The Four Stages of Human Spiritual Development

Map of the Spirit® divides human spiritual development into four sequential stages—the Pre-awareness, Awareness, Commitment, & Union Stages. All of us, regardless of our spiritual beliefs, pass through these same four stages. Your current stage of spiritual development tells you where you are in the course of your spiritual development.

PRE-AWARENESS STAGE

At the Pre-awareness Stage, at the start of your spiritual development, you have no awareness regarding your spiritual beliefs. During this stage, the main task is to explore your spirituality and potential spiritual beliefs.  

AWARENESS STAGE

At the Awareness Stage you have some awareness of your spiritual beliefs but have not yet internally committed to follow or live them out. During this stage, you deepen and expand your spiritual awareness and construct your spiritual beliefs. 

COMMITMENT STAGE

At the Commitment Stage you internally commit to follow or live out your spiritual beliefs in one or more aspects of your life. (This doesn’t mean that you’ve actually manifested or lived out your spiritual beliefs yet, just that you’ve internally committed to do so.)

UNION STAGE

At the Union Stage you actually manifest or live out your spiritual beliefs in one or more aspects of your life. “Walking your talk” & living out your spiritual beliefs in thought, word, or deed is different (& usually more difficult) than just internally committing to do so (Commitment Stage).

Your current stage of spiritual development tells you where you are in the course of your spiritual development. Before determining your current stage of spiritual development, let’s review your prior spiritual experiences.

 SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES

Everything we know, or think we know, about spirituality can be traced back to spiritual experiences, either our own or those of others we trust.  Map of the Spirit® divides spiritual experiences into three types—Awareness, Commitment, & Union Experiences—each associated with the stage of spiritual development of the same name.  

  • Awareness Experiences—give you information about what you believe spiritually.
  • Commitment Experiences—involve an internal commitment to follow or live out your spiritual beliefs during the experience.
  • Union Experiences—involve the actual manifestation or living out of your spiritual beliefs during the experience.

List your prior spiritual experiences & note their type in Question #5.

 5.  List & briefly describe any experiences you have had that increased your awareness of your spirituality or your relationship to it. Try to determine whether these experiences were Awareness, Commitment, or Union Experiences. 

CURRENT STAGE OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

Your current stage of spiritual development usually correlates directly with your highest type of spiritual experience. But to be sure about your current stage, answer Question #7.

 7.1 Do you have any knowledge or awareness about what you believe in spiritually?                                        NO                                               YES                            Pre-awareness Stage                 Awareness Stage or higher                                                                             (GO ON TO QUESTION #7.2) 7.2 Have you internally committed to following your spirituality, deciding to let it take priority over your or your ego’s desires, in one or more aspects of your life?                                       NO                                                YES                              Awareness Stage                 Commitment Stage or higher

                                                                            (GO ON TO QUESTION #7.3)

7.3 Have you manifested or lived out your internal commitment to your spirituality in at least some aspects of your life?

                                       NO                                                YES

                           Commitment Stage                              Union Stage

 If you’re not sure about your current stage of spiritual development, you may be at a “mixed” stage—with different aspects of yourself at different stages (this is especially common between the Commitment & Union Stages). If you’re at a “mixed” Stage, try to determine which aspects of yourself are at which stages.

Diagnosis of the Spirit integrates the information from Map of the Spirit®’s two main concepts into a comprehensive diagnostic picture of your current spiritual development.

Buy the book now (Purchase Book/eBook) if you want to learn more about Map of the Spirit’s® framework of human spiritual development and also to learn about two additional concepts, Personal Spiritual Preferences and Spiritual Typing, that can dramatically facilitate diagnosis and treatment of your spirit.