Enhance your Spiritual Awakening and transform your life with these episodes on Personal Growth and Spiritual Growth. Spiritual Awakening with WFM (William Fergus Martin) explores topics like; forgiveness, self love, shadow work, self empowerment, self help and serving the greater good.
Many of us nowadays are going through a Spiritual Awakening, but we may not recognize this for what it is. In this episode, let’s explore some of the different aspects of life which can comprise a Spiritual Awakening and, if you are finding it challenging, how you can make your experience more graceful – and more pleasant.
Sometimes a Spiritual Awakening may happen when we are engaged on some form of recognisable “spiritual” activity such as meditation, yoga, or on retreat. Yet, often an Awakening may be working its way into our daily life via the things we enjoy; or the very things which trouble us the most. A spiritually uplifting event can be a joyful experience; such as the transcendent beauty of a flower, or other aspect of nature, or it can be when we are inspired by the teaching of some spiritual teacher. However, it can also come to us through people or events we find difficult or challenging. The experiences of life, some of which pain us so much like rejection, separation, divorce, loneliness, and so on, can assist our spiritual awakening when we learn to see them in a different way and learn to handle them differently. This is because such things push us beyond ourselves to discovering a larger more encompassing sense of self.
A Spiritual Awakening can be very dramatic, sudden and short, such as an NDE (Near Death Experience) usually is; or it can be subtle and happen over a long period of time. Once we have had such spiritual experience, it may take type for us to be able to integrate this into our daily life. We may find it challenging to relate to the people we know and the life we lived before. For example, people who have had NDE’s report that it come sometimes take them a few years to integrate the experience. When the awakening is more gradual it is probably more easy to integrate. The key is to not focus so much on how you now different from other people or how you were before; but to focus on how you are able to share love with others and how you are able to be helpful towards others.
What is a Spiritual Awakening? A Spiritual Awakening is when a person begins to become aware of the spiritual aspect or inner side of themselves. They may have spent most of their life, so far, going in a particular direction and then realize that there is much more to life than they previously thought. This can cause the person to completely re-evaluate their life and to make very different choices about their life-path and in their career. This process is sometimes referred to as self actualization or becoming self actualized, because it means that you are discovering your true self and “actualizing” that self by making it part of you life.
For some the outer changes may be dramatic; for others the outer changes may be subtle and hardly noticeable, but a deep inner change takes place. They may do the same things as before, but with a very different orientation. They may find themselves wanting to do more to help others and not being so concerned about personal gain. They become less self absorbed, less self interested and taking much more interest in the well-being of others.
Some may find that the traditional values they grew up with a real help in their Spiritual Awakening; others may find these a real barrier and want to be free of them. However, at such times we need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater and look deeper into traditional values as there may be some treasure there.
The main things about a Spiritual Awakening is that we begin to be motivated by the impulses, thoughts and feelings arising from a deeper and wiser part of ourselves than we are accustomed too. We need time to adjust to the new sense of values which arise with this new sense of self. We might want to immediately quit our current job; but that might not be the wise thing to do – unless we have some well considered alternatives. When going through a Spiritual Awakening it is usually best to give things a bit of time to settle before we make any radical changes. Radical changes may be necessary, but usually they can wait a few weeks at least so that we can get our affairs in order.
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