The Spiritual Spectrum

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Where do we find ourselves on the “spiritual spectrum”? This is a concept thought up one day while driving. Of course, it is found by a simple google search. Interestingly, before even looking it up, think for a moment what this concept may be describing. By “spectrum” we either think of “on the spectrum” as if referring to autistic disorders. We may also immediately think of the spectrum of light, color, sound waves, or other types of gradations of wavelengths or vibrations. The term spiritual conjures up of vast array of associations and meanings from the purely religious to the most broad aspecfs of the interconnectedness of humans, the natural world and the cosmos.

From the website, we find this description of the spiritual spectrum: “The Spiritual Spectrum is based on measuring between fear/love and body/mind. When it comes to spirituality, religions vary greatly, individuals practice the same religions differently, and even atheists have spirituality.” This website also allows one to test themselves on this spectrum. My results showed that I have a clear preference for non-dualism and the I may like the book “The Universe is An Illusion”. However, there’s a lot more one finds in a google search for ‘spiritual spectrum’ such as stuff from the ‘A Course in Miracles’ book, as well as a TV Series!


Let us assume that everyone is on the ‘Spiritual Spectrum” from the most concrete atheist and logically minded folks to the most ‘woo-woo’ out there spiritual and/or religious crusaders and everyone in between. Such an assumption may bring more people together than distancing ourselves from one another. Look for the similarities AND the differences and embrace both. Think on these things. Honesty, open mindedness and willingness may be all that is necessary.

Published by Dr. Rick Barnett

Licensed Clinical Psychologist-Doctorate, Addiction/Recovery Specialist, among other things...

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