(Stillness in the Storm Editor) In our world today, we are taught via social interactions and society that fitting in is one of the most important things to value.
But as Jiddu Krishnamurti said,
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
The fact is our world and human society is almost completely backward, fallacious and destructive. Nihilism, the belief in nothing, also known as the belief in scientific determinism, is a plague of madness on the minds of humanity.
Most people feel unhappy, disempowered and like victims of circumstance, and from this place of profound dissatisfaction, seek for distractions peddled by society. These entertainments are usually self-destructive and environmentally irresponsible, destroying our selves and the planet in a foolish attempt to fill the hole created by the belief that life is meaningless or has no purpose.
As long as we never open our minds to the greater realities of spirit and the divine, this program of self-imposed enslavement and destruction continues on unchecked.
A natural consequence of this state of consciousness is to develop an identity of separation, leading to endless personal suffering, narcism and selfishness. For when one believes that life has no purpose they naturally want to pull away or disassociate from the so-called harshness of reality. And as the old saying goes, misery loves company.
Those who choose to believe in the meaninglessness of life are the most intolerant and venomous when seeing happiness and empowerment in others. Deep down they are jealous and want to suppress the light of others because they have suppressed it within themselves.
A soul that is incapable of seeing the spiritual nature of all things (interconnectedness), seeks to consume the world in an insane attempt to hide from the truth—that they’ve given up on life.
But once we’ve finally felt enough pain, and are ready to let go of the beliefs which hold us back in life, the awakening of the soul can begin.
The following is a list of 21 items one encounters as they awaken. Probably the most immediate and long lasting quality is the increasing sense of purpose felt in one’s life.
Without knowledge, developed through open-minded inquiry, investigation and contemplation, the spiritual realities of existence remain obscured by the material realm. But like learning a language empowers one to read symbols that were previously meaningless, so does gaining knowledge of the truth impart the eyes to see and the ears to hear the spiritual purpose behind all things.
And to be sure, that is one of the ultimate truths of existence, that everything, no matter how seemingly mundane or trivial, has a deep and personal spiritual nature. It’s almost as if the entire drama of creation was perfectly tailored for our personal growth, yet at the same time, it appears everyone is also experiencing the same thing.
This is a process of making whole that which was previously divided.
It is the process of seeking the truth and actually understanding it so as to weave islands of knowledge into a singular body of knowing. The truth is ONE, a singularity, and as such, we must strive to make our knowledge and resulting experience unified within the All.
And as one progresses along the path of truth, increasingly powerful experiences of purpose and personal empowerment are felt. Instead of having blind faith in something, we know what we are doing, why we are doing it, and what effect it has on reality.
Eventually, we will feel so in touch with reality itself, that the possibility of being deceived is almost impossible.
Another natural consequence of awakening is the feeling that we don’t fit in with the world around us, and this is the truth. However, a normal is only an average, and as each individual steps into the light, they become a wayshower for all others, making it easier for them to do the same.
One day there will be so many awakening souls on Earth that the new norm will become the truth seekers path; and at that moment, humanity as a collective will experience more healing and growth than all the token gestures of the past combined.
So don’t lose heart in the process that has begun within you. It is the first step on a path with many steps, which if followed completely, will transform the mundane into the magnificent and downtrodden into the empowered.
Future generations will look back at these times and be grateful for the people who are alive at this time, and who were brave enough to follow the truth wherever it leads.
by Christina Sarich
You can say its because of a global shift in consciousness, a destiny we have arrived at due to spiritual evolution, or the outcome of strange times, but, many people all across the globe are going through intense personal changes and sensing an expansion of consciousness. Personal changes of this magnitude can be difficult to recognize and to understand, but here are 21 traits of an awakening soul, a ‘sensitive’, or an ‘empath.’
1. Being in public places is sometimes overwhelming. Since our walls between self and other are dissolving, we haven’t really learned to distinguish between someone else’s energy and our own. If the general mood of the crowd is herd-like or negative, we can feel this acutely, and may feel like retreating into our own private space. When we have recharged our batteries with meditation, spending time in nature, far away from other people, or just sitting in quiet contemplation, we are ready to be with the masses again. In personal relationships, we often will feel someone else’s emotions as our own. It is important to have this higher sense of empathy, but we must learn to allow another person’s emotions while observing them and keeping our empathy, but, realizing that not all emotions belong to us. Social influence can dampen our own innate wisdom.
2. We know things without having to intellectually figure them out. Often called intuitive awareness, we have ‘a-ha’ moments and insights that can explain some of the most complex theories or phenomenon in the world. Some of the most brilliant minds of our time just ‘know.’ Adepts and sages often were given downloads of information from higher states of consciousness after meditating or being in the presence of a more conscious individual; this is happening for more people with more frequency. As we trust our intuition more often, it grows stronger. This is a time of ‘thinking’ with our hearts more than our heads. Our guts will no longer be ignored. Our dreams are becoming precognitive and eventually our conscious thoughts will be as well.
3. Watching television or most of main stream media, including newspapers and many Hollywood movies is very distasteful to us. The mindset that creates much, but not all, of the programming on television and in cinema is abhorrent. It commodifies people and promotes violence. It reduces our intelligence and numbs our natural empathetic response to someone in pain.
4. Lying to us is nearly impossible. We may not know exactly what truth you are withholding, but we can also tell (with our developing intuition and ESP skills) that something isn’t right. We also know when you have other emotions, pain, love, etc. that you aren’t expressing. You’re an open book to us. We aren’t trained in counter-intelligence, we are just observant and knowing. While we may pick up on physical cues, we can look into your eyes and know what you are feeling.
5. We may pick up symptoms of your cold, just like men who get morning sickness when their wives are pregnant. Sympathy pains, whether emotional or physical, are something we experience often. We tend to absorb emotion through the solar plexus, considered the place we ‘stomach emotion’ so as we learn to strengthen this chakra center, we may sometimes develop digestive issues. Grounding to the earth can help to re-establish our emotional center. Walking barefoot is a great way to re-ground.
6. We tend to root for the underdog, those without voices, those who have been beaten down by the matrix, etc. We are very compassionate people, and these marginalized individuals often need more love. People can sense our loving hearts, so complete strangers will often tell us their life stories or approach us with their problems. While we don’t want to be a dumping ground for everyone’s issues, we are also a good ear for those working through their stuff.
7. If we don’t learn how to set proper boundaries, we can get tired easily from taking on other people’s emotions. Energy Vampires are drawn to us like flies to paper, so we need to be extra vigilant in protecting ourselves at times.
8. Unfortunately, sensitives or empaths often turn to drug abuse or alcohol to block some of their emotions and to ‘protect’ themselves from feeling the pain of others.
9. We are all becoming healers. We naturally gravitate toward healing fields, acupuncture, reiki, Qi-Gong, yoga, massage, midwivery, etc. are fields we often find ourselves in. We know that the collective needs to be healed, and so we try our best to offer healing in whatever form we are most drawn to. We also turn away from the ‘traditional’ forms of healing ourselves. Preferring natural foods, herbs, and holistic medicine as ways to cure every ailment.
10. We see the possibilities before others do. Just like when the church told Copernicus he was wrong, and he stood by his heliocentric theory, we know what the masses refuse to believe. Our minds are light-years ahead.
11. We are creative. We sing, dance, paint, invent, or write. We have amazing imaginations.
12. We require more solitude than the average person.
13. We might get bored easily, but we are really good at entertaining ourselves.
14. We have a difficult time doing things we don’t want to do or don’t really enjoy. We really do believe life was meant to be an expression of joy. Why waste it doing something you hate? We aren’t lazy, we are discerning.
15. We are obsessed with bringing the truth to light. Like little children who say, “that’s not fair” we want to right the wrongs of the world, and we believe it often just takes education. We endeavor to explain the unexplainable and find answers to the deep questions of life. We are seekers, in the Campbellian paradigm. ‘The Hero With a Thousand Faces.”
16. We can’t keep track of time. Our imaginations often get away with us and a day can feel like a minute, a week, a day.
17. We abhor routine.
18. We often disagree with authority (for obvious reasons).
19. We will often be kind, but if you are egotistical or rude, we won’t spend much time with you or find an excuse to not hang out with people who are obsessed with themselves. We don’t ‘get’ people who are insensitive to other people’s feelings or points of view.
20. We may be vegan or vegetarian because we can sense a certain energy of the food we eat, like if an animal was slaughtered inhumanely. We don’t want to consume negative energy.
21. We wear our own emotions on our sleeves and have a hard time ‘pretending’ to be happy if we aren’t. We avoid [unproductive] confrontation, But will quietly go about changing the world in ways you can’t even see.
These 21 traits of an awakening soul are a reminder of how important it is to maintain awareness, clarity and strength in these interesting times. If you are experiencing something that is not on this list, please add it to the comments section below.
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.
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