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3 Lies About Growth | Physically Spiritual

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Join Andrew Reinhart as he exposes three lies about growth. The truths on the other side of these lies illuminate three essentials to growth that can help us become the person we are called to be.

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Time Stamps

3:00 - Lie #1 = "I need to make myself feel bad to get better."

4:00 - Curiosity

8:00 - Wonder

9:40 - Lie #2 = "I just need to try harder."

11:00 - Healing Grace

15:20 - Lie #3 = "I don't have enough time."

19:00 - Attention & Energy


Show Notes


"In the first three episodes of Physically Spiritual, we talked about three foundational ideas. Really what these three ideas have done is calibrate our minds and hearts to a Catholic worldview. We've talked about the body and soul, faith and reason, and creation and evolution. Now, as we go onto other topics, I want you to hold on to these three ideas, and understand that everything we talk about has to be undergirded by this worldview."


Lie #1 = "I need to make myself feel bad to get better."

Essential #1 = Wonder - https://www.becominggift.com/post/wonder


"I believe that reality is the best teacher. We do not need to impose good feelings or bad feelings. We need to be present to things as they are and feel the emotions that are actually there."


Curiosity = a strong desire to know or learn something


Curiosity:

  1. Promotes non-judgemental self-awareness

  2. Avoids self-condemnation

  3. Remains open to new possibilities


Classically "curiosity" was a vice, an excess of the virtue of "studiousness."


Studiousness becomes vicious when:

  1. we have bad motivations

  2. the study is immoderate or excessive

  3. we focus too much on passing things - God is not in the picture

  4. we might try to move too quickly to advanced ideas leaving us vulnerable to mistakes and leading others into errors


"Wonder is ordered and healthy self-curiosity."


Lie #2 = "I just need to try harder."

Essential #2 = Growth is Healing - https://www.becominggift.com/post/healing


"Grace does not destroy nature but perfects it." St. Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologiae. I, I, 8 ad. 2


"When understood at a sufficiently deep level, this [healing] expresses the entire content of redemption." Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, pp. 175-176


The two ways grace changes us:

  1. Healing Grace (Gratia Sanans) - grace healing the effects of sin, perfecting nature, and promoting natural virtues

  2. Elevating Grace (Gratia Elevans) - grace taking us beyond our natural capacity and giving us the theological virtues


At 11:20, I miscommunicated what Elevating Grace does. Working a miracle would not be grace directed at personal growth, but it is a grace given to bless someone else. This type of grace is gratuitously given (gratia gratis datae), not Elevating Grace, which is categorized as ingratiating grace (gratia gratum faciens). See https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06689x.htm


Lie #3 = "I don't have enough time."

Essential #3 = Return on Investment (ROI) - https://www.becominggift.com/post/_time

The Pareto Principle = 20% of the causes produce 80% of the results.

Ways to Focus:

  1. Apply the Pareto Principle

  2. Improve what you are already doing

  3. Apply a minimum effective dose to new areas


Healing will cause an increase in energy and attention, so you will get more time to do the things you want to do as you heal.


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