In Psychotherapy, East and West, British philosopher and writer Alan Watts makes one interesting observation. Beneath the details most of the religions are “more nearly resembling psychotherapy” than “either philosophy or religion.” The most significant area of resemblance that he found between them was about the concern they had for bringing about changes of consciousness in people's relation to society and the natural world. With a small difference: whereas a psychotherapist is interested in bringing about changes in the consciousness of psychologically disturbed individuals, religious disciplines are concerned with changing the consciousness of those who are NORMAL and socially-adjusted.
But why bring about a change in `NORMAL' people? Because, said Watts, the accepted sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed inside a body was a delusion, against all known experiences—we arrive here on earth depending on our parents, then thrive on the services of the society, and lead lives of dependency during old age, and exit DISILLUSIONED leaving behind everything we thought we owned. Yet all along people were ruled by the thought that I did this & that, I owned this and that ….. which is actually a delusion! No wonder Bible contrasts the spirituality with egoism! (Galatians 5:25, 26; James 3:14-16; 4:16) Interestingly, another FAMOUS Scripture calls egoism as a “mental disease.”
Yet very little is accomplished by religions which are themselves egoistic as they are more concerned about safeguarding each one’s separate identities [even worse are JWs who view all other religions are instruments of Satan the Devil]. This is why the concept of spirituality without religions is getting momentum nowadays. Surprisingly, this is almost the same thing that atheists from Bertrand Russell to Richard Dawkins - people whose moral fibres at least have never been doubted - have been saying: that we require an independent approach to ethics that is not necessarily associated or reliant upon religion. They've proposed, instead, that the deeper roots of all moral behavior predate religions.