If you read popular spiritual texts, notice the posts and comments on spiritual groups on social media, or just ask a friend what spiritual awakening means, you are likely to get many different answers. They vary from the idea that there is nothing to awaken, to we are born awake, to spiritual awakening is impossible until after you die. Our concept falls between those extremes.
Some think that it simply means losing out social masks and enchantment with materialism. Others actually believe that simply becoming vegan, or experiencing some synchronicity means you have awakened. Those are good first steps, but not the whole thing. A real awakening is life-changing.
Awakening the Spirit and Soul
“Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow tells us this negative view of life happens only to those whose soul is sleeping. Most human beings have been led to believe that our souls are awakened when we are born. But the great mystery schools of the past and present teach otherwise. They teach that we come into this world with our spirits and souls in a deep sleep, a kind of coma. If we don’t make the effort to awaken it, its great powers cannot help us. This is what we teach in Cosolargy.
Through all of human history, there have undoubtedly been thousands who have achieved this spiritual awakening. Most of them remain unknown to us. Others may be well known, but without being known as spiritual people. They may have been great artists or composers, architects, or doctors. A few are well known.
Jesus is certainly one of them. He may have been a special case, born under unusual circumstances, yet He was born a human being. As such, He was born with a dormant spirit and soul that had to be awakened. While He probably had a partial awakening at an early age, His full spiritual awakening came after He was baptized and a dove of light was seen above his head. It is important to note that it was not a dove of matter, a dove of feathers and flesh, but one of light that showed His state of awakening.
Buddha, Zoroaster, and Quetzalcoatl are other religious leaders and spiritual teachers who achieved spiritual awakening in the sense that we in Cosolargy use that phrase. We can also say that some philosophers such as Pythagoras were also awakened.
In more recent times, we can say that St. Francis of Assisi achieved a spiritual awakening while watching a sunrise from his bed one morning. And Jakob Boehme achieved an awakening when the morning sun was reflected off a shiny metal bowl he was holding and struck him in the eyes. We can also be sure that Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. were at least partially awakened. They could not have accomplished what they did without the spiritual insights that come with a real spiritual awakening.
Signs That You are Having a Spiritual Awakening
How do you know if you are beginning to experience a spiritual awakening? It varies from one individual to another, so there are no definite rules. There are spiritual awakening symptoms that are common, however, and can tell you that you are moving in that direction.
- You find you can no longer accept a life of materialism as a life for you
- Owning material possessions no longer seem important
- You begin to see non-human life forms as being just as important as human ones
- You no longer accept popular beliefs that you have accepted since childhood
- Hating others for their behavior is no longer part of who you are
- You seek truth and wisdom instead of material success (though you can have that too)
- Learning from others is your path now rather than criticizing them for not agreeing with you
- You have a sense of separation from others, including loved ones
- You begin to know things with no material source of that information.
Why You Should Want to Awaken
“It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.”~Adrienne Rich
So now you know what a spiritual awakening is. You also know that it takes effort to achieve. Work is involved. So why should you want it, especially when you are still in the material world?
Some people think that spiritual knowledge is only useful in the spiritual world. That is not true. Spiritual knowledge can help us in our everyday life as well. And a spiritual awakening is necessary to gain spiritual knowledge.
It’s a fairly well-established fact that many successful business entrepreneurs rely on intuition more than hard facts for making decisions. In other words. They rely on spiritual insights to aid them in the material world. In most cases, these business people are only minimally awakened. A person who has experienced a more complete spiritual awakening can be even more effective.
Another way in which spiritual awakening can aid in the realm of matter is that of recognizing a scam, lie, or falsehood when presented with one. Spiritual people are rarely taken in by scammers.
Awakening brings us inner peace, well-being, and a letting-go of falsehood.
The Great Beyond
“Once awakened, man’s spiritual consciousness shall commune with God.” ~Gene Savoy, Sr.
But the primary value of a spiritual awakening now, while still in a physical body, is that the spiritual afterlife is something we must prepare for. Noah didn’t wait until he was waist-deep in water to start building an ark. That would have been too late. The same is true for preparing for the afterlife. Waiting until you get there to learn how to function at that level is foolhardy. You get your degree in medicine before you become a doctor, not after. And doing such things helps you lose your fear of death.
Further Than Today
Longfellow says we should wish that each tomorrow finds us further than today. That is especially true when one is following the path of a spiritual awakening. Deep down, we all want to awaken our higher self, our true self. We all start at different places, with different pasts, and with different anchors holding us back. Therefore, we must each move forward on our spiritual path at our own pace. We must continue to move forward to claim our true self. To not do so is to aid the dark forces of the universe in their efforts to stop our spiritual growth. They like us just as we are: ignorant of the truth and trapped in the material domain. Don’t let them win. Start your spiritual awakening now.
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Your spiritual journey begins when you make the decision to start spiritual practices so you can develop your own inner self, your true nature. Once you do that, your future is unlimited.