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What is Spirituality?

If you found your way here, you are probably interested in the subject of spirituality. Perhaps you are new to the search, or maybe you’re a veteran on the topic. Whichever it is, welcome!

What kind of picture does the term ‘spirituality’ create for you? Do you imagine a sixties hippie with beads and a vegetarian lifestyle, or perhaps a Buddhist monk on a mountain top, or a more traditional scene of a church with a cross on the roof? Are you attracted to one more than the other, or does one particularly ‘turn you off’?


The reality is that spirituality can be all of these and more. It doesn't have to be particularly religious, although you may find that it overlaps with religious practice. It doesn't have to dictate a particular lifestyle. You don’t have to become a monk to be spiritual.

I like to think of it as a journey which takes place in the depths of our souls, psychological, social, cultural, political, economic, ecological and cosmological. Those are some big words I know, but they basically mean that authentic spirituality should help you to live better – with yourself, with your neighbour and with creation. - See more at:

Personal and Social

Spirituality is both personal and social. It is about

"being" and "doing". And we don't always recognize

it or see it in others. Once we recognise it, we can

begin to ask ourselves questions about how we 

can change and grow in that area to become more 

liike the people we were born to be. Without a 

focus on our spirituality, life becomes easily all

about the material- it quickly becomes 

shallow, and lacks purpose. Spirituality puts the 

"fizz" back in the 'bottle of life.' An authentic

spirituality helps us to become more of ourselves

and helps us to live better socially.

However, the path of true spirituality is not 

a ‘quick fix’, not a 'new age' discovery, nor a

 ‘feel-good’ experience like an evening at 

 movies or a short stroll in the woods. 

It’s more like a journey through mountains 

and valleys. It has its ups and downs and

will take you a lifetime. But along the way

 you can enjoy the change, as you begin

 to notice how much more in touch you

 are with the essence of who you are as a




Separateness, us or them, you or I, nature or humanity, male or female, rich or poor, inner or outer lives, personal or social.


Science has taught us that we are one, part of the same fabric, inter-connected, inter-related. 


The old patriarchical model or paradigm needs to shift to an inclusive one - where we live in a circle of mutality, compattion, and love within our various contexts.

Transformation that embraces self and world requires a paradigm shift to a new world view where we all change - this is certainly needed today. 


Both the dominant and oppressed need to change to live in mutuality.

Spirituality includes both our personal and social lives as we live them out in our contexts.


Our inner and outer lives are connected - not disconnected, if we walk the talk. 

In our research we realized that there were cycles within cycles emerging as we attempted to understand how to embed a spiritualtiy praxis within the organization. 


Basically there are eight as indicated in the diagram below and we can find ourselves in any aspect at any time - it is not a fixed linear progression. 

We began to be very aware that we weren't isolated within our 350 acre site on the edge of Poole Harbour - a centre for Disabled People. We are all connected and are one.

The points to the right are a summary of what we became so aware of by experiencing these realities

Spirituality Today

Spirituality became a very fashionable and popular word in many fields which then began to interpret and apply their own particular understanding of what it meant for them. In some cases it was incongruent with the validity and authenticity of the academic field of spirituality itself.

Spirituality involves all of life, body, mind and spirit. It is both personal and social and is a way of life and love. 

The awareness within the various fields and disciplines began to overlap and even cause confusion for some most vulnerable people

Our earth home includes the broader context of the cosmos in which we live

We can become more "aware" of and "conscious" of more than the physical realm but then ...

Spirituality in the Workplace

Living out our spirituality can have a noticeable effect. When we do so, our inner and outer lives become integrated and everyone and everything benefits. Those around us and the environment begin to benefit from a new and growing sense of our becoming whole.

The following pages contain my photographs with relevant quotes which give a visual impression of what the "words" are saying.

The book is not about religion, theology, or church, but it takes you into a deeper understanding of spirituality today.

Science and Spirituality Today

Did you know that Quantum physics supports spirituality as a discipline? There is a strong connection between them. Physicist Danah Zohar writes that, “We ask questions like: Who am I, why am I here, what is my place in the scheme of things, why is world like it is, what does it mean that one day I might die?”

Science also shows us that we cannot separate ourselves from our environment. It shows us too that it can illuminate our understanding of everyday life and help us to better understand ourselves, others and the world at large. This is part of authentic spirituality. - See more at:

Get The Book

Are you ready for an adventure? Whether you are a new seeker or well on your spiritual path, pick up my book as a guide for your spiritual development. A Fruit-Bearing Spirituality explores the emerging spirituality of our time. Both the theoretical and the practical are covered, and there are lots of diagrams to help you to understand the content.

I look forward to your feedback on your reading. Join the conversation on my blog and email me if you have any questions. 


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Table of Contents


Contents                                                                 PART THREE:BREAD CRUMBS FOR THE jOURNEY
Forward by Mary  Grey                                         7 Fruits and Consequences of Growth
Preface                                                                 8. Spotting theSpoiled Fruit
Introduction: Fruits from the Bottom Up                  9  Nourishment for the Futurr
PART ONE: Embarking on the Journey               10 Transformation and Love


1 Eight Steps to an Inner Spiritual Praxis                  Conclusion: How This Book Came About

2 Even the Oppressed Need to Change                       Biography
3 Cycles of Change and Growth

PART TWO: Science Supports Spirituality

4 Dipping into Quantum Mechanics

5 Seeking an Authentic Spirituality

6 Making the Change (to) Now

Photo credit: Bonnie Harrison


I graduated as an RN (1962) and worked in that field until I moved to the UK (1974). I completed an MA in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College, University of London  (1999) and then a Doctorate in Professional Studies with The National Centre for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University, UK. "Developing a Spirituality Praxis in a Multidisciplinary Organization"

Carolyn Reinhart MA, DProf

Doctor of Professional Studies

(developing a spirituality praxis within a multidisciplinary organization)  

Inner and outer praxis are connected through integrating sound theory and good practice.


The context, environment, and atmosphere created within an ethos of love and care is important so that there can be inner and outer integration, conducive to authentic praxis, which determines whether we can walk the talk or not. The model can be understood as an on-going cycle since life is on-going and we never stop learning. 


from A Fruit-Bearing Spirituality

a selection of short-listed quality resources, good books, key videos, and favorite go-to sites.
There are key videos, quotes and addresses/descriptions of other helpful websites. 

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"Reinhart has produced an inspiring synthesis on the evolution of spirituality in the 21st century. Drawing on theoretical foundations of study and research, this is primarily a manual for spiritual praxis, embracing connectedness and inclusivity as primary values. A valuable and timely resource for those exploring the emerging spiritualtiy of our time."


Diarmuid O'Murchu, priest and psychologist, Author of In the Beginning was the Spirit.

Jan 30, 2016: Philip Endean SJ | The Way, January 2016 issue

Carolyn Reinhart's A Fruit-Bearing Spirituality resembles [Antonio] Spadaro's work in its conviction that new cultural developments necessitate drastic reform in Christianity's self-understanding. The book comes across as a passionate plea for a spiritual understanding rooted in human embodiment, in ecological thinking, in quantum physics and the overcoming of patterns of mutual oppression. The narrowness of denominational Christianity is to be overcome by a shard praxis, with inclusivity a watchword.

Readers of Reinhart's book trained in conventional theology and in churchy ways of doing things will probably find it exasperating in its frequent oversimplifications of the tradition, and its uncritical use of buzz words. But that is probably an unworthy response. The fact that there are intelligent and committed people who write in this way, and that they can find publishers who thinking the book will sell, says something important about how conventional Christianity is failing to communicate to at least some people of palpable good will. [The book] raises questions worth pondering.

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