Spiritual growth & personal development.
As you can notice this is what the forum is all about. PD.
I’ll give my understanding of it and it would be great to read your views as well.
Your view could be more understandable to other members.
Personal development is a self education, a discipline, that’s where the word disciple comes from.
I define a disciple first of all as someone who educated himself to live in a particular way, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Nowadays personal development seems to only happen in the physical world. We develop our body more than we do with our mind; while development should occur in all level of our being. Every parts of our beings should be developed, educated, disciplined. For example, You know how to walk physically, then teach your soul how to walk too.
we can understand why most of people do not develop their mind and emotions, simply because they were not told it was possible. But we all know and cannot deny the existence of thoughts and feelings, because we deal with them every seconds of life. And some have even identified themselves as to be thoughts and feelings and so they suffer from them.
It makes sense to me that we should develop not only physically but also mentally and emotionally, because thoughts and emotions are part of ourselves, you feel pain when someone hurts your body, same as you feel pain when you are hurt emotionally. we’ve learnt how to avoid getting hurt physically, then why shouldn’t we learn how to avoid getting hurt emotionally? our mind part and emotional part will not take care of themselves. We need to treat them with care just as we do with our body, because the truth is that they are bodies too, but let’s keep the bodies story for later topics.
Is this a religious matter?
Not necessarily, because you do not call it a religious practice when you wash your body, give it food, give it proper body language, build muscles, etc… training your soul to do the same shouldn’t be called religious matter, for me it just a normal thing every human being should do for their own development sake. It doesn’t requires us to be from a particular religion or spiritual community to do that.
Why should we develop ourselves?
Simply because development, evolution is nature. You look around you, you will notice things grows, develops, nothing remains the same. Development is everywhere, a view from the sky over the nature show a green color, this is because green is a symbol of evolution. And this does not only happen physically but also mentally and emotionally. even if you refuse to develop, nature does not care, you will still develop, that’s a low of the nature. You will find yourself in situation where you will be pushed to learn, to behave, to think so you can grow. Your body doesn’t also care about what we think of evolution, it will still grow too, your body will not be the same from 5years old to 60years old.
Now you would ask, why must we worry about developing our body and soul if they will eventually develop any way? We develop consciously to avoid growing in pain. Let me take an image to explain this:
You are school boy you are meant to become a doctor, your parents send you to school to study, if you listen to your parents and your teachers and study your lessons, do your homework, pass exams, you are a happy boy, you move from one class to the other with joy, you get gifts from your parents and teachers, you receive rewards, you grow with happiness, no pain.
now if you say, No I don’t want to be a doctor, I don’t want to go to school and don’t want to pass exam; then you will live a painful childhood life, as your parents and teacher will become some kind of enemies to you, they will beat you, they will force you, you won’t receive gifts, no holidays for you, you repeat classes, you still learn and grow but because of a punishment stick in your father hand. You grow with pain and fear.
Development is a low an intelligent human do not neglect because he knows he will live in pain if he/she go against it. The error is to think that we can escape it, no we can’t we are all meant to because true Sons and daughter of God. We all came from God, and to God we are all going back, the path to God is the same to everybody, only one road back to God. Those who willingly take that road, follow it with Joy, and some other are simply forced, pulled by nature in that road.
God is said to be patient, he has eternity, well that means we could spend an eternity fighting against the low of development, which will mean an eternity of sufferance. And those who have accepted to develop themselves, who do not wait for nature to drag them in difficult places to remind them of development, those are ahead of time. So some among us human are advanced people, kind of like a human of the future(when all is perfect) living in the present(when all is worse).
So fellows, it all depends how we want to develop. You have a free-will, you can either develop yourself or refuse to. If you choose to develop yourself, mother nature and all her acquaintances will help you and give you gifts as you go. If you refuse to develop yourself, mother nature will force you to anyway, but believe me, you do not want her to deal with you, she has a special way of teaching, sufferance is the only way for stubborn people.
I wish we all take the self-development path.