What A Spiritual Awakening REALLY Looks Like

What A Spiritual Awakening REALLY Looks Like

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So many of us are going through spiritual awakenings, where we literally feel like our lives are turning upside down and inside out. In a sense, we’re dying to our old lives and being reborn.

We’re becoming the people we were always at our core: powerful, authentic, raw, tender and open-hearted.

But while spiritual awakenings are filled with beauty, grace, and joy, they can also be tremendously difficult to live through.

The truth is, real spiritual awakenings are raw and can have many ecstatic highs and deep lows.

For so many of us, they start with some form of painful event, like a life-threatening disease, a sudden job loss, or the breakup of a relationship. Something happens to us that completely shatters any illusions we had about life being “secure” and “stable”.

For others (such as spiritual teacher Michael Singer), the awakening process starts without suffering or pain. There’s just a sudden “knowing”, like a light bulb that goes off in your head.

But regardless of how they start, authentic spiritual awakenings aren’t all rainbows, glitter, and unicorns. There will be inevitable challenges that must be addressed along the way, so the process moves more smoothly.

In 2013, I had my awakening the “hard” way: through the sudden collapse of my marriage. The months that followed were very painful but by the end of the year, I thought the worst was behind me.

At that moment, I thought life would be joyful and blissful always and that my awakening process had finished.

How naive.

Almost 6 years later, I’m still “awakening”– every single day presenting new opportunities for growth.

And I now believe that to “awaken” means to initiate a process that will unfold for the rest of our lives. There really isn’t an end to a spiritual awakening.

Looking back on my life since 2013, I can say this for sure: it would have been nice to witness and follow someone else’s difficult awakening process.

I had many examples of people who had awakened and their lives looked wonderful from the outside. But I didn’t get the “raw” side of their stories.

Did they suffer?

What were their lows?

How low were their lows?

This would have been so important for me because when I was going through my “dark night of the soul”, there was a part of me that questioned whether I was doing this whole awakening process the “right” way.

That’s why I shot this video for you.

If you’ve awakened but are going through some deep challenges right now, this video will certainly be a lifeline.

In this video, I’ll give you a “behind the scenes” look into my own awakening and share the most challenging moments I’ve lived through in these past years. By opening up about my challenges, I hope to help you in your own awakening process too.

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

1. What is a spiritual awakening? I’ll define what an awakening is and why it happens to you.

2. Some common challenges you may face during your awakening. Such as feelings like loneliness, despair, and times where you feel like you’re going insane. I detail a few of the most painful events that happened in my own life.

3. The positive side of an awakening. It isn’t all bad and I’ll also share some of the most beautiful moments that I was blessed with in my own life. Hint: some involved feeling awe and wonder, like a child.

Audio version of this video:

The last 6 years of my life have been incredible, joyful, painful, ecstatic, lonely at times, and oh so blessed. So don’t let the challenges I share in this video fool you:

Even if I could, I wouldn’t go back to change one single thing. Not one.

Because through all the challenges, I experienced the tenderness and power of my heart. I reached a state of deep joy and aliveness. I felt (and feel) a deep and everlasting connection to the beautiful energy some call God or Source.

And I became the teacher I was meant to be: teaching from deep personal experience, not theories.

The same applies to you also.

No matter what difficulties you encounter on your spiritual path, know that they will eventually lead you to your soul path, your mission, and your greatest bliss.

You’re not alone Beautiful Soul. I’m here: always sending you my love and light.

NOW OVER TO YOU!

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23 Comments
  • I have faced so many challenges… so many and they have been and still are very painful… the worst part of this for me is the loneliness. No one around me gets it… all of my loved ones think I’m crazy.. the only people close to me that have any understanding are my children and they are suffering because I am suffering… how can I be the best mother to them and meet their needs when I feel like a crazy person… I take care of their basic needs every single day but by the end of the day I feel completely drained and crazy… it’s not even the fact that I have kids (which is a hard job by itself) it’s the fact that I am so sensitive that I pick up on every little thing and I can’t stop it from affecting me. It feels like a battle every day. Here lately when I’m laying in bed at night I have had immense pressure changes right above me and extreme ringing in my ears.. I also keep getting migraines… I keep asking what is wanted from me but I just don’t feel like I’m getting the answer and I feel crazy… when I talk about it to anyone they either look at me like I’m nuts or they blow me off… it’s very frustrating.

    • Yeah, awakenings can get messy and confusing and hard sometimes. Take it one day at a time and don’t forget to stay optimistic. Understanding that there’s light at the end of the tunnel was probably the KEY for me to live through my own awakening.

    • Hello, may I offer you something to consider? It might seem a bit odd but then again is might be of benefit.I hope you find it helpful. 💗 Sometimes extreme sensitivity to outside forces can be balanced by learning to exteriorize your own energies more purposefully. Empaths like yourself can benefit from this because to walk in the world totally open and vulnerable is incredibly draining. Exteriorizing energies consists of sending energy from your own energy body to a person, place or object. The exteriorization of energies can be used in many ways. In the context of personal healing, you could exteriorize through a specific chakra in order to activate it or unblock it. You could also exteriorize energies with a specific pattern to make the extraphysical environment of your bedroom “yours” and thus open only to those consciousnesses that have affinity with that pattern of energies. We are incredibly vulnerable while sleeping and what you described sounds like old energetic associations that no longer resinate with you but that are stubbornly attached. Asking what is wanted from you may be seen as an invitation to hang around and keep you up all night. 😜 Perhaps consider asking a more directed question, one that really aligns with your higher purpose and also set a firm limit by uninviting disruptive energies. They are not welcome in your bedroom! You are not crazy and I’m sorry that this has been such a disruptive time. I’m especially aware of how you worry about your children. Please know you are not alone. Sending much love and protection to you. Thank you for your consideration.

  • Hi Christina, I really resonate with the idea you shared about healing the fragmented self, aligning with the higher self and with source energy in the hope to be of some use to the world. Right now I’m struggling to find faith that I have the strength and skill to accomplish this. The word terrified comes to mind. It’s often said that we don’t take on more than we can bare but I can’t imagine that’s true in my case. Seriously? What was I thinking?!? 🤪 All kidding aside, what if we don’t succeed in healing our broken bits? Do we just spend the rest of our days living in limbo? Can we be half awake, a quarter awake, maybe one eye open and the other one closed? 😜

    • Hi Andy! I like to see awakening and soul growth as a process that has no real destination. We’re constantly unfolding just as the universe joyfully unfolds. So try to see this not as a finish line you have to get to and more like an everyday process that you joyfully choose to lean into. You can’t really be half awake. Once the awakening process starts, there’s really no going back, even if our egos want to sabotage. 😉

  • Hi. Just saw your video, I want to thank you so much. I been in a state of feeling so disconnected over the last year and got worse when my my passed away in July. I started using crystals and meditation to help find my way. Watching your video gave me the hope that I am not crazy. I was placed on medication however I discontinue it, and been seeing an therapist for over the year, however watching your video provider more indepth in to the meaning. I am working my way up, and I too now is going throw a rough relationship, and it all made since, he is still on the first grid and like you said no matter what I am not able to connect back to that old life. We are starting family therapist today. But I have the feeling that as you had mentioned it will not work. I just been feeling so stuck, that my legs are not moving to get away. Any tips on what I need to do to stay grounded and to get my legs to move on.
    Thank you

  • I can relate with so much of what you are saying. However, I had not associated these thoughts, questioning my purpose in life, depression,and longings as a spiritual awakening. I am a Christian and spiritual being. However, I believe that we are constantly evolving into the person that God has created us to be for his intended purpose. Thank you for guiding me to this light.

    In His Presence.

  • I’m a 21 year old female and I’ve been going through an awakening and told I was a star-child. I woke up with gratitude and love. I recently just ran into a random lady, divinely guided I guess, and told her everything and she told me I’m not crazy or schizophrenic (as my sister thinks I could be). My family just doesn’t understand so I don’t push my beliefs on them. They believe in God, just not this spiritual stuff. I went through a rough time where people would visit me in my room during sleep paralysis and it got traumatic at times, and I’m hoping it doesn’t happen again. I know I am protected by my angels and my grandma who passed away. Lately, I have been really tired, sick with stomach pain and headaches. Insomnia has kicked in a lot depending on the day. Whenever I dream, it is really intense and real. I know I visit my other dimension. I have psychic abilities and I’m trying to learn how to use them, but I have asked God to let me take it slowly and not all at once so I am not overwhelmed. I always see synchronicities and hear messages through songs. I’m currently reading a book called Eternal Validity of the Soul – Seth speaks, and was recommended by the other spiritual lady I have met a few days ago. I now wake up every day with gratitude and say thanks to God for letting me channel myself through him. I feel complete and whole, and never felt so loved by myself. I have really shed off any self-hate and nurturing myself and others. I believe I am a healer, but it is draining at times when you want to receive the love back the way my heart can love. I do believe love will come one day, and I know my mission is for God and at the end of the day, He is the only love I need. As I wrote that I had a ringing in my right ear.

  • Thank you for this heartfelt video. I have felt so lonely and drained of energy lately. Sometimes my life feels like I’m watching two movies at the same time, that’s the best way I can describe it. It’s overwhelming.

  • Maria Aranza Peralta March 5, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Hi, this will be long because it is something that happened to me and up until now, I still does not know if what is real or not. Though I believe it happened for a reason. I hope that you will read this and if possible, give your insights about it. Thank you. ❤

    I think that my Spiritual Awakening started in 2018 when I had a episodes of seeing visions about my past life about my soulmate and I (which I will state later below) from signs and feelings and a full blown “manic episode (clinically)” where I said so many bad things on social media because I heard voices and see hideous visions – which I think was from a bad spirit that made me crazy for a while. I felt like I was very confused that time because of the fake visions and hallucinations that I had, I became furious and hated people in that one day, but after that I felt like I died then woke up in a new life where I saw that everything was perfect. I felt like I was born again. Then my family was so worried about me because I remembered that I feel like I’m a god that time I saw different dimensions and I knew that in that dimension, there was a different way of counting time. Then after that I was hospitalized and didn’t remember what happened in the reality in the hospital. What I just remembered is that on the way to the hospital, the Divine/ God let me feel that I’m done with my mission to release anger and hatred, now I have to rest. And since that day, I became like a new person, but at first full of shame and guilt, because I cussed so many people on social media, my family told everyone that I was hacked. So that was a burden to me because I felt guilt, I was traumatized, suicidal, depressed, and I was to afraid to talk to everyone. I had always questioned God why he allowed that to happen. I took mental health medicines and therapies. I think it helped, but guilt and shame remained. Not until this 2019 when I decided to apologize to one of those I cussed before, and she said that she was not even mad and she wants me to be okay. Since that day I realized that I have to love myself and recover. Now I know to myself that I have a purpose – to follow my dream and to meet my soulmate/twin.

    Another thing is back when I had those good and fake visions in 2018 there was a past life regression I guess where I saw that my soulmate and I had a promise to each other that in this life, we will see each other. My family says that when I was hospitalized I was saying about that but they just think that I am mentally ill. Now after a year, I saw a card reading on YT twice and both of it stated that my soulmate and I will see each other and it seemed like we had a promise in the past life that we will meet again. It is amazing.

    Currently, I think I surpassed the lows of Spiritual awakening and I believe that I am ready to start a new life. Only you and one friend of mine knows and believes me in this. I hope that you may give some advice to me. Thank you!

  • My deeper meaning was I had a strong knowing that all I needed to do was help others and that was all I wanted to do.My awakening was activated by my Twin Flame.My deeper meaning in life was to just be happy.Find your happiness and everything will fall Into places popped into my head. The thing I had to shed was not being honest, I experienced the dark night truly after my awakening It taught me this to be honest. My challenge was being overly emotional I would say and my heart was shattered by my twin flame. I would have to say I have experienced everything you mentioned in the video to some degree. I heard the spiritual guides the way they guided me broke my heart. Thank you so much for this video I completley resonate.

    • Glad it helped!

      • hello Christina lopes… you r doin great wrk… thank you so much for sharing your experience of awakining with us.. i want to ask u my question is while meditating i use mala.. which are wearing…what is the reason of breaking down of beads of this mala while meditating … what does that mean..

  • My Names is Alben, I am pleased to experience our souls’ introduction on how I was to come across you in life. It is nice to know your souls’ journey and my souls’ journey collide in the now moment I am having. I try not to express any of my struggle or anything to make you feel like i need validation for those painful moments, cause if Im aware of empaths then lets just say amazing things. We are both humans and one thing i work on is that I focus on why life in the past was amazing really, Changing the preception on sad stories can be expressed differently. I dont really think theres one word to describe Life. I know living at this time in life I am like a spoiled child (keyword: like not am) because everyone has done the research and really took time and effort before hand to just make my experience smoother. As if i was to try and open a pickle jar that represents Life and The Past replies to me ” Well i loosen it for you” So yea thank you to all of those people. The moments of Self discovery and knowing the love we all deserve are sometimes forgotten because Pain is conditioned to be relatiable. I learned breathing is a Understatement, its a Virtue. moving forward i give Smiles of admiration to you and high five on life. Thank you for being a beautiful soul Christina

  • Sheri (Spiritual Wave Rider-Annym Awakening) June 25, 2019 at 2:28 am

    I am in tears after watching your video because your words resonated with me in my heart. All that you experienced about being in very low places, is what I am experiencing. I don’t know if what you say about our struggles meaning that we may possibly have a healing mission, but before this awakening I was headed in that direction as much as was possible in my state of consciousness. I’ve sensed that I’m on some type of shamanic journey, but am having such a hard time and like so many, I feel very alone. I have lost pretty much everything, which came about due to false allegations being made. I used to volunteer for my daughters soccer, be very much involved in the community, etc., and graduated in 2012 with a counseling degree that means absolutely nothing to me. My relationships with my significant other, family, kids, and former friends, etc are fractured. Though I still have a couple of attachments-supervised visits with 2 of my 5 offspring, I just want to go somewhere far away from here, alone in nature. However, I feel very guilty for feeling this way. I feel stuck and at a loss. I want to be there for my young kiddos, but I’m not sure how to do this. This is tearing me up inside. Money is an issue, debts are high, and I have no one who understands. Your videos are truly helping me in the midst of my awakening and transformation. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your journey and being vulnerable. I’m going to be applying your teachings as I go inside to keep releasing my past life traumas and embracing my divinity, etc. You are a beautiful soul! I thank my guides for leading me to you! Namaste!

  • Hi Christina,

    This is not what I thought I would be doing tonight but things have gotten out of hand for me during this process. I am completely alone and that is something I never thought I wanted, it’s as if everything in life that terrified me actually came true (it literally did). Sometimes I can’t tell if this is a dream or a reality, I feel the same as you like I am going crazy and I’ve had to stop myself from going to the hospital because I know that they can’t actually help me.

    In the span of one month I thought of suicide but the scariest part is…that I know I will never do it. That actually scares me more than being alive because of how fucking insane my days are. Everything that used to resonate with me before, doesn’t at all now. I can see things everywhere, I turn on the tv and it’s talking to me, it will literally set off a trigger from a childhood wound and this is the second time I am going through the same ones. Omg I just realized that your name, that’s someone I need to forgive for ignoring me. This keeps happening over and over again, will it ever stop? I’m hermitting right now because of the strong pain I feel and the light hurts my eyes. Pressure in my temples from my third eye and the most painful experiences both emotionally and physically at the same time.

    I used to talk, I don’t talk anymore. I’m changing so dramatically, one day I want to quit my job which I have no money anyways. I continue to think positively and I have a daughter that I do need to look after but thankfully my parents help out because a lot of times I can’t get out of bed and that is not me, I’ve been through very tough shit and I’ve always gotten up. Anyways I guess I have to keep going through and into the pain, it’s the only way. God, I hope this is over soon, I pray for him to help me and I feel his presence. The peace that I feel sometimes is so incredible I cannot describe, I do t want it to end. Thank you for your video, it helps to know I’m not the only one who has had my life flipped upside down over and over again.

    • This too shall pass. No matter how lonely or shitty things sometimes get in life, the cycle always changes. Part of helping with that shift is embracing the changes and trusting that the Universe knows where you’re headed and will help. Sending lots of light.

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