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Spiritual awakening is experienced as a transformative journey in which people realize their true nature. They experience a profound connection to universal reality. In terms of Advaita, a Vedic philosophy of non-dualism, it is about breaking the illusion of separate identity and realizing the essence of being. In this blog post, I explore with you the different aspects of spiritual awakening. Together, let’s shed light on the stages, symptoms, and challenges.
What is the definition of spiritual awakening?
A journey to realization is what you might call it. It is often said that spiritual awakening is a process in which we detach from the limitations of the ego and connect with transcendent consciousness. It is said to be a state of heightened awareness that enables us to transcend duality and realize the oneness of all being. But what does it mean in concrete terms? You will not find a uniform definition anywhere, because awakening is not only described in terms of Advaita. Here, however, it is only about that – how you can experience Oneness.
Phases of spiritual awakening
Spiritual awakening often goes through different phases. From initial confusion and disorientation to the integration of awakening into everyday life. Each phase has its own challenges and gifts that shape us on the path to enlightenment. Many people will tell you this. In terms of Advaita, there are no phases of awakening. According to Papaji, there are people who understand his message and those who do not. Okay, that doesn’t really help you grasp what it is. But phases are not.
Symptoms of spiritual awakening
During spiritual awakening, no one can really tell you what you will experience. On the one hand, it depends on what experiences are stored in your body that will be released by staying in silence, what comes to the surface. On the other hand, there are already unmistakable signs that this is happening to you. The feeling of being bathed in love, of radiating from within, of being without expectation, of accepting life as it is and being grateful. And now comes the crowning moment. If you follow a true master, he will help you unfold that without you having to make any effort, that you will experience those qualities. They unfold all by themselves….
Spiritual Awakening Test
There is no universal test for spiritual awakening, as it is a very personal experience. However, there are certain questions and self-reflections that can help us recognize and reflect on our own spiritual progress. Do you recognize yourself in the symptoms that are under the last heading? They could be signs that you’re in the middle of it.
Spiritual awakening and depression
Sometimes spiritual awakening can be accompanied by periods of depression. This can be due to old beliefs and identities being dissolved, which can lead to a temporary emptiness. It is important to seek support during this process and maintain your own practice of self-inquiry, regular yoga, and breathing exercises such as the 9 Circles of Enlightened Life.
Testimonials on spiritual awakening
Testimonials from other people who have already walked the path of spiritual awakening can inspire and provide guidance. These personal stories reflect the diversity of experiences and help us understand that we are not alone. However, Sri Ramana Maharshi always emphasizes the importance of quickly forgetting all the explanations and experiences of others. Nevertheless, an experience – for example, the experience of awakening can look like this:
In satsang this morning at the retreat, I saw the narrowness of: “I want…., I lack…, I need….”, then there was a shift, the: “I want…, I lack…, I need…”, was suddenly gone and there was only Being. That was an unbelievable liberation. The “I” with its longings, wanting, feeling inferior is an inconceivable prison, I could perceive that. Afterwards I had to cry a lot. Probably something was released. I am very grateful for that and for Satsang, the truth and the incredible mystery that is connected with it. Thank you. With love Claudia
There are testimonials elsewhere here on the site. For example, you can watch the experiences of different participants in these videos. Or read about what participants experience at a retreat in this blog post.
How can you trigger spiritual awakening?
Although spiritual awakening is an individual process, there are certain practices and approaches that can assist us in facilitating this awakening. From meditation practices to inner reflection, there are various ways to expand awareness and deepen one’s spiritual journey. In Advaita, we do not speak of a path, nor does Madhukar recommend methods. He tirelessly directs you again and again to apply self-inquiry with the question, “Who am I?” To trigger it, I recommend you find someone you trust who is already where you want to be. Here you will find the current dates where you can meet Madhukar in retreat.
The emptiness of spiritual awakening
Formless Being is sometimes referred to as emptiness. This emptiness is confused by some with the emptiness one can experience as a human being when one cannot experience connectedness. It is a state of the nervous system in which we are cut off from everything. We are not talking about this emptiness here. Nevertheless, it is possible then that your experience is that this emptiness will come up because it will surface when it says goodbye. However, this is only temporary. For the emptiness that reveals itself to you in spiritual awakening is filled with joy of life, consciousness, freedom and words can hardly describe it. I recommend you to have the experience yourself, for example in a retreat with Madhukar.
Explanation of Spiritual Awakening
Spiritual awakening can be described as a shift in consciousness in which we give up our identification with the limited ego and recognize ourselves as timeless, universal beings. It is a state of oneness in which all separation is dissolved. Even the word state is still too limiting for this.
Spiritual Awakening and Insomnia & Despair
During spiritual awakening, there may be insomnia and despair. The increased energy and dissolving of old belief systems can cause temporary restlessness, or there is just so much energy that you have a hard time getting to sleep. It is important to take good care of yourself, share concerns (if you have company), and otherwise trust what is being revealed.
The gift of love in spiritual awakening
Spiritual awakening allows us to realize the deep connectedness to all life and experience unconditional love. Love becomes the driving force in our lives, and compassion and acceptance become central aspects of our existence. What could be more beautiful than being that love?
Dealing with sadness during spiritual awakening
Spiritual awakening can be accompanied by times of sadness, when old wounds and emotions come to the surface to be healed. It is important to be aware of these feelings and meet them with compassion as we continue on our path of spiritual development.
My conclusion on spiritual awakening
Spiritual awakening, in the Advaita sense, is a profound journey to the realization of one’s true nature beyond the limited ego. It passes through seemingly different stages, marked by challenges and gifts. Although each path is unique, symptoms may include heightened sensitivity, all-encompassing love, and deepened intuition. Depression, emptiness, and sadness can be temporary companions, but they also serve as gateways to deeper understanding and growth. Through the awakening of unconditional love and the recognition of the oneness of all being, the true essence of spiritual awakening is revealed.
Who writes here?
Hi, I’m Shivani
Blogger and podcaster at Madhukar Enlighten Life. I’ve known Madhukar since 2004 and am doing what I can to help this important message of happiness reach a whole lot of people.
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