By Jose Bulao
Spiritual development is our topic in this article and in other articles. I discuss ideas here that can help us develop spiritually, grow in our inner life and enjoy life to the fullest. As we go along we shall discover that everything else in life can be related to our spiritual life.
While the spiritual life cannot be separated from our physical and material life, it is governed by principles and processes which are uniquely its own. We will discuss those principles and processes here. We will find that the principles and processes of the spiritual life have analogies with the principles and processes in the physical and material life that enable us to understand better the development of the spiritual life.
If we are perceptive enough we will notice that of all the kinds of development, spiritual development is the least discussed or thought about. We have many persons who devote their lives to material development, to the acquisition of material goods. We also have many persons who pass through mental or psychological development. They study and go through school in order to develop their minds. But very few give a serious thought to spirituality.
Some equate spiritual development to religious development. But they are not really the same. A person can be very religious. He or she goes to church daily, says his or her prayers conscientiously. But he or she may not be developed spiritually. What I discuss here is spiritual development, not necessarily religious development.
Here we are concerned with the development of the spirit, not of our religious sensibilities. Religious sensibilities are the result of our culture. The development of the spirit is the result of the action of the spirit within us.