Spiritual Awakening is a process where you becomes YOU. The Yin and Yang of understanding (YOU) is a perfect state of being. The balance is achieved when the ultimate realization dawns. No matter which path we take on our spiritual journey, the goal is to achieve this flawless state. The process of moving from unawareness of this pristine nature to its ultimate realization is caused by a shift in consciousness. This is called Spiritual Awakening.
In Zen Buddhism, Enlightenment is called SATORI –
Satori is the spiritual goal of Zen Buddhism (in Chinese: wu). It is a key concept in Zen. Whether it comes to you suddenly seemingly out of nowhere as found in the Enlightenment process called Aparka Marg, or after an undetermined passage of time centered around years of intense study and meditation as with the female Zen adept Chiyono, or after forty unrelenting years as with the Buddha’s brother Ananda, there can be no Zen without that which has come to be called Satori. As long as there is Satori, then Zen will continue to exist in the world.
Satori roughly translates into individual Enlightenment, or a flash of sudden awareness. Satori is as well an intuitive experience. The feeling of Satori is that of infinite space.
What is this enlightened state anyway?
Ordinarily, people believe that spiritual awakening is only for SPIRITUAL or RELIGIOUS people. They think that it is not part of the ordinary life. This is the greatest mistake. Everything is happening for all of us. Everyone of us is involved in this process of spiritual evolution.
The greatest mistake we humans make is considering spirituality as separate from ordinary lives.
So what is a spiritual enlightened state? Let’s hear it from some of the masters themselves.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.
– Eckhart Tolle
You can have a tremendously transformational experience, and it doesn’t immediately get rid of all of your contradictions and confusions. Sometimes your deepest shadow comes up after your deepest awakening. Often we have to begin by admitting what is still churning within us.
Spiritual awakening is the difficult process whereby the increasing realization that everything is as wrong as it can be flips suddenly into the realization that everything is as right is it can be. Or better, everything is as It as it can be.
– Alan Watts
Spiritual Enlightenment is only a remembering, it is only a reminding, it is only a recognition. You are already enlightened; you are just not aware of it. It is awareness of that which is already the case.
Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.
– Chögyam Trungpa
Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.
– Zen Proverb
This last one is exactly the sign of spiritually awakened individual. When you see the original returning in your life with a different kind of awareness to it, this is spiritual awakening!
Many things have been said about signs and symptoms of spiritual awakening. These are changes in body, mind etc.
However let us find out 7 signs that are not known to 99% people. These are hidden and help you develop spiritual powers.
Spiritual Awakening Signs
This present moment now becomes extraordinary.
One of the most esoteric spiritual awakening signs is that the present moment becomes extraordinary.
The ordinary objects seem brighter. The experiences and the objects seem to merge together. Imagine the bright sunlight enveloping everything. In bright sunlight everything seems like a light.
Similarly day-to-day simple experiences like sitting on bed is marvelously exciting. This is because after spiritual awakening you become totally aware of the present moment.
Let’s see a real life example.
Eckhart Tolle is an awakened being. He talks about his experience. Here is an excerpt from his discourse: (source: YouTube)
An awakened human being does not know anything except THIS MOMENT NOW!
He uses the power of the present moment to create anything he likes.
Ordinary objects and experiences seem to make an impact.
Life and Death become one. Anything does not seem to be happening. The act and it’s effect are on the spot. You transcend your world.
Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.
― C. JoyBell C.
Many people may have glimpsed this briefly in their lives. You may remember an incident where you were not aware of time. When everything seems to have paused. These were the times when you suddenly transcended your mind. A strong emotion perhaps, a death in the family, a shock.
In that moment you transcend your mind temporarily. Spiritual awakening is beyond your logical mind. Don’t think that you can grasp it as a concept.
Only when you go beyond your mind, will you experience it.
Spiritual awakening brings timelessness with it. Your worries disappear. Your expectations disappear. You live in the moment. Time is a concept that is relative. When absolute happens, time disappears. All relative concepts disappear.
True Love Arises
True Love is born from a deep understanding.
Spiritual awakening is the understanding of the phenomena of the eternal. An understanding which encompasses every living and dead being. It is an understanding that everything is ONE. Everything and everyone belongs to this ONE UNIVERSE. And nothing is going anywhere. They’re ALL HERE and NOW.
This deep understanding brings with it True love. A love in which there is a deep compassion. A love which cannot hurt anyone. A love which nourishes everyone.
When one becomes this way one can see its magic. Things start to happen. Hatred and violence cannot enter you. This is calling the magical power of love that does wonders. Only a spiritually awakened being can realize its power. True love can bring immense peace in the world.
This is a remarkable experience. Spiritual awakening is noticed by a stark and complete absence of fear. You feel yourself beyond death.
My fear and doubts have vanished like mist
into the distance, never to disturb me again.
I will die content and free from regrets.
This is the fruit of Dharma practice.
– Milarepa, from ‘Fruit of Dharma Practice‘
Fear exists because you don’t know what you are. Once you realize your true nature, all fears disappear, Forever!
There is a story of a great emperor who was so powerful that he almost ruled every country on the earth. Once he met an old monk lying on the side of a river enjoying the calmness of a river
The old monk did not move on seeing the emperor. This made him angry. The emperor said: “How dare you not greet me? Do you know who i am? I can stand here and cut you in two with my sword and not blink an eye” To which the monk replied: “Don’t you know who i am? I will keep lying down while you cut me in two and NOT BLINK AN EYE!”
Once awakened, there are no impossible things out there. You can achieve anything your put your heart at. This comes from the power of fearlessness.
Instant Results of Actions (Karma)
You may have heard about the saying:
As you sow, so shall you reap!
After spiritual awakening the delay between sowing and reaping is minimal.
In fact one becomes fully aware of this cycle of action and result. The enlightened one enjoys what he is doing. He does not attach himself to the fruits of the action. The cycle of action and results becomes a video game for him.
Life is never a serious affair after enlightenment. Everything is done very lightly. Karma becomes a game to be played till death of the body. Everything is just like a dream.
The power to change things around you develops
This is the most esoteric spiritual awakening sign. You develop the ability to alter things. It is not that you gain this power. You only realize that it has been with you forever. It is not something acquired, it’s realized.
This ultimate realization of power within you is exciting. Now I am not saying you can freeze water by looking at it. Spiritual awakening does not make you a magician. Yes there are miraculous powers developed on realization. But these are more related to a superbly focused Mind.
When you become a master of that mind, only then you attain the spiritual power.
Spiritual enlightenment is itself a great miracle. It is a wonderful thing. It is an achievement in itself.
The power to change which develops is on a personal level. You turn bad to good, unfortunate to fortunate, sick to healthy and so on.
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All are miracles.
– Thích Nhat Hanh
When you awaken, you will find ordinary things doing miracles. And all the while you thought only You could do it.
These were the spiritual awakening signs that are less talked about. Once you awaken to the reality, you’ll notice them easily.
The Ultimate Miracle
When ego is no more, you can see the dance of the universe. And you are SO very much a part of it.
Entering into enlightenment is like entering daylight after a lot of sleep. Suddenly there is light all around. In this light you can’t see your small ego, your small self. It vanishes. During the course of day-to-day life you will notice your ego. As long as you live ego will be there. But now it is powerless.
You have discovered that it exists only as a dream. The ego is only a part of your dream. When you are spiritually awake, you no longer have a false sense of self. Your falsehood and your conceptions disappear.
This is the ultimate miracle. You are doing something without your ego troubling you. Isn’t that wonderful?
You dance without ego. You play without ego. Trust me it’s a different ball game altogether after awakening.
What also happens as a result of awakening is that you go beyond words. Your actions become more important. Not in what you do but ‘how you do’.
How you sleep, how you speak, how you eat, how you walk; your light is reflected in your way.
You acquire a charm. People recognize you as if they have seen you before.
There is nothing that stops you. After awakening you know no obstacles. The road becomes clear. Your vision becomes clear. You become stress free. You achieve everything easily. You are like an artist that performs effortlessly and with grace.
Have you ever seen a dancer performing? When you become the dance and there is no dancer remaining, the act of dancing becomes perfect. Then there is neither ‘dance’ nor ‘dancer’; there is only ‘dancing’.
The universe is a phenomena. It is a process. There are no objects. There are only processes. It is a constant river flowing. It is constantly moving, yet not moving to anywhere. It is moving but in no direction. It is ‘just moving’.
When you realize this nature of universe, you will be free. Then there is no identity crises. In a flowing river the water has no identity. There is only a river. The water in the river is identified as only River. The water in the ocean is identified only as ‘the ocean’.
Flowing this way, your life becomes beautiful. You realize the ultimate and never go back to sleep.