The Stages of Spirituality


The Human Spiritual Circle

Your GPS Guide to The Infinite

by Michael W Alvin, D.D., Ph.D.

Pastor of Living Circle of Light Church


Our Body is Our Temple

In our last discussion, we learned that birth as a human is a necessary part of our spiritual journey.  It’s the way that we become individual beings, discover our divine heritage, and develop our spiritual abilities.  It is the way that we, as artists, paint our lives.

The first stage of life lasts from conception to young adulthood. Of course, our bodies are formed during this period.  Our basic worldview and beliefs are provided by parents and our first social contacts. This stage includes building a foundation from body to brain, including our core ego structure.

A second stage begins at 18-21 years old. Each stage challenges us with a change of direction.  A young adult must choose their own worldview and beliefs out of many possibilities that society offers. Will they stay loyal to the beliefs of their parents or select different ones from the many values offered by friends and society?


Too many choices; so little time!

The young adult must establish career and home, choose a mate, and deal with the possibility of having children. This is a time during which they will determine just how materialistic they will become in their attempt to establish security in the world.  This often just happens “unconsciously”  because many young adults never consciously think about this.

Society tries to convince all of us that we can only become important if they can fit us into the value system and hierarchy that they’ve created.  I’ve got news for them.  Society can’t give anyone a value from the outside because we are already valuable inside!

You have Spiritual value-  you are an inseparable part of God and the Universe.  The value of our material life is the same for everyone-    it is the developing of a material ego and overcoming it through developing the Spirit.  This has nothing to do with your particular “place” in society or the society in which you live.

Scientists, psychologists, sociologists, and educators haven’t got a clue about the purpose of our human life.  Educators and leaders of society have been lying to us our whole life about who we are.  I guess they really don’t have a choice about lying-   they don’t really know why we’re here and they certainly don’t want to look dumb!

It’s obvious that they don’t know why we are here because they’ve invested oodles of money and time in scientific investigations for some time just to find out.  They often brag about how effective their methods of investigation are, but, I’m not that impressed.

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Perhaps I’m impatient, but if I hired someone to find why something happened, I’d be frustrated if the results weren’t more substantial than those of science.  They’ve been at this for about 400 years or more!  It seems a tad bit impractical for the average human being with a life expectancy of 78 years.  Most have died or will be dead before we have a guide to our purpose for existence.  Sorry, but I’ve always been searching for something that would give my individual life some meaning.

Opposition of the Physical to the Spiritual

Science will never be able to find the meaning of our individual lives by the investigation of matter,  Matter is the opposite of the spiritual.  Things are very separated from each other in the physical. They are very limited and exist for a brief period of time. Matter is dense and deceptive and makes it difficult to see reality.  It manifests by means of opposites, such as light and dark, male and female, inner and outer, etc.  Matter exists in a perpetual state of change and unrest.

The Spiritual is opposite in its nature.  It is the realm of Reality.  In the Spirit, things are in a state of one-ness in which opposites are seen in a unity.  It is a realm of limitless light, energy, and peace.

The pain and problems of the dense physical level are healed by bringing in the powers, light, mind, and one-ness of the Spiritual. This raises and purifies the physical energies and expressions.

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The Third Stage of Life

The first two stages of the human lifecycle involve building a physical form and functioning by means of an ego self.  The third stage arrives at what is commonly called, “middle-age”.  This is an important part of life which one reachs about age 36-42. The middle-age crisis occurs for a reason psychologists don’t realize.

This is the point at which the individual should begin to physically express his Being (spiritual nature).  He has become a successful “householder” and it’s time for the trip back to his real nature.  He should begin to develop his spirituality.  In “The Keys to Spirituality”, a post I made on 1/30, I compared this stage to a caterpillar fighting its way out of a cocoon (materiality).

Previous to this stage, the person expressed his ego, also called his “personality” from the root “personae” or mask.  It is called a mask because he wears it, thinking that it is really himself.  He has been conditioned by society to believe that it is him.

The important part of this third transition is to determine what is truly YOU, so that you can rid yourself of the personality that society implanted in you through brainwashing from the time of youth.  It is amazing and very surprising how many ways that society has succeeded in brainwashing you from the time of your first schooling and throughout you adult years.

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I have written a book called, “You’ve been Brainwashed by Society: the movies that prove it!” by Michael Alvin,  It’s available through Amazon, Amazon kindle, and other retailers.  It will help you get through this stage successfully. It proves many ways in which society has cleverly brainwashed us.  I have approached the topic in a humorous and different way.  I show just how the brainwashing that society has done is reflected in many stories and characters in a lot of popular movies (you’ve probably seen many of them).

The real part that remains after one rids himself of the personality is called your “individuality”.  The word individuality comes from a Latin root which means that you cannot be divided from the Universe.  Interestingly, your individuality is the very lowest that your Spirit reaches down into manifestation.  We are truly not capable of being separated from the Universe, since each of us is actually a part of the Universe that we inhabit.

In my next post, I will invite you to join with me in a deeper discussion of just how this part of your Spirit, your individuality, can be developed.  Each one of us is a unique individual, unlike anyone else in the entire Universe.


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Meanwhile, may each one of you who reads this blog be individually blessed, guided, and loved by God!

Michael Alvin