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Jengie jon

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I think I can explain it by explaining about train enthusiasts. Now when you think of train enthusiasts you think of middle-aged men in duffle coats standing on the end of platforms with notebooks in which they are writing down numbers of engines that pass.

However, they only represent a small portion of railway enthusiasts. There are those who are:
  • historians of train development
  • interested in restoring trains
  • interested in driving trains
  • interested in development of railways
  • want to visit every railway station
  • enjoy travelling by steam
  • collect videos and pictures of trains
  • campaign to keep a local station open
  • build model railways
  • write stories about railways
  • I have forgotten about

They are all railway enthusiasts in one form or another but what they do with that enthusiasm differs between individuals. The choice is a combination of inclination and opportunity. Well, spirituality is much the same sort of thing only related to ideas and behaviour around approaching the numinous.


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Except that spirituality is not just about the numinous. The apotheosis of Zen: when hungry, eat; when tired, sleep.

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Originally posted by wild haggis:
If we believe that we are created in the image of God, what does that mean (supposing you do believe in God)? We don't look like him - well I don't look like Jesus for starters(not got a beard!) and God the Father and the Holy Spirit, what do they look like? So what do we mean by being created in God's image?

Could that not possibly be that God being a spirit created us humans with a spiritual element, different from animals? That is his/her image - being spirit.

I believe so, yes. I have trouble understanding how someone can believe in God and yet still think there can be nothing more to us than our physical body.

That may mean having imagination, having empathy with others, emotions, sense of the other outside ourselves, sense of beauty etc.
Could that be what spirituality is?
Back to awe and wonder, I suppose.

I'd say that in the same way that our eye cannot see itself except in reflection, our spirit cannot see itself except as it is reflected in our thoughts and emotions. I think that our ability to reflect on our own thoughts and emotions is what makes us uniquely human, makes us spiritual beings, and provides the foundation of all spirituality.

It is then inclusive and can cover any human, no matter what faith or none, no matter what disability or none.
Absolutely, yes.

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