, cheerfulness.

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A Human Religion

Humanity is sacralized in Self-spirituality, which automatically makes it an obvious choice for the millennials and youngsters already fed up with how the world works.

This also makes them make sustainable choices like recycling and veganism. While the old-school conservatives label these human-centric feelings as lacklustre, many of the liberals celebrate the individual freedom it provides.

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WEIRD Societies

WEIRD Societies

Joseph Henrich argues that people from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich & Democratic (WEIRD) societies have distinct psychological characteristics compared to the rest of the world. He traces these to unique cultural features and historical developments that shaped WEIRD societies over time.

The premise is that culture matters a lot. It affects us biologically. It can and does alter our brains, hormones, and anatomy, along with our perceptions, motivations, personalities, emotions, and many other aspects of our minds.

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Deep Play

Deep Play

The End of Work in the coming decades may give way to the rise of 'Deep Play', elaborate virtual reality games mixed with religion, consumerism and other ideologies.

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Christianity & the birth of linear time

Christianity & the birth of linear time

In most religious traditions time is like a circle: it closes where it opened. In Hinduism, for example, the world spins along an endless cycle: creation, rise, decline, destruction, and rebirth. This conception is very much fatalistic in nature.

Christians, however, see time as linear. It moves away from the Garden of Eden, and toward a day of judgment, justice, and a divine, peace-filled kingdom. With a linear perspective, time moves from the past to the future. Linear time is better because it allows for progress.  

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Buddhism and its advantages

More and more people are turning today to Buddhism, in order to find back the quietness that everyday life makes them lose. 

Moreover, individuals claim that Buddhism enables them to deal with their suffering and find joy within.

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💧Understanding the Spiritual Significance & Symbolism of Tears

💧Understanding the Spiritual Significance & Symbolism of Tears

Tears speak a universal language, but their spiritual meaning is deeply personal.

Across spiritual traditions, tears are seen as more than simple sadness – they hold power and symbolism.

  • Cleansing & Release

Imagine tears as a spiritual cleanse, washing away emotional burdens and negativity. Crying can be a release valve for pent-up feelings, bringing a sense of peace and renewal.

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Religion Is Not About Gods Necesarily

Religion Is Not About Gods Necesarily

Religion us not really ablut deities. Religion is about interpreting the world through myth, rituals and folklore. As opposed to data, experimentation and rarionalism.

Religion imposes a narrative structure to the world as opposed to the scientific approach. This also explains why the religious impulse is so universal.

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"Being spiritual" nowadays signals:

"Being spiritual" nowadays signals:

  1. People that believe there is more to the world than meets the eye, more than the mere material. 
  2. People that attend to their inner life (their mental and emotional states) in the hopes of gaining self-knowledge. 
  3. People that value the following virtues: being compassionate, empathetic and open-hearted.

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Alan Watts On Religion

Religions are divisions, making people separate from others. Most religions follow the concept of belief, that the truth is already there and you simply have to believe in it.

These religions have imposed beliefs, doctrines and sets of ideas that are supposed to be holding the truth, and some even have deities and other entities with divine power that supposedly protect us from the harsh truths of life: uncertainty, impermanence, death and change. These harsh truths are paradoxically essential for understanding life.

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Why Astrology Is Such A Phenomenon

Why Astrology Is Such A Phenomenon

So many of us turn away from religion because we actually crave meaning, we just also happen to equally crave personalization, and it is that personalization that could explain why millennials are turning to astrology over something more structured and authoritarian, like religion.

This is not an abandonment of religion, but rather a spiritual shift. People, inherently, want to believe something, and are just feeling more comfortable expressing what somethings work for them specifically.

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Zen, Chinese Taoism embracing Indian Buddhism

The beginnings of Zen can be traced to India in the 3rd century when we have a school called Buddha Nature, which claimed that Buddha's emptiness is a gift we all share. That Buddha's nature is a connecting force between all that exists. 

The practice found a lot of traction in China through monks like Bodhidharma. The reason is that the interconnectedness the Buddhists were talking about matches the Tao, the connective substance, which is the basis of Taoism (one of the main Chinese schools of thought alongside Confucianism). From China, it moves to Japan, where the Zen name comes from.

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2. MAKE GRATITUDE YOUR CENTRAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

2. MAKE GRATITUDE YOUR CENTRAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

“Every circumstance, no matter how complex, challenging, and frustrating, contains a positive seed that should be nurtured.”

Practice simply to give thanks for what we have received.

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Why Spirituality?

Spirituality is a personal experience that creates a system of personal beliefs when searching for the meaning of life.

Being spiritual can mean different things to different people. For some, spirituality can be related to religion and even higher power. For others, it can be a non-religious experience such as connecting with nature, art, yoga, meditation, etc.

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👋🏻Introductory! The potential spiritual messages behind tears

👋🏻Introductory! The potential spiritual messages behind tears

Let me weave a more captivating tapestry of words for you:

Amidst the delicate cascade of tears, each drop carries profound significance.

In the tapestry of spiritual beliefs, the right eye’s tears unfurl as emissaries of outward expression and purpose, while those from the left eye whisper secrets of inner emotions and intuition.

These glistening messengers, spanning centuries, bear witness to the human soul’s intricate dance.

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Peace through forgiveness

Peace through forgiveness

Our inner peace is more important than anger and other emotions of the ego. It does not depend on external circumstances, but on our willingness to forgive. Forgiveness frees us from any self-centred entanglements.

We do not have to belong to the same religion to be spiritually connected to each other. Our differences can enrich our relationships and help us to understand other perspectives. An open heart allows love to enter through many doors. Forgiveness is the key to our inner peace. ⛩️🧘

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Religion Mitigates Feelings of Depression

Religion Mitigates Feelings of Depression

It has often been said that surrendering to a higher power can bring happiness, and this is certainly a sentiment shared by many followers of faiths around the world.

A new study published in Trends in Psychology has provided empirical evidence for this claim by examining the relationship between religiosity and depression symptoms.

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BUDDHA

“The search for divinity lies not in worldly things but in the mind”

BUDDHA

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What’s the wisdom of insecurity?

What’s the wisdom of insecurity?

We live in an age of unprecedented anxiety (uncertainty, information overload, social comparison etc). Historically, religion used to ground people by giving them a set of rules and making them part of a divine plan.

Allan Watts observes the fading of Christianity in the West, but instead of defending a return to orthodoxy, he offers an alternative. An eastern perspective, mainly Taoist, focused on embracing insecurity and living in the present.

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Varanasi and religion

Varanasi and religion

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Ashoka The Great Buddhist

Ashoka The Great Buddhist

The last emperor of India’s Mauryan Dynasty, Ashoka became a patron of Buddhism after witnessing the suffering caused by his military conquest of Kalinga. Following this, he renounced violence in favor of “conquest by Dharma.”

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The positive health effects of religion and spirituality

People with strong faith release control of their struggles and worries to a higher power, which helps to relieve anxiety and stress.

Religious groups also offer a strong source of community and friendships, which is critical for health and happiness.

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The Impact of Literacy on Individuals and Society

The Impact of Literacy on Individuals and Society

The ability to read and write not only leads to cultural progress but also changes our biology and psychology. Literate societies have thicker corpus callosa and have difficulty recognizing faces. This is because reading (a skill acquired later in human history) requires using areas of the brain that oral communication does not.

The spread of literacy can be traced back to the rise of Protestantism, which emphasized the importance of individuals engaging with divine words directly. Hence, reading became essential in Western societies, while oral communication ruled the rest of the world.