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What is spiritual development?

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Sabrinmg



Joined: 29 Jan 2012
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject: What is spiritual development? Reply with quote

(Excerpt from International College of Esoteric Studies - Liber01)

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT?

Now, what do you understand spiritual development to be? All aspirants on the Path desire “spiritual growth”; they want to know they are growing spiritually and they often reach out for reassurance. The problem is: almost none of them understands what spiritual growth really is. It is not, as some think, a matter of being good little boys and girls, and as a sort of reward, being made an Adept
Spiritual Growth is the product of an expanded consciousness and this is achieved by becoming more aware. “More aware of what?” you might ask. More aware of your feelings, your motivations, your habit patterns, your attitudes. Spiritual growth requires effort. It calls for work that must be done on yourself, by yourself, it is work you must undertake to do for yourself. Nobody can do it for you. Just reading about it won’t do it. Spiritual work calls for practices and routines which must be followed sincerely. Teachers can only point the way. The only person you can fool is yourself.
The thing that really holds us back in being more aware of our attitudes is the fear of what we will see if we truly look at ourselves. Yet this revealing view must come about as a part of the unfolding process. When you do become aware of your feelings, your motivations, your habit patterns, your attitudes and so on, you have the option of expressing them, or not. When you are not aware of them, you express them unconsciously, and then wonder why you make such a mess of your life.
If you don’t see your own patterns clearly, you won’t see the patterns of others, and then you have to handle the critical feelings that arise from this, which is not only energy consuming, but depressing.
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PNT92



Joined: 09 Mar 2010
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm... i tell you what... those archangels are there just for that... khamael " I AM eternal life"... that in itself is spiritual development... when you invoke you are allowing yourself to be about that... thus putting yourself on a path to spirit. from my expierence anyway... looking to make invoking the archangels worldwide and create a flood... product of the holy ghost
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slaga



Joined: 15 Oct 2012
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: agree Reply with quote

I agree with your position on spiritual growth. I have only recently given this serious consideration, and I have concluded that it is something I have always been working on, whether aware or not. The awareness I have now does not provide some sort of instant benefit, other than I can focus more clearly on further change and higher awareness. It takes work and effort as you've implied. For me it is a continual struggle yet at the same time a continual source of inspiration.
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mack



Joined: 07 May 2007
Posts: 138

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:56 am    Post subject: Re: What is spiritual development? Reply with quote

Sabrinmg wrote:
(Excerpt from International College of Esoteric Studies - Liber01)

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT?

Now, what do you understand spiritual development to be? All aspirants on the Path desire “spiritual growth”; they want to know they are growing spiritually and they often reach out for reassurance. The problem is: almost none of them understands what spiritual growth really is. It is not, as some think, a matter of being good little boys and girls, and as a sort of reward, being made an Adept
Spiritual Growth is the product of an expanded consciousness and this is achieved by becoming more aware. “More aware of what?” you might ask. More aware of your feelings, your motivations, your habit patterns, your attitudes. Spiritual growth requires effort. It calls for work that must be done on yourself, by yourself, it is work you must undertake to do for yourself. Nobody can do it for you. Just reading about it won’t do it. Spiritual work calls for practices and routines which must be followed sincerely. Teachers can only point the way. The only person you can fool is yourself.
The thing that really holds us back in being more aware of our attitudes is the fear of what we will see if we truly look at ourselves. Yet this revealing view must come about as a part of the unfolding process. When you do become aware of your feelings, your motivations, your habit patterns, your attitudes and so on, you have the option of expressing them, or not. When you are not aware of them, you express them unconsciously, and then wonder why you make such a mess of your life.
If you don’t see your own patterns clearly, you won’t see the patterns of others, and then you have to handle the critical feelings that arise from this, which is not only energy consuming, but depressing.


No arguments here. I'd only add that because emotions and issues we hold on to literally act as blocks, as they are released awareness can more easily move/see through. Through move/see what some may ask? To Spirit. So to me Spiritual development is as you have said awareness and releasing the hindrances to awareness that allow us to connect to, see and listen to Spirit. Perhaps it is not the Spirit that is being developed, although I have heard that take on things, but the body and mind is developing to be aware of Spirit.

The development and evolution of Spirit itself is another discussion which I find interesting.
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