Instant or Gradual Self Improvement and Spiritual Growth?
By Remez Sasson
Nowadays, it seems that people expect immediate results from positive thinking, self-improvement and spiritual growth methods. They expect their life to magically change, just by visualizing for a few minutes a day, or listening to a self improvement CD. It is like making instant coffee, opening a can of beans, or heating and eating some ready-made food.
- Can you become a medical doctor, just by listening to a CD a few days?
- Can you become an airplane pilot, just by saying so a few times a day, without studying and practicing?
- Can you develop a muscular and athletic body in just a few weeks?
To all of these questions the answer is, NO!
So why should it be different with inner development methods?
Developing the power of concentration, developing inner strength, overcoming negative habits, developing psychic powers or making progress in spiritual growth and meditation are gradual process and requires work and time, just like any other subject.
In all my articles I speak about the necessity of inner work and perseverance. You need to devote time and energy to gain results. You may not like hearing this, but any sort of success requires more than just listening to a CD or visualizing for 2-3 minutes a day.
Reading books motivates, but you also need to practice what they teach. Listening to CDs and using hypnosis might be of some help, but you stay passive with these methods. You just let these methods program your mind, without awakening the "Inner You", which should be beyond the steering wheel of your life. You are dependent on external methods and tools, instead of being the one who controls your life.
Techniques that promise quick results might work for the one who invented them, but not necessarily for other people. Everyone begins from a different starting point and at a different level of development. What helped the author might not help everyone else. This is why there are so many books and so many teachers. Different people need different approaches.
If you wish to use hypnosis or listen to subliminal CDs, do so. These are passive methods, but to reach high and far, become a more conscious human being, be in charge of your life and understand what you are doing, you need to use the active methods of doing, working and studying.
Laziness, lack of faith and belief, and too much negative thinking prevent people from pursuing positive thinking methods, creative visualization or meditation. If results do not manifest immediately, one becomes disappointed and lose faith. It is like the story about the man who was digging for oil and couldn't find anything and so he gave up and went away. Then someone else came and continued digging, just to find oil a few feet further deep.
You can buy ready made food, but you can work more at the kitchen and cook something really delicious. You can pick a few words in a foreign language from a movie that you watch or you can learn the language at a school. You can gain some inner peace or feel better by certain methods that produce quick results, and you can work a little more and gain greater results.
Real results in self improvement, spiritual growth or meditation require time and effort, but when you understand their importance and benefits, the work will not be regarded as drudgery or a task to perform, but will turn into a habit that you love and enjoy.