Spiritual Development for a Meaningful Life
Spiritual development has evolve dramatically in the past few decades. There are numerous spiritual development ‘gurus’ out there, all pontificating their virtues and experience and guidance, but how is a person to know if spiritual development is the right path for them? How can an individual decipher one expert from another, especially when the advice seems to all blend into one conglomerate of enlightenment? Are all spiritual development programs the same?
Someone once asked me whether all the spiritual development programs were essentially the same. My initial reaction was the laugh and say, ‘No.’ Unequivocally, no. Then I went home that evening with the question still ringing in my head. Was that the right answer? Are they all the same? It started me thinking and the question continues to linger today.
The answer is one that confounds me. Mostly because it is no, but is also yes. Spiritual development is, at its core, all the same. Whether you are listening to one person or another, they are all essentially touting the same premise, that spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment is the key to happiness and also the key to overcoming any number of personal issues, including depression and addiction.
Yet the manner in which people set about to help others achieve that all-important spiritual development is often quite different. In many cases, these so-called ‘experts’ write books and programs that are engineered for a general audience. Their exercises and plans and processes are rooted in the existential qualities that supposedly underlie us all. The problem with that is that each person is an individual. That individual then needs a program and guidance that takes into account his or her own unique set of qualities, his or her own unique manner by which they deal with issues important and inherent to their own life.