Do you consider yourself “spiritual” but not “religious?” More people are making this distinction in their lives as shown by the Pew Research Center’s survey results, released in January of this year: Americans may be getting less religious, but feelings of spirituality are on the rise.” The phrase “spiritual but not religious” has become commonplace in recent years as regular church-going among mainstream has fallen, according to other Pew Research surveys.
The percentage of those respondents to the Pew Research survey who feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week rose from 52% in 2007 to 59% in 2015. So did the percentage of those who wonder about the universe – up from 39% in 2007 to 46% in 2014. Those feelings of “spiritual peace and well-being are not limited just to “affiliated” Christians – those who identify with a particular denomination such Catholic, Protestant (Evangelical, Mainline), Mormon and other specific religions (56% in 2007 to 65% in 2014) — but those of Non-Christian faiths as well: Judaism, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu (51% in 2007 to 52% in 2014).
For those survey respondents who say they are unaffiliated with any particular religion (Atheist, Agnostic, Nothing in particular in two groups: those for whom religion is not important and those for whom religion is important in their lives) 35% said they have feelings of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week (2007 survey), while by 2014’s survey that rose to 40%.
The Theosophical Society in America offers to those who are seeking the Spiritual Path – that Path that is free from doctrine, dogma and rigid thinking – a way to explore the Wisdom of the Ages. It offers a study of the vast array of teachings not only in religious and spiritual traditions (Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Kabbalah, and others), but also of science – from the Age of Reason/Rationalism – to today’s quantum mechanics/physics (which have much in common with the Eastern philosophies); and philosophy from Socrates, Plato and Aristotle to the modern Transcendentalist and New Thought movement. All of these the Theosophical Society’s founder, Helena P. Blavatsky sought to synthesize in order to give us the Wisdom of the Ages and the roots that connect these.
So, if you’ve ever asked yourself “What does the Theosophical Society have to offer me?” the answer is “A synthesis of the spiritual, scientific and philosophical knowledge and the encouragement to help you ask the questions for your Path.”
We invite you to try a meeting or two, and see if you find the Theosophical Society meetings engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining as well. We’d love to have you join us!