Awakening Cosmic Eyes Open

Have You Experienced All 7 Types Of Spiritual Awakening?

A spiritual awakening feels like waking up each morning and remembering that you are alive—except you realize that you slept your whole life. Some people use the analogy of the Matrix. You realize that the world is not what you always thought it was, or what they told you it was, and is something completely different. An awakening can also happen from you realizing you, yourself are not who you thought you were. After the first spiritual awakening however, you may find that it isn’t the last one, and each awakening can be completely different.

While the list is likely longer and new awakening are still coming to Earth via energetic downloads, here is the list of the spiritual awakenings that stem from the mind and the heart that you may experience.

1. Suffering Triggers A Spiritual Awakening

Awakening Suffering

When it comes to sudden spiritual awakening, it is most commonly brought on by a traumatic experience that leads to intense suffering. It can be a car accident, passing of a loved one, or you own illness. The last one is very likely to trigger an awakening. It does not always happen, but when it does, then person changes their whole life because their perception has forever changed.

This is why you may notice that people who go through cancer or another life-threatening illness either let it drag them down or completely evolve into a new, happier person from the experience. After the initial shock and confusion, people in the second category think to themselves, “This is not what I want to see in life; this is not right.” Their view of the world instantly changes and so do they. This is a first type of a spiritual awakening that stems from the mind.

2. You Are Not Your Thoughts

The second spiritual awakening also comes from the mind, and it can onset suddenly when you realize that your thoughts are not who you really are. This can happen in meditation or even psychological work. When you hear your own thoughts, there is a second voice in your head that is analyzing your thoughts. By noticing this voice, you quickly realize that you are not your thoughts. You are also not your emotions, memories, or experiences. This understanding and questioning triggers a major awakening that start with a simple question, if I am not these things, then who am I?

3. Time Is An Illusion

We have all heard that time is an illusion, but this concept brings an actual awakening when it is felt. Many people say that time feels like it is speeding up the older we get. Yet, time, human understanding of time, is moving just the same. At the same time, some spiritual people have reported feeling like time is slowing down. Because the concept of time actually exists through human minds, if you can make you mind quiet and slow down, time will also slow down for you.

4. Awakening By Spiritual Practices

Awakening Meditation

Another way to awaken is though a daily spiritual practice. For example, if you meditate every day for an hour for a whole year, your mind may come to a state where you will start realizing the truths about life without other research and this can lead to an awakening. Same is true for having a daily yoga practice. The main reason these practices work is that they bring you to become aware of yourself and your surroundings, while most other people are simply sleepwalking through life. There is no exact timeline for an awakening through meditation or yoga. It may take shorter or longer depending on the person.

5. Understanding Nothingness

To an unawakened individual, the phrase “you are nothing” may seem like a terrible thing; but to an awakened one it is beautiful and freeing. People get attached to labels especially descriptive phrases such as; you are strong or weak, easy going or stubborn, social or quiet. But all of these are not you, they are characteristics that you have acquired in your life, mostly in childhood. You are not your memories, thoughts, emotions, or feelings; you are not even the “mind” that is analyzing it all. You are none of those things, so in the bigger picture you are nothing. But it is a paradox, you see, for by being nothing, we are also everything. Nothingness is the space for potential for any type of creation. As creators of everything, at its core we are nothing specific, we simply are.

6. Awakening of The Heart

As you start to awaken, a heart awakening will also likely take place. The first five spiritual awakening we discussed above were mental awakenings; the last two are heart awakenings.

The first way to awaken the heart is when you start caring for someone other than yourself. Seems easy enough, but this is not about loving your family members or a partner. Heart awakening brings immediate unconditional love for every stranger you meet even if they are very different from you.

One way to trigger this heart awakening is through eye gazing exercises. This exercise brings you to look into a stranger’s eyes without moving for a long period of time, some facilitators let the process continue for hours.

After doing this, most people feel like they have bonded with a person they just met and know nothing about, bonded on pure love and humanity. It can also deepen your own understating of who you are.

7. Feeling Connected To Everything That Is Alive

Awakening Oneness

The last spiritual awakening I would like to discuss on this list is another type of heart awakening, and it is when you come to a full understanding that you are connected to everything else.

When that happens, you will feel like hugging trees, observing ants, and saving flies at home instead of killing them. You will have love for every human, and you will see yourself in every single living creature.

There is no specific order to these spiritual awakening, nor is there a limit to how many you can have. Every awakening is like an upgrade to your being, your human experience.

Which spiritual awakenings—on this list or otherwise—have you already gone though?



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Katalina Aster

Katalina is a writer, community builder, and changemaker. Her journalism background, coupled with a passion for creating global change, allows her to write articles on a variety of cutting edge topics related to health, spirituality, higher consciousness, and human connection. Since childhood, a sequence of events and new beliefs all came together to open a new path for her. This led her to learning about astrology, crystal healing, metaphysics, numerology, Tarot readings and new age philosophies. Using these philosophies and knowledge, Katalina hopes to inspire others to find their way to happiness, loving conscious relationships, and feeling more connected to the universe.

3 Responses

  1. Aalok says:

    Have had 2/3 types of different experiences you describe. Though these were earth shaking when they happened, the effect seems to have more or less worn off. That is not to say there has been no progress. However the string impacts of these experiences is lost. How can I keep the learning fresh & have it impact my life ongoingly.

  2. V Panetta says:

    Wow! Very rare to come across this kind of commentary. Less than 95% of humanity have a clue what spirituality actually is about,…and currently, it’s likely that less than .2% of humanity have realized Heart Consciousnesss,…which can be associated with the 8th level of Spiral Dynamics,…those who have surrendered to the spiritual dimension underlying all form.

    You could have been clearer on point 4, Awakening By Spiritual Practices. Meditation is not a spiritual practice, but a mental practice that can reveal the spiritual.

    Those who have realized points 6 and 7 do not meditate. Siddhartha meditated, but what reason would Sakyamuni ever have for doing so?

    Historically, Siddhartha Gautama was near dead from meditation when a young girl named Sujata (likely a dakini) offered him some food (perhaps rice cooked in milk). Some say a state of appreciation filled him from this meal, and others as he recovered his physical strength, through a state of appreciation, he realized the nature of Dependent Origination from which suffering arises.

    I totally laugh every time I see an image of Buddha meditating,…other than the one where he is more bone than skin, almost dead.

    Hui Neng said that meditation is unnecessary, and warned that such practice can easily become a narcotic.

    “Do you think you can clear your mind by sitting constantly in silent meditation? This makes your mind narrow, not clear.” Lao-Tzu Huahujing

    “Free yourself from meditation, practice non-meditation” – Kyergangpa Chökyi Senge

    “The state of non-meditation is born in the heart….” Jigme Lingpa

    “The practice of meditation is represented by the three monkeys, who cover their eyes, ears and mouths so as to avoid the phenomenal world. The practice of non-meditation is ceasing to be the see-er, hearer or speaker while eyes, ears and mouths are fulfilling their function in daily life.” – Wei Wu Wei

    “If your purpose is to medicate dukkha,…then meditate. If your wish is bodhi,…practice absolute bodhicitta.” a Chan saying.

    “Meditation, yoga, or one of the many so-called spiritual activities has little to do with liberation from delusion, and everything do to with their desperation to escape busy, unhappy lives, and heartfelt longing for a healthy, stress-free, happy life” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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