Recently, I discovered that it’s difficult for most of us to grow spiritually. For this reason, I meditated on the factors that cause this difficulty. It then dawned on me that we fail to grow spiritually because of the following barriers.
- Focusing on Theory instead of Practice.
We focus too much on spiritual theory instead of spiritual practice. We read hundreds of books that demonstrate how to grow spiritually, but we seldom embrace the spiritual practices provided by the books. And when we embrace them, we do so for a short period.
We are unaware that although the knowledge we gain from books can help us grow spiritually, the growth is usually minimal.
Full spiritual growth only occurs when we combine spiritual knowledge with spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, mindfulness, and fasting because these practices increase our chances of experiencing higher states of consciousness, which are necessary for spiritual growth.
- We fear the Spiritual World
Although most of us want to grow spiritually, we fear performing some spiritual practices such as midnight rituals because we know that they might raise our state of consciousness and enable us to perceive the spiritual world, which – as a result of watching many horror movies – we believe is populated with scary beings.
- We are Always Worrying About Something.
Most of us cannot grow spiritually because we are in a constant state of worry. We worry about our incomes, appearance, children, businesses, other people’s thoughts and opinions and so on. This state of mind prevents us from having a calm mind: hence, delaying spiritual growth. A calm mind is essential for spiritual growth because it enables us to hear our intuitive voice, which is a reliable guide to spiritual growth.
Some of us cannot grow spiritually because we are impatient. We expect to experience the benefits of spirituality after reading books and embracing spiritual practices for a short period, and we give up when we can’t transcend the egoic mind despite our spiritual effort. We are unaware that it might take a long period to grow spiritually because, just like anything worthwhile, spiritual growth requires long-term commitment
To grow spiritually, we must cultivate bravery and faith and embrace spiritual practices without expecting instant results.
You are free to add more barriers to spiritual growth in the comment box below.