“People on a spiritual path – personal growth, spiritual practice, recovery, yoga and so forth – are the last people who should be sitting out the social and political issues of our day.” -Marianne Williamson
Mazzastick.com is a blog about personal and spiritual growth. What does that mean to me? I’ll give you my definition of both and try to explain what I mean.
What does Personal Growth mean
According to Wikipedia: Personal development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.
The concept is not limited to self-help but includes formal and informal activities for developing others in roles such as teacher, guide, counselor, manager, life coach or mentor.
When personal development takes place in the context of institutions, it refers to the methods, programs, tools, techniques, and assessment systems that support human development at the individual level in organizations.
Personal growth is anything that causes you to learn and grow as a human being. Basically anything that causes the physical you to grow and expand. Examples of personal growth are:
- Learning a new language.
- Starting a new business.
- Getting a new job.
- Going to school to take some classes.
- Traveling to new place.
- Learning new computer skills.
- Taking a public speaking course.
What does Spiritual growth mean
Spiritual Growth has to do more with the unseen or energetic aspects of ourselves. Having the ability to perceive a higher awareness of ourselves and our connection to the unseen world. Some examples of spiritual growth are:
- Forgiving ourselves or others.
- Eating a whole, and healthy diet for the love of yourself.
- Meditating, yoga, acupuncture.
- Using The Law of Attraction.
- Opening the heart to receive love.
- Communicating with the higher self.
- Channeling Information.
- Letting go of inner resistance.
- Resolving conflicts peacefully.
- Balancing and healing your chakras.
I think most of you get what personal growth is but maybe the definition of spiritual growth is less clearly defined.
To me, spiritual growth really has to do with using your personal energy to your advantage and has nothing to do with religious dogma.
When I decided to quit drinking alcohol six years ago I did it because I was tired of the bad effects that alcohol had on my body.
No one made me quit, it was a personal choice to do so.
I don’t believe that I am holier than thou just because I don’t drink.
I did it to feel better energetically, that is all.
The same goes with any other spiritual choices that I make. I only do it to feel better and to make myself more valuable in our World.
What – spiritual growth is not about religion?
Religion has more to do with the mind than the spirit. Religion is a great way to soothe the anxiety of the mind, but for me it can be a too restrictive and dependent when taken too far.
I like how Darryl Anka explains in an interview with Lilou Mace about religion and spirituality:
“Spirituality at least as I understand that and as I think many people understand it is just your personal relationship with creation.
You know religions are fine if that works for people, but religions are more than institutionalized idea of a relationship where you need an intermediary between you and creation.
And if that works for people as a permission slip to allow them to get in touch then that’s fine.
But I think spirituality is a more directly experienced relationship where you don’t need an intermediary or a ritual or a structure to define what creation is to you for you.
You just have your own definition, you have your own personal relationship and in essence you are a spirit, you are that.
As many people have said it’s not that you’re a human having a spiritual experience – you’re a spirit having a human experience.
So spirituality in a sense is just another way of saying it’s our natural state or our natural relationship with creation of being experienced that way without so much in between or intermediary structure.” -Darryl Anka (Teachings From Bashar)
That’s why you often hear the phrase, he or she does things religiously.
Also,spirituality is not about never showing emotions, like getting angry or sad.
These are normal human emotions and should not be suppressed in the name of being spiritual.
There is nothing spiritual (energy) about suppressing your emotions.
Sure I get angry, I get upset, I get moody. It’s all just expressions of internal energy. So I don’t make a big stink about it.
Everything is conscious energy at its core including you and me. Things like eating a poor diet, not getting enough rest, being hard on yourself and speaking negatively about other people all affect your energy in a negative way.
If you really want to feel good then clean up your personal energy.
A Short Story
The anxious student asked the Zen master how long to enlightenment. The Zen Master answered a long time, at least 10 years. The student said, “Well I will work twice as hard.”
The Zen master said, “Then it will take 20 years.” “No!” said the committed student, “I will work three times as hard.” “Well then,” said the Zen master, “it will take 30 years.”
Do you need to work at being spiritual? No. You already are spiritual. Do you need to work at being human? No. That’s just who you are.
The spiritual path doesn’t require us to get anything. It’s a process of opening to new dimensions of who we already are. It’s a process of awakening to our own truth. It’s a process of allowing ourselves to be authentic.
If you want to achieve true spiritual alignment than become true to yourself.