Spiritual awakening is hard
I mean, really hard. There’s a lot of content out there that makes it sound like rainbows and butterflies coupled with a delicious feeling of oneness, but generally, most of us are curled in the fetal position feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and unable to cope.
There is an underlying sense of synchronicity about it all. You know that something big is happening to you, but you don’t know what, and you definitely can’t explain it. You might be experiencing moments that are high – a spiritual elation, psychic or spiritual experiences, a sense of love or oneness or a strong sense of purpose… but it dips away again and you are left in the darkness, beating yourself up and wondering why you just can’t get through this more gracefully like everybody else.
Well, let’s bust that myth, because I don’t know anyone who has moved through the awakening process with total ease and grace (or rainbows and butterflies for that matter). Even the likes of Mother Theresa and Carl Jung went through awakenings that involved a lot of darkness.
We’re all just moving through our ‘stuff’, shedding the darkness that is no longer true to us, and revealing our divinity. Be gentle with yourself, and accept the fact that a transformation this spectacular means that being a bit of a hot mess sometimes is par for the course. You’re not alone in that, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with where you are right now.
Lets take a look at the 3 main reasons why your spiritual awakening is completely overwhelming:
Okay, first things first. When we begin to awaken, ALL of our sensitivities become heightened. We’ve been opened up and super highly sensitized on purpose – it ensures that we FEEL in order for us to HEAL. It helps us become aware of feelings that we might have been hiding from for lifetimes.
Recurrent themes and patterns that may have plagued us through the ages rise up once more – highly charged and full of intensity (because we’ve dealt with them so many times) which can be really frightening, confusing and hard to deal with. Know that although they may be powerful and overwhelming right now, that you’re here to heal them once and for all, and when you do they’ll finally be gone forever.
Now that our emotional sensitivity is heightened, we begin to get triggered. We start to pick up on other people’s ‘stuff’. We unwillingly feel their feelings and take on their aches and pains automatically without conscious choice. We might even begin picking up icky vibes from places or things too. This can make watching the news, tv or films too painful to bear as we experience the emotions connected to those involved.
This leaves us intensely feeling other people’s feelings (because of our heightened sensitivity) and unable to shake it because of our heightened empathy. In fact it can in some cases make social interaction practically unbearable. Rest assured though, that as with our heightened emotions it is happening on purpose.
Being in contact with other people, places and things is triggering these emotions and feelings in us so that we’ll heal our own ‘stuff’. It stops us from being able to run away from uncomfortable emotions and ensures that they get completely released and healed.
Another natural part of awakening is the opening and heightening of our psychic senses. This means that we’re going to be seeing, feeling, sensing or hearing spiritual things that we weren’t before. It could range anywhere from a hunch or an intuitive feeling to a full blown spiritual experience that is so profound it completely knocks us off of our feet. Usually we’re not prepared for what we are about to experience and this can lead to confusion, doubt or even a sense of madness.
When I went through my own awakening, the spiritual and physical world began to confusingly blur together and it made keeping my feet on the ground in a steady, structured reality extremely difficult. These are natural experiences too, designed to elevate our consciousness and awaken us to the truth that there is more than what we see with our conscious eyes.
These are all absolutely and totally normal. Our empathy is heightened so that we are ‘triggered’ by other people’s stuff. Our emotions are heightened to help us feel the issues that are rising to the surface to be healed and cleared. We have spiritual experiences and a strong awareness of energy and vibes because our psychic senses have been opened (to help us connect to higher realms). This is all normal.
However, sometimes it gets out of hand. I know because it happened to me too. Let’s take a look at the signs we get when our awakening is ungrounded.
Signs your awakening is ungrounded:
Anxiety or panic
Feeling completely overwhelmed
Emotional breakdown or being unable to cope with the intensity of feelings
Physical breakdown – sweating, aches and pains, brain fog or fatigue
Mental health concerns – psychosis, mystical madness (or a fear that you’re going mad)
Psychic intrusion – seeing, hearing, or feeling spiritual things at inappropriate times, being frightened or disturbed by what you experience or psychic and physical worlds blurring together confusingly
These are not only signs that your awakening is ungrounded – they’re not necessary parts of the journey either. Fortunately I learned that these challenges can be changed and awakening can be made much easier by simply grounding our energies.
How To Ground Yourself
You must be really careful in grounding yourself during spiritual awakening as there are many grounding techniques that can actually be ungrounding as a result of our extremely heightened sensitivity.
We want to avoid further stimulating these energies or opening ourselves up further as this will only speed up the process and exacerbate the signs we are experiencing. It can open us much further than we are currently prepared for or able to physically handle.