Spiritual growth refers to the process of developing one’s sense of connection to and understanding of one’s own spirit and/or a more universal source of spiritual energy. Some traditions describe methods to follow with specific stages or thresholds that are reached in progression toward an ultimate spiritual state, often called enlightenment. While there is a vast diversity of methods and theories to this aim, there’s a general consensus across belief traditions that one’s sense of spirituality can be developed, formed, or enhanced through intentional practice and study.
All Masters have said, “Aham Brahmasmi” (I am Brahman) and “Tat Twam Asi,” (You are that). Disciples then perform constant shravanam, mananam and nidhidyasanam (listening, reflection and internalization), and through this process they reach the depths of these statements.
Thoughts and feelings that persist over time harden into an attitude. If you live with an attitude long enough, it becomes second nature—a mindset. The wrong mindset could lead you off the path of contentment, joy, enlightenment.
Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. Several years after graduation, following a period of severe depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of 'spiritual enlightenment', and embarked on an intensive spiritual search which lasted for several years.