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Can you be a spiritual agnostic?

dh19612002 4 Feb 16

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Yes. I am spiritual. It has NOTHING to do with religion either (as the typical misguided person assumes)

I am Spiritual in the sense that I believe that we all have an inner energy that can be used to radiate love and kindness towards others and being loving to ourselves (even if it's giving ourselves peace and quiet).

...I also believe that energy can run ‘off the rails!’


Of course. For example, meditation and mindful living are spiritual practices as are participating in compassionate living and giving and having an attitude of gratitude.

Waaijman discerns four forms of spiritual practices:[115]

  1. Somatic practices, especially deprivation and diminishment. Deprivation aims to purify the body. Diminishment concerns the repulsement of ego-oriented impulses. Examples include fasting and poverty.[115]
  2. Psychological practices, for example meditation.[116]
  3. Social practices. Examples include the practice of obedience and communal ownership, reforming ego-orientedness into other-orientedness.[116]
  4. Spiritual. All practices aim at purifying ego-centeredness, and direct the abilities at the divine reality.[116]

Spiritual practices may include meditation, mindfulness, prayer, the contemplation of sacred texts, ethical development,[98] and spiritual retreats in a convent. Love and/or compassion are often[quantify] described as the mainstay of spiritual development.[98]

Within spirituality is also found "a common emphasis on the value of thoughtfulness, tolerance for breadth and practices and beliefs, and appreciation for the insights of other religious communities, as well as other sources of authority within the social sciences."[117]

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"Spiritual" is a bogus term. In the end it can mean anything you want it to mean.


If by spirituality you mean belief in the supernatural, then I would think not. If by spirituality you think, as I do, that nature is a dazzling, miraculous, overwhelmingly beautiful and mysterious realm of which we collectively, as a conscious being are an extension, then yes.

With respect to mythical gods of old I am an atheist. But there is an ultimate reality beyond the reach of our senses which we can not understand with our space/time/matter model. Since we are almost totally ignorant, whatever name you give ultimate reality is nothing but an empty label.

@WilliamFleming Spirituality is not about religion. It's about inner consciousness and awareness of our feelings towards ourselves and others. We create energy that attracts the things we want to receive from people, places, and things.


atheism isn't a religion so it hasn't got rules. it has a definition: lack of belief in a deity, or belief in the lack of a deity (people argue about which; i think it's either). the definition is ALL it has. no one excommunicates you from atheism if you consider yourself spiritual. i personally think spirituality is religion light, but i am not the atheist pope, so that's just me. if you feel comfortable not believing in any gods but feeling nontheless that the trees are holy or ghosts are about or your pets cross the rainbow bridge or whatever, i may raise an eyebrow, but what is my raised eyebrow to you (or anyone), right?



Of course. I don't believe in an invisible omnipotent god; or heaven and hell; I don't believe that my life will be redeemed if I accept Jesus Christ as my lord and saviour, etc. I do, however, believe in an interconnectedness between me and other people, nature, animals. Since this life is the only one I know I have, I want to do right by the world now. That's my spirituality.


My take on ‘that spiritual feeling.’
I am not quite sure why so many people have that deeply spiritual feeling of connection or oneness, or part of something greater that we don’t understand, I feel it may be due to the fact that we really are connected to the Earth and all living things, which in turn are connected to the universe in a very basic way. I believe it is this, that gave rise to all gods and religions throughout history as a misinterpretation of these feelings. It would explain why gods and/or religious beliefs are so wide spread throughout history globally…


Depends on what you mean by spiritual of course. And everybody is free to choose how they see the word. To me it just refers to attitude, mood, or emotional state, like team spirit, or the spirit of the times, etc. So to me everybody is spiritual, or subject to changing moods or attitudes. Spiritual practices are those which are aimed at taming runaway emotions or destructive attitudes.

skado Level 8 Feb 16, 2019

I can't resist posting this:


You can be anything you want as long as you don't mind believing things without evidence.


You can be a plaid apatosaurus for all I care.


if that is your sense of things, you have no choice.




Be whatever you like


Sure. Why not?


Sure. But true atheists might mock you.

I'm kidding of course. Agnostics inherently are not purist. They're open to multiple possibilities. Atheist principles are usually more black and white where spirituality is concerned but even they are open to others living as they would like. Maybe not for themselves or by definition that might make them a little agnostic.


I see myself as on so yes. There is a tradition of keeping someone "alive" by sharing their memory and I still practice learning my ancestors and teaching my kids lenage to keep the memories of those people that have passed in our family "alive" though I know they are no longer exist. And one day I will find Wakanda and I am the force and the force is within me.


Quick answer: Yes.
Spirituality is about your relationship with yourself.
No external deity required.


I guess.
I'm one.



Hey! You copied my comment! But HA! You forgot the dot! So I win!

@Dietl Great minds think alike.

@Marine I can't argue with that! We are very smart indeed!

@Dietl Yep a few words is always better than a rant!


Whatever you think "spiritual" is, its not. It's not going hungry - that's simply physical deprivation, and can be understood by simply physical processes.
On the other side joy, happiness, well being, can also be undertood with nervous and hormonal action.
It certainly ain't "obiedence".
Take a leaf out Aristotle's philosophy. No god not bullshit.


Can I? I suppose I could.



Dietl Level 7 Feb 16, 2019

I wouldn't see any issue with that. There are spiritual atheists. Some big names too (Sam Harris).


The feeling of spirituality is just that. So enjoy it while you can.

Jacar Level 8 Feb 16, 2019
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