How to Help People Around You Understand Your Spiritual Awakening

How does your spiritual journey effect people around you? And how can you help people understand your spiritual awakening? Here’s a resource!

When Renee reached out to me, I had no idea what I could do to help her understand her brother’s spiritual journey. But she did spark a huge realization. That no matter how empathic and spiritual we believe ourselves to be, our awakening has a bigger impact on our loved ones than we can imagine. And that it becomes our responsibility to help people around understand this spiritual awakening, to bridge this growing gap in the physical plane.

So, I reached out to every single person I could think of who would have some pieces to add to the puzzle. Every volunteer shared their perspective while answering the following set of questions:

  • When did you have your spiritual awakening?
  • In what ways did your behaviour change?
  • Who were the main people to be most affected by your awakening?
  • In what ways were your changes affecting the people around you?
  • Looking back at that time, what would you do differently to help them understand your journey better?
  • How has your relation evolved with your loved ones ever since your first stage of awakening?
  • How can the family of the person undergoing an awakening deal with the rapid changes in a better way? What advice do you have based on your experience?
  • If you’d like to share a testimonial or insight directly from your loved ones, you can email me separately.
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’ve leveraged the answers to these questions in completing this book.

Collectively, our experiences are from anywhere between a few months of awakening, to several years!

Having said that, it is true that the research and depth of this will be never-ending. I don’t want to let my perfectionist stop me from hitting the publish button, because I believe that done is better than perfect.

So, consider this as a starting point in understanding the scope of a spiritual awakening and its impact on relationships.

The resource is written keeping both readers in mind – those that are undergoing an awakening, and those that surround this person and struggle to understand what’s going on. Throughout the book, I address those people as the “awaking” because I believe it’s a domino effect.

It might start with one person, but it has a ripple effect on every person the awakened one meets. And through that, as the saying goes (and I paraphrase), we transcend generations of ancestral trauma and heal the world around us.

One awakening at a time.

An extract from the book, Homecoming: A Spiritual Guide for the Awakened & Awaking

“I mean, what does it even mean to “wake up”?

Well, there’s no standard definition because the experience is very personal for every person. But what I can explain it as, is finally becoming more present in the moment and being able to see the different habits and patterns that form our reality. And then realizing that we have a choice to behave differently from our past patterns.

This is “spiritual” in that we also come to terms with something “higher” looking after us and facilitating our journey so we can keep evolving and learning from life.

Some may call this power God, others may say it’s the “Universe”. When we dial into that higher stream of consciousness, we are compelled to reevaluate our material needs and the impermanent nature of everything. This also catalyzes an inner wonder and curiosity about other, subtler possibilities beyond this dimension of space and time.

What does all that mean?

Think of your life as being on “autopilot” for most parts. So, you might sit in the car and drive home, but because you’re on autopilot, you might not even realize when you got home.

I mean, you will know you did. But if you had to explain your drive home, you might not be able to give much detail.

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That’s because the mind has evolved to register our everyday nuances as involuntary actions and experiences, so that it can focus on something else.

It’s good for us… until it’s not.

It’s not a problem in the sense that we don’t want to have to “rethink” how to open a door or switch gears in the car. But some of our actions in relationships go on autopilot too.

Do you ever find yourself having the same argument over and over again? Only to realize you’re not going anywhere.

This observation is called “awareness”.

And when you have a spiritual awakening, it’s like becoming hyper-aware of your surroundings. You just wake up one day and realize how much of your life has been on autopilot.

There are so many flavours to this awareness, as it heightens.

You could become aware of your toxic relationships, of your emotional outbursts, of the limitations you have taken on because of your past conditioning.

This all leads to a LOT of inner turmoil. And as a result, most people find themselves experiencing an identity crisis.

Who are we, if not someone’s partner?
Who are we, if not for our day jobs?
And who are we, if not the habits we used to swear by?

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This immense amount of questioning can lead to bigger questions, like the purpose of life, why you’re here on Earth, and then some. And to be honest, we should be asking those questions much sooner. But it typically takes an external turmoil to “shake us awake”.

That could be a bad breakup or the loss of a loved one to death. It could mean being intensely bored at your job, or something else.

In some circumstances, it could also just be the need of the hour. For me, I had a perfect life, on paper. I was in a high-respect corporate job and was surrounded by amazing friends and family.

And yet, something felt incomplete. I’ve shared more of my story here.

But the crux of all this is – when you are undergoing a spiritual awakening, you begin to lose all ground and clarity.

Even the smallest decisions seem very challenging. And in all this inner turmoil, it is vital to be able to talk about everything with people you trust.

It took me nearly a year before I started openly sharing my spiritual journey with friends and family. I would’ve loved to share this sooner, but I was afraid of being called “crazy”.

Of course, when I did share, none of that happened. People were receptive, even though most of them didn’t really get what I was going through.

I wish that same level of support for every person who comes on this path, though that doesn’t always happen. This is why I’m compelled to put together a few words on the topic.”

(end of extract)

This extract is from the introduction section of the book. We go much deeper into the different mindsets and challenges that happen during the spiritual journey, as well as insights on overcoming the separation that we experience with loved ones.

You can download the book from Amazon (available worldwide), or through the blog as a PDF, here.

Concluding Thoughts

We cannot and should not walk this path alone. Of the different realizations I have had over the course of my journey, one is that we believe we are much lonelier than we really are. Simply because we don’t know how to talk to people around us about all these woo-woo things and share our worldview with them.

And yet, as the world wakes up, more and more people long for deeper, meaningful conversations about life, and beyond. The word “meditation” has more Google clicks than ever!

So now, more than ever, we need to open up and help people around us understand our spiritual awakening. This is one of the core intents of the book. There’s a lot more too, I do hope you’ll read and enjoy this work.

Hold space for the ones that are waking up – build your tribe, both within your circle of known ones, and beyond them. And just know that I am holding space for your journey too. Let’s walk into Oneness together, shall we?

Ready to take your healing deeper? Let’s talk about it! You’re welcome to setup a complimentary 30-minutes call using this form, and learn how you can set your spiritual plans into action. See you soon!

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The Four Paths to Enlightenment & Why Meditation Is NOT Your Only Option

What are the four paths to enlightenment? How can you practice each spiritual path and become more self-aware? Here are tons of examples!

This has to be one of the biggest concerns that people have, when they talk to me. That they can’t meditate, and so, something must be wrong with them. The very simple explanation to counter this argument, is talking to them about the four paths of enlightenment.

I want to share this with you as well, because you can’t limit your spiritual journey to meditation only. Meditation is just a small tool, amongst many other methods, to experience a deeper sense of internal peace.

Let’s talk about what the other tools are, explained through the ancient, eastern philosophy, called the four paths of yoga.

The Four Paths to Enlightenment

As first described in Vedantic texts like the Bhagvat Gita, there are multiple paths to enlightenment. They can be used in combination, or walked on in isolation, to reach our ultimate goal of self-awareness.

Here is what each of these four paths entails for us, and how you can apply it to your modern life.

The Path of Knowledge (Jnana Yoga)

This is where my own journey began – by reading lots of books on spiritual topics. I have slowed down with the reading, but the learning has been continual.

The purpose of this path, to approach enlightenment by becoming more knowledgeable about our true nature.

As you gain more knowledge and awareness, the shadow aspects and darkness which come from lack of knowledge disperse.
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Jnana Yoga is the way to eliminate the fear of the unknown, by stepping into your all-knowing nature. There are many topics to help you with that, such as –

Note that the more time you are spending learning, you should also be spending reflecting. I always encourage people to practice embodying their truths, by using simple internalization practices.

The Path of Prayer (Bhakti Yoga)

While the first path was based on logic and using our left-brains, the path of bhakti yoga is all about trusting the process and building a truly powerful connection with the Creator.

That’s not to say to have blind faith. Rather to have some acknowledgement of the bigger picture. And then, to be willing to accept it, even if it’s not what we personally believe should happen.

Of the four paths of enlightenment, this may be the trickiest because it can be easy to mistake it as becoming passive. Or thinking it’s okay to step away from one’s duty towards the expansion of the collective consciousness, because everything is “perfect anyway”.

The more you walk on this path, the more you realize you are able to surrender easily and let go, when the situation calls for it. And then you are able to have a dialogue with the Universe, and set the right intention, instead of feeling like God hates you.

Here’s an example of what it looks like to hold a conversation with the Universe.

Prayer is a ritual, only if we don’t understand why it is being done.

So, focus on finding the underlying meaning of the different prayers you were taught, while growing up. You will find the one that truly resonates with your path forward. And then, every time you say that prayer, be more intentional with it.

I’ve shared some of my favorite prayers and their deeper meanings in this post.

The Path of Right Action (Karma Yoga)

This one came as a reality check to me, when my healer reminded me that just because my parents don’t meditate, doesn’t mean they’re not spiritual. And it’s true!

The whole point of being a Karma Yogi, to walk on the path of right action, is to work towards the greater good. To not limit yourself to your personal agenda, but to be able to spread the most amount of joy possible, with your one action.

If the whole world only sat down to meditate or pray for wellbeing, who would actually do the work to make it happen?

The other paths of enlightenment are a means to help us feel grounded and connected with the truth. And then this path is the final nudge to get the ball rolling on all your “good” intentions, and create the manifestation in real life.

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There are so many reflections that I’ve been putting together around what it’s like to be a modern karma yogi. Maybe someday, it might be worth writing it in a book? 🙂

But until then, this is the crux of this path.

When you understand that you are a conduit of the Universe, it is no longer about taking credit or sitting around and waiting for the reward. You will find joy in simply being of service.

As you heal, and help the world around you, your light will spread and automatically grant you bigger opportunities to be of service.

The Royal Path (Raja Yoga)

This is the most intricate of the four paths, because it contains eight steps to be a true Raja Yogi. Interestingly, it was actually introduced to the other three paths at a later point.

Here are the eight steps, and some examples of what they mean in modern times. They are interlinked, but some of the steps can be practiced independently of another. While others occur in a sequential order.

Self-restraint (yama)

Not to be associated with celibacy only. But think of more practical uses, like building self-control and NOT binge-watching TV shows late into the night, because you know you need to wake up early.

Or to NOT indulge that extra piece of cake, just because it’s sitting in your fridge.

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Essentially, it’s about practicing moderation and refraining from over indulgence. It’s about taming the mind and becoming more mindful. And one of the best ways to step into the practice self-control, is to ask yourself this fundamental question.

Have I been over-indulging in any area of my life?

Discipline (niyama)

Most of us wait for the inspiration, or motivation to come, to do something. But this step asks us to remain persistent and do things that are good for our wellbeing and future, regardless of how we are “feeling” in the moment.

By practicing niyama, we are not only discouraging our inconsistent and moody tendencies, we are building our grit.

One reflection question that comes from niyama, is this.

What do I know is good for me, but I have been avoiding doing for myself?

Poses (asana)

What we, in modern times, loosely call yoga. As you can see by now, yoga isn’t just about poses. In actuality, the poses are a small (albeit essential) part of the many possibilities and paths of yoga.

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The purpose of learning and practicing asanas isn’t to become more fit, or become more strong. Those are actually the byproducts.

Rather, the purpose is for us to become more mindful in our bodies, and to feel every movement. As a consequence, also stilling our minds.

Breathe work (pranayama)

I think the book, Breath, has been a game changer for me, showing me how important our breath really is. Breathe work is quite intimate, allowing us to feel safer in our bodies, and expanding our lung capacity, as a starting point.

And then, going deeper and healing the subtle body, as your awareness grows.

Withdrawing inwards (pratyahara)

Something to the effect of minimalism and internalization. The two approaches where you stop consuming as much, and start tapping into the wisdom already within.

Or in other words, moving beyond the five primary senses. To move away from distraction.

But don’t be mistaken that overthinking or being checked out from the present moment means you are practicing pratyhara!
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It means focusing more deeply on our inner needs. To move above the energy of the primal, root chakra. In fact, much above. To move into a more spiritual view of the world. And then, to investigate yourself through deep inner work and find what your soul needs for its evolution.

It may not always be clear, what it looks like to shift your focus beyond the five senses. If you’d like to talk about, let’s get on a call. No obligations, just set some time up!

Concentrate (dharana)

Concentration is the looser translation actually. The better way to look at this step, as explained in the book, The Heartfulness Way, is “something that holds”. As in, to be fully supported and held by our own Heart.

And you can only achieve that state, once you have withdrawn from the world’s materialism, and stepped into your deeper needs. When you focus on your spiritual development long enough, you will find yourself at ease. You will experience contentment.

This step is about moving past the emotional turbulences and becoming more calm. I’ve shared some ideas about finding this peace, through emotional intelligence here.

Meditate (dhyan)

This is the very thing we’ve been trying to do, and beating ourselves for not doing it. But it is the seventh step to happen in a series of many.

And meditation isn’t a tool that you use. It is a state of consciousness we are training ourselves to reach, by following certain practices.
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It is a natural outcome that happens if you are still for long enough, withdrawn of the material tug-of-war, centered in your inner nature.

I recently created a guided walking meditation that you can take with you on your introspections, and tap more into the three steps of raja yoga that we just talked about.

Self-realization (samadhi)

In other words, enlightenment. It is the state where all desires are suspended, or transcended. Even the desire to do good for others!

The state of self-realization becomes deeper and deeper, as we practice stillness and being present.

I share some powerful tools to help people quieten their mind and enter deeper states of meditative thinking. If that’s something you’d like to learn, come find me here.

Concluding Thoughts

So you see? Meditation is NOT your only option.

You could walk on all four paths to enlightenment, in a single day! And then, on some days, you might only feel like meditating – then just do that.

On other days, you might not have the time to do actually do any rituals or practices. But you can still have the intention to be true karma yogi, and be at the service of the Universe.

There is no right or wrong way to go back home – we are all headed there in our own unique ways! So, the only thing you should remember, is to remain intentional and put in some kind of work every single day, to attain enlightenment.

In doing this, you will not only learn how to love life, and show up with more energy than ever. You will also become closer to your truth, and glow inwards out!

The journey is neither about being passive, nor being a renunciate. It is simply about shedding the parts of ourselves that aren’t really who we are. And in that, discovering that our infinite Self was here all along!

Related read: 10 Spiritual Practices Worth Trying If You Can’t Meditate

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A Spiritual Interpretation of the Gospels by Zakary Reif

Zak shares a spiritual interpretation of the gospels, to dispel our preconceived notions about Christianity & help find the spiritual truth.

I have immense respect for all religions, because I believe that they all started off as purely spiritual introspections of life brought to us by different enlightened masters in their time. However, over the years, the message got lost along the way. I was fortunate to come across Zak, who is passionate about reforming how Christianity is seen. He was kind enough to share a spiritual interpretation of the gospels with us today.

He is deeply spiritual and dedicated to his journey back home. I enjoyed spending a Wednesday afternoon exchanging views with him, realizing that Christianity at its core is purely spiritualism.

So we had the idea to put together this piece as an opportunity for my little corner to get his fresh take on the spirituality of Christianity.

Here’s what Zak offered.

Many people are seeking wisdom about the questions of life. There are so many
modern masters to read from. Men and women who have awoken deeply to their true nature, and the true nature of life.

But I want to remind you of a man who lived centuries ago who taught us the true nature of reality. I want to remind you that there is a wealth of important information within the Gospels.

I also want to remind you of the true nature of Jesus. When you read the Bible, try to look past the dogma of religion, and past any preconceived notions that you may have about the Bible. Try to see the truth that is there waiting to be plucked like jewels.

Few realize just how much support they have available to them. Everyone feels the call from within to find the answers to the issues they face in life. But few realize that all they have to do is ask for the truth, and it will be given to them.

In reality, when you start to seek you are already asking indirectly by your desire to know. Or you are asking indirectly by any suffering you may be facing.

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And when you ask, you are always answered. You may not realize at first that you have been answered, but the answers always come.

Jesus came among us as human a being to deliver to us the true nature and structure of reality. Within these teachings are the structure and hierarchy of heaven, the law of attraction, and the true eternal nature of God’s love for us and all things.

All of which have been expounded upon by modern masters of truth as well. Although Jesus was, and is more than a master of truth. In reality, there is a golden thread of truth that flows through all teachings, and all things.

At the core, all there is one simple truth of life. This simple truth is abstracted through the infinite perception of souls living their material lives on earth.

When you finally seek deeply within yourself, you find the universal truth of reality. Then you look outwards again, and what you see is the same universal truth at the core of everything.

You see this universal truth that is echoed within all religions, and all people, and all places. Everyone is perceiving this one simple truth according to their ability to receive. According to the clarity of their perception.

Just Ask: A Spiritual Interpretation of John 14:12-15 from the Gospels

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

-John 14:12-15, Holy Bible, King James Version

All you ever have to do is ask. God, Jesus, and all of heaven are just waiting at your door. All you have to do is believe. You must talk to God and ask God to show you what is true.

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So many spiritual teachers miss this point. That all you have to do is ask. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:7 “7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”.

This leads to the true nature of prayer. Because we are all a part of the same Body of God, interconnected by the same spirit of God, we have a direct channel to God. And not only to God but also to Jesus, Angels, and each other.

Related Read: Divine Laws of the Universe

Within us, we are this soul-level perception that is beyond the thinking mind, and body. We are the awareness that is perceiving all things, not that which is perceived.

Because we are in reality soul-level perception within our material forms, on the fundamental level we communicate through pure perception.

This communication through pure perceiving awareness has been called psychic phenomena, but really it is only the basic way we all have always communicated.

We all have only forgotten that it is possible and is there. When we pray, we are communicating inwards through our interconnection with the Body of God’s spirit to God through psychic awareness.

Prayers Answered

God communicates both directly into your heart, or through Angels. Angels are God’s order of workers and messengers. God and Angels will often begin by communicating with us through the world we are so focused on.

They know we are always looking at cell phones and computer screens.

They know we are always looking outwards, and rarely inwards to the Kingdom of God. You will begin to see repeating numbers, called angel numbers all around you in the world. 1111, 2222, 3333, 4444, and so on. Sometimes the numbers may be something that you will notice like your birthday.

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You may also see signs that stand out to you. Symbols and shapes that hold specific meaning to you or the questions you are asking God.

It’s even possible for God to make words people are saying or words from a TV playing near you stand out to you.

God may communicate to you through the natural world. You may see specific creatures, like spirit animals or any natural things that holds specific meaning to you.

They are trying to get your attention. Also, when you start seeking, God will lead you to books, and websites where information that you are seeking is written. Just like you are reading this web page right now. It is very important that you persist and have faith.

Related: 7 Signs of Divine Guidance Around You

Never give up seeking God’s truth, which is also your truth. You will be guided again and again. What could be more important than to be free as your most authentic self?

Ask and keep asking. Never be turned away by a doubting mind. Keep reaching for truth. One of the most powerful things you can ever ask for is to know the truth.

The Love of God: A Spiritual Interpretation of Matthew 5:43-48 from the Gospels

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate
thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

– Matthew 5:43-48, Holy Bible, King James Version

These verses tell the true story of God. Jesus who is the full authority and reflection of God’s truth was telling us how God perceives and handles his children.

God’s truth is all about eternal loving patience and compassion, but also wise judgment that’s intended to teach us the truth of reality, and not to strike fear into our hearts. God is a kind, wise, and very loving parent.

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Jesus tells us to love our enemies. He tells us this because he knows that everyone is unaware of their true identity, and on the path to learning the fullness of the truth of God and reality.

When you forgive those who trespass against you, you are taking the higher
awareness and the unaware and harmful actions that are directed towards you, whatever they may be, are stopped in their tracks by you.

The unawareness is not transferred to you. Instead, you must love and forgive them, because you in your deeper understanding and awareness can see just how much they are lost and confused.

And how then can you ever step into the same unawareness in return? You would be taking on the same folly yourself. Love you enemies because there are no enemies. Only misguided souls.

In this way you are a true reflection of God’s truth. Because this is the same way God views us. With deep understanding, compassion and wisdom. God shines his loving truth on the just and the unjust knowing seeing deeply to the core of all that takes place.

Seeing things as they truly are, and you can share this same vision with God. This vision is in reality your true and authentic vision. You gain this wisdom by awakening to your true nature. And you awaken by asking God for truth. By seeking truth.

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Now you are beginning to understand the true nature of God. How everything in life is there for a reason and purpose.

Can you imagine a God who is so loving wise and compassionate ever casting away his children? Ever leaving them to burn and be tortured in hell?

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God who teaches to love your enemies, and to turn the other cheek? Who teaches to forgive those who trespass against you? All things are taking place to teach us our lessons.

We are eternal soul-level awareness within our material forms. One life would never be enough to teach us all we need to know. Material life must be sharp and strong to teach us our lessons. And this is the perfection of God’s plan.

As you begin to see this golden truth within all that takes place, you suffering begins to fall away, replaced by a divine acceptance of the perfection within all things.

Concluding Thoughts by Vasundhra

I am of the belief that the original scriptures and rituals in each religion had a much deeper essence. And that if we can understand WHY we do them, it can bring profound healing, as well as help us build a stronger connection with the Universe. And Zak echoes that sentiment here.

So, I was moved when Zak so beautifully explained some of the teachings in the gospels and his spiritual interpretation of them. It took me back to the times when I spoke about the common eastern traditions and their spiritual meaning. You can explore that article here.

And if you enjoyed Zak’s uplifting lens looking through Christianity, you can download a free PDF version of his full work with more insights here.

Zakary Reif
Zakary Reif

Zakary Reif is a US-based Spiritual writer that pours his heart into explaining the presence of God in our lives. He offers his view through his space called JustAsk.

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