‘Spiritual awakening’ is one of those things we hear so often about from celebrities, on TV shows, and in all kinds of wellness books. Many people who have gone through one describe it as a heightened sense of awareness or grounding, a new and broader perspective on life, or a deep sense of purpose. Basically, we want one. The question is how to know if you are really going through one Kambo practitioner training.
We spoke with Betty Andrews, spiritual and business coach, founder of Woo Woo and author of What the Hell is Happening to Me? and A Modern Guide to Spiritual Awakening, to learn what a spiritual awakening really feels like and how to navigate it once you’re on that path.
What is spiritual awakening and what causes it?
Truth be told, no one can prepare you for a spiritual awakening. There are no words to describe it. But I’m going to try it anyway. A spiritual awakening is really coming back to yourself, and it is an awareness of a new reality, and of who you really are. You will feel called to discover the true meaning and purpose of life, and once you start, there is no turning back. You start to question reality, the government, consumerism and people’s intentions. ALL. It’s like in The Matrix, when Neo takes the red pill.
Suddenly, things that you previously accepted without question stop making sense to you. The first thing you will do? Do a lot of research, because you may feel like no one around you understands it or can explain it. I went down the #conspiracytok rabbit hole and it helped me a lot more than a lot of the resources out there.
My second awakening was during the pandemic, and suddenly I had no distractions and had to finally face the childhood trauma I had been avoiding my entire life… It was through trying to seek out all the healing modalities that my awakening truly began. I stumbled upon energy healing and after my first session, my Reiki healer, Kati Ackerman, made me aware that I had an ‘entity’ attached to me (confirmed by an acupuncturist a week later), and after having to take it away, my whole world turned upside down. I saw spirits, I had to remove that entity (twice), I met my spirit guides, I had very strong psychic visions, and I honestly thought I was going crazy. But then, I remembered that I had actually seen a lot of this as a kid and I blocked it out. But in the last three years I have learned the tools and techniques necessary to not feel like I have taken too much acid and gone crazy.
To be honest, there is no specific thing that causes a spiritual awakening, it is different for everyone. One thing I do know? It is not love and light. It is facing and healing what has hurt you. It’s crying a lot, feeling alone and scared, and coming back to yourself. What starts it can be a life-changing event, a personal crisis, a transformative experience, or even a simple conversation that makes you question everything you thought you knew. It can also be a combination of things like therapy, meditation, yoga , or even a new hobby . But one thing is for sure: it is always a journey within yourself that leads you to understand your true purpose and your connection to the universe. And ultimately, it is the beginning of your spiritual journey and peeling back layers until you feel aligned with yourself and your place in the world.
What are the symptoms of spiritual awakening?
Some symptoms of awakening can be changes in hermit mode (trying to figure out what the hell is going on), energy levels, emotional ups and downs, and increased sensitivity to your environment. You may also experience physical symptoms such as headaches and fatigue. They are passengers and are part of the process.
Remember that you are on a journey of self-discovery and that you need all the guidance you can get. You can start by connecting with your spiritual guides, they are always around you, ready to help you. You can also turn to tarot readers, astrologers, or any other spiritual practitioner who resonates with you. They can offer you valuable insight and guidance on your journey.
What was really helpful for me, was going for Reiki healing and kinesiology that changed my life. And now I can say I live a trauma-free life (for the first time in 30 years).
Part of this journey may also mean losing relationships that no longer align with who you are becoming. Sometimes letting go of what doesn’t serve you can open space for new, more fulfilling connections. However, it can also make you feel alone and isolated, especially if you are the only one experiencing this change in your immediate circle. That’s why it’s crucial to find a community of like-minded people who are also on the path of self-discovery. It is important to surround yourself with people who understand and support you, and who can help you navigate this new reality.
How do you go through spiritual awakening?
It is very important to have people around you who understand you. If you want to find new friends, go to meetup.com and search for local meetups of people who are also attending depending on what events or you can even join our app, Woo Woo, which I created with this purpose in mind, where you can find new friends spirituals, ask questions and chat, but you can also find and book healers, guides, astrologers and readers.
When it comes to life on your spiritual journey, I recommend that you do not rely on others to tell you what to do. The goal of an awakening and a journey is to get closer to yourself so that you can trust your intuition and listen to your inner voice, it will guide you in the right direction. And always remember that you are the master of your own destiny, so don’t be afraid to explore different options and find what works best for you.