Spiritual Growth – Self-transcendence
Posted by: Bishop David Walker
Bishop David Walker | August 2010
“Spirituality is the experience of consciously striving to integrate one’s life in terms, not of isolation and self-absorption, but of self-transcendence towards the ultimate value one perceives.” (Schneiders)
- From acts to relationship;
- from behaviour to personal response;
- from morality to motivation;
- from obedience to discipleship;
- from practice to self-giving;
- from “keeping the commandments” to living out of love;
- from belief in God to God as the integrating centre of our life.
- From a life dominated from without to one which is lived from within;
- from over involvement to simplification;
- from exterior to interior;
- from pattern to journey;
- from conformity to creativity.
- From a lack of awareness of God in one’s life to a life that is lived more consciously in the presence of God;
- from blindness to insight;
- from a difficulty in turning one’s heart to God to an ease in doing so;
- from feeling to faith;
- from knowing to unknowing;
- from taking God’s presence for granted to a conscious effort to live within it.
- From a motivation of necessity or fear to a motivation of love;
- from compulsion to freedom;
- from superego to conscience;
- from wish to desire;
- from fear to confidence;
- from guilt to hope;
- from pessimism to optimism;
- from fallen to graced.
- From acts of prayer to prayerfulness;
- from prayer in time of need to prayer as an expression of a relationship;
- from activity to passivity;
- from consolation to aridity.
- From self delusion to self knowledge;
- from a satisfaction with one’s life to a radical transformation;
- from little effort to great commitment;
- from blindness to understanding;
- from lethargy to courage;
- from eradicating faults to practising virtues;
- from being reactive to being pro active.
- From selfishness to selflessness;
- from self interest to self transcendence;
- from a focus on self to concern for others.
- From action to service;
- from a service which focuses on the action itself to one which stems from a deep relationship with God,
- from Martha alone to Martha and Mary together,
- from work to ministry.
- From institution to personal experience;
- from tradition to the “now”;
- from authority to personal conviction;
- from religion on the fringe to religion at the centre;
- from religion as a fact / thing to religion as action and power.to.
- From practice to evangelisation;
- from faith as “mine” to faith as being “for others”;
- from wanting to live it to wanting to share it;
- from living the faith to apostolic initiative;
- from maintenance to mission.