Growing Spiritually

Posted by Roberta Grimes • April 22, 2023 • 27 Comments
Jesus, The Teachings of Jesus

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
Was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
John Newman (1725-1807), from “Amazing Grace” (1779)

It became apparent to Thomas and me as we were reading blog comments last Sunday that it was time for us to talk again about what growing spiritually actually means. Just a bit of a refresher course, since we haven’t discussed spiritual growth in much detail here in going on five years. And this is such an important topic! Giving people a place to grow spiritually is the reason why this material universe, with its billions of stars and its trillions of planets, even exists in the first place. Growing spiritually is the reason why you chose to be born in that material body to experience all these earthly pains. And teaching you how to better grow spiritually is the reason why Jesus even chose to be born from out of the Godhead two thousand earth-years ago. So you might quite justifiably say that this is the most important topic that anyone ever might conceivably choose to write about, hands-down.

As we said last week, Consciousness is all that exists. It is, as we said then, both the Sculptor and the stone on which that Sculptor works. And Consciousness exists in a range of emotion-based vibrations, from fear at the lowest and slowest vibration to perfect love at the highest and most rapid vibration. At its very highest vibration, Consciousness is what Jesus called the Father. It is the ultimate High God. Every human mind is a part of Consciousness, and exists somewhere along that continuum. And so, very simply put, spiritual growth consists in raising your personal spiritual vibration away from fear and more toward perfect love in the most efficient way possible. Of course, your personal spiritual vibration is going to vary in the course of a day. But its resting vibration, the set point to which it will naturally keep returning, can be raised if you will make the effort. And it is raising that set point as much as possible that you are eagerly bent upon doing when you and your primary spirit guide draw up your plan for spiritual growth in this lifetime.

Why can’t you simply resolve to grow spiritually when you are at home in the astral plane, so you can thereby avoid the need to live any more of these stressful lifetimes on earth? It turns out that growing spiritually is very much like exercising what amount to spiritual muscles. We cannot do it just by thinking about it. We have to do it by acting on it. Love and fear are not just theoretical forces! So in order to learn how the difference between love and fear actually feels in practice, how to cleave to the one and to push against the other, we come to this material universe, which is a place where we can experience that difference firsthand. Craig Hogan calls this planet Earth School, while I think of it more as a spiritual gym. But really, just one very stressful lifetime in which you can experience what it is all about should do it for you. You come here, you follow Jesus’s teachings as best you can, you raise your personal spiritual vibration to the upper fifth level of the astral plane with the help of some awful fear-based earth-experiences, and then you can cease incarnating on the earth forevermore. After that, your further spiritual growth can happen in the upper fifth and the sixth levels of the astral plane. So it is flat astonishing to me to realize that estimates have it that most of us have lived anywhere from several dozens to literally hundreds of lifetimes on earth!  

How can we possibly be such dullards? Even given that we come back to earth with amnesia for the reason why we are here, you would think that we would keep some vestigial subconscious memory after a while that would make our learning just a little bit easier? After all, it is possible for you and me to get all the way to the top of level five, and past the need to incarnate again, in a single lifetime!  

You can accomplish the requisite spiritual growth using Eastern spiritual techniques. But those methods generally require meditation, chanting, and other transformational processes that can take considerable time and a lot of personal commitment on your part, and they can sometimes take years before you notice measurable results in your life. By far the easiest method for Westerners to use is the one that Jesus taught, which feels familiar to people with a Christian background and is remarkably self-reinforcing, and which amazingly can show you noticeable effects in your life within a few months’ time. Very briefly, here it is again:

  • Gratitude. Jesus didn’t make a big deal of gratitude in the Gospel teachings that survive, but He did imply it. And beginning with gratitude greases your wheels for the heavier lifting of forgiveness, which comes next. Simply buy a blank booklet, and every morning write down one thing for which you are grateful, and also write down why you are grateful for it. No duplicates. For the first few months, this will be easy! By month four, though, if you take this exercise seriously, you will be down to keeping lists of random things that you still have not been grateful for, and worrying on the afternoon before each morning about how you can sincerely express your gratitude for things like ants and mosquitoes, or for your neighbor’s dog that barks at night.
  • Forgiveness. The entire key to raising your personal spiritual vibration is to learn prevenient forgiveness. Once you have forgiven everything before it even happens – and please trust me on this – you will already be approaching vibrational level five, because nothing ever will bother you again. In addition, forgiveness is great for your health! This entire process is better explained in The Fun of Growing Forever. And it is so simple. You just trick your lazy mind into no longer caring when someone does you wrong through the use of “forgiveness balls.” Set aside a few weeks to get the retraining process well started, and keep using it until forgiveness for you is entirely prevenient and automatic. Until then, whenever anything needs to be forgiven and your forgiveness process is not yet automatic, you simply gather whatever might be bothering you at all with big sweeps of your arms, including all the people involved and including yourself as well, and you squash it all down into a nice tight bundle with your hands, and then you slowly push that whole bundle away with both hands as you say aloud, “I love you, I bless you, I forgive, and I release.” Still not feeling that all of it has been completely forgiven? Then you just do it all again. You are retraining your mind to never again in your life ever resent anything! And believe me, this really works. When someone recently defrauded my husband and me out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, which was most of our retirement savings, I forgave both the criminal and the loss at once and without a thought. No forgiveness ball was even needed.  
  • Love. Loving more and more as you master forgiveness is just your natural state. Try to help it along, but it will require little added effort on your part. As your spiritual vibration rises, though, one of the things that you might notice will be that you seem to be loving everyone more equally. I thought at first that I was losing some of my love for those closest to me, but that wasn’t it. No, it was more that my feelings for perfect strangers were coming close to approaching the way that I felt about even my cherished family members. I could look at a stranger’s face and love that stranger, care about her needs, feel compassion for him as I never had before. It was beautiful, and it was amazing to begin to see strangers as individual people and not as wallpaper! It was oddly alarming, too, because to care so much about strangers made me feel responsible for them now, as I never before had felt responsible for strangers. I learned to control those new feelings with time, which was a relief. But seeing people as I had begun to see people made me briefly see them all much more the way that Thomas tells me that Jesus always has seen people. Jesus sees each individual person as a cherished object of His personal love.    

Spiritual growth is governed by simple Consciousness physics. Scientists have never been able to define Consciousness at all. More than a decade ago, before I ever knew Thomas, I began to wondered what Consciousness even was, since no good definition of it was to be found. Then from somewhere – I know now that it must have come from Thomas – but from out of nowhere came what is the best definition of Consciousness that we are likely to find. Thomas said in my mind, “Consciousness is an energy-like potentiality without size or form, alive in the sense that your mind is alive, highly emotional and therefore probably self-aware.” I thought, Wow!

Our minds are all part of that one Consciousness, so we are eternal by definition. Furthermore, because we all share a single Consciousness, as each of us raises our own Consciousness vibration within that whole, we each will minutely raise the Consciousness vibrations of all the other people on the face of the earth. It has been estimated that if only ten percent of the people on earth were to perfect themselves vibrationally, we could materially begin to raise the vibrations of this entire planet out of the fear-based danger zone where the population of the earth is at present. By removing more of the barriers to love’s awareness in the world, we can materially help to turn things around, very much as a bubble of air will rise in water toward the light.  

All the divisions among people that we imagine are there are completely artificial, anyway. And this is especially true of  all our perceived racial divisions! There is much more genetic diversity within the continent of Africa than there is between East Africans and Europeans, who began to lose the melanin in our skin via a set of genes that were introduced into Europe from the Ural Mountains less than eight thousand years ago, so recently that civilization had by then already begun. Europe was largely populated by East African migrants less than ten thousand years ago, as the last ice age ended. In fact, human beings almost went extinct altogether so very recently that every person on earth is descended from two common ancestors, a male and a female, who lived in Botswana less than 200,000 years ago.

So every human being on the face of the earth is your own close cousin. We all belong quite literally to a single extended African family. Yes, our lack of understanding of what spiritual growth is and why it is so important has allowed us to feel free to do terrible things to one another. Humanity’s past has been horrible in just about every generation since civilization began. And if we don’t begin to change course soon, it seems pretty clear that our future is likely to be even worse than our past has been. But the wonderful truth is that we know now for certain that there is no barrier to our uniting every member of the human family in the joy of literal familial love. All of us are members of a single family! And we know now that there is no barrier to our living as a single family. But only our universal spiritual growth can accomplish this ultimate goal. No worldwide government clumsily attempting to impose some sort of unity from above can do anything but to make our present problems even worse. You and I alone possess the power to uplift and unite the world. And the fastest way to make that happen will be for us to make our individual spiritual growth our first priority.

The Gospel teachings of Jesus are the simplest and most effective method for achieving rapid spiritual growth that ever has been devised. As I note in The Fun of Growing Forever, strictly following the teachings of Jesus can substantially raise your own spiritual vibration, beginning in a matter of months, and without the need for you to meditate, do yoga, chant, find a guru, or really do much of anything beyond using those teachings to reprogram your easily-reprogrammed mind. The Gospel teachings do this by removing the barriers to love’s awareness, since as soon as those barriers are gone, your level of consciousness rises naturally toward ever greater love as a bubble will rise through water toward the light.

 Spiritual growth toward love and away from fear feels wonderful! Perhaps the best thing about the Gospel teachings of Jesus is that when you follow them and begin to feel their positive effects, those teachings are remarkably self-reinforcing. The key for me was to learn the easy trick of forgiving in advance every negative thing that might happen in the whole rest of my life. Resentments and angers of every kind are very low-vibration emotions, so they act as negative ballast. That was why when Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (MT 18:21-23). It is essential that you get rid of every one of your angers and resentments, no matter how small, since they can keep your consciousness vibrating at the lower end of its range. Get rid of your every impulse toward anger, and soon you will have risen spiritually to such a level that nothing ever will bother you again.

Which is a big reason why growing spiritually makes you so happy! Even if you don’t feel a pressing need to raise this planet’s consciousness vibration before humankind altogether self-destructs, and even if you aren’t thinking about trying to achieve a higher afterlife level, the little effort that growing spiritually will take you is going to reward you richly, and pretty much right away. It gives you a life removed altogether from stresses, a kindly feeling for each new face, and perhaps above all a certainty that you yourself are supremely and eternally loved. Whatever it is that you think you are seeking, growing spiritually is going to help you find it.

Our frame-verse was written by a slave trader who was miraculously saved from a storm at sea, and he promptly gave up his former occupation and became an ardent abolitionist. John Newman saw the light of truth, but to this day materialist scientists remain stubbornly clueless. It is both sad and silly that even despite important insights given to them by the likes of Max Planck and Albert Einstein and other great twentieth-century physicists, the scientific community at large still refuses to accept the fact that all our minds are part of one vast eternal Mind. The scientific community remains so willfully brain-dead that even though they still cannot even begin to define Consciousness, they are currently spending a billion dollars trying to find a source for whatever Consciousness might be inside the human brain. But that clueless level of scientific folly need not hamper you and me! We know that we are eternal beings, and we are invited by Jesus Himself to live now, even while we are still on earth, in the perfect eternal peace of God. As Moses said almost 3500 years ago, “the eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut 33:27).

Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come.
‘Twas grace that brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

 When we’ve been here ten thousand years,
Bright, shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
– John Newman (1725-1807), from “Amazing Grace” (1779)

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27 thoughts on “Growing Spiritually

  1. Indeed:
    1. Love God, people (in this and the next world) and nature/creation unconditionally.
    2. Forever forgive without (setting) conditions.
    3. Forever grateful for especially the littlest things, gestures, etc.
    4, Even and especially gratefulness for all the challenges in your life, in all its undesired and uninvited forms. Overcome negativities with gratitude.
    5. Living the Golden Rule.
    6. Using humor and kindness when faced with difficult people.
    7. See, treat, approach and respect each person as your true brother and sister; no one is a stranger.

    Life is beautiful!

    Thanks for your post, as always, Roberta!

    Love to all,

  2. I can and do forgive not just in this lifetime, but all my lifetimes. That is not my issue and I find it so liberating. I no longer concern myself with who did what to me.

    My concern is if others do not forgive me for things I did perhaps intentionally (usually as a child), and of course unintentionally (throughout my life)without knowing. I have had many challenges as we all do as we live our lives. I hope that I will not be held back. I am trying and I am learning as a work in progress.

    1. Dear Jennifer,

      Hello, my friend! We are both named Jennifer, and we both have concerns about the same thing! I have come to the conclusion (after much anguish and soul-searching) that nothing productive comes from worrying about whether a person has forgiven my wrongs, especially if I have sincerely apologized and asked the person to forgive me (when possible), or tried to make amends where possible. Perhaps, because it seems to be inevitable that we hurt others (even without intending to), our “failures’ may be a conduit for THAT person to learn and practice forgiveness?

      Much love to you,

      1. My dear JenniferK, very wisely said. Giving another the opportunity to practice forgiveness is indeed a gift of growth, and we ourselves then need to forgive all of it. Those forgiveness balls are an all-purpose cure!

    2. Hi Jennifer,

      I look at forgiveness as a way for me to let go of negativity. It really isn’t about the other person. The only reason I would hope for the other person to forgive is so they would let go of any negativity for their own sake. It isn’t good for any of us to hold onto that type of emotions.

      Lately when I see a story of a person who did something really bad to another, I pray they will be able to forgive themselves knowing these bodies isn’t really who we are.

    3. Oh my dear Jennifer, you can use forgiveness balls for those others, as well. Whatever bothers you. Just gather all of it up, and forgive it all. Whatever concerns you might have. Forgiveness is the gift that you give to yourself!

  3. Dear Roberta,
    I so appreciate your writings, I just got back from Dollar Tree where I purchased a notebook to start a gratitude journal! You have managed to break it down and explain things in a way that is understandable.
    Much love,

    1. Dear JenniferK, this is the most tedious thing that I teach, and I don’t at all mind if you mutter a curse or two on some mornings, because it really works. Retraining your mind is some heavy lifting, but it is so much worth it!

  4. Dearest Roberta
    Thank you for giving us your roadmap to spiritual growth, especially for chronicling things or events I am grateful for and why. Some time ago, I bought an academic style and a weekly style planner. I have filled about 95% of the academic planner with a list of my vital signs, but I haven’t touched the academic planner. It seems to be laid out so that recording gratitudes fit right in.

    Interestingly enough, my experience with recording my vitals seems to have improved my health. possibly because it generated an interest in the relationships between blood pressure and the timing of medication. (I think the technical types call it pharmacodynamics, IFIR.)

    Perhaps I can accomplish a similar effect by recording the objects and methods of gratitude.
    Thank you Reberta

    1. Minor correction. I should have written “But I haven’t touched the Weekly/Monthly Planner.”


    2. Oh my dear Cookie, I think you actually might enjoy this gratitude exercise. You will be surprised to see how creative you can get!

  5. Hi Roberta,

    Another fantastic post, appreciate you, Thomas and Jesus for all of your help.

    “Even if you don’t feel a pressing need to raise this planet’s consciousness vibration before humankind altogether self-destruct”

    I have to admit, even though it is serious… I got a little chuckle out of that line and thought Well Played. Very motivating indeed.

    Comparing our experiences with negativity to exercising the muscle analogy helped a lot. Definitely “Ah, I see” moment.

    It sounds like our vibration levels stay consistent or continue to grow once we reach a certain level. Understandable as there is no negativity there to lower our vibration. Though, it seems like we would be at risk of it lowering if we come back to this realm and have a bad life experience.

    Appreciate you bringing up the average amount of times we may be coming here when only one lifetime could be enough. The software guy, in me, would say this isn’t working the way it should if it requires these many visits. Besides the enormous efforts Jesus, Thomas and others have been putting in to help us. We seem to continue doing the same thing and possibly getting worst. It’s strange to me. I am but a simpleton in the grand scheme of things so it’s probably above my pay grade.

    It’s a tough battle with social media taking over all of our attention. Especially the children. So many people pushing materialistic lifestyles. It’s no wonder kids are getting into trouble these days. I have been seeing some stories of TikTok pushing not so good videos onto kids. One in particular committed suicide. When they looked at his TikTok account it had a lot of videos pushing suicide. I’m really thankful Jesus will be focusing on children when I see stories like that.

    Speaking of egos, I’ve decided I need to learn how to surrender more. I have a never give up attitude with much of life. Though, I will have some petulant childish moments where I declare I am done. Then I shrug it off and start again. haha I’d rather have more peace and surrendering more to God’s will seems to be the way for me to achieve it. I don’t need to fight, just accept whatever happens is God’s will. It won’t be easy but the fighter in me thinks I can do it.

    I know you give all the credit to Thomas and Jesus for these posts. I wanted to point out that the way you interact with us is also a great learning experience. I’ve learned just as much from your interactions as with the blog posts. So please give yourself some more credit and thanks!

    1. Oh my very dear Thomas, bless you my dear for saying that, but their wisdom flows through me even here as I work with you in the comments, my dear one. Mother Teresa said, “I am a little pencil in God’s hand,” and that is my whole beautiful life, and my joy!

  6. My 1st introduction to hand movements occurred
    years ago while I was having a massage: the monsuis
    started coughing and and excused herself. When she returned, she told me had been choking on my stress
    and had to shake it off! She showed me she ‘shook it off’
    It is easy to take hold of your forgiveness ball!
    Thank you ,Roberta, for the steps to clarify my body,
    soul, and the Holy Spirit from Jesus. gfl, erica

    1. Oh my sweet Erica, the process of genuine spiritual growth is so easy and so effortless, and it can happen so quickly, that I was frankly astounded when it actually began to happen for me. It is so simple! The whole process is simple, and it happens so quickly once you know what you are actually doing that I am still astounded as I think about it. Why doesn’t every church teach this process?

  7. Roberta you knocked this one out of the park. This might be your best yet.
    Thanks as always
    J.W. a.k.a.Man Who Loves Dogs

    1. Oh my sweet friend, thank you so much! But as you know, all of this is really Jesus’s work. He makes everything that He does look easy, doesn’t He? 🙂

  8. Thank you for this beautiful post Roberta. I forgive anybody and everybody I perceive has wronged me by also asking their forgiveness and sending them my thanks and my love.
    My question however is this: For those people who make it clear that they do not want us in their lives and display negative behaviour towards us despite our efforts, is it okay to forgive, choose to no longer have them in our lives and let them go with love? Or is letting them go and out of your life just another way of not fully forgiving them? Is it the coward’s way out?
    I’d really appreciate some of your thoughts, Roberta and anybody else who experiences the same dilemma.
    With thanks and love, K

    1. Hi Kristian,

      Personally, if someone is negative or doing something that brings negativity out of me, then I won’t be around them. It has nothing to do with forgiveness. I don’t do it out of malice.

      Negative behavior can affect me, and it’s difficult enough without have more negative influences in my day to day life.

      It’s like someone wanting to drill a hole in their boat while out at sea. Do you think it is better to sit there with them or maybe it’s time to find your own boat?

      If they change then I would welcome them back with open arms.

    2. Oh my dear Kristian, it is not only okay to forgive, bless, and withdraw in such cases, but I think it is by far the kindest and the most loving thing to do. You help no one by keeping such people in your life! Of course, never withdraw in anger; always withdraw in love. But, yes, release such people and withdraw from their lives. Give them peace, and claim it for yourself!

      1. Thank you Roberta and Thomas for your kind and considered replies.

        My intuition/higher self also tells me this, but it’s lovely to hear it confirmed by loving, spiritual people who want the best for the world and all in it.

        Blessings and peace to you both.

  9. I know I am late to this blog, but, this is the BEST one of all of them, I need this one to learn more!!! THANK YOU Jesus, Thomas & Roberta and to everyone participating!

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