Spirituality offers the broadest term under which to include more defined disciplines, systems and religions.
However; These days almost anything can be combined with the word spiritual and get away with it. Consumer spirituality has even entered religious organizations – especially the ‘independent’ start-up types. This state originates from many centuries of decline of spirituality and its replacement with exoteric religion – where belief replaces personal experience. Efforts to re-spiritualize the inner life have mostly resulted in for-profit non-profit organizations, books, talks and gurus – mostly for profit.
This situation confirms that most people have no idea what spirituality means, nor how or where to find it.
Universal frameworks of spiritual realms largely agree – cultural terms excluded. Those same frameworks of the individual’s spiritual nature agree less – even though consumer spirituality assert otherwise. Methods to ‘be spiritual’ have overlaps and variances. However, the average person simply has no way to navigate the various claims, systems, methods and memberships.
Here we will approach the topic of spirituality, the spiritual realms, inner experience and growth from as universal an approach as possible.
We use a Western Esoteric framework while including comparative elements from Buddhism and Daoism. This framework itself grew out of near Eastern and other older frameworks and could do so because it is based on scientific exploration – not belief. The aim is to define a set of concepts that will enable a rational understanding of the non-physical in the broad sense, and the spiritual / mystical path versus the path of magic / service.
The truth is that both magic and mysticism exist in the same ‘space’ and utilize the same skills to attain their diverse goals.