Signs of Spiritual Awakening

I believe we’ve come to the time where we need to open our eyes for what’s going on around us. To see the world as it is along with the things we usually remain blind for.

I believe there is more than just the mundane life we know with its daily worries. People are sometimes too superficial and can’t see the bigger picture. Overburdened with stuff, we tend to lose track of time, forget what is important and end up living for today – without a clear direction, vision for the future and specific desires.

Every now and then we have these moments of clarity, of understanding of the self, of happiness for no reason, appreciation and inspiration. It usually doesn’t last long because we think it’s just luck and don’t know how to increase our energy level so that we can experience them more often.
We have these inexplicable coincidences and are surprised by the way we feel at that moment but easily forget that feeling.

Signs of Spiritual Awakening, Let's Reach Success

By Leland Francisco @Flickr

All these are signs from the universe. It’s the way it tells us that there is more to life than what we think, that there is a deeper level of consciousness we can achieve that will make us happy, contented, productive and help us find a purpose.

Here I’ve summarized 70 signs of awakening and spiritual growth. You may have experienced some of them, or most of all. That means you’re on the right way. Just keep noticing them.

If not, you can use the following as tips and ideas on how to awaken and begin to really see things as they are.

They are in no particular order. One can provoke another.

Here they are:

  1. You often feel connected with other people.
  2. You begin to question things.
  3. You change your views and opinion of life.
  4. Breaking free from your current lifestyle because you realize it’s taking you nowhere. So you make drastic changes – quit job, move to another place, end a relationship, etc.
  5. You feel grateful for what you have and thank for it every day.
  6. A feeling that you’ve changed somehow.
  7. Your energy level increases.
  8. Pure acceptance. You accept things, people and events in your life as they are.
  9. Constant appreciation. You don’t judge yourself or other people anymore.
  10. You enjoy the moment.
  11. You become more sensitive. You smell, see and feel new things every now and then.
  12. A change in sleeping patterns.
  13. You may suddenly feel joy and bliss.
  14. You are often happy for no particular reason.
  15. A profound feeling of love for everything and everyone.
  16. More often you will let things happen and make the best of them instead of trying to change everything.
  17. You let go of expectations.
  18.  Frequent bursts of creativity. You may wake up in the middle of the night with the strong desire to write, or paint, or something else that will help you express the things in your head through art.
  19. Some things may start to seem distant, out of place or unusual to you.
  20. You have a clear direction.
  21. Increased peace and clarity.
  22. You let go of anger.
  23. You don’t hide your emotions. Instead, you want to share them with others.
  24. You’re motivated and excited even by thinking of all the changes you see around you.
  25. When you need to know something, the answer is given to you in the form of a random person, event or another sign. You just need to keep your eyes open and accept the lesson or answer.
  26. You easily make compromises, give, help and forgive.
  27. You have the desire to speak the truth.
  28.  You learn things faster.
  29. You acquire new skills.
  30. Eliminating all your activities and tasks that aren’t meaningful or don’t help you in any way and concentrating on what matters.
  31. You pay more attention to the little things around you that you’ve barely noticed before.
  32. You want to find your purpose and do only things that matter.
  33. You are always looking for answers and want to ‘find’ yourself.
  34. A sense of Oneness. You realize that nothing in this world is separate and one thing always leads to another.
  35. You’re ready to give and expect nothing in return.
  36. Understanding people. You can listen to them quietly and patiently and try to make them feel better.
  37. You are not afraid anymore. Each day you understand more and more that fears are unreal, they are often just in your head. Once you let go, you are free.
  38. Many ‘coincidences’ occur in your life but now you know it’s not luck. It’s what the universe gives you in return to your purposeful questions, awakened mind and desire to grow spiritually.
  39. You may feel distant from some of your friends because of the different energy levels you have.
  40. You feel the urge to do great things.
  41. You realize you just know things you didn’t know before.
  42. You follow your intuition.
  43. Empathy. You care for other people’s feelings and recognize their emotions.
  44. You want to meet like-minded people, share your ideas with them and increase your energy together.
  45. Your  perception of time alters. You know you don’t have all the time in the world and want to make it count. So you become more active and do more things.
  46. You learn to say ‘no’.
  47. Drawing a lesson from everything.
  48. You see the world from a different point of view.
  49. You accept yourself for who you are.
  50. Little daily worries, weaknesses and the things that concern the average person don’t attract your attention anymore as you can now see the bigger picture of everything.
  51. You ask yourself deep questions.
  52. You spend much time contemplating on love, life, purpose, meaning of things, importance of events, priorities, time, happiness, good, bad, etc.
  53. You embrace positivity.
  54. Experiencing sudden moments of inspiration.
  55. You don’t feel the need to be better than others. Instead, you want to help them find their way in life.
  56. You know how to live in the present.
  57. You feel powerful and are absolutely sure that everything is possible.
  58. You practice mindfulness and live consciously.
  59. Letting go of guilt, disappointment and regret.
  60. You can see the beauty of everything.
  61. Your dreams and visions are more vivid.
  62. You feel inner guidance and amazing things happen when you follow it.
  63. You connect with nature
  64. Material stuff doesn’t play any role in your life anymore.
  65. You don’t feel the need to be right, to persuade someone into doing something, to argue or to prove someone wrong. Communication is on another level for you now.
  66. You break old habits and routines.
  67. Analyzing your dreams and occurrences in life.
  68. Synchronicity. You may start to encounter people many times or have other coincidences. They all mean you’re on the right way.
  69. You let go of excuses and trying to impress people.
  70. You want to help others awaken too.

So how many of these characteristics do you find familiar?

 

How to Turn Darkness into Light

Have you ever come up to the point in your life when you just can’t go on like that? When you aren’t satisfied with your results and performance? When you don’t know what to do but are absolutely sure that this isn’t the right way to live? When you know that there is something more about life that has to be seen and experienced?

No matter what got you there, you have two choices now. You can either start moaning, indulge in unhealthy living and keep wasting your time doing nothing, or rise like a phoenix from the ashes and use failure and disappointment as a motivation to move forward and actually achieve something.

Here I’ll talk about the second option.

You feel disappointment. You feel desperate. You think that things just can’t get worse. And I doubt that you realize how powerful you are at that moment.

You’ve got the chance to turn all those strong negative emotions into something beautiful. You can make them the reason why you will succeed, you can turn them into positive and use them as the momentum that will guide you through the way.

 I’ve always admired and have been surprised by one human quality. It is our ability to turn failure into success and misery into happiness in a short period of time only because we’ve changed the way we see things and have found our motivation and inspiration. This is an incredible thing everyone is capable of and often happens after having a bad time in life.

So if you are disappointed and have failed, smile for that. Because otherwise you wouldn’t have felt regret and despair and wouldn’t have done anything to change your life. Now, when you’ve seen yourself in this bad condition, you can only get better. The only way from now on is up and forward!

Here is why that moment right after a painful experience or personal disappointment and regrets is the perfect time for a change:

  • you’re a fountain of emotions and feelings that are waiting for their chance to get out and can use them in a positive way;
  • you feel powerful;
  • you can prove life and fate wrong by doing something great;
  • you can turn all that energy into reality by creating something beautiful;
  • the bad thing that happened can be your motivation to do something great with your life now;
  • you can focus on your strengths and see the possibilities around you;
  • you know people expect you to play the role of a victim but you choose to find your power, get out there and take control of everything;
  • you’d love to see yourself get back on track and perform better than ever;
  • you may inspire others to do the same and become a role model;
  • you will have realized important things about you and your life and that will affect your actions;
  • you know hopelessness is pointless and nothings will ever happen unless you get out there.

The next thing to consider is how to turn these dark feelings into something beautiful:

Follow your passion – spend a lot of time doing what you love and you will feel great. Who knows you may even find out a way to make it your job and start a career. Wouldn’t that be a perfect way to live life?

Be grateful – focus on the things you have, on your good qualities, on all the possibilities, the time you have, the great world you’re living in. This will make you much happier and that will affect your actions. Each day take some time to remind yourself of the beauty and gifts (people, events, objects, nature, etc.) that surround you.

Do something – after something bad has happened, the best things is to just take action and do something. It’s okay if you don’t know where to start, the point is to just do it.

Try new things – this will bring the excitement and adrenaline back into your life. Try new foods, go to new places, meet new people, try new sports and hobbies.

Surround yourself with inspiring people – it’s awful to be surrounded by others that are in the same mental state as you – depressed, feeling hopeless, with no direction in life and many regrets and worries. Instead, try to meet inspiring souls that are full of life, have great ideas and stories, are always looking for something new and exciting and never lose the magic of life.

Devote yourself to helping others – if you’re that stuck and think that there’s nothing you can do to feel alive again, devote your time to helping others. Don’t think too much, just find a volunteering organization that helps an area you care about and join it. You may even go to a country of the Third World and spend a year teaching orphans or collecting money to help the poor. This will be a life changing experience and seeing people in a worse condition, becoming their hope for life and putting a smile on their face, will change your view of life.

You can suggest other ways to turn the darkness inside of you into light in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you think.

The Most Important Questions – Free Workbook

You don’t want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel.
Richard Bach

 I believe we are destined to succeed, to be remarkable, achieve what we want, help others at the same time and leave a legacy.

Only a few have got there, however, because of the many distractions we live in and our own limitations like fear of failure, doubts and self-limiting beliefs.
There is also mediocrity – we live in a world of average people doing nothing important but always managing to keep themselves busy with daily tasks and worries.

That prevents us from living our legend and unleashing our potential. It holds us back and we remain stuck for the rest of our lives.

But the good news is that you can change that at any time. You just need to take the decision to become remarkable and to do a quick self-analysis.

This includes something like a self-interview.

Questions are powerful and we can use them to get to know ourselves better, to find what we truly want and to understand how to get it. They can help us analyze what it takes to become successful and leave a mark in the world.

The Most Important Questions Workbook, Let's Reach Success

That’s why I’d like to share with you a short workbook I made.
Click here to get the PDF file for free.

It’s called “The Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself”, it’s totally free and has its purpose:

  • to make us think;
  • to help us look deep inside ourselves;
  • to finally answer the most important questions;
  • to encourage us to take action when we have the answers.

I hope you’ll benefit from it. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

The Only Way to Get What You Want

“You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.”
Napoleon Hill

 Everyone is good enough for anything. But a small number of people are remarkable in what they do because they go the extra mile.

Let's Reach Success, The Only Way to Get What You Want

By Stephen Brace @Flickr

That means they go beyond average, dedicate time and efforts and make sacrifices. It’s a sure way to success and great results in any area, but few are willing to actually do it.

All people are capable of more than they think. And there are so many examples of that in history as well as today. Just think of all the successful entrepreneurs that started at a young age and worked hard, of all the famous scientists and inventors who’ve tried and failed so many times before they succeeded, of all rich people who started from nothing, all athletes who dedicated years of their life to training.

The Habit

 In his book The Magic Ladder to Success (you can get the free PDF here), Napoleon Hill lists hard work as one of the inevitable things you’ll have to go through if you’re really willing to make a change. He calls it  the habit of performing more work and better work than you are paid to perform.

Here is what he says:

“I do not believe it is possible for anyone to rise above mediocrity without developing this habit of performing more service and better service than is actually paid for in dollars and cents.

 All the ability on earth, all of the knowledge recorded in all of the books down the ages, all the schooling on earth, will not create a profitable market for the services of a man or woman who renders as little service as possible and makes the quality as poor as will pass.

 On the other hand, the spirit of willingly performing more work and better work than one is paid to perform is sure to bring its just reward. It will offset many other negative qualities and the lack of many other desirable qualities.”

It’s really important to realize that without doing some work you won’t get anywhere. And as everything else, it’s also a habit. Because only going the extra mile and then repeating it many times can help you get whatever it is that you desire. Only if you’re willing to do that, can you actually get anywhere and become whoever you want.

It’s simple, but not easy.

I’ve noticed that people usually think that the things worth fighting for are too complex and often don’t even give them a try. They also think there must be some secret that can help them get it easier.

Well, there isn’t. Things are really simple because all the fundamental rules we’ve all heard of are what it really takes to get there. But it’s not easy. It will take time, it will take energy, efforts, and many other things depending on the situation.

People still think they can find an easier way to lose weight and get fit, but the truth is that the basic things we all know about healthy dieting, exercising and motivation, especially the combination of them, are the way to the body we want.

Here is what Johnny B. Truant says in How to Be Legendary:

No form of success is complicated.

Repairing a relationship involves communication, patience, and time. Learningdance steps involves rehearsing them until you get them right. Becoming fluent in Italian requires speaking andreading and hearing Italian and maybe practicing vocabulary. Building a business requires finding a need in the marketand filling it, and learning from experience.

You already know what you need to do. You just need to do it.

If you want to quit smoking or drinking, doing the work is fighting cravings every day, maybe forever.

If you want to write a novel, doing the work is sitting down for a few hours every single day and putting words on thepage even when you suspect theyʼre horrible. If youʼre currently a bad writer, doing the work might even mean writinga few 100,000-word go-nowhere manuscripts full of terrible prose while youʼre learning, and then simply throwing themaway. Oh, and doing the work might entail a lot of rejection, too.

If you want to lose 300 pounds, doing the work is several years of dieting and exercise.

Doing the work is not for the faint of heart, but it is the key to achievement. Have you ever noticed how very few people are truly, truly, truly committed to a goal? Thatʼs why so few people achieve truly remarkable things.”

So with this post I want to remind you of 6 things:

1. It’s absolutely possible to reach all your goals.

2. You already have what it takes.

3. You’ll need to work hard.

4. Then to do it repeatedly.

5. You’ll need to go the extra mile and go beyond what is considered average.

6. It will also take dedication and sacrifices.

Without these six things in mind, I’m afraid you won’t achieve anything. And that means you will never do anything with your life when you could have done so much.
I see so many people wasting their time doing meaningless activities, wasting their potential doing stuff they don’t enjoy. And it’s so sad when they turn back and realize they could have done remarkable things with their life and helped others at the same time.

So if you don’t want to be one of them you need to be willing to work hard for what you want. It could be anything because you can simply achieve anything. But the way to do it is one – through hard work, repetition, practice and dedication.

From Disappointment to Healthy Relationships

I’m good at disappointing the people I love the most.

I’ve always been amazed by this ability of mine as I can be great to strangers and people that are not so close or important to me and do everything to help them and make them happy. But at the same time, I disappoint the ones that actually matter.
My only relief is that I make it up to them at some point. But that doesn’t change the past.

But don’t think I don’t appreciate them. On the contrary, I thank for having them in my life every day. And I don’t forget that while in their company. I’m grateful and experience the time I spend with them. I just disappoint them often.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m not good at relationships.

And I think the main reason is that sometimes (more often than I want to) I disappoint myself. And when you haven’t fixed your relationship with yourself, you can’t really have any other good ones.

From Disappointment to Healthy Relationships, Let's Reach Success

By Thomas Leuthard @Flickr

I love making lists and offering solutions to problems. So here is what you need to do about this one:

  1. be aware of the fact that you disappoint the people you love;
  2. try to figure out why;
  3. analyze your relationship with yourself first;
  4. then focus on making the people you love happy.

 These are the main steps to take when in this situation. And I’ve done it. I know exactly what to do. And still there’s something missing because I keep doing the same thing.

At some point I realized there’s a piece of the puzzle that’s missing. A very important one.

People who disappoint family and friends have this one trait in common – they disappoint themselves first. So I think it’s better to improve your relationship with yourself first before you do that with others.

Here is how this can happen:

  • forgive yourself

Whatever you’ve done in the past, forgive yourself for it. It doesn’t have any place in your future and can only affect your relationship with others.

You tend to focus on your mistakes, the things you don’t like about yourself, the bad things you say, your negative thoughts, the decisions you take and then regret. But what will happen if you just accept all this and see yourself for who you really are?

I think you will have great benefits by making this little change.

  • appreciate yourself

Even if you see yourself as a bad person, someone who hasn’t achieved anything and will never become successful, you’re missing out on a lot.

You’re beautiful. As a human being you have your deep feelings and emotions, empathy and desire to make the world a better place, you have great qualities and abilities and can actually do whatever you want to, you’re also a human magnet and have powers beyond imagination. You can create, become a great example for others and live a happy life. You can explore, build, change, destroy, get out there and become whoever you want to.

  • have a positive vision of yourself

Delete the negative image of yourself in your head. Instead, expect the best to happen. Always think that you will do great in life, will achieve all your goals, have great relationships and be a wonderful person.

  • let go

In order to have a great relationship with yourself you’ll need to let go of a few things that are always holding you back. Things like regrets, fears, worries, judging people, trying to please everyone, living by someone else’s standards, comparing yourself to others, wishing you were different and so on.

Now this is not some kind of a guide. And it may not work for everyone. I’m not saying that doing these 5 things (which actually sound much easier than they really are) will change your life and you will have great relationships for the rest of it.
It’s just what I’ve found to work so far.

 What other steps can you add to the process of self-healing, getting familiar with your true self and self-understanding?

Your Opinion Matters: Reader’s Poll

Today I’ll ask you to do something for me – a quick poll.

I want to improve my blog and write only on topics that matter and you want to read more about. And to understand whether I’m on the right track, I need to know what you like.

Your input is really valuable. It will take less than 5 minutes of your time but if I can get more answers the results will be even greater. This way you’ll help me create better, more useful content that answers your needs.

It’s easy and doesn’t require any personal information. It’s just 4 questions I can’t answer without you.
By doing this I also want to show you that your opinion matters.

The last question about the ebook is there so that I can find out what is worth working on. I have many ideas but not all of them are the things you want to read about right now.
I want to make worthy content and that’s why I’m trying to understand what you need help with, want to learn more about and will benefit from.

It’s a future project but I want to make it great, meaningful and extremely useful and to start working on it now.

Here are the questions:

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your time!  Your votes mean a lot!

Going with The Flow

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu

Going with The Flow, Let's Reach Success

By Luis Hernandez @Flickr

 

I’ll share with you my writing process.

It’s nothing special and actually there’s no fixed routine.

Ideas pop up in my head while reading books or stuff on the Internet, travelling, noticing little daily things, watching videos and movies, communicating (it may be a simple thing someone says but it can provoke many ideas I can later turn into posts), or basically almost everything I do. It may be while doing something, or just sitting and contemplating.

The idea may by a title for a post (Yes, sometimes I just think of random titles.), an introduction for another, the main idea of a third one, or just something to work later on.

After some time I’ll eventually think of a title of all the written posts that don’t have one, of what to write on empty word documents that only have a title, a new paragraph to write here, or a list there.

The thing is that one idea gives birth to many others. I think one of my best habits is writing each of them down.
That way when sometimes I want to write but have nothing particular in mind, I just go through a few pages of such ideas and pick random ones. Then I combine them in a post.

Now as I think of it, that process is a complete chaos.

But it turns out to be working. And I know why.

 Simply because I don’t force anything. I don’t try to think of a title of a post immediately after finishing it, or to write a last paragraph of one just to get it done.
Instead, I go with the flow. And soon each of them is a completed one – with a title that fits perfectly and the exact idea I wanted to share in its content.

My job is to have ideas, take action (write them down, start writing when I feel like and when I have something to say) and not to force things. The rest just comes in place in the right time.

 Here is what Leo Babauta says in his ebook “The Effortless Life”:

 “The writing has been effortless because I’m passionate about it,
I have no fixed plans or expectations, I’m in no rush, I’m doing it
mindfully, and I’m letting others help me edit, so I save unnecessary
work.”

 He also shares a lesson of Bruce Lee:

Be like water making its way through cracks.
Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object,
and you shall find a way round or through it.
If nothing within you stays rigid, outward
things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless—
like water. Now you put water in a cup,
it becomes the cup; You put water into a
bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a
teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can
flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

How to achieve that?

In order to do this, we need to let go of all our fears, doubts, expectations and fixed plans. We need to feel this flow and go with it. Just like water.

An important thing to do is to trust that things will turn out just the way they should.

We’re all obsessed with the need of having control over everything in our life, of having security (which, in my opinion, is an illusion. You can see why here.) Only letting go can help you free yourself of that burden. Only embracing insecurity and realizing that control is imaginary will give you the way to go with the flow, to do everything naturally and in accordance with the universe.

You’ll reach that level of joy, harmony and peaceful mind when you stop forcing things and accept them as they are. You can, of course, take actions in order to get what you want, but they should correspond with the natural laws. And you should not interfere this flow.

Living effortlessly is an amazing thing. It takes time to get there, but you can do it. It’s a level of consciousness where you won’t feel afraid, insecure, in doubt, disappointed or another negative emotion. That is why your actions will be the right things you need to do and there will be enough space in your life and mind for joy and contentment to come.