Spirituality and Spiritual health-by Dr Ben Bassey

Spirituality and Spiritual Health

Spirituality is a very broad concept. Everyone can experience some spirituality even when he or she is not affiliated to any religious organisation or faith group. There is no universally acceptable definition of spirituality. In essence, spirituality is empowering individuals with knowledge to follow and grow in his chosen spiritual pathway, aimed at achieving optimal spiritual health for that individual.

In true spirituality, spiritual health can be measured by the individual having developed the ‘fruit of the Spirit’:
”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” ( Galatians 5:22-23). This is achieved through individual giving his or life to Christ, being baptised in the Holy Spirit and growing spiritually through total obedience to the word of Christ.

In general term, spiritual health is a highly individualized concept that is measured by the amount of peace, joy and harmony an individual experiences in his day-to-day life. A truly spiritual person, expresses himself or herself through love, peace, compassion, humility, goodness, patience and kindness.

Spiritual health fluctuates greatly depending on the amount of time an individual spend daily to develop personal spiritual values. Individual spiritual health can vary significantly within a period under examination .

There are various spiritual pathways that individual can choose to follow. Theses include: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Silkhism and Taoism etc. Within these groups are variants of spirituality pathway . For example within Christianity are many variants in addition to true Spirituality in Christ Jesus. Variants of Christianity spirituality pathways include the Seventh Day Adventist, Grail messengers movement, Mormonism, Celestial church, Aladura, Olumba Obu, ECKANKAR, the Quakers, Jehovah Witness, Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Pentecostal movement etc to mention a few. There are also different spiritual groups in Islam and other religious groups but perhaps not as many as Christianity.

Other spiritual pathways unrelated to groups or organisation include Atheism and Agnosticism. There are also a spiritual pathway known as Hare Krishna, Guru Maharaji, as well as Satanism( Satanist church)

Spirituality is NOT about proselytisation. Indeed spirituality is opposed to proselytising. Having good understanding of your chosen spiritual pathway and growing through it is vital to spiritual health, and is the focus of spirituality. There are a lot of evidence that many people lack good knowledge and understanding of the spiritual pathway they follow. Many a times, life events or life experiences contribute to people following a particular spiritual pathway.

Spirituality has to do with knowledge and understanding .Spirituality cuts across religions, creed and cultures. Spirituality helps you to attend your own optimal health through a balance of physical health, mental health and spiritual health.

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Dr Ben Bassey is licensed psychiatrist. He is a spiritual health Counselor, Evangelist, Missionary Disciple, Christ Ambassador and a Minister of the Word