Spiritual Awakening Signs – 3 Stages of Spiritual Awakening and Questions Answered

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How to have a spiritual awakening? Are you ready for them?

Awakening, Enlightenment, Ascension…Can you be even ready for them?

And spiritual awakening, what is it really?

This master’s article is meant to answer all your questions to live your answers to spiritual awakening.

I decided to create this super long article, to write “REAL TALK” about this subject because someone has to do it.

In this article, I write about the 3 stages of spiritual awakening and everything else you need to know. There is also a fantastic FAQ at the end of this article.

last update on 06.05.2021 (brilliant graphic for the 3 phases added and other optimizations)


1. What is Spiritual Awakening?
2. Spiritual Awakening Signs explained in 3 Stages
3. Spiritual Awakening and Relationships
4. Who are Spiritual Awakening Teachers?
5. Spiritual Awakening Quotes
6. Spiritual Awakening Books
7. FAQ Spiritual Awakening Questions
– What are Spiritual Awakening Symptoms?
– How is Spiritual Awakening and Kundalini related?
– What is the Duration of a Spiritual Awakening?
– Can it happen that I had a Spiritual Awakening and now a Depression?
– Can it happen that I had a Spiritual Awakening and Can’t Sleep?
– Can Spiritual Awakening Make You Tired?
– Can Spiritual Awakening come from Alcohol?
– Can Spiritual Awakening Cause Dizziness?
– Can Spiritual Awakening Cause Headaches?
– Can it happen that I had a Spiritual Awakening and Can’t Focus?

What is Spiritual Awakening?

What is spiritual Awakening?

When we fall asleep in the night, we awaken into another reality, mostly our dream reality. When we wake up in the morning, we awaken into our known physical reality again. So, no worries about spiritual awakening, because in a sense, we at least have two huge awakenings every day!

What is a spiritual awakening?

Spiritual awakening is an alchemical process of life. It is a process from one set of beliefs to another set of beliefs. Therefore, it is a significant shift in our worldview that changes us forever.

You still remember those crazy geniuses, Leonardo da Vinci or Copernicus, right? They all changed how we perceive the world. Earth was believed to be the center of our whole universe, and Copernicus discovered that the sun is at the center of the universe. And Leonardo da Vinci proofed already over 500 years ago, that we will be able to fly. That we can do the impossible!

You may ask what all of this has to do with spiritual awakening.

Spiritual awakening can be considered as an expansion of your worldview. Today, most people would agree that they cannot fly with their human body, heal themselves, or portal from one place to another. It seems like science fiction, and it is science fiction for our current physical evolution.

But what, if at some point, this will be not magic anymore and people commonly manifest those superpowers?

Another subject is that people are not sure what happens after death. We have no scientific facts or data that indeed prove the afterlife, besides the thousands of near-death experiences and stories about astral travel.

The fear of death can be frightening for most, as it is beneficial for others. Cooperations and society are built around the fear of death and that with all power, we have to prevent our physical death.

Most major spiritual awakenings include the experience of the feeling that we exist now and that we infinitely always exist and change forms. This experience is a massive gamechanger with vast implications for our daily life.

We begin to understand that we can never lose another.

We begin to understand that time is unlimited.

We begin to understand that fear is an illusion of our minds.

At the same time, after a sudden awakening, we cannot implement our new inner wisdom in our daily life because we never experienced this major internal shift of our belief systems. This can be a considerable shock and challenge because, globally, we continue to live in separation and a lack of everything.

The meaning of what spiritual awakening is, is the result of my experiences. Sudden spiritual awakenings can be overwhelming because we shift into a completely new reality while staying with our old environment of family, friends, and colleagues.

I shifted to an entirely new outer environment within the last 4 years, and I successfully changed from one to another reality. Only very few people, including my family and friends, are still by my side.

You can read more about this in the chapter Spiritual Awakening and Relationships.

My personal opinion is that spiritual awakening and spiritual enlightenment always goes hand in hand. While we awaken to a new worldview, we always lighten up and access more conscious awareness.

Spiritual awakening is experienced in three stages, and when people experience the second and third stage, they always expand their level of conscious awareness. This new level of awareness can also contract for a while again. However, the inner cellular wisdom stays active until the expansion of the next stage of spiritual awakening arrives.

Spiritual Awakening Signs explained in 3 Stages

Before we go into the 3 stages, I have created this graphic for you (Spiral of Spiritual Awakening – see above). This illustration supports you wonderfully for your personal phase of spiritual awakening. You can also see that I have subdivided the graphic into red, orange and green. This is to illustrate that after awakening, there will be another challenge. The new challenge is easier to overcome because you already have a higher quality of life here. So the awakening becomes easier and easier for you the more often it occurs.

1. The Dissatisfaction Stage before Spiritual Awakening 

Stage 1 is the dissatisfaction stage, in which we begin to fall out of our hearts into the prison of our thoughts and limiting environmental factors. In religion, some call this the fall of Eden, in which the first shame and guilt was born. 

As mentioned before, the actual spiritual awakening is a complete shift in belief systems about you and the world. This is the sign that before your awakening, powerful and old limiting beliefs are present. Those limiting belief systems seem to have power over the decisions in your life. Almost all the time, this ends in dissatisfaction. It can go as far as burnout and depression in one’s life, as it occurred with me. You feel and think you are genuinely the victim and not the director and actor of your life.

At some point in this unsatisfied phase, you cry for help. This is an inner cry, a desire to do something about your life’s circumstances. You actively learn about solutions and coincidently meet people that inspire you to let go of your limiting beliefs. There may be even signs of spiritual awakening receiving secret messages from others.

You learn about permission slips that support you to be more of who you already are, your true infinite self. Permission slips can be any tool or technique that helps you be more in harmony, peace, and, most notably, in a balanced self-love state.

2. The Spiritual Awakening Stage – Enough is Enough

Stage 2 is the awakening stage, in which we discover and act on solutions that help us get out of the deep cave of our minds. This is also the stage, in which the enlightenment occurs.

At some point in overcoming enough challenges in your life, your higher self and higher mind send certain spiritual teachings or teachers which strongly resonate with you. You begin to study your inner self. You open up to deep inner work.

This doesn’t necessarily have to be like that, but most times, it is the scenario. You will notice this by the specific different type of energy surrounding your life that wasn’t present until that time.

It may even feel like God is visiting you.

The exact time of your spiritual awakening can’t be expected and will be very spontaneous. This is because you never had experienced it before, and your conscious awareness is limited to look into your future full of probabilities.

Several requirements strengthen the probability that your spiritual awakening is close.

Spiritual Awakening Sign – Courage for Inner Work

You dare to look deeply into your own inner self. Without beginning your shadow work, awakening may stay a dream in your life forever. So yes, spiritual awakening and shadow work is one requirement.

Spiritual Awakening Sign – Trust Your Suffering

Your suffering and inner tension are probably already immense. To trust this, suffering from Love is another spiritual awakening symptom. Combined with the courage and trust to look deeply within, this may lead to spiritual awakening through your shadow work.

How Does Spiritual Awakening Feel?

When the actual awakening experience happens, it can be like an explosion of a champagne bottle within your whole sensory system. From person to person, this will always be completely different. It was very explosive, warm, peaceful and a feeling of being home surrounded my whole being, and the complete awakening experience lasted for over an hour. Thoughts stopped, and my physical body was in an entire relaxation state. In a sense, it was a sensation like barely waking up in the morning and still feeling half asleep and disincarnated to your physical, sensory environment. It is hard to describe, but this comes a little close to how I walked around for an hour. It was almost like flying and incredibly surreal at that moment.

But having a spiritual awakening does not mean that all beliefs will always be in peace. Some of the negative belief systems can fight back as they did in my case. That is the third stage, in which you have to adjust to your new state of awareness and sets of new beliefs about the world. 

3. The Readjustment Stage after Spiritual Awakening 

Stage 3 is the readjustment after the sudden spiritual awakening that changed the bedrock of our beliefs and worldview.

The most significant and most crucial phase is the readjustment stage. While many have huge awakenings, they are never able to implement the wisdom into their lives. This can become a negative feedback loop, in which you believe you feel even worse than before. But this is an illusion.

You just have experienced a state of pure blissful consciousness, for that no other benchmark for comparison exists. Because this state of blissful awareness, in which pure consciousness enters your system, will very quickly be your new status quo, everything that even comes close to your old unsatisfied feeling will feel ten times as bad and robust.

That is the illusion.

Now your limiting belief systems try to convince you, and when you trust and believe them, you lost. They know that you had a big breakthrough, and they fear to vanish into the void of nothingness. You can genuinely see your beliefs as entities that fear for their lives.

When you stay open, honest, reflected, and grounded in your heart, you will quickly notice that these new sets of feelings and thoughts are just your old belief systems’ last offensive acts.

So be in peace with them. Don’t fight back, because this will just strengthen the limiting belief systems and put you in a very confusing situation, causing heavy fatigues.

Critical summary: Illusionary can be the fact while having a boost of conscious awareness, you begin and want to change so many things in our fear-based society. This can cause the effect that you let limiting beliefs convince you that your new worldview has a negative impact because there is so much more work to do. After that, you can be trapped by your negative belief system to feel and think more pessimistic about the world again.

This is the most significant factor why people talk about tiredness, depression, or that they can’t sleep after their initial spiritual awakening. Now, they are fully aware of what they were not aware of before. This can be the shock of spiritual awakening, which has to be understood and dealt with immediately.

My personal opinion:

After a spiritual awakening, the real hard devoted work starts. Everyone will notice that you changed. It has a significant impact on your relationships and all of your environments. This could cause intense turbulences, which you have to be aware of and discover a playful approach to deal with them.

In the first phase, after awakening, you need time and patience to realize the new and put it into the context of a new worldview. In the next phase, you need to partly integrate the new realization into your life. And in the last phase, you need to fully incorporate the recent completion into your life. Those three phases after spiritual awakening take years or even a whole lifetime to complete.

These are my ideas that after a spiritual awakening is before your spiritual awakening, your life truly changes when you awaken. That is because the bedrock of your beliefs changed.

When your belief systems change, your outer circumstances will change, as soon as the time is ready. So be patient and trust yourself. Learn everything about your physical, emotional, and mental body you need to know. This is the best and most effective way to deal with true awakenings.

Also, get to know your higher mind and the higher energy systems, so you will always be keeping a balance of earth and heaven.

In summer 2020 in beautiful Cyprus mountains, I also recorded my first video about my sudden spiritual awakening, which I had several years ago. I wasn’t confident to talk about it until now because a lot of pieces in the puzzle were missing to report my experiences wholeheartedly, authentic, and accurate.

You should watch my video, which is complementary for this section, ‘Signs and Stages for Spiritual Awakening,’ here.

Spiritual Awakening and Relationships

Spiritual Awakening Symptoms and Relationships

Human relationships, aren’t they unique? I promise you, after your spiritual awakening, they are more memorable!

I already have written that in sudden awakenings, the bedrock of your belief system change. This has enormous implications for all your human relationships because friends, family, and partners may not be happy about your new belief systems. And it doesn’t matter if you read this article because you want to achieve enlightenment or not, because anyway, it will happen suddenly and spontaneously.

I can only talk about my experiences here. Within the last 4 years, it just happened that my complete friends shifted to other friends, and lately, I also separated with my partner because the differences in lifestyle and what we dreamed of in life weren’t holding us together anymore.

So yes, spiritual awakening can cause marriage problems. Yes, it can happen that you spiritually awaken, and you go through a divorce.

But what truly matters is how you deal with your challenges and how your attitude towards those challenges are. You can’t fight against your new belief systems that expanded your worldview, as you can’t control and want to support others in their awakening process. They might never have an awakening in their life, and you may try to force them to change their bedrocks of beliefs. This will only hurt your relationship.

So, you have to make courageous decisions, now more than ever before. And believe me, they will be hugely rewarding for you, as long as they come from the heart.

You are also not responsible, how others react to your awakening and decisions. Adverse reactions and blame will only unveil others true identity, which you could not see until now. So better be stable, stay in your roots, and move forward with all of your Divine’s heart and will.

If I learned one fact in life, it is that I am not able to change others against their will. This would only create extreme turbulences later on, and it will create a feedback loop, in which both will be entangled.

Others have to be willing to change their life. I may give guidance to some extend or teach tools and techniques; however, they have to move forward.

Who are Spiritual Awakening Teachers?

Eckart Tolle and the Power of Now

For me, the well-known spiritual teacher Eckart Tolle is an embodiment of those higher spiritual teachings about the timeless state of the now. He described this wonderfully in his bestseller ‘The Power of Now,’ which is probably the most translated spiritual awakening book of our era.

Dr. Joe Dispenza and Become Supernatural

I love the story of Dr. Joe Dispenza and his magical healing of his seemingly impossible to heal the injury of his back.

Here is his video story:

In his bestseller book, ‘Become Supernatural,’ there are many ordinary people, like you and me, talking about how they are achieved the uncommon.

Dr. Bruce Lipton and Biology of Belief

Dr. Bruce Lipton is an amazing being! How can you hate this guy?  In his bestselling book, ‘Biology of Belief’ he shares his stories about his spiritual awakening. For a long time, he was an ordinary scientist, until he discovered that we can change our genetics and that we are NOT victims of our genes. I loved his book and story, and it is a different story about spiritual awakening. 

11 Spiritual Awakening Quotes

  1. “It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” – Eckhart Tolle
  2. “Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” – Eckhart Tolle
  3. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
  4. “The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.” – Ram Dass
  5. “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – G. Jung
  6. “First, we become aware of that which is Divine around us. Then we become aware of that which is Divine within us. Finally, we become aware that all is Divine and that there is nothing else. This is the moment of our awakening.”- Neale Donald Walsch
  7. “Awakening is not changing who you are but discarding who you are not.” – Deepak Chopra
  8. “You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” – Rumi
  9. “Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  10. “I’m merely saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you, just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering, not even judging, because the moment you judge, you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time, an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.” – Osho
  11. “Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” – Ramana Maharshi 

7 Spiritual Awakening Books

1. The Power of Now

spiritual awakening books Eckhart Tolle The Power Of Now

2. Becoming Supernatural

spiritual awakening book joe dispenza

3. Biology of Belief

spiritual awakening process

4. The Book of Awakening

the book of awakening

5. The Body Keeps the Score

6. The Untethered Soul

Spiritual Awakening Signs The Untethered Soul

7. The Magus of Strovolos

The Magus of Strovolos for spiritual Awakening

FAQ for Spiritual Awakening 

What are Spiritual Awakening Symptoms?

First of all, we notice a shift in perception. This can happen already days or weeks before an actual awakening experience. For me, this happened 6 days before the actual event. I was never so excited in my whole life, while at the same time being afraid. Very paradoxically and confusing states of consciousness.

What happens in spiritual awakening in the body? What are the physical symptoms of spiritual awakening?

The actual spiritual awakening symptoms on a physical level can be a feeling of lightness, excitement, warmth, or heat, and it can lead to goosebumps, rapture, ecstatic states, and a sense of being home, peace, and vastly opening of inner space, like the universe is opening up within.

There may and will also be many other symptoms, which I am not aware of up to date. Please share your experience in the comments below!

When we have the spiritual awakening symptoms, our seven chakras open up, and the meridians system completely actives. This is considered to be Kundalini.

So, in my personal opinion, spiritual awakening goes hand in hand with sudden enlightenment. In the phase of lightening up, we receive new expanding streams of energy into ourselves. This activates sensitive areas in our whole system and causes the Kundalini awakening. 

What is the Duration of a Spiritual Awakening?

This always depends on what we believe to be the duration of a spiritual awakening. I heard about experiences that stayed for several days, in which universal information was crystal clear and was able to flow into the person. My initial sudden awakening was about an hour, in which I had a blissful state of rapture and a heightened state of physical sensations.

There may and will also be many other timeframes, which I am not aware of up to date. Please share your experience in the comments below!

Can it happen that I had a Spiritual Awakening and now a Depression?

 I have already written in the spiritual awakening stage three (Readjustment Stage) about the implications of sudden spiritual awakenings.

So, yes, we may be in a state of depression at some point after our awakening. Awakening is not an experience that will shield us from humanity’s pain body and suffering. This is important to understand.

When we have sudden spiritual awakenings, more than ever before, we open ourselves to collective energies. When we open up, we may feel the collective suffering and pain, which can be challenging. This does NOT MEAN that you, as an individual, are in suffer or pain.

Every time you feel depressed – ask yourself; whether this is from the collective pain body. And take responsibility and patience to deal with this new challenge.

We should also talk about “what’s depression.” I heard about depression is simply compression! Please reread this.

Depression is compression!  

This means that you access a lot more information than you should allow yourself to access. Those emotional and mental turbulences should not be just oppressed because they will always surface again. But this is the typical reaction of human beings right now! When you suppress them, they will come to the surface again, more robust and stronger, like a negative feedback loop.

When you feel depressed, just reflect, “Ahh, wait for a second!!! Somehow on an emotional and mental level, too much stress and information want to be expressed! I decide to let this settle down in Love and peace, I will never fight this, and this compression is a new sign for me to learn and remember who I truly am.

Believe me, the more trained you are, the less you will ever again depressed. Maybe there comes compression, but not any more depression!

Can it happen that I had a Spiritual Awakening and Can’t Sleep?

 Yes, it can happen. And yes, this can also be the cause of the tiredness and depressed feeling. I am no doctor, so I can’t say what is the exact cause. I experience up until today, a very mixed sleeping rhythm. But it never happened to me that I could not sleep for days, for example.

Even in my sudden spiritual awakening, I was able to sleep long enough. You just cannot let fears control you if you, for example, fear the darkness or sleep. You have to discover the negative beliefs that convince you that the night is evil or dangerous. You have to let go of those and similar limiting beliefs that just do not make any sense.

Can Spiritual Awakening Make You Tired? 

Spiritual awakening can be tiring because you access more conscious awareness, and your body needs to readjust, relax, and rest. I was exhausted after my actual awakening experience.

It is nothing to worry about, and this stage will soon be over within a day or two. You just have to be able to let go. No worries, no doubts or fears. Never believe the belief systems that wish to make you tired all the time.

Most of the tiredness in our society is coming from bad or wrong food consumption. So, maybe it is a great time to analyze and change your food behavior. I can highly recommend a raw vegan week from time to time.

healthy eating

We clean, repair our coffee machine and car, but we are not willing to clean our stomach a week. We have to reconsider the importance of our physical bodies. When we spiritually awaken, we soon understand how sacred the body truly is.

Can Spiritual Awakening come from Alcohol? 

Why did I include this question? No idea! Hahaha – no, seriously, I have never heard of a case that spiritual awakening was triggered from Alcohol.

I have friends who attended spiritual retreats to take Ayahuasca, a shamanic alchemical natural mix of herbs to open up the psychic awakening states; this may be something in which you access information that was not available before you trigger your spiritual awakening. From zero to hero.

I never took drugs, so I am not a fan of recommending any of them. I love to access my higher levels of consciousness naturally. 

Can Spiritual Awakening Cause Dizziness? 

In the readjustment phase directly at the present moment of the sudden spiritual awakening, this can be the case because you adjust to a different level of conscious awareness.

For me, I would not say I felt dizzy. However, my perception changed. This is also something you should probably not be too worried about, which is just another attempt of one of your limiting beliefs to convince you to not change them.

Simultaneously, if you feel really bad or dizzy and this is not going away, I would consult a professional! This is entirely your responsibility.

Can Spiritual Awakening Cause Headaches?

I never experience headaches; however, every personality is different! So, consult a professional if you have severe and prolonged headaches.

What always helps a little bit is to deeply breathe in and out into your belly button. To circulate and relax your whole system. To shift your focus away from the pain in the head. That is what I am doing when I have a headache.

Most of the time, I know my headaches come from the back of a weird and wrong sleeping position. So, it is also all about how you can read or scan your body. 

Can it happen that I had a Spiritual Awakening and Can’t Focus?

 Your mental ability and quality will be transmuted in a spiritual awakening. This may cause more thoughts for some time, which may cause a lack of focus.

The importance is that you never identify with your thoughts. Let them appear, observe them, and let them go again. Meditation was my significant learning curve to be in peace with all thoughts.

It took me 3 years to learn this. So be patient and learn to meditate, because it makes a massive difference for your mental health. 

Thanks so much for reading my article about spiritual awakening. Please leave a comment below and share your experiences.

With Love,


Dominik Porsche
Dominik Porschehttps://beyonduality.com/about-me/
Hi, nice to see you here. I am Dominik, dad, student, teacher, Gene Keys Guide, consciousness explorer, open-hearted and spiritual inspiration for the people around me. On Beyonduality I accompany you on a joyful and courageous journey to discover your Soul Purpose, your authentic energy expression. The project Beyonduality guides you in integrating and transcending your spirit awakening experiences through the Gene Keys Teachings. My vision as a dad is to accelerate the process of remembering – that we are spiritual beings – not only humans in flesh. So, we remember our inner truth of abundance and can all live in peace and harmony.


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