|Posted on July 21, 2010 at 11:30 AM|
What is a Spiritual Awakening ?
A spiritual awakening is a process of considerable inner change that some people will go through where their entire being, consciousness and intuitive abilities ascend to another – higher - level of energy and awareness.
As an experience it can, and most often will, be profound and disturbing with little or no feeling of control and most often no idea what’s actually happening.
What are the symptoms
Please note – these symptoms are not to be used for diagnosis of any kind. Some can be associated with medical or psychological conditions – always consult a medical professional.
Any or all of the following symptoms can happen;
A form of disconnection from the usual reality – feeling a different sense of ‘self’
Feeling of being in another place or time
Suddenly feeling connected to the universe and other people
A sense that this is an almost ‘out-of-this-world’ experience
Psychic senses working overtime
You can tune into other peoples feelings
Sleep patterns change considerably
Random surges of emotions
Energy levels vary considerably
Often wake up very tired
Warm palms of hands or feet
Tingling hands and or feet
Shivers down the back
Sometimes paranormal events such as lights flashing or objects moving
What are the causes
The most common causes are a deep personal experience at the soul level. Usually a profound loss, deep soul connection or near death experience or even a combination of these.
What do we mean by the term spiritual ?
The ‘spiritual’ part refers to the soul – that which is traditionally considered to be indefinable or intangible but which is actually very clearly defined as the seven energy centers or’ chakra’ that are the souls’ presence in the physical body.
Crown – crown of the head
Third Eye – center of the forehead
Throat – center of the throat
Heart – center of the chest alongside the physical heart
Solar Plexus – center of the chest
Sacral – behind the belly button
Base – just forward of the base of the spine
Each chakra is like a transmitter and receiver of energy, each works at a different frequency and each with a different task.
Everyone is of course aware of the heart chakra, it’s the one our brain is most aware of as our emotional center, and most people will be very aware of how their heart chakra feels at any one time. Love and pain, happiness and sadness are the heart chakra energies everyone’s used to.
The sacral or tummy chakra is probably the other one we are aware of as some of its functions are deeper emotions and expression of deeper desires. This we often see refereed to as “gut feel”, or we describe actions as “gutsy” and deep emotions affect our tummy.
However being consciously aware of each of the other chakras is another matter unless we have learned how to – because we usually are each individually familiar with how we feel inside, as a sort of overall integrated awareness – the what we are like, and how we react to situations. This integrated awareness is probably best described as the feeling of “being me”
What does a spiritual awakening do ?
A spiritual awakening changes the levels of energy within all of the chakras.
Being energy, the soul is subject to the laws of the universe – same with spiritual energy as with energy in the physical world - energy can not be created or destroyed it can only be changed from one form to another.
So the soul itself can never die, its existence transcends any physical lifetime. But it does change, grow, progress and will slowly gain strength, gain energy throughout time. This it will do through many lifetimes on this earth and the experiences that come with that earthly human manifestation.
This is still totally inline with the laws of energy, because as a soul gains more energy – that energy is drawn from the universe. ( often referred to as the Universal Life Force ) So the overall balance of energy within the universe stays constant.
Upon physical death the soul energy once again becomes a part of the universal energy, many times to be reborn into a new physical body to continue its journey – and so it goes….
So in a mirroring of the physical cycles of nature, the universes’ ‘soul cycles’ are not unlike for example the rain cycle, where water falls as rain, to evaporate into cloud, to cool ,and to once again form as rain.
So why a sudden transition to a higher level ?
Like everything in nature there are seasons and so it is with the soul, seasons of progression. A spiritual awakening is a time when the soul, the seven chakras, are meant to rapidly transcend from one state of being, awareness, level and power – to another.
This is why its such an amazingly powerful and often confusing experience, because that feeling we described earlier of “being me” changes.. This change rocks our world as we struggle to understand why we suddenly feel like we’re someone else or try to reconnect with how we used to feel.
These big changes come for a reason and are linked to a time when the soul enters a new phase of purpose.
Are all awakenings the same ?
No. Some come in several smaller stages usually separated by years. What we’re really talking about here is the very considerable ones that come ‘all at once’ and represent the largest challenge as the transition is so huge.
The awakening experience
What we aren’t talking about here is anything that’s intellectual or on a level of mental realization or understanding. The awakening is spiritual, ie your entire sense of reality, self, emotions instincts and inner life experience takes a massive leap to a new level.
I often refer to this experience as a metaphysical version of being hit by a cement truck at 70 miles an hour. The sheer shock of the experience makes many question their sanity at the time.
Psychic experiences, wild emotions and senses way outside of what we knew as ‘ordinary’ are the order of the day. In addition, people will sense the changes in you and often react strangely.
As the psychic abilities grow, that adds to the confusion. There isn’t one ability that’s ‘psychic’ but several. Some or all of these will gradually open up during this process.
Can I make myself awaken ?
No. This is something that’s a part of your souls’ progress at defined times in its journey. You can choose to develop your energies for better flow, to feel more at peace and be better in tune generally - but cannot consciously choose to transcend to another level.
Can I stop an awakening ?
Unfortunately not – however you can choose not to develop some of the psychic – intuitive abilities or to use them.
Can the process be managed ?
Yes and it needs to be managed, you will need to be taught what’s going on and have someone else assist with grounding and leveling out your energies – as well as learn so rudimentary energy meditations.
Make sure whoever you work with has experience with awakenings as the well intentioned energy worker can cause as much damage as good if they don’t have specific experience of awakenings.
Beyond that, you may well choose to develop your new found abilities.
How long does the process last ?
There are several stages and they usually don’t have a defined timing, it depends on how you manage the process. Working with someone to manage the process makes the transition easier, quicker and less traumatic.