Are there symptoms of awakening? Does awaking relate to specific experiences or perceptions? Is there a way to tell if you are awakening or is it all just a mind game?
Spiritual awakening is the most essential thing in a man’s life, and it is the sole purpose of being. ― Kahlil Gibran
Many people believe that awakening is one of the main purposes of life. And many people have a desire to become more aware and more whole.
You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened. ―
Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening
Awakening spiritually changes perception. It is the ability to see and move beyond ordinary states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping. It is sometimes an immediate “Eureka” experience. But, it is more common to awaken in small incremental steps.
Awakening also involves our hearts. As we become more awake, we can access the virtues of the spirit. The virtues of the spirit are not goals, they are the higher values which are possible for each of the nine basic personality types. So, each type has its own path and own set of challenges.
What are the symptoms of spiritual awakening? They are different for everyone. In general, they are an awakening of the virtues of the spirit. These are gratitude, love, appreciation, serenity, joyfulness, happiness, thankfulness, blissfulness, and mindfulness. With these come the unintended consequences of the growth of conscience.
Many people desire the experience defined above, but don’t know to find it. So, it is often a choice between two different paths, Spirituality in Western Traditions and Eastern Traditions. There are two major paths that one may travel if seeking a spiritual awakening. Learn to choose the correct path and not be afraid to change it. Next, we’ll look at these two paths.
Spirituality in Western Traditions
The Western traditions are the Abrahamic religions. These are religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). They focus on doctrine and the afterlife. Doctrines are laws, rules, and guidelines telling us what we should value and believe. These systems do not concern themselves with exploring or developing awareness or consciousness.
Here, the symptoms are the demonstration of faith and belief. These manifest as talking in unknown languages, falling when prompted by the pastor or leader. There aren’t any processes or measurable techniques. It is all based on self-hypnosis and the submission to groupthink manipulation.
Spiritual Awakening of Eastern Traditions
The focus of Eastern Traditions is the development of consciousness and connection. These traditions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Animistic Indigenous Traditions. This contrasts with the concerns of the Abrahamic religions. Many Eastern traditions are the storehouses of ancient knowledge we call “spiritual technologies.” It is these traditions that have guarded the processes we call spiritual technologies.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration. They produce symptoms of spiritual awakening.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
Sadly, many people do not want to become awake. They don’t want to know what lies beyond the five senses. If you want to manifest the symptoms of spiritual awakening, then start practicing. Find someone to teach you one of the spiritual technologies.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia