Spiritual & emotional growth

When we fail to open our minds to the possibilities of what we can learn and how we can change, we will always inhibit spiritual and emotional growth, and as a consequence will fail to move forward, or understand how we could have contributed to our circumstances differently.

Just because we grow older, doesn’t mean we grow wiser, more mature or that we will attain spiritual growth. As we continue life’s journey, we will go through sequences that will test our abilities to listen and express ourselves.

The very nature of an experience allows us to heal and grow, but for it to have a positive effect, we must continue to work at it. Spiritual growth is about releasing the emotions that weigh us down, the exact emotions we need to let go of, particularly if we can’t secure a desired outcome. We must understand when it’s time to let go.

The emotional release as the process resolves itself will leave us feeling more alive, less anxious and irritated, less fearful and free without attachments, allowing us to stay presently focused. Spiritual and emotional growth is cumulative and needs to be continually worked on, so that we can build emotional strength.

It can happen quickly or slowly, and that depends on us, but we can never evolve without it. When we understand our attachments and why it’s important we let those go, we may achieve peace. To do that we must first have clarity around our perceptions. It is only when we can look back at something from our past and we’re feeling okay about it, we know that we’re healed.

Mental clarity associated with emotional healing will always foster wisdom; wisdom fosters compassion, compassion fosters understanding, tolerance, wisdom and selflessness to accept why we are where we are.

It is also when we come to accept a loss, through the loss of a loved one, the loss of a pet, a relationship break up, or a death, and we whether the storm that calm can finally be restored. At that time, we will have emotional and spiritual growth.

8 Sep, 2016

6 thoughts on “Spiritual & emotional growth

  1. I read this blog with great interest, understanding that we are alienated from ourselves in a way, living incoherently, until we get that emotional release you speak of; the release from things that weigh us down.

    Thank you for opening my eyes to something I’m dealing with right now.

    1. You’re so welcome. I’m pleased in some little way my blog is helping you deal with what you’re going through.

      I feel it’s so important for us to work on an emotional release; because as you say without it, we will always end up living the incoherent life.

  2. This seems to be a very difficult topic for me to write about, even though I do know so much about it.

    I grew up in a world where this wasn’t exactly a priority, let alone something we could even consider. My parents seemed to live with blinders on so 90% of the outside world didn’t seem to exist for them.

    They didn’t teach us much more than just how to survive and barely even that, more like just existing. I had so many dreams as a young child that were crushed over time, to the point where I wanted to just crawl in a hole and die! This is how I feel today for some strange reason and need to figure out why.

    There are the usual reasons, but this goes so much deeper. I’m fighting a lifetime of brainwashing that my parents’ used to crush my dreams and keep me compliant.

    The worst part has always been that they never had a clue as to how much they hurt their own children and never will. They always blamed each other, so we will never have any amount of closure that people like to talk about.

    My resentments kept me going for the longest time, but all that negative energy is like battery acid to my soul, which I need to work on repairing.

    My life doesn’t have a whole lot of meaning right now, which I need to work on changing before it’s too late. I would be thrilled to just be comfortable in my own skin before my time comes!

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes not so easy to change, but reading through your response here I feel you know exactly how your childhood should have gone.

      Although any type of brainwashing is difficult, if we’re consciously aware of how parents parents us, I believe we can turn things around. We tend to repeat the same patterns because it’s all we know, but I believe with a little bit more effort we can learn to do things differently.

      Emotional and spiritual growth tends to come in on the back of letting go of those resentments you talk about and I believe you can.

      The more things you change from your childhood, the more you’ll let go of resentment and that will allow for emotional and spiritual growth.

  3. Thank you Ilana. This speaks so loud and clear to many of us and as a reminder to practice this and remember to work on our emotional and spiritual needs on a personal level.

    1. Thanks Bonnie. Yes, absolutely. Without spiritual and emotional growth we will just stagnate and in some cases we may get worse.

      In order to progress further, or change we have to mature and we can’t do that without spiritual or emotional growth.

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