What is Spirituality?

While this page in part answers “What is Spirituality?” it also 

importantly covers “What is NOT Spirituality?” and  is a must read if

you or someone you care about is on a spiritual path, or spiritually


 It contains urgent, timely warnings of which every spiritual seeker

needs to be aware. Read this page in conjunction with Spiritual 

Happiness for the answers you seek to your question, “What is


Recent Concerns

The term “spiritual" covers a huge range of beliefs and conditions

the world over, and while spirituality is a very individual, personal

choice, recently I have had cause to become very concerned.

Propaganda has crossed my screen originating from people who

espouse their own brand of spirituality. As someone who is not a

participant in organised religion, for me that is not a problem.  As I

have previously written, I believe the spirituality that serves you

best is the one you have discovered that is a fit for your beliefs and

attitudes.  Within reason, no one has a right to dictate to you what

that will be.

Some of the propaganda I have received recently, while wrapped in

a spiritual coating, is blatantly not of a spiritual nature. There are

many people describing themselves as “spiritual” while

also displaying behaviour which is clearly ego-driven.  This can be

very dangerous for those starting to explore their own spirituality by

examining the spiritual world. 

While it is not my place to tell you what spirituality should

be for you, I do feel entitled to share my opinion of what it is NOT.

What is Spirituality? 

To help  you define what spirituality is, this list of recent behaviours

performed in the name of spirituality which definitely are not


·         Displaying behaviours which puts human life at risk in the name

of upholding your rights – is not spiritual

·      Videoing yourself instigating an incident whereby you uphold

your rights by blatantly flouting laws put in place to protect you and

your community – is not spiritual

·         Publishing videos of yourself aggressively threatening  people

whose job it is to protect you – is not spiritual

·         Inciting others to contempt of community protections – is not


·         Valuing money above human life – is not spiritual

·         Indulging your ego by seeking publicity – is not spiritual

·         Indulging your ego by seeking to gather followers – is not


·         Indulging your ego by seeking to influence others to exhibit

behaviours which are not in their best interests or the best interests

of humanity – is not spiritual

·         Indulging your ego by flaunting your “spirituality” in order to

attract people – sexually, financially or otherwise – is not spiritual


Often, those wondering, “What is Spirituality?”  are in a very

vulnerable state. Often they have undergone trauma and are looking

for support on a deeper level to assist their recovery or to help them

navigate a path to safety and stability.

Sadly, during their search they may encounter people who, at the

outset, appear to have answers.  These people often appear to be

mystical, spiritually connected, and/or knowledgeable.  Sometimes

they are charismatic, attractive, charming. Sometimes their

intentions are pure and they seek only to help those in need.


 History (and the internet) is polluted with charlatans whose

intentions were never good, along with people who start out with

the best of intentions, but their ego takes over when they start

receiving some attention.  

One such charlatan was Anne Hamilton-Byrne, now deceased,

whose charm and charisma was so plentiful that she convinced her

followers - many of them professional people - that she was Jesus

Christ reincarnated and had them change their lives, join her cult

and hand over their children to her to raise, and their assets for her

to squander on herself.

Of course, this is an extreme example of the type of people you can

encounter on your spiritual path if you don't exercise a little

skepticism and a lot of awareness.

There are organisations for which the term “dubious” is a gross

understatement.  If you have the slightest doubt about people you

are meeting, or the philosophies they espouse, no matter how

fascinating they seem, please trust your intuition and run in the

opposite direction. 

At least have someone you know and trust give you their opinion

before you become too involved. 

Use the bullet point list above as a warning checklist.  

Uncertain Times

In this time of uncertainty, while many of us are questioning so

much about our lives, there are people out there looking for

vulnerable people to influence.

They wear their “spirituality” like a cloak to attract the vulnerable,

but underneath the cloak there is often nothing spiritual – and they

can be downright evil.

They could have their political, egotistical, financial or sexual

advantage in mind - not your spiritual fulfillment - so please be

careful as you navigate your path to forming your own opinion of 

“What is Spirituality?” 


Who Can I Trust?

A spiritually strong person is so connected to their higher self that

their ego is diminished.  They do not need or seek the admiration of

“followers” to prove their worth.  Their ego does not constantly

require feeding – they are very comfortable with who they are, with

or without witnesses. They are usually not materialistic, and their

spirituality is not constantly on show.  (Think more Mother Teresa

and less Donald Trump).

Spiritual support is vital to a happy life, but it needs to be provided

in a manner which is in the best interests of the person seeking

support, not the purported spiritual teacher. If you are seeking the

answer to “What is Spirituality?” please be objective when lending

your personal support to any cause purporting to be spiritual.

Investigate other factors which could be at play and ask yourself if

the behaviours required of you are in your best interests – or theirs.

Find more information to answer "What is Spirituality?" on our

Spiritual Happiness page.