The Varieties of Spiritual ExperienceKen A Bryson*
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ken A Bryson
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
and Religious Studies, Cape
Breton University, Sydney
Nova Scotia, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 15, 2015 Accepted date: June 17, 2015 Published date: June 24, 2015
Citation: Bryson KA (2015) The Varieties of Spiritual Experience. Anthropol 3:151. doi:10.4172/2332-0915.1000151
Copyright: © 2015 Bryson KA. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Spirituality underlies the search for meaning in religious experience, 12-Step recovery programs, holistic medicine and the arts. Spirituality is an innate search for ultimate meaning. It leads to participation in values in a way that reflects the best and worst of the human condition. The spiritual tendency can function as a source of good as well as a source of evil in which we empower or disempower other persons, the environment, and the self. While we usually associate spirituality with the desire to do good things through participation in religion, God, family, and humanism, misdirected spiritual energies can be recovered through religious devotion, holistic medicine, and programs designed to promote recovery such as the 12-Step movement. The beauty of the arts is also seen to play a constructive role in directing spirituality towards positive outcomes. Spirituality as a tendency towards the higher good is factual and dynamic rather than normative and static.