Signs of Spiritual Awakening

spiritual awakeningToday is Friday, December 6, 2013.

12 Symptoms of a Spiritual Awakening

1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
2. Frequent attacks of smiling.
3. Feelings of being connected with others and with nature.
4.  Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
5.  A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.
6.  An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
7.  A lost of ability to worry.
8.  A loss of interest in conflict.
9.  A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
10.  A loss of interest in judging others.
11.  A lot of interest in judging oneself.
12.  Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything. 

This tongue-in-cheek list has been going around the Internet on social media for a while.  I call them tongue-in-cheek not because they aren’t true.  They are.  It’s because they’re written as if they were symptoms of some illness.  Let’s look at these, and then look at some other, lesser-known “symptoms” of spiritual awakening.

1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen. 

Actually, I think spiritually oriented people know how to create change and how to literally create their lives in a conscious way.  But when they do this, they always leave room for Divine Spirit to work things out in the best way possible for everyone’s highest good, and when they put out an intention, they do so with the knowledge that no one being except God can see the whole picture, so they ask for what they want, but with one condition: Not my will, O Lord, but Thine.   And when things start happening, they accept the result, knowing that they did the best they could in the situation, and that the experience that follows is for their growth and maturation as Soul.  They know that situations that seem negative often contain blessings, such as the opportunity to resolve stubborn karmic debt, the gift of learning something about ourselves, the chance to learn a new skill, the opportunity to assist others, or to allow others to give assistance.  It’s all good.

2. Frequent attacks of smiling.

People who are spiritually awakened find a sense of contentment, fulfillment and  peace that comes when we let go and let God.  I suspect that a lot of people are like me, in that they are grateful to finally have a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.  Getting an answer – even a very general one – to the question, “Why am I here?”  or “What is the purpose of life?” provides such a sense of peace and wellbeing.  It’s a true kind of peace that exists inside of each of us, and it doesn’t depend on anyone else.  It’s wonderful to have peace in the world in the sense of the absence of war, or peace in the home in the sense of the absence of conflict, but to have inner peace, the sense that all is right with the world, and that God is firmly in control, is priceless.  Even in times of outer peace, there are still many who lack this inner sense of peace.  Their discontent is acted out in many unfortunate ways.  If we all had inner peace, then harmony among human beings and between humans and the natural world would take care of itself.

3. Feelings of being connected with others and with nature.

Spiritually awakened people realize that on many levels, physical as well as spiritual, all of Creation is connected.  Everyone and everything has a special place and purpose in Creation that can be filled by no other.  Spiritually awakened people know that Souls who interface with the physical world are embodied not only as human beings, but as all forms of life: animal, plant and mineral.  Each form of physical life has something important to teach us.  In addition, spiritually awakened people understand cause and effect, so they know that all of their actions, words and thoughts have a real impact on all life.  They know, for example, that when you buy a certain kind of product, the materials necessary to make it and the energy necessary to run it had to come from the earth, and that each product we buy represents loss of some of earth’s resources, pollution of the air, water, or soil, and  hours of underpaid work on the part of the poorest among us.  They know that having an argument with someone is just as damaging to the environment as fighting a war.  They know that words spoken in anger can have a devastating effect on loved ones or even complete strangers.

4.  Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Spiritually awakened people know that an attitude of gratitude opens the doors to the riches of life.  When we cultivate an attitude of acceptance, we find that we have many more options than most people realize, and that there are a lot of people, both in physical form and in spirit, who are just waiting for an invitation to be of assistance.

5.  A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.

This isn’t to say that spiritually awakened people never plan anything.  They do.  They just tend not to let past experience weigh them down with a lot of fears.  They may be more cautious this time, but they won’t let a bad experience immobilize them permanently.  Not only do they try to stay in the present as much as possible, they also try not to let negative emotions color their experience to the point that their focus is on the inner emotions rather than on the outer experience.

6.  An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

As a result of points four and five above, spiritually awakened people tend to live mostly in the present moment.  Sure, they enjoy pleasant memories, and sure, they review past experiences to see what lessons they offer.  Sure, they plan for the future, as much as it is possible to do so.  But then they live in the moment, and just accept whatever experience results, knowing that everything that happens is for their highest good.

7.  A lost of ability to worry.

Because they can process and then let go of emotional baggage from past experiences, and because they don’t allow negative outcomes from the past color experiences in the present, they worry less about what the future will bring.  Sure, they tie up their camel, first, but then, they trust in God.

8.  A loss of interest in conflict.

Part of the reason for this is that spiritually awakened people are less and less obsessed by the need to force others around them to agree with their opinions.  They recognize that their opinions may be different from others’, and that it’s not necessary for others to agree with them, even if they think they are right.  They feel the need to be “right” less and less, because they realize that Truth has many facets, and that things appear differently to different people, based on their state of consciousness.  Spiritually aware people can chart their own changes in thinking as their state of consciousness has expanded, and they know that Soul continues to expand in consciousness indefinitely.  Therefore, conflict about who is “right” seems pointless.  So, also, is conflict about who should run the country, who owns a certain piece of land, or whose God is more powerful are similarly pointless.

9.  A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

Rather than “interpret” the actions of others, I think spiritually awakened people can see behind the words and actions to the person’s intentions, and they are often willing to give a person the benefit of the doubt because they don’t always take words and actions at face value.  As well, spiritually awakened people know that everyone is working on their “stuff,” and that it’s useless to take things too personally.  When someone seems angry at us, they are often expressing hidden fears, such as the fear of loss of control, the fear of rejection, or the fear of a bad situation repeating itself.  Sometimes an angry person is really just expressing emotional pain.  A spiritually awakened person is more likely to forgive people when they are angry, rather than reacting to the anger.

10.  A loss of interest in judging others.

Everyone is working on their own “stuff,” and it’s impossible to know the whole back story of everyone’s  actions.  No matter how enlightened we think we are, we were once in a different place, and we did some of the same things as we see others doing.  Everyone is just doing the best that he or she can, and eventually, everyone will end up going home to God.  No one is better or worse according to where they are on the path to God.  The love of Divine Spirit is showered equally upon all of Creation.

11.  A lot of interest in judging oneself.

We all make mistakes, and hopefully, we will learn from them.  We learn more from our mistakes than from the times when we do everything the right way and everything works out well.  God gives us as many chances as we need to get things right.  If God forgives us, then who are we to contradict God by not forgiving ourselves?

12.  Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything. 

Since God’s love is given unconditionally, our love should be given in the same way, without conditions or expectations.  Spiritually awakened people treat others with respect and consideration, regardless of what position the other person is with respect to them.  They help people, no matter whether or not they are likely to get anything in return.  They do the right thing when nobody is looking.

Now let’s look at a few other things that tend to happen to a person who is spiritually awakened.  Have any of the following happened to you?

People who are in the process of spiritual awakening begin to have an awareness of recurring patterns in their relationships as well as in the events of their daily lives.  Have you noticed that you are attracted to certain kinds of people? Do you always seem to be attracted to people who are dependent, people who are unavailable to have a full relationship, or people who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or gambling?   Have you noticed that you get into arguments a lot over one particular topic?  Have you noticed that certain things make you mad or cause you to feel fear?   Do you always seem to shoot yourself in the foot or destroy what you have created? 

Your heightened awareness of these patterns is a signal that the Universe is responding to your agreement to enter into a time of spiritual growth.  The things you are noticing are things you need to process, balance, or release.  Find the underlying reason that a certain thing keeps happening to you, or find the common thread in all of the events.  What is it about yourself that you need to change? 

As you go along the path toward enlightenment, you may experience allergies, food intolerances, or food cravings. This is because your body is becoming more sensitive to energy, in general.  If you develop food intolerances, first of all, try to isolate what is upsetting your body, then stop eating that food altogether for a few months.  If you start to feel better, you will know you are doing the right thing.  You can re-introduce the food to your diet at a later date, but don’t have too much at one time.  Re-introduce the food a little at a time and see how you feel.  Watch carefully to see how your body reacts.  If you have a food craving, it is probably your body telling you that you need a certain nutrient in your diet.  Eat what your body tells you to, and note how you feel.  As long as you are not eating anything to excess, you should be fine.
Many people who are stepping onto the path of conscious spiritual growth for the first time feel a sense of uneasiness with the way things are going, and restlessness or the feeling that something needs to change.  This is normal.  You’re right, something needs to change, but make your changes carefully.  Don’t make a bunch of big changes all at once.  Instead, make incremental changes over time, and give yourself plenty of time to bring each change into your life and cement it there.  Don’t forget that in order to make room for something new, you will have to let go of something old in your life.   Make your changes thoughtfully, prudently, and with prayer and contemplation.

Spiritually awakened people begin to experience, synchronicity, or an increased occurrence of favorable coincidences.  They find themselves in the right place at the right time much more often.  They begin to read books that change their lives and meet people who are willing to act as resources or who will agree to mentor them.  They often find that they have “just enough money” to do what they want or need to do, no more and no less.   They pick up on and respond to opportunities that come their way because they have done the necessary background work.   If you find this type of thing happening to you, know that favorable circumstances have always been there; you may not have been ready to notice them.  Now you’re ready, and the more you notice, the more you see.  When your heard is opened by gratitude for these little miracles in your life, you begin to draw them to you.  This is because you are raising your vibrations, and your new level of vibration calling these beneficial circumstances into your life.  It’s all about your level of vibration.

If you are awakening spiritually, you may notice a phenomenon called instant karma. Now that you are more aware of cause and effect, the results of your actions seem to manifest much more quickly.  Once again, some of this has been happening all your life; your greater level of awareness means that you are simply noticing it more.  Not only do your actions have consequences, your words and even your thoughts have real and measurable  consequences, both positive and negative.

Finally, when you begin to awaken spiritually, you begin to read different books and magazine articles, listen to different music, watch different things on TV, go to different moves, and hang around with different people.  You may notice that you are no longer interested in reading material with gratuitous violence or sex, that you are no longer interested in songs whose lyrics speak of violence and anger.  You may not be interested in listening to songs that focus on unrequited love or people breaking up.  You may find that you don’t have time for mindless, repetitive games or being with people who are always complaining.  Go with the changes.  Learn to let go of things that no longer serve you, and welcome new people and activities into your life.  🙂

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