The Awakened, Transformed & Unleashed Life
Why are so many people seeking spiritual transformation now, and at unprecedented rates?
Why do so many of us long to understand that we are not alone in the cosmos—that our lives have meaning and purpose?
Humans are meaning-making machines. To varying degrees, we all seek to understand our environment and ourselves. This ability of ours to analyze and adapt is why we have evolved so quickly over millions of years.
As if we weren’t already fast-evolving, our progress in the last century has come at break-neck speed and much of that progress is terrific! Personally, I’m super glad I can go to the supermarket to pick up my groceries instead of beating the bushes for delectable morsels to eat. I love that I can take a long hot bath indoors when I want to relax and take a moment for myself. I’m thankful that I can travel the world both in real life or on the internet and find new ways of connecting with people.
There are all kinds of conveniences that have become available since my grandmother was a little girl, and much of it is spectacular. However, this progress has created a bunch of disconnection for many of us. Where there is an assumption that milk comes from the grocery store as opposed to a living breathing cow, we become disconnected from what is “real.”
When we can get anything we want, at any time of the day or night, cheaper and cheaper and cheaper—we disconnect ourselves from where those initial resources are sourced, who harvested the raw materials, and what kind of destruction was left in its wake.
Then, we continue that disconnection by not giving a single thought to who designed the products we buy, who built them, ran the machines to make them, package them, box them and ship them just so we can get them delivered straight to our homes in less than two days.
The cost of that disconnection is a lack of meaning in our lives and ourselves. Because we’re meaning-making machines, that’s quite disconcerting at an energetic level. We find ourselves asking the big questions like Who am I? Why am I here? What is this all about? and as we seek to answer those types of questions, we move into something commonly called a spiritual awakening.
How Spiritual Awakening Brings On Transformation
Spiritual awakening and transformation are nothing new. There are always individuals who challenge
the status quo and push us towards new ways of experiencing the world.
They are the type of people who have created amazing art, invented amazing tools, discovered amazing places and changed our perspectives of how the world and the universe works in amazing ways.
If you took the time to investigate their lives, you would find in their personal accounts that they deliberately tapped into something beyond their human knowledge. They didn’t just tap into this sort of inspiration because they were special. They were special because they were able to tap into it and you have the same capability, but more on that later.
For me, spiritual transformation is when an individual starts making the connection that there is something bigger at play than just this physical human experience. This change in awareness is when an individual understands on an instinctive level that there is a whole other dimension we can connect to if we choose.
This awakening is ongoing and very unique to every individual, but there are some guiding principles to help anyone move into it by choice. I will outline the steps in a bit.
The Process of Awakening Spiritually
Before we talk about why you feel the call to awaken, let’s have a look at what it is you are waking up from. You likely grew up in a way that involves traditions or habits of belief and understanding, with written and unwritten rules you had to follow in order to be “accepted.”
If these are part of your story, you’ve inherited plenty of beliefs and biases from those who raised or influenced you—parents, extended family, caregivers, neighbors, religious leaders, teachers, and many others.
If you haven’t deliberately chosen what you believe in, you are unconsciously living your life based on inherited beliefs, opinions, and personal agendas of other people. I would venture to say that more than 95% of the world’s
population is now living this way.
If this is a new concept for you, I’ll show you how this works. Do you have the same religion, culture, and political affiliation as the majority of your family? If yes, did you do any critical analysis before you accepted that identity for yourself? Likely not, most of us just stick with what we've been exposed to, in order to assimilate.
The influence of the majority could also be absorbed from our society through our peers and co-workers, as well as advertisers and social media. We accept all kinds of information from these outside influencers and such information affects how we dress, the kinds of homes we buy or rent, the cars we drive, the people we find attractive, the books we read, and the TV shows or movies we choose to watch. It impacts the way we think about what’s happening in the world because the news we consume is curated to make us do things and think in a specific way—a way that is mostly from fear or the need for approval and acceptance.
I know it’s disconcerting, but this is one of the most amazing gifts about walking into your spiritual awakening. As you transform into this awakened state, you naturally develop the skills to think more clearly and critically to make your own decisions, instead of following the pack.
The messages we picked up during our formative years and continue to accept from our surroundings as we mature all affect our sense of self. This means we have opinions about ourselves that are based on someone else’s biases, beliefs, and personal agendas. If we haven’t challenged these ideas about ourselves that we picked up from our environment, we are expressing ourselves through the lens of someone else’s ideas of us.
Think about your own experience for a moment and ask yourself these questions:
- When it comes to declaring what I’m capable of or what opportunities I will have in this lifetime, can I see how I’ve been influenced by others?
- What were the messages I got about myself?
- Was I worth listening to or was I told to be quiet?
- Were my abilities encouraged or dismissed?
- Was I mocked or celebrated for coming up with new ideas and trying something different?
Those messages, if not empowering, will have you living a life that is less than what you desire. However, you have all the control in changing that information and that is what you’re doing when you move towards transformation. We’ll spend time on this, but bear with me as we build out all the layers of your spiritual growth.
There are all kinds of things floating around in your subconscious mind that you did not deliberately choose but are affecting how you live your life. Such unchosen beliefs, if not challenged, could put us into a state of drifting for the rest of our lives. When we stumble upon something that starts to challenge those ideas, that’s actually the non-physical part of ourselves calling us to awaken.