I believe that spiritual growth is the most important goal that any of us can have. I will not attempt to define spiritual growth, but I will say that IMO it has a lot to do with love, kindness, joy and compassion, and with building a connection to God / Source / Being / Infinite Intelligence / [ ]. And I also believe that our ultimate purpose is to evolve into higher states of consciousness - the word "enlightenment" comes to mind.
And oh yes, I think that all of that is way more important than a BMW convertible.
But there are reasons why I would not begrudge Tony his BMW convertible. It is the same reason why I would not begrudge myself for having three square meals a day, and for being comfortably and happily alive.
Kanzeon pointed out that Buddha reportedly subsisted on one grain of rice per day, and that Jesus chose to die a grisly death. Well, if I were Buddha, subsisting on one grain of rice per day might be a viable idea. If I were Jesus, dying a grisly death could be the thing to do.
But then I am not Buddha. I am not Jesus. I am committed to pursuing my own spiritual growth, but I have to start where I am. So does Tony. So does everyone else (including Kanzeon).
And I do think we all have our own unique paths. Buddha didn't choose to die a particularly grisly death. Jesus didn't choose to live one grain of rice per day. So evidently, grisly deaths and a highly limited calorie diet are not uniform standard requisites even among the holiest gurus.
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I believe that the LOA can and does offer many opportunities & avenues for spiritual growth. Well perhaps this is not obvious, from the version of LOA as shown in "The Secret". But I think that the spiritual element of the LOA, as shown in, say, Abraham's teachings, or the Seth material, or Theosophy, or the Silva Method, or schools of magick, is quite unmistakeable.
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