In the early days of my spiritual journey, I remember feeling all over the place! Some days, I would be healing and releasing very intensely, and then, I would crash from exhaustion and sleep long hours for days to come. It turns out that spiritual fatigue is a thing. And I’m here to share how to overcome the tiredness from spiritual healing.
Let’s first address the elephant(s) in the room.
Elephant #1: Healing Causes Overwhelm, Causes Spiritual Fatigue
When I had just started learning about what “healing” is, I would feel so overwhelmed half the time because it was like:
Heal your inner child,
Balance your chakras,
Try different meditations, pray and chant,
Connect with your soul guides,
Heal your past lives,
On and on and on… the list went.
Not only did I feel like a hamster on a wheel, but I also made others feel that way (I’m so sorry). In my first year running My Spiritual Shenanigans, I launched 4-5 new workshops, published over 65 articles on different topics, and constantly pumped new “healing materials”.
Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE that there are as many avenues for growth as there are people in the world, AND… a big, BIG disclaimer: spiritual window-shopping rarely gets us far.
This whole start-and-stop process takes a toll on our mental health. The overwhelm isn’t just mental, it also tires the body that has been dealing with overwhelm as though a real threat: the fight/flight hormones flooding your body slowly eat away its vitality.
So it makes sense that you’re not truly feeling “healed” – your body is living outside its window of tolerance half the time. I’ll be sharing tips to overcome the overwhelm in upcoming sections.
Elephant #2: Healing Takes More Time Than The Ego-Mind Can Accept
I can’t even count how many times I’ve met frustrated clients who “tried everything and nothing works”.
One problem is that the ego-mind thrives on instant gratification and makes us expect miracles to happen overnight. There are times when we can have profound insights and epiphanies.
But most of the time, healing is about embracing the mud (and sitting in it versus trying to clean it).
It’s sitting with the discomfort of not liking yourself (or others), what you did or didn’t do, how God was unfair, etc – but somehow learning to be with yourself through all of that. Find ways to have compassion for the parts of yourself in your life that caused pain and suffering.
And that’s not gratifying – at least not at first.
Building that capacity to witness yourself spiraling down and not panicking takes time.
If you’re new to the world of self-development, healing can feel more triggering than freeing at first.
All your “shadow” comes into the light and you’re just DIY-ing your way through this mess. Without proper support and an understanding of what’s going on, you might feel like you’re just opening Pandora’s box every time you breathe, with no clue what’s going to come out and even less idea on how to handle it.
So at times, you not only have to convince yourself to try something that is taking so long, you have to somehow figure out what you’re missing (more decision-making fatigue and burnout).
Elephant #3: Healing happens at different degrees, and no one tells you that.
I always wondered why my body didn’t experience an increase in capacity for life; rather that it would feel exhausted and burned out from all the inner work. It took a few years to understand that healing isn’t just about doing the cognitive processing relentlessly in hopes of healing all your trauma in one day.
Healing takes time because the body needs time to integrate and digest this new paradigm we are ascending into. Our inner work is at an energetic level, which is a different “dimension” than the physical body. An analogy here is: think of your energy healing work as air, and your body as ice.
It takes almost nothing for us to move through the air but it’ll take a lot more effort for us to move through the ice. In the same way, what we heal takes the least time in our energy body, a little more time in the mental body, and the most time in our physical body.
Related Read: Your 3 Types of Spiritual Bodies
Let’s take a specific example to explore this some more.
Let’s say you’re working on healing your relationship with your parents. As a part of inner child healing, you notice yourself feeling lighter whenever you think of an old memory, making it seem to you that it no longer has “charge”.
In that old memory, let’s say that your thoughts became “I’m not good enough”. Now at a mental level, it can take a bit longer to rewire our vocabulary. But eventually, you get there with some conscious awareness of your thoughts and practicing positive affirmations. Eventually, even when triggered, your mind begins to say, “I am good enough”.
And now think of your physical body: let’s say that the old memory created a huge physiological impact on your body. Maybe you developed a hormonal problem. So while energetically you might feel better within a single inner child healing session, and mentally you would feel aligned within a few more, the hormones might take longer to come into balance.
Understanding this helps us see the limitations of the physical body, and invites us to be even more mindful of what we’re consuming (food, alcohol, drugs, etc). It’s not from a place of judgment, but from a place of awareness that we see how much time and care our physical body needs to catch up with the metaphysical body.
Elephant #4: There’s always something new “wrong with me”.
Have you noticed that when you’re done healing one thing, somehow miraculously you end up having to work through another thing?
This is where we get stuck in the “rat race” of healing. When we become self-development junkies, we are subconsciously living out of the belief that there’s always a better self in the future.
My belief at this point is to not just focus on up-leveling your consciousness but to embrace yourself as you are in this moment as a whole. There’s nothing broken that needs to be fixed. We are whole and complete.
Let’s talk about how to grasp this and other ideas in this upcoming section.
Tips To Overcome These Spiritual Fatigue Causing Elephants
First of all, elephants are adorable. I have nothing against them. But if they’re taking up all the metaphorical room in your life, we’ve got a problem. And here are my thoughts for you:
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As the saying goes, when you want to heal fast, slow down!
Spiritual fatigue is often a sign that we are disconnected from the body’s needs and are operating from a head-heavy perspective. So my invitation through all of the insights above is to ask you to slow down and find what your body really needs. You might be amazed at how little our bodies need when we can silence the noise.
Vasundhra is the Founder & Writer of My Spiritual Shenanigans. After seeing 11:11 on the clock one fateful night, her life turned around. Ever since, she has been blending modern psychology and ancient spirituality, to help herself and people around the world elevate the quality of their lives.
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