What is Spiritual Growth?
by Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis


More people are having their spiritual awakening than ever before. Yet with all this enthusiasm, many do not have a clear picture what the spiritual path actually looks like and what the steps are to reach their soul’s potential. Exploring the process of soul evolution is a monumental task as many aspects of metaphysics need to be woven together to tell the story.

There is so much more to who and what you are than you may realize. While you have a physical body, that is not the real you. You are an immortal soul inhabiting a physical body. Your soul is on a glorious pilgrimage to learn and grow not just on this physical Earth but through the many ascending, dimensions of life that exist in the world of spirit. You are unfolding your soul’s potential by evolving through these many dimensions while here in the material world. Each dimension gives you an opportunity to awaken and express a new facet of your soul.

The process of spiritual maturation can be likened to a seed planted in the ground. All the potential for the seed to become a mighty oak or radiant rose is already held within. What are needed are the right elements in which to grow: if nourished and undisturbed, the seed cannot help but become that great flower or tree. The soul of man is like a seed that the Divine plants in the garden of creation. All that is needed for the soul to grow is already contained in the core of the soul. To fulfill that potential, the soul must embark on a pilgrimage through creation where it unfolds, eventually making its way back, fully realized, to the Divine source.

In this cosmic picture, life on Earth is a schoolhouse and all our experiences are part of our spiritual growth. The soul cannot possibly learn all the lessons of life in a single lifetime, it must come to Earth many times to forge its spiritual mettle. Lifetime after lifetime, the soul comes to experience existence in all of its wonders, vicissitudes, and contrasts. Yet, behind all of our experiences lies our greater spiritual purpose. Whether pleasant or painful, the things we go through in life are learning experiences. From the spiritual perspective, what is happening to us matters less than how we are handling what is happening; that is the true barometer of our spiritual maturity.

From the metaphysical perspective, each soul is precious and essential. Love is always the bond that unites us to the divine. No one is past forgiveness, redemption, and enlightenment. Since we are endowed with a mind, the gift of free choice, and the will to carry out that choice, we are accountable for our actions and deeds. Yet, regardless of what we have done and gone through, we are always given a second chance in life. Mistakes and missteps are part of the growth process.

In this spiritual process, the aura and the Divine Light are essential. The aura is the register of where you are in your consciousness, the fertile ground in which your spiritual unfolding germinates. The fruits of your spiritual evolution are all the things we admire and search for: strength of character, wisdom, inspiration, talent, compassion, and greater creative expression. Through your spiritual development, you “pierce the veil” of matter and gain enlightenment, which opens the door to the mysteries of the inner worlds, communication with the divine, visions, and spiritual revelations.

In your spiritual evolution, there are three mystical dynamics that support your soul:

1.    Power to grow – It takes spiritual energy to evolve. You forge your spiritual mettle through your auric field, which is the register of the spiritual light you have earned. The more Divine Light you earn in your aura the higher in consciousness you climb. Spiritual energy is the most precious thing you possess. It’s your passport to eternity.

2.    Time to grow – The soul has so much potential and so many life-enriching experiencing to go through it cannot accomplish all that in a single lifetime. So, the concept of reincarnation comes into the picture. Reincarnation offers the soul time to return to Earth in successive bodies, so it can gather new experiences in order to perfect itself.

3.    Divine support – You do your own growing, but you are not evolving unaided. There is an extraordinary, loving support system through what is called the spiritual hierarchy of angels and archangels who orchestrate your evolutionary process. 

A steady meditation practice is fundamentally important in your evolution, because it helps you tune into your inner, spiritual nature. It is so easy to get caught up in the cares of life that you can forget what is really important. Meditation is your one-on-one time with the Divine. Through meditation—and prayer—you connect with and receive from the Divine to empower you in your life journey. By making your spiritual growth an even higher priority all facets of your life will be richly blessed.


Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis are cofounders of Spiritual Arts Institute. With over 50 years of clairvoyant experience, they have taught thousands to better themselves by working with the aura and spiritual energy. Their award-winning books include the international bestseller Change Your Aura, Change Your Life, Karma and Reincarnation, The Healing Power of Your Aura, Communing with the Divine and their newest book Heaven and Your Spiritual Evolution: A Mystic’s Guide to the Afterlife and Reaching Your Highest Potential. www.spiritualarts.org.