How do I have a spiritual awakening?
What are the signs of a spiritual awakening?
As someone who has experienced a spiritual awakening, I know how powerful it can be. It has completely changed my life and my mindset on so many things.
There are signs and signals to look out for on your path to spiritual enlightenment. Achieving higher consciousness is possible when you understand what a spiritual awakening is and feels like.
So, what is a Spiritual Awakening? How can I have one? Keep reading to find out!
What is a Spiritual Awakening?
A spiritual awakening (also known as spiritual ascension) can be any experience where you feel connected to your spiritual essence. This is when the ego, our sense of self or ‘I’, somehow lets go so that a higher spirit can arise within.
You start to realize that you are more than your body and your physical experience in this 3D and dense reality. And it’s really waking up to who you truly are which is love, divinity, creation, the universe, god, or whatever you feel comfortable calling it. You are waking up to your highest self meaning that you’re beyond this human experience.
Typically what happens during the spiritual awakening process is your intuition grows a lot. You may see a lot of angel numbers or repeating numbers. Or you might have some really interesting experiences.
You might even get called to change things up a lot in your life. Friendships may start to fall out of your life but really beautiful ones will start to enter.
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How to Have a Spiritual Awakening?
A spiritual awakening is not something you can prepare or study for. You never know when it is going to happen. However, you can introduce spirituality into your life. You can try to speed up the process by practicing Inner Work.
Inner Work is the psychological and spiritual practice of diving deep into your inner self for the purposes of self-exploration, understanding, healing, and spiritual transformation.
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Steps to Start Your Spiritual Awakening
If you’re ready to introduce spiritual ways into your lifestyle, here are some steps you can follow.
Disconnect from society and its everyday lifestyle. Disconnecting from your phone and the media and experiencing each moment as it is for a little bit each day is such a beautiful feeling. This can help you start to see how it’s been affecting you.
This can help you view life as it should be instead of how society portrays it to be. And hopefully from here, it will start to motivate you to become more in tune with yourself.
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#2. Practice Breath Work
Meditation is a great way to learn about your breath and connect with it. Through meditation, we can also connect with our minds. Our minds have so many wandering thoughts which can be overwhelming so it’s nice to be able to stop and clear your mind. If you’re new to mediation, try a guided meditation.
Something that helped me with breathwork was doing yoga daily. Not only did it help me connect to my breath but it also helped my mind to body connection. If you have a hard time connecting to your breath in a meditative way while moving your body; doing yoga before meditation can help. It relaxes your mind and slows down those thoughts running through your head.
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#3. Learn to Be Alone
The best way to discover yourself is by doing it alone. Learn how to listen to your intuition. Connect with your soul. This is a solo journey that is only meant for you.
You will lose people on this journey. Some people won’t understand and others you may find that you’re better off without them. Don’t feel guilty or sad about letting them go. Those people aren’t meant to be in your life.
Learn to become your own best friend.
Setting aside time whenever you can to document your journey is such a great idea. Write down any thoughts, feelings, affirmations, intentions you have.
This is important so you can reflect back on the progress you have made. You’ll really be able to see how far you have come. This will be so rewarding.
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#5. Be Open-Minded
On this journey, you are going to realize that this world is not as it seems. Trust that everything that happens is meant to align in your path. Accept everything but don’t expect anything. Don’t run from anything that scares you.
Don’t be afraid of change. In order to experience new things, you need to open yourself up to new opportunities. If you fear change, you will get stuck in a bubble. Learn to accept change by trying new things. Awakening occurs when you have learned something new. Don’t live comfortably! Try new things!
#6. Don’t Be Scared
Try not to feel scared of the journey. When people say there are many ups and downs, it tends to scare people. But the truth is, in life there will be just as many, maybe more, ups and downs. So don’t let this scare you.
Instead, learn to connect with your emotions and understand why you are feeling them. This will help you become stronger mentally.
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7 Stages of a Spiritual Awakening
You may be wondering what are the signs and symptoms of a spiritual awakening. You will notice lots of things in your life start to shift. At the time it may feel hard and like everything is getting worse. If you trust the process you will start to notice how all of these things are starting to align effortlessly for the best.
You will go through many different stages throughout your awakening.
Stage 1: Despondency, Unhappiness and Feeling Lost
This is also known as Spiritual Depression. You will feel lost; like everything is hopeless. This happens because we start to understand life with higher consciousness so it affects our emotions deeply. It can scare us cause us to not want to be here anymore.
Most of the time, spiritual awakening will be triggered by a traumatic moment. Most people will have their first awakening experience when they have hit rock bottom. It comes exactly when you need it the most.
The unsettling and equally beautiful thing about spiritual awakenings is that they occur at the least expected times. There is no way you can plan for them. It can happen at any moment or period in your life.
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Stage 2: Shift Perspectives
Your views and beliefs on life will change. You will start to see through the lives you have been told through society.
During this stage, you may lose interest in the outer/external world. You start to create a whole new reality and find compassion for all of life. And you may notice that you no longer have an interest in the material world.
Stage 3: You Will Have Questions
You will start asking deep questions such as ‘why am I here?’ or “what is my purpose?’
You may also seek to find answers to these deeper questions of meaning in life.
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Stage 4: Questions Answered, Start Having Breakthroughs
You will discover a whole new meaning for life. You will gain a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Amazing things will start to come.
Stage 5: Feeling Lost Again
Over time your spiritual essence will become stronger and weaker at different times. You may start to feel like you are losing that connection, then it can come back stronger than ever.
This will happen many times throughout your journey. You will feel like you’re back at stage one all over again. These are the not-so-great moments of spirituality. But eventually, you’ll move on again and it will be a beautiful feeling. Each time you feel lost, a lesson is to be learned.
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Stage 6: Deep Inner Work
You will start to uncover things from your past. Focusing on inner child work and shadow work to heal even more.
Stage 7: Integration, Expansion and Joy
This is the stage where you will feel at peace and have love for every living thing.
You will still have hard moments, but you will learn how to deal with pain and it will be easier to overcome these moments.
Signs That You Are Experiencing a Spiritual Awakening
If you are noticing any of things happening, then you are probably having a spiritual awakening. You will start to see signs from the universe.
These signs could be angel numbers or repeating numbers. Angel numbers are numbers that have a meaning behind them. So pay attention if you are seeing the same numbers repeatedly; the universe could be trying to tell you something.
You may also notice you start hearing or seeing certain things over and over again. Or you may feel more inspired or energetic. Another sign is when things keep working out for you, even when faced with unexpected challenges.
You will start to notice positive things happening all the time. You will feel stronger and better than ever.
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Why do We Have Spiritual Awakenings?
A lot of the time, it can be sudden. Usually during a traumatic moment. I believe that spiritual awakenings come at times when we need them most.
It’s a sign from the universe that everything is going to be okay. We need to trust the universe and step aside from the beliefs that society has programmed in our heads. We are here to live our lives and do what makes us happy.
It’s about discovering that you’re not just here to spend years in school and get a typical 9-5 job. You are here to do what you love and only allow what you love to enter into your life. If you have a job you hate, find one that you love. Get out of your comfort zone to do what makes you happy.
If you are unsure of what makes you happy, then let this be a sign to you to go out and find your happiness. Accept new things into your life and notice how they make you feel. Focus on the good things and release the bad.
Are you ready to have a spiritual awakening?
More About Guest Contributor
Hi, I’m Allyson, a blogger who writes about Spirituality and Self-Love at Self Love Babyy. I share my experiences and advice about topics like spirituality, mental health, wellness and self-love!
Last Updated on August 23, 2022