‘Spiritual Growth’ as a definition will differ between people, according to their experiences, beliefs and personality characteristics.
Just like buying a t-shirt or pair of jeans – one size definitely does not fit all, thus I can only share my view…
The word spiritual alludes to that something within us which is above and beyond that of our physical reality.
Spiritual growth then is the path we walk to accomplish a greater awareness and alignment to this inner-force.
There has been much debate about the actual reality of spirit or soul as opposed to flesh and matter. However, as you will learn on your path all matter reduces to energy. Atoms reduce to vortexes of light so everything that we see, hear, feel and touch, ultimately can reduce to something non-physical.
This means we in truth are a vibrating mass of atoms, energy and light. Things appear solid because they are vibrating so rapidly they appear and feel solid, thus we believe they are. This is what creates our reality, the rate at which these atoms vibrate, where and how they vibrate and our belief in the constructs they appear to form.
When one enters the spiritual realm, one runs across theories that discuss what in truth we are made from, who we are, and how our reality is shaped. One such person who has written about this is Gary Zukav in his best-selling book ‘Seat of the Soul’, where he details the connectedness between all of us, our environment and also the higher levels the multidimensionality of which we are a part. All based on these never-ending concoctions of atoms.
Spirituality then becomes something we personalize and make our own as we endeavor to uncover its meaning.
We will in our own time and place gravitate to bookstores, meditation, yoga groups, ashrams or communes according to what book we pick up, who we speak with, who we resonate with and seek to be with more as we search to discover the spirituality within us. As all these interactions, information, insights and even dreams collide and meld with the energy within us, our cells and atoms, to fuse to create a unique kaleidoscope of individualized spiritual growth. Thus, our very search, like a specially ordered birthday cake, a set of reading glasses, or our tone of voice, is uniquely ours to enjoy and celebrate.
This is where so many people become confused and waylaid on the path of spiritual growth … when they compare themselves to others. They hear that others are having spiritual experiences and they can become despondent and envious that they too have not had similar experiences. Yet, if one can remember the vibrations, how our mass of atoms is spiraling and swirling and intermixing with other atoms we can find deeper content and a knowing even that our own special mix of vibrations and energy will gently guide us to where we need to be at exactly the right time, so that the time for our own realizations and experiences draws nearer.
Accepting our unique path must be an integral link within spiritual growth.
If we cannot accept and acknowledge this, then for sure whatever spirituality is, we will fail to appreciate and revere it or even see it when we are so focused on the path that others are taking. Spiritual growth then implies that we anchor everything within our lives, our mind, and our world into our center, into that aspect that is within us, for this is the only way that we are then able to move more solidly in this direction. The necessity of doing this, of looking to our center, of focusing on our center is itself the key to our development and potential.
The more we stay focused on what is within us, the more we ground ourselves into our inner universe, the more spiritual growth comes to us, the more we see and appreciate and realize that it is with us always, we have never been separate from it. And that within our very search to expand our boundaries, and bring our spiritual nature out into the material world, we see that we are already depending upon and relying upon our spiritual source and essence. Thus our spiritual growth pursuits become more about realizing that the breath within us is what we are searching for, nothing else and nothing more.
Of course on the spiritual path, you will endeavor to read many books, theories and philosophies, you will listen to many teachers and gurus, you will attend many groups and workshops and these aspects open up your mind to a larger more luminous world and greater possibility. But only when you can bring the energy, the vibration, the insight and experience that you find here inside your own being to your own core, your own soul, will you feel, notice and see for yourself your very own unique spiritual world, experience and path.
Thus, the spiritual path, or spiritual growth is not something that you can see – the Angels from on high are not going to paint a yellow brick road for you to follow. There can be no set rules or law, as your own mass of vibrating cells are part and parcel of it. Thus, the spiritual path may seem invisible, indecipherable, juxtaposed like a tumbleweed out in the wild west you never really know which way the wind is going to blow?
Thus, many become confused and disillusioned on the path, seemingly with no set map or teacher to guide them. But, anchoring everything with a stitch from the ethereal needle into your inner being, through inner retrospection, contemplation and meditation, fertilizes the inner world, so that your inner compass can form, and this inner compass with its magnetic needle will not only point you in the right direction, it will at the same time draw forth a teacher who may at first appear in many different forms and faces and situations, but whose eternal beauty simmers gently behind and within. Then when you are ready, when the time is ripe … you will meet him/her … and when you do, your world will be transformed.