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These 6 words represent fundamental qualities of spiritual LIFE and spiritual PEOPLE. Click on any word for a detailed definition of the selected quality, and reflect on its meanings. Then, consider its application in life. This can help you develop your chosen quality.
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Spiritual wisdom (gnowledge) is an ESSENTIAL for spiritual evolution (even while it is, at the same time, a PRODUCT of spiritual evolution. More than an accumulation of general truths, gnowledge includes specific knowledge about life context and process. It also includes appreciation of the spiritual implications of values, beliefs, and purposes.
COMPREHENDING: Realizing the nature, significance, and meaning of ideas and events
Realizing the nature, significance, implication, and meaning of ideas and events
DISCERNING: Able to rightly identify significant nuances, and make sufficient distinctions (as needed).
Making wise and sufficient distinctions when it comes to the higher meaning and spiritual direction of personal growth. Careful NOT to be misled by ego-serving, spirit-ignoring notions of growth (notions that are inevitably generated by common, unenlightened culture).
HUMBLE: Modest in self assessment, while sincerely grateful for higher influences, within and without.
Having healthy (ego)self-suspicion. Acknowledging personal errors, human foibles, and spiritual shortcomings. Seeking and embracing wisdom guidance and constructive feedback -- and grateful for it.
HONEST: Sincere and forthcoming in word; ethical in deed.
Honest about the spiritual direction/implications of personal choices, priorities, and presumptions.
ACCEPTING: Appreciating the beauty of God's plan and the diversity of God's creation; open to the existence/significance of existing conditions on various levels.
Bringing true gnostic insight to bear on the evaluation of feedback, both positive and negative. Accepting and making constructive use of all feedback, self-insight, and spiritual correction. Offering feedback in a compassionate spirit -- when it feels truly appropriate to do so. Constructively accepting one's personal virtues and vices AS SUCH. "Lord grant me the wisdom to change what I can change, to accept what I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference." (see DISCERNING) GET THE RIGHT VERSION OF THIS QUOTE -- THIS ONE DOESN'T SEEM CORRECT!
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