When conscious conversion is sought after; the turning away from aspects of oneself that are destructive towards self or others, it leads to humility and empathy, because of the struggle and persistence that is involved. The road to inner freedom is slow and an often painful process. Grace is what calls us to begin the journey; it is our response to an invitation. The seed is planted and watered by love; though growth can be slow and often hidden from oneself and others. That is why judging is so odious, for we can only go forward in hope and not look back in shame; useless baggage has to be let go of, it is part of the death to aspects of self that cuts us off from not only others but from the Love that calls us, the Transcendent.