5 Paths to Spiritual Growth

5 Paths to Spiritual Growth ~ When we suddenly discover the innate calling for greatness in our lives, it's important to follow through on our higher voice of wisdom.

5 Paths to Spiritual Growth

When we suddenly discover the innate calling for greatness in our lives, it’s important to follow through on our higher voice of wisdom. In most instances, our life purpose is being presented to us and that means we must follow our gut feelings to achieve the spiritual growth that is necessary for our passage into higher levels of awareness, acceptance, and inner peace. This is especially true for those of us who have become so caught up with the daily balancing act of juggle family, work, home, and other social obligations.

Though all of us enter this world with no preconceptions or prejudgments, our physical and mental beings become bombarded by external and environmental conditioning. While much of our upbringing and belief systems are constructively shaped by our families, teachers, and society in general, we sometimes become too consumed and inhibited by these traditional values and roles. In order to create an environment for positive spiritual development, we must nurture our higher consciousness by deprogramming most of what we’ve been mentally taught. That doesn’t mean we must stray away from moral values and ethics, but it means that we must totally absolve our emotional limitations that lead to negativity and mental barriers.

To achieve spiritual growth, one must begin to think and truly feel with an absolutely uninhibited mind and spirit. Within the core of our being, there is a wild mustang, a free spirit wanting to desperately break free from the mental fences we’ve built around ourselves; it’s in a way, the safety net that our mind has created for us to shelter us from harmful situations. However, that wild mustang, free spirit is your authentic self; and whether you choose to follow it or not, your authentic self wants to be released from your mental and emotional grips…and it will work fervently towards that end whether you want it to or not.

This is your soul’s way of making you stop dead in your tracks and causing you to spring into action. Why? The primary reason your soul speaks to you is to give you the appropriate clues to achieve and maintain balance in all aspects of your life — mind, body, and spirit. It truly wants you to grow spiritually so you are readied to receive the blessings that the Universal flow of energy wants you to have, that is, living in complete balance.

To help you understand more fully, I am sharing with you the following five important paths to spiritual growth. When you become aware of the paths that we often follow, you are better prepared to walk them with clarity and positive intent.

* Spiritual growth during hardship. In turbulent times in our lives, we often find that we must turn to a Higher Source of wisdom for comfort, guidance, and reason. While we may not always like the feeling of distress, it is in these times that we attain some of the highest levels of spiritual growth. It is also in these times, that we become closer to God, our Creator. This will enable us to express a deep and profound connection with our Source and a sense of oneness with the world around us.

* Spiritual growth in relationships. When we enter into a marriage, partnership, or experience the joy of a new addition to the family — we often discover the spiritual element of life here as well. Feelings of deep love and admiration fill our hearts and souls with an overflowing abundance. And as we all know, love is a deeply spiritual emotion that can only flourish and grow. When we willingly share our love and compassion with others, we actually strengthen our own resources.

* Spiritual growth in work. In work? Really? Yes, when we put 110 percent into our work efforts, we may not always be recognized for our productivity; but we know in our hearts that we have accomplished something, and we have succeeded in doing our part toward creating a finished product or beneficial outcome — and that makes all the difference in how we perceive life. What we give out we get back 110 percent.

* Spiritual growth during travel. Have you ever taken time to observe the world around you? Whether you’ve seen the marvels of Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, the grand strand, or the rolling hills of Appalachia, you’ve touched the face of God. Spirituality is everywhere you look if only you seek it. I look in awe at the beauty of nature all around me and how it never fails to bring a sense of great joy and inner peace into my heart.

* Spiritual growth in death. As harsh as this may seem, death is the final passage to the Highest Realm of peace. When we experience the passing of a loved one, we go through several stages of grief and the mourning process. When we have reached the final stage of acceptance, it is then that we have grown spiritually. We have learned that while we may not always be able to physically see our loved ones, they will always reside in our hearts and memories forever. Spiritual growth comes when we understand that this eternal flame of love can never be extinguished.

As the tides of the many seasons come and go, we learn that from spiritual growth, comes a new dawning of a deep and spiritual recognition and awareness of life, love, and sense of purpose. Remember, the wild mustang, the free spirit in you — your authentic self, is ready to be released from your everyday confines. All you must do is ask for spiritual guidance and the Universal flow of energy will give you the soul power and tools to discover how you can truly enjoy what your life destiny is and will be.

Until we speak again, I am
Joan Marie the Gift, Intuition Girl
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5 Paths to Spiritual Growth
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How Negative Emotions Can Harm Your Health

Our negative thoughts can wreck havoc on our physical and mental health.  While the effects on our mental health are obvious, most of us ignore or do not  understand how negativity takes a toll on our physical well being.

Health and Negativity ~ How Negative Emotions Can Harm Your Health

Our negative thoughts can wreck havoc on our physical and mental health. While the effects on our mental health are obvious, most of us ignore or do not  understand how negativity takes a toll on our physical well being. We all know  that negative emotions add to our stress levels, we are also aware of the fact  the prolonged anxiety and stress can lead to heart diseases and many psychological problems, but what we don’t understand or are perhaps unaware of is the fact that negative emotions have physical manifestations on our health!

Feelings like anger, insecurity, anxiety, jealousy etc can not only trigger aches, pains, or illness in the body but can also  hamper our recovery.

To be able to understand how our negative emotions affect our health we need to be aware of the symbolism of our bodies. For instance our face symbolises our  outer appearance i.e. what we show to the world, any problem with the face would  mean that we hold negative thoughts about how the world perceives us. Similarly our eyes represent our ability to see and perceive, a problem; poor vision may  mean that we are stopping ourselves from acknowledging the truth or seeing  things as they really are.

The following are some simple examples which illustrate how our negative feelings may be affecting our health:

When we do not express ourselves freely or are unable to stand up for  ourselves it may affect the throat. The throat represents our ability to speak  up. Any stifling of self-expression, creativity or our feelings can lead to  problems like tonsillitis and sore throat. When the inability to express oneself  is combined with bottled up anger it can lead to even more serious throat  problems like laryngitis.

Our hearts symbolise our ability to love; heart problems could therefore be  the result of holding yourself back from expressing love, self-loathing, negative self-talk and thinking, feeling you do not deserve to love or to be  loved, resentment and hatred.

Our backs ‘support’ our bodies, any problems with the back could mean  feeling scattered, fearing over-burdened with problems or fearing that life may  not support you. A problem with the upper back could be related to stress or  feeling your loved ones are not supporting you and lower back problems could be related to financial worries  (feeling “unsupported” financially).

Our stomachs symbolise our ability to digest and assimilate. When you can’t  accept (digest) a new idea or experience, your stomach may show symptoms.  Indigestion problems could be related to not accepting change, new ideas,  situations, or people in your life.

Using these examples as guidelines can help to understand the symbolic meaning of every body part. Once we understand this symbolism we can probe  deeper into every illness and see if it’s cause lies somewhere in our thought  process or if our thinking pattern is in any way hampering our recovery.

Author: Andrew  Clinton

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The Spiritual Pathway ~ It’s a difficult path to walk

The Spiritual Pathway... It is a difficult path to walk. It teaches us about us, the true essence of our being
It shows us the real us, no hiding, no pretending

The Spiritual Pathway… It’s a difficult path to walk

The Spiritual Pathway… It is a difficult path to walk
It teaches us about us, the true essence of our being
It shows us the real us, no hiding, no pretending
It can bring us pain, loss and grief, but eventually the right choice brings with it relief
It helps us to grow, although sometimes it’s slow, the growth is true and everlasting
It is the spiritual pathway, our true essence, our true spirit, our true soul.
© Stephen Robinson 2011

What is Self-respect and How Does it Relate to Self-esteem?

What is Self-respect and How Does it Relate to Self-esteem?

What is Self-respect and How Does it Relate to Self-esteem?

The terms “self-esteem” and “self-respect” may seem at first glance very similar, if not exactly the same. But they are indeed very different things and have very different consequences, especially when cultivated at a young age.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and other experts for years have encouraged parents and teachers to cultivate self-esteem in kids.

About thirty years ago, it became very popular among child experts to tout self-esteem as the solution to all our children’s problems. We’ve heard it a million times—high self-esteem is good, low self-esteem is bad.

High self-esteem is good, Low self-esteem is bad?

But what does this really mean and what effect does it have in the long-term?

Self-esteem means simply thinking highly of one’s self. Many parents, teachers and psychologists feel that by showering a child with praise, he or she will grow up with a positive attitude and confidence. But often self-esteem that is left unchecked can develop into destructive behaviour: thinking less of others, ungratefulness, arrogance, cockiness.

The pursuit of self-esteem can become, as described by family psychologist and parenting expert John Rosemond, “an excuse to do your own thing—regardless of whether or not the “thing” in question is anti-social—and quickly mutate[s] into self-worship.”

Self-respect, on the other hand, is a mindset that allows us to become grateful, humble and well-adjusted. Self-respect encompasses respect not just of ourselves, but also of others. In fact, by respecting our fellow humans we can learn to respect ourselves more. When we have self-respect, we love ourselves but do not become arrogant or cocky. As Rosemond puts it, “A person growing in self-respect understands that he is an imperfect being who was given the gift of life in order to serve.”

Self-respect is akin to the Golden Rule: in order to receive respect and learn to respect ourselves, we must learn to give respect to others. And while having confidence is not a bad thing, people who are over-confident (and who are often seen as arrogant) haven’t learned this principle—that in order to get respect from others and from ourselves, we must first learn to give.

Self-respect is gained “not by being told how wonderful you are,” Rosemond writes. “But by developing respect for others.”
As you’ve probably experienced, people who have grown up being told how great they are usually aren’t very fun to be around and don’t make very good friends. But people who have been taught to take an interest in and care about others while maintaining a positive attitude about themselves tend to be the type of interesting people with whom we enjoy spending time.

By encouraging our children’s individuality and growth by teaching them to be confident yet humble and respectful, we can help them become adults who have healthy, stable relationships and friendships, and respect for themselves and others.

Mark Arens – About the Author:

Life Experiences – Unconditional Love – Part 2 – Choice

Life Experiences - Unconditional Love - Part 2 - Choice. Choice, or free will, refers to how you choose to relate to  your life's conditions. You can always choose your reaction to any given circumstance, which means that variables can change instantaneously with each  choice. Your choices have direct impact on both your physical life and on the  growth of your soul.


Choice, or free will, refers to how you choose to relate to  your life’s conditions. You can always choose your reaction to any given circumstance, which means that variables can change instantaneously with each  choice. Your choices have direct impact on both your physical life and on the  growth of your soul.

Each lifetime will grant you a different perspective and facilitate new awareness. Each will provide physical experience for the  soul. You may spend several lifetimes experiencing the hardships of life without  any inclination to seek God or enlightenment; however, there will come a time  when the soul asks you to wake up, to pay attention, and to look at the big  picture of life. Questions like, “What is  the purpose of life?” “Who am I?” and “What is God?” will arise in you.

You will  begin to search for answers. This may take many lifetimes and numerous answers, each with a variation of experience and exposure. In the end, every soul will  reach enlightenment because every soul is a reflection of God. You may  wonder why anybody would choose negative life experiences like sexual molestation, alcoholism, or being born into warring or starving countries;  however, each life has a divine plan with necessary experiences for the soul. 

All life experience adds to personal growth. No life is a waste; there are no mistakes.  No lifetime is judged to be better than another because each is a chosen  experience toward enlightenment. A soul might choose to experience  prejudice. You may have chosen to be a slave during the 1700’s in the United  States as one dimension of the experience of prejudice.

Since the soul is  seeking to know all dimensions, you may then have chosen a lifetime as a slave owner, and then as a Ku Klux Klan member, then a parent who lost a child to the Klan, then a person of interracial marriage, and then a parent of someone who  chose to marry inter-racially. Every conceivable perspective of prejudice could  be experienced. The lessons in each of these lifetimes become a part of the  unfolding process of the soul.

You may currently be experiencing a lifetime with alcoholismas the parent of an  alcoholic, or the child, or the spouse, or the counsellor, or as the alcoholic  who dies from liver failure, or the alcoholic who survives and becomes reformed. Whatever perspective you are living is part of the divine plan for you to  experience and learn from.

Nothing is experienced singly; everything is  interwoven with others who constitute your lifetime experience. Once you, as a  soul, make the choice to experience a particular concept, other souls help you  play out these experiences. They are often referred to as your “spirit family.”  We tend to experience life on earth with a particular group of souls, changing  parts, or scripts, with each lifetime.

You will find numerous links and  interconnections with your family or circle of friends when you start to explore  other lifetimes. It can be fun and healing. Behaviours, attitudes, and trauma can  be understood more completely from the deeper historical perspective.

Here is an example: I was told a great true story the other day about a woman  who was researching her genealogy. She traced her family line back to the era of  the Civil War when her family served as slaves. She reached an impasse in her  project, and was directed to a genealogy specialist. She and the specialist became great friends as they explored  different aspects of her family’s history.

They developed a special bond and  were both glad their lives had come together. As their investigation continued,  they discovered that they shared a common history. The genealogist’s ancestral  family members were plantation owners during the Civil War, and, in fact, were  the plantation owners where this woman’s ancestral family served as  slaves!
Coincidence you say? Hardly.

Many times, in the process of  a soul retrieval, I will journey to a client’s past life experience. A healing  can be done in this past life reality that will actually affect my client’s  current lifea phenomenon that underscores that time is relative. The spirits  have repeatedly told me that time is not linear but holographic, meaning that  all things happen at the same moment but in different realities.

This makes  shamanic journeying for soul retrievals, or visiting different lifetimes,  possible. The person doing the journey travels into that particular time  dimension. The ability to cross into other dimensions means we can relive or  view a past event and find healing in what we thought no longer existed. We can  remember a future before it is present.

Jan  Engels Smith –    About the Author:

Jan Engels-Smith promotes self-healing, empowerment, better communities, a  healthy world and conducts workshops in shamanism & journeying. Her book,  Becoming Yourself is at .  Jan’s a Licensed Counsellor. She’s done over 2,000 soul retrievals. She is the  founder of LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, a Chemical Dependency  Specialist, and Marriage Therapist. She is a water-pourer for sweat lodge, a  minister, a Reiki Master.

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