“Religion asks you to learn from the experience of others. Spirituality urges you to seek your own.
Religion cannot stand Spirituality. It cannot abide it. For Spirituality may bring you to a different conclusion than a particular religion– and this no known religion can tolerate.”
~Neale Donald Walsch; Conversations with God, An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 2.
*One thing this brings to mind is how religion seems more mental oriented in nature: of the mind, thought processes, etc; which intrinsically is not Spirit. Mind is a physical aspect of our existence, of the carnal, material world. Spiritual things consist of a much deeper essence, of a transcendent value. Beyond word and form. They are not the same. One thinks, ponders, questions, guesses; while the other feels in a sense, or ultimately experiences at a deeper level.
Religion, though possessing many positive influential and beneficial aspects, is like the want to be, of spirituality. And it appears we may have been slighted; given shallow shores while searching for deeper depths of reality: Given mental constructs and concepts, rather than the ultimate experience of this deeper dimension.
Man has given a lot of credit, time, and energy to his limited and conditioned mind in his search for heaven, at the expense of a greater resource. That being his soul, that sees and hears with eyes and ears not of the material world. We’re searching the ocean with an airplane, rather than a submarine.