I really don’t know what others experience when they say they are “spiritual, not religious” and I do know what it is for me and I’d like to share that with you that it may resonate with you or not.
When I express that I am “spiritual, not religious,” I am telling of my direct connection with the consciousness of The All That Is or what others call God by an infinite number of names from Yahweh to Jehovah. I am not talking about Creator Gods. I am talking about the One SELF that I and everything else is a part of. Being spiritual for me, then, is a direct, mystical engagement on an every day level where I perceive the Divine within myself and everything around me and I take that connection with The All That Is in everything as a so-called spiritual reality or experience.
Please understand that this does not mean I reject religion, the Bible, other sacred texts, use of crystals, medicine bags, tarot cards, chanting, meditation, burning sage, incense and other spiritual practices. I do these things as well and I use them ONLY to enhance my spiritual state that I already practice which is the every day state of being The All That Is in physical form. I perceive myself as “spiritual” as in I am that.
What being spiritual does for me is provide me with a deeper connection to Spirit, to my soul and the souls of others, dead or alive that I experience the sacred nature of this physical reality and beyond. Again, it does not mean judging religion or other spiritual practices as wrong or false. I am one who has a preference for direct experience and not what a book tells me, not what another tells me or someone dead I have to go through.