Spiritual awakening is a state of enlightenment; everyone going down the path of spiritual enlightenment will undergo similar experiences of growth.
by Helen E. Williams,
As with most things involving spirituality, the phenomenon of spiritual enlightenment or awakening doesn’t have a clear and concise definition.
We describe it as a highly complex and rich phenomenon that involves reaching a certain degree of understanding of life, oneself, and our reason to be — among various other things.
When people undergo spiritual enlightenment, they experience a change within themselves. Although everyone has their own unique experiences, there are some common elements that we all share.
Many of our perceptions have been distorted, such as the illusions created by our society, the state, consumerism, etc..
Spiritual enlightenment has strong, direct, spiritual implications and is a result to being more aware of one’s spirituality and the ability to see past these illusions or fallacies.
The following are some of the changes we all experience as we go through this state of major transformation.
Are you on a path of spiritual enlightenment? Have you achieved it already?
1. Revisiting Childhood and Parental Relationships
All people that undergo a huge spiritual transformation revisit their early years of life. Healing our childhood’s traumas is a vital requirement for deep healing.
Since we especially develop in our first years of life, any possible trauma greatly affects our perception of life and other related things.
In order to have a more accurate perspective on life and a better understanding of this reality, we must reexamine the basic notions upon which we have built our world on, in our early years of life.
Moreover, we have to develop healthier and stronger relationships with our families and, especially, with our parents, who have played such a huge role in what we have become today.
Just by attempting to heal old wounds or repair damaged relationships, one exhibits intense growth and maturity, which is a crucial aspect to one’s awakening. This will, inevitably, lead to spiritual enlightenment.
2. Treading Uncharted Territories
While growing up, we tend to build a life that is equivalent to a bubble. However, it is unhealthy to stay within that bubble, as it severely limits our experience of the world.
We all have to take that first step in venturing into the unknown and make a place for ourselves in the world.
Once we start to explore the world and stop confining ourselves within our comfort zones, we star growing in previously unimagined ways, and this is one of the necessary steps we must take in order to experience true awakening.
3. Understanding and Eliminating Dysfunctional Relationships
Many people, despite being aware, stay within their dysfunctional relationships and try to find justification for their decisions.
This habit of deceiving your own self negates growth and perpetuates other dysfunctional habits in your life. Being surrounded by positive influences is extremely important, as we tend to absorb more than we can imagine from our interactions with those around us.
The ability to distinguish unhealthy relationships is a huge part of your awakening and using the newly acquired understanding — by eliminating these unhealthy relationships — helps you in achieving spiritual enlightenment.
4. Being Aware of the Gift that is Health
A vast majority of people don’t understand the blessing of a good health — physical, mental and social. Most of us only understand this important gift when our health starts to deteriorate and, for the first time in our lives, we understand that health is priceless.
Those of us who understood the significance of health and actively make an effort towards maintaining it (by exercising, eating healthy, and so on), are a part of a minority.
This realization is a huge step for those moving towards spiritual enlightenment.
5. Developing the Ability to Learn Perpetually
There are people, although small in numbers, who are always looking to learn something new from their experiences and interactions.
Such people have a desire to better comprehend the complexities of life and the world around them. Therefore, they seek knowledge and are open to learn new things, simply because it brings them pleasure and a sense of fulfillment.
Learning, in itself, is an evolutionary process – one that complies with the nature of our life. Only those who are willing to learn and possess a burning desire to create their own educated perspectives will head closer towards attaining enlightenment.
6. Exuding Positivity
Many people are subject to self-sabotage and they practice self-defeatist practices and beliefs that only impede with their own growth.
One of the most important steps towards becoming spiritually aware is the realization that thoughts and emotions are very powerful.
A person that is completely engulfed in negativity will never be able to experience happiness or joy, no matter how beautiful their lives may be.
Those who can be true to themselves and seek joy in their experiences, can truly attain spiritual enlightenment.
7. Understanding the Significance of Life
Ask people about their jobs and most will tell you just how much they hate it.
If you value your career so much and you think that your work is what defines you, then why not, at least, choose something that you love doing?
Unfortunately though, most people choose to work in stressful environments that deprive them of creativity or joy, and their sole motivation to continue is the next paycheck. Pursuing money and choosing a career on those basis, usually leads to everything else but joy.
Instead, you should understand that no matter what you choose to do, as long as you make an honest effort and your work brings you pleasure, money will always come.
Those who have understood what the truly important things are, and actively seek joyous experiences in their work and personal lives, are the ones who have developed enough understanding to move towards spiritual enlightenment.
This article first appeared on DreamcatcherReality.com and has been republished with permission.