For as long as I could remember I've always felt connected to the divine. As a Christian, I had a narrow lens to interpret humanity's relationship to this great spiritual source of energy we often refer to as God. This Christian lens didn't provide me with the clearest picture. As the spiritual seeker that I am, I ventured out on the quest for greater wisdom and understanding. This quest has led me towards a path of spiritual enlightenment.
As I continued this search my mind expanded and my soul experienced a rebirth. I went through a gradual and subtle process of spiritual awakening. I didn't realize it at the time.
Before I could grasp what was going on, I found myself in a place where my understanding of what it meant to be spiritual no longer fit comfortably within the Christian worldview. My outlook on life began to change and the world around me no longer looked the same.
What Is A Spiritual Awakening?
Spiritual Awakening is a call to higher consciousness and deeper mental awareness. The process of spiritual awakening brings about personal transformation and a shift in worldview.
What Causes A Spiritual Awakening?
There are many different catalysts for a spiritual awakening. Often times it is followed by a life changing event or experience.
A traumatic experience
This is one that has a profound, detrimental impact on your physical or emotional wellbeing. It is often followed by long period of healing. Examples of a traumatic experience can be suffering ome form of abuse or surviving a serious accident.
Major life changing events
These are events that have the potential to change the course of your life. A divorce, the death of a loved one, or serious illness can classify as a life changing event.
An existential crisis
Also known as Dark night of the soul. During an existential crisis an individual begins to question the meaning and purpose to life. It is often accompanied by depression or followed by a life changing experience but is not always the case.
Near death experience (NDE)
This is pretty self explanatory. Many people who've reported having a NDE also discuss coming into contact with beings from the other side. Such an experience transforms one's outlook on life
A Natural Awakening
This is an involuntary process of awakening. It takes place after engaging in a practice that produces a shift in conscious awareness. Practices that activate a greater conscious awareness are:
Developing a deep sense of connection with caring for plants or animals
What Is The Process Like?
It is important to note the process of spiritual awakening is different for everyone. Yet, here's an idea of what you may experience.
1| The Initiation
At the onset of a spiritual awakening you may begin to encounter inner turmoil or a sense of feeling disconnected from this world. You will also develop an awareness of the ego as separate from yourself, and acknowledge a greater energy at work within this universe.
The intitioan often occurs a life changing event or experience. During this time you will feel a call look inward and begin the process of self-evaluation.
2| The Query
A spiritual awakening opens your eyes to areas of your life that needs healing. After the process has started you may move into a period of questioning as you confront limiting beliefs and negative behavioral patterns.
If you were following a religious path you may also experience a dismantling of this belief system as you seek to make sense of this world.
3| The Quest
On the path to spiritual awakening you may begin to inquire about various spiritual practices as a means to gain a sense of divine wisdom and understanding. This can be through attending spiritual centers of worship, reading sacred texts or doing research on other religions.
Religious belief systems provides us with many paths to spiritual awakening. For instance, The Noble Eightfold Path in Bhuddism outlines steps towards perfect peace (Nirvana). Relgions provides us with a perfect place to start until we are able to stand on our own two feet.
It is important to note the knowledge and depth of this universe is far beyond what can be contained by any one religion.
During our spiritual awakening journey light is shed on the wounds within our soul in order for us to seek healing. As these wounds are revealed, you'll feel compelled to seek support through the form of traditional therapy, spiritual guidance, and spiritual healing services.
As we seek healing and guidance, we are clearing out negative thought patterns and making room for divine knowledge and wisdom to flow through. Healing helps us to shifting into a new paradigm and elevate our conscious mind.
5| Oneness With The Universe
At this point we experience a sense of oneness with the universe. We loose our sense of self-identity (or separateness from the universe). In psychology this is described as the death of the ego.
The Symptoms - What Does A Spiritual Awakening Feel like?
As we go through a spiritual awakeining we may feel a variety of symptoms from time to time. Especially, each time we experience a shift or upleveling in our consciousness.
Hypersensitivity & Heightened awareness - An increased in intuition and sense of awareness. Becoming more in tuned with the environment around you. Becoming more empathetic towards others.
Overwhelming feelings of love - God is love. As you are experience an elevation in your conscious awareness you will be in increased contact with this love.
Lucid Dreams - These are dreams in which you are aware of the fact that you are dreaming or feel as if you are awake within the dream.
Syncroncities - These are simultaneously occurring events that appears to be related to each other.
Feelings of De Ja Vu - This is having an experience that feels as if it occurred before or feels familiar.
Extreme peace and calm - Feeling a profound sense of inner peace.
Disillusioned - This is feeling like you're in a dream-like state while awake in the current reality. You know you are awake, but yet you feel as if your life is a dream. This feeling is brought on by the dismantling of previous perceptions of reality.
Loneliness - Having difficulty connecting with family and peers on a deeper level. Feeling as if they don't understand you or feelings of isolation.
Superiority Complex - Being caught up in a state of judgment of others. Feeling better or more enlightened than the people around you.
Disconnected - This is feeling a lack of attachment to this world. You may desire to to find a new spiritually fulfiling career or devote your life to sacred endeavors. Or, you may lack interest in your peers.
How long does the spiritual awakening process take?
It is important to note this is a maturational process much like aging. In Bhuddism, we will continue to learn and grow until we achieve nirvana. So the spiritual awakening journal is cyclical and ongoing.