Spiritual Awakening: 3 REAL Symptoms + How to Start

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Spiritual awakening is a real experience that happens to real people.

The purpose of this guide is to put you on a direct, easy to follow path that will allow you to find the truth for yourself.

You will find over the course of this guide that I will not tell you what to think or confuse you with logical information. You must forget everything you once thought you knew and begin “with an empty teacup”.

Spiritual awakening is not something your logical brain will be able to comprehend on its own, you must prime the mind to allow awakening to come forth.

I will not talk about decalcifying the pineal gland, crystals, energy healing, or tarot cards. This guide focuses on a clear cut path to take allowing awakening to show itself.

Spirituality is SIMPLE. We are avoiding philosophy for a reason. Let’s not complicate it any more than it needs to be.

If you’re ready, let’s get started.

What is a REAL Spiritual Awakening?

Let’s start off with understanding what it means to be “asleep”, or the experience before an awakening.

Being asleep is being identified as a “person”, with your beliefs, thoughts, and memories. This is what compromises the “false self“.

When you are in the “dream” state, you are gripped by attachments. The ego is in full control. You have a hard time “letting go” of the passing moment resulting in an attachment to thought. These thoughts are what holds you in the “dream” state.

Most people don’t go through life thinking that they are “asleep”, this is the eternal dilemma that humanity has faced.

A person who undergoes a spiritual awakening is ultimately becoming aware of wholeness. Wholeness meaning, “God”, “Consciousness”, “Buddha”, “Silence”, “Spirit”, whatever name you prefer to call it.

Notice how I didn’t say “transcending the ego”? Spiritual awakening is not “rising above” or “going beyond”, spiritual awakening is becoming aware of your true nature that is already in existence.

A spiritual awakening is a shift in perception. No longer is the person seeing life through themselves as a person, belief, or idea. They are realizing that life is experiencing itself, without an “I” in the picture.

A real spiritual awakening is realizing that we are not the observer or the witness, observation is only occurring.

Spiritual awakening allows you to eliminate almost all conventional suffering. Suffering is a state of attachment. Awakening naturally begin the process of deconditioning the mind and seeing through every belief and idea that has ever existed within the mind.

What Spiritual Awakening Isn’t

There is a common misconception that spiritual awakening allows you to bypass the human experience.

Spiritual awakening in its fullest essence is becoming what a real human being is. It does not mean that you suddenly live in a permanent state of bliss and have no suffering or annoyances to live through.

When you are living fully in the present moment, you no longer judge every feeling or action that you encounter throughout waking life. This allows for a fluid-like experience where there is no “hanging on” anymore, life is just happening in its purest form.

Awakened people can still suffer. Awakened people can still get annoyed. Awakened people can still get upset. These are human emotions, it is important to realize that spiritual awakening is more about becoming human than transcending the human experience itself.

I have gone through years of depression and suffering even after awakening. Awakening leads us down a journey of destruction. Every thought and idea that you once knew will be tested. You may no longer be the person that is sitting in front of you today.

Spiritual awakening is a disorienting process. It takes time to learn how to “walk” in this new perception of living.

What does a baby do when it first awakens? It cries.

The same could be said for an awakened person. While it is an insanely beautiful experience, the majority of people who experience awakening are only given a glimpse of what is to come. There is still inner work to be done afterward, your journey only begins after you awaken.

The Spiritual Awakening Process

Awakening starts by beginning to unlearn and “priming” the mind to let awakening present itself. You will not “find” spiritual awakening as hard as may search for it.

There is nothing to be found, awakening is already present.

The path to awakening is clear and yet at times, it may feel as if you are being obstructed. The great unlearning is a process and it takes patience, do not worry. You need to see that the “self” is merely a fleeting experience and that there may be something else holding everything together (Oneness).

What are you when you strip your thoughts, beliefs and identity away? What is left?

Only proceed if you are fully aware of the possibilities and are ready to embark on your new journey.

1) Meditation

There are various meditation paths that you can go down but we are only going to focus on “just be” meditation.

Meditation is what allows you to begin to “prime” the mind so that spiritual awakening can be realized. Without priming the mind through meditation, you will be left in a logical state attempting to dissect spiritual awakening philosophically.

If you have never meditated before or have been for practicing for years, this form of meditation is available to all.

Sit in a quiet place, make yourself as comfortable as possible. Close your eyes and begin to experience the present moment as it is.

This means no matter what the experience may be, you sit and observe. Good, bad, bliss, gloom, you are attempting to sit with the present moment for exactly what it is without any judgment.

When we allow thoughts and emotions to simply “breathe” through us, we are beginning to practice the nature of the true self. Do not make any attempts to force this as your attempts will be futile. “Just be” meditation requires some finesse.

As you are sitting there, just observing quietly, see how long you can stay within this state. If you are in a state of confusion, panic, or anxiety try to simply just allow it to be as it is. Do not try to run away from these emotions, calmly sit and witness what is happening right this second.

If you are new to this type of practice and it becomes overwhelming, only go on for as long as you can before it gets too uncomfortable. Even if it’s only a few minutes, just add another few minutes to your next session.

I would suggest only to practice this form of meditation for upwards of an hour at a time. Any longer and you risk avoiding practicing this form of meditation by becoming addicted to the feeling meditation offers you when done in lengthy sessions.

This is a common trap, avoid this as much as you possibly can. We are looking further than bliss, we are finally unlearning how to stop living in a constant state of attachment.

For an amazing example of what type of meditation we are trying to practice, here is Adyashanti with a guided meditation. Adyashanti is one of my favorites, I don’t consider him a “guru” but he cuts to the core and doesn’t fluff.

2) Self-Inquiry (Who am I?)

Self-inquiry is a powerful tool that must be used alongside the “just be” meditative practice.

Self-inquiry is asking the mind “Who am I”.

If you would like to entertain your deepest questions such as “Who is God?”, “What is life itself?” then feel free to do so.

When you normally ask a question, you are looking for a response. That is not the purpose of self-inquiry. Think of it more of a rhetorical question, the questions we are asking are left for the mind to digest.

You are not looking for answers, we are looking for insights. If something of value comes up, great! If not, then further inquiry is necessary.

The hard part about this practice is that we have been conditioned to think logically from a young age. To unlearn this type of thinking does take some time, but that is why preparing the mind for this practice is vital.

Inquiring is a way of getting right to the core of our true nature. This is how you let spiritual awakening show itself. By continuously asking the mind “Who am I”, you are testing your current thoughts and beliefs.

While you are practicing self-inquiry, try and feel the essence of not knowing these answers.

If you would like to learn more about self-inquiry, please watch this video below with one of my favorite teachers, Ram Dass.

3) Meditation + Self-Inquiry

While meditation is used for priming the mind to get us ready and out of a philosophical state, it is necessary that we combine both self-inquiry and meditation.

When you are no longer thinking logically and allow the mind to flow freely, self-inquiry becomes magnitudes times more powerful.

They both work in tandem, do not fast forward the process and jump to self-inquiry or think you can do with just meditation. It takes practicing both meditation and self-inquiry to get a feeling for what is to come.

Remember, spiritual awakening is already here. To think you “need to do something” is a mistake and will lead you down a path of frustration. These aren’t forceful acts, these are graceful acts.

It can be extremely difficult at first to start the great unlearning. You have functioned in one pattern your entire life and now you are attempting to unlearn everything you thought you once knew. Take this process gently and allow for patience. Wholeness will show itself when you are ready and willing.

These methods on the surface seem simple, and truthfully they are. Spiritual awakening is not a secret nor does it take a lifetime worth of practice to wake up. Your awakening can happen in a split second, as did mine. Preparing yourself through these methods is going to be the best method for recognizing what is already here.

Avoid philosophizing, avoid logical thinking, just let it be. We aren’t trying to contemplate any of this, just throw these questions into the mind and observe what occurs.

That’s all it takes. One moment and your life changes forever.

Finding YOUR Truth

Now is the time to begin finding your own truth.

Forget what you read on the internet about spiritual awakening, forget what you think about it currently and find out what it means in YOUR experience.

The main issue with conveying this material is that it isn’t able to be conveyed fairly well through language. Spiritual awakening is a full-body feeling, an embodiment of your true nature. It isn’t anyone else’s idea of it, it isn’t a thought about it, it’s finding the truth within the deepest parts of your soul.

All of your deepest answers are already inside you. I urge you to find them for yourself as no one else in the world can do it for you.

Relying solely on yourself to find the purest wisdom may seem counter-intuitive. If there is oneness that is within everyone and embodies everything from the core of the earth to the farthest star in the universe, then it is able to be recognized by any human on this planet.

The real key to this whole process is to be honest and to have an open heart. There may be difficulty ahead but you will get through them. An awakening at times may be a brutal experience, the biggest oversight you can make is only chasing after awakening to “feel good”. Awakening does not care about “feeling good”, it only cares about finding the truth no matter the circumstance.

Spiritual awakening is just the beginning. You only have one life to live, why not put time into finding your true essence of being?

Drop your gurus, you are your own guru.

Spiritual Awakening Symptoms

1) Shift in perception

You won’t be any doubts when you have a real, true awakening.

The biggest experience to watch out for is to see if there is a “shift” in perception. This is when you go from living through the lens of the “I” or “Me” inside the mind to simply an observational perspective.

There shouldn’t be any doubts as to whether you had a spiritual awakening or not. For some, it will be like a light switch switching on with a massive flood of emotions and bliss. Others may experience a slow, gradual climb, and one day look around and realize that their perception has shifted.

2) Understanding beyond the logical mind

You aren’t looking for a logical understanding of spiritual awakening, it is a deep, full body understanding.

The key here is to understand that the mind cannot conventionally understand an awakening, it is something much deeper than the mind. Awakening is a realization that the “I” inside the mind is not you. While it is simple to “get” on paper, it takes some practice to get to a state where awakening can come forth.

3) Calm sense of assurance

You’ll have questions, but the overwhelming feeling will be that of assurance. The “quietness” of the mind, the thing that is you (and everyone), is infinite wisdom.

It has a deep sense of peace that doesn’t require any thing or any one to maintain its state. This assurance can come and go in the beginning stages, but it’s something to keep an eye out for. No matter how bad the material situation around your experience gets, the assurance never leaves.

“Dark Night of the Soul”

You may encounter what is known as the “dark night of the soul” along your spiritual awakening journey.

When I woke up, initially I was in an utter state of bliss. I couldn’t ask to feel more at peace, I didn’t want anything to be different.

All things come to an end, including this stage of awakening.

While it was a blissful experience, I was left in a deep depression that lasted for many years. You most likely won’t experience exactly what I went through as everyone experiences their awakening differently. It all depends on your previous life and how much trauma or internal conflict you are holding within yourself.

My childhood materialistically was great, my main issue was dealing with self-loathing and depression for the majority of my life. Once spiritual awakening happens, it forces you to face what you have been hiding from your entire life.

There were days where I didn’t want to get out of bed, it felt like the world was just utterly pointless. I was working at a terrible job, I had no friends and no money. I knew deep down in my soul that there was still this connection to “Oneness” and yet it didn’t matter.

My experience was fairly bleak. After running away from such a big part of my life, I had to make the decision to finally face myself. It didn’t happen overnight or instantaneously, but this process is an ultimate letting go.

Dark Night of the Soul is letting go of everything you once thought you knew about yourself and the story you have about yourself. It’s ripping you apart until there is nothing left. It can hurt, sometimes the pain can be unbearable.

This is the price we pay to see our true nature.

Spiritual Awakening Q/A

When you wake up, it can be hard going at it alone figuring it out for yourself. Below are the most common questions you’ll face before and after a spiritual awakening.

Is spiritual awakening real?

Very much so. Not only I, but hundreds of thousands of people have experienced the same thing that I have.

It’s actually quite beautiful to know that humans can share such a deep sense of peace and that all is required from us to realize its existence. Considering how powerful this experience can be, it’s a shock to know that it isn’t spoken about more often.

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What are the stages of spiritual awakening?

Spiritual awakening is not a linear path. While some may have an easier time along theirs, you may feel “stuck” in some part of your journey.

In my experience, I have lived through four distinct stages of spiritual awakening.

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Why is spiritual awakening so hard?

Spiritual awakening is a process of letting go. Having to let go of everything you once knew can be extremely difficult to cope with.

While the initial stages may be filled with bliss and love, the coming stages may feel disorienting and confusing. No matter which stage you are in of awakening, this is a process you must go through in order to grow through your spiritual journey.

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What happens after spiritual awakening?

Everyone will experience their own journey a bit differently. There really isn’t an “after”, awakening is the coming together of totality. Your life pursuits, friendships, and may change but this is the natural order of spiritual awakening.

You will still be a living human that requires love, food, etc. Spiritual awakening is not a bypassing of the human experience. The longer you stay on this path, the greater the connection with yourself, your intuition, and “Oneness”.

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What should I do if I’m experiencing a loss of motivation?

When you wake up, you may no longer be interested in the egocentric chase you were once caught up in the dream state. After awakening occurs there is a period of time where you need to do some introspection to gain further insight.

Your previous pursuits may not be in your best interest any longer. I would take this time as a period to look deep within yourself and ask yourself what were you REALLY doing before you woke up.

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Is it normal to be scared during a spiritual awakening?

Whatever you are feeling during your own experience is going to be perfect as it is. This fear that you may be experiencing is the fear of letting go of it all.

Instead of running away from it, feel it for exactly what it is. Ask it what it wants from you. Don’t be afraid, your fear is going to be your guiding light here. Fear is love.

What causes a spiritual awakening?

Some say spiritual awakening happens when you are perfectly open and ready. For some, that means it requires a near-death experience or a tragedy to lose all hope and realize their true nature.

No matter what “caused” the awakening, the real true trigger of awakening is realizing that you are not the “I” inside the mind. You aren’t the false self that is compromised of ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. This is not just a logical understanding of the concept, it is a full-body realization. I describe it as an “aha” moment, a “click” within the mind.

When does spiritual awakening end?

A real, true spiritual awakening does not end. Once you see behind the veil, that is all that is needed.

What will happen is that you begin maturing spiritually, letting go of everything in the way either by force or willingly. Eventually, life begins to live itself, and no further inquiry is needed.

I suppose you can say “it ends” there, but there is always going to be further and deeper.

Why has my spiritual awakening stopped?

Spiritual awakening doesn’t “stop” if you have had a real awakening. The best thing to do when it feels like “Oneness” may have left us is to start doing some internal work that involves understanding what conditioning is and how we are supposed to deal with it in an awakened state.

This is fairly normal after the “honeymoon”phase.

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Spiritual Awakening Homework

I urge you to try to find your own answers. While at times it may feel like you get stuck, a pointer here and there isn’t the worst thing in the world.

When looking for someone to listen to, I advise listening to them if they emphasize finding your own truth rather than believing their own.

My two favorite guides I have found along the way are Adyashanti and Eckhart Tolle.

Both have an endless amount of literature about spirituality as well as an endless amount of Youtube videos if you ever find yourself in need of some guidance.

Be careful who you listen to, it is very easy to get caught trying to believe in someone else’s ideas.

This is your journey, not anyone else’s.

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