The foundation for any spiritual development is awareness and center. Being centered is being unemotional. It’s being unattached and open. This is accomplished via awareness and will. Being aware; constantly practicing awareness; is what makes being centered possible. As one deepens one’s awareness and center, one acquires greater and greater ability to relate positively to one’s self, to others, and to the world around him. Increasing this ability opens one up to higher and higher expressions of truth. It is difficult if not impossible to achieve any depth of center or awareness without engaging a meditative discipline. This inner stillness greatly enhances one’s ability to see clearly what is in one’s inner and outer world and to be able to listen to one’s inner voice. This voice can be considered the higher self, God, higher power or whatever one wishes to call it. Spiritual development is initially measured in one’s ability to constantly relate positively to ones self and the world around him. This set’s the stage for more advanced levels. This positive relating is impossible without eliminating impulsivity and being centered and aware.
If one would grow spiritually, one eventually must become desperate to remain centered and aware.
Having said all that, there are times when one is not centered; when one is angry or sad or “happy,” all emotional states that indicate one is uncentered. This is sometimes a necessary part of one’s growth. Remember, there is no way AROUND lessons; one must grow THROUGH them, or outgrow them. So when you’re under the influence of strong emotions, remember you are disconnected from God (what I call TFB or truth/force/being, as the creator is a truth you can learn, a force you cannot avoid, and a being you can relate to) and remember this indicates something you need to outgrow or a lesson you need to learn. This is healthy and natural.
You cannot see the Truth or truth (Truth is eternal, unchanging God while truth is the eternal, unchanging self; remember, self is NOT ego) without being centered/aware. You cannot be centered/aware until you have outgrown all the reasons not to. Continually choosing to be centered/aware is similar to being enlightened. Being enlightened is more than this, but it IS similar.