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Perhaps you are going through a Spiritual Awakening right now. Or, maybe you have decided to initiate a Spiritual Awakening for yourself (not to be taken lightly!). Or, maybe you're just curious to know more about it...
What happens to you, what is it like?
As with most things in life, no two people will have exactly the same experiences when they go through a Spiritual Awakening, but for most people, it involves big changes.
For me, I didn't notice that I was experiencing a Spiritual Awakening until I reached a stage when pretty much every aspect of my life began to change (quite dramatically). Some of the changes were out of my control - they seemed to just happen to me. But most of the changes were initiated by me, because I 'awakened' to the fact that I was not living my life according to my values and my true identity.
Anecdotal evidence tells me that this is quite a common feature of Spiritual Awakening for people, and it is at some stage of this process of change that they become aware that they are actually Awakening. So if this is something that you are going through right now, read-on.
To be honest, now that I'm the other side of my big life-changes, things still aren't exactly aligned as I need them, and so I continue to make adjustments as I go. This is more about maintaining an awareness of who I really am, and fine-tuning my life accordingly.
So, a Spiritual Awakening is all about changes, often quite painful changes, but if you know what's going on, and you have expert guidance and support to steer you through it, the outcomes can be wonderful.
For me, that expert guidance came from my root master, Dr Shen Hongxun, and some of his most senior students.
What are these wonderful outcomes?
If nothing else, you end up living life more authentically. However, Spiritual Awakening, if nurtured properly, awakens 'latent functions'. These can be a range of 'skills' that seem to the onlooker as 'supernatural', 'superhuman', or unbelievable. I hesitate to give them names, because they do vary from person to person. Perhaps it is worth reading-up on the ancient Tibetan masters, or Patanjali, or even the not-so ancient Taijiquan masters, to get some ideas.
For me, my first 'awakened ability' didn't seem to be anything special - it didn't even seem to be a 'latent ability' as such. It seems like I have been doing it pretty much all my life anyway, I just wasn't consciously aware of it!
It was shortly after this that Dr Shen asked me to begin using the knowledge he had given me, together with my awakened skills, to help others - in particular, to use the 'process' he taught me to help people nurture their Spiritual Awakenings.
What is this process?
In a nutshell, the process involves very specific and detailed development of the physical body, the 'subtle' body, and the mind. This facilitates a realignment (or re-connection) of the conscious 'self' with the spirit/soul. What that means and how it is experienced is so profound, it is beyond words.