Spiritual growth involves an awakening to one’s true nature, an awareness of one’s purpose for existence, and an appreciation of one’s own potential. Through spiritual growth we acquire positive thinking, joy and optimism. Spiritual growth must be continuous, only then can it be effective.
However, there are factors that hinder this process. Experts point to four pitfalls, helping to understand what prevents a person from knowing the truth and remaining himself.
1. Wrong goals for spiritual development
The most important goal of spiritual growth is to find answers to the questions one asks oneself: “What is the meaning of my existence?”, “What goal am I going for?” Spiritual growth leads to a more joyful, happy and meaningful life.
Some people get too deep into the spiritual component of life. But they forget about the most essential, the earthly, that there must be harmony between spiritual and material values.
There are those who, through spiritual practices, try to abstract themselves from negative feelings and memories. But this is not the purpose of inner growth. And if a person does not understand this, he is wasting his time, because he will not get any benefit from the practices.
2. Excessive self-criticism and negativity
By engaging in spiritual practices, people become more aware of their own shortcomings and, as a result, become overly self-critical. Sometimes they come to the conclusion that the world around us is very complicated, full of problems, and at the same time meaningless. And then they fall into a depressive state, they are haunted by dangerous thoughts. Experiencing the shock of a sudden insight, a person becomes apathetic, he loses the desire to work, have friends and have fun.
3. The superiority trap
It is a place where people who have achieved only minimal spiritual growth fall into. Meanwhile, they already allow themselves to look down upon someone who, in their mind, is not sufficiently developed in their consciousness and has not awakened to the perception of truth. They regard themselves as better than others.
In some cases such neophytes may behave aggressively toward those who are still “blind” and have not “had time to awaken. We must remember that enlightenment comes to everyone in its own time.
4. Desire to revolutionize the world
As soon as a person on the path of spiritual growth becomes aware of the injustice of the social structure, he has a desperate desire to change it by fanning a “world fire. In so doing, he falls into the trap of thinking that the world can be changed by external revolutionary action on the social structure.
Yet true change is the result of humanity’s internal evolution. Only with its realization is harmony possible.