I am going through a bad moment in my life because I live with an alcoholic girlfriend and I was recommended to go to Al-Anon, a group for families or friends of alcoholics. The first thing they told me is that I have to follow the 12 principles and 12 traditions of this group and the first one is that I have to believe in a "higher power". As I have been a rationalist all my life and I am pretty old, I found the first obstacle to really open up to this group. Then I have the issue that I don't know what spirituality is. Maybe I am spiritual and I don't know it. I feel compassion for human beings but I don't trust anybody. This is the reason why I have very few friends. I have problems with the concept of love, too. I believe that love is an irrational emotion but of course it's beautiful to be in love and to feel loved. I have reached a point in my life after raising 4 very successful children that I don't know why I am still here. I really don't serve any purpose and sometimes I feel like I am a disturbance in their lives. Anyways, to summarize: What is spirituality? What is pure consciousness? Does reincarnation exist? Do animals have a spirit or is it something that applies only to thinking people? What's the difference between mind and soul? Is soul just a religious term invented to make us believe that we'll go into a "better place" after life?