Spirituality is a concept that has been around for centuries, and yet it is still a topic of debate and confusion. While some people view spirituality as a way of connecting with a higher power or purpose, others see it as a way of finding inner peace and balance. Regardless of your perspective, there are some truth bombs about spirituality that you should know.

Spirituality is not the same as religion

Many people equate spirituality with religion, but the two are not the same thing. Spirituality is a personal belief system that can exist outside of any religious affiliation. While religion can be a part of spirituality, it is not the only path to spiritual fulfillment.

Spirituality is not a quick fix

Spirituality is a journey that requires time, patience, and commitment. It is not a quick fix for your problems, but rather a way of living your life that can help you find inner peace and balance. It is important to remember that spirituality is a process, not a destination.

Spirituality is not always positive

Many people view spirituality as love and light and a way of achieving only positive emotions and experiences. However, spirituality also involves facing and dealing with negative emotions and experiences through practices such as shadow work. It is through facing these challenges that we can grow and develop spiritually.

Spirituality is not exclusive to any one group

Spirituality is a universal concept that can be practiced by anyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, or culture. While different religions may have their own unique beliefs and practices, spirituality is a common thread that connects us all.

Spirituality is a personal journey

Each person’s spiritual journey is unique to them. It is a personal exploration of your beliefs, values, and purpose. While others can provide guidance and support along the way, ultimately, the journey is yours to take.


Shadow work is a crucial key towards your spiritual growth

Shadow work gets a bad wrap at times because it forces people to deal with their shit, among other things aka the not-so-pretty stuff. In actuality, shadow work is a form of self-exploration that involves uncovering and exploring the parts of ourselves that we have repressed or rejected. This can include aspects of our personality, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors that we deem negative, shameful, or unacceptable. Shadow work aims to integrate these parts of ourselves in order to achieve greater wholeness and self-awareness.

The term “shadow” was first coined by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist who believed that everyone has a shadow or a dark side. This shadow is made up of the parts of ourselves that we have disowned or repressed because we believe they are unacceptable or too painful to face. These can include anger, jealousy, fear, shame, and other emotions that we may have learned to suppress or ignore.

Shadow work involves bringing these repressed parts of ourselves into conscious awareness and exploring them without judgment or shame. This can involve journaling, therapy, meditation, or other practices that allow us to connect with and understand our shadow selves. By embracing our shadow, we can achieve greater self-awareness and acceptance, and ultimately lead more fulfilling lives.

Some spiritual mentors and coaches do not have your best interest in mind

As crazy as it may sound, there are posers in the spiritual community who will spiritually gaslight you and use spiritual bypass tactics against you, both harmful practices that unfortunately occur in spiritual communities.

Spiritual gaslighting is when someone in a position of power or authority in a spiritual community manipulates or invalidates the experiences or feelings of others. This can take many forms, such as telling someone that their negative emotions are a result of not being spiritual enough, or that their spiritual practices are incorrect. This can be damaging to individuals’ mental health and can cause them to question their own intuition and experiences.

Spiritual bypassing is when someone uses spiritual practices as a way to avoid dealing with difficult emotions or situations. This can involve using spiritual practices to suppress negative emotions or ignoring personal problems in favor of focusing solely on spiritual pursuits. While spirituality can be a helpful tool in managing emotions and healing, spiritual bypassing can lead to a lack of personal growth and the avoidance of real-world issues.

Both spiritual gaslighting and spiritual bypassing can be harmful to individuals and communities, and it is important to be aware of these practices and strive for a balanced and healthy approach to spirituality.

Spirituality is a complex and personal concept that can be difficult to define. However, by understanding these truth bombs about spirituality, you can gain a better perspective on what spirituality is and how it can enrich your life. Remember that spirituality is a journey, not a destination and that it is a personal exploration that can help you find inner peace and balance. 

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About Tia Johnson

Based in Philadelphia, Tia is an intuitive healer, international speaker, and best-selling author. Tia loves helping spiritually centered people crack the code of their intuitive gifts & overcome energetic blocks. For close to a decade, Tia has spoken to thousands of people nationally and internationally at several events, such as the Mind, Body, Spirit Expo, DivaGirl and Women's Empowerment Conferences, and empowerment cruises. Discover more at TiaMarieJohnson.com