The purpose of the “What is your spiritual inclination?” quiz is to help you better understand what spirituality means to you: what your basic beliefs, assumptions, path, goals, questions, and practices are, and where your spiritual center of gravity is in the big wide world of spirituality.
As I’m sure you know, different people mean very different things when they refer to spirituality – the range can encompass anything from coffee readings to social activism to experiences of total immersion in the Absolute to life in the service of God. The multitude of answers people give when asked about what spirituality is for them can be classified in different ways. The Nine Spiritual Inclinations used in the quiz was created by crossing two basic and commonly-known classifications:
- the classification to 1st-, 2nd– and 3rd-person spirituality (also referred to as Subjective, Collective and Objective spirituality and as Inward-, Sideways- and Upward-oriented spirituality) – see “Spirit in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Person“); and
- the classification to Supernatural, Natural and Paranatural spirituality (also referred to as Transcendent, Immanent and Mystical or Occult spirituality) – see “Supernatural, Natural and Paranatural Spirituality“.
It should be noted that the classification does not apply well to almost any of the great religions, and the reason why is interesting: each of these religions consists of sects, schools and branches that emphasize different spiritual inclinations. Furthermore, even within a religious sect or a school that is characteristically, for example, “1st-Person Supernatural”, some individuals’ spiritual center of gravity may be in a completely different place.
As with almost any classification, nobody fits exactly into a specific “box.” Most people would find that they can relate to aspects of several inclinations in relation to their spirituality. The purpose of the classification is not to label anybody but to help us become aware that we have certain inclinations with regards to Spirit, and that the terms spirituality, spiritual experiences and Spirit can mean very different things for other people.