5 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening
By: Jim Tolles
1. All I Feel and Want to Feel Is Love
It’s beautiful. You feel like love. You feel love for everyone. You want to give love to everyone, and you feel like you can receive love from everyone. This isn’t a sexual or romantic thing, although that’s certainly not precluded. Because it’s also not just an airy, platonic idea. You really feel love on multiple levels. Some of the people who come to me describe it as love just bursting out through their chests or like there’s all this energy running up and down their spines and through their bodies. It’s an intense thing to unlock the high voltage highway of love inside of us, and it really is unconditional. When you’re in the fullness of an awakened moment, you love everyone despite how awful someone may be towards you and others in the world.
2. A Deep Sense of Calm, Peace, or Serenity
Another sign of a spiritual awakening can be a profound sense of calm or peace. Often we move back and forth from this calm into the old fearful ego mind for a while, but as we continue to choose the truth of our love, the calmness grows. The inner waters that fear, anger, shame, guilt, and so forth have been constantly disturbing start settling down. Each time something gets agitated again, it becomes even easier to see what it is as this inner peace expands. With that peace comes greater clarity, which I mention next. In the combination of love, peace, and clarity, you begin to realize some of the depth of your errors as well as the expansiveness of your talents. This naturally encourages changes, which may seem to arise on their own (This is why you see so many long spiritual awakening symptoms lists about food changes, sensitivities, and so forth. These are secondary spiritual awakening signs–without the primary ones I’m listing, it may not actually be an awakening).
3. A Profound Sense of Clarity
Coming with all this love is typically a profound sense of clarity. Life may be awash with love, but you also can more clearly perceive what is kind and what is unkind. This level of clarity can take on surprising levels of sensitivity for many people. Some of you may suddenly discover how poorly refined sugar makes you feel. You start to realize how consuming it is not in integrity with loving your body. The clarity also tends to grow as you engage with it further, and as I mentioned earlier, a need to take action generally arises to let go of any thing, habit, or relationship that does not serve you while stepping into work and new connections that honor the path you’ve chosen. To deny this sense of clarity, tends to bring a great deal of confusion, apathy, and upset feelings. For more on that, you might check out this blog post:
Post-Awakening Challenges: The Lost Gray World of Apathy
4. Loss of the Desire/Need for External Elements to Bring Happiness
When most of the world is operating through the concept of needing external things to make us feel good, it can be quite shocking to suddenly need nothing. Some people go through intense phases of giving away lots of stuff because suddenly you realize how lots of things burden and clog up your life. This may be initially strange to some of you, but as you relax into this space, it simply feels good to not need anything and to get rid of things. To find all your love inside of you as well as discovering how interconnected you are to the loving consciousness of the universe naturally dissolves away this illusion that we need relationships, jobs, vacations, and so forth to make us feel happy. Love is already here, and it makes everything so much brighter.
5. Abiding Awareness
Finally, the most important aspect of how I define spiritual awakening is that it abides. It is here 24/7. You can’t get away from it because it is you. Even if you try denying it, you can still feel that awareness alive and moving through you. For those who have profound spiritual openings, they can last a few hours or days, but then the window closes. You’re right back where you were. Now, make no mistake about it, we can do a lot to avoid embracing an awakening even as it is moving and abiding within us. To cling to illusions and lies when the truth of our love is erupting brings all kinds of suffering. So I really don’t recommend it. And why do you think these lies will satisfy you after tasting the truth?
But truly we are a society lost in deep delusion, so this happens. All I can say is to encourage you once again to let go. Let go into the flood of love that’s unleashed. Engage with each dam that comes up to stop this flow, and trust the dissolving of that blockage. This awareness is here to stay, and with loving attention, it starts to grow and swell as your life is re-shaped in the image of love.