Are you REALLY Awake?
IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE ARE YOU AWAKE OR ASLEEP? We can have our eyes wide open, be walking around and even living a busy life and yet be UNAWARE OF WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON.
So often we’re NOT ‘AWAKE’ TO THE TRUE SITUATION. We don’t have all the background information and the perspective we need. We don’t have the deeper understanding required to decide our direction in life. We don’t fully utilize our autonomy.
This ‘SLEEPING THROUGH LIFE’ is akin to SLEEP WALKING or being in A HYPNOTIC TRANCE. We might go through the physical motions, but it’s as if we’re in a mental haze, a delirium or some altered state. It’s like a hypnotic trance! We are not functioning independently or optimally.
As in sleep-walking or a trance our DECISION MAKING & JUDGEMENT IS IMPAIRED. Plus, we’re not fully aware that’s happening to us. At best we are partly aware but allow it. But usually, we just don’t know that we don’t know.
THAT’S THE FIRST BIG ISSUE WE MUST DEAL WITH:
TO REALIZE WE ARE LIVING IN A TRANCE.
Being ‘asleep’ or in a trance state is not the only HURDLE TO LIVING LIFE CONSCIOUSLY with full awareness, but it’s probably the biggest.
WHEN WE ARE AWAKE ENOUGH WE CAN THEN CONSIDER OR SEARCH FOR OTHER OPTIONS:
At first, we won’t even know what the other options might be. But at least we have BECOME OPEN TO NEW POSSIBILITIES. Even if we don’t have an answer!
This FIRST STAGE OF AWAKENING from the trance state doesn’t mean that we feel dramatically better or that we suddenly know what to do. In fact, sometimes we feel worse for a while! The realization of how badly we have been living, suddenly sinks in. That can however spur us on to search for answers or consider new ways.
Just like awakening from a good night’s sleep OPENS UP NEW POSSIBILITIES for the next day, so it is with a spiritual awakening. Similarly, once we awaken or opt out of a trance state we regain our autonomy.
OUR AWAKENING OPENS A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY:
In this first stage of the awakening process we get a unique urge or nudge. This provides an opportunity or ‘window’ for change. Sometimes, the worse the predicament, the bigger the impetus and ‘window of time’ for such change. Any life crisis, particularly a big one, can give us that extra motivation to change. The ‘window of opportunity’ is thus bigger or longer. But it is not indefinite!
THE OPENNESS TO STARTING A NEW DIRECTION IN LIFE MAY NOT LAST:
It’s imperative that that we use this ‘gift of grace’ and this ‘window of opportunity’ wisely. There is no guarantee it will last long. WE CAN EASILY SLIP BACK to our old ways and deny ourselves the opportunity.
Or, after a life crisis, we could instead go into despair or helplessness. We could TAKE ON A ‘VICTIM ROLE’ and just seek more attention & pity. Some do!
So, a sense of urgency plus some courage and action is needed. We should see this awakening as A PRECIOUS OPPORTUNITY TO REDIRECT OUR LIFE.
HOW DO WE MOVE ON FROM THE FIRST STAGE OF AWAKENING?
The key to moving forward is an OPENNESS & HEART-FELT URGE to change. That’s all we really need to move to the NEXT STAGE OF AWAKENING. We must feel that need for change from ‘our heart’ or the depth of our being. To feel the urgency of the need to change. Plus, to do this with simple humility.
We have A REALIZATION that an alternative path must exist, a better way of living. This HUMBLE ACCEPTANCE of ‘our need for help’ seals our commitment and allows us to move forward.
WE SOMEHOW KNOW FROM DEEP WITHIN THAT WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR WAYS!
Our humility and this heart-felt ‘call for help’ triggers ‘a knowing’ or inner ‘realization’ that assistance is available. It opens a greater connection to our higher aspect and enables our hidden resources.
BY ACCEPTING THIS REALIZATION, WE ‘STAY AWAKE’ AND START THE NEXT STAGE OF OUR AWAKENING.
This enables MORE COURAGE & WILLINGNESS to consider a radical or different approach.
We then move BEYOND NEUTRALITY to become MORE OPTIMISTIC regarding our situation.
WE HAVE BECOME MORE OPEN TO TRYING NEW APPROACHES AND A NEW WAY:
This starts an automatic process of ATTRACTING TO US the ANSWERS and RESOURCES we seek. This happens through SYNCHRONICITY. We fortuitously come across, as if by accident, the people, advice & information we most need.
OUR ROLE IS NOW TO REMAIN OPEN AND INVITE SYNCHRONICITY TO MANIFEST IN OUR LIFE:
We welcome & acknowledge this help by EXPRESSING OUR HEART-FELT GRATITUDE. For both the synchronicity and type of assistance. This can be through silent prayer or by holding a warm feeling of thanks within our ‘heart-space’. Expressing gratitude for any minor blessing we receive, aids the process. Expressing genuine heartfelt thanks in anticipation, further ACCELERATES THIS PROCESS.
This detailed description above may sound technical and even complicated but, in practice it’s all spontaneous and natural. It’s all built in to our human nature and is our sovereign birthright.
WE ONLY NEED TO INITIATE THIS PROCESS WITH A PERSONAL HEART-FELT REQUEST.
Any life crisis can be the stimulus for us to do this. Or the gradual build-up of frustration within our life can also be the trigger.
The topic of LIFE CRISIS and AWAKENING is discussed in other blog posts.
It is also further discussed in the UltimateTest.org ‘SOS Book Blog’
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