Spiritual maturity means…
~That we acknowledge that other people believe differently than we do, and we can have respectful conversations around this, because we know that everything is a part of God, and so there is no other place to go, and everything is in perfect order.
~That we don’t tell someone they are going to Hell, that they are evil, or that they are vibrating at a low frequency.
~That we don’t assume someone isn’t spiritually aligned or awakened because they are part of a religion or have a belief that differs from ours.
~That we don’t live in love-and-light land, while bypassing what it means to be in this experience as a human.
~That we support each individual’s experience, even if it doesn’t resonate with us.
~That we are honest about our judgements, so we can let go of them.
~That we work through our emotions and beliefs, so we can gain self-mastery.
~That we act on our belief that we are all one and demonstrate this through our behavior towards others.
Tolerance is a true sign of a spiritually awakened person.
It demonstrates that you are open-minded to all paths, and that you are willing to listen to other people, even if you don’t agree with them.
Being spiritually mature means that you embrace tolerance. Tolerance means that no matter what anyone believes, whether that’s a belief in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Satanism, Witchcraft, Wicca, Spiritualism, New Age, or whatever else, that their beliefs are tolerated.
If this makes you uncomfortable you can explore this within yourself.
Ask yourself: why would this bother you? How is your belief keeping you safe? What would happen if you let go of the “need” to believe that way?
If you listened to and honored another person’s beliefs, how would that affect your belief system?
When you begin to explore why you need to believe a certain way, it can open you up to others’ beliefs without it negating yours, and you can grow spiritually.
I grew up in the Christian faith, and I was taught early on that anything that wasn’t from the Christian faith was evil. Because of this, I formed subconscious beliefs that anything outside of my Christian beliefs weren’t safe, so whenever I heard another belief that wasn’t in the context of Christianity, I quickly and effectively shut it right down. “That’s evil.” was my go to inner talk when something felt scary to me.
I had built up my beliefs and there was no way I was going to let them go, because that would mean I’d have to examine and question them, which made me feel very unsafe.
Then came my spiritual awakening, and with it all of my experiences. In effect, the belief box that I had been living in had been blown clean open, and I had to reorient to a new way of seeing things, and as a result new beliefs formed.
I could no longer assign other beliefs as evil, as I was becoming more open to them as my awareness grew.
Spiritual maturity is knowing that our beliefs, ideas, and concepts of spirituality are just a teaspoon’s worth of knowledge when there is an ocean to explore.
We can hold our beliefs when it helps us feel safe, but then we can stick our toe in the water when we feel safe to explore more. Once we do that we can form new beliefs.
So when someone doesn’t believe the same as you, you can expand instead of contract. You can become curious instead of intolerant.
It can feel so scary stepping out into the unknown, even within the framework of our current belief system. This really requires a willingness on your part to not know the answers.
Spiritual maturity is something that happens naturally as your awareness increases, and as you become more curious to others beliefs and your own beliefs.
A great place to assess your spiritual maturity is with your own judgements. We all have judgements, so this is nothing to be ashamed of. Just observe what’s happening inside of you and what you say to yourself, and what you think about others. Then you can work on asking yourself why this is happening, and where it’s coming from.
Leave a comment below to let me know what your thoughts are, and if you’ve observed any judgements within yourself.