Is There A Key to Having A Spiritual Awakening?

Originally Published on SFyogamagazine.com on June 13, 2018 By Bruce Davis

Is There A Key to Having A Spiritual Awakening

Cover Photo By Greg Rakozy

There are many paths to a spiritual awakening. Near Death Experiences are in the news and on many book shelves. People are finding other realms with spiritual teachers, drugs, in nature, with music, drumming, dance, or chanting. Others find an experience of their own divinity in extreme sports, life crises, or in the course of losing a loved one. People can find awakening while gardening, parenting, and caring for the less fortunate. People report experiences of spiritual awakening in dreams, meditation, heart full prayer, or simply just being very present in the moment. There seem to be many avenues to a spiritual awakening but they all have one thing in common.

What is common to all spiritual awakening is when we get out of our normal mental world, our awareness finds something greater. At the time we think it is the near death experience, drug, extreme sport, music, nature, or sudden life crises that is the cause of our awakening. But with further exploration we begin to understand it is when our awareness is set free of the routine busy-ness, when we drop the mental baggage we are carrying, we discover another part of ourselves. All the different paths towards a spiritual awakening seem to suggest it is not the activity itself, it is not what we do that counts. It is what is happening within us that is important. The particular path towards spiritual awakening is an impulse to something very deep and integral to our essential self, our higher self, to God inside of us.

Indeed each spiritual awakening has many common details no matter what stimulated the experience. We find a very present love or light which is more real then real. Beyond words, this love or light is not observed, thought about, or imagined but is literal, directly present. In these moments our awareness is the light. We are the love. It is who we really are. There is an ever growing vastness, a border-less experience beyond our mind, beyond our body, seemingly spreading forever. In this expansive realm there is only heart that is mysteriously deep inside our heart. And this heart lives forever. Eternity is very real . The spiritual awakening is an experience of our infinite being. There is literally a home for each of us that we recognize and return to.

Many who have these experiences don’t really want to talk about it. We hide the experience from ourselves and others. Not wanting to receive what is really happening, not wanting to sound different in our judgmental world, many experiences of spiritual awakening sit within people for years yet never go away. A spiritual awakening is too real to put aside, forget, and move on from. It is always a part of us.

No matter how we arrive at the spiritual awakening we feel changed. Our personality, likes and dislikes, our personal story, our material needs, everything is seen differently. There is something more. Our spiritual awakening has given us a glimpse into another realm into another world. Who am I?

This glimpse into something so freeing from life’s challenges, we naturally want to experience more. We want to live in the awakening. We want to be this love, light. We want to return to this incredible peace. But despite our experience being so significant, our old personality, habits, daily story stands between us and being fully awakened. Our personality and all its wishes to be comfortable and in control resumes. We yearn for being home again in the vastness while finding ourselves living with the same old home, with the same old furniture, with the same old dishes and floor needing a good cleaning.

What all the different paths toward an awakening experience have in common is that when our normal mental life is turned off or down, the awareness of the heart of life is dramatically much higher. People who have a Near Death Experience literally have their mental life turned off. Maybe this is why their awakening experience is often so totally vivid, other worldly, and life changing. In all experiences of awakening another part of us comes forward. In the awakening experience life itself is brilliantly present. In this moment we know that life continues beyond the body. There is no thought or feeling to the contrary. In fact when we are in the awakening experience there are no thoughts, no feelings, the experience itself fills our awareness, totally. There is nothing else.

Many people who have experiences of spiritual awakening after coming back into their life story feel as if they are two people. There is the everyday life and there is the spiritual awakening. The two realities feel so far apart, separate. We don’t realize the key to being one person is becoming free of our overly mental world which has resulted in us sacrificing our hearts. Our constant thoughts are a heavy filter standing between us and the light. Our mental life filters the pure love in our heart to little or no love.

We are not two people. There is only one awareness. As we embrace our spiritual awakening, as we absorb life’s beauty, we are the love. We lessen our mental baggage as we practice letting go of what is not important and absorbing our pure heart in meditation and the heart of others in daily life. We do not wait for the greater realms, give up, or just struggle. We can practice drinking the heart of life in all that we do, in all we meet, and most important from within ourselves. Our spiritual awakening continues. The rocks, boulders, obstacles of all kinds move aside as the awakening grows. We are called to absorb our awakening by receiving the pure presence in our heart. We are letting go, enjoying the divinity in our human journey.

Bruce Davis, Ph.D.
Consciousness
Silent Stay Retreat, Meditation, Stillness, SF Yoga, Yoga

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Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Bruce has been guiding retreats worldwide since 1983 and leads the daily sitting meditations. His teachings are based in his deep connection to silence, simplicity and heartfulness. He has a gift for guiding people from the busy-ness of the mind into the wisdom of the quiet heart. He is a teacher of world religions and combines psychology and spirituality to create a rich understanding of human potential. Together Bruce and Ruth created two retreat centers in Assisi, Italy where they lived for 12 years. They returned to California in 2012.

How I started Meditating

buddha-buddhism-statue-religion-46177.jpegMeditation is something that I started doing during yoga during Savasana or corpse pose.    I am not going to say that it is particularly easy.  And sometimes it’s down right difficult.  It’s not something that I always feel like doing but, afterwards, I am always glad that I did.  It’s kind of like when you first start working out.  How at first it really sucks and you’re not really enjoying it.  But then something happens one day and you can’t do it and then all of a sudden you’re disappointed because  you weren’t able to work out.

That’s kind of how meditation is for me.  I did it for a long time before I ever started to enjoy any benefits.  I did it because I knew that I should be doing it.  But to be honest, I wasn’t really feeling the benefits until I committed to a regular practice of meditation.  I committed to 3 days a week of meditation.  Three days a week was because of course I was much too busy to do it everyday.  But I could commit to 3 days a week and that was after years of doing it not regularly.  I just knew that I wanted to become more spiritual, so I committed to 3 days.  That was after 12 years of faking meditation.  You know just doing it randomly and being mad because I wasn’t getting the many benefits.

So after I committed to 3 days per week, I have to say that my experience was actually quite magical.  It’s really hard to describe my experience but I just started to feel really calm, strong and super positive.  Things just really stopped bothering me and I started to just have shit really start going right.  I just felt that I was being super blessed.  If I wanted something, it would just magically appear.  I needed a videographer, and I found his card in a coffee shop (thanks Kristian).  I needed help with my Blog and someone gave me an awesome Web Designer’s info.

Now obviously there are so many different ways of meditating but I recommend doing a guided meditation and sticking with the same one for a while.  Do it at least 21 times.  But give it a good chance.  And it’s not magic but it could be.  But you have to give it a chance.  Remember you don’t just brush your teeth one time and think you never have to do it again.  You don’t just eat one time and think, “OK I don’t need to do that again.”  And obviously you can’t just work out one time and think,”That’s it I don’t like exercising so I won’t do that again.”  No you have to do it over and over. (sorry to be the bearer of bad news on this one.)

Meditation is the same way.  You have to give it a chance and do it over and over.  In this short video, Maggie, my beautiful niece does a short meditation that will give you a little bit of peace.   Please relaxing sunwatch here.

Here are 20 reasons to start meditation.

Happy Meditating and don’t get mad at me when you start feeling peaceful, relaxed and shit starts going right for you.

Valerie is a Health and wellness coach that lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  When she’s not dancing, she’s singing.  You can check out her moves here.  Please subscribe to my youtube channel so you don’t miss out.  Thank you!!