The Sacred Journey…Four Stages of Development

Once you embark on the spiritual path and begin to practice it regularly, there will come a time - it may be a few months or perhaps even a few years - but there will come a time when you realize nothing is as it once was and there is no going back.

BY: Dr. Steve McSwain

 

Once you embark on the spiritual path and begin to practice it regularly, there will come a time - it may be a few months or perhaps even a few years - but there will come a time when you realize nothing is as it once was and there is no going back.

No going back?

Why would you? Once the realization begins to dawn that nothing will ever be quite the same, at one-and-the-same time, you know everything to be infinitely better than it ever was.

You know yourself to be the wonderful creation you are; you know everyone else to be the wonderful creation they are.

When you know this, you could never ever imagine harming another; and, in this sense, you sense the futility of all wars on a large scale, even disagreements and arguments on a smaller scale.

You see beauty in everyone and in everything. A kind of sacredness within all things is observed by you. You are more at peace...more inwardly content...even joyful in ways only those experiencing something similar could ever understand.

Why would you ever go back? The thought is unimaginable.

The spiritual path follows various stages of development. It helps to know what they are so as to recognize them when they unfold. There are four stages of development along the spiritual path...

1. Know what...no, WHO, the desire is...

This is the greatest "proof," if proof is ever really needed, for divine intelligence, or what I'm inclined to refer to as "God." But that's only a title...a name...and, as such, means nothing. It is that toward which it points that is the reality beyond all names, distinctions, and descriptions.

Why would you seek God if that desire were not given to you by God already? In the Bible, "grace" is that which God is to you and me without any qualifying on our part.

Continued on page 2: Paths »

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