Religion, from the Latin religare, “to bind fast”
(folk etymology–origin unknown).
Religion is the software of humanity
bound by geography and time,
by culture and language
(until recently. Now not as much).
Spirituality, from the Latin spiritus, “breath.”
Spirituality is the hardware–
the stuff of human consciousness itself.
Religion, religare, binding and boundary.
Spirituality, spiritus, intentional breathing
with the purpose of changing consciousness.
Religion is the symbol system
carried into the spiritual experience.
Spirituality is the experience
informed by the symbol system.
Spiritual experience is
experience that feels
beyond symbols and systems.
Religions offer scenarios
of meaning and purpose
that remain prose–stricture
and insistence. Spirituality
is the poetry; the embodiment
of meaning and purpose.
Religion is often a method
of saving the self.
Spirituality pushes toward
escape from the self
to save the world.