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Seeking Spiritual Growth?

Seeking Spiritual Growth?

A single word can open your heart; a single glance can tell you who you really are. Awakening doesnít happen according to the plan. Itís much more like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without knowing the finished picture in advance. All you can imagine in advance are images, and images are never the same as the goal.

If there was a spiritual payoff at the end of the trail, like a pot of gold or the key to heaven, everyone would work as hard as possible for the reward. Any struggle would be worth it. But does it help a two-year-old to struggle to become three? No, because the process of child development unfolds from within. You donít get a paycheck; you turn into a new person.

The same is true for spiritual unfolding. It happens just as naturally as childhood development, but on the plane of awareness rather than in the realm of physiology.

Donít wait for a miracle. It really doesnít matter how you define miracle Ė whether it is the sudden appearance of perfect love, a cure for a life-threatening disease, anointment from a great spiritual leader, or permanent and everlasting bliss.

A miracle is letting God do all the work; it separates the supernatural world from this world, with the expectation that one day the supernatural world will notice you. Since there is only one reality, your task is to break through boundaries of division and separation. Watching and waiting for a miracle keeps the boundaries up.

Iíve met countless people who gave up on spirituality because they didnít reach their goals fast enough. The best way to avoid disappointment is not to set a deadline in the first place, although many people find this difficult to do without losing motivation. But motivation was never going to get them there in the first place.

Rather than a timetable, give yourself support for spiritual growth. This can be in the form of a personal teacher, a discussion group, a partner who shares the path with you, regular retreats, and keeping a daily journal.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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8:53AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

Live each day to the fullest and rebrace what you have, meditate often and listen to the inner voice to guide you through the physical world. Count your hardships, disappointments and troubles as steppings stones.

8:13AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

Unconditional love starts at home, with oneself, before it can be shared.

4:11AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

peaceful

2:04PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

All in God's time.........which is not our own time. Thanks for the "easy does it". And "Let go and let God"!

6:31PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

You cannot force your body to grow,so why would you be able to force your spiritual growth?

6:28AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

thank you

5:55PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Spiritual growth cannot be forced. Sometimes, you suddenly realize you have grown, even though you know you have more growth potential with no deadlines.

12:11PM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

NOTED THANKS GOOD ARTICLE

11:21PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Sometimes you may sense that someone is following your everyday life. Sometimes when you howling out to the universse for some guidance it feels like it's only silence that's coming back. Funny...

10:50PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Buon Giorno Deepak and all Care2 find spiritual growth friends! I think most of us here are on the path to spiritual growth or at least would like to be.....why else tune into Soular Energy?
I truly believe that as I grow spiritually I become more and more in awe of the beauty of it all. Anyone seen the documentary series LIFE?? Each and every episode clearly shows that LIFE is a MIRACLE! So just being here is a miracle in and of itself! Incredibly beautiful is this planet that we live on, the universe that we partake in, it clearly shows us the 'soul' of our existence ....if only we 'see and become aware'. We are in the midst of miracle....but only too often do we take it for granted and don't even SEE! So each and every day ...just notice, really become aware of the beauty ...and you will feel so grateful and connected to the source of it all.
Then once you start 'seeing', you also notice the synchronicity at play....the "there are no accidents' feeling.
When that happens....it just put a big smile on my face. And so it goes....nothing eath shattering.....but those are the signs on my path. Trust me, it doesn't always stay with me that feeling....I have those days when I feel disconnected and sad, or frustrated........but fortunately now I know that when I truly look ...it is there! Unwavering.....the light that Dot speaks about....that light is always there! It is all, in and out!

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