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Spiritualism: The Spiritual Social Movement

BY Chris Mentillo

Spiritualism: The Spiritual Social Movement

Spirituality or Spiritualism can be best defined as a spiritual social movement that began in the United States and was prominent in the year, 1840 through 1920, especially in English-speaking countries. The apparent movement distinguishing feature is the opinion that the spirits of the nonliving can be adjoined by spiritualists. These spirits are conceived to dwell on a more eminent level of cosmos than humanity, and are consequently capable of providing us with counsel in both worldly and phantasmal substances.


Some American Indian customs delineate spiritualism (Sanskrit) as that which pertains to the self or soul (Sanskrit: atman). Certain forms of spirituality can look more like doctrine: note in particular the scope of metaphysics And Ursula King writes: .".. spirituality is now sympathized anthropologically as a geographic expedition into what is involved in becoming fully human."


The all-embracing scope and personal nature of spirituality as a term in several customs, however, one can perhaps gain an overview of the field by centering on central concepts that originate when masses identify what spirituality entails to them. Research in the following areas as worthy of consideration:

Meaning- significance of life; making sense of situations; deriving purpose..Values -beliefs, standards and ethics that one cherishes. transcendence - experience, awareness, and appreciation of a "transcendent dimension" to life beyond self. Connecting- increased awareness of a connection with self, others, God/Spirit/Divinity, and nature/Nature.Becoming- an unfolding of life that calls for reflection and experience; including a sense of who one "is" and how one knows.


The American magazine What is Enlightenment?, in its tenth anniversary issue, released an article which drew a differentiation between what it called "feel good" or "translational" spirituality, and "transformational" spirituality, the previous covering essentially the practices whereby a person feels better or alters approach, without in truth enhancing personal underlying spiritual centering (or ego related viewpoint). A controversial Indian teacher, comments of spiritual teachers that "out of one hundred masters, there is only one Master, ninety-nine are only teachers." The teacher is necessarily learned, the Master... it is not a necessity... The Master is a rebel. He lives out of his own being, he is spontaneous, not traditional


An important differentiation exists between spirituality in faith and spirituality as opposed to religion. In recent years, spirituality in religion often conveys connotations of a believer having a faith more personal, less dogmatic, more hospitable to new ideas and myriad influences, and more pluralistic than the doctrinal/dogmatic faiths of matured religions. It also can connote the nature of believers' personal relation or "connectedness" with their god(s) or belief-system(s), as counterbalanced to the cosmopolitan relationship with a Deity as shared by all members of a given faith.


Those who talk of spiritualism as opposed to religion by and large meta-religiously believe in the creation of many "spiritual itineraries" and deny any objective truth about the best course to abide by. Rather, disciples of this definition of the term accentuate the importance of finding one's own path to whatever-god-there-is, rather than following what others say does work. In summary: the course which creates the most tenacious sense becomes the correct one (for oneself).


Many adherents of orthodox religions who regard spirituality as an expression of their religious experience tend to counterpoint spirituality with lay "sophistication" rather than with the correct manifestation of their religion. People of a more New-Age disposition tend to regard spirituality not as religion per se, but as the active and vital connection to a force/power/energy, spirit, or sense of the deep self. As cultural historian and yogi William Irwin Thompson (1938 - ) put it, "Religion isn't one and the same with spirituality; instead religion is the form spirituality takes in refinement." (1981, 103) For a spiritual duplicate to the approach whereby some see spirituality in everything, compare pantheism.

To Christians, concerning to one's self as "more apparition than religious" implies relative denigration of dominions, rituals, and custom while choosing an intimate relationship with God and/or talking to Him as one's best admirer. Christians with such regards usually belong to a non-denominational Christian church

Spirituality, according to most disciples of the idea, forms a crucial part of an case-by-case holistic health and total well-being. In this respect, some admirers of the idea of spirituality see it as a supportive conception even in workplace environments.


Although several people exercise prayer and believe it impacts their health, only confined scientific evidence affirms prayer. In keeping with a universal increase in interest in spirituality and complementary and alternate treatments, prayer has garnered attention among a growing number of behavioral scientists. Masters and Spiel-mans have conducted a meta-analysis of the effects of distant intercessory prayer, but detect no discernible effects. They review the literature regarding frequency of prayer, content of prayer, and prayer as a coping strategy; then make propositions for future inquiry, including the behavior of experimental studies based on conceptual models that include accurate operationally defined conceptions, longitudinal probes with proper measure of control variables, and increased use of ecological momentary assessment techniques.


About Author

Chris Mentillo, Ph.D., aka Doc Mentillo is an award-winning writer, producer, radio host, and songwriter. He is the founder of an award-winning American record label company called, Got Money Records, and Chris Mentillo Productions.

He is also known for his spiritual and paranormal/horror writings, (particularly memoirs and autobiographical sketches, along with screen-writings that he has documented, involving his own encounters and experiences), as well as his many entrepreneur ventures.

Mentillo has written numerous songs, and has performed well as an actor. Some of the more notable artists Doc has written for, or worked with are: Jamie Foxx, Rick Ross, Nox, and Taio Cruz.

Additionally, Dr. Chris Mentillo currently sits on the Board of Directors for a non-profit 501(c)3 organization called, The Chapel of Light Ministries, Inc. As a result of his ministry work, Dr. Mentillo has received several honorary doctorate degrees, including an earned doctorate degree in Alternative & Complimentary Medicine, and Divinity.

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Published August 23, 2013


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