Side Effects of Spiritual Awakening — Growth of Conscience

The Truth About Spiritual Awakening Symptoms and Signs

Some signs of spiritual awakening are surprising.  Some call them as unwanted side effects.  Maybe you should know what they are before you decide to awaken?

When we awaken, it expands both awareness and consciousness. The growth of consciousness opens up your conscience, your heart.  This creates new opportunities.  What will you do with greater awareness?  What choices will you make?

When we are children, we want to be grown-ups.  We think it will be better.  Then, when we grow up, we realize we should have enjoyed our childhood innocence more.  It’s similar with spiritual development.  We want to develop our full potential, and we want to explore other realms of consciousness.  But, we don’t expect all the changes it will make.

Signs of Spiritual Awakening

We learn that with increased growth comes increased responsibility.  It’s good to know what to expect on our spiritual journey. The Growth of consciousnesses and conscience are linked.  (1)  The mechanisms of the mind on which they operate are complex, but how they manifest is practical.

If you are unconscious, you have zero awareness.  If you are conscious and awake, you perceive the details of your environment.  Consciousness, awareness, and conscience grow and decrease at roughly the same rates.

You experience more when you are more aware.  Thankfully, consciousness and conscience grow at the same rate, which gives you better control over the emotional impact of these changes.

If you have a conscience, you will show kindness and compassion without regard for who or what is involved.  Your actions will be free of harmful prejudice.  If you don’t have a conscience, you are narcissistic and self-centered.  Your actions are ruled by negative bias and prejudice.

“This new large-scale spiritual awakening is occurring primarily not within the confines of the established religions, but outside of those structures. Some of it, however, is also happening within the existing churches and religious institutions wherever the members of those congregations do not identify with rigid and exclusive belief systems whose unconscious purpose is to foster a sense of separation on which the egoic mind structures depend for their survival.” — Eckhart Tolle

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Spiritual Awakening Symptoms and Signs

“At precisely the point when you begin to develop a conscience, you must find yourself at war with society.” ― James Baldwin

Is it good to see more?  It depends.  To see the world “as it is,” it can be shocking.  Thankfully, we see the beauty we may have missed, but we also see things we would rather not.  When we see what is going on, we are more aware of bias, injustice, and prejudice.

The growth of conscience is an exciting development for many people, but this growth can be one of those unexpected spiritual awakening symptoms and signs.  Conscience is a constant reminder of what needs to be done, and it never sleeps.

“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

Now, we can no longer ignore the misuse of the planet.  Our conscience involves our heart, and the natural response is empathy for all living things.  The growth of consciousness results in the growth of conscience.  Therefore, we must align our thinking with our conscience, or we run into a dilemma.  We’ll talk more about this when we discuss the options we have when encounter these opportunities.  First, let’s talk about fear.

This expansion of awareness often brings up our mortal far of death, existential fear.  Some early philosophers call it the dark night of the soul.  We can trace the origins of this term to the 16th-century and the poem entitled “The Dark Night” by mystic poet, Roman Catholic St. Paul of the Cross. He was a Carmelite friar and a priest of Spanish origin.

Our existential fear forces us to face the implications of our physical demise.  It comes up when you awaken.  This is one area that your new awareness needs to sort out.  It may not be the spiritual awakening symptoms and signs you were hoping for when you took that course in Kundalini Yoga.  You didn’t expect the practice of meditation to open your heart.

Additional information allows us to identify and remove roadblocks to our development.  If we act on this new data, we can positively impact ourselves and the world.  Each of us has our sphere of influence.

Scary and Unusual Choices for Growth of Conscience

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When we think about the road of enlightenment, we tend to picture only the positive, fabulous things.  To be sure, there are many benefits to greater awareness.  However, the universe combines more benefits with more responsibility.  It’s a fair transaction; we just need to be ready to pay the price for expanding awareness.

If we keep going and allow our personality to integrate, we open up the gifts some call “the virtues of the spirit.” These aren’t philosophical points, but the higher qualities of our soul.  It all depends on what you decide to do.  The growth of consciousness for the Ego is scary because it means a loss of control.

We are choice makers.  Everything we do is a choice.  The more options we have, the greater the number of choices.  The expansion of awareness shows both internal and external spheres in which we can make choices.  It’s a side effect that many weren’t expecting.  It forces us to see, and that forces us to make choices.

Internal Choices

When our conscience grows, it will illuminate any internal issues.  Unfortunately, this is one of the primary spiritual awakening symptoms and signs.    These issues have always been there; now, you can see them more clearly.  We didn’t have the insight to know about them.  Guess what?  Being aware of an issue doesn’t make it go away; it magnifies them, making them harder to ignore.

The internal issues related to this thing we call our paradigm (2) are with us always.  Our paradigm is the worldview, and it contains the filter through which you see reality.   It is the blueprint of your thoughts, beliefs, and values.  It also relates to the default settings of your instincts and personality.    There are two options for dealing with the side effects of these mechanisms.

Option One

The first option is to ignore the insight of our growth.  Ignoring the growth of conscience won’t make your increased perception go away.  The issues will persist even if you decide not to deal with them.  The scary and unusual thing is that many people opt for this choice end up with chronic mental and physical ailments.

If you decide to numb your awareness, perhaps you can watch more TV or play more video games?  Unfortunately, the growth of consciousness is stubborn.  Once you see something, it’s hard to forget.

“Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs.  One of the dogs is mean and evil.  The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.” — George Bernard Shaw

If you’ve come this far, we don’t recommend trying to numb out or forget what your heart tells you what you need to do.  If you try it, you will be in constant internal conflict psychologists call “cognitive dissonance.”

Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive dissonance is a psychological term. It describes the pain you experience when wrestling with a dilemma. This arises when you encounter facts that do not fit within your worldview. Your mind is telling you there is a conflict which you need to resolve. You must change your views to align with the new data, or reject it and try to ignore it.

If you already implemented the third-eye activation process or used the Siddhis, you really have no choice.  You can’t go back to sleep.  The spiritual awakening symptoms and signs of these portals can’t be reversed.  You are forever stuck with an open heart and an open mind.  So cognitive dissonance will make you do something about your level of awareness.

Option Two

The second option is much better.  It means you will do something with your increased awareness and conscience.  Good for you if you pick this option, the world needs more people like you.

Start by learning about the programming of your mind.  The Enneagram of Personality Profile is a system that can show you the default mechanisms of your mind.

This system uses questionnaires to identify the aspects of your personality and instincts.  Finding your programming is only the first step, but it’s a big one.  Learning about these default these settings will help you understand how your mind works.  It will explain how and why you like or dislike certain things or situations.   One of the main things you’ll learn is that you are not your personality; it is only a default setting.   Once you learn this, you can move beyond the confines of your personality and access to other gifts.

The next level of programming comes from the cultural narrative.  These this programming is learned, not hard-wired.  However, is so powerful it can override our hard-wired instincts and moral compass.  This is the programming that we get from religion and politics.  So, it’s a good practice to question everything in the cultural narrative.

External Choices

When we grow internally, we see what’s going on inside.   The result is a growth of our outward, external social, and environmental awareness.

Option One

The first and the least favorable option is to ignore the insight we’ve gained.  We can pretend that what we know we should do is someone else’s responsibility.  This option leaves us to deal with the guilt of an awakened conscience.  It will lead us back to the additional consequences of cognitive dissonance.

“Just as the education of nerve and sinew is vital to the excellent athlete and education of the mind is vital to the scholar, education of the conscience is vital to the truly proactive, highly effective person. Training and educating the conscience, however, requires even greater concentration, more balanced discipline, more consistently honest living. It requires regular feasting on inspiring literature, thinking noble thoughts and, above all, living in harmony with its still small voice.” — Stephen Covey

Option Two

Option two is the better, healthier choice.  We allow our newly awakened conscience to guide us to the good cause where we can help.  We can always do something within our sphere of influence and resources.  So, if you pick this option, congratulations on making the world a better place!  The world needs more people like you to put actions behind your thoughts.

In Conclusion

So, now you have decisions to make.  Are you going to ignore or accept the challenges that conscience’s growth brings?  spiritual awakening symptoms and signs can catch you off guard.  Remember, the path of enlightenment is not for the faint-hearted; with the growth of consciousness comes the growth of conscience.


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