False signs of spiritual awakening! That’s the opinion of this Enlightenment coach. But this post invites YOUR opinions. Come and share.
Before you read this and get mad — for one reason or another — here’s why I’m presenting this controversial post.
True Signs of The Age of Awakening was the start of a thread that I think could help you a lot. Seems to me, all spiritual seekers would be wise to tell true from false. So many false promises, so many wishey-hope signs of awakening!
And in this Age of Awakening, we really need Post-New-Age Consumer Smarts.
Especially relevant, today I’m going to give you Blog-Buddies a chance to comment on five popular ideas about signs and “symptoms” of spiritual awakening.
After I list each one, I’ll leave it to YOU to explain why it is true or false as a sign of awakening. What else might be involved, other than big spiritual growth?
Hint: It’s easy to win fans for your blog by flattering them. Or pretending that real (and solveable) problems aren’t problems at all. Maybe even a sign of spiritual superiority. Grrrrrr.
Perspective from this Enlightenment Coach about Signs of Awakening
Solving human problems effectively can actually help us to progress spiritually.
For example, here is a list of experts at helping people solve human-type problems . They use skills to co-create with the Divine. Pluse they facilitate energy healing by using other well-researched skills. It’s Rosetree Energy Spirituality (RES).
Of course, there are loads of other paths to personal growth and spiritual awakening. And that’s good, because all five of the signs of awakening listed here could be related to serious mental health problems. Sometimes RES practitioners like me refer clients to mental health practitioners. (Because RES helps with energy healing, not the kind of emotional healing done by psychotherapists and psychiatrists.)
How I Define Spiritual Awakening?
A spiritual awakening is any experience that accelerates your evolution. This is part of every spiritual seeker’s path.
Awakening experiences may be subtle or dramatic. All of them count. Yet they do not count as Enlightenment.
How I Define Enlightenment
Enlightenment is a stabilized state of consciousness.
You could consider it the result of accumulated experiences of spiritual awakening… plus some extra grace of God.
Spiritual Awakening, Then, Is NOT Enlightenment
At least not how I use those terms.
Different Enlightenment coaches mean different things when they use words like Enlightenment and Awakening.
For instance DAVID BUCKLAND, who comments on this thread and quite often at this blog, maintains his own blog. Here are some of his quite contrasting ideas, which I respect a lot.
Here’s one of his articles on Spiritual Awakening, for instance, where he uses “Awakening” to mean what I call “Enlightenment.” And he uses “Experience” to mean what I call “Spiritual Awakening.”
My ideas are different, and wouldn’t Enlightenment and Awakening be large enough topics to include both differences and great respect? 🙂
Anyway, here we go. And maybe you’ll think each of these is just dandy. Comment below. All opinions are welcome.
False Sign of Spiritual Awakening #1: Drama
Drama is a really good sign, according Annarita, who has blogged about 51 Spiritual Awakening Symptoms.
Her Sign #16 is “death, divorce, change in job status, loss of home, illness, and/or other catastrophes sometimes several at once!”
Supposedly, these are “forces that cause you [sic] release your attachments.”
Maybe you wonder, why exactly would major life drama mean that you’re awakening spiritually? Your thoughts, Blog-Buddies?
False Sign of Spiritual Awakening #2. Synchronicity
Noticing coincidences everywhere?
They’re due to spiritual awakening, according to the medium Arlene Rich. She lists 10 signs of spiritual awakening.
What’s her numero uno? “An increase in occurrences.”
Seems like, to this psychic, “there aren’t any coincidences.”
And why would a rapidly evolving human being have time to find all those (alleged) meaningful coincidences?
Your thoughts, Blog-Buddies?
False Sign of Spiritual Awakening #3. Sobbing
Yes, from Reikian Vegan Radharani Gaiatri, maybe good news. Frequent and dramatic emotional upheaval could be wonderful. Probably a sign of spiritual awakening.
Sobbing and the like — all this emotional upheaval is welcomed. Hey, it’s #3 on her list of signs of spiritual awakening.
Some of you may have seen my blog post with aura readings of certain missionary vegans and raw foodies. Have you read about those findings with energetic literacy? Then you won’t assume that an extreme diet necessarily wakes up people spiritually.
Besides that, plenty of non-vegans are crying these days. They live on an emotional rollercoaster. Maybe it’s due to predatory lending. Chronic illness. Or some other good reason to cry.
Sobbing does happen. Sobbing that doesn’t bring glad tidings of spiritual awakening.
Would you encourage such people to just be glad they’re weeping? Maybe reframe all those tears as “a really good sign of spiritual awakening”?
Notably, Radharani supplies counsel for every one of HER 51 “symptoms” of spiritual awakening. For this symptom, she advises:
“Accept your feelings as they occur, bless them and let them go.”
Advice like this is common in certain spiritual circles. How do you rate that kind of advice, Blog-Buddies?
False Sign of Spiritual Awakening #4: Detached from Reality
Perhaps you’ve never equated bumping into things with a high state of spiritual awareness.
Meet psychic/medium Kelli Miller. Because she considers clumsiness an excellent sign of awakening , even ascension.
Kelli writes, “You may experience more clumsiness or bumping into walls or objects more often, lack of coordination control at times and dropping things more often. You may notice a sense of disorientation or being detached from reality, living ‘in your head’ or feeling spacey or distracted easily.”
Gee, stumbling and bumbling around? Why interpret that to mean you’re awakening spiritually? Your thoughts, Blog-Buddies?
False Sign of Spiritual Awakening #5: Feeling Energy Constantly
No person claims responsibility for “The Awakened State.” However, you can buy things at that website. And even join the “community.”
Some readers may feel very reassured by reading “The Awakened State.” We learn about unpleasant or pretty weird things. We’re told they are really… just wonderful. And, you guessed it! Symptoms of “Spiritual Awakening.”
For instance, “The doctor tells you, your eye sight [sic] is normal but you come home perplexed as to why these orbs of light dont seem to disappear from your vision Our world is made of energy and once we start awakening, our senses become heightened into seeing beyond ordinary reality. You begin to start seeing and feeling energy around yourself and others.”
Exactly what would that have to do with spiritual awakening? Really?
Could all that noticing energy be a sign of something quite different? Your thoughts, Blog-Buddies?
Okay, here’s one of my thoughts:
All Five of these “Signs” of Awakening
Are Really Problems.
Problems. Not signs of something wonderful. No reason to rejoice.
(Okay, that #5 would be okay during official Technique Time. But downright dysfunctional as a way of life.)
One way to start solving these problems is to read “The New Strong.” Then put into practice its sensible recommendations. You’ll find perspective about living in The Age of Awakening and even a Program for Easy Vibrational Balance.
Millions today are vibrationally confused. They don’t really have a mental health problem. Instead they’re struggling in ways that could be solved relatively simply.
Of course, if you try to do what is recommended in “The New Strong” and any of the five above-mentioned False Signs of Spiritual Awakening continues, I would recommend that you seek assistance from a mental health professional.
Otherwise? You can become an early adapter of the Rules & Tools for thriving in the Age of Awakening.
Moving forward on your path of spiritual awakening, you can progress faster this way. Strong as a human being! Not sobbing and constantly bumping into the furniture.