What Is “Common Sense” Spirituality?
Merriam-Webster defines common sense as “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.” When applied to spirituality, common sense is the sound and prudent lens through which we look at religious beliefs we have been coerced into blindly adopting and prohibited from questioning.
The terms “religion” and “spirituality” are often confused and conflated. While the two share several beliefs in common, religion is not synonymous with spirituality and is not an expression of spirituality.
Spirituality is not synonymous with religion and is not an expression of religion.
What is the difference—and why does it matter?
Spirituality asserts that God is Love. Religion agrees—but also insists God is angry, judgmental, vindictive, violent and solves problems by severely hurting or killing humans. Common sense wonders: Really? Would Love do that?
Spirituality asserts that God is Spirit. Religion agrees—but also insists God is male and looks like humans. Common sense asks: Spirit has physical features?
Spirituality asserts that God has granted us free will. Religion agrees—but also insists God will inflict unending pain upon us if we actually exercise our free will. Common sense challenges: Is it free will if there are mandates or restrictions?
Spirituality asserts that God is within. Religion agrees—but also insists not only is God billions of miles away, we are not worthy to be in God’s presence. Common sense counters: If God is within, how can we and God avoid being in each other’s presence?
Religious scripture says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Spirituality agrees—and that’s where common sense comes into play: Our beliefs impact our behaviors, and our behaviors impact our outcomes. Rational beliefs foster stable thoughts, rational behavior and the fulfillment of our life’s purpose.
Religious scripture also says, “In all thy getting, get thee understanding.” To achieve that, common sense spirituality encourages us to think, analyze and discern before believing whatever we’re told—and to consider the possibility that if there’s a threat of brutality involved, the act is not godly.
Interactive Drama Queen Workshops encourage us to have fun during this process. We also offer tools to help you figure out why you are in this place, at this time, with this cast of characters, featured in scenes that range from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Who wants the curtain to fall before fulfilling their life’s purpose?
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