What’s a spiritual awakening?
As with meditation, how we define spiritual awakening varies from person to person. Some might argue it is acknowledging the possibility that there might be life on the other side. Others might articulate, to the best of their ability, an experience, or a series of experiences that led them to be more woke.
Yet, the million-dollar question still remains: what’s a spiritual awakening?
Well, again, to reiterate, it is a highly subjective experience that cannot be defined by any objective measure. Despite this, a spiritual awakening is quite counterintuitive at first glance. Accordingly, on the surface, it seems like we are human beings having a spiritual encounter but in reality, it is actually vice versa. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
That’s the catch to what’s a spiritual awakening: realizing that we are much greater, stronger, and better than we initially thought. As you can see, this is very similar to meditation and applies to some basic philosophies in said discipline.
The best thing, in my opinion, about a spiritual awakening is the fact that we can finally see how much we’ve been asleep. Sure, this ties into the red pill, blue pill ideology, and has its place in the dark night of the soul, or the existential void, but for the purposes of this article, we are going to discuss how this applies to spiritual awakening:
- Everything but a Shell
- Control is Internal
- Existential Crisis/Nihilistic Ideation
- Pain and Suffering
- In the Dark
- Seeing the Light
- Feeling Empty Inside
- Unexamined Life
- Questioning Everything
- Troubles with Acceptance
- Eyes Wide Open
Everything but a Shell
We’ve all been there. We have all felt like we were only a shell of a person or a being worth and capable of much more. And here is the thing, we aren’t wrong. As a matter, of fact, it would be interesting to see whether or not following the hunch would fall through on our behalf. In other words, it is not a coincidence or worse wishful thinking that leads us to such conclusions. Instead, it is knowing.
Yes, meditation can prompt this knowing to grow and intensify. But more importantly, it serves as a catalyst for us to wake up and realize that our situations don’t hold all the power. We do.
Meditation teaches us that we can never truly fight the power. We are the power. And for those reasons alone, we must love the empowerment of being everything but a shell.
Control is Internal
Because of this, it is imperative to remember that while we cannot control our external circumstances, we can control our internal condition. It is up to us to take charge and say, “Hey! I am in control of my life and there are no conditions, I included, standing in my way!”
On top of this, part of spiritual awakening and meditation for that matter is understanding that we have been lied to our entire lives. Society has told us countless times that we have to control situations that are inherently out of our orbit of control. Otherwise, we could end up feeling worthless and believe the lie that it’s our fault.
But, as with meditation, the more we let go, the more our lives desirably flow.
Like forgiveness, control is for us, not the other things, events, or people outside.
So, when we have this sign, it is a strong indicator that we are about to undergo a deeper, more enhancing spiritual awakening.
Who am I?
Why am I here?
What is the purpose of my life?
Does my life have any apparent meaning?
Those aforementioned questions are all examples of questions that arise when we are faced with an existential crisis/es. Accordingly, this can manifest as a quarter, mid-life, and/or otherwise.
Plus, it is not uncommon to see through the facade of life and ponder deeper about its ultimate meaning(s). Perhaps it feels like no matter what we do, nothing quite feels the same. It is not that our fair share of activities have changed. We have.
Without a doubt, there could be any number of reasons both known and unknown that would explain why we spiritually awaken how we do and when. Yet, it is helpful to remember all happens in divine timing.
Typically, when you experience a lack of interest in activities you once found pleasurable, this can be defined as clinical depression, but the depression being discussed here is existential. It has everything to do with coming back to the awareness that we are not your thoughts, feelings, or body. We are awakening to the embodiment of meditation.
Remember, we, the real us that is, breakthrough at the moment in which everything seems to fall apart to our doom.
Pain and Suffering
Then again, nothing about spiritual awakening is easy. And while we might want to use meditation as a catalyst for spiritual awakening, we have already probably regretted our decision to forge such a path. Not because it was the wrong path but rather because it was the right one indeed.
In the heat of the moment, it can feel like we are out of vibration with our soul. And sometimes, to a certain extent, this may be true. Nevertheless, perhaps it is more our perception of what our pain and suffering symbolize.
Similarly, with meditation, we help ourselves when we give our secular experiences spiritual context. Pain and Suffering couldn’t possibly be in vain if we decide that it is in our best interest? If we allow our experiences to inform the notion we are being prepared to awaken to our best version yet, right?
Well, pain and suffering do not last. Eventually, the more we meditate on letting go of our attachment to pain, the more our pain subsides. Essentially, we are letting go of the ego and allowing the commencement of flow.
In the Dark
Speaking of dark night of the soul, life can look pretty darn gloomy when we awaken to the cries of our spirit. It seems like we are in an endless spiral or abyss of abject darkness and despair. But, this is an optical illusion. The belief that everything is working against us is the real darkness.
Despite this, most, if not all, of us go through a phase in which we don’t know where to turn. Some might turn to God. Others might turn to sex, drugs, or alcohol. There are infinitely many things that we can turn to cope and give our lives substance.
In my experience, my purpose has gradually become more transparent over time. This of course is a byproduct of trial and error. But, before we can expand on what the light in our life is, we must eliminate the darkness around from within.
Like meditation, the goal is for us to acquire patience. To clarify, we are non-judgmental acceptance and thereby must act accordingly.
After all, in an oasis of intensity or not, dusk is always darkest before dawn.
Seeing the Light
Which is more blinding to the naked, ahem, spiritual eye: the light or the darkness? Relax — there is no need to rush, stress, or answer for that mindful matter. Clearly, this is a rhetorical question.
Anyways, whenever we hit rock bottom in our lives, we must know that the only direction can be up. There is light at the end of the tunnel. And just how meditation oozes mindful tolerance, spiritual awakening ascends to a state of willful patience.
Life is getting better from here. It already has. There is a part of us that knows this. Yet, it gets buried in a sea of persistent, self-deceptive misinformation. Soon, we wake up to the reality that we have crafted this web of lies we think we might succumb to. Yet, just as we created the barriers, we can certainly destroy them in the same vein, to say the least.
As such, spiritual awakening is arguably more nonlinear than time. There is no telling when it will detonate in our lives. Just know that the closer we get to the end of the tunnel, the more we see what blinded us in hindsight: the light has been with us the whole time.
After all, we are the bomb, are we not?
Feeling Empty Inside
Yes, there are worse things than death, especially the pain we seemingly cannot leave behind or forget. However, the more important thing is acknowledging how feeling empty inside is just as triggering as feeling nothing but shards of pain.
In fact, some would argue that feeling nothing is worse than feeling everything all at once. Others might criticize that when we lose one sense, the others intensify. But, what if out of our pain, we developed a sixth sense that eventually restores our life much better than we left it?
Again, as unlikely as it seems, everything is possible even if very few things are probable. Just, to the best of our ability, we must be willing to embrace how we feel to transmute the empty feeling. To reiterate, even the worst can become better.
When we feel existentially number, it is a definitive sign that our old lie-fe is done. In other words, we see that the facade is just barely getting back. Thus, we open our eyes to see that life is for living and feeling more than alive. Despite how empty or dead we might feel inside, we are full of vibrant, healthy, radiant life.
What in God’s name did the ancient Greeks mean when they stamped the unexamined life as the equivalent of unworthy to live? Well, surely everyone deserves to live? Don’t we all have an inherent value tethered to our invaluable worth?
Yes. But, then again, that is beside the point. We cannot live if we are merely existing. Anyone can exist and worthily so but not everyone cultivates the willingness to live.
Why is that so? This type of living is a result of the examined life. It lacks mindful insight into the human condition, starting with the man or woman in the mirror. Who do we see? How do we see? Why and what does this reveal about us?
Above all, the unexamined life is the root of all existential crises. It is the soul’s way if saying, “I’ve had enough. Now it’s about time you listen and let me speak my truth even if my voice trembles or breaks!”
Rest assured, our spiritual awakening will bring us to a post in which we are the examined life. Indeed, we are to meditate in embracing our progress and accepting where we are at for the time being. Meanwhile, today is always the day to examine the intent behind our lives.
None of us are alone when we begin to question authority. It is our right to have questions and take a curious approach to life, spiritually and otherwise. However, in the beginning states of spiritual awakening, this might seem dauntingly abrupt. Perhaps we start ours as these modest, unassuming, loyal people who believe that most have good, if not great, intentions.
Then, we understand that nothing is off-limits. We gradually see that nothing is too powerful or omnipotent to be questioned. Quite frankly, it is not even remotely satanic to seek enlightenment or reason.
It is merely opening the mind up to the possibility of being wrong. As you can see, it is very probable that the life we have brought into is everything but the truth. Suddenly, we start to think for ourselves and stand out from the pack of wolves.
And while we might wonder if it is the world or is who is going crazy, know we are what is right with this world.
We don’t wake when we are trying to wake. We wake when we begin to question everything and let the spiritual awakening flow.
Troubles with Acceptance
Then again, it is elusive to feel acceptance when we feel as though nobody gets us. It is quite the alienating, ostracizing feeling. Basically, we want to share all our findings with others, only for them to shun us. For example, they might laugh, point their fingers, and/or ridicule our miraculous encounters.
It gives off the vibe of rejection. Also, it can influence us to sell ourselves short and believe that we are making less progress than we actually are. Biologically, this is human nature to embody a herd-like mentality. Spiritually, this is false evidence appearing real. In other words, we fear losing what once was arguably most prominent in our lives.
While it might seem as though others are rejecting us left and right, we are the original sin — not good or bad; just is. We are the trouble in acceptance.
This is likely due to our conditioning. We feel like our entire world revolves around the opinions of others.
But, to the contrary, we awaken to how these said words only have as much power as we allow.
Plus, meditation is all about prioritizing oneself above all else, leading by example, and accepting what we can control as well as what we can’t. Spiritual awakening is all about letting go of the process and being what works.
Indeed, worrying about others is a distraction. Focus is key to seeing life for what it is and accepting the outcome for what it’s worth.
Eyes Wide Open
In the end, most don’t know that their eyes are wide shut. They fail to differentiate the difference between eyes wide shut and eyes wide open? It is heavily implied that 95% of people are on auto-pilot and are thereby eyes wide shut. By extension, the 5% that can see their eyes wide open, are usually the most spiritual awake.
Yet, it is not that simple nor as black and white as some might hope. Matter of factly, eyes wide open and eyes wide shut are a spectrum detailing how spiritually awake or asleep we are. And, quite frankly, some wake up from waking up.
Accordingly, when we see through the veil of illusion and acknowledge how we have been blinded, that is when we lead with our eyes wide open. Again, more than strength or intelligence, it is more about the power of willingness. The ability to understand that life is too short to play rehearsal. It is the real deal.
Thus, when our eyes are wide open, we can finally see the spiritual awakening is being birthed inside. Consequently, we must wake up in our own timing if we are to see the truth.
I hope my article found y’all well and helped everyone understand what’s a spiritual awakening and how it contends with meditation. As always, to awaken is for the sleep to dissipate. When we meditate, we awaken to a paradise of clear vision.
Any thoughts, comments, or experiences? Would anyone like to share their insights? Are you spiritually awake?
Let me know in the comments section below.
P.S. For once and for all, isn’t being our most spiritually awakened life for the taking?