Monday, April 23rd, 2012...8:48 pm
Spiritual Growth: A message for April 2012
Spiritual growth is what happens as we begin to examine our ‘self’ by going within…often in quiet contemplation or meditation … and realizing that we are much more than the physical being that we see.
Just as winter may hold a space in our lives for the ‘hibernation’ of inner observance and examination; the season of spring offers an impetus to move forward; to open further to the wonders of what we have been discovering; to reveal what we have been ‘working on’ and to seek much more.
This past weekend I had the ultimate “gift” of facilitating a spiritual retreat: something that I felt strongly ‘called’ to do in January (a time when I typically go deep within; listening to the inner wisdom of my soul guiding me, while simultaneously asking for what ‘next steps’ are on my path). Spiritual growth – like anything we embark upon in life – only happens as we allow ourselves to step on the path; to move in a direction; to have faith that what we “do” will be the ‘right’ thing.
I watched with true appreciation as these remarkable people (who chose to follow their inner truth; their inner knowing that this retreat would in some way be exactly ‘right’ for them at this time) allowed their inner beauty to open and be revealed; trusting in my gentle direction and in the vast perfection of their unique and personal meditation experience.
In the sacred space that we created, I was also reminded of the perfection of sharing. When we open to share our inner self; whether it be a private thought; a past experience; a fond memory; a story of humour - we learn; and in learning from one another we move ahead on our path with the fruit of knowledge; the gift of insight and life experience that we may not otherwise have known.
This too is the beauty of spiritual growth; to be on a path regardless of where along the path you are on your journey; and to ever so often – reach over and share, give, teach, connect with another who is on their path. This both validates your inner work and simultaneously reminds you that you are not alone; that spiritual journeys are occurring for others around us and that they are becoming a more prevalent choice in the experience of life. For the true purpose of life is to discover our nature as beings of spirit … of energy … of divine love.
For anyone who is contemplating a spiritual journey; I hope you will trust in the divine timing of your ‘inner calling’ and let your heart open and follow whatever is the inspiration for your inner work. You will ultimately become happier as a state of being, grounded and centered; and feel a greater sense of perfection and joy in life …as you journey within; discovering and knowing yourself better; both as a physical being and a being of spirit.
For those of you who have already begun a spiritual path…my hope is that it remains an important part of your life. Go within regularly and notice where your meditations take you; feel nourished and supported as you rely and trust in your ‘inner truth’ to provide you with ‘right’ direction; and allow yourself to feel the immense vastness of your infinite potential – for spiritual growth reminds us that anything and everything is possible.