All our lives, we’ve been taught what we must do to be successful. Many of these things we’ve learned have helped us get what we want. When it comes to spiritual growth, I see many people trying to apply the same principles. Perhaps they are encouraged by the plentiful purveyors of spiritual products using the sales tactics and success language that we are all accustomed to.
The important thing to note about true spiritual growth is that it’s course requires an abandoning of most all of the tactics, techniques, and strategies that have previously worked for us. While these strategies may have spiced up our dreamworld, when applied to spiritual growth, they show up as impediments. This is so because ultimately, true spiritual growth is about surrender. And surrender, the “S” word, is taboo to the success-oriented ego. Any strategy, effort, or force we try to apply only strengthens that which must be gradually surrendered. This gradual surrender is the growth of which I speak. The process of surrender of our attachment to the ego IS the process of spiritual growth.