If you asked a person to describe a particular religion, they could probably give you a few pointers relating to that specific belief system. Religion is built around core ideas and values - as such, most come with their own set of rules and guidelines on how to live a holy and honest life. 

These days we’re seeing the word ‘spirituality’ crop up more and more in place of traditional religious beliefs. People may even opt to use this word to describe their own world view. It’s a broad term that’s used in many different ways - but does it have a concrete meaning, or is it changeable depending on the context? Read on to find out more. 

The Literal Definition 

If we’re going to figure out the meaning of spirituality, we first need to look at its literal dictionary definition. Well, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, spirituality can be understood as follows: 

“The quality that involves deep feelings and beliefs of a religious nature, rather than the physical parts of life.”

So, the ‘religious nature’ part is there - but without the organization and structures that usually go along with it. Spirituality may also evoke ‘deep feelings’ yet - beyond transcending the physical - there is little to say what causes these emotions. In short, even the definition of the word does little to truly explain it; the concept is open to interpretation.  

Spirituality In The World 

If we consider our preconceptions about the concept of spirituality, there are probably a few images that generally spring to mind: nature, candles, meditation and yoga. We link the term to both the physical beauty of the world and the intangible idea of human enlightenment. 

Many people also see links between spirituality and religions like Hinduism and Buddhism; probably because many ‘spiritual’ practices draw on ideas rooted in these religions (for example, yoga, meditation and reincarnation).

There’s also an ancient religion seldom practiced in the modern world that has ties with spirituality: Paganism. While the religion has gotten something of a bad reputation in the modern world, in reality, it was actually a tradition based on many ideas now found in modern spiritual practices. Pagans believed that the power of the divine could be found in the natural world surrounding us, from the life-giving light of the sun to the great beauty of the sprawling natural world. 

These days, even some atheists consider themselves ‘spiritual’ in this Pagan sense - they find purpose and meaning in the incredible feats of nature and the wonder of life more generally. This does not necessitate a belief in any higher-order or greater divinity. This is why the term is so expansive; it counts everyone from believers to sceptics in its ranks. 

Spirituality And The Supernatural 

Of course, we couldn’t discuss spirituality without reference to the spirits themselves! For some, to be ‘spiritual’ literally means to believe in ‘spirits’. This idea may take many forms. For some, it could be a belief in ghosts and ghouls, and for others, it could be something more mysterious and unknown. Either way, this idea is rooted in the concept that humans are more than just their physical form - there is a soul or some essence which may outlive the body and exist in a new expression after death. 

A Word To Bring Us Together 

Overall, it seems that the meaning of spirituality really is too broad to be pinned down to any one thing - but then, maybe that’s the beauty of it. It’s a word that stands for oneness and harmony. It is a word that can describe many different perspectives and outlooks, with each treated with the respect they deserve. Of course, it is also something that relates to gemstones. 

For some, gemstones are simply beautiful decorative rocks pulled from the earth and for others, they have a greater spiritual meaning. Whatever they mean to you, you can still enjoy them equally - that’s the beauty of it! So, regardless of your beliefs, why not check out all the gemstone jewelry we have to offer.