Updated: May 19
Drawing a parallel with the usual school we all know, religions represent the 1st class of spirituality. Thus, they teach a young soul some basic principles and commands such as: not to steal, not to lie, don’t be greedy, etc.
They also tell you that there is a God above all the time with his eyes on you, who looks like a grandfather with white hair and is always upset, and who slaps you at every mistake. So you would better live in fear of Him, otherwise it will be even worse … On top of that, there is a Hell around the corner waiting for you because of your sins, and you should be afraid of him too. So you fill yourself with fear of everything above you (God and the saints), as well as of everything under your feet (Hell) because we are all sinners, who can be perfect without any sin in these circumstances??
You are also told directly or indirectly that you are completely and hopelessly spiritually helpless, that you are a failure anyway, and that only religion X, Y or Z is your "salvation" in this world and especially in the other.
The offer of religions to compensate for all these sins and fears of ours, many instilled in us by them actually, is that each has on offer an almighty prophet who somehow "saves" us, at least after death, that is of course if we believe in him.
Religions also tell us that although we are so sinful and punished at every mistake by this God who’s angry by definition, He loves us in spite of our sins ... In fact, they say, they do everything they can to guide us on the right path.
Some religions have also included more luxurious offers, such as if you are a young boy / man with your hormones out of control, well then if you do worthy deeds for that religion like for example you die bravely killing tens and hundreds of "enemies", preferably innocent and unarmed people but of another faith, 77 virgins are waiting for you in heaven put aside only for you.
Now, in order to move from the 1st to the 2nd spiritual class religions ask you to become their employee, and not just a fan member like most people are, and as such you have to attend a school of their own to become a priest, a monk, a rabbi, an ulema, etc.
What seems to be ignored by all, including highly educated people, is that classical religions were conceived hundreds and thousands of years ago for the level of consciousness of that historical context, which was very different from today. This explains the master-slave relationship depicted in religions, which in fact copies the typical one of those times between the king and his subjects.
Religions actually have very little to do with true spirituality like connecting with your soul, with higher vibrations and entities, find out your destiny ... Their main purpose is to ensure social stability, i.e. give a common story to everyone they can believe in, so that millions and billions of people are able to collaborate and build huge constructs like cities, dams, armies, and nations that make a civilization.
The vast majority of souls now embodied on Earth are novice / young souls, and many even lived in ancient times when those religions were relatively new and well-aligned with the historical context of that times. Therefore, these souls when adhering to the religion in which they spent many lives in the past do have a familiar feeling in the present, including about the fundamental fears typical of that religion… They feel at Home, have a sense of déjà vu, feel safe since they share their faith with millions or even billions of others.
Spiritual schools’ specific
However, in a true spiritual school, which I would liken to the 3rd and higher class in spirituality, the focus is on the Inside of the student and not on the Outside as it is in a typical religion. So the answers should no longer be sought like in a religion somewhere outside, but inside in the student's soul.
Of course, this endeavor is significantly more difficult and involves the identification and release from the student’s subconscious of the low/limiting beliefs he has adopted since childhood due to family, religion, education, society, media, etc. It’s hopeless to meditate if you do not seek to identify and release these beliefs that pull you down.
One of the main differences between a religion and a spiritual path is that a religion provides common rituals that make followers feel together in a sense, not alone anymore, it gives everybody a sense of belonging to something bigger than them; this gives a feeling of soothing, being nurtured, more relaxed, more peace inside as being part of a larger community, and so on. Being alone triggers in most people stress, while being part of a community triggers relaxation.
In a spiritual school although you have a master and colleagues, ultimately you are alone on your evolution spiritual path, you know where it starts but you have no idea when it will lead you to. You will be pushed to look inside you, acknowledge your fears, worries, and insecurities, and this is certainly stressful.
What does it mean to be part of both a religious and spiritual school
There are still many spirituals who are with one foot in one religion and the other in a spiritual school, which is as if a student attends in parallel some 1st grade classes in the morning, and in the afternoon other 3rd grade courses …. Obviously, when moving from a religion to a spiritual school one needs some time for to transition to take place, and for that transitioning period he will be part of both. Problems start if he never lets go of his religious past, and then the student risks getting confused in these circumstances, and no true long-term results can be obtained.
When a spiritual is under the pressure of two or more different sources of very different vibration like a religion on one side is, and a spiritual tradition on the other side, both his soul and body energy fields will suffer in time, since they will be literally pulled in different directions. Unfortunately, I see very many spirituals including so-called "gurus" and "masters" that, as you will see in their sites, claim to deliver at least 5 very different schools each, many mixed also with some religion influences. If you have 3 delicious cakes in front of you if eaten separately, if you mix them together and then try eat the mixture, there are very little chances you will get also something good to eat.
My advice is to keep things separate, and when following a spiritual tradition then invest yourself 100% in it. If after a reasonable time you feel it doesn't serve your spiritual progress anymore then move to another tradition you think it suits you better, but abandon the former procedures altogether so not to mix things up, and risk some backfire coming from mixing the two traditions.
You can learn more by reading other posts in this spiritual site that are coming from a very different and fresh angle than spiritual mainstream, and based on a very long and personal experience and hands-on research, and not from books.
You might also consider a service like Psychic Readings in the Services section of this site from the ones listed there and get a spiritual diagnostic, or attend my spiritual School of Body and Soul Ascension Mastery so to raise your body and soul awareness, and reach into higher dimensions.