Remember to be patient is not something you have to chose right away, it may take years. Me personally I acknowledge my life experiences and knowledge is continually changing and growing and so do my beliefs.
This is my opinion, spirituality and religion have a fine line between the two and it is easily blurred. Spirituality is direct communion with the Divine, which is a journey solely discovered via oneself. In basic terms spiritualists seek to become One with the Divine, or realize that they are already One with the Divine, indivisible and eternal. However, the purpose of religion is somewhat different. Religion was created by people who wanted to pursue spiritual evolution. It is meant to give directions to enlightenment and ultimately union with the Divine.
The major inconsistency between the spiritualists and the religious is the pressure to follow authority. Religion which establishes rules and boundaries about who has direct access to the divine, and who bestows that access and the proper channels. Correct methods of worship and spiritual communication are prescribed, including what is permitted and what is not, if the follower does not corporate they are persecuted and/or cast out. I have found that religion can, at its worst, reinforce ego: self-righteousness, tyranny, prejudice, hatred, etc.