In the midst of the pandemic that we are facing right now, it is natural for people to slowly become enlightened of their spiritual existence. As humanity faces uncertainty from all walks of life, people begin questioning their own meaning and purpose, ultimately unlocking the doors for spiritual awakening. As such, in this short article, we’ll be examining the 3 symptoms of spiritual awakening. By pointing out key scenarios where one is unconsciously opening to the unknown, we are able to direct ourselves to the path of spiritual growth.
Coupled with a practical application, these existential experiences are then turned to starting points for one’s ascension.
Symptom #1: Encountering Life’s Biggest Questions
Often the most common yet least obvious sign of spiritual awakening, people who’ve unknowingly begun the path to spiritual development are those who’ve taken life’s questions more seriously. For instance, being in a pandemic where a friend’s dad is diagnosed with Covid-19 puts into question the supposed security that we feel in life. Unable to hide in the blanket of our own money and social security, we begin asking questions such as: “what comes after life and death? What is my own meaning and purpose? If all of us are ‘this’ vulnerable, then what makes me any different?”
As such, these questions, which were once perpetually neglected as we place our focus on daily routines, brings about a different dimension of our existence – one that tackles the nature of life itself. With that, as we dig deeper into this, we learn that life is more than what meets the eye, and its meaning is derived from the very moments of being alive and kicking.
With that, your task is to take these questions one by one. Instead of bombarding yourself with these paradoxes that even philosophers still continue to lovingly struggle with, the proper approach is to take them one at a time and unravel their own meaning in our context. As Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself.”
Symptom #2: Feeling the interconnectedness of Life
Apart from unlocking life’s questions, one crucial symptom of spiritual awakening that comes with it is the sudden feeling of life’s interconnectedness. As we realize that everything is part of existence itself, we suddenly feel how connected we are with the world and how such adds a dimension to our existence. For instance, a simple trip to the mountains will not only refill your energy tanks. More importantly, such activity can allow you to reconnect with nature itself and its energy. As such, you’ll intuitively feel some sense of attunement, something that you’ve long forgotten as you’ve faced concrete and computers all day long. With that, your task is to go through the process. By immersing yourself in life’s interconnectedness, you are slowly bringing your soul closer to the source of life itself. In this way, you are actively participating in your spiritual growth as you become more in-sync with all of life.
As Chief Seattle once said, “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
Symptom #3: Diving Deeper into Dreams
Perhaps the most accessible path towards spiritual growth, the dream world is a place where almost everything is possible. As such, most individuals who’ve felt that they are spiritually growing have experienced discrepancies in their dreams. For instance, one popular symptom of spiritual awakening is astral projection. As we gain control over the dream state, we become closer to metaphysical aspects of our own existence. Despite the inability to rationally explain such, this pseudorealistic feeling of traversing a spiritual plane allows us to garner some kind of spiritual development on our own. With that, your task is to process everything. Diving deeper into dreams often carries a spiritual burden with it. Given such, taking it slow and steady is key in ensuring that you’re on the right track, instead of being derailed to negative experiences such as sleep paralysis and nightmares. As long as you are able to harness its power, your dreams are the perfect avenue to explore your spiritual self.
After all, the famous psychologist Carl Gustav Jung recognizes its power as he writes, “Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day.”
Aaron is a spirituality and meditation enthusiast who writes for individualogist.com, a personality-testing resource based on Carl Jung’s study of the jungian archetypes. He is a firm believer of using self-discovery as a tool for uncovering one’s purpose and direction. Individualogist has guided thousands of its active members to achieve transformations and experience success in various aspects of their lives.