Level 1 individuals are simply concerned with survival, physicality, and reproduction. Level 2—Introduces Religion. Spirituality 101 is the third level. Level 4—The Extraordinary Individual. These people have transcended religion and dogma to live in the present moment aware of their connection with everything.
Each new stage of evolution brings us greater freedom from the limitations of the previous stage. For example, children are free from responsibility until they develop the ability to think and act for themselves. Adults are free from need until they realize that they were not responsible for creating themselves and others, and that they cannot harm or help other people by thinking things over carefully or not so carefully.
Spiritual evolution is a continuous process. It does not end but rather transforms itself as human consciousness evolves.
Many religions include some form of spiritual enlightenment as part of their dogma. However, true spirituality does not require a belief in any god or gods because every living thing on Earth is connected and one with all others. From this place of unity, we can see how cruel and unjust life is. This truth leads to a higher level of compassion which guides our actions toward greater harmony and peace.
Spiritual awakening is not something that can be achieved through religious rituals or blind faith.
The Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth
In Theosophy, initiation is a belief that there are nine degrees of spiritual growth that beings who reside on Earth can pass through. Souls have the option to join the Spiritual Hierarchy at the fifth degree of initiation and higher. They say that only a few ever do because it is not an easy path; it requires much deep inner work.
The first four stages of initiation are known as the Mental Body, and they involve understanding the nature of consciousness and applying this knowledge to one's own mind. The next four stages are called the Physical Body, and they concern oneself with developing one's physical nature. Finally, there is Enlightenment, which is said to be the highest stage of evolution.
So, spiritual initiation is a process by which a person evolves their soul through awareness and effort into a more complete state of being.
Part I of the Four Stages of Spiritual Development
Spirituality has five characteristics: meaning, value, transcendence, connecting (with oneself, others, God/supreme power, and the environment), and becoming (life growth and progress). Since the inception of spiritual health and its different meanings, it has been five decades. Today, we continue this review of spirituality by looking at its essential components.
Meaning. Spirituality has a meaning for us. It provides purpose and direction for life. The absence of this dimension leads to emptiness and suffering.
Value. We also need to know what is valuable in our lives. For many people, material possessions are important. Others may put their faith in themselves or their career. Still other people find satisfaction in helping others or making the world a better place. Whatever we value, it gives our lives meaning and purpose.
Transcendence. Transcending one's limitations means reaching beyond one's self to understand and experience something greater than one can alone. This greater thing that we reach for includes everything from science and art to love and religion. It is the goal of many religions - to help their followers transcend their human limits so they can see and appreciate the entire universe and their place in it.
Connecting with oneself. Connecting with others. Connecting with nature. Connecting with God/the divine/ultimate power/love/truth/light/etc.
Spiritual ascension is comprised of five major components.
Spiritual Self-Realization in 9 Stages
There is just one route to spiritual development, and everyone must go through the same phases. The Spiritual Life Cycle outlines each stage's learning tasks, crises, keys, and symbols. It teaches the processes required to go from one level to the next.
At the end of every stage are two milestones: the crossing of the threshold into higher consciousness and the acquisition of a new spiritual gift. Only when you have reached both these milestones can you move on to the next stage.
The first stage is called Initiation. In this stage, we learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and how to live out that commitment in our daily lives. We also learn the meaning of faith, hope, and love as well as the dangers of pride, anger, greed, and fear. This stage usually lasts for three years of age.
The second stage is called Guided Meditation. In this stage, we begin to practice mindfulness, which is paying attention in a purposeful way. We also start thinking about past lives and future lives, which are two of many topics covered in Guidance Meditations. This stage usually starts at about five years old and goes until about eight or nine.
The third stage is called Channelling. In this stage, we communicate with spirit guides who help us understand ourselves and the world around us.