We live in a health-conscious society where there are always discussions about food, diet, nutrition, exercise, and medicine. But what if the key to better health isn’t found in any of these things? What if it actually cuts straight to your soul?
What is a Spiritual Awakening?
There is no singular definition of what a spiritual awakening is. It’s different for every single person and can’t be confined to a particular set of constraints. But one of the best ways to describe it – at least in a manner that resonates with a large percentage of those who’ve become awakened – is higher consciousness (also known as collective consciousness or God-consciousness).
“Higher consciousness is spiritual or energetic awareness that transcends the mind’s normal preoccupation with the past and the future,” Mindvalley explains. As people raise their consciousness they awaken to the eternal and unlimited nature of their being. “Higher consciousness is an ever-increasing awareness of the meaning of existence, your spiritual essence, and of the spiritual or energetic nature in all things.”
Every individual responds differently to a spiritual awakening, but some of the common “symptoms” or results include:
- A feeling that something has changed inside of you
- The awareness of old negative, detrimental habits
- A genuine compassion about the suffering of the world
- A deeper yearning for meaning in life
- An increased willingness to love others
- A feeling of being connected to everything in the universe
Again, everyone’s spiritual awakening is experienced in different ways, but it always leads to a greater sense of life, love, and acute awareness of the world around you.
The Key to Experiencing a Spiritual Awakening
A spiritual awakening sounds great, but what if you’ve never experienced one? Are there steps you can take to invite an awakening into your soul? The answer is yes – but you must be willing to put in the effort.
Here are a few specific steps you can take:
1. Regular Meditation
Most people in the western world aren’t very familiar with the concept of meditation. They see it as some kooky eastern practice that fails to produce actual results. But the truth is that active meditation – the technique of holding your mind steady and quieting your emotions – is extremely beneficial.
Done right, meditation can elevate you into a higher and more refined state of perception and awareness of who you are, what your purpose is, and how your soul fits into the universe.
2. Skill Refinement
You have to fight for a spiritual awakening – and it takes work to stay enlightened once you’ve achieved a supernatural awareness of who you are. Part of mastering your awakening is a continual commitment to refining your skills.
In addition to surrounding yourself with peers who are also awakened to the metaphysical, you can access online resources like the IEL Institute for the Spiritual Arts.
“Developed over a decade of private practice case studies, dedicated live workshops, and the development of exercises designed to grow intuitive skills, along with implementing the metaphysical teachings of some of the greatest teachers of our times, we have created a curriculum focused on teaching individuals ways to awaken their gifts,” the IEL Institute explains.
The more you use resources like this, the sharper your skills will be and the more you’ll be able to help others discover their own awakening.
3. Healthy Detachment
A big part of experiencing a spiritual awakening is detaching yourself from things of this physical world. This includes your ego, your fears, the injustices that others have done to you, and the worldly possessions you’ve accumulated over the years. As you loosen yourself from these tangles, you’ll enjoy an overwhelming sense of freedom.
Care for Your Soul
As a society, we spend so much time thinking about physical health. We try to exercise regularly, eat well, and avoid bad habits like smoking. We’ve even reached a point where, culturally, mental health has become less stigmatized. But despite all of the attention we give to physical and mental well-being, there simply isn’t a lot of focus on the spiritual.
In order to truly care for yourself as a whole individual, you must pay attention to your soul. Pursuing a genuine spiritual awakening will transform your life. Are you ready to seek it out?