A spiritual awakening comes after a triggering event of some kind and is followed by a sense of inner peace and connection to the universe. It is a shift in your perception and understanding of yourself and the world and is a deeply transformative experience.
When you are going through a spiritual awakening, you might recognize some of the signs: your awareness is heightened, you’re questioning beliefs, you’re seeing a lot of synchronicities, your relationships are changing, and more.
Here are the stages of a spiritual awakening:
Experiencing a triggering event.
A significant life event, crisis, or intense emotional experience can serve as a catalyst for this spiritual awakening. This event can often be triggering and can manifest in various ways: physical pain, emotional turmoil, uprooting past trauma, relationship issues, or a mini mid-life crisis. While this stage is intense, overwhelming, and uncomfortable, it’s deeply important to face your suffering so you can begin to move toward healing and transformation.
After the major triggering event, you might go through a period of intense inner turmoil, desperation, fear, lostness, and loneliness. This can be a “Dark Night of the Soul.” You might start to acknowledge and embrace your Shadow Self: the parts of you that you or others have rejected, have held you back, or have been shoved into the depths of your being. The Shadow Self is our fear, guilt, trauma, shame, and behavioral patterns and projections.
Questioning beliefs and seeking answers.
During this stage, you might start to question your long-held beliefs and cultural conditioning. You start to question who you are, what you believe in, and what your purpose is. You start to wonder about the meaning of life and the mysteries behind the Universe. Who am I? What is my purpose here on Earth? What is the meaning of life? What happens after we die?
The questioning process will make you feel a sense of disillusionment. Who am I? What do I believe in? What is my purpose here on Earth? With an open mind, you will want to explore philosophical and spiritual paths, seek guidance from mentors, and read books on spirituality and philosophy. You will feel drawn to mindfulness and meditation, energy healing, or other various practices.
Experiencing inner transformation.
Going through a spiritual journey will lead to a greater awareness of the Universe and the world in which we live, and with this awareness comes a sense of inner peace, love, and unity. You’ll start to become more compassionate, empathetic, and understanding towards yourself and others.
Accepting, surrendering, and continuing to grow.
As you’re going through a spiritual awakening, you will start to accept the journey you’re on and the life you’re living. You’ll surrender to it. You’ll let go and put your trust in the Universe. You will understand that death, life, and rebirth are inevitable and that everything that is supposed to happen will happen. You will start to enjoy living in the present moment by embracing the beauty of life.