Spiritual convictions are an attempt by the psyche to have the ego be acknowledged by the self and be accepted by the group. If there is no group there will be no confirmation of belief. This happens if you have a bunch of friends that believe the "holy cabbage" is the way. Then you would ponder and pray...and you would question the cabbage believers.
You would accept some concepts of the cabbage believers.(like vegetables are basically good right? )..then they would give you praise for your understanding and thus your ego and self will be confirmed. You essentially will feel the "spirit" in which your outside self, inside self and ego are in alignment with the group think. When you are accepted within the group you will feel safety and protection. It could happen with a myriad of beliefs...just pick one.
- Joel Vaughn