70 Signs of Spiritual Growth 254

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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Alternatives to The Twelve-Step Program 25

Alternatives to The Twelve-Step Program

For those suffering from addiction, the Twelve-Step Program is the world’s most famous method of recovery. It was introduced back in 1939 in The Alcoholics Anonymous ‘Big Book’ as it’s come to be known.

It’s since helped many more than one hundred men (and women) and has been only slightly adapted over the years. Regardless of small changes, the core principles of admitting alcohol/narcotic dependency, believing that God can restore health, and making amends to others hurt during one’s addiction are retained.

While this program has had many successes in helping thousands across the world to overcome their addictions, there are two main criticisms:

  • It doesn’t work for everyone, and;
  • It is founded on faith in a Higher Power.

Some people try this famous program, lauded as the ultimate key to sobriety, only to be disappointed and feel a sense of hopelessness that something that has worked for so many hasn’t worked for them.

Others are put off that belief in God is required to truly embody the program, which some people simply don’t align with.

It’s important to remember that the Twelve-Step Program is far from the only addiction management and recovery method out there. Every individual is different; therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction (or indeed anything) is impossible.

Here are some other recovery programs that have facilitated recovery from addiction for many people around the globe.

SMART Recovery

This organization focuses on cognitive behavioral therapies that help addicts to adapt their reactions, thought processes and dependencies into healthier habits. It helps those with alcohol and drug dependency recognize the emotional and environmental factors behind their problems and learn to manage addictive behaviors. SMART is committed to evolving its program as scientific knowledge evolves; remaining active rather than static where addiction treatment is concerned.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, there are over 635 groups in the US and 613 international groups – it’s more than likely that there is one in your vicinity.

Women for Sobriety

If you are a woman who feels she would be more comfortable supported by a group of women, this is offered by WFS.

The group was founded in the 1970s by Jean Kirkland, who developed her own way of overcoming addiction and dependency. It centers on bolstering women’s self-value and addresses the individual emotional issues that lay behind each person’s addiction. 

S.O.S.

If Twelve-Steps hasn’t worked or isn’t something you want to try, but you’re open to getting support from a secular organization, then S.O.S. could be an option to explore.

They work on an abstinence-based approach and their groups are free to anyone who wishes to be free from addiction. They are a non-profit organization and cover running costs with donations, which are greatly appreciated by anyone who uses the service or other supporters.

Meetings generally begin with celebrations of sobriety and abstinence anniversaries, followed by discussions and group activities. They aim to create a positive, buoyant atmosphere through which to motivate members. Sharing of advice and strength is promoted and members are encouraged to offer their utmost support to others. 

Besides these examples, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of rehabilitation facilities all over the world that have developed their own recovery programs – it’s down to the individual to choose one that they think will benefit them best. This rehab website from NJ gives details about the SOBA College Recovery which integrates addiction rehabilitation with treatment for coexisting mental health disorders and return to education for young adults.

There are a multitude of options out there – some simple research is sure to find a path right for you.

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This article is not certified medical advice. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please consult your doctor for medical advice about how it is best for you to begin to change your lifestyle.