Assess your spiritual evolution — what role do your friends play?
by Jacquie Wise
We all (hopefully) grow up as we grow older. The results we get in life gives us feedback about whether or not we’ve developed new skills and understanding.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could get similar feedback on our spiritual evolution? Well—we can.
Remember that religion and spiritual evolution are different. You can be religious and still not grow. You can be spiritual (interested in your soul’s growth) without being religious.
You are a reflection of the company you keep.
One of the many ways to get feedback about your evolution is to see what kind of people you choose as good friends.
One person told me she wanted to be my friend because it made her look good to be seen with me. Hmn. Flattering, but disappointing. I respected her openness, but over time, I observed how different our values were. I moved her from my ‘potential friend’ category to my ‘business acquaintance’ category.
Look around. What kind of people do you count amongst your good friends?
Can they clearly express their values?
Is there evidence that they live by their values?
Do they understand that their purpose is more than their career?
Do they work on improving themselves as a person?
How ethical are they?
Are they concerned about the impact they have on the world?
How interested are they in improving the world beyond their own lives?
Do they commit time, money or energy to a cause they believe is important?
Do they ‘walk the talk’, or are they just ‘talk’?
Do they understand the concept of the universe as ‘one’ energy system?
Are they curious to learn about how the world works on a metaphysical level?
Can they be open-minded as well as skeptical?
What would the answers be if you applied these questions to yourself?
Can you take an objective assessment of your chosen friends with understanding and compassion and without judgement or criticism?
Are they superficial, materialistic, selfish, or aggressive?
Do they take more than they give?
Do they blame others, without acknowledging their contribution to a problem?
Do they complain a lot, but do nothing to find solutions?
Are they uncaring about their contribution to world problems?
Are you big enough to take an objective assessment of yourself?
Spiritual Evolution Assessment
How do these questions apply to you? What do your friends reveal about you?
Is it time for you to review your own spiritual evolution? Would you like to explore your options and discuss your answers to these questions? If so, contact me directly to arrange a convenient appointment time.
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