No Going Back
Every Step Is Forward

Sometimes during our spiritual growth we can feel as if we are going backwards, rest assured you are not.

There are times when we feel that we are spinning our wheels in the mud in terms of our spiritual progress. This can be especially true following a period of major growth in which we feel as if we’ve gained a lot of ground. In fact, this is the way growth goes—periods of intense forward movement give way to periods of what seems like stagnation. In those moments when we feel discouraged, it’s helpful to remember that we don’t ever really go backward. It may be that we are at a standstill because there is a new obstacle in our paths, or a new layer to get through, but the hard work we have done cannot be undone.

Every step on the path is meaningful, and even one that seems to take us backward is a forward step in the sense that it is what we must do to move to the next level. In addition, an intense growth spurt requires that we rest for a time in order to fully integrate the new energies that have been liberated by our hard work. When we feel we are not making progress, we can encourage ourselves to take a moment to rest. We can meditate more, feed ourselves well, and get extra sleep. Before we know it, we will be spurred on to work toward the next level of our development, and this rest will make sense then as something we needed in order to continue.

Once the sun rises, it doesn’t go backward but instead follows its path in one direction. It may appear to stand still for a moment in time, or to move more slowly at some point or another, but really it is steadily moving forward on its path. We are the same way, and once we have moved through something we can never really go back. We may be resting or revisiting issues that seem old, and it’s natural to feel stuck, but in truth we are always taking the next important step forward on our path.

This is from my subscription to the DAILY OM which I found on Debbie Ford’s website –



  1. I think even when you are in huge periods of growth, there always needs to be a few steps backwards so you keep on re-assessing and moving forwards. Otherwise, if there were never times that were uncomfortable, you may not receive the inspiration to challenge yourself to go further.

    • Very wise sweety – I related to this piece and your comment so much. I think because I feel so disappointed when I let myself down and resort to old patterns, these days, I’m so annoyed and surprised that I’d waste my time with the old behaviour that it does make me really stop and think how it makes me feel, and what lead up to it. And then I make a new plan for next time. And I TRY not to beat myself up so much that I give up. Feeling shame is apparently the lowest form of vibrational feeling that we can have. So you can’t afford to be ashamed for too long and you’ll never get out of the hole.

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