I’m a big fan of measurement. I think that unless you frequently measure those things in your life that matter most to you, then you’re achieving less than you could. Simply the act of measuring brings you to consciousness, wakes you up, and makes you refocus. Measurement brings clarity, perspective, and awareness to life.
In business there are proven techniques and formulas you can use that return hard and fast numbers that give you an accurate idea of how you’re performing.
But many find measuring their spiritual progress far more difficult.
Ones level of spirituality, after all, is far more ambiguous, and can be difficult to measure. What’s more, it’s difficult to apply the same formulas across multiple people, for our lives are very, very different. But the inherent difficulty does not lessen its importance, and I propose that there are a few common techniques anyone can use to gauge their spiritual progress.
One of the most compelling, in my opinion, is in the answer to the simple question “How often do you feel the spirit”.
The frequency with which we encounter the spirit in our daily lives is directly proportional to the level of spirituality of our lives. If our appetites are spiritual, if our pursuits are spiritual, then so too will our lives be filled with the spirit. As your eye becomes single to god, your whole bodies are filled with light. But that internal brightening happens by degrees, and those degrees are measurable by the instances of the spirit in our lives, as he confirms our actions.
I believe that a very healthy endeavor is to keep a simple calendar. Perhaps it’s on your phone, or next to your bed, or on the wall, as long as it’s somewhere accessible, and every time you KNOW you feel the spirit, make a special mark on the calendar.
At the end of the month, tally up how many marks are on your calendar. Now track this for several months running. If you find that there are constantly diminishing number of marks on your calendar, you’re headed in the wrong direction. If they’re the same, you’re stagnant. We want to show more marks month after month. But more importantly, we want to see more marks year over year.
What you really want to see is dramatic increases in encounters with the spirit this month, over the same month last year.
If that’s a lot, how about measuring only one month in three, or four months a year?
Initially, it may be hard to distinguish the spirit from other emotions. Generally, the less you feel the spirit the harder it is to recognize. But as I stated above, simply by measuring, you become more self-aware, you refocus, you wake up. Simply by measuring you’ll do better at taking note, and those instances will become more meaningful, rather than lost in the rush of the day. Then, over time, you’ll become more finely tuned to those encounters, and they will begin to play a larger role in shaping your daily life.
What’s more, feeling the spirit is a self-perpetuating cycle. The more you feel the spirit, the more sensitive you become, the more tuned you become, and the more you’re likely to have such encounters. So if you really want to know how well you’re doing, or if you’re improving and progressing. Try keeping a calendar.
My hope is that we all might more proactively pursue a regularly realized relationship with the Holy Ghost.
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