I’ve found that the awakening process is very similar to the grieving process, in that we move through several stages on the way to acceptance and enlightenment. For the vast majority of us, it may seem as though there has been a “quickening” of time – as we may have experienced an insatiable appetite for learning and understanding – moving towards this moment now.
There are times where you may still feel frustrated and confused, like you are being lead down different paths of information that are essentially spiritual “junk food.” In order to make sense of the nonsense and fully activate your illumined mind, understanding is the door to enter, and patience is the key to unlock it. To understand and to gauge the level of where you may currently be on your journey, the 5 stages below may help. They can help you gain a better understanding on the steps up the “mountain” of which you are spiritually ascending.
5 Stages of the Awakening Process:
1. The Awakening
You may find yourself experiencing a synchronistic moment that unlocks something that was hidden within you: a remembering happens that gives you a broader understanding of your path, purpose and potential in this life. This moment may be experienced through a psychedelic experience, your yoga practice, a meditation, a connection to a new teacher, a book, a documentary… there is no one specific type of moment that the awakening process occurs through, but when it happens, you know and your appetite to know more becomes insatiable.
2. The Alarm Clock
After you have found yourself awake, you begin to view life before your awakening as though it was just a dream. When you step outside of the “Matrix” and see with this new vision, you may feel an urgency to be the “alarm clock” by trying to wake up those who are still asleep. It becomes impossible to understand how you ever lived with a different point of view, and relating to others still stuck in that mindset becomes very frustrating. You may find that those who are sleeping are not ready to be woken up, and would prefer to hit the “snooze button.”