Or perhaps you're awaiting your reawakening. You're hoping that God, the Universe, or someone else would shake you awake so you can stop faking your way through life, stop playing small, and finally get the answer you've been looking for.
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Whatever your spiritual awakening experience has been, you're now looking for advice on the internet on what to do next. You've arrived to my essay.
Let me preempt your disappointment by telling you the truth: you still have to do the dishes, sit awkwardly in the dentist chair, and get spam calls throughout the day after a spiritual awakening.
You'll be a new person, but you'll still have to combat the ego's natural, ongoing assault on consciousness. You'll still have bad days, negative thoughts, tears and frustration, say the wrong thing, struggle, and feel weird in the store while you're looking for diarrhea medicine and someone walks up behind you.
But what if you wanted to hear the rest of the story? Oh, my sweetheart, it's stunning. You'll see yourself, your life, and everything else in the universe in a whole new light. In your chest, you'll sense a golden sliver of absolute tranquility – a knowing, an understanding. It'll all work out. Your priorities will be crystal obvious, and at the top of the list will be LOVE. You'll find comfort in not knowing everything, and you'll be humbled by the understanding that you don't know anything, which will be liberating! Strangers will be treated with love and care, and you will smile at them on the street. You may savor the taste of your morning coffee, smile at passers-by, feel more present than you have in the past, and appreciate the simple delight of being alive. You can even feel like you're on fire to live a life full of vitality!
Everything, absolutely everything, is transient. Your awakening's elation will wane, and you'll have to struggle to keep its lessons alive in your daily life. When someone cuts you off in traffic, when you have a misunderstanding with a friend, when you get caught up in a flurry of work projects, and when the sun sets each evening with either your eyes on the phone screen or on the oranges and pinks, you will be constantly presented with opportunities to react with your awakened consciousness or your old, ego-consciousness.
The feeling of being okay
You'll notice a change in yourself after a spiritual awakening that you won't be able to explain at first.
You must destroy your ego, which is the cause of all your reasonable (and irrational) anxieties, desires, and constant tension, in order to experience this awakening.
You'll feel a sense of calm and okayness once you've done this and your ego is no longer in control of your life, because all of your previous fears and issues appear minor now, as if a tremendous burden has been lifted.
It's the sensation of being at ease with everything because you've chosen to adopt a healthier attitude devoid of unnecessary anxiety and stress.
Love and empathy
When you feel more connected to the world around you, you also feel more connected to other people.
It's simpler to empathize with others now that they're more understandable; your perspective is broader, and tolerance and kindness have more place.
Past squabbles and minor disagreements today appear insignificant and easily resolved. You are well aware that engaging in interactions that will simply exhaust your spirit is a bad idea.
What happens when you go through a spiritual awakening?
As Kaiser argues, this is the start of your spiritual journey, as you begin to doubt everything you previously believed. You begin to purge certain aspects of your life (habits, relationships, and outdated belief systems) in order to make room for new, more meaningful experiences. You may sense that something is lacking, but you aren't sure what it is. It's common to feel disoriented, confused, and down during this time.
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 are the stages of spiritual awakening?
The hero's journey, an evolutionary process of growth and transformation woven into all great myths and stories, was outlined by renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell: “A genuinely heroic shift of awareness occurs when we stop worrying about ourselves and our own self-preservation.”
The primary pushing off point for any hero's quest is known as the call to adventure. The call to adventure is a break from regular life, a signal that comes from deep inside, grabs your attention, and drives you in a new direction. The spark that sets off a spiritual awakening is a call to adventure. Every life has a moment that, if grasped, will change it forever. The call to adventure is a reawakening experience, a shift in perspective that forces you to reconsider your perspective on life. A travel to a strange location, the loss of innocence, an illness, a challenge, the death of a close friend, a near-death experience, or the loss of a job are all examples of spiritual experiences. Regardless of the specifics, the experience alters your perspective and causes you to see the world through fresh eyes. You've been given the task of living an ordinary life in an extraordinary way.
At this critical juncture, Joseph Campbell advises that you must choose whether or not to accept the call to adventure. In truth, though, ignoring the call isn't an option because your soul is inviting you to change on a deeper level. If you ignore the call, the opportunity will recycle itself like a skip on a record, patiently waiting for you to embrace the call to a new existence, thanks to your unique karmic influences. Furthermore, there is no going back once a transforming and deeply waking incident has occurred. Your eyes have been opened, and no matter how much you try to reject it, you can't turn away from the image of a greater reality calling to you.
You enter a broader universe once you've answered the call to adventure. You take an active role in your spiritual development and advancement. As you begin to manage your life toward chances that enhance your knowledge, responsibility becomes the operative word. Everything feels the same and weirdly different at the same time, thanks to a tiny alteration in perspective.
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.