Recently a woman in my city lost her 18-year-old son in a tragic and violent drug-related death. I really don’t know this woman, but I have children too and the agony that came out on her blog posts touched me and probably thousands of others like me.
That is probably the sappiest thing I have ever written but it is undeniable and true so why not say it?  The Internet now allows you to find your folks wherever they may be, to establish your personal movement. Does this sound weird to you?  I think it can happen for anybody if you give it a chance.  The social web is spreading love from country to country and server to server, to laptops, smart phones, iPads and people.
I am in daily contact with people who inspire me from Sweden, Malaysia, Jordan, France, Australia, Russia and many other nations.  Perhaps you are too.
Pause for a moment and realize that you and I are experiencing a milestone in human history.  A profound and spiritual milestone, I think. Look through the silliness, cut through the drivel, ignore the hate.  There is a core light of hope streaming above it all with the potential to unite us, heal us, and inspire us no matter who or where we are. There’s nothing better than having a thought in your heart and then seeing someone else articulate it so profoundly. Sometimes it takes a post like this to remind ourselves that it’s always a wonderful to connect around this planet. I personally see my life as much richer because of the Net because of all the people who’ve come to be my friends, as we help each other along this journey.
Your message is profound and totally resonates with me and what I’ve been working on for over three years now. With Facebook, for instance, I know folks get riled at Mark Zuckerberg’s behaviors at times.
The world of social media is just too powerful NOT to use it to spread these spiritual touch points. Congratulations Mark on writing such a meaningful post to remind us that behind the fans, followers and friends are people that we have the ability with whom we influence, support, connect and elevate…sometimes without ever knowing how. I’m a huge believer in the good of humanity, and contrary to a lot of public perception, this is only amplified by the web. I find hope and encouragement every single day, in both connections of mine and connections of those I’m connected to. I also look at the folks that have taken the idea of 12for2k (sorry, selfish inspiration time here) and grown it beyond anything I could have even contemplated when starting it 18 months ago. Mark, I am reading your post because Mari shared it on Facebook, and I am so glad and grateful that she did, and that you wrote this post. Underneath all of the buzz there is the pulse of humanity… your post is a beautiful reminder of how one connecting to one and sharing with others can create something significant. However, far be it from me to be a Site Hijacker, so I’ll graciously bop into the sunset, humming to myself. You know it is refreshing to hear someone talk about something other than business, ROI, authenticity and all the rest of that. I have heard Victor Canada teach this for years, and hear it in the threads of people like Chris Brogan & Mack Collier. I just discovered this post & believe, like you, that a spirituality of social media comes from a spirit of community.
At end of the day the social web should be an extension of who we really are and what we aspire to. These few introductory comments already cause us to grapple with the relationship between spirituality and values. The Good, the True, and the Beautiful are of course the Socratic definition of spirituality. A transpersonal definition of the relationship between spirituality and values is not based on belief or reason but is an experiential integration of the two. Need help healing relationships, solving problems, making decisions, discovering your life purpose?
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My definition about “spirituality” is related to the deep mind of each person’s inner world and can only be expressed by one’s own ideas. I think the difference between spirituality and religion is that, spirituality is more personal and religion is much like a public event or believe. Creativity is a process to recognize or generate ideas that maybe useful in solving problems or communicating with others.  Creativity is transient in nature and is constantly evolving.
After doing this week’s assignment, I got a better understanding of the meaning of spirituality and its relationship to religion.
Another objective of this week’s assignment is to become become familiar with was in which spirituality influences artists. The third objective is to examine spirituality as a generative force and a well spring for creativity.
I do not think there is one definition for the spirituality as the word likely means something different to each individual. Creativity is derived from the word “create”, which means that creativity is rooted in creation. I believe that the source of creativity is different for each individual and it is impossible to claim that there is a singular source of creativity. I also examined spirituality as a generative force for creativity. I wrote that I believed that the source of creativity is most certainly different for each individual.
We were a community of strangers united in grief.  We connected through Twitter, through comments, through prayer for her family. It’s amazing to think about.  More love in more places around the world gotta be a good thing,  right? I think this needs to be said over and over again until we truly realize just what we have through the social web.


But I’ve always admired his mission for Facebook and that is to help the world be more connected and communicate more effectively such that world problems might be solved. You are definitely one the spiritual touchpoints in the world for me who teach and inspire! And when we choose to grow in positive ways, we have the opportunity to touch so many others along the way.
I met some folks in a tweet up who took time out of their day to be with us at a local Barnes and Noble.
When I was a boy, my sister was obsessed with David Cassidy, The Partridge Family and that Leif-Garrett-swooning-over-boy- band scene. However I think we can all agree that banning Patridge Family music just makes good business sense. The awesome strength of 140-character limitation forces us all to be sparingly with our words, and think very well about them. At different times I’ve heard people say Twitter saved them from the pain of isolation. If you choose to seek out the negative then of course you’ll find it BUT if you look for the positive then the world is full of inspiring, interesting people doing wonderful things for the planet and each other. This reminds me of the 93 Dollar Club video that was shown by Matt Hicks at SMM2011 in Atlanta.
For example, the scientific method is based on values that say, “Knowledge is better than ignorance.
We ask, “Do I agree with these distinctions?” “Do they make sense to me?” Do I prefer one usage over another?” “Do I normally confuse these definitions or not?” “Are they meaningful to me or not?”  These are all value questions, and the way you answer them says a great deal about the relationship between your values and your experience of spirituality.  Notice that your answers to the above questions are on a cognitive level. If we put Socrates’ formulation into Wilber’s definition, spirituality involves the maximization of a balanced combination of these three core values.
Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World, 2006. Spirituality Wallpaper is available in widescreen, HD, Standard and High Quality Resolutions for your Desktop, Notebook, Tablet, Smartphone and TV. The spirituality one can feel may be invisible to others, since it is a special individual term. I think creativity is a mix of ideas of one’s own experience and based on the motivation from previous activities. For the intrinsic motivation, I think personal experience plays a major role, which included what we have thought about, met with, saw and observed. According to Grey,  “In order to experience art fully viewers must go through a mini ego death by placing themselves in the inspired mind of the artists” (74). I think being an individual in this world, we should be more open to others’ culture and belief, then re-evaluate our own values and re-develop creative thinking through different spiritual experience. Many people would likely associate spirituality with religion or the belief in some higher power. Spirituality does not include the belief in a singular higher power or eternal life in an alternate realm with utopia or prison.
But rather than creating any simple thing, creativity is the process of creating or culminating a new or unique idea.
I said that Spirituality differs from religion because spirituality is not based on believing in a god and does not include heaven and hell.
I described the source of creativity as a layer of consciousness where thoughts are more free flowing and the imagination is most active. I wholeheartedly endorse everything you’ve just written ~ and will be spending the rest of the night trying to knock out the David Cassidy song that started spinning in my head part-way through this post (I Think I Love You). However, as you so eloquently illustrated, there is a tremendous amount of good that can be garnered from this media. When we can keep that bigger picture in mind and focus on the real human beings behind all the user profiles, it makes it easier to forgive Facebook’s constant changes!
Loved seeing a social media post on all the good that can come of all of our connectedness instead of why things suck online. It struck me that some of these folks are people I would have NEVER ever known or even thought I would want to know if not for new tools and technology. I feel like shouting it from the rooftops, but maybe I’ll just RT your post for starters! Developing a hypothesis, performing experiments, and subjecting the findings to peer review and objective verification is superior to taking evidence on faith.” Values, whether stated or left unstated, are always present, but what about spirituality? However, you may answer them on an affective level, in terms of your emotional preferences. What do we get when we combine a belief in goodness, truth, and beauty with one or more of the rational definitions of spirituality we have explored above?  I would submit that such a definition would exist at the intersection of the secular and the sacred in the present moment, at the convergence of the mundane and the divine now. In addition, spirituality is the origin of one’s personal values and it makes us believe in something, just like the origin of religion. There are some reasons that people are motivated to be creative: Creativity is need for novel situation, solving problems and well connected with each others. It is far more on personal experience and focus on the attitude, behavior of one individual rather than a group of people, While,  Religion is always about loyalty to institution or rules, which should be a common believe among diverse people with different cultural backgrounds. However, I kind of disagree with this viewpoint, since we should not limit our innovation in the shoes of the artist and the diversity of the meaning of the art work may be restricted in this way. The intrinsic motivation closely relate to personal experience, while the extrinsic motivation come from the influence of external environment. Religion is also a worship-based belief; meaning people who subscribe to a given religion often worship the eternal being in which they believe in order to gain eternal life in a perfect alternate realm. That idea may be expressed through a variety of channels, whether it is a physical creation or spoken or written language. A place where thoughts run free and the imagination can create, like during a dream, meditation, or trance.
I think having a stronger comprehension of spirituality and creativity is extremely helpful when one is exploring or observing art.


When we embrace social media and just spew information, we don’t interact and we shamelessly self promote, in many ways we are being disrespectful to the spirituality of the venue. It will stretch your mind, connect you to fascinating people, and provide some fun along the way. You can tell if you are doing this if you have thoughts like, “Thinking about this is too hard! For instance, religion is about god and spirituality makes us believe in god, which means make us godly.
In order to be creative, we should view things in a new way or from a different perspectives. For the extrinsic motivation, it comes from the external world that we live in and the influence from the people or environment surround us. After reading assigned reading “Art as Spiritual Practice-The Mission of Art” by the author Grey, I got better understanding about the relationship between spiritual practice and art.
To me spirituality is belief in a metaphysical realm in which each person has an identity, the “spirit” or “soul”, without the belief in any singular higher power. I think this layer can be partially active while an individual is awake and can be triggered by external stimulants that lead that part of the mind to some idea, connection or inspiration.
I came to the conclusion that spirituality is based on the belief in souls rather than gods. I think spirituality can also be a source for creativity because it exists on a similar plane of existence that is far enough away from reality that people are able to be curious and imaginative.
Thank you for writing a blog post that challenges us to direct our attention to the positive. First, we can think of spirituality as a separate line of personal development alongside cognition, empathy, ethical, kinesthetic, our sense of self, musical, and so forth.
It makes my brain ache!” You may feel a deep longing for simplicity, an aesthetic sense that you know what feels good, true, and beautiful, and that’s all you need to know about the relationship between values and spirituality. For some people, it refers to attend some organized religion and get connection with church. I think religion at its best should be the community of spirituality, which means the public and common religion is composed of individual spirituality. The author first describes the difference between seeing and looking, and regard it as “a difference which is fundamental to artist experience” (Grey, 72).
Thinking process is largely influenced by intrinsic motivation, and spirituality is one of the most important factor of intrinsic motivation. An individual who is said to be creative is often considered artistic, while someone who is engaging in creativity is often said to be creating art. I really enjoyed this assignment because it gave me the chance to utilize outside resources while also relying heavily on my own beliefs and feelings for spirituality and religion. Those who are able to look past the tool and truly connect in authentic ways are the ones I believe will ignite their biz and lives over the next decade.
Development along this or that line would move in stages from unawareness of all things spiritual to oneness with the divine. This is valuation of spirituality as an emotional preference, or an attitude.  In this instance, we can tell when we have the right relationship between our values and spirituality because it feels right.
Instead of beauty we would have the disharmony of confusion, helplessness, and powerlessness, or a state of victimization. For other people, it is more personal and related to individual activity, such as yoga, long walk or talk with someone in order to get spiritual contact. I think everyone has the capability to become creative, because we all have different background and the unique background will become the source of the motivation of creativity. The surrounding traditional belief may become the motivation of our creativity and make us create novel thoughts about our surroundings, which can be called the process of creativity.
The question and reading assignment help me set up my own understanding mode of creative spirituality. It is something you deeply believe in, thus greatly influence the process of thinking and producing. For example, Saul of Tarsus, when he was persecuting followers of Jesus, would be considered less developed spiritually than Paul, who Saul became after having a vision of Jesus, being struck blind on the road to Damascus and then going on to create a major world religion. Instead of goodness we would have the phony goodness of rescuing, in which we impose our definition of spirituality on others because we are only trying to help. Notice that it is wise, in that it gives you what you need moment to moment whether you are awake or asleep, aware or unaware.
Second, we can think of spirituality as the highest level of development of any line, such as divinely inspired music, or a spiritual identity, or godly ethics. The word “transpersonal,” for example, implies a consciousness that transcends and includes both a prepersonal, faith-based, irrational approach to spirituality and a personal, rational one. Because spirituality exists to one degree or another in all states, this movement from drama to spirituality occurs in the three major states of waking, dream, and deep sleep. It transcends belief in these qualities and in this moment you are doing more than reasoning; you are combining your belief in those core values and what you know about your breath and about spirituality. Third, we can think of spirituality as a state, such as a Near Death Experience or a mystical experience of oneness with nature or with the divine. If spirituality is a core value for psychotherapy, it is not enough to eliminate drama from waking relationships. Hinduism defines spirituality as a state exemplified by sat, cit, and ananda: being, consciousness, and bliss. Fourth, by “spirituality” we can refer to an attitude that can be present in any state, on any line or at any stage of development.
However, this fourth definition generally collapses into one of the previous three, because we can discern different stages in the expression of love (sexual passion is not the same as divine bliss) and different states in which that attitude appears.  In any discussion about spirituality or its relationship with some other subject we need to specify which of these meanings of spirituality we are dealing with if we do not want to talk past one another and become hopelessly confused.



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