70 Signs of Spiritual Growth

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.

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 not real, 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?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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