What is Awakening?

Chances are you’ve heard the term before. “Awakened or awakening” is a term that we use to describe a group of people who become aware of themselves as soul or spirit beings instead of just the human mind and ego identification we are all so familiar with. But what does that really mean?

The first step is understanding that you are a spirit in a body. The body is a vehicle for your spirit to drive around in while hanging out on and exploring planet Earth. The human form is meant to be temporary but the spirit lives on forever, simply going back to where it came from once the human form dies.

We are all aware of the voice in our heads that talks to us. It’s usually mean to us but not always. It likes to tell us how awful we are, how we screwed up that day, how we need to lose 10 pounds and how not good at things we are. It’s that voice that talks incessantly about nothing. It never seems to have anything good to say either. It’s like that mean friend that you keep around just because you feel some sense of loyalty to that person. But why do we hang on to that mean friend? Why can’t that mean friend just stop talking for a while?

Part of this spiritual process is recognizing that the mean friend that is the voice in your head, is just trying to keep you safe. That voice doesn’t want us to get hurt. It doesn’t want us to make mistakes. It doesn’t want us to do anything we’re not completely comfortable and confident doing. It keeps us in our comfort zone and will try to make sure life doesn’t change very much. It’ll keep you in the same house, driving the same car, eating the same food for your entire life if you let it.

The other part of this journey is realizing that we can shut off the voice in our heads but also that there is another quieter voice that most of us don’t listen to and can’t hear over the constant chatter in our minds. The quiet voice is our spirit talking to us. It’s telling us to do the scary stuff, to jump out of our comfort zone, to try that new thing or to go exploring somewhere. Most people don’t listen to that quiet voice, even when they can hear it, because it is scary and often not really logical. What does that small voice tell you to do that you’re not doing? If you can’t hear it yet, sit quietly and listen. Ask it what it wants to tell you. Write down what comes up in your journal.

The establishment of the connection with our spirit self-sets off a firestorm of questions that we don’t have answers to yet. We start looking around us and realizing that things don’t make sense anymore. We aren’t what we thought we were. We are different already and the only thing we did was notice there was another path to take and another part of ourselves that we hadn’t completely acknowledged before.

Questions arise like:

  • Why am I here?
  • What’s the point of all this?
  • Is there more to life than just paying bills and dying?
  • What’s is the truth?
  • What are my beliefs?
  • Who am I?

The list of questions is long but worth the effort to explore. Things are not as they appear. The life we’ve been told to lead is not necessarily the one we should be living. This book is going to attempt to dive into some of those questions more deeply. Asking questions like this is one of the keys to the process of awakening and the healing that comes with it.

There are many pieces to the puzzle of awakening. The new few blogs attempt to talk about each of those pieces and ask some questions about how those things are showing up for us in our individual experiences.

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