The process of spiritual growth is a broad subject, and Teal Swan is an expert in the field. She spoke with us to discuss her insights into spiritual growth from both personal experience and research.
What is the most important thing someone should do to start this process of spiritual growth?
Teal Swan: I think that what’s most necessary for people before they begin is to understand that each person has their own path. It doesn’t matter how many people walk down the same road, everybody has a different path. Once you realize that you have your own unique path, it’s much easier to find the tools and resources you need when you start journeying down your path.
What is the hardest thing about the process of spiritual growth?
Teal Swan: The most challenging thing about spiritual growth is to understand where your power lies. People tend to look outside themselves for the answers to their questions. They ask astrology, tarot cards, or psychics to tell them what they should be doing in their life and what path they should follow. But you cannot look outside yourself for your own answers, and you certainly can’t expect some tool or resource to tell you how to live your life. Your journey only begins once you recognize that the answers to your questions lie inside of you.
What is one thing everyone should remember about spiritual growth?
Teal Swan: When people are looking to grow spiritually, they tend to give a person or an idea their power and then let them dictate what direction their life will take. These people or ideas can be God, the universe, your horoscope, your psychic, or any number of other people or concepts. This is a dangerous game because you’re essentially handing all of your power over to someone else and saying, “you tell me what to do with my life.” When it comes down to it, there are no answers outside of yourself. Once you realize this, you’re on the road to genuinely taking responsibility for your life.
What are some mistakes people make when it comes to spiritual growth?
Teal Swan: What I’ve found is that most people looking for spiritual growth want someone else to take care of them, so they can just sit back and relax. But there’s no one to take care of you. You’re the only one who has the answers to your problems and the only one who can solve them. So if you want to grow spiritually, you need to take responsibility for yourself and how your life is going.
What’s a mistake people make when it comes to their own spiritual growth?
Teal Swan: One mistake people make when it comes to growing spiritually is that they keep doing the same things over and over, hoping for a different result. It’s essential to find a balance between staying in your comfort zone and going out of your comfort zone. If you want personal growth, you have to be willing to put yourself out there and push your boundaries.