The Stages of Spiritual Growth
Have you ever had something really shake up your life? Perhaps the death of someone you love or a pet, a divorce, losing your job, or a serious illness?
These life-altering events can change the course of your entire life.
And it doesn’t have to be something negative. It could also just as well be something wonderful and positive…like a new loving relationship, the good fortune of an inheritance, or a career promotion.
The Mysterious Force in Your Life
As you look back on your life, haven’t you always felt there was an unseen force guiding you?
Something is guiding your life-journey. That “thing” is your soul. But most likely, you haven’t always understood it.
You see, your soul has overall goals for your spiritual evolution and you probably are not aware of what they are. You soul is leading you from one stage to another for your entire life. Yes, there are good reasons everything happens as they do.
The Common Stages of Spiritual Growth
Here are some of the main characteristics of the stages of spiritual growth you evolve through. They will help you reflect on your life and recognize how you are guided.
An early sign of spiritual awakening is to notice you are starting to change some of your previously cherished beliefs.
This could be triggered by circumstances in your life changing which causes you to re-evaluate what you believe.
In cases of your circumstances being negative or challenging, they may cause you to seek answers in places you wouldn’t have looked before. This searching can lead you to your next stage of spiritual discovery.
You become either challenged by changes in your life, or you are thrilled by new directions. In either case, you can feel yourself changing inside and that leads to new realizations.
Friends may not understand or even relate to what you are experiencing. Yet, you are driven further to understand the changes happening within you and around you, so you keep searching for more answers. This leads to stage 3.
At this point you realize that the answers you are seeking are inside of you and not external. This leads you to deeper meditations to discover the internal causes of what is attracted and repelled from your life.
You find there are positive and negative forces within you that are responsible for what you experience. Through these discoveries you find methods for eliminating what doesn’t support you.
You also delve more deeply into your spiritual nature and align yourself with love, kindness, and integrity.
People may leave your life as others enter who are more aligned with your new directions.
After going through the adjustments of stage 3, your life begins to smooth out. You have established some spiritual practices that are helping you evolve. In addition, you may find people who understand your journey and support you.
You live with a greater degree of happiness and satisfaction, and you feel more soul centered. You feel reassured you are on the right trajectory for your evolution. You are exploring ways to deepen your positive experiences.
Life is far less about struggling and more about unconditional love and peacefulness.
You are now integrating your soul in everything you experience. You have awakened to some of the wonderful gifts the soul brings to your life. You now have a sense of being whole, complete, and in unity consciousness.
You are much less affected by outer circumstances, and equanimity is now more sustained in your life.
Stage 6 & Beyond…
You may find you are becoming more intuitive and perceptive to everything around you. You are more insightful and wise, and others look to you for guidance.
Because you are surrendered, you can be assured you are moving forward even if you are on a plateau.
Your life journey can be mystical and even magical at times.
Where to Go From Here
Engaging in spiritual practices on a daily basis is your key. At times you may let things slip, but it is important to put yourself back on track.
The practices that once excited you may become mundane and you may even skip them. You may feel like you are losing your passion for life.
These are all temporary phases most people go through. To keep moving forward you’ll need to recommit to clearing and releasing with a meditation practice. Decide to start today!