Spiritual awakening occurs when a person can take a step back and "awaken" to their life with a new sense of being in this world. You may have been experiencing the sudden sensation that everything in your life is transforming upside down. You no longer have a sense of security in your worldview, and your once-cherished belief systems appear to tangle with more latest revelations. A spiritual journey can be perplexing, if not overwhelming. There are many spiritual signs that you may be experiencing a spiritual awakening, but it is difficult to tell.
Anything, from the completely ordinary to the completely life-altering, can cause a spiritual awakening. It can be a life-altering event such as the death of a loved one or the need to relocate to a new city, as well as people who open a spiritual "door" for you, like a twin flame.
However, for the majority of people, major life changes or traumas such as life-threatening diseases, vehicle accidents, separation or divorce, battles, outbreaks, mental health catastrophes such as clinical depression or anxiety, or even a near-death experience, cause them to experience them.
7 Stages of Spiritual Awakenings
Awakening is the first stage of spiritual awakening when you begin to question everything. You begin to see things from a different perspective, which leads to many consciousness realizations. You will begin to notice factors that are no longer in your best interests, or how you are preventing yourself from reaching your full potential. You see the world completely differently now.
The Soul's Dark Night. The following stage is less enjoyable. This is your spiritual awakening's lowest point. As the ego cracks and falls away, and your soul restructures itself following the realization of the first stage, you will feel disconnected. This is known as the "dark night of the soul." Your ego is being eliminated during this time, which can be overwhelming at first as you are unlearning almost everything you once knew. However, keep in mind that it is a hilly journey from there. A Dark Night of the Soul is a kind of initiation, taking you from one phase of life into another. You may have several dark nights in the course of your life because you are always reaching higher states of consciousness from now.
Exploration. You will find yourself trying new things during this stage of the journey. You will learn a lot about yourself and possibly discover a hidden talent within a new passion by experiencing the unknown. This will take you down paths you never imagined you would take. Finally, you will reconsider your interests and integrate them into your life.
Authenticity. A spiritual awakening is all about becoming more genuine, pursuing your desires, and letting go of self-centred beliefs that are holding you back. Your true self is more visible than ever at this point in the journey.
Work on the inside. Spiritual awakening necessitates a significant amount of inner work or Soul sessions. Several individuals like to call this shadow work, but ultimately it is bringing previously dismissed attributes, or shadows, into the spotlight, analyzing and integrating them. This stage can last anywhere from one day to 10 years because we all work at various levels.
Renouncing the flow. Finally, you let go of everything that no longer serves you. You may have found that you were holding onto the last few years' back perceptions so firmly it almost went unchecked. At this point, you must surrender to your new self-perception and belief system. You discover that now that the veil has been raised, you can't see as clearly as you used to, so you get rid of it.
Awareness and Enlightenment. In the final stage, your ego has no boundaries and your authentic self has complete control over your mind, body, and soul. You see no benefit in identity perceptions, and you live your life genuinely in service to others through compassion and empathy. You are more in tune with the present moment and aware of your impact on the world, both good and bad.
Signs and Symptoms of a Spiritual Awakening
You feel disconnected or detached. Spiritual awakening can be a lonely experience. Many people believe they are traveling alone yet no one understands what they are trying through. The isolating sensation that comes with spiritual awakening is strongly linked to feeling disconnected from those around you. Recognize that you are on a path of self-discovery, which is entirely your responsibility. This sensation will pass once you have incorporated everything you've learned throughout the process.
Your dreams are more vivid. Dreams are a means of communication between your subconscious and conscious mind. During a spiritual awakening, your conscious mind becomes more observant, as does your subconscious mind. This is communicated through your dreams. You will have real and relevant dreams as you've never had before.
You've reconsidered your beliefs. Going through a spiritual awakening can cause you to question all of it you once wholeheartedly believed in. It's almost as if somebody else turned on a light and you mysteriously see things in a different way.
Déjà vu and synchronicities. If you frequently have mind-boggling synchronicities, such as thinking about someone and then spontaneously running into them the next day, or seeing angel numbers all the time, it's a sign you're on the right track.
Your relationships begin to change. A wonderful transition occurs during a spiritual awakening, and this carries over into the interactions of your relationships. You may have had a previous perspective and are now aware of its flaws in it. As a result, you shift, and so do the various relationships you have with your loved ones.
Increased empathy and display more compassion. The realizations and revelations you have allow you to gain a better understanding of life. It also allows you to put yourself in someone else's shoes, giving you more empathy for their difficulties. As a result of your increased empathy, your compassion grows.
Spiritual teachers are drawn to you. The universe is watching you as you seek spiritual knowledge. The law of attraction attracts spiritual teachers, mentors, and guides to your path because they are created to respond to your questions.
You've developed a new interest. The revelation that all of us are on a spiritual journey. The ego is one of the most crucial aspects of spiritual awakening. You were so caught up in your own life that you didn't realize everyone else was on their own journey, having their own awakenings.
We all have traits that we’re proud of, and traits that we don’t feel so confident about. Some of these traits may trigger or embarrass us, so we hide them from public view. These parts make up your shadow self, and it longs to be heard.
However, it’s not always easy to come to terms with our shadow selves and many people tend to repress those hidden parts of themselves to avoid having to confront that darker side. Even though the shadow still exists, it gets pushed back and forgotten. But repressing your inner shadow can have consequences. Most often, the shadow manifests as our triggers — emotional reactions that we haven’t fully dealt with, but bubble up to the surface under the right (or wrong) circumstances.
Shadow work is designed to help you integrate and accept every single part of yourself so that you can live and thrive with more clarity and authenticity.
Benefits of Shadow Work:
- Tapping into your intuition.
- Freeing yourself from the unconscious shadow.
- Empowering yourself and accepting your strengths.
- Taking a step toward self-actualization.
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