In my opinion religion and faith often have very little to do with spiritual awareness. In most cases they have more to do with devotion, love, dependency, belonging, etc.
I am certainly not suggesting such things are not wonderful and desireable, but just that they don’t automatically translate to spiritual awareness. And in some cases produce just the opposite!
What do I mean by spiritual awareness?
For me it revolves around an awareness of being simultaneously ‘one with’ and ‘different from’ God.