Are we moving forward or standing still? Shepherds on how to assess their spiritual state
The believers often have a feeling that in their spiritual life we trample on the spot, confessing the same sins from year to year. Is it possible to evaluate the transformation of one's soul, the vector of this transformation, according to some external signs? At least that we are falling (for example, cooling to the temple service is a sign of the necrosis of the soul, according to the Monk Varsonofy of Optina). In general, how can we judge ourselves, have we moved forward in our spiritual life or not? Or the judgment that we have achieved success here will automatically be a fall in charm?