Growing Personally and Spiritually

Most people want to grow to some degree. If you want to become all you can be, you need to develop both individually and spiritually. There are fundamental principles for growing in this way. They cover everything from faith in God to compassion for others to a deep appreciation for the environment. Following these principles will lead you on a path toward spiritual enlightenment.

A Brief Introduction

Based on my own experience, observation of others, and of different faiths, I sincerely believe everyone begins life with a default destiny or path, a spiritual path God has chosen for them as only He sees fit. As adults, we possess the ability to think and the gift of free will, which enables us to change our default paths for better or worse during the course of our lifetime. The best way to rise above your default path is to grow spiritually. The more you grow spiritually, the greater the reward either in this life, or certainly in the life beyond.

How to Become Enlightened

There are many problems in the world today. On a personal level, such problems arise because people have dysfunction in their lives, often resulting in a void—something is missing. An exceptional way to fill such a void is through spiritual enlightenment. Spiritual enlightenment helps you build moral character and become a more complete person, which leads to better relationships, stronger families, and more fulfilling lives. It is through oneness that you realize a union of mind, body, and spirit into a greater celestial whole, thus bringing you closer to God.

The following are the fundamental principles for achieving both of these goals:

  • Accept God into your life and Jesus Christ as your savior.
  • Complete your formal education.
  • Learn more about yourself, your health, and your mental well-being.
  • Learn more about the needs of others.
  • Learn more about the natural environment in which we live.

Once you fill the void using these principles, the problem will most likely be solved. To sum it up, you need to get in touch with yourself, God, and the world around you.

Proactive vs. Passive Learning

I believe an absolute truth in life exists, and only God knows it. The further you grow spiritually, the more you begin to comprehend that truth. I believe Earth represents a learning ground for mankind to evolve spiritually, before moving on to the afterlife. As with any form of education, learning involves lessons. To effectively evolve, we, as a people, can either learn our spiritual lessons proactively or passively. Two examples in the 20th century of passively repeating and learning our lessons the hard way are World Wars I and II. An example of learning proactively is the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Three very important spiritual lessons we need to overcome in this century are global warming, overpopulation, and environmental degradation. Together, we can prevail over these challenges if we act now rather than later.

Conclusion

We only live on Earth for a short period of time compared with how long our souls live in the afterlife. It simply makes sense to make the most of our time while we are here. We need to develop our minds and bodies for life on Earth and to develop our souls for our time thereafter. Doing so can only place us closer to God, therefore making it possible to share in His knowledge. Empowering yourself is one of the most enriching and liberating experiences you can possibly undertake. Since the path to spiritual enlightenment can be very challenging, it is my greatest wish that you derive inspiration in as rewarding and straightforward a manner as possible in order to accomplish this goal. Keep in mind that the concepts presented here do not constitute the end of your spiritual journey, but rather just the beginning…

I welcome any discussions on this subject in the comment box below. I look forward to interacting with you.

Frank P. Daversa was raised in South Hempstead, NY. It was during his college years that he honed his writing skills. He earned his A.A.S. degree in 1981 with honors. Two years after earning his B.S. degree in 1986, Frank moved to Houston, TX. He worked for 14 years in the corporate world before becoming a writer in 2007. He published his first web article on spirituality in 2008 and his first book in 2011. He published his second book in 2012. Frank has been on a spiritual journey since contracting a serious illness in 1997, which inspired him to write his latest book, Spirituality in the 21st Century.

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