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What is spiritual growth? How is it measured? and by whom?

Discussion in 'Spiritual Growth & Development' started by pandora97, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. pandora97

    pandora97 Established Member

    How do we know when we're making progress? What amount of growth is necessary to move us to the next level? How do we know if we've moved to the next level? Do we only see our level of growth after we've left our lives here behind?
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  2. mac

    mac Staff Member

    I don't know!

    I don't know!

    I don't know but I feel confident we each will know when it's happened!

    I think it's likely for ordinary folk like me whereas others may know before then.
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  3. pandora97

    pandora97 Established Member

    Thanks mac, That was insightful! :D;)
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  4. mac

    mac Staff Member

    I don't think I contributed much..... :oops:
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  5. yewman54

    yewman54 New Member

    I can't answer your questions specifically but I can share what I've been told and maybe that will help you.

    This growth we're all here for is really all about love. As simplistic as it may sound this existence is primarily about learning to love better and more completely. If you look at the world around you and you see people that just seem love better than others then chances are you're looking at someone that is further along on their journey.

    I've also been told that because of the linear world in which we live and the linear thinking that goes with that, we tend to place too much emphasis on these "levels". We assume that "2" is better than "1" and worse than "3". They're not better, just different. These so-called levels have more to do with enlightenment and comprehension than they do achievement.

    This growth is also quite personal in that we are never required to do anything. We don't have to incarnate if we don't want to. If we are content where we are then so be it. I've also been told that I've said "Never again!" to reincarnation many times and yet, here I am. This trip hasn't been fun at all. I'm already saying "Never again!". My spiritual family seems to find that quite entertaining.
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  6. Momsgirl

    Momsgirl New Member

    I with you on the never again aspect!

    Don't care what level I'm on as long as I see loved ones and everyone is nice.
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  7. pandora97

    pandora97 Established Member

    Thank you yewman. What a wonderful answer! But I don't really understand why it's necessary for us to grow spiritually if we all originally came from Source, God, etc. (whatever name you choose). Weren't we also perfect?
  8. poeticblue

    poeticblue member

    Perfectly explained.
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  9. yewman54

    yewman54 New Member

    In a perfect world where nothing you can do is wrong what is there to test your ability to love...to take it to the limit, so to speak? (Sorry, the Eagles are playing in the background.)

    How do we learn if we can't make mistakes? Not that we don't learn there, we certainly do, but we learn more and better with challenges.

    While we are all born of God, or The Source or The Being whatever term you choose, we aren't created with full knowledge. What would we do for eternity? :)
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  10. pandora97

    pandora97 Established Member

    Now that's the best reasoning I've heard so far! :D

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