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Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening – 3 Stages of Spiritual Evolution

By observing one’s way of perceiving the world a person’s spiritual progress can be known, so I am going to share a few symptoms of spiritual awakening here using which you can know if you are going in the right direction or not.

When a person awakens and becomes something more than what they were earlier, their past seems like a dream that never actually happened.symptoms spiritual awakening

That’s because when our perception of the world changes, everything about our life changes.

We then realize that we were never looking at things so closely, hence what we ever saw was a mere illusion.

Old memories then start to feel like a different lifetime, so far away from where we are now.

If you ever had a major change in your beliefs, you can make sense of what I am trying to say.

What Is Awakening?

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Satori vs. Kensho – Different Forms of Awakening

In this post, I am going to discuss two enlightenment experiences known as Satori and Kensho in the Buddhist tradition since I have been reading about it from past few weeks.

Last month one day when I started my day as usual with a cup of coffee sitting in front of my laptop and watching a video that featured Michael Bernard Beckwith, I found something in that talk so intriguing that I spent a lot of time since then to more about it.

These terms came to my awareness a lot recently, like when I was reading Joe Vitale’s Zero Limits book, the term Satori flashed in front of me, in that moment I realized that I must do a little research and write a post on it.

After delving into various materials I have prepared this post to inform you about these two astounding spiritual awakening states.

Two Types of Awakening

You can never know how, where and when someone is going to have the awakening experience or whether someone will ever be awakened or not.

Many spiritual teachings say that awakening is a process that happens through various different lifetimes. But we can say one thing with surety – There are two ways in which a person can get the glimpses of the highest Truth.

Michael Beckwith explained these two states in that interview as something similar to this: –

Satori – It is a sudden awakening experience where the person becomes aware of the truth and sees everything “as it is” without any filtering of the information. This is a profound liberating experience that immediately shifts the perception of a person and gives him the access to the ultimate truth.

Kensho – Even though we can say that these two experiences are just two different paths leading to the same destination, Kensho is a process through which we all are evolving spiritually. It is a gradual process where a person keeps learning from his experiences and receives various insights that slowly pushes him towards the state of enlightenment. It is like a marathon where you learn from mistakes, sufferings and pain, and thus become better than before.

So from the above talk, we can infer that enlightenment can happen in two ways, one is through pain and the other is through insight.

It is not necessary that a person will be able to stay in that state forever; these are just experiences that can lead to enlightenment or give a glimpse of what it means to be awakened.

What Can You Do to Get Spiritually Awakened?

We can see this in the lives of many famous spiritual masters, they have gone through extreme physical or mental anguish before they got enlightened. One such good example is of the modern day spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, who wrote the amazing book “the power of now” in which he has mentioned how the immense emotional suffering caused a sudden change in his perception and brought the realization of his true nature.

However, it is not necessary that you will only receive these insights during hard times. Sometimes, people with increased present moment awareness reach the thoughtless state where they get to have some profound spiritual insights, but there is no quick magical formula to make it happen.

You just need to become a more aware person with the practice of meditation or mindfulness exercises and your will keep advancing spiritually.

It might seem unfair to spiritual people that those who have never been interested in their spiritual growth get these insights quite easily, whereas others who have been regularly meditating everyday for years never get to reach there.

Satori and Kensho both can happen to anyone, regardless of how hard they have been trying. In fact, most people who want to receive these insights never gets it.

There have been many enlightened people in the history who were not at all interested in getting liberated.

Why?- Because our desire to get enlightened blocks us from seeing the truth which is always present in the now moment.

If you are doing various spiritual practices for reaching a particular future state, it will always remain a thing of the future.

Your aim should be to be more present in every moment, that’s it. By focusing on the present moment you can improve your emotional state to a great extent and that is what you should strive for.

If you will set your goal to get enlightened then you will not only block your spiritual progress but you will also decrease the effects of all the practices that you might have been doing.

So, what can you do to get awakened? – NOTHING

Nothingness is the key to enlightenment, which implies your ability to detach yourself from everything that happens inside your mind. Even  attachment to the desire for liberation is one main factor that stops your progress.

I am saying this from my own experience, despite of knowing all this I have always been attached to the idea of enlightenment and that desire kept growing day by day until all my efforts got backfired and the consequence were the undesirable mind states.

Now I have learned the lesson and I practice meditation or mindfulness just for the purpose of becoming an emotionally healthy person.

If my example is not enough for you to get this point then let me tell you that the Buddha himself had to learn this lesson through suffering until he realized that he has to let go the need to become enlightened.

Satori or Kensho, both makes you experience your oneness with “all that is”, but just keep your goal to have more inner peace in your life till that happens naturally.

 

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10 Common Indicators of Your Progress-Spiritual Awakening Signs

When you get inclined towards spirituality you naturally get curious about your progress in that path and that’s why I am going discuss a few signs and symptoms of spiritual awakening using which you can know where you have reached in your journey.spiritual awakening quote

For me, it used to be a very dominant thought in mind and still it bothers me sometimes that if I am actually going anywhere with all these spiritual knowledge and practices or am I still standing at the juncture from where I began?

Then I started to realize that the simplest way to know about spiritual progress is as Ramana Maharshi puts it “the degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress”, obviously I am not able to free myself from the unwanted thoughts at present but I know that I am making headway from my ability to discern whenever I am thinking unnecessarily far better than before.

The common goal of people who are on the path of self-discovery is to “get enlightened”, paradoxically, the desire to reach such a state itself is considered as the biggest obstacle in the path of awakening.

Ancient yogic wisdom says that when life force or prana is flowing freely through the chakras of a person, that implies that he is developing spiritually and when a person’s third eye chakra gets activated it can be said that he is near to awakening.

It is said that the ultimate state is reached when crown chakra is fully activated but, there is no way or method to know when someone will get enlightened, how he will get there or if he will ever reach there or not.

So, please keep in mind that you should not aim to get liberated because masters have said that you are already liberated and the journey is all about knowing it. You should just try to get better in keeping your mind in the best state using what you have learned and will learn in your spiritual path.

Now, I am going to enlist a few points below which will tell you about your spiritual progress but, keep in mind that just like your body starts to change when you don’t take proper care of it, you spiritual state also highly depends upon on your consistent efforts.

1 – Awareness

This is the best and simplest way to know someone’s spiritual health. One who is in control of his mind has a heightened awareness of everything – He is more present in every moment, he keeps a watch on his emotions, reactions, thoughts better than before and as a result he is very attentive to whatever happens in that moment.

2 – Increased Emotional Sensitivity

Due to sudden changes occurring in the chakras a person becomes more sensitive emotionally and that’s a little embarrassing because you will react differently in various situations.

Know that it is happening for good and feel the emotions without getting too involved; this is also an advantage because you will become more conscious of your emotional states.

3 – Compassion

You will start to feel more compassion and connection with everything. People will feel better in your presence and they would start to share their true feelings with you. You will become a good listener and you will offer genuine support without judging them.

4 – Change in Sleep Patterns

Undoubtedly, your chakras affect your energy state so, some days you will need deep long sleeps and some days you will wake up very early in the morning but, you will not feel tired/sluggish due to this.

5 – Varying Emotional States

Sometimes you will feel happy and sometimes you will be depressed without any reason. It could also be a sudden feeling of anger or a sense of deep joy, they all happen due to changes occurring in your energy body.

6  – Special Love for Kids, Pets and Nature

People who don’t like pets or feel inconvenient in the presence of kids and babies have a sudden shift in their behavior when they start to develop spiritually.

All of a sudden such people start to feel joyous in their presence and they will now want to spend more time with them.

Those who early won’t feel much different at places that are close to nature will start to get a deep need to be in touch with nature.

This is the reason why most people want to leave their jobs and go live somewhere near nature when they get spiritual and that’s because they start to realize their true needs.

7-Intuition

When you develop spiritually you establish a greater connection with your higher self so it is quite obvious that you will be able to hear your inner voice clearly and as a result you will be making decisions in your life that will be based on your intuition.

Not only that, you will start to know the truth about anything more accurately than before.

8 – Questioning Reality

One who is in a quest to know the truth naturally begins to question everything that is “believed” by people because society and ancestors have passed it down to them.

This will make other people sense the change in you which can also cause them to judge you as “weird” when you are spiritually advancing because your thoughts will vary too much from theirs.

9 – Staying Away from Emotional Dramas and Mind Games

Most people are always engrossed in playing various day to day dramas. They want attention, they want to be right and they will do anything to control others but, when you become a highly conscious person you will be able to actually “see” how people are driven by their ego needs and thus you will easily refuse to take part in any such emotionally draining stuff.

10 – Powerful Thoughts and Manifestation

If you grow spiritually to a level that you are highly aware of your thoughts and you can very easily know as well as escape from unwanted thinking then your thoughts start to become powerful.

People will be influenced by you and your visions will start getting manifested far quickly than before because you get better in detaching yourself from negative thoughts/beliefs that are the only barrier between you and your success.

What mainly blocks our success whether let it be spiritual or in any area of our lives are the limiting beliefs that are deeply ingrained in our subconscious mind so, if you would like to know some processes to clear such beliefs then read my post:- 3 Ways to Clear Your Energy Blocks –Allow Your Abundance

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Clearing Negative Karma-4 Mind Cleansing Techniques

In this post I will be talking about clearing negative karma so that you can avoid many possible undesired events in your life caused by your past experiences.

Whenever “Karma” is mentioned people get an image of a ghost in their mind that haunts them to punish for what they have done in the past whereas in real it is just a universal law for which there is no such thing as “good” or “bad”.

Nothing from outside shapes our reality and even the negative events that occur in our lives is a result of our own unconscious thoughts.

What Is Karma and Can We Get Rid of It?

Karma in simple definition is “action” so, this law which is also referred as the law of cause and effect works according to the thought impressions present in our energy.

These thought impressions are formed in a person’s mind as a result of his own actions or his reaction to any event.

A same event is perceived in different ways by different people so, their karma also varies.

As per my knowledge some karmas could be burned and some are essential for a person’s spiritual advancement.

This law is not there for punishing people but, it is there to simply reward you with the types of fruits resulting from the types of seeds you have sown in the past, these seeds are made up of your feelings and thoughts.

Sometimes our soul deliberately makes a choice to experience something so that it could learn the essential lesson from it because our soul yearns for expansion.

What our higher self wants us to experience could be labeled by our ego as good or bad however, by being more aware a person can avoid the “mental noise” that judges everything and then only one will be able to see how a particular happening was imperative for his betterment.

Now, what about the karmas that could be neutralized?

A large portion of our energy consists of the seeds of our future life which is a consequence of our unconscious thoughts and feelings-The good news is that it can be cleared!

How to Clear the Old Negative Energy Patterns?

The negative thought impressions present in your energy could be cleared using various tools and I am going to illustrate a few such methods here.

When we talk about releasing the old energy patterns we are talking about our inner world where all our thoughts, beliefs and emotions are present.

The change in our energy system is not directly caused by our physical actions, instead it is the thoughts which dominates our mind before and after the actions that produces the effect in our energy field (or subconscious mind).

So, in order to get rid of the negative ideas present in our subconscious mind all we have to do is to replace them with the new positive ones.

Below, I am going to enlist a few activities that will help you to discard such negative deep rooted thoughts, beliefs and emotions.

Clearing Negative Karma-4 Mind Cleansing Techniques

Selfless Service

This is something you will find common in almost every spiritual organization, selfless service is considered as a way to grow spiritually.

What is so special in helping others that frees you from your negative karmas?

People would answer that in different ways, some even also like to keep count of their good deeds thinking that much of their karma is negated.. that’s crazy!

As I mentioned before no good or bad exists in the higher realm!

Helping others without expecting anything in return (not even compliment) actually is a source of inner joy so; if you will take any pride in it then you won’t be able to experience that joy in its truest form.

Call it true joy or unconditional love, the inner state that one gains by helping others can burn his bad karmas. A person who helps others for his ego satisfaction cannot accomplish this.

As per what I have known this is the most powerful way to achieve inner peace when a person carries a lot of guilt and shame in his heart, it is also said that it burns past life karmas.

Meditation

There is no inner work that cannot be done by meditation. When a person makes it a daily habit to spend a few minutes in deep silence it enables him to get liberated from any kind of thought patterns.

Meditation brings inner peace in one’s life which naturally allows his energy body to release the energy patterns created by his past experiences.

Love and Gratitude

If you can fill your life with love and gratitude then you can bend your reality your way. This is so simple that your mind won’t allow you to realize its true power because our mind always underestimates simplicity.

By making it a habit to spend few times daily to show your genuine gratefulness to the higher power, you will experience great positive changes in your life.

Learning to love your life is the real secret to get the life that you love.

Love and gratefulness can really heal your heart from any past trauma and thus it becomes a very good practice to purify your mind from destructive thoughts.

Energy Clearing

Energy clearing is a method using which light workers heal people’s energy body by transmuting the dark patterns in their energy field using divine love (or light).

You can also learn do this on your own, my post Allow Your Abundance will elaborate this to you in detail.

For this purpose, I would recommend Christie Maries Sheldon’s Unlimited Abundance Home Training Course in which she performs energy clearings for many types of abundance blocks that becomes a barrier in the path of a person’s growth.

 

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Differentiating the Voice of Intuition and the Voice of Ego

We all have always faced situations where we hear two opposing voices in our head especially at times when we have to make important decisions.

At all such times we have differentiated those chattering inside our head as the fight between our heart and mind, no doubt that everyone must have wondered which voice is the one that is showing them the right path.

The voice of our inner guidance that comes from our higher self which knows what is the right in every small and big situations of our life is hard to be recognized till we haven’t learned how to listen to it, but once we have started to identify it then listening to it becomes as easy as it is to breathe.

In this post I am going to discuss with you the differences between those two voices which will enable you to make intuition based decisions.

Voice of Your Ego

Let us first talk about the voice of our ego because by knowing its nature you could easily detect what is not the right thing to do for your well being.

The ego’s talk brings a heavy feeling with it; you are not at ease when you are listening to it.

Usually this voice tries to forcefully make you act and it disturbs your mind by listing a million reasons which shows how not acting on what it says will affect you badly in the future.

You might be thinking here that looking at the pros and cons of a decision to be made is logical and necessary, but this voice is more like a noise which wants to convince you to take the action which it is suggesting.

Ego’s voice does not always suggest a single decision and many a times it finds satisfaction in confusing you and causing a chaotic mental state for you.

Voice of Your Intuition

Listening to your intuition is a real gift; it guides you properly to the path which is best for you and many successful people agrees to this that listening to their heart’s voice is their real secret.

Unlike your ego’s tactic to make you hear what it says, intuition doesn’t try to get your attention instead it reveals itself to you only when you intentionally want to hear what it says.

Your inner guidance is not available to you when your mind is too confused, worried or restless.

In order to know what your heart is saying you will have to calm down the mind chattering and sit peacefully with a strong intention to hear it.

The voice of intuition brings a light, peaceful and serene feeling with it; since you are not aware of the bigger picture so, temporarily it may seem illogical and following it may appear difficult but once you start to trust it and learn how to make intuition based choices then you will become familiar with its nature.

Your heart’s voice doesn’t argue or try to prove itself right to you like your ego; instead it just reveals itself when you are ready to hear it and then vanishes when you start to analyze it letting you decide further.

I would like to advise you to meditate a few minutes every day so that you could calm your mind and listen what your inner guidance is suggesting.

 

If you are very serious about developing your intuition then I would like to suggest you Sonia Choquette’s Positive Intuition.

 

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The Healing Power within You-Spiritual Healing

The ancient system of healing the illness has given us various natural ways to treat physical ailments without taking any medicine or without the help of any physician.

Modern life has created an illusory wall in front of us which disables us from looking back at how our ancestors cured their illness. A look into their ways to deal with diseases unfolds many mysterious ways of healing.

One such method is energy healing or spiritual healing which not only helps us to treat any physical ailment but it also enables us to heal emotional pains which usually is the root of many illness.

The Power Within

We all have an energy body around us and there are 7 energy centers which is also known as chakras. The improper flow of energy through these chakras or the imbalance in energy flow through them often results as a disease in our physical body.

By finding out the imbalance in body’s energy system and healing it the corresponding physical ailment can be cured.

Being healthy is human’s natural state whereas disease is something that occurs due to hindrance in the natural flow of energy. Human body has the natural ability to heal itself but for that it is necessary that the life force should flow in a natural way through its energy system.

A person’s subconscious mind already has the image of his perfect health but due to various energy patterns caused by external events or repeated thinking of negative thoughts it fails to bring the body back to its natural state, the work of an energy healer is to remove these negative energy patterns from a person’s energy body so that his body could reach back to its natural state.

Little More about Energy Healing

The energy healing practice ranges back to 5000 years and it is said that the Chinese have employed this method to dissolve cancerous tumors.

Usually energy healing is done through meditation, visualizations, prayers, suggestions etc whereas some people also use herbs, crystal and sounds to clear the energy blockages.

Yoga is also a very good way to heal oneself energy wise and various breathing techniques are also used for the same purposes now days.

Energy Healing in Other Areas

Apart  from the usage of energy healing for improving the health condition of a person it can also be used in various other areas of his life like wealth, career, personal improvement, relationships etc.

The result we get in our external world is a reflection of what is going on in our inner world. The beliefs that are passed down to us by our society or parents and our childhood incidences decides the state of our energy vibrations.

There are two parts to our life one is physical world that we perceive using our five senses and one is spiritual which can be perceived using our ability to feel.

The spiritual or energy part of our life decides what happens in our external physical world.

With help of energy healing we can improve various areas of our life by identifying the energy patterns responsible for certain conditions in our life and then by curing it.

I suggest Christie Marie Sheldon’s Unlimited Abundance course for this purpose, Christie uses simple guided meditation type of audios and she teaches energy clearing statements. In her course consisting of 24 energy clearing sessions she not only clears various common energy blocks that holds a person from being successful but she also teaches the clearing statements that a person can use in his daily life to clear various repeating life patterns.

 

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9 Things about Meditation and Spiritual Journey That You Must Know!

Before writing this article I would like to tell you that I am neither a person who could teach you meditation nor am I someone who is too experienced in spiritual practices, but I also want to let you know  that meditation is not something that could be taught and no matter how many years one has spent doing spiritual practices he could be called “experienced” as it is always an individual journey which has no benchmarks apart from how you feel about life or the change in your perception towards your outer world and the peace you have found in your inner world.

However, various gurus and practices do help one to keep moving in the journey in certain ways but it is always YOU who is on the driving seat.

Despite of the popularity that spiritual practices have gained in today’s world, meditation remains a very less understood subject amongst people.

So, from the personal experience of different views I get when my friends or people hear that I am a very spiritually inclined person, I am going to enlist a few points about meditation here….

1-It is awareness and not about getting high!

People often think that meditation is about drifting into a trance like state using a few techniques, but that isn’t true-The person is totally aware of his surrounding while meditating, awareness is what one gains through meditation, it is about bringing your mind totally into the present moment and then one may experience bliss or something uncanny but you are never near to a state that’s similar to what happens after taking LSDs. Continue reading

The Spiritual Guilt Trap- Don’t Ever Criticize Yourself for Wanting More!

Today, I am going to share a true realization with you that I have noticed in my life as well as others which I never really knew was my own “enemy” until I saw it residing inside me and affecting my actions.

I found this little enemy of mine when I was going through Lisa Nichol’s Creative Visualization course in the lesson number 4 where she teaches that we often stop ourselves from wanting things that we know will make us happy because we believe that having such desires is non-spiritual.

Let’s be honest here, don’t you see this in the world and yourself very often?.. Like when you are with someone whose opinion matters a lot to you- You act as a person who is not much desirous or sometimes the other person hides what he wants for himself because he fears that you will judge him?

Our concern here is not how you pretend in front of others, if you will just watch your thoughts with a little more awareness you will find that you deny things in life because you think that wanting too much in life is not good from the spiritual aspect. Continue reading

Is It Good to Share Spiritual Experiences?

Every person who goes deeper into spiritual practices and soul searching comes across mystical experiences. We all have a logic based mind which keeps on interpreting everything on the basis of the old beliefs and pre-existing ideas.

So, whenever a person experiences something that is not in the alignment with his belief system, he starts to find logical reasons for what he has experienced and the next question arises in his mind that “is it good to share spiritual experiences?”. Well, I have an answer here for that…

Ineffable Spiritual Experiences

Like the way you cannot explain anyone how you feel about them in the most appropriate manner or in other words you cannot make them to feel the same way, likewise spiritual experiences are often hard to describe.

“Ineffable” means something that words cannot define and spiritual experiences fall into that category.

The problem in describing the mystical experiences is that you are not only unable to explain it but you yourself start to doubt it because you felt it(it was an emotional experience) and now you are logically trying to interpret it.

No matter how much experience or knowledge you have gained in your journey of spiritual growth, you will never be able to describe the strange incidents that you might have came across. Continue reading