Guest Writer: Symptoms Of Spiritual Awakening
Sunfells Note: In my own spiritual transition to the Awakened state, I
suffered and endured many of these changes. Annarita has thoroughly documented many of the
symptoms and changes inherent in both the Awakening and the transition into the Octarine
stage of Indigo life. Your mileage may vary. And if you find yourself really feeling out
of whack, go see your doctor. It is better that you find youre basically OK than to
permit a possible major disease like diabetes or heart disease to develop under your nose.
As always, common sense, good grounding and a good sense of humor are your best tools for
coping. See you on the Other Side!
Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening
- Changing sleep patterns: restlessness, hot feet, waking up two or three times a night.
Feeling tired after you wake up and sleepy off and on during the day. There is something
called the Triad Sleep Pattern that occurs for many: you sleep for about 2-3 hours, wake
up, go back to sleep for another couple of hours, wake again, and go back to sleep again.
For others, the sleep requirements have changed. You can get by on less sleep. Lately I
have been experiencing huge waves of energy running into my body from the crown. It feels
good, but it keeps me awake for a long time, then subsides. Advice: Get used to it. Make
peace with it and don't worry about getting enough sleep (which often causes more
insomnia). You will be able to make it through the day if you hold thoughts of getting
just what you need. You can also request your Higher Power to give you a break now and
then and give you a good, deep night's sleep. If you can't go back to sleep right away,
use the waking moments to meditate, read poetry, write in your journal or look at the
moon. Your body will adjust to the new pattern.
- Activity at the crown of the head: Tingling, itching, prickly, crawling sensations along
the scalp and/or down the spine. A sense of energy vibrating on top of the head, as if
energy is erupting from the head in a shower. Also the sensation of energy pouring in
through the crown, described as "sprinkles". This may also be experienced as
pressure on the crown, as if someone is pushing his/her finger into the center of your
head. As I mentioned in #1, I have been experiencing huge downloads of energy through the
crown. In the past, I have felt more generalized pressure, as if my head is in a gentle
vise. One man related that his hair stood on end and his body was covered with goosebumps.
Advice: This is nothing to be alarmed about. What you are experiencing is an opening of
the crown chakra. The sensations mean that you are opening up to receive divine energy.
- Sudden waves of emotion. Crying at the drop of a hat. Feeling suddenly angry or sad with
little provocation. Or inexplicably depressed. Then very happy. Emotional roller coaster.
There is often a pressure or sense of emotions congested in the heart chakra (the middle
of the chest). This is not to be confused with the heart, which is located to the left of
the heart chakra. Advice: Accept your feelings as they come up and let them go. Go
directly to your heart chakra and feel the emotion. Expand it outward to your all your
fields and breathe deeply from the belly all the way up to your upper chest. Just feel the
feeling and let it evaporate on its own. Don't direct the emotions at anyone. You are
cleaning out your past. If you want some help with this, say out loud that you intend to
release all these old issues and ask your Higher Power to help you. You can also ask Grace
Elohim to help you release with ease and gentleness. Be grateful that your body is
releasing these emotions and not holding onto them inside where they can do harm. One
source suggests that depression is linked to letting go of relationships to people, work,
etc. that no longer match us and our frequencies. When we feel guilty about letting go of
these relationships, depression helps us medicate that pain.
- Old "stuff" seems to be coming up, as described above, and the people with
whom you need to work it out (or their clones) appear in your life. Completion issues. Or
perhaps you need to work through issues of self-worth, abundance, creativity, addictions,
etc. The resources or people you need to help you move through these issues start to
appear. Advice: Same as #3. Additionally, don't get too involved in analyzing these
issues. Examining them too much will simply cycle you back through them over and over
again at deeper and deeper levels. Get professional help if you need to and walk through
it. Do not try to avoid them or disassociate yourself from them. Embrace whatever comes up
and thank it for helping you move ahead. Thank your Higher Power for giving you the
opportunity to release these issues. Remember, you don't want these issues to stay stuck
in your body.
- Changes in weight. The weight gain in the US population is phenomenal. Other people may
be losing weight. We often gain weight because many fears we have suppressed are now
coming up to the surface to be healed. We react by building up a defense. We also attempt
to ground ourselves or provide bulk against increasing frequencies in our bodies. Advice:
Don't freak out, but just accept it as a symptom of where you are right now. You will
release/gain the weight when all your fears have been integrated. Release your anxiety
about this. Then you might find it easier to lose/gain the weight eventually. Exercise.
Before eating, try this: Sit at the table with an attractive place setting. Light a
candle. Enjoy how the food looks. Place your dominant hand over your heart and bless the
food. Tell your body that you are going to use the food to richly nourish it, but that you
are not going to use the food to fulfill your emotional hungers. Then pass your hand from
left to right over the food and bless it. You may notice that the food feels warm to your
hand even if the food is cold-- I like to think that the food is good for me when it feels
warm and nourishing to my hand. I have also noticed that when I practice blessing the
food, I don't eat as much. It is important not to let yourself off the hook when you
forget to bless the food before you eat. If I've forgotten and I've nearly finished
eating, I bless the food anyway. That way I don't slip out of the habit. Another thing you
can do is to stay present while eating -- don't watch TV or read. Heartily enjoy what
blessings are before you.
- Changes in eating habits: Strange cravings and odd food choices. Some find they are not
as hungry as they used to be. Or hungrier. Advice: Don't deny what your body tells you it
needs. If you are not sure, you might try muscle-testing before you chose a food to see if
it's what your body wants. Also try blessing the food as described in #5.
- Food intolerances, allergies you never had before: As you grow more spiritual, you are
more sensitive to everything around you. Your body will tell you what it can no longer
tolerate, as if it, too, is sloughing off what doesn't serve it anymore. You might be
cleansing yourself of toxins. Some people find they often have a white residue in their
mouth, much like that of runners at the end of a race. Advice: An acupuncturist told me
that this film can be removed by sloshing 2 tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil in your
mouth for 10-15 minutes (don't swallow, whatever you do), then spitting it out into the
toilet -- not the sink, for you just removed toxins from your body and don't want them in
the sink. Brush your teeth and do the same. Then clean your brush. (Sorry this is yukky,
but it works.)
- Amplification of the senses. Increased sensitivity. 8a. Sight: Blurry vision, shimmering
objects, seeing glittery particles, auras around people, plants, animals, and objects.
Some report seeing formerly opaque objects as transparent. When you close your eyes, you
no longer see darkness, but redness. You may also see geometric shapes or brilliant colors
and pictures when eyes are closed. Colors appear more vivid -- the sky might look teal or
the grass an amazing green. Often I see grids running across the ground. As you become
more sensitive, you may see shapes or outlines in the air, especially when the room is
almost dark. When your eyes are open or closed, you may see white shapes in your
peripheral vision (these are your guides). Advice: Your vision is changing in many ways --
you are experiencing new ways of seeing. Be patient. Whatever you do, do not be afraid.
Hazy vision maybe relieved by yawning. 8b. Hearing: Increased or decreased hearing. I once
thought I would have to pull off the road because of the painfully amplified sound of my
tires on the freeway. Other symptoms are hearing white noise in the head, beeps, tones,
music or electronic patterns. Some hear water rushing, bees buzzing, whooshing, roaring or
ringing. Others have what is called audio dyslexia-- you can't always make out what people
are saying, as if you can no longer translate your own language. Some hear strange voices
in their dreams, as if someone is hovering near them. You can either ask the presence(s)
to leave or ask Archangel Michael to take care of the situation. Again, there is nothing
to fear. Advice: Surrender to it. Let it come through. Listen. Your ears are adjusting to
new frequencies. 8c. Enhanced senses of smell, touch, and/or taste. I notice I can now
smell and taste chemical additives in some foods in a rather unpleasant manner. Other food
may taste absolutely wonderful. For some people, these enhancements are both delightful
and distracting. You might even smell the fragrance of flowers now and then. Many of the
mystics did. Enjoy it.
- Skin eruptions: Rashes, bumps, acne, hives, and shingles. Anger produces outbreaks
around the mouth and chin. I had a dermatitis on my extremities for several months that
accompanied healing an episode from my past. When I had worked through most of the issue,
the condition was released. Advice: You may be sloughing off toxins and bringing emotions
to the surface. When there is an issue to be released and you are trying to repress it,
your skin will express the issue for you until you process the emotions. Work through your
- Episodes of intense energy which make you want to leap out of bed and into action.
Followed by periods of lethargy and fatigue. The fatigue usually follows great shifts.
This is a time of integration, so give into it. Advice: Roll with the nature of the
energy. Don't fight it. Be gentle with yourself. Take naps if you are tired. Write your
novel if you are too energized to sleep. Take advantage of the type of energy.
- Changes in prayer or meditation. Not feeling the same sensations as before. Not having
the same experience of being in contact with Spirit. Difficulty in focusing. Advice: You
may be in more instant and constant communion with Spirit now and the sensation may
therefore be altered. You will adapt to this new feeling. You are actually thinking and
acting in partnership with Spirit most of the time now. You may find your meditation
- Power surges: All of a sudden you are heated from head to toe. It is a momentary
sensation, but uncomfortable. In contrast, some people have felt inexplicably cold. I have
experienced both. More recently I experience waves or currents of energy rolling through
me. Sometimes the energy seems so intense when it first comes into my body that I feel a
little nauseated. But if I think of the energy as divine and let go of fear, I feel
wonderful and enjoy the sensation. If you are an energy worker, you may have noticed that
the heat running through your hands has increased tremendously. This is good. Advice: If
you are uncomfortable, ask your Higher Power, that if it be for your best and highest
good, to turn down/up the temperature a bit.
- A range of physical manifestations: Headaches, backaches, neck pains, flu-like symptoms
(this is called vibrational flu), digestive problems, muscular spasms or cramps, racing
heartbeat, chest pains, changes in sexual desire, numbness or pain in the limbs, and
involuntary vocalizations or bodily movements. Some of us have even had old conditions
from childhood reappear briefly for healing. Advice: Remember what I said about seeking
medical help if you need it! If you have determined that this is not a medical condition,
relax in the realization that it is only temporary.
- Looking younger. Yippee! As you clear emotional issues and release limiting beliefs and
heavy baggage from the past, you are actually lighter. Your frequency is higher. You love
yourself and life more. You begin to resemble the perfect you that you really are.
- Vivid dreams. Sometimes the dreams are so real that you wake up confused. You may even
have lucid dreams in which you are in control. Many dreams may be mystical or carry
messages for you. And in some dreams, you just know that you are not "dreaming"
-- that what is happening is somehow real. Advice: You will remember what is important for
you to remember. Don't force anything. Above all, stay out of fear.
- Events that completely alter your life: death, divorce, change in job status, loss of
home, illness, and/or other catastrophes -- sometimes several at once! Forces that cause
you to slow down, simplify, change, re-examine who you are and what your life means to
you. Forces that you cannot ignore. Forces that cause you release your attachments. Forces
that awaken your sense of love and compassion for all.
- A desire to break free from restrictive patterns, life-draining jobs consumptive
lifestyles, and toxic people or situations. You feel a compelling need to "find
yourself" and your life purpose -- now! You want to be creative and free to be who
you really are. You might find yourself drawn to the arts and nature. You want to
unclutter yourself from things and people that no longer serve you. Advice: Do it!
- Emotional and mental confusion: A feeling that you need to get your life straightened
out--it feels like a mess. But at the same time you feel chaotic and unable to focus. See
#45. Advice: Put your ear to your heart and your own discernment will follow.
- Introspection, solitude and loss of interest in more extroverted activities: This stage
has come as a surprise to many extraverts who formerly saw themselves as outgoing and
involved. They say, "I don't know why, but I don't like to go out as much as
- Creativity bursts: Receiving images, ideas, music, and other creative inspirations at an
often overwhelming rate. Advice: At least record these inspirations, for Spirit is
speaking to you about how you might fulfill your purpose and contribute to the healing of
- A perception that time is accelerating. It seems that way because you have had so many
changes introduced into your life at an unprecedented rate. The number of changes seems to
be growing. Advice: Breaking your day up into appointments and time segments increases the
sense of acceleration .You can slow time down by relaxing into the present moment and
paying attention to what's at hand, not anticipating what's ahead. Slow down and tell
yourself that you have plenty of time. Ask your Higher Power to help you. Keep your focus
on the present. Try to flow from one activity to the next. Stay tuned to your inner
guidance. You can also warp time by asking for it. Next time you feel rushed, say,
"Time warp, please. I need some more time to -----." Then relax.
- A sense of impendingness. There is a feeling that something is about to happen. This can
create anxiety. Advice: There is nothing to worry about. Things are definitely happening,
but anxiety only creates more problems for you. All your thoughts -- positive or
negative-- are prayers. There is nothing to fear.
- Impatience. You know better, but sometimes you can't help it. You want to get on with
what seems to be coming your way. Uncertainty is not comfortable. Advice: Learn to live
with the uncertainty, knowing that nothing comes to you until you are ready. Impatience is
really a lack of trust, especially trust in your Higher Power. When you focus on the
present, you will experience miracles -- yes, even in traffic.
- A deep yearning for meaning, purpose, spiritual connection, and revelation. Perhaps an
interest in the spiritual for the first time in your life. "Constant craving",
as k.d. lang says. The material world cannot fulfill this longing. Advice: Follow your
heart and the way will open up for you.
- A feeling that you are somehow different. A disquieting sense that everything in your
life feels new and altered, that you have left your old self behind. You have. You are
much greater than you can possibly imagine. There is more to come.
- "Teachers" appear everywhere with perfect timing to help you on your spiritual
journey: people, books, movies, events, Mother Nature, etc. Teachers may appear to be
negative or positive when you are trapped in polarity thinking, but, from a transcendent
perspective, they are always perfect. Just what you need to learn from and move on. By the
way, we never get more than we are ready to master. Each challenge presents us with an
opportunity to show our mastery in passing through it.
- You find a spiritual track that makes sense to you and "speaks to you" at the
most profound levels. Suddenly you are gaining a perspective that you would never have
considered before. You hunger to know more. You read, share with others, ask questions,
and go inside to discover more about who you are and why you are here
- You are moving through learning and personal issues at a rapid pace. You sense that you
are "getting it" quite readily. Advice: Keep remembering that things will come
to you when they are ready to be healed. Not sooner. Deal with whatever comes up with
courage and you will move through the issues rapidly.
- Invisible presences. Here is the woo-woo stuff. Some people report feeling surrounded by
beings at night or having the sensation of being touched or talked to. Often they will
wake with a start. Some also feel their body orbed vibrate. The vibrations are caused by
energetic changes after emotional clearing has taken place. Advice: This is a sensitive
topic, but you may feel better blessing your bed and space around it before you sleep. I
rest assured that I am surrounded only by the most magnificent spiritual entities and am
always safe in God's care. Sometimes, however, the fear gets to me, and I call in
Archangel Michael and/or Archangel Uriel. I don't beat myself up for being afraid
sometimes. I forgive myself for not always sovereign at 3:00 a.m.
- Portents, visions, "illusions", numbers, and symbols: Seeing things that have
spiritual importance for you. Noticing how numbers appear synchronistically in your
awareness. Everything has a message if you take the time to look. I enjoy the experience
of "getting the messages." What fun!
- Increased integrity: You realize that it is time for you to seek and speak your truth.
It suddenly seems important for you to become more authentic, more yourself. You may have
to say "no" to people whom you have tried to please in the past. You may find it
intolerable to stay in a marriage or job or place that doesn't support who you are. You
may also find there is nowhere to hide, no secrets to keep anymore. Honesty becomes
important in all your relationships. Advice: Listen to your heart. If your guidance tells
you not to do something, speak up and take action. Say "no". Likewise, you must
also say "yes" to that which compels you. You must risk displeasing others
without guilt in order to attain spiritual sovereignty.
- Harmony with seasons and cycles: You are becoming more tuned to the seasons, the phases
of the moon and natural cycles. More awareness of your place in the natural world. A
stronger connection to the earth.
- Electrical and mechanical malfunctions: When you are around, lightbulbs flicker, the
computer locks up, or the radio goes haywire. Advice: Call on your angels, guides, or
Grace Elohim to fix it or put up a field of protection of light around the machine.
Surround your car with bluelight. Laugh.
- Increased synchronicity and many small miracles. Look for more of these. Advice:
Synchronistic events tell you if you are heading in the right direction or making the
correct choices. Honor these clues and you cannot go astray. Spirit uses synchronicity to
communicate to you. That's when you begin to experience daily miracles. See #30.
- Increased intuitive abilities and altered states of consciousness: Thinking of someone
and immediately hearing from them. More synchronicities. Having sudden insights about
patterns or events from the past. Clairvoyance, out-of-body experiences, and other psychic
phenomena. Intensified sensitivity and knowing. Awareness of one's essence and that of
others. Channeling angelic and Christ-consciousness energies.
- Communication with Spirit. Contact with angels, spirit guides, and other divine
entities. Channeling. More and more people seem to be given this opportunity. Feeling
inspiration and downloading information that takes form as writing, painting, ideas,
communications, dance, etc.
- A sense of Oneness with all. A direct experience of this Wholeness. Transcendent
awareness. Being flooded with compassion and love for all life. Compassionate detachment
or unconditional love for all is what lifts us up to higher levels of consciousness and
- Moments of joy and bliss. A deep abiding sense of peace and knowing that you are never
- Integration: You become emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually
stronger and clearer. You feel as if you are in alignment with your Higher Self.
- Living your purpose: You know you are finally doing what you came to earth for. New
skills and gifts are emerging, especially healing ones. Your life/work experiences are now
converging and starting to make sense. You are finally going to use them all. Advice:
Listen to your heart. Your passion leads you to where you must go. Go within and ask your
Higher Power, "What is it you would have me do?" Watch for synchronicities.
- Feeling closer to animals and plants. To some people, animals now seem to be more
"human" in their behavior. Wild animals are less afraid. Plants respond to your
love and attention more than ever. Some may even have messages for you.
- Seeing beings of other dimensions. The veil between dimensions is thinner, so it is not
surprising. Just stay in your sovereignty. You are more powerful than you can ever
imagine, so do not entertain fear. Ask your guides for help if you slip into fear.
- Seeing a person's true form or seeing loved ones with a different face -- past life or
- Physically manifesting thoughts and desires more quickly and efficiently. Advice:
Monitor your thoughts. All thoughts are prayers. Be careful what you ask for.
- Left -brain fogginess. Your psychic abilities, your intuitive knowing, your feeling and
compassion, your ability to experience your body, your visioning, your expressiveness all
emanate from the right brain. In order for this side of the brain to develop more fully,
the left brain must shut down a little bit. Normally the left-hemisphere's capacity for
order, organization, structure, linear sequencing, analysis, evaluation, precision, focus,
problem-solving, and mathematics dominate our often less-valued right brain. What results
are memory lapses, placing words in the wrong sequence, inability or no desire to read for
very long, inability to focus; forgetting what you are just about to say; impatience with
linear forms of communication (audio or written formats); a feeling of spaciness, being
scattered; losing interesting research or complex information; feeling bombarded with
words and talk and information; and a reluctance to write. Sometimes you feel dull and
have no interest in analysis, lively intellectual discussion, or investigation. On the
other hand, you might find yourself drawn to the sensate: videos, magazines with photos,
beautiful artwork, movies, music, sculpting, painting, being with people, dancing,
gardening, walking, and other kinesthetic forms of expression. You may search for
spiritual content, even science fiction. Advice: You may discover that if you allow your
heart and your right brain to lead you, the left will then be activated appropriately to
support you. And someday we will be well-balanced, using both hemispheres with mastery.
- Dizziness. This occurs when you are ungrounded. Perhaps you have just cleared a big
emotional issue and your body is adjusting to your "lighter" state. Advice:
Ground yourself by eating protein. Sometimes "comfort food" feels right. Don't
make any food right or wrong for you. Use your guidance to know what you need at any given
moment. Take your shoes off and put your feet in the grass for a couple of minutes.
- Falling, having accidents, breaking bones. Your body is not grounded or perhaps your
life is out of balance. Or your body may be telling you to slow down, examine certain
aspects of your life, or heal certain issues. There is always a message. When I recently
broke my ankle, I understand that my ankle was taking on what I myself refused to deal
with. And that was all of the above. Advice: Stay grounded by taking your shoes off and
putting your feet in the grass; even better, lie down on the grass without a blanket under
you. Feel the earth beneath you. Get out in nature. Slow down and pay attention. Be
mindful about what you are doing. Feel your feelings when they come up. Stay in the
present. Surround yourself with blue light when you are feeling shaky.
- Heart palpitations. A racing heart usually accompanies a heart opening. It only lasts
for a few moments and means that the heart is re-balancing itself after an emotional
release. I had one episode that terrified me: I woke up in the middle of the night, my
heart pounding. I thought it was going to come right out of my chest. It only happened
once and was, I understand, a huge heart-chakra opening. But I did check it out. There is
nothing wrong with my heart. Advice: Remember what I said about getting medical attention
when needed. Consult your doctor about any conditions you are not comfortable with.
- Faster hair and nail growth. More protein is being used in the body. Too bad we can't
tell the body where to grow the hair and where not to grow it. (Or can we? Hmmm.)
- A desire to find your soulmate or twin flame. More than ever before, the idea that we
can have a relationship that matches who we are seems more desirable. Advice: The truth
is, we have to be the kind of person we want to attract. We have to love ourselves and
where we are right now before we can attract a more "perfect" mate. The work
begins at home. Here is how I think it works: Hold the desire for this person in your
heart, but without attachment. Expect that someday you will meet someone who is more
suited to you, but let go of any expectations as to who this will be and how it will
happen. Focus instead on cleaning up your own life and being the kind of person you want
to be. Be happy now. Enjoy your life. Then you may see.....
- Memories surface. Body memories, suppressed memories, images of past lives and/or
parallel lives. We are healing and integrating all our "selves", so expect to
have some of these experiences. Advice. Keep in mind that it is best to recall what only
what comes to mind, leave the rest alone, don't analyze everything to death (because you
will be stuck in the tape loop of infinite issues to process), and feel your feelings as
they come up. Ask for help from your guides.
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