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What's In Your Mind?: Signs and symptoms of spiritual awakening

Signs and symptoms of spiritual awakening

I find on the web a list of "signs and symptoms of spiritual awakening", and I realize that I have felt about 95% of these. So, that must be what’s going on! I feel much less lonely suddenly, much less abnormal. Here is a summary of those "signs and symptoms" [and my own experience of them]:

  • Changing sleep patterns: restlessness, hot feet, waking up two or three times a night, change in sleep requirements, you can get by on less sleep [I have been sleeping less]

  • Activity at the crown of the head: tingling, itching, prickly, crawling sensations along the scalp and/or down the spine, a sense of energy vibrating on top of the head, as if energy is erupting from the head in a shower [I often feel tingling at the top of my head]

  • Sudden waves of emotion: crying at the drop of a hat, feeling suddenly angry or sad with little provocation, or inexplicably depressed, then very happy [yes]

  • Old "stuff" seems to be coming up, and the people with whom you need to work it out appear in your life, or perhaps you need to work through issues of self-worth, abundance, creativity, addictions, etc, and the resources or people you need to help you move through these issues start to appear [yes, so it seems]

  • Changes in weight [I lost a lot of weight]

  • Changes in eating habits: strange cravings and odd food choices, some find they are not as hungry as they used to be, or hungrier [less hungry, change in diet: no meat, no alcohol, no coffee, no or little sugar]

  • Food intolerances, allergies you never had before [no]

  • Amplification of the senses: increased sensitivity [yes] o a. Sight: sore eyes, blurry vision, shimmering objects, seeing glittery particles, auras around people, plants, animals, and objects [I see better, sharper, colors more vivid] o b. Hearing: increased or decreased hearing, other symptoms are hearing white noise in the head, beeps, tones, music or electronic patterns, some hear water rushing, bees buzzing, whooshing, roaring or ringing, others have what is called audio dyslexia-- you can't always make out what people are saying, as if you can no longer translate your own language, some hear strange voices in their dreams, as if someone is hovering near them [I’ve had a number of these] o c. Enhanced senses of smell, touch, and/or taste [yes]

  • Skin eruptions: rashes, bumps, acne, hives, warts, and shingles [skin lesion on my neck?]

  • Episodes of intense energy which make you want to leap out of bed and into action, followed by periods of lethargy and fatigue [yes]

  • Changes in prayer or meditation: not feeling the same sensations as before, not having the same experience of being in contact with Spirit [well, now I meditate!]

  • Power surges: all of a sudden you are heated from head to toe, in contrast some people have felt inexplicably cold [I feel much warmer than before – I used to feel cold a lot, but apparently it is no more the case]

  • A range of physical manifestations: intense energy in the hands and/or feet, headaches, backaches, neck pains, flu-like symptoms, digestive problems, muscular spasms or cramps, racing heartbeat, chest pains and infections, increased mucus, changes in sexual desire, numbness or pain in the limbs, and involuntary vocalizations or bodily movements [yes, I’ve had some, definitely energy in hands]

  • Looking younger: as you clear emotional issues and release limiting beliefs and heavy baggage from the past, you are actually lighter, your frequency is higher, you love yourself and life more [yes]

  • Vivid dreams: sometimes the dreams are so real that you wake up confused, you may even have lucid dreams in which you are in control, many dreams may be mystical or carry messages for you [yes]

  • Events that completely alter your life: death, divorce, change in job status, loss of home, illness, and/or other catastrophes – sometimes several at once, forces that cause you to slow down, simplify, change, re-examine who you are and what your life means to you, forces that you cannot ignore, forces that cause you release your attachments, forces that awaken your sense of love and compassion for all [break-up with Richard, and I quit my job]

  • A desire to break free from restrictive patterns, life-draining jobs, consumptive lifestyles, and toxic people or situations: you feel a compelling need to "find yourself" and your life purpose – now! You want to be creative and free to be who you really are, you might find yourself drawn to the arts and nature, you want to unclutter yourself from things and people that no longer serve you [yes, exactly so: simplified my life greatly, got rid of lots of material possessions]

  • Emotional and mental confusion: a feeling that you need to get your life straightened out – it feels like a mess, but at the same time you feel chaotic and unable to focus [yes, I felt a lot like this at the beginning]

  • Introspection, solitude and loss of interest in more extraverted activities: this stage has come as a surprise to many extraverts who formerly saw themselves as outgoing and involved, they say, "I don't know why, but I don't like to go out as much as before" [yes, I was an extravert also, enjoy solitude now]

  • Creativity bursts: receiving images, ideas, music, and other creative inspirations at an often overwhelming rate [yes – music for me, or writing, or talking about spiritual stuff, ideas]

  • A perception that time is accelerating: it seems that way because you have had so many changes introduced into your life at an unprecedented rate. The number of changes seems to be growing, sometimes time is collapsing, so you feel like there are big time gaps in your day, your perception of time-space is being altered [yes, feels like a quantum leap in my life]

  • A sense of impendingness: there is a feeling that something is about to happen [yes]

  • Impatience: you know better, but sometimes you can't help it: you want to get on with what seems to be coming your way. Uncertainty is not comfortable [yes, I’m much less indecisive as I used to be, it is easy to make decisions now]

  • A deep yearning for meaning, purpose, spiritual connection, and revelation: perhaps an interest in the spiritual for the first time in your life, "constant craving", the material world cannot fulfill this longing [yes]

  • A feeling that you are somehow different: a disquieting sense that everything in your life feels new and altered, that you have left your old self behind [yes, I feel "reborn"]

  • "Teachers" appear everywhere with perfect timing to help you on your spiritual journey: people, books, movies, events, Mother Nature, etc. Teachers may appear to be negative or positive when you are trapped in polarity thinking, but, from a transcendent perspective, they are always perfect, just what you need to learn from and move on [yes, it feels this way now]

  • You find a spiritual track that makes sense to you and "speaks to you" at the most profound levels, suddenly you are gaining a perspective that you would never have considered before, you hunger to know more, you read, share with others, ask questions, and go inside to discover more about who you are and why you are here [yes, except not sure that I have found a clearly defined "spiritual path"]

  • You are moving through learning and personal issues at a rapid pace: you sense that you are "getting it" quite readily [yes]

  • Invisible presences: here is the woo-woo stuff: some people report feeling surrounded by beings at night or having the sensation of being touched or talked to, often they will wake with a start, some also feel their body or bed vibrate [yes, I’ve had some unusual experiences like that recently]

  • Portents, visions, "illusions", numbers, and symbols: seeing things that have spiritual importance for you, noticing how numbers appear synchronistically in your awareness, everything has a message if you take the time to look [yes, life feels now like a "detective story" most of the time! No specific experience with numbers though, but many "clues" otherwise]

  • Increased integrity: you realize that it is time for you to seek and speak your truth, it suddenly seems important for you to become more authentic, more yourself, you may have to say "no" to people whom you have tried to please in the past, you may find it intolerable to stay in a marriage or job or place that doesn't support who you are, you may also find there is nowhere to hide, no secrets to keep anymore, honesty becomes important in all your relationships [YES]

  • Harmony with seasons and cycles: you are becoming more tuned to the seasons, the phases of the moon and natural cycles, more awareness of your place in the natural world, a stronger connection to the earth [yes, with special connection to the moon, flowers, birds]

  • Electrical and mechanical malfunctions: when you are around, light bulbs flicker, the computer locks up, or the radio goes haywire [my sunglasses exploded in 4 pieces at once with a loud noise the other day! also a couple of unexplained electrical malfunctions]

  • Increased synchronicity and many small miracles, look for more of these [yes]

  • Increased intuitive abilities and altered states of consciousness: thinking of someone and immediately hearing from them, more synchronicities, having sudden insights about patterns or events from the past, clairvoyance, out-of-body experiences, and other psychic phenomena, intensified sensitivity and knowing, awareness of one's essence and that of others [yes]

  • Communication with Spirit: contact with angels, spirit guides, and other divine entities, channeling, feeling inspiration and downloading information that takes form as writing, painting, ideas, communications, dance, etc [yes, for me ideas, speaking or writing, singing, dancing, etc]

  • A sense of Oneness with all: a direct experience of this Wholeness, transcendent awareness, being flooded with compassion and love for all life, compassionate detachment or unconditional love for all is what lifts us up to higher levels of consciousness and joy [yes]

  • Moments of joy and bliss, a deep abiding sense of peace and knowing that you are never alone [yes]

  • Integration: you become emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually stronger and clearer, you feel as if you are in alignment with your Higher Self [yes]

  • Living your purpose: you know you are finally doing what you came to earth for, new skills and gifts are emerging, especially healing ones, your life/work experiences are now converging and starting to make sense, you are finally going to use them all [yes]

  • Feeling closer to animals, rocks, and plants: to some people, animals now seem to be more "human" in their behavior, wild animals are less afraid, plants respond to your love and attention more than ever, some may even have messages for you, stones and rocks emit energies that you can feel, many seem to have healing or clearing properties [yes, I feel connected to rocks, trees, animals; dogs adore me now!]

  • Seeing beings of other dimensions: the veil between dimensions is thinner, so it is not surprising [I haven’t literally "seen" "beings of another dimension" yet ;-)]

  • Seeing a person's true form or seeing loved ones with a different face – past life or parallel life [yes, this happens often now! The face of some of my friends "morphes" into some other face(s) when I look at them – quite interesting]

  • Physically manifesting thoughts and desires more quickly and efficiently [yes, and as a result I pay a lot more attention to my thoughts]

  • Left-brain fogginess: memory lapses, placing words in the wrong sequence, inability or no desire to read for very long, inability to focus, forgetting what you are just about to say, impatience with linear forms of communication (audio or written formats), etc. On the other hand, you might find yourself drawn to the sensate: videos, magazines with photos, beautiful artwork, movies, music, sculpting, painting, being with people, dancing, gardening, walking, and other kinesthetic forms of expression [the latter: yes, the former: not really]

  • Dizziness: this occurs when you are ungrounded, perhaps you have just cleared a big emotional issue and your body is adjusting to your "lighter" state [no, except sometimes when I meditate]

  • Falling, having accidents, breaking bones: your body is not grounded or perhaps your life is out of balance, or your body may be telling you to slow down, examine certain aspects of your life, or heal certain issues [I have fallen a couple of times while walking, hadn't happened to me since early childhood!]

  • Heart palpitations: a racing heart usually accompanies a heart opening, it only lasts for a few moments and means that the heart is re-balancing itself after an emotional release [yes, I feel my heart beats most of the time now, sometimes quite strongly]

  • Faster hair and nail growth: more protein is being used in the body [I don’t know, but I’ve been growing my hair!]

  • A desire to find your soulmate or twin flame: more than ever before, the idea that we can have a relationship that matches who we are seems more desirable [maybe]

  • Memories surface: body memories, suppressed memories, images of past lives and/or parallel lives [yes, lots of memories from the past resurface, most of which for the first time].



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