What is a Spiritual Awakening For? Why does it occur? What does it mean?
A spiritual awakening can, and will, be very different for every person that experiences it. The awakening will depend on the persons current physical, emotional and spiritual health, their belief systems and their willingness to embrace change and face truth.
Many people experience spiritual awakening and not recognize it for what it is, others experience it as “Shock and Awe” (if you don’t listen…sometimes it needs to get obvious…) and others experience anything in between.
However all spiritual awakenings have a few things in common and often it is noticed in retrospect (hence the term hindsight is a great thing).
What is a Spiritual Awakening For?
Spiritual awakening is most easily explained as a sense of “WOW”….something that didn’t make sense, didn’t feel right but suddenly becomes obvious in a deep and meaningful way. When people speak of “seeing the light” they don’t normally mean they actually saw a beam of light emitting from Heaven, or from the Universe, or from the Mother…whatever your beliefs are…they mean they had a “WOW” moment, an experience, an awakening where suddenly things just seemed to be clear, make sense and take direction.
Regardless of our faith or how the spiritual awakening occurs what it always reveals is the truth and our limitations. This is why some people ignore or choose not to recognize the spiritual awakening when it occurs while others embrace it and embrace the challenges they see ahead.
When spiritual awakening happens, and it can happen at any time of your life, called for or not…and several times….it is felt. It is recognized and it touches the mind, the heart, the soul and your physical being. As it permeates you have a moment of WOW and then the realization of how small you are in the big picture, how limited you are and how your choices in life have created the path you now walk.
It is for the individual whether they accept what they are shown and decide to use this enlightenment and make change or whether they see the mistakes of the past , yet decide to ignore or lay blame and therefore hide away and bottle up their past pain and disillusionment.
Spiritual Awakenings and Experiences – What are Spiritual Awakenings For?
As we discussed each spiritual awakening will occur in different ways, and with different emotions and feelings dependent on the individual.
However there are some common trends that people speak of:
- a profound experience or realization (the WOW moment)
- a quiet inner knowing, often seen when someone you think you knew suddenly leaves everything behind and begins a new course in life for no “rational” reason and with no explanation.
- an explosion of consciousness and release of energy which propels the person into action and personal change – often referred to as a Kundalini awakening.
- A moment of clarity, where a long held desire, dream or wish suddenly is seen in clarity for what it is and either acted upon or simple released.
- A moment of truth and realization
- A collapse, when things that need to be let go of explode with force and give the individual no choice but to face the reality of their situation
There are obviously many other ways, and not all known to me, that spiritual awakening occurs. But when it does it is felt and known. The choice always remains whether you embrace it or resist.
Clearer Understanding of Reality – What Is A Spiritual Awakening For?
A spiritual awakening will almost always allow you the realization of what in your life is real and what is not.
Sometimes this is a shattering experience. We see the decisions we made, the choices taken and then we see the reality of our situation. We recognize our actions bought into being our current situation. We made decisions about what was important, and what was not. We decided how to live our life and what we focused upon. We recognize that our present was a conscious choice due to the path we trod.
For some this will be a joyous revelation. For others it will hold little joy.
If we accept what we see then we recognize that the reality of our life is not static. Our conscious decisions have, and will continue to have, impact on every aspect of our being. When embraced a spiritual awakening often simplifies life and we realize that things such as unconditional love, truth and integrity are the aspects of life that are important.
A spiritual awakening, when it makes us face our reality, can mean the need to give up a great deal of our current associations, beliefs and at times illusions of who we thought we were.
When this happens we will feel it, physically, emotional and spiritually and it will have impact on every level of energy within the subtle bodies.
Are There Signs? Why Does It Occur?
It is almost impossible to give signs for a spiritual awakening, however from my readings, experiences and speaking to others who have experienced an awakening I offer some common signs that may be present if, and when, a spiritual awakening occurs. What is very common and almost always known is the inner realization of why the awakening occurs. While this is deeply personal to each individual it can be expressed easily – “Now is the time to clean the house, remove the junk, rest, heal, accept and then take action to expand personally and spiritually for the benefit of yourself and others”
When an awakening occurs it can be dramatic, it may leave you questioning why, why is this happening, what did I do to deserve this? But be aware that consciously or subconsciously you are ready for the next phase in your life. You are able to accept, able to cope and you did choose for this to occur. While your ego may battle with holding on to what is known your spirit is calling you to accept the aspects of your life that have negative influence on you which will enable you to take the next step in your growth and enlightenment or to accept a bigger mission in life. It is a revelation and exposes the changes you are already subconsciously aware need to be made.
Some of the experiences individuals may have in a spiritual awakening include:
- Feelings of acceptance
- Deep feelings of loss or sorrow
- Feelings of unconditional love
- The ability to see with absolute clarity what is real in their life
- A loss of desire for things, usually material, that previously were important
- A feeling of completeness without the necessity for external recognition by others
- A sense of inner peace and happiness
- Unexplained feelings of calm when presented with what would have previously been a stressful experience
- A serenity within and a desire to give back
- an overwhelming feeling of change and transition and the inability to return to life as it was
The last bullet point is, I believe, the key. Many of us will experience spiritual awakening glimpses…times where we experience a glimpse of an awakening, but our experiences and ego shut the door before we truly gain the insight needed to make substantial growth and change. When this occurs we often just go back to how things were and pay no heed to that moment. I am sure you all can think of times when you felt moved and touched, maybe it was listening to a Guru, a Pastor or any other spiritually enlightened teacher. At the time you felt changed…only to later go back to living the existence that you were before.
When a spiritual awakening occurs it is impossible to return to how you were. Everything is illuminated and you see the truth. You may try to avoid the change or ignore the signs but within yourself you are aware and you know that you can never go back because you internally know the truth.
The Revelation And Letting Go.
We hear of people seeking spiritual enlightenment, ascension and awakening but often we dismiss this as “something for others” whilst intuitively wishing for the same. The truth is that spiritual awakening can occur to anyone at anytime, whether they seek it or not. Those who consciously seek awakening may well be ready when it occurs (or they may well find it equally as shock and awe). However when it occurs and to whomever it occurs there is always a revelation….and the need to let go.
When aspects of our life, persona or existence that need to be released are revealed to us we have a choice. We can accept and release and let them go…even if it is painful to do so or we can ignore and allow these associations to cause us and those around us further damage. To explain this I give you a personal experience of mine with a relationship. I knew deep inside that it was harmful to me but I wanted it and remained devoted to it…regardless of knowing I was the only one wanting it and accepting the damage it was doing. It was only when I faced the reality and accepted the truth that I was able to let go and move forward. This was painful. Extremely. But it was needed.
The example above can be equally applied to a spiritual awakening. We get caught up in the physical world and the things we want, we feel we need and we separate ourselves from what spiritually and holistically is needed.
It is easy for the physical world to separate us from the spiritual. We live in it everyday. I am sure you have seen examples of this…people that appear totally oblivious to any spiritual thinking or teaching yet have amazing insight, intuition and perception or those that preach and claim spirituality but spend time on the promotion of hatred about the belief system of others. In both situations the physical world has separated the individual from the spiritual and the balance is out of alignment.
When spiritual awakening occurs we must recognize it, accept the revelations and just let go. Letting go and trusting allows us to receive the truth and ultimately brings new depths of feeling, deep unconditional love and a true and balanced connection to both the physical and spiritual worlds. The awakening marks a shift in perception, awareness and allows for further growth and revelations of truth. When you experience a spiritual awakening it is a signal of change and the mark of a new beginning. The spiritual awakening is always for our good and it marks a transition point and a moment for change. It is the start not the end and the signal for a new chapter of learning and development. It reveals the new enlightened path.
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