People have all kind of ideas, often vague, about spirituality, when they’re not rejecting it altogether. Here are the 7 most common misconceptions you’ll see all around you. It should make it all more realistic and interesting!

Misconception 1: Fear God!

The church and Catholics keep saying to fear God and to be good to not be punished. That’s indeed what’s written in the *English* translation of the Bible, but not in the original language. They used the word “fear” since there’s no word in the English language to describe the original concept. What they really meant is to revere God in the sense that every cell of your body vibrates, not out of fear, but out of love and passion. Change the word “fear” to “revere” and it completely changes the meaning of the Bible!

Misconception 2: Religion is spirituality

Religion, first of all, is a group experience whose main purpose is to protect the group, primarily from physical threats: disease, poverty, death, social crises and even war. Religion is rooted in first chakra energies. Spirituality, on the other hand, is an individual experience directed toward releasing fears of the physical world and pursuing a relationship to the divine.

Misconception 3: Meditate for awareness

Most people who are into meditation try to become aware of themselves to raise their awareness to energies. In Thailand, the monks who meditate in temples to be connected to universal energies aren’t that healthy because there’s another important aspect: to be grounded in the physical world and to our instincts. Ideally we want to have the base of our spine solidly grounded to Earth energy and the top of our crown grounded to universal energy, with both energies flowing through our bodies. Both groundings are equally important, we can call it to walk both on Earth and Heaven.

Misconception 4: Be aware of yourself

We try to become aware of ourselves to overcome our limitations but many people either try to control their emotions or become calm and passive. This is especially a problem for women as it is in their nature to respond to their environment and to flow like water. It’s important to be aware of our fears and limitations but it is equally important to surrender to our instincts and guts feelings. We don’t even need awareness to surrender to ourselves! However, many of our behaviors are rooted in fears and need to be unlearned.

Misconception 5: Sexual equality

Feminists wanted sexual equality and we got sameness. At first sight, the idea of balancing Yin/Yang (feminine/masculine) energies may seem to support this concept. However, the truth is, sameness is repressing both masculinity and femininity and we end up in a gray zone in-between. Yin/Yang refers to sexual polarity and contrast: having a strong masculine presence like James Bond or having a strong feminine presence like Thai women. Yin/Yang balance means to have a strong polarized presence without the neediness since we can get the energy of the opposite sex from within ourselves.

Misconception 6: God is your father

Many people talk about surrendering to the will of God, which brings them prosperity and peace of mind. Although you can view God as your father and follow its will, you ARE God! We are all Gods, and we can take the responsibility for what we create in our own lives and in lives of others. If you accept to be God also, your “father” will never create something that goes against your will, as long as your will is based on love.

Misconception 7: Good vs bad

Good and bad are merely judgments. In fact, things you do with good intentions can have bad consequences and things you do with bad intentions can have good consequences. For example, some parents over-protect their children for their good, but as a consequence, these children become reserved and unable to take responsibility for their life. Another example, someone can be punched badly and it causes him to change his attitude and improve his life. Good and bad are lies; there is only acting out of love and acting out of fear. The parents are over-protecting out of fear and the guy may be punching the other out of love for integrity.

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