Was this the beginning of a spiritual awakening?

A spiritual awakening is, generally speaking, a new found awareness of a spiritual reality. It can be gradual or rapid and can mean different things to different people.

Writer Karen Black of karenmblack.com shared her findings on heart explorations where she explains, your spiritual awakening process will not unfold in a structured order. In fact, part of the spiritual awakening experience is to let go of linear thinking and structure of many kinds.

She goes on to say, there are different kinds of awakenings including but not limited to, mind, body, universal and heart. The one that piqued my interest, as you’ve probably guessed, was the heart awakening which involves claiming real power. Often catalysed by heartbreaks or losses, these catalysts have a purpose to open your heart and prompt you to seek. There’s a reason for this. Your mind is most powerful when your heart is involved. Your heart is most powerful, when balanced with your mind.

Talk about a light bulb moment? In my book Polish the diamond in your heart I discuss how my heart and mind had been way out of sync since the death of my mother and only became reunited after a New Year’s Eve ceremony I carried out, which by the way I am now defining as my very own heart awakening and which I didn’t even know until recently, was a thing.

While Oprah Winfrey defines spirituality as the measure of how willing we are to allow Grace, some power greater than ourselves, to enter our lives and guide us along our way, the reverend. Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, defines spirituality as a meaningful connection and says; it’s about our being connected with one another and connected with the cosmos.  It is the process of being healed, forgiven, empowered to go into the world and to be fully alive. Full, unconditional love is the essence of spirituality.  It’s that experience of love that connects you with everyone, connects you with your past, and connects you with your future, gives you hope and excitement about going into the next day, going into the next moment.

For Dr Brene Brown, spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.

When asked do you believe that for all people there is some connection between personal suffering and the intensity that is needed for a spiritual breakthrough? Renowned spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle replied yes, that seems to be true in most cases. When you are trapped in a nightmare, your motivation to awaken will be so much greater than that of someone caught up in a relatively pleasant dream.

Although my heart awakening was unplanned, not least because these things can’t be planned, mine occurred on that New Years Eve, the same night I symbolically let go of the constant longing for my mother and how that unfolded however, I now understand that my awareness of being on a spiritual journey also presented itself that same night.

So much so, that I’m on that journey still and believe I will be until I die, which is why the words of the Rev Ed Bacon resonate with me more than any others and I absolutely get it when he says; Spirituality is the process of being healed, forgiven and empowered to go into the world and to be fully alive. Full, unconditional love is the essence of spirituality. It is that experience of love that connects you with everyone, connects you with your past and connects you with your future. Gives you hope and excitement about going into the next day and into the next moment.

Have you experienced a spiritual awakening?

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