It occurs to me that not only do people have different belief systems – different spiritualities – they have different ways of expressing and celebrating them. For example, while it’s true that several of the Christian franchises may have some differing creeds or fundamentals, one of the most obvious differences amongst them is how they engage in their beliefs.
One church I went to was filled to the rafters with “a joyful noise.” There was great song, a very emotive experience. Another church was a very somber affair, very serious, very rigid and traditional. A third seemed almost more community oriented and all inclusive to the point of vagueness. All three were basically standard Christian churches, but the experience each member went to have was utterly different.
This I think points to a different dimension of spirituality. It’s not just about what you embrace, but the form and method of your embracement that feels the most appropriate and fulfilling. For some, that’s somber and serious, but for others that’s joyous and enthusiastic.
So even people who share a fundamental similar spirituality – at least as far as the content may find that they nonetheless belong in different choices depending on their mode of worship or observance.
Modes – another wrinkle in discovering/choosing spirituality.