It's probable that you've gone through, or are currently going through, a Dark Night of the Soul if you're highly sensitive to others' pain and a deep thinker by nature.
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A stage of life known as the Dark Night of the Soul occurs when we feel completely cut off from God or the Divine. The more aware you are of your spiritual separation, the more likely you are to undergo a Dark Night of the Soul.
Going through a Dark Night of the Soul is inextricably linked to the spiritual awakening process. We must “travel through the valley of the shadow of death” in order to prepare our brains and hearts for the conscious upgrading before seeing the light (i.e. spiritual awakening).
Consider the analogy of putting on clothes. You must remove your old garments before putting on new ones. That is essentially what the Dark Night of the Soul is about in a nutshell. To make room for the new, the old must be peeled away. This indicates that the pain you feel during the Dark Night of the Soul serves a purpose: to destroy the old (outdated ideas, identities, and habits) in order to make room for new ways of being.
Birth and death are a part of life. As a result, going through the Dark Night isn't a nice or polished event; it's raw, primitive, and the most terrible experience humanity has ever known. Everything has been taken from you. There is no light, clarity, or tranquility. But keep in mind that this is just a period, and like everything else in life, it will pass.
There are techniques to speed up the Dark Night (such as conducting inner work), which we have fully discussed on our website. I've been through a dark and chaotic Dark Night of the Soul, and I can assure you that inner work is crucial. It's similar to the difference between letting your old clothing fall off you (which is a time-consuming, unsanitary, and exhausting process) and deliberately tearing them off and hurling them to the breeze.
The following are signs that you may be having a Dark Night of the Soul (combined with a spiritual awakening):
This isn't an entire list, so bear in mind that you might be having symptoms that aren't listed. If you need more information, you may take our free Dark Night of the Soul test.
How do I know if I've had a spiritual awakening?
You will have many lovely realizations and new views no matter how you get into alignment with your inner beingwhether through a protracted struggle of resistance or with faith and confidence after slight contrast.
- There are “miracles” happening; abundance is pouring in, the body is healing, and relationships are improving.
What does a spiritual awakening feel like?
Psychological research on spiritual and kundalini awakenings is still in its early stages, and it has tended to ignore events that occur suddenly and unexpectedly. Studies on the impact of mystical experiences, such as spiritual and kundalini awakenings, on well-being have identified the predominantly positive, healing effects of these experiences, as well as some of the more challenging aspects brought on both by their disruptive nature and by their typically biased clinical interpretations. Despite a greater number of research addressing the powerful physical aspect of kundalini awakenings compared to spiritual awakenings, the subtle phenomenological variations between spiritual and kundalini awakenings have rarely been studied. The interchangeable use of these terminology could make it difficult to comprehend these experiences and their effects, especially as stronger bodily feelings may imply more difficult outcomes. Some of the phenomenological and neurobiological bases of drug and non-drug induced ASCs, as well as the links between the spiritual features of ASCs and the symptoms of TLE and trait absorption, have been investigated by neuroscientific and psychological study. However, SSA/SKAs have yet to be mapped within the ASC framework, and the common predictors used to research ASCs (TLL and absorption) have not been tested as efficient predictors of SSA/SKAs.
This paper will explore the general properties of SSA/SKAs, their consequences on well-being, how they compare to other measurable ASCs, their links with TLL and absorption, and the potential phenomenological variations between them in order to fill certain gaps in the data. The authors hypothesize that Spontaneous Kundalini Awakenings (SKAs) are not only more physical than Spontaneous Spiritual Awakenings (SSAs), but also more likely to produce negative experiences, based on the prevalence of anecdotal accounts of physical and energetic experiences preceding challenging kundalini experiences. After that, the phenomenological distribution of spontaneous Spiritual and Kundalini Awakenings will be mapped within the ASC framework by comparing their phenomenological distribution to that of non-drug and drug-induced ASCs. Following a similar approach to the investigation of induced ASCs, analysis will be undertaken to evaluate the hypothesis that TLL and trait absorption predict the severity of the SSA/SKA ASC. More research will be done to see how the SSA/SKA sample's population distribution compares to the distribution of previously reported “normal” TLL and absorption samples. The short- and long-term effects of these events on one's well-being will be investigated.
What are the first signs of spiritual awakening and how do you feel it?
Names like Mahatma Gandhi, Buddha, and Jesus spring to mind when asked to think of awakened people. Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela, for example. These motivational figures may make you assume that being awakened is the same as being perfect. If that's the case, attempt to come up with some more relatable examples of awake people. It's helpful to see examples of people who are both flawed and seeking to live a good life with a greater good in mind.
- Russell Brand, who seems to exemplify a bizarre contradiction of continually questioning and searching for more knowledge while also having a sense of humour in the restroom.
- Jim Carrey, whose comedic genius aided him in seeing through the mirage of popularity and distancing himself from any desire for it.
- Oprah Winfrey, who popularized Eckhart Tolle and uses her SuperSoul Sunday show to preach enlightenment to millions of people, has a less enlightened obsession with her weight.
People who model spiritual awakening while not being perfect are what is required to make awakening feel attainable.
Now that you've seen a few examples of awakened people, let's look at how to know if you're experiencing an awakening. The ten indicators of spiritual awakening are listed below.
What comes after spiritual awakening?
After a spiritual awakening, the good life is to remember to turn inward for answers and, more importantly, the pure substance that makes life worth living. It is not how much we do in the world after a spiritual awakening that matters, but how much love can do within us. We are called to be a loving anchor.
How do you recognize a spiritual person?
The first evidence of a spiritual person is their lack of fear. When you have a fear or a chronic worry, that fear takes over your life and you are unable to be in the present moment. Fear of public speaking, fear of heights, and fear of bugs are the three most common fears among Americans. Many people, however, are terrified of death, rejection, loneliness, failure, illness, or making poor judgments. Spiritual people understand how to yield to forces beyond their control. In this way, they are similar to children in that they know how to ignore their minds and live fearlessly.
Does everyone have an awakening?
The most important aspect of spiritual awakening is that it does not occur in everyone. Only a select few people have the opportunity to experience spiritual awakening. You won't be able to bring about spiritual enlightenment on your own. That's because it's the product of your soulful development. This is referred to as the growth, expansion, and inner peace process. Within the soul of a person who is experiencing spiritual awakening, they will feel enormous delight and freedom.
Where should I start my spiritual journey?
Suddenly, what I was seeing wasn't enough. I was hankering for more. Beyond the veil of my reality, I knew there were things to be disclosed. I really didn't know where to start untangling the web I'd become entangled in.
For a long time, I wanted I could be like Alice in Wonderland and drink a magical potion that would transform my perspective and answer all of my spiritual problems.
Instead, I began the arduous task of charting my own course. But I made a critical error. I imagined that if I found the correct thing, I'd be able to wave a wand and everything would become crystal obvious.
The problem is that when you're considering about starting a spiritual practice or need help coping with ordinary life, just knowing where to look and where to start can be daunting.
What I finally discovered is that there are various pathways to take in reality. What matters is that we simply begin walking.
Here is some guidance to get you started on your own spiritual quest for a more fulfilling life.
Don't be too concerned about adopting new belief systems or practices that seem vague and perplexing. Look for things that speak to you and are relevant to your particular way of living.
Simply sit in solitude for 5-10 minutes once or twice a day and focus on your breath. It doesn't have to be more difficult than that. Simply take a break from the normal sources of stimulation, such as your phone, Facebook, and television, and instead focus on yourself.
Make a commitment to your practice, whatever it may be. Make a small amount of self-discipline. Do it every day, without fail, whether it's 10 minutes in quiet, a solo stroll, a run, or a yoga class.