What is Spiritual Growth?

SPIRITUAL GROWTH often begins with spiritually rich questions which arise in our minds like: 
  • What is the purpose of life? What is the meaning of life?

  • Have I accomplished anything worthwhile? 

  • What am I doing in my life that really matters? 

  • Is it even possible to achieve something in life that is lasting? 

  • Is there a spiritual realm? a spiritual world?
  • What is spiritual growth? spiritual development?

Our deep, meaningful questions arouse doubts about merely living for material success. Perhaps wealth, power, fame, sensual pleasure, etc., have no lasting value. That insight itself is a sign of spiritual growth.

Growing spiritually pushes our inquiry forward into the unknown—but spiritually discoverable. When we feel an urge to seek answers to our questions, we can progressively discover aspiritual world, a spiritual realm, which provides answers to what is real, meaningful, and lasting.

Sooner or later, we will feel a definite hunger for meaning. Seemingly unrelated to that hunger, the urge to act unselfishly arises. If we choose to make unselfish, fair, and even generous choices, we begin to experience meaning, purpose, and satisfaction.

When we follow through, acting unselfishly, we see that caring actions work to produce goodness. We are reassured by feelings of rightness, joy, and fulfillment.

All of these explorations produce spiritual growth. 

  • Spiritual because our experience confirms for us a dimension beyond the material or intellectual, a spiritual dimension where ideals are real, meaningful, and everlasting.
  • Growth, because we proceed into higher and higher ideals as we continue to function in that spiritual dimension. 


How Do We Grow Spiritually?

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Spiritual Adventures are self-help activities you can try for yourself to energize your experience of spiritual reality and foster your spiritual growth.

  1. Sit comfortably with paper, notebook, or journal and pen.

  2. Close your eyes if it is comfortable. Breathe comfortably for a minute as you relax your mind and body. 

  3. Open your eyes and choose a question from this list:

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  • How do I feel about taking charge of my own spiritual growth?
  • What am I doing that really matters?
  • How does it feel to be loved?
  • How do I feel when something seems right?
  • How does it make me feel to do something good for another person?
  1. First write down the question. Immediately continue with your answer. Do not stop writing to think. If you cannot quickly think of something to write, start writing with something like this, “I can’t think of an answer to this question, but I want to explore it. I feel…” Just let whatever comes to your mind about the topic flow out. No one needs to see what you have written. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.
  2. Write for three or four minutes. What comes out may surprise you.
  3. Relax for a moment; then thoughtfully read to yourself what you have written and reflect on it.

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How To Use This Information

We offer ideas for your individual exploration of spiritual living based on our own experience. We do our best to give you simple descriptions, explanations, examples, and exercises.

We promise: no obligation to us on your part, no cost, nothing to join, nothing you must profess to believe, no attempt to convert you. We simply want to share what we have discovered; you can use whatever works for you.

We are strongly convinced these suggestions will work for you if you persist

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