What Does it Mean to Experience Spiritual Awakening and Self Consciousness?

Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where to go.

Hmm, what a powerful statement!

This captures what most of us are feeling right now or have felt. That must have been the feeling G.I Gurdjieff had when he sat down to write this statement. 

Sometimes, the search for the known and unknown evokes a feeling of restlessness within us, thoughts that we’ve never really given thought to gradually creeps in.

Our heart begins to search for answers then there is a shift in our mental framework.

Boom!

It feels like it’s suddenly coming to us – just like gradually seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

This might just be the beginning of a feeling of SPIRITUAL AWAKENING and SELF CONSCIOUSNESS that we crave.

Spiritual awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.

Awakening means you’ve come home to yourself, that consciousness shifted back to its original nature.

Maria Erving

That is a beautiful feeling. A feeling of self-realization for You. For me. For all of us. 

I would say that Spiritual Awakening and Self Consciousness are closely intertwined.

We can consciously say that there is a relationship between them because Self Consciousness is the Genesis of our evolutionary journey into Spiritual Awakening. 

According to the spiritual author, Shannon Kaiser,

Spiritual awakenings can be spontaneous, but for most, they are triggered by major life changes or traumas such as life-threatening illnesses, car accidents, divorces, war, pandemics, quarter-life or midlife crises, mental health crises such as clinical depression or anxiety, or even a near-death experience. 

Shannon kaiser

Spiritual Awakening is a call to Consciousness, a reawakening of the mind, a feeling of enlightenment.

It calls for us to realign our thought process.

Like Bev Janisch said, “It’s an invitation to let go of who we are not, in order to uncover who we are meant to become”.

Spiritual awakening involves moving beyond your limited reality and gaining a broader and clearer perspective.

When you make the shift to a higher level of consciousness, you become more aware of reality as it exists beyond the confines of the self.

A dock under an evening sky right before a water body.
(Pixabay)

Many times, Spiritual Awakening is triggered by life-changing events (loss of a loved one, failures, traumatic experience).

While for others, it might be a gradual shift in their thoughts or feelings.

While it may not be easy transitioning into this phase of Awakening, it is well worth the effort to start the process, as it will improve your goals, attributes, relationships, and your attitude towards life in general. 

Usually, unnerving Questions like, “Who am I?” “What is my purpose here on earth?” “Am I fulfilling Purpose?” can come to mind.

But fear not, it’s all good because it will do you a whole lot of good.

A certain quote says,

The reason people awaken is because they have finally stopped agreeing to things that insult their soul. 

So, it is important that we come to a place of peace and understanding.

Sometimes, we consciously or unconsciously slip into the state of Spiritual Awakening. Some signs point to this Spiritual Awakening, some of which are:

  1. Observing your patterns – In the Genesis of Spiritual Awakening, one begins to notice certain patterns, habits, routines and the impact it has in life. You may want to be careful while doing this, in order not to gear towards self-criticism. You may find yourself asking questions like: Why do I get angry often? Why do I spend so much money?
  2. Re-evaluation of your thoughts and beliefs – When this happens, you become motivated to restructure the way you think, the way you act, the people you communicate with. Generally, your approach to thinking about life may change.
  3. Transformation of habits and routines – Once our thoughts and beliefs are reevaluated, our mindset is gradually transformed resulting in a change of our habits, routines, and the way we get things done.
  4. Finding inner peace – The feeling of deliberate peace of mind, happiness, and contentment usually comes upon one, who is spiritually awakened. That is calmness even in the face of impending or happening stress. Inner peace doesn’t mean that things will always go well.
  5. Increased sense of awareness – you become more sensitive mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and in several other areas. Even without being told about certain situations, you are quick to get tuned in.
  6. Feeling of disconnection – During spiritual Awakening, you may sometimes feel detached or far from people or things, want to have self-time. It’s all normal, never let anyone make you feel like you are unusual. It happens to even the best of us!
  7. Heightened connection – While some people may at first feel disconnected from people and things they used to enjoy. Some might gradually feel more connected to people, things, and even the universe.

To trigger your Spiritual Awakening, these activities are recommended:

  • Meditate
  • Spend time with people
  • Slow down
  • Be happy!

Remember, just like Victor Shamas said,

We are all equally capable of spiritual awakening. It may not seem that way, at times. Some of us are so caught up in the drama of our day-to-day existence that we have lost track of who we really are. But eventually, all of us will make the discovery of our true nature.

victor shamas

So don’t ever doubt that you can share in this beautiful feeling too.

Now having being introduced to Spiritual Awakening, let’s take a walk to Self-consciousness.

Self Consciousness is a gradual process or increased sense of awareness of one’s self (thoughts and actions).

Self Consciousness develops as a result of our interactions with people, societal rules, and expectations. It can be inward (based on your inner feelings) or outward (based on people’s beliefs of you).

Feeling of self-consciousness may occur when you realize that you are being watched, observed, or judged, the feeling that “everyone is looking.”

Some of us are more self-conscious than others and can have associated unpleasant feelings. 

When you are self-conscious, not only do you make your anxiety symptoms worse, but you make it harder to be aware of what is going on around you.

This can cause you to think that other people are judging you negatively; in reality, they likely aren’t paying attention at all.

Being self-conscious can result in shyness, low self-esteem, decreased confidence, jealousy, anxietydepression, or paranoia; emotions that are unhealthy for us, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Once you become self-conscious, there is no end to it; once you start to doubt, there is no room for something else.

Dew drops on colourful flowers.
(Anthony / Pexels)

You might be thinking, 

I know who I am!

Yes, you know who you are, but there are questions, thoughts, and actions that can trigger your feelings like never before.

Remember that we are always growing, changing, becoming, so we must constantly be curious about who we are, our thoughts, patterns, and actions. 

And that is why we must develop Healthy Self Consciousness.

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You must simply do things. 

Ray Bradbury

As individuals, we must learn to cultivate the habit of healthy self-consciousness. Health is wealth. We can only be successful and outstanding if we encourage and live positivity. 

First, we need to admit to ourselves that we have been living an unhealthy life by being self-conscious in a negative way.

When that happens, we experience a feeling of spiritual awakening and embark on a new journey, which may be rocky and filled with obstacles but we become aware that we are taking steps to happiness even though it may not look so.

As Kanye West said, “We all self-conscious. I am just the first to admit it.”

Secondly, you need to realize that others don’t care and you must not let their judgment of you weigh you down.

According to C.S Lewis, “Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you’re making.” When you make mistakes, don’t treat them like it is the end of the world because it isn’t.

Don’t allow others to determine who you are or what you want. You can learn from others but don’t aspire to be like others. Be yourself. Because those people also have their imperfections and that is what makes them perfect. Be proud of yours too and own it.

The great Lao-Tzu once said,

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.

lao-tzu

Healthy self-consciousness can have several benefits.

Pride helps people work hard for accomplishments. Having confidence boosts self-esteem. Having self-esteem helps perform better at work and school and take on new challenges.

You do your best work when you are not constantly conscious of yourself. 

In conclusion, Spiritual Awakening and Healthy Self Consciousness will help you discover your true, inner self and maybe just the motivation to take you to greater heights!

I have loved this quote from Marianne Williamson since I first heard it in the movie, Akeelah and the Bee. 

We are all meant to shine, as children do… It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

You can try it out today and see the wonder that it brings! 🙂

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References

  1. Sarah Regan,21 Signs You’re Going Through A Spiritual Awakening + How To Embrace It. Available at: Spiritual Awakening: 21 Signs, Stages & Starting The Process (mindbodygreen.com) 
  2. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Self Consciousness. Available at: Self-Consciousness (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
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