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Old 10-11-2011, 08:55 AM
 
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Is that a rhetorical question?
We are all spirits in a different development level inhabiting a material form.
I think our spiritual sides inform our actions a great deal. It helps us question ourselves and our motives. It helps us consider others as ourselves at times. Our past struggles help us appreciate what some others are going through, no?

One thing, we each have to plow our own path. People without questions concerning their religion, who just accept, may be doing themselves a disservice. I don't believe that you should visit one school of thought to the exclusion of others. I think you should get ideas from every source. Life, itself, is our teacher.

According to some teachings we have multiple bodies, each more refined than the last and after leaving this material realm we will just advance to another, learning and playing the game there.
Is this simply rhetoric? Or do you have any solid basis for anything you just said?
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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Does/can a person's spirituality develop as well?
I believe this is definitely possible; whether it happens depends on an individual's level of effort in this. I believe it takes much introspection and meditation, along with quiet hours of thought and contemplation. For me I found that reading helps too (people whose lives inspire me for some reason have led me to much time spent in contemplation; I believe this has helped me to develop spiritually as well).

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How do you make such judgments - or is that possible?
I'm not sure about this; I'm quite sure there's no standardization (such as in the intelligence tests). I feel it's subjective to a large degree.

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Do the more highly evolved, spiritually, espouse certain beliefs in common, no matter what religion they belong to?
Not sure about this either. In my own efforts at spiritual development, I have found that I have espoused some beliefs that people whom I admire arrived at later in life (they belonged to a different religion than I do); I'm not sure if that means anything, I just think it's interesting.

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Are there certain religions or practices that enhance this growth?
Probably. Not aware of any specifics. I get the impression that eastern religions may do this more than western, but have no claims to back this up.

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Are 'miracles' or psychic occurrences an indication of advancement?
No, I don't believe this. I don't have any reasons for it, it just does not ring true for me.


On the whole, I do not believe spiritual development is a linear processs. I believe there are many times of setbacks, and times when you find yourself right back where you started. I think the most important thing to understand is that it is always possible to move forward and to not get overwhelmed by any large setbacks. Effort with an sincere heart is most important here.
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Old 10-24-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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On the whole, I do not believe spiritual development is a linear process. I believe there are many times of setbacks, and times when you find yourself right back where you started. I think the most important thing to understand is that it is always possible to move forward and to not get overwhelmed by any large setbacks. Effort with an sincere heart is most important here.
I think we do not lose what true progress we have made. I believe setbacks often allow us to see the same situation in a slightly different perspective. Yes, the sincere heart and absence of the inflated ego - not always easy. Thank you.
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