You may have had it easy, experiencing a gradual and beautiful spiritual awakening. Many however, experience a sudden awakening with accelerated stages of progression. Causes of spiritual awakening include; a sudden event (often traumatic), an accumulation of stressful circumstances, discovering new information that blows the mind wide open, or experiencing a paranormal event resulting in profound realizations about the true nature of reality.
When we have a spiritual awakening, we discover a myriad of truths such as the metaphysical nature of reality and the true nature of our infinite, immortal selves. Stages of awakening are phases through which we progress, and the order of the stages can vary.
Stages of Spiritual Awakening
The Shock Stage
During spiritual awakening our ego begins to break down. The ego is our all-encompassing sense of self, our self esteem, self image, how we perceive ourselves and our relationship with the world, it is our human self in this lifetime. If we experience a revelation, for example, that our reality is energetic and information-based rather physical, this can affect our concept of who and what we are. The ego therefore suffers.
Events such as, seeing an apparition, having an out of body experience or receiving spirit contact via a medium; can change everything - does this mean none of us ever truly die? These kinds of sweeping changes within the psyche impact our concept of self, causing the ego to feel very unsafe indeed. It's like knocking the legs out from under a table. The ego construct is built upon a series of beliefs and perceptions. Many of these are taken away, leaving us wondering, who or what am I?
Many people experience loneliness during spiritual awakening.
Spiritual awakening causes us to feel lonely because we suddenly find that our perceptions are out of alignment with others. We can't seem to relate to our friends and family anymore. Priorities suddenly change, for example, we may want to quit watching fear-mongering news or meaningless entertainment on television, leaving a void when we try to relate to people we would usually talk to about these things.
We start to suspect that our system is controlled from the shadows, but many people are not willing to hear such information and it can be frustrating. We might not be able to relate to our workmates anymore if we start to view our job role as somewhat meaningless or unethical; it may still be very important to our colleagues.
If we are unable to relate to others, we can find ourselves stuck for something to say, but this is only the tip of the iceberg.