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Spiritual Awakening: How to Make It a Simple Practice
We all want to know what the purpose of our life is. Why are we here? What are we supposed to do? Who are we supposed to be? What’s the point of it all?
Phew — I’ll bet you weren’t prepared to be peppered with questions when you opened this post. You’re here to find a simple practice that will lead you to your spiritual awakening; not to be ushered into an existential crisis 😂
But these are the questions that make you crave a spiritual awakening, aren’t they? The questions that fortify your hunger for purpose and passion in your life. So, we have to acknowledge them if we hope to formulate any sort of answers. And that’s not going to be an easy task.
The answers to these questions are very elusive, and the concept we’re going to talk about can be just as elusive. It’s one of those concepts that makes complete sense, until you try to apply it in your daily life. That’s when you figure out you don’t understand the concept nearly as well as you thought you did.
Now, you’re probably thinking — Wait a minute! You advertised this as a “simple practice.” A bit misleading, don’t you think? No, what we’re going to talk about is a very simple practice, but the simplest things in life are typically the hardest to achieve, aren’t they? (Oh . . . mic drop!)
So bear with me, and I think you’ll find both a simple practice to achieve spiritual awakening and a way to transform yourself into the person you were always meant to be.
What Is a Spiritual Awakening?
Before we get too far into this thing, we should probably establish a shared understanding of what we’re talking about. 😉
And, because the term “spiritual awakening” tends to stir up thoughts of religion, it’s also important for us to create a clear distinction between religion and spirituality. Religion is an organized way of coming together with others to find common values and beliefs. Whereas, spirituality is a personal experience through which you find your personal values and beliefs.
With this distinction in mind, consider this explanation from Urban Dictionary:
Spiritual awakening refers to a shift in consciousness, [a mental perception] of reality which had been previously unrealized.
So, you have a spiritual awakening when you go through a personal experience that leads you to see the world in a different way — to see yourself in a different way — and, perhaps, to see your place in the world in a different way. And, if you’re very diligent, you might just end up turning your life into gold. (More on that to come.)
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You Don’t Have to Call It Spiritual Awakening
Maybe the term spiritual awakening doesn’t work for you. That’s cool. The same concept has been called many different things by many great minds. But, at the end of the day, each one shares the same underlying message — you go through a transformation of some sort so that you can connect to a higher consciousness.
My point is, try not to get too caught up in semantics or in thinking that there’s only one way to have a spiritual awakening. Stay curious, and find what makes sense to you. Maybe one of these concepts will resonate with you.
- Carl Jung, a highly regarded psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, called it individuation. Individuation is the process of uniting all of the individual parts of your mind, or psyche, so that you can realize your Self — a higher level of consciousness and the ultimate state of being.
- Abraham Maslow, the 10th most cited psychologist of the 20th century, called it self-actualization. Maslow described self-actualization as the state of being achieved when one realizes his/her full potential.
- Then there’s Eckhart Tolle, a world-renowned spiritual teacher, who called it conscious being. Tolle would suggest that you have a spiritual connection to all things, including the universal source of life (God). When you gain a high-level awareness of this connection, you become a conscious being.
For today, we’re going to focus on spiritual awakening from an alchemist’s perspective. They demonstrated the simple practice we’re going to discuss next.
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The Simple Process of Transforming Lead Into Gold
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The Actual Practice (I Promise 😄)
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Sources & Inspiration
Alchemy: History of Science #10, posted to YouTube by CrashCourse on 6.11.18
Introduction to Carl Jung’s Psychology via The Four Stages of Alchemy, posted to YouTube by Rise From Eden on 3.16.20
C. G. Jung – Alchemy, posted to YouTube by Rippley Ripples on 5.16.19
“This is something I learned from Carl Jung & his studies on Alchemy.” Jordan Peterson, posted to YouTube by TheArchangel911 on 4.26.19
Carl Jung and Alchemy | Jordan Peterson, posted to YouTube by Choose Truth on 9.16.20
A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle, Penguin Books
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