H. (bohofaery) wrote in lifespark,
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I was wondering ....

do you think people are born with an innate sense of spirituality, or do they have to be taught it?
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i think they have to remember it. i think that they alawys have it but it's under the conscious waiting to be discovered.
I wonder how a person who was taught nothing, or heard no language about spirituality, would interpret it? I mean, my concept of God has developed considerably from the one I was taught, but I think it's unlikely I'd have arrived at it on my own...
Born I think.

No one taught me a single thing.

I think only pretense of spirituality can be taught.
no-one "taught" you anything, but you got your ideas from somewhere. I mean you heard about spirituality from other sources. You were influenced. And even though you developed those to come to your own conclusions, you didn't reach them all by yourself.
Some people have faith, some do not.

Even in times where faith was the only option. Some merely put up a pretence.

There are those who can beleive and those who only go through the motions.
i think that born.
i think that everything that's in us is in somewhere and then we just discover it.
i hate my bad english when i'm trying to explain something..:(
i can express myself so much better in finnish.
suomi on kaunis kieli. ( finnish is a beautiful language..)
finnish is a very beautiful language :)

language is such a problem when you're discussing things like this. No words ever say what you mean entirely. Maybe we should learn telepathy, we might understand each other a lot better :)
born with the possibility, perhaps. it's about opening yourself to it, becoming aware of the sublime, finding something beautiful and letting it awe you.
Actually, that's the problem for me.

I believe that everyone is born with an innate sense of spirituality. To me, that is a desire to ask the questions whose answers only apply to you: Who am I? What is my purpose? etc.

I also believe that everyone is born with faith in the unseen. Children believe automatically in all sorts of things like angels, monsters, faeries. Some of these things cannot be seen at all, or they can only be seen if you believe.

I think there are two parts to the trap that causes people to lose both. The first is easy: experience. You answer the personal questions, and you don't like the answers. If you do like the answers, you will certainly run into person after person who is willing to dedicate themself to proving your answers wrong--to questions that never applied to them in the first place.

The second part of the trap is, in my opinion, more insidious: communication. We search so long for the answers to those important questions and to find proof that our beliefs are valid that we have to tell someone, anyone will do, but we try to find a friendly ear. When we do find someone to talk to, we have to put our knew knowledge into words. This defines and limits what we have experienced and come to understand in ways that no one outside of us could ever hope to do. We illuminate the walls of our own cage.

I think that is why some of the greatest mystical thinkers and teachers have been seen as hucksters, kooks, corruptors of the youth: How do you teach others about something that you can't speak about directly? How do you find others of like mind when you can't whip out a list of qualities of your experiences and compare them, or if you can, when those qualities are so vague as to be practically useless?

Now, I don't think all hope is lost. I think that spirituality and faith can be taught. One of the best ways, or so I'm told, is to live them. Others might think you're nuts, but when they see it work for you and deny it, who's crazy?

Oh, BTW, Can you sign me up? :-)
I think that it's born, but you have to nuture it. You can't just hope that you'll find understanding without thought.

It may not make sense to you, but that's how I see it.

ivy
by the way, is it possible for me to join?

ivy
I think people are born with a sense of spirituality. We may learn to form it into a belief or a religion, but existence alone will bring questions to mind. We need to entertain questions about creation, function, origin, how the universe works, when no one can speak beyond what they have been taught. Religion and belief, not spirituality, can be taught.