How long does a spiritual awakening last?
by Shree Devi Mayi Ma
Do you wonder what a spiritual journey and awakening are like? How long does a spiritual awakening last? And what happens after a spiritual awakening? These questions are some of most common questions for a new sincere seeker. They come up again among my followers and disciples.
Beloved… just imagine for a moment, thousand years went by and you were frozen. Frozen completely—your mind, your heart, everything—and all of sudden you start to unfreeze. The mind is starting to function. Your heart is starting to pump blood, it’s starting to feel, to experience life. Your eyes are seeing things in a state of wonderment with a new clarity and perception just like a child. Enlightenment is just that: breaking boundaries of your ignorance. It is waking from untruth to truth, darkness to light, ignorance to enlightenment.
Everything is starting to become animate. You become sensitive and vulnerable, and you experience new sensations and intense feelings. This is what spiritual awakening and spiritual growth are. I use this analogy because I remember when I was a little child. We loved the snow! Did you do play in the snow when you were a child?
Growing up in Canada in Montreal, it was super freezing, like below zero. We used to make igloos and hide in them. My brother Coco and I would play in the snow until we were shivering and completely freezing. Sometimes our mother would let us play until nine o’clock at night on the weekend. We would come back and be so red, completely frozen, and we’d sit down by the furnace to warm up. Our faces and bodies would be burning as we unfroze.
Did you do that when you were a child? Have you experienced what it is when you played outside and got completely frozen? It creates certain pain, right? It’s like a numbness that starts to unfreeze, and it hurts. Despite the pain, Coco and I would still go back the following day, play again, and we would transcend that pain. Spiritual awakening is, in a way, like your own unfreezing. Do you see and hear what Devi Ma is talking about?
Spiritual awakening is like your own unfreezing because your energy is rising up in the upward main chakras in your subtle body. You are starting to experience the physical reality with a new different perception and sensation as your energy expands and rises in the seven most important chakras. I go into this subject in great depth, including the subtle body and kundalini activation & ascension, in my spiritual memoir, Becoming the Light: Realize Your True Enlightened Nature, and even more so in Becoming the Light Inner Journey mastery program, which gives you empowering tools, insights, and revelations about your own spiritual awakening, growth and ascension.
Is the energy starting to ascend in your Anahata, your heart chakra? Is your beautiful heart starting to expand, embracing everyone as the Divine? Is your mind starting to make a distance from your agitated thoughts and monkey mind and transcend? By remaining open, vulnerable, and receptive, you are allowing grace to flow.
When you embark the spiritual path with a spiritual master who guides you, you become a genuine sincere seeker, especially if you meditate every day and have a sadhana with a kriya yoga—for instance, like Siddha Sat Chit Ananda kriya meditation. Then purification can start slowly, happening no matter what the karmic samskaras (impressions) and vasanas, your karmic tendencies, are.
This is the karmic structure which Devi Ma talks about frequently. The impressions and the tendencies that have been formed into the karmic structure for you to become conscious, mindful, and aware so you can process them. The karmic structure is just a memory, because karma is just a memory. So as you are processing those karmic structures, it can stir up painful experiences.
For example, a lot of repression of a dysfunctional family can become karmic impressions. Let’s say you had a mother or father who was very abusive to you. Or you were sexually abused and it was a terrible experience for you. Such repressive environments, which are very unhealthy and teach you to become codependent and where you suffocate and never feel love, are deep into the karmic structure. You never felt worthy or good enough. That is an example of a samskara that can haunt you for the rest of your life if it is not healed and purified.
All of these impressions are imprinted deep inside the physical and subtle body. So you had to repress them because as a child, you could not cope with the experience. This is the natural mechanism for a child to protect himself or herself. So, the memories become repressed inside, and that’s how people often fall into major depression later on as they age. And it was the case with Devi Ma.
So as you awake and grow on the spiritual path, you become more conscious and aware of these samskara in order to process them. They need to be purified by the universal primordial energy, what we call Shakti in the Yogic tradition (or Divine Mother). Some people call this God, the Divine, or so many other names. Purification is just getting rid of that garbage, that karmic load.
How long does a spiritual awakening last? It’s important that I share about my own spiritual awakening, and ascension, which might be contrary to what other spiritual masters believe. They might not agree with what Devi Ma is saying here. Though, there is a certain amount of suffering and pain that comes along through spiritual awakening and growing. Let’s face it: When those impressions—karmic memories deep in the subconscious mind, in the subtle body, even in the physical body—come to the surface and are being healed and purified, you have to become conscious of them in the here and now. And so, it can be traumatizing for some seekers for a short period of time.
How can it not be painful when it comes out, when the memory comes to your consciousness? If I look back when I was with Gurudev so many decades ago, I would have explosions of sobbing. I call them emotional eruptions. They were like volcanos for hours and hours lying on the ground in deep mourning, and sobbing—not knowing why, or what it was all about. The reality is that was an eruption of karmic structure being purified from past lifetime.
When you are in the process of unfreezing, you experience everything new. You see things like you’ve never seen before with more clarity and discernment. How long does a spiritual awakening last? When you are awakening, you are experiencing everything anew, yet the beauty and the grace of it is that you are expanding your boundary, your horizon, and especially breaking your own karmic limitations. You are starting to rediscover your true nature, and slowly you are experiencing glimpses of your Divine presence. It can be a rollercoaster ride on the spiritual path as you awaken.
Though in the long run, I assure you that the benefits are so phenomenal, and certainly outweigh the spiritual process of healing and purification. You start achieving mastery of yourself and your own destiny. You start becoming joyous, equanimous, at ease, and blissful for no apparent reasons, just from your true Divine nature. All the invisible strings and entanglements start falling off one by one over the years, and you are no longer a puppet, and a victim of circumstances and conditions. You start seeing things as they are without the lens of conditioned personality.
Three major things can happen after your spiritual awakening:
1-) You start experiencing Kundalini ascension, meaning Maha Shakti (the primordial energy often known as the Divine Feminine energy or the Divine Mother in the yogic tradition) starts to rise by opening a new main chakra as to ascend.. As a consequence, you might be experiencing what we call in the yogic tradition Spontaneous kriya. These are mystical and mysterious natural spontaneous occurrences, such as trembling, shaking, weeping & sobbing, speaking in tongues, practicing acrobatic asana, mudras, pranayama (different rhythmic breathing) of their own accord, and much more. This is a time where you need enough more support and spiritual guidance.
2-) As you advance and progress on the spiritual path, you may start experiencing different mystical experiences like going into different kinds of samadhi, such as Sahaj Samadhi or Bhava Samadhi just to name a few.
(Go to Shree Devi Mayi Ma’s YOUTUBE channel for more insight on this subject.)
3-) There might be a long period of time during your spiritual growth and ascension where you do not want to do anything anymore, as if you lost all desires. You are basically not interested at all in what you used to love. Friendships shift considerably and you start attracting new people in your life with a different energetic vibration and frequency. The length of time varies for each unique sincere seeker. Yet despite all this, you are feeling equanimous, and have attained a certain level of profound inner peace and bliss. These three aspects of spiritual growth are very beneficial and are great signs of successful progress on your journey of spiritual awakening and growth. You are definitely evolving and growing by leaps and bounds!
How long does a spiritual awakening last?
What happens after a spiritual awakening and how long does a spiritual awakening last cannot be answered just in a blog or short video. A spiritual awakening can last your entire lifetime. It depends on your karmic structure, and if you are on the spiritual path and practicing kriya yoga, meditation, hatha yoga, practicing mindfulness, Mantra and Nidra yoga, etc. It also all depends on your openness, receptivity, and vulnerability to grace to flow in your life. Many conditions, variables, and factors need to be considered. Everyone is unique. I highly suggest you read my spiritual memoir to delve deeper into this subject in order to gain insights, epiphanies, and revelations from my own realization.
As you grow on the spiritual path and journey, this will affect and impact the life you want, and the magnificent opportunity to tap into your full potential as a human being to self-realize and experience your true divine nature—what we call in the yogic tradition Sat Chit Ananda (Absolute truth, omnipresent, omnipotent, pure consciousness, bliss).How long does a spiritual awakening last? Spiritual awakening and growth is like a bud in the mud. With time and the right conditions, it will grow into a beautiful fragrant lotus. So the faster you get there, the better for you because you will radiate the light of the Divine, of our Creator, to all living beings wherever you go.
So don’t beat yourself up and say “I can’t do this, and I will never have mastery over myself.” It’s within your reach. On your spiritual path and journey, it is crucial to have diligence, perseverance, self-effort, patience, and support and proper guidance. Eventually, your own inner guru will fully awaken. Often that’s exactly what is missing on the spiritual path, and when you are going through a breakthrough, you need even more guidance, help, and support, like rays of sunlight which emanate to see the beauty of your being.
One last thing I feel is extremely crucial to share with you. I have seen in my own journey that right when you are about to make a big breakthrough, it feels the hardest—and you want to quit and run away. It appears as if everything in your life is falling apart. You’ve been hit with something that looks like misfortune, or the end of the world has come!
You think you’re going crazy, but you’re not, beloved. It is the opposite. You are just unfreezing. You are starting to experience life with a different perception, with a different energy field, and you are breaking through your limitations. You are transcending and purifying.
This has been my own experience many times. In the worst, most unbearable times where you are about to make an amazing breakthrough, which leads to a huge decision in your life, you feel like you are going insane. This is exactly when you need to persevere even though you might think you are not making progress. You feel so much suffering it seems unbearable.
Beloved, you are not alone. You can do it, and this spiritual process is telling you that you are crossing through a major boundary, and that you are breaking free from your self-fabricated jail. You can transcend that, and you can gain mastery over yourself. It just requires a lot of perseverance, spiritual guidance, support, and empowering yogic tools to transform you.
I’m here for you to help you see with clarity that some of your samskara are still there, like thinking that you cannot do it, that you cannot achieve or attain a certain level of mastery in your life today. With time you will transcend that suffering. Don’t carry your wounds on your back as trophies. Use them as tools of dissolution—dissolution from bondage—and just allow yourself to be in surrender and for grace to flow. The deeper your longing to know and merge, the faster your spiritual unfoldment will take place.
Shree Devi Mayi Ma, July 2022
Free yourself from your own self-created jail, your karma. As you do just that, you help to free other living beings as you are emanating the light in your own entourage. Gautama the Buddha once said that, our own enlightenment serves the whole of humanity. I definitely witness that around my entourage. Spiritual growth seems never ending. It is a spiritual unfolding process, an evolutionary process that can take you to the deepest state of samadhi and liberation, of the beyond …
Loving devotion, receptivity, humility, openness, vulnerability, and profound surrender are the secret ingredients for success on your spiritual journey. Allow for a profound reverence to take place within you, and bow down, even physically bow down to the Divine. It is an important practice. You breathe… and you breathe through it consciously and mindfully offering yourself. When there is too much pain and suffering to cope with, don’t repress it, just allow it to come out and be in touch with it as you are consciously processing it. Otherwise, you are just accumulating more karma again. Allow Divine love to flow through your entire being for all living beings…
AUM Namah Shivaya AUM
Article written by Shree Devi Mayi Ma based on April,22, 2023 based on her own self-realization, life experiences, insights, revelations, timeless & practical wisdom.
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