The following paragraph is from one of my favorite books.
“...spiritual growth is learning to make your life work in every area, from your relationships to your career, as you put your spiritual light into everything you do, bring awareness and love to all your activities, and turn every experience into an opportunity for growth, you are being your higher self.”
Years ago I hadn't learned how much action, the steps, that growth takes. I didn't know that it takes work, awareness, looking at me and my patterns, habits, and experiences. Instead, when I initially started opening to new ideas I was mostly just a sponge, watching others, and studying to be more like them.
I thought I only had to soak up information from reading, attending classes/workshops, and listening to spiritual leaders and then I'd have awesome mystical experiences that would knock my socks off, and result in a deeper experience of life and myself.