There’s a lot of talk about spiritual awakening these days. That’s not surprising. Character-impaired times naturally produce spiritual voids. So, folks feel both an emptiness and a deep yearning inside. And that leads them to search. Moreover, for many, our traditional spiritual growth systems haven’t provided the answers they seek. That’s led some to pursue different paths. And it’s left others pondering what path to take.
Spiritual awakening is the ultimate “ah, hah!” experience. We come to a higher level of awareness. And while someone’s awakening can seem a sudden, thunderbolt experience, it’s really more of a process – a process of transformation. Some have referred to it as a “metanoia” or change of heart and mind. We come to see a much larger picture. Moreover, we feel drawn to become part of something greater. Seeing things differently, we feel moved to live our lives differently. This is the essence of what spiritual sages throughout the ages have called “conversion.”
The Psychology of Character Growth
True character growth occurs on the emotional, psychological, and spiritual level. We have to honestly and fearlessly reckon with our feelings, our ways of thinking, and the deepest yearnings of our soul. To be of sound character, we must be more than just morally good. We must be intimately connected to the source of good.
I’ve devoted much of my professional life to understanding and dealing with character disturbance. And I’ve striven to learn how to best promote character growth in the the folks I’ve worked with. If our times and many trials have taught us anything it’s that character matters. Perhaps it matters more today than ever before. Toward that end, as you may well know, I’ve been trying to complete a new book. But before I can feel good about releasing it, it also needs transforming. To date, it’s still a bit heavy on the moral side of things. And it needs to speak more strongly on the spiritual aspects of character integrity.
We fashion rules to protect us but they simply cannot save us. And we adopt codes of conduct to improve ourselves but they alone can’t adequately grow us. We have to be connected to something bigger. And we have to let that something bigger transform us. This is the point I really want to make when The 10 Commandments of Character finally comes out. Pray I’m granted the wisdom to convey the message well.
Character Matters may soon find a new broadcast home. In the meantime, you can access all the podcasts on UCY.TV YouTube site. I’ll keep you posted on the latest developments.
As always, my sincere thanks for recommending my books and this blog to others.