Has your spiritual awakening already happened? See if these signs resonate with you.
“And once you are awake, you shall remain awake eternally. ” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
For those of you who are not familiar with the word spirituality, you might associate it with religious beliefs, but it isn't always related to religion. Whilst it tends to be glamourised with nice smelling incense sticks, Buddha shaped ornaments, singing bowls and shiny crystals - owning any of these objects does not make one spiritual. Being spiritual comes from within, and it isn't always pretty...
Contrary to popular belief, the most important spiritual growth doesn't happen when you're meditating or on a yoga mat. It happens when you're feeling frustrated and dissatisfied with life, when you're angry or scared that you're doing the same old thing, and then you suddenly realise that you have a choice to do it differently. When you make a conscious decision to escape the matrix of your mind, that is when your spirit starts to awaken.
It is only by awakening can you know the true meaning of that word. Many of us may have experienced a feeling of awakening but weren't quite sure what to call it - until now. Below are 7 signs that your spirit is awake :)
Sign #1: You feel comfortable with being alone
As someone who used to constantly have back-to-back plans with anyone and everyone, I hardly ever sat alone in my own thoughts or allowed myself the time to reflect on what I wanted in life. After coming out the other end of my spiritual awakening, alone time is now a huge priority of mine. Me time never felt so good!
The moment you realise that you no longer want to use other people as a means to distract yourself from loneliness, is also the moment your spirit steps into its awakening. You'll learn the difference between being alone and being lonely, and that life is too short to spend it in company that you do not enjoy.
Having a free diary doesn't necessarily mean you want to make plans with other people, even if it is with your loved ones. You have no problem spending time on your own, exploring your mind and getting to know your authentic self.
Sign #2: You start setting necessary boundaries
“Whatever you are willing to put up with is exactly what you will get.” — Unknown
You're at a point in your life where you're tired of unhealthy connections, whether it be people or things. As you've grown, certain things have become intolerable... a zero bullsh*t tolerance has become necessary.
When your spirit awakens, you begin to allow yourself distance from behaviours that do not contribute towards your growth. As you learn to love yourself more, your taste in people starts to change. You become mindful of who you associate with - it doesn't mean you think you're better than anyone, you just don't want to be around energies that drain you.
Sign #3: You stop taking other people’s actions personally
As someone who sets boundaries yourself, you are not offended when others do the same. You waste no time trying to point out other people's "flaws", because who are you to tell them how to live or behave? What people do has nothing to do with you. Whether people like you or not, you understand that people are the way they are due to their own beliefs and upbringing. Compliments are great and all, but you stop allowing the opinions and actions of others (good or bad) affect your worth - the only validation you need is your own.
You’re mindful of when you feel the need to prove yourself - especially when your loved ones don't fully understand your passion and alignment. You accept that the people around you won't always understand your journey - they don't need to, it's not for them. You stop over-explaining yourself and stand true to your own frequency. Your awakened soul has decided to stop giving people the power to lower your vibration.
Sign #4: You want to engage in deep meaningful conversations
Another sign that you are awakening is when you start to find nothing more stimulating than thought provoking conversations about life. Engaging in small talk can sometimes give you low key anxiety... What really gets you going is deep chats about people's inner feelings and their outlook on life. If a conversation gets honest, vulnerable or a bit weird (in a good way), you're totally down for it!
During small talk about mundane things, you're silently screaming "Shut up Deborah and show me the inner depths of your soul instead!" . But you're aware that deep topics about life philosophy might be too intense for some people, and being awake sometimes requires watering down your conversation so other people don't think you're an absolute lunatic...
Sign #5: You no longer resonate with your past self
"I have travelled through madness to find me." - Danny Alexander
There are times when you think, jeez was that really me?! You no longer resonate with the previous you, the version of you before you were awakened. But you love them for growing and doing their best at the time, they fought hard to get you where you are today. Being confused was where you began to learn, and your fears showed you what needed healing. Tapping into those feelings in the midst of conflict was the best decision you had ever made.
Materialistic things no longer impress you, kind souls do. The new you now responds rather than reacts - you knew you were on the right path when you started feeling peace in situations where you would normally feel tension. You are now able to see your parents as people who have their own unresolved trauma and no longer feel resentful towards any mistakes they may have made. Your priorities in life have changed and you let go of any old ways of thinking that do not serve you.
Sign #6: You notice that your self-awareness has heightened
You suddenly have a strong urge to find your purpose in life! It is very common in the early stages of awakening to have the impulse to want to save others and the world, however as your consciousness expanded you began to see the interconnectedness of all things. You now recognise that you transform the world by transforming yourself.
Becoming aware of yourself and noticing your thought pattens is the highest sign of an awakened soul. You used to believe that being spiritual means being positive, but now know that being spiritual means being conscious and aware. Consciousness includes both positive and negative emotions, accepting all situations as they are. You've learned that being aware isn’t about knowing all of the answers, it’s about being comfortable with not knowing, resting in uncertainty.
Sign #7: You trust that there is something out there guiding you
"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." – Carl Gustav Jung
And lastly, now that you've awakened to your life, you are deeply curious about the world around you, even when things get tough. The question "why is this happening to me?" has become "what is this trying to teach me?". You find lessons in every situation and refuse to let your ego victimise you. Everything you go through is part of your growth, to learn and become who you were meant to be.
When people refer to "the universe" in a spiritual sense, you now know that they are referring to some sort of higher power, as you have felt guidance from this power yourself. You decide to be the energy that you want to attract, and you take opportunities whenever you see them, working together with the universe and its guidance. However, you also know that what belongs to you will always find a way to flow into your life, so you look out for signs to let go of anything that isn't yours.
You felt gratitude when you found out that your healing journey was the path home to yourself, and realised that you have always been on your spiritual journey, you just weren't aware of it yet.
Have you experienced any of these signs? I'd love to know!
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