I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider myself to be religious.
Instead, I’m on a spiritual path – a journey to more peace and meaning.
Clients often ask me what my most significant pointers to the spiritual path are.
Before I cover that below, I’d like to introduce you to how I define spiritual awakening.
What Is Spiritual Awakening?
- It’s knowing who you are deeper than thought and living as that knowing.
- And, knowing yourself as conscious awareness and finding that everything is that consciousness.
- It’s moving from a place of unrest or suffering into a place of more peace, more wisdom, more flow.
When we begin to do that, we start to feel an okayness with what happens. We feel a connection with other people, and things become clearer in our lives.
Achieving spiritual awakening isn’t difficult, although at first, it may seem so. Watch this video:
The Road to Spiritual Awakening
The road to spiritual awakening is marked with two main guideposts:
#1: Be attentive.
Being attentive is using your attention to focus.
It’s more masculine and uncompromising.
Mindfulness is practicing concentration, so we can step out of the mental activity that causes suffering.
The mind is a drama machine. The mind is very skillful at:
- Worrying about what might happen in the future
- Thinking about things that don’t exist
- Focusing on something that happened in the past that isn’t helpful now
- Projecting things that aren’t true onto the present moment
The mind is creating negative thoughts much of the time. All these tumultuous thoughts cause suffering and separation.
Remember: Mindfulness is stepping out of all that drama into the simplicity of the present moment.
#2 Let go.
Being mindful can also be allowing and holding space.
It’s more feminine. Ironically, we have to remind ourselves to be effortless and open.
Letting go is not trying to change what already is the case, relinquishing unneeded control and seeing that your natural self is less contracted and more spacious.
Being mindful, which includes being attentive and letting go, means:
- When you are walking, you know that you’re walking
- When you’re listening to someone, you are genuinely listening.
- When you catch yourself lost in thought, bring awareness back to this moment
- When you are unnecessarily tense, relax
When you’re practicing mindfulness:
It brings being and knowing into your doing so that you are not lost in what is happening.
When you catch yourself stressed or suffering, bring your attention back to the present moment and be the observer of your thoughts.
Our Masculine Culture Dominates Everyday Life
The mind lives in “what if’s” and “shoulda, coulda” and can leave us feeling depressed or angry.
We live in a masculine culture that is all about “grabbing the bull by the horns” – conquering, and achieving power and control.
We often forget about the feminine side of ourselves:
A large part of the feminine within us is to allow, release, and let go. The mind is continually trying to get things that it thinks it wants and reject things it doesn’t like.
But when you let go, you begin to see that what you were looking for is already right here.
Ultimately, when you let go, you relax.
When You Become Conscious of Your Thoughts, You Are the Witness
You can witness your thoughts come and go and allow everything to be.
This is being the witness. It is who you always and already are.
- The relaxing is finding what is deeper than the mind
- The beingness that you already are is found by relaxing
The mind always seeks more drama and is forever worrying or getting upset.
To find who you are deeper than thought:
- You are attentive to the present moment
- You let go of the mind’s habit of trying to be in control
- You discover more flow in your life
- You are more in touch with reality
- Negativity starts to fall away
You relax back into the one who’s deeper than the mind, you relax back in the “isness”, observing your thoughts as they come and go. You experience the joy of living in the moment.
Find Freedom in Letting Go
Whenever we can let go of what we cannot control and experience the “beingness” we are, this is a direct path to awakening.
What is experiencing this moment?
- There may be thoughts, but you’re deeper than thought
- There is an expansiveness in which thinking happens
So much of spiritual awakening is relaxing – because in reality, there’s not much to get worked up about.
- Focus on the present moment
- Ask yourself what needs to be attended to at this moment
- Pay attention to that and do it