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"And yet your mind is, was, and will always be a room with a view. Your mental states exist inside this room you can never leave and no one else can ever enter. The world you perceive through the window of mind (where you can never go–where no one can ever go) is the objective world. Both worlds, inside and outside, are real." - 01.01.14 - 12:00 AM |David Gelernter  http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/the-closing-of-the-scientific-mind/

Spiritual Growth
Updated: 06/15/2020

Spiritual Growth Premise

Spiritual growth and welfare is NEVER promoted by law and legalism or by trying, but ALWAYS by belief and commitment primarily inspired by TWO different but related things:

1) a vision of the future that appeals to everyone's self interest. Hence, the Kingship of the Heavens identified as the IFISEEKUS package.

2) As children we did not consciously KNOW how to grow: we just ate and drank nourishment and thus grew naturally. Trying to grow didn't help. Spiritual growth happens by beholding the elegance and compelling beauty of the character of the human Creator as revealed and demonstrated. The human psychology is such that we grow toward or into the likeness of our concept of God. "By beholding we become changed."

Christendom has a flawed and distorted understanding of both of these facets, but at least they are there and somewhat effective. The influence of these two aspects makes Christianity the most effective and powerful of the major religions. Many times the elegance of the J-person comes through and inspires people to grow into wonderful people.

Growth takes place from an innate potential when the overall environment allows it, and when there is adequate nutrition to support it. Ideal or healthy growth takes place when the environment may be challenging, but doesn't curtail or stunt the growth, and when ideal nutrition is provided.

In the material or physical arena, there is in this world no such thing as a perfect environment and no such thing as perfect nutrition because nature does not provide such. Neither a perfect environment nor perfect food is available because of a wide variety of factors, and in a frenzied world no diet regimen is perfect. Our biological system makes substantial allowance for this, but never can totally compensate, and damage and poisonous or toxic exposure can dramatically disrupt growth development.

This situation does not necessarily entirely hold in the spiritual world. While there should be no doubt that the spiritual–emotional, psychological, intellectual, religious–environment can be toxic, and is never perfect, the spiritual heritage and backgrounds can vary significantly. Neither can we justify thinking that everyone starts off with the same or equal intellectual potentials or an overall equal emotional or psychological constitution.

That being said, we cannot say that there is no perfect spiritual diet and regimen for those that have set themselves on the path to truth and are being led by God, and here the analogy breaks down.

"By beholding we become changed!"

In Christendom, there is a lot of discussion and concern over spiritual growth, and this is a clear sign that they don't understand the paradigm. All such talk and focus of such programs and projects are wasted, and only produce change, but NOT spiritual growth. What is abundantly clear is that THIS growth isn't fostered by trying harder or worrying about it. What should be equally clear is that it isn't fostered by how we adjust our psychological or social facade. Here are what should be the last words on the subject:

SEEK FIRST THE KINGSHIP
Matthew 6:25-34  Lk 12:22-34  "Therefore I tell you{pl}, do not be concerned about your psyche <pattern of one's life>, what you{pl} eat or what you{pl} drink, nor about your person, what you{pl} put on.  Is not the psyche <content of lifestyle> more than food, and the person more than clothing?
     "Look at the birds of the sky: they neither sow nor do they reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them.  Rather by how much you{pl} differ from and excel them!  And which of you{pl} by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature?  If then you{pl} are not able to do such a little thing, why are you{pl} anxious about the other things?  Why are you{pl} anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they labor not nor spin; yet I tell you{pl}, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like these.  But if God thus clothes the grass of the field, existing today, and being thrown tomorrow into the oven, how much more for you{pl}, puny-faiths?
     "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What may we eat?' or 'What may we drink?' or 'What may clothe us?'  For all the world seeks these things.  For your heavenly Father knows that you{pl} need all these things.  But seek first God's kingship and his reasonableness, and all these things will be added to you{pl}.
     "Stop fearing, little flock, because your Father was pleased to give you{pl} the Kingship.  Sell your possessions, and give alms; make purses for yourselves not growing old, a treasure in the heavens not failing, where a thief cannot approach and no moth destroy.  For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.  Then don't be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for one day is the trouble thereof."

"Be ye mature, even as your father in Heaven is mature."

It should be abundantly clear that in the above passages Jesus is talking about the spiritual aspects of spiritual growth, strength, integrity, honor, nobility and elegance, NOT tangible clothes, wealth, muscle and bone. etc., and this may not be an offer of a free ride of financial support in the existing world or regime. We must be responsible to SOME degree for our own temporary sustenance. Yet, given this, we can live one day at a time without worrying about the future. The program is to get to the point where we can end the existing world of paucity and woe. Eternal life, salvation, equality, growth, elegance, power, grace, peace, etc., are all imminent and they come from understanding God and why the "kingship of the heavens" is the only real answer to ALL the issues of our needs and desires. "Be ye mature" means primarily to be intellectually responsible in values and philosophy.

Sick concepts of spirituality

Here are some sample quotes from an emotionally disturbed author writing about a common but misguided concept of spirituality and spiritual growth:

"...that the ego or self must conquer his own lower nature, animal passions, appetites, lust, selfishness, and all other sinful qualities, in order that he may build up and become united with his luminous solar body, the spark of divine essence which is vouchsafed to every human being who will strive, by living a pure and enlightened moral life, to attain it, even though it requires many incarnations to achieve perfection, or union with one's God, one's higher self."

And,

"...to embody the idea of the destructive force and effect of the emotions, appetites, passions, and desires upon the spiritual efforts of man to build up the spiritual fabric of his being by conquering his lower nature. The passional nature is tenacious and the desires or clamorous to assert themselves. They are forever gnawing, as it were, to eat away and destroy as fast as he builds up, and it is only by consciously suppressing them and keeping them in abeyance, until he is finally able to eradicate them from his nature, that spirituality is attained."

These ideas of killing the emotions, passions and appetites are ridiculous, and nothing short of evil in that they deny a necessary part of our nature that God has and cherishes. It is an extreme form of puritanism, and finds no support in the life or message of the J-person.

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