I want to take some time to describe two directions for your development.
To acquire the broadest and deepest possible view of what is possible for our growth as human beings, we must draw upon the all the discoveries and contributions that span from the eastern to western hemisphere of the world and from ancient to modern times in history.
This results in an understanding the provides two possible directions for our development:
1. Growing up
"Growing up" is a vertical direction for our development. "Growing up" measures structures of consciousness.
"Growing up" is a terminology we can use to describe the direction of human development that results from the discoveries and contributions of the modern western world, including all the latest science, psychology, and philosophy.
We can call this direction of human development "growing up" because the average adult will have a higher stage of development than the average child or teenager. As you grow up, you gain a more elevated and sophisticated view of the world. You’re more mature. You have a better sense of right and wrong. You have a better awareness of events taking place in your community and your sense of community is much larger.
The five structures of consciousness outlined in my articles here and here provide spectacular models that overview the levels of development associated with "growing up."
2. Waking up
"Waking up" is horizontal direction for our development. "Waking up" measures states of consciousness.
"Waking up" is a terminology we can use to describe the direction of human development that results from the discoveries and contributions of the ancient eastern world, including all the timeless spiritual wisdom.
We can call this direction of human development "waking up" because the average meditator will have a greater degree of your presence and alertness in the here and now than the average non-meditator. People who practice meditation and mindfulness are more present in each and every moment. Yet most people go throughout their daily lives like zombies. Their attention is lazy and foggy. They are nearly sleep-walking. They are living in a dream. They are constantly daydreaming as they perform their usual duties, and their lives are a never ending reverie about the future or about the past.
The five states of consciousness outlined in my article here provides a spectacular model that overviews the levels of development associated with "waking up."