“Habits which favor religious growth embrace cultivated sensitivity to divine values, recognition of religious living in others, reflective meditation on cosmic meanings, worshipful problem solving, sharing one’s spiritual life with one’s fellows, avoidance of selfishness, refusal to presume on divine mercy, living as in the presence of God. The factors of religious growth may be intentional, but the growth itself is unvaryingly unconscious.” [UB 100:1:8]
Thought Adjuster: ““What would be the point of leading a ‘religious’ life if it did not positively impact your world views and upgrade both the quality of your inner life and its humanitarian contributions?
Religion should be a personal experience because it is a spiritual relationship between you—as you are—and the Source of your being. How else could you have a dynamically positive spiritual experience if it was dictated by stern ‘religious powers-to-be’ or drilled into you through mindless repetition of generic prayers combined with ‘prescribed’ postures? Such routines cannot but stifle the childlike spontaneity that springs from genuine religious living.
A religion that is not a quest for transcendental values cannot contribute to the soul's elevation from its formation stage to its perfection stage. Shouldn’t you have a say in the way you shape YOUR religious life? Your free-will, coupled with your independent thinking and the prompts of your original personality, should be the instigators of a spiritual connection that meets all your soul’s needs—far from a cookie-cutter type of approach.
Engage your mind into reflective thinking. Ponder your unique set of life circumstances. Freely share your insights with other hungry souls and leave it up to them to decide whether to adopt your methods or alter them according to their particular needs.
The beautiful thing about authentic religious living is that it assigns you the dual function of student and Teacher Assistant. It invites you to make others benefit from your hard-earned epiphanies.
Are you alive and well spiritually? If your spiritual drive lacks life force, strive to pinpoint what restricts its flow and set yourself free from any unwelcome and stifling bondage. You will then soar as the free spirit you have been conceived to be.”