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Readers Respond: Spiritual Growth Stories

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Share Post: Life's struggles, as well as our triumphs, can be catalysts for spiritual growth spurts to happen. Have you been challenged by circumstance or experienced something significant in your life that as a result made you a better person, a more loving and caring spiritual person? Tell us about it.

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“Breaking the habit of Being Yoursel"

Most of my life I have been searching for the meaning of life. I could simply not find any real pleasure in living it, but I was very good in making a mess of it! My husband left me and my child and I ended up with a stroke in both of my lungs and on top of the cake I got jobless. Need less to say, enough reasons to be depressed..But I heard a voice in my heart that told me I would be fine! Searching for help I started reading many books , I prayed, meditated, studied Metaphysical science and tried Christianity. It all kept me busy for a while.. Then one day..now nine months ago, my sister bought the book “Breaking the habit of Being Yourself”,from Dr. Joe Dispenza together with his meditation DVD and his seminar DVD, which we have been working with on a daily base. We also took his advice about the necessity of learning new knowledge for the brain to grow and change, and also study “Nonviolent Communication”, written by Marshall B. Rosenberg
—Guest Marijke

Life's Lessons Get Us To Our Destiny

It truly is a blessing when things in our life seem so bad and through it all comes so much good. I struggled in an abusive marriage for 11 years, divorced, got 3 children through it emotionally, being pushed past my limits as a single mom. I didn’t understand at the time, why God had me go through so much, but always held onto my faith, there was a reason. Today, I’m a Spiritual Life Coach, my son is a U.S. Marine, two daughters working, 1 granddaughter. Just recently became aware that I’m an Empath and can read and feel people’s emotions and learning to become more intuitive, a gift we all were born with. Believe, trust, and be inspired to find your brilliance. You’re all given a soul- purpose for being here. God Bless You!
—Guest Linda

time heals all wounds

My brother Lt Ray Murphy[FDNY] died on 9-11 while trying to rescue his brothers after the first collapse. I use to think of my brother Ray as Superman he was so strong mentally and physically. I tried to be strong like him but it was just to much pain for me to bear. He was my mentor. 10 months before Ray passed my mother died. I realized that I am not the only one suffering. Eventually I became sick and it took years to heal the wounds from 9-11-01. With the help from God, my wife, family and friends I began to accept what happened. The pain, guilt, and anger was bringing me down to a place that I have never felt before. I had to learn to let go. Things happen for a reason, why I don't know. Acceptance was key to my health. I am powerless over what happens in life. The only one I can control is me. Today I prefer to remember Ray for the way he lived, not how he died. He was my HERO long before 9-11.

A Series of Awakenings

Learning to read when I was in first grade was a revelation to me. I sucked up stories and non-fiction like a sponge. In sixth grade, I discovered science fiction through War of the Worlds and my mind expanded. High school was a black time-I discovered the joy of poetry, even if the poetry was dark. Then, in 1977, I was standing at my family's beach, alone, on a summer evening, observing, without judgement, and experienced Oneness. Years passed: marriage, children, death of my smart and funny and courageous 3-1/2 year old. Depression. Then, the road upward again. I worked through Dr. Phil's Self-Matters, but it felt like something was missing. I discovered Morty Lefkoe's belief elimination process and eliminated 19 beliefs and conditionings, then participated in his Occurring Course. Oneness means awareness of my true nature; discovering who I am and living it is the greatest gift I ever gave myself. I would not change my past for the world because I am where I am meant to be: FREE!
—Guest Lauren

How I grew from one experience

Over the last year things had been very hard for me yet I learned how strong of a person I ended up being and how strong in faith I was compared to how wavering it was a couple of years prior to 2009. I got sick in 2001 the first year I got married it seemed like after that we were back on track. Then in 2004 my life changed forever, I was no longer able to do the things in life that my hubby and I enjoyed. There were no more spontaneous trips, able to just go for long drives. I got sick and my body could not take it. I lost myself and he focused so much on him he lost himself. In 3/2009 he passed away.. he died instantly in a head on collision and my life changed. I cried a lot and I had no purpose nor did I even appreciate me. But what I realized is that God knew I had strength. He showed me in so many ways I got spiritually stronger, prayer stronger, and physically and mentally stronger.. Thank you God. Even though I had sorrow I also gained eternal love and love for me.

Growth with Changing Seasons

I love Spring, all its newness and life reborn, again! I also believe it is our nature to mimic, somewhat, the beautiful changes that occur in our natural, outer world and environment, and use these changes as teachers of some great lessons! Be Reborn, with Spring! Grow:)
—Guest liz

Spiritual awakening

I have spent the last year working on loving and accepting myself and letting go of things that don't serve me. I recently had the experience of being with a terminally ill loved one through his illness and ultimately, his death. The experience has transformed me. I now understand unconditional love and what is important in life. Although I will miss my friend, I am blessed that I was given the gift of sharing this experience with him.
—Guest Linda W

It doesn't have to be huge

It's very hard to change. We all know that. But my husband has helped me become a more caring and accepting person simply through his example. After several squabbles over my micromanaging him, I finally saw the truth in his question: "What's the worst that happens if I do it my way?" And we've had such a harmonious marriage since then. I'm not saying it was easy; and it may not seem like a major change; but it was HARD for me to stop butting in with my opinion and to just let him do it his way. I am proud of myself for changing!

No hurt is a good hurt

I am finally recognizing I am a worthwhile human being at 45. I have done good things with my life, a school teacher, and now social worker helping kids who are in trouble. None of that made me worthwhile until I healed the child in me from abuse. There is hope for us that never tell. Somehow we are finally telling, for me it took a long time and a heck of a climb. It takes courage to look in but it as not as scarey as we like to make it out to be. These experiences have taught me; we can only take ownership for what we do, we are human and we make mistakes that we do need to forgive ourselves for, we cannot be perfect enough so we are loved- perfection is an idea only of what value we place on something good or right- it is only an idea, we can define ourselves for ourselves. Follow your heart for that is where your soul will speak to you from.
—Guest with Bright Eyes

Loss of my son

My life was turned upside down when my beloved 26 year old son committed suicide on Sep. 3 2007. My heart bleeds everyday and some days I want to join him. I have become a warrior without knowing that I have strength that God bestows on me on a daily basis.
—Guest Amy

Spiritual Growth Story

Once walking on the beach the following thought came to me "the greatest responsibility that a human has is recognising the responsibility to their own Soul." This changed my thoughts & therefore my life. I even put pen to paper & wrote a little book which was published - it was a turning point - if we recognise the responsibility we would live with more purpose realizing how we treat ourselves, others, our environment, all other creatures, would all reflect directly on our Soul and life. What a wonderful gift Life is! Much gratitude is felt and expressed daily.
—Guest Dale C

Accident (s)

My life trials were losing our home when a runaway bulldozer ran through it, and two months later I was almost killed in an auto accident which put me in a coma in intensive care for 2 months, and a rehab center after. I have struggled for over 20 years with this but over time, I always looked inside for the answers. I read ONLY happiness books. Also, books about how the brain works and how to make it grow neuro-nets associated with health and happiness. I exercise regularly, changed my diet to all whole and organic foods, took out the grains by going gluten free, and take lots of probiotics. I have never been happier in my life! I continue to read about happiness, meditation, and quantum physics. I help many clients (I am now a personal trainer), and ALWAYS SMILE! I smile when I feel sad because just the motion of doing it makes me feel better! So keep smiling and stay happy!
—Guest Janet B

Thyroid Cancer

Every challenge I face in life makes me a better person, more understanding and more empathetic to others around me but none so much as my experience with thyroid cancer. This really put life into perspective, taught me to appreciate those around me more and worry about the little things (daily annoyances) less. And yes, having lived to tell about the experience I can say that God never left my side. He led me through a part of my life I never thought I'd emerge intact from, and even helped me to become a better person to boot.
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