A Discussion on Spiritual Growth - March 2020

Mindful practice is conscious awareness...

By Emily Matweow

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A Discussion on Spiritual Growth

Everything we learn, and seek improved execution of, is developed through practice and rehearsal. Mindful practice is conscious awareness of "correct" or "right" being. It is fundamental to our pursuit of spiritual growth and enlightenment. Yet these great words are not necessarily meaningful and they mean something different to each of us.


The Buddha and the Upanishads of Hindu scripture both teach mindfulness: clear comprehension coupled with courage.  The purpose, according to these beliefs, is to help us overcome and abandon the lower frequency qualities of shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, desire, anger and pride, and empty our mind of humiliation, blame, despair, regret, anxiety, craving, hate, scorn and affirmation.

The Bible makes similar references:  2 Peter 1:5-8 “…make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful…” and Hebrews 10:24 “… let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works”.


But spiritual growth and spirituality need not be the result of religious belief or practise. But there is a major intersection where thoughts and beliefs diverge. 


Spirituality is the non-rational, faith-based, use of intuition and feeling to perceive some Universal Truth not the rational use of inference or scientific understanding. And our spiritual growth advances as our intuitive ability increases.

Faith is beyond the reach of science and therefore insulated from the requirements of scientific proof and logical reasoning.  Faith comes from within and represents personal belief that is neither right nor wrong.

Spiritual advancement is the result of our personal emotional growth and our spiritual growth is our progressive achievement of emotional maturity.


How do we find the virtues, the higher frequency qualities of trust, optimism, forgiveness, willingness, understanding, love, joy and peace? Where do ethics, integrity and intuition come from? What do inspiration and genius result from?


We are not in control of our human experience yet spiritual growth expands our deep inner awareness of purpose, and the knowledge of a higher power with an intelligence much greater than our own. Through spiritual growth, we become aware of a Source of positive universal values, intelligence and respect for life.  Through regular mindful practices (e.g. meditation, yoga, chi gung, tai chi etc.), we may connect with these values for guidance and wisdom beyond the reach of our physical senses; we may come to experience intuition, a sixth sense, from somewhere deep within ourselves.


Traditions born of culture, religion and family too often limit our understanding and our spiritual growth. Throughout the world today, there is growing interest in spirituality and spiritual growth even though our words are interpreted according to (pre-) existing beliefs and traditions. The language of words and concepts is simply a tool used to convey the meaning of symbols we believe point to some Universal Truth.  In the end, we interpret our own meanings for words and other symbols through the framework of our particular culture, personal beliefs and values.


Whether you believe in a higher power or ascribe to any religion, it is currently popular to seek spiritual growth in a quest for a closer connection with “something”.  Spiritual growth seeks to nourish you with this deeper connection; spiritual growth succeeds with your ability to trust, discern and maintain this deep connection. This is a connection we all seek, for it expands our inner awareness, augments our consciousness and provides us with avenues to greater clarity, insight and wisdom.


Spiritual growth is concerned with removing blockages, opening channels and improving our ability to 'connect' with our soul. We do so through adopting various spiritual practices aimed at freeing up communication with our inner self. Spiritual growth is one dimension of personal development.  Spiritual growth is life's greatest journey and is achieved through mindful practices that seek to nourish our deepest sense of self.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  W.B.Yeats



Emily  MatweowEmily 's Bio: When the Fairy Godmother said to Cinderella, “Impossible things are happening every day.” she was speaking a universal truth – a truth that speaks to the impossible impact of Emily Matweow’s intuitive healing skills. She facilitates profound healing with individuals, and performance enhancing re-awakenings with businesses. Emily is the founder of Maverick Medicine and author of “The IN Club – Consciously Evolving Your Intuition” who sees the fast track to “impossible” personal or business breakthroughs. Whether clients show-up with courage and openness, or come jaded and desperate, they must be willing to walk with her to that place where all things are possible. Tapping into this place, becoming the best you were designed to be, means letting go and embodying the everyday magic that is already in you. Em’s own magical transformation came when she was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) and told she would be hearing and vision impaired, lucky if only a paraplegic. Today she stands before us, living proof that the impossible is possible. Dare to have your “impossibles” – there’s adventure and healing waiting. - Emily Matweow Website

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