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Spiritual Maturity

Spiritual maturity is not a matter of how long you have lived or even how much life experience you have. The important question is: how much does any of us actually learn from our life experience? Those people who are more spiritually developed are people who have been deeply paying attention, who are sensitive and awake enough to truly learn, and grow, and significantly evolve as a result of the life experience that they have.

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Andrew Cohen is the pioneering teacher of Evolutionary Enlightenment, the founder of international nonprofit organization EnlightenNext, and the Editor in Chief of EnlightenNext magazine. Learn more about his work at

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  1. Frank Luke says:

    It’s a real mystery, isn’t it where there are those who’ve advanced in years and show the wisdom they’ve gained along the way and then there are many elderly who seem not to have mellowed or gained in spiritual wisdom very much, behaving in really immature and unworthy ways.

    I guess the Buddhist view of the lotus mired in mud, reaching for the light and eventually budding and blossoming into the lotus is an apt symbol that works for me.

    And the beautiful verse about a time and purpose for everything under heaven.

    There may be those whose time has come to be free and then there are others who will have to work on their liberation perhaps in another lifetime. There are death-bed “enlightenments”, we sometimes hear about, no?

  2. I am working on the idea that there are various, different levels of preparation for personal growth, for example there is the passage through adolescence, and then a passage through middle age. For those involved in the process of change three of the crucial aptitudes are sensitivity, balance and flexibility, and while there are other dimensions to one’s mutability these can be enhanced through training. The process of change involves the combination of experience and the learning from experience. The greatest impediment to growth is intellect. Exploration of these ideas is where I focus my efforts.

    • Frank Luke says:

      Hi lincoln,

      Right on! You sound like you’ve figured out about how to change, being receptive. Analyzing it is only half, you know–the other half would be to put into action ideas that make you advance in your consciousness.

      You’re right, there are more propitious times in life. It doesn’t depend only on chronlogic ages. What I see is that what’s most important is a spiritual readiness to understand a message being given and to respond to it. Often that message may be a kind of nagging conscience that may be saying something needs correcting, whether personal or otherwise.

      I like how Buddhists envision how we are like lotus flowers with roots in the mud, grow, and gradually reach toward light and higher consciousness. Those who really work at higher consciousness can be said to bloom in Enlightenment.

      Best regards, aloha, Frank Luke