The 6 Life-Changing Stages Of Spiritual Awakening

The 6 Life-Changing Stages Of Spiritual Awakening

The 6 Life-Changing Stages Of Spiritual Awakening 1920 1080 Christina Lopes

Discover the 6 life-changing stages of spiritual awakening and learn 3 simple but proven strategies to help you work through each stage, even the harder ones.

My spiritual awakening lasted 6 years and it wasn’t always pretty.

In fact, it was in many senses an emotional rollercoaster. But the silver lining here is that I learned some valuable lessons through those years.

What looked like on the surface as a crazy process that had no rhyme or reason, was actually a highly intelligent and complex series of patterns that made sense once I learned to work with them.

It turns out that spiritual awakenings tend to follow certain stages that you can easily identify to help make sense of what’s happening to you.

And once you learn these stages and how to work with them, you’ll notice your spiritual awakening becomes easier and more peaceful.

Here’s what you’ll learn In this video:

💥 The 6 life-changing stages of spiritual awakening, so you can pinpoint right away what stage you’re at.

💥 The 3 actionable tips to help you get through each stage of your spiritual awakening, especially the harder ones.

💥 The pro technique I use with clients to help them see the bigger picture!

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Which stage of spiritual awakening are you at right now?

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  • Dark night? My awakening kicked into overdrive after I hit my head. I had injured my neck and was starting to recover but pain levels were still high. One night I passed out while walking and ran face first into a stucco wall. I’ve still got a scar – my daughter calls it my Harry Potter scar. I felt my soul detach and begin to move on and it felt warm and beautiful, but something stopped me. I felt called back. There were things I was meant to do. So I pulled my soul back into my body. My doctor said I has a severe concussion and I couldn’t stand any light or sound for six weeks. I couldn’t do anything but lie in bed and meditate. With each passing week, I felt more connected and alive than I had in years. I felt calm and nothing overwhelmed me anymore. Then I went on a family trip with my mom. There’s not enough space here to explain the dynamics of that relationship but suffice it to say, she said some horrible things to me during this trip. I’m used to that but it hit me so hard and I didn’t understand why. I had figured out that I was going through an awakening and I thought that I had screwed it up because I couldn’t meditate or do anything but lay around and cry. My heart chakra felt painfully blocked. It was months before I could meditate. I was so relieved when I found your videos, Christina. Thank you. I thought I had ruined everything. But the process is still challenging in ways I never expected. The Hashimoto’s that I control through diet has been reactivated and my neck keeps getting worse again. I have anxiety and panic attacks and I’m in constant physical and emotional pain. I’m trying to be patient and ride it out and trust the process, but it’s hard. I liked the bliss phase. This part sucks. But it’s good not to feel so alone. So thank you again.

    • Amanda – Team Christina November 27, 2019 at 6:45 pm


      • You’ve just described the loop of my life. Repeating time after time….over and over again. I think there are I hope there are others like me. I cannot find any and I have lived so much and met more people than some do in 100 lifetimes. Never was asleep. Aside from trying to be asleep cause I need a break. I feel as though I’ve lived too many times that’s even natural or possible in one lifetime. Each time faster n faster until the process becomes so quick there are no more stages…. In that video u described what I went threw before moast even went to school…. And it hasn’t stopped. I’m 42 and I’m not trying to get out of the dark night or the rest…I’m clinging to it …. Out growing everything and everyone and more alone than ever. I’ve never met anyone like me and I so want to walk and talk and be understood. There is no need for I have never been understood. But I know I can’t do this alone. I am one the world many and there must be someone like me. Tears contintinuously pour from my eyes right now…I feel myself slipping away for my purpose I cannot choose and cannot be just about me. It isn’t about me. None of it was ever about me. I’ve been walking in a direction because this is the way… All my life..I cannot rationalize as it is not a choice… I cannot go in any other way… If I do not walk in this direction I am unable to sleep. To even digest food. Controlled by the subconscious but in my case it isn’t that. It is my whole being…. I need to connect to the people I don’t know where they are the ones like me that idk I just know I need to find them cause apparently we got something big or I wouldn’t be here again.

        • Amanda – Team Christina March 3, 2020 at 1:17 am

          Thank you for sharing and happy to have you in this community! ❤️

          • Thank you so much, that was the best information anyone has given me! Went through my dark night about two years ago for almost 2 years, had no idea what was happening to me, if I would’ve saw this before that it could’ve helped me tremendously, however I am in the last and forever stage and never felt better. Creating jewelry and making candles and going to start up a little business with it, amazing how the universe has a plan for you and all about the divine timing. So grateful and excited to start my new journey 🙏❤️😁. I am definitely going to send this to friends, so they have some information about it. Sending everyone love and light as we venture on.

          • Amanda – Team Christina March 31, 2021 at 5:18 pm

            You are so welcome! Thank you for your continued support. Sending you love, Brenda!

    • I Haven’t reached stage 2 yet I feel like I’m getting there but I can’t feel or hear the messages

    • This is what I’ve learned…… if I was praying, meditating or focusing on something other than myself then the anxiety, fear and worry would disappear. My prayer for you…… may God relieve your physical pain…….Amen

  • Where does Suicide fall into these.’Life’ changing steps?
    Isn’t Suicide an Awakening? One willingly ends ones own Life and begins another. A transformation if you will and information because we are ALL IN FORMATION.
    FREE WILL. Society shuns away from this topic for silly reasons but at the same rate we have a smoking pandemic wiping us out of extinction and no one views that issue as a form of Suicide. Interesting.
    Well, that’s where I am at. I am at a point if no return and if I decide to take this route…make this Life changing decision, there is obviously no turning back.
    Thank you for giving me this platform and the opportunity to express my Self as best I could.
    Be well and thank you once again.
    Ciao! V!💜💜💜

    • Amanda Team Christina November 27, 2019 at 6:46 pm

      I’ll keep that in mind for upcoming topics! Thank you ❤️

    • Totally legit question. But I think you might find yourself back in the same place again until you find the way through it.

    • Please check out the teachings of masters of ascention and teosophy, mediumship and spiritism, and channelers of all types: if you commit suicide before the time YOU STABLISHED for leaving this dimension before being born, you’ll stay here on earth as an earth-bound spirit until the real date of your passing comes. If the dark night is being too much for you, follow Christina Lopes advice for making it less hard. Love and blessings to you.

  • Spontaneous awakening at 18 thanks to karate that leads to meditation, in the present moment. Then at 50 in 2015, traumatic event, my wife who talks about separation. (From 1987 to 2015,2016, I took a “break”.) A mix of dark night and bliss from July 2015 to late March 2016. But Christina, I have never been neglected by my first guide. I even think she was singing to me so that I could fall asleep. Even in my most difficult moments, I was never alone. Yes I thought about suicide, but in those moments, the presence of all my guides was even stronger. “Ask and you …”

    A big thank you for what you do!

  • Thank you so much for of your video . I’m so glad I find you Christina Lopez. I thought I was losing my mind and getting nuts . It’s been difficult but with your video it helps a lot to understand. I’m still not sure if I’m in the dark stage or the void. Everything was going perfectly so I know I passed the bliss. Connecte to God. Getting message from Angel connecting with them it was wonderful. And now Bam everything kind of disappear and a lot of crying healing. I do a lot of meditation. Mantra, singing bowl balancing chakra, Deeksha… I having Reiki done it seem to help. But not the great place to be when you keep crying . It’s like a real roller coaster . But after watching the video and help on the stand so thank you for that God bless you! You are a lifesaver . 😇🙏

  • I think I may be in 3 lol yes definitely 3. but before God lead me to all the spiritual awakening information out here I never realized I was an extreme empath. I’ve been in three now for 6 or 7 years. I feel I’m starting to awaken transition and heal all at the same time. 6 years ago I lost a pregnancy a marriage a house a parent and my job all within a 6 month period. even before that I spent many years shelling out so much compassion for others I forgot about myself. I went through a very bitter phase after this and just now starting to realize this is not a punishment but a journey God is bringing me through. I spent many years in a religion that frowned upon much of what I am learning from Christina. I seriously believe God lead me to her. I’m starting to feel so much better about my journey because now I have information to confirm what I’ve known all along , I have a job to do here. and I need to go threw all of this before I can get there. I thank God for you Christina for being the healer and leader you were meant to be. bless you

  • I am in the 5th stage. The dark knight of the soul was suicidal, great despair i didnt know was possible. Then i felt confident like never before. Sure of myself. In this 5th stage i am learing something about what is my truth , settling feeling i being different then j was. More certain about who i am. Such crazy awareness of self and surroundings. This all has taken a few years. Thanks for your videos. Sharon

  • #askchristina
    Christina I’ve been going through my spiritual awakening for 2 years 2 years ago I surrendered to the process of life during daily anxiety attacks and that’s when my whole life changed an I felt like I woke up but its been 2 years an I still get the odd anxiety attack is this normal?

  • Such a lot of helpful advice here, I can identify with much of it. Roll on the day when all these experiences and teachings become part of mainstream psychiatry and psychotherapy. Thank you for sharing your energies with us, many can choose to benefit from this. Emerging from dark night and doing as much as possible to be grounded.
    🙏❤️🙏. 🕊

  • My spiritual awakening came upon me so gradually I didn’t recognize it in the moment, but looking back, it started the day the bank said I had paid off the mortgage on my house. It arose out of the feeling of relative safety that came with being out of debt. I immediately started purging on a material level, having little sense of where this was leading. In two years I shed 15 percent of my body weight, 50 percent of my possessions, my career, most of my friends, and many of my habits, and I found myself in a void in which I seemed to have no past that mattered and no future either. That was when I started to have wave after wave of spiritual insights that led quickly into the heart awakening and the stereotypical dark night. I reached a point of surrendering to the process. Gradually I have developed a strong sense of purpose, new spiritual powers, and groundedness. There have been at least five moments when it seemed that I was emerging from the dark night, but it was not so, and one year in, there is no end in sight.

  • #ask christina: I am now entering the stage of Groundedness, based on your labels of the 6 stages of spiritual awakening. I was wondering if there was anything I could do (action steps) that would facilitate me in doing my best at integrating into this stage. I did tons of self-reflection and absorbed the wisdom and gained great understanding from my lessons when I was in the VOID, and believe my lessons are well integrated into my daily life. I have read about being ungrounded during the spiritual awakening process, so was wondering if there were any challenges like learning to be more grounded that come up in the stage, or if entering this stage is determined by the fact you have become grounded and your ego and soul are now connected, whole and moving in the same direction. Thank you — I have really appreciated all the insights you have provided from your life experiences!

  • #askchristina
    Hello. I’ve been very sensitive and introspective all my life. When I was 7 I was already writing poems about God and nature. I was Catholic until my twenties but then dropped: I needed to find myself out of a God that now sounded like a shelter and an excuse not to be the main actress of my life. I’ve always felt so different and lonely inside and scared by life. I guess a deep need for spirituality was always pressing until in 2003 I started to meditate and had many incredible insights I knew were coming from somewhere or someone that was not “me”. But after some months I was back to my ordinary life and perception. In retrospect I guess there was still a lot to process but above all I have noticed that any time I find peace and detach from my mind I stop writing and being creative and just live in this other dimension and after some weeks I collapse because I miss my passion, my writing, my fire. Looks like I don’t manage to combine the spiritual side and this “material” one. After all, how can you detach from thoughts and emotions and still be so immersed in them as to freely grasp and write them? So I seem to be in endless phases of dark night of the soul or void, then little expansion or glimpse s of blessing, and then back to merging with this inner fire but never have the very shift: neither inside nor in my life. And am not happy. How to deal with all this?

    • Amanda – Team Christina January 2, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you for reaching out. We’ll keep this question as a possibility for a future video on the topic ❤️

  • Thank you, I think I stumbled across your video this at just the right time Christine! I feel so lost, like you said – like I’ve lost the life I had but feel down as I’m not moving anywhere and it’s been 3 years now. I’m somewhere between the dark knight of the soul and the void. I’ve had anxiety too and my doctor has referred me to do the ACT program. Acceptance commitment therapy -it’s definitely helping but you letting me know it’s a normal cycle of life is reassuring – thank you thank you thank you

  • Thank you for your video. It gives me so much more understanding of what is taking place. I feel like I’m transitioning from the void to grounding.

  • My awakening began 6 years ago when my thirteen year old died by suicide. That day, I had this crazy strong urge to go home. I had just started a new career and this was not like me! But, I needed my babies. I’d never ever felt that and I couldn’t shake the feeling so I asked if I could leave work. Then, when my son wasn’t home I became upset and smoked cigarettes on my front porch (I didn’t want my neighbors knowing I smoked and yet there I was.) once my husband was home, I asked him to go out back with me so that I could vent about my thirteen year old that still wasn’t home. I didn’t want my other son to hear us. I walked out back where I usually smoked and we found my son. After an investigation it was determined that my son took his life at the moment I felt I needed to come home. Neighbors made note of when they heard it happen. (We lived in the country and gunshots weren’t uncommon). I knew something protected me from finding my son that day. And it began. My dark night of the soul started at the beginning of 2019. I feel that I came out of that this summer. And the void. How interesting. I’ve wondered why I’ve felt stuck. Like I can’t figure out what my next move should be. And this made complete sense. Thank you for this video.

    • Amanda – Team Christina November 24, 2020 at 9:47 pm

      Hi Amber, thank you for sharing such a vulnerable part of your journey. We are so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. Sending you so much love! ❤

  • Wow!! This was so helpful! Your new video came in my in box this morning and this video on stages of spiritual awakening was referenced. This explains so much and was a blessing. I now know I am finishing my dark night stage ( several months of this stage) and feel exhausted and tired. Entering the Void Stage. I feel relieved I now can start to rest and cocoon and start finding my way to the last two stages. Knowing what is coming next helps so much. I went through the awakening at the start of the pandemic and my 60th birthday! Bliss came on very quick – a great time for me. Then the Dark Night of my Ego (Soul) started. I wish I would have know what this was while I went through it. But I got through it in about 6 months. Not to say I will not have Dark Night again but feel like I am in the Void now safely. I will stay the course now knowing I have better and more grounding times ahead! Thank you Christina. Your videos have been with me along my journey and will remain through the rest of my journey. What you do and in the way you do it is so easy to absorb and process. I feel safe with your advice. Know you have helped me so much. I am so grateful for discovering you but I know it was a Divine Intervention or a Soul Find for me. 💕😍

    • Amanda – Team Christina March 31, 2021 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Pam! Thank you for the kind words. We’re so happy to hear our videos have resonated with you!

  • Christina Beebe June 14, 2021 at 3:39 am

    I’m totally in the void stage. Thank you for this video. It helps so much. I’ve been wondering what was happening. This makes a lot of sense.

  • My Father Keith recommended you and glad he did. I believe I experienced The Void during my medically induced coma which I was in for 1.5 months after several cardiac arrests. For me it was like a waiting room, devoid of myself having emotions such as fear or Anxiety, but also no joy or happiness, I just existed. There were 2 solid walls. To the right was evil, or negativity. I think helped me knowing this was “me” the “baggage” To the left was joy and happiness. Perhaps where I should be or move towards.
    After getting better over the last 2 years I seem to be stripped naked and “losing” both lovers (complete heartbreak) and very close friends. Much through betrayal and resentment which I’m working through. Very recently I am experienced what I call a “Matrix style” 3rd eye view bringing me something I can’t even explain properly here except to say I finally realise everything is interconnected and we are all recycled. I’m certainly not at the joy and bliss stage yet, but hopefully soon as this does drive oneself nuts. Love to you all xx

  • #askchristina my spiritual awakening started during active addiction. Can you tell me how my addiction affects my awakening and how to heal myself?

    • Amanda – Team Christina September 11, 2021 at 6:16 pm

      Hi Valerie! Thanks for reaching out! While Christina does read all of her messages, she isn’t able to offer individual guidance in the comments. I will pass along your question for a future video, though! ❤

  • I am so grateful for your teachings. They’ve caused major breakthroughs in my journey. Took me out of the rut of “frustration of not being able to heal”. I was panicking big time since beginning of this year on this. My awakening started 10 years ago with my beloved dog’s passing. I experienced waking up and bliss intensely in the few following years. Then boom. I went into darkness. This came right after a painful breakup with my 7-year life partner. I felt everything you explained in this video intensely. I did not know I was going through a phase of spiritual awakening, I thought I was getting sick, and would have to start taking many meds. I even thought I got parasites in my brain and was dying. I went back and forth dark night and void for almost 4 years now. They came intermingled and overlapped mostly, with brief periods (days to weeks) of bliss inbetween. I became more and more introverted and scared of people since I could not manage my social interactions or relationships and felt drained every time I joined a group for anything. I had no idea why most of my friends were my friends, why I had the difficult mind I had, was I mentally ill, nothing made sense, In the periods of bliss I made some beautiful things, art and crafting. The worst was when I fell back from the bliss into a new dark night, every time. I felt so helpless, like a baby abandoned by her parents. The more I fought the negative feelings, the deeper I got myself into darkness, despairing that it would never end, even though it ended multiple times before. I am a stubborn one, much resistance, starting to release and let go now.
    I was on my third dark night with a splash of void pulling me down when I started listening to your videos last week, and I believe you blasted me out of darkness. I needed to surrender to the process. I don’t have to have everything planned. I don’t have to know where I am going next. I only want to heal and open to my heart and my true essence and dance with life in the most joyful way I can like a hummingbird or butterfly. I am now wise enough thanks to your teachings to know that I am just in need of surrendering to the coccoon.
    Everything is all right. I trust my soul and welcome every part of my journey with an open heart. Thank you.

  • Life fell apart with bankrupty and marriage breakdown and I felt adrift however I stepped on my spiritual path about 20 years ago. I’m through the Dark Night, gounded, opening heart and working on my ‘mind chatter’. There have been many ‘rest’ periods in my journey where I have not actively progressed but currently I feel pushed to move on.
    Being on my spiritual path has brought many people into my life who have left when lessons learned and there have been times of loneliness too as being authentic can lead to changes in the company kept.
    Thank you for all the helpful and enlightening videos on your website

  • This may get lost among all the other great posts, but I hope it will be found by those who need it.

    For some of us, Spiritual Awakening is like peeling an onion. We go through the steps over and over. Though it seems like we are alone, we aren’t. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been through this. It just means that my process is taking one issue at a time, digging deeper and deeper for more healing.

    At the moment, I’m between the Void and Groundedness. I’ve done this so often that I recognized the pattern the second I hit the Void, last spring, and chose to focus on recreating a foundation upon which I could build my new life and being. I look at what I’ve experienced to see what I can use to move forward, decide what works and what doesn’t for the millionth time, define my values (because I forget too easily), admit to myself what I did to cause or worsen the issues which are ending so I don’t have to make the same mistakes next time (& yes, I do screw it all up on a regular basis, but that only means I’m still learning), buy what I need to continue with previous talents or to get through whatever weather or illness may come in the meantime, open myself to the novelty ahead, and sit still to await my “marching orders.”

    My best friend has also been through many rounds of this process, and I feel blessed to have her to talk to: she didn’t understand the process, either, until we talked about it, this afternoon. I was glad to have the words to be able to comfort her. Her words to describe it were different, but I think she gets it, now. It’s difficult to express some experiences without a community, which makes us feel even more alone in this. The more we get together, the more we can see that what we are going through is “normal.” We are empowered by each other.

    Blessings to Christina and all who work with her to bring this community into being!

  • Thank you

  • Hey Thank You weru muchfor Sharing You Knowledge .

    I am at the 6 ,I Am. for me i maintain the Bliss by painting , doing Creative work, some times in extases.
    when i meet people/ freinds, they some times comes whit theres opstracels in their life and then i ask if they nede help or some times i just Intuitive help whit clairvoyance .
    Yes it helps to inspire to rise awereness and Consciousness,
    Best regards
    Bjarke Torben.

  • Cristina i am so grateful you have come into my life! I have an illness where the best proven treatment is of a spiritual nature, My wake up was sudden afer a very dark traumatic event the likes of which i have never experienced. The “Bliss” oh the beloved bliss! was relatively short lived and thanks to your great video im prety sure i am currently somewhere in the dark night or entering the void. But at least now i understand what is going on. Spirituality is something i never understood as my mind conjured up images of people praying in churches which kept me closed of from the sunlight of the spirit. But maybe it was all part of the process? Anyway im just happy now that i found someone who can explain spirituality in a way that makes sense and is easy for me to understand. I have learnt a great deal already and will continue to learn from you. Many thanks for your fantastic work you have made a difference to my life and that will have a knock on effect to those around me.

  • Valuable information. I must be in the VOID because I have been feeling lost, uninterested and very tired. Looking forward to feeling better soon. So much to learn. I am definitely a spiritual seeker at this point in my life. It is all I want to do. I am very new to your work but your videos have been awesome. They are helping me navigate what is going on. Thank you!

  • Christina,
    First let me express how grateful I am for your videos for those of us that are on a fixed income.
    You are an amazing teacher with organized clarity.
    I am in stage 5 however I believe I am a light worker base on what you have taught and what I know of myself.
    I know I am already doing my work but not in a way that I feel it, like I know I’m making a difference.
    Respectfully, denise from ohio


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