On the Terms “Religion” and “Spirituality”

Today, I read Eckhart Tolle’s explanations as to “religious versus secular spirituality” (which has also been recorded on ETV a few months back).

I was tempted to write a comment there, but not ultimately sure about my motive, (and) whether it was not more the mind, and given the possibility I should not sit in front of my computer this morning anyway, I probably better post it here. My comment is:

When reading the comments, it occurs to me that one might wish to be careful not to build an artificial contradiction between “religion” and “spirituality”. (For then, the ego has an opponent to strengthen itself in fighting.)

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Learning through Joy

I just heard the new talk (July 2011) of Eckhart Tolle, with Marianne Williamson as a guest, author of, int. al, the book “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of  ‘A Course in Miracles‘”.

Quoting or referring to the Course in Miracles, she mentioned something, which actually, I noticed, I seem never, for my own “spiritual” life, to have considered: It is up to us, whether we learn through joy or through pain. While as a language teacher, I have always maintained that joy in learning was important, it seems that, as to the spiritual path, I had lost awareness, that we do not need to learn through pain, but that we can also learn through joy.

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