A spiritual awakening can be very painful at times and can cause you a lot of suffering on a mental and physical level.
If you are going through a spiritual awakening, first of all, congratulations. You know it’s not easy, even though it’s a very good thing.
I am currently going through the process, and experienced a “Dark Night of the Soul.” It almost sent me back into the comfort and safety of my old ways.
But here’s the deal: You can’t do things unconsciously. I knew, on some level, that going back wouldn’t be possible.
Therefore, I had no choice but to confront the agony and stand up for myself. There is a good reason for the discomfort, and the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.
Why is Spiritual Awakening painful?
A spiritual awakening will look different in different people’s lives, but there are some consistent themes about them all. One of them is obviously pain.
It appears that suffering is an inevitable component of the awakening process for each and every one of us.
Some people are in more pain than others, while others also experience physical pain and mental pain.
However, if you are going through this, it is likely that you are looking for answers. Why does it hurt so much to do something that will ultimately be beneficial to you?
Here are some reasons for it:
1. You cast away the ego
Ego is an important part of thought that is ultimately designed to protect you from danger in society. Your ego will fight anything that challenges your beliefs about what constitutes “the norm”.
And although I speak about the ego as if it were a separate entity, it is not. It is something that is inherent to you, so the issue we’re talking about lies within.
Your ego may have helped you suppress feelings that were painful, and it has mostly kept you repeating familiar patterns that do not serve you.
And it will not go down without a fight.
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2. You enter uncharted territory
Going to unfamiliar places is always a little scary, but it can also be quite exciting. You don’t have a clear idea of where you’re going, so it makes sense that you’d be worried that you might be heading in the wrong direction.
Here, too, ego is at play. Keep in mind that the ego is here to protect you, which means avoiding risk.
3. You defy social norms
This is a big problem for more people than you think. Even if you are certain that you are on the right path, even if you have a gut feeling about it, you’re probably walking that path alone.
And this can feel uncomfortable. You worry about what other people will think when they find out what’s going on with you.
4. You’re afraid you’ve gone insane
As you progress further along the path of awakening, you might find that you are more receptive to information that, in the past, you would have dismissed as absurd.
You find yourself watching YouTube videos that, in the past, you would have laughed at, but now they make sense. It’s only natural for you to wonder if you’ve gone completely insane. In fact, you’re just shedding your ego.
How can you Reduce the Pain of a Spiritual Awakening?
The most effective treatment for the pain associated with spiritual awakening is to overcome it. Roll up your sleeves and power deep through the emotional baggage you’re carrying.
It’s going to be a rough experience, but once you get through it, you’ll come out much stronger. Here’s a list of tips to get you through it:
1. Don’t resist
When I gave birth to my daughter, someone told me this: The more you resist pain, the more you will feel it. And it was absolutely correct. You can’t wish away the pain that comes with giving birth; it’s a natural and normal part of the process.
A spiritual awakening can be thought of in the same way. There is a meaning to the suffering that you are feeling right now. You must learn from the experiences that have caused you pain. The pain will continue as long as you refuse to learn.
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2. Share gently
Even if you love and respect someone very much, they won’t be able to help you if they haven’t been through what you’re going through.
And if you start talking about these things with someone who isn’t spiritually awake, they will probably think you’ve lost your mind.
Instead of speaking in terms of awakening, share the emotional work you are going through. That is something that everyone can understand.
Once you make it to the other side of the pain, you can speak in terms of awakening if that feels right. You could also start sharing your experiences with someone who is open-minded.
3. Go out in nature
You could be experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, or a combination of bad feelings right now. However, you will find clarity in nature.
One of the reasons you are hurt is because your ego is holding on to all the rules of society. However, nature does not follow these rules.
There is no judgment here. You can be who you truly are when you are among the trees, bushes, and streams. Try to spend as much time outside as you can every day.
Where are you in your spiritual awakening journey? Do you have any tips to reduce the pain?