Consciousness is also spoken about when considering spirituality. Eckhart believes that religion is not, by default, spiritual. Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe. It is to do with your state of consciousness. Spirituality is tied to a new, potential consciousness of transcendence of thought. Transcendence of thought is our ability to realize our thoughts and no longer obtain our identity from them. Obtaining our identity from thoughts is, by definition, our ego.