Spiritual Awakening & A Few of its Forms

The process of awakening spiritually is rarely a linear one. For most it is a process that spans years if not decades. I speak and teach from both my personal experiences as well as those of the thousands that I’ve had the honor of working with, helping & supporting over the past decade. I aim here, to teach and norm some of what you may be experiencing yourselves.

When we awaken spiritually — we are evolving as humans and raising our vibration. We are growing more conscious as individuals and all of our bodies are affected (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual to name just a few of our many bodies). The process occurs for us to grow individually and also to align with more conscious collective energies as well.

Foremost – this process isn’t simple and looks as individual as we are. Any medical and psychological experiences are best dealt with by physicians & psychologists. Please don’t ever substitute spiritual guidance for professional help when warranted.

The following is a list (neither exhaustive nor comprehensive) of experiences that can occur during the spiritual awakening process:

  • Sleep Pattern Changes — feeling exhausted even after ten hours of sleep or waking in the middle of the night for a few hours, disrupted circadian rhythms are common during spiritual awakening
  • Dietary Changes — a desire to drop certain foods, aversions and cravings, feeling full quickly or ravenous at other times. A sudden sensitivity to caffeine? Losing a desire to consume alcohol? These are all common during spiritual awakening.
  • Relationship Shifts — feeling more or less joy in relationships, suddenly feeling drawn to certain people and no longer desiring to spend time with others, desiring connection over shared experiences — yep. You are awakening spiritually.
  • Perspective Shifts — you may begin to view not only people differently but your own views, ways of spending time, reasons for doing things in your life, motivations and truth. Your perspective is expanding with this process.
  • Sensing Energy — you may become more sensitive to the energy of people places and things as you hadn’t before. Suddenly feeling anxious, feeling as though energy is pulsing through you, temperature shifts, tingling and buzzing sensations throughout your body, or feeling both the denseness of your body and lightness of your soul simultaneously. Our physical body is our best divining rod.
  • Emotional Sensitivity — as we awaken and evolve, your emotional bodies are healing and growing. This can contribute to feeling things more deeply, having old wounds emerge to be healed in new ways, experiencing empathy for others more deeply and feeling more apathy. Feeling higher levels of joy and deeper flavors of sorrow can be common too.
  • Psychic Skills coming on-line — we all have a pineal gland in our brains that is comprised of rod and cone cells (just like our eyes) — making it a literal, third eye in our brains. How these psychic skills awaken is individual. This aspect of the spiritual awakening process can include changes with your dreams, seeing more orbs and flashes of light, hearing phrases and (positive) directions in the back of your head much like an earworm, sensing people’s thoughts before they speak, sensing what is about to happen, etc.
  • Time Slips — you may lose time, feel as though time is speeding up or slowing down.
  • Attention Shifts — you may feel as though your attention is fractured across many dimensions. It likely is. As we expand in our awakening, we are learning to expand out of this dimension and into many others, simultaneously. Lack of focus and hyper-focus can occur in this area too.
  • Ear Business — you may experience tinnitus, ear itching & congestion, tones, sound sensitivity and the like. As we awaken spiritually, so do our chakras including our ear chakras.
  • Eye Business — flashes of light, orbs, metallic looking objects, increased color vibrancy, more vivid visions both in daily life and dreamstates — these all can be common during your awakening. You may begin to see spirit in many forms or may see more in your mind’s eye during meditation.
  • Sign & Synchronicities — Seeing and making connections between various signs and synchronicities, realizing how connected these are to your life and experiences, understanding that the Universe is co-creating with you through these signs & synchs is a hallmark of spiritual awakening. Repeating number sequences is a part of this also.
  • Sudden Desire for Change — you may decide to get healthier, start exercising, feel drawn to new areas of learning and study, desire to be in nature more, begin practicing meditation or yoga, desiring to create an altar or pray, or feel impelled to create and express.
  • What feels Satisfying changes — you may suddenly lose interest in TV, politics, news, materialism, etc. Don’t be surprised if that five year plan gets aborted for a new one or you feel called to be of service over getting that promotion. Remember that you are awakening and your sources of satisfaction will too.
  • Existential Wrestles — questioning everything is inherent in this process. Including why we are here, how we can and do contribute and what it all means in the cosmic scheme of things. You may suddenly feel more connected to others and also disconnected from old ways of being.

Angela helps people to navigate their spiritual awakening processes through readings, energy healing facilitation and her psychic mentorship program. She’s helped thousands navigate their process since 2010. Email her with any questions here: angela@energyintuit.com

Ascension/Spiritual Awakening 101


For the past number of years, there have been so many terms and concepts thrown around, you’ve likely heard them even if you sit in the most conservative and main stream parts of the world.  Someone asked me recently, “What’s all this buzz about Ascension, Ascension Symptoms, Awakening/Spiritual Awakening and its symptoms?” It seemed like a nice cue from spirit to jump onto the blog and say a bit about this topic.

Most of these phrases may sound or feel pithy, vague or flakey to many.  And they can be – if you don’t realize the gravity that they can have in your life.  Most who find their way to this blog are interested.  If you are choosing to stay asleep or not to ascend, you likely aren’t reading this.

Ascension is a concept that refers to our energetic body, our spirit, raising its rate of vibration.  Everything is energy and is always in motion. As spirits in human bodies, our vibrational rate of our spirit changes with our choices in life.  So to ‘Ascend’ or ‘Mind or Raise our vibration’ —  we are cleaning up all things human – meaning our thoughts, emotions, choices and how we treat our physical bodies. 

We don’t ‘Ascend’ to a state that is out of our body to suggest death or dying.  We ascend right here, in our human bodies. How do we do so?  By bringing consciousness to our lives. 

We manage our Ascension or Spiritual Awakening by making choices that feel good.  Choices that do good.  It’s relative and personal for all of us – you are the best decider of what those choices mean for you. 

Often, especially in the past few years as the planet is raising its consciousness – our Awakening or Ascension symptoms can feel like they are trying to manage us or change us, lol!  It is common for people to shift their perspectives on foods that they used to love, habits that have grown old or tired, and to look at their relationships with people differently.  It is common to grow more sensitive in all capacities – including opening up to being more psychic.  The strongest constant in this human life is change.  So I say – roll with the changes and choose accordingly.

A best practice for Ascension or Spiritual Awakening is to bring consciousness to your process by bringing more love to the situation.  By bringing more love and kindness to you. Another is to bring more consciousness to each choice that you make.  To borrow from the ubiquitous, Marie Kondo – approach a choice in your life and ask if it sparks joy in you?  If not, it may be time for a change.  Start with yourself and feel yourself rise! 

*If you are experiencing a shift in your spirituality and growing more psychically sensitive, contact Angela to set up a session today – angela@eneryintuit.com.

Empathy vs. Intuitive or Psychic Empathy

Types of Empathy

Many are asking me, how I distinguish between an Empath, a Healer, an Indigo and a Seer – lenses that we are getting ready to pick up and look through in a new program called Spiritual Spy Glass, launching next week. This post is the first of a series of four on the nuances of these sensitivities, these qualities at an intuitive level as we explore types of empathy.

meditation circles and empathy
What’s the difference between being empathic on behalf of someone and being psychically empathic? The difference is one of consciously feeling what someone is going through and less consciously feeling what someone is going through. When we demonstrate empathy, say, for a friend going through a challenging time, we move ourselves into their shoes as best we can. We consciously ‘feel’ what it must feel like to be going through their situation. We empathize with how it must feel to get news of a sick relative, lose a job, etc. Here is a great article on how to cultivate more empathy of the non-intuitive type:

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/six_habits_of_highly_empathic_people1

When we are experiencing life as an Empath, it is far more pervasive and ill-defined.

The vast majority of people who are Empaths are walking around unknowingly. My hope is that this post will shed some much needed light on how it is that we feel things from others and more importantly, what we can do to lessen its ill-effects on our being and health.

I’ll refer to intuitive/psychic empathy as Empathy, from here on out. Empathy is genetic, rooted in our DNA and in our brains. It if often heightened by out-of-body (OOB) and near-death-experiences (NDEs) and it was in my case at the age of 7 when I was hit by a car. Empathy can be augmented and shut down with traumatic events whether objectively traumatic (sexual abuse, torture, etc.) or perceptively traumatic. Many people, particularly Empaths, may witness or experience something that feels very traumatic to them but not to others. A classic example: The old adage that children should be seen and not heard and children hearing and feeling this from elders.

Empathy is the spongiest of the intuitive skills as Empaths seem to absorb everyone’s feelings. There are varying degrees of this. Some people may experience it pervasively and others maybe only with certain people. Empaths vary in degrees by their levels of self-awareness and empowerment. If you experience any of the following situations/scenarios – you are empathic–you are an Empath. The beauty of this sensitivity – consider yourself as having a more complete communication package!  The benefits to becoming empowered through your Empathy is that you’ll feel more balanced in how you relate to people and with how you walk through your life.

I’ll follow up these scenarios with some critical coping skills.

If You…

  • Become tired or fatigued after being in public places – especially malls, concerts, sporting events.
  • Sense someone’s emotions, contrary to what they are expressing. This can cause great self-doubt, especially in children. Example: a teacher appears to like your child and treat him fairly. He feels the judgment and disdain from the teacher and ‘knows’ otherwise.
  • Find that eople gravitate towards opening up to you. Strangers may tell you their secrets on the subway!
  • Have people tell you they feel better when they are in your presence. You’ve been called nurturing, compassionate, caring, a great listener, etc.
  • Either prefer solitary time and/or identify with feeling better when you can get some time alone to recharge.
  • Dislike violent or loud music, harsh voices, gory and violent tv and movies bother you – you avoid them.
  • Sense energies in places and with things – you may be either drawn to old objects for their energies or avoid them for the same reason, preferring new objects with no emotions attached to them.
  • Turn to food, drugs & alcohol as a way of dulling/numbing out all that you feel and sense from your over-stimulating world.
  • Experience swift mood shifts and/or have been called moody. You may have the awareness that these feelings don’t ‘feel’ like they are yours.
  • Have experienced physical symptoms of another – their stomach ache, headache, etc – empathetic/sympathetic pains.

Not only is this intuitive skill of Empathy the spongiest, it can be the weightiest and most responsibility-laden of them all. It means a lifelong process of coping and self-care. It means owning your emotions and discerning those of others – essentially a deep call to self awareness.

Suggested Coping Skills:

  • Build an awareness of your emotions. If you’ve historically bottled things up you may be harming yourself with this approach. Find a therapist who aligns with Energy Psychology concepts. (recently recognized by the APA as a credible sub-category of practice, 2012)
  • Talk things out with a therapist, counselor, confidante or trusted friend and/or find a group of like-feeling/like minded people who are interested in discussing what life is like as an Empath.
  • Give yourself breathing room. Deep breathing is a fast way to clear your head and revitalize.
  • Stop and get grounded. For grounding suggestions go here: http://wp.me/p2vm4l-6A
  • Cultivate mindfulness in your approach to life. Bring simplicity and full presence to all that you do.
  • Meditate! http://wp.me/p2vm4l-6A
  • Get out into nature, nature soothes. Remind yourself of nature’s simple beauty, our connectedness to one another and just how good it feels to put your feet on the ground or in that stream.
  • Bathe in Epsom salts or shower with the intention of releasing all that you may be feeling that is not yours and not serving You.
  • Check in with your aware self – Is what I’m feeling mine or tied to a situation in my life? If not – send it back to where it came from with love and awareness. This simple thought process can save you much grief and pain!  When we are going through personally painful situations, others’ emotions can exacerbate and exaggerate ours.  Be gentle with yourself.

One of the most important takeaways from this is that being an Empath can be complex.

You may be so accustomed to feeling other peoples’ emotions that your own may feel foreign or confusing. As an Empath, it may feel much easier to sense the emotions of others and mistake them as our own. This is why becoming aware, working with a counselor skilled in intuition, taking deep responsibility for your own well-being are critical.

I’ll offer you one metaphysical coping skill too:

Many times you may be advised to employ a ‘white light of protection and shielding’. This is great advice! It’s as simple as imagining yourself in an egg-shaped bubble of white, healing and protecting light. Or placing that in your mind’s eye or with positive intention around your home, your car, your family. As an Empath, we are naturally connected to the hearts of others. This is not a weakness and we can learn responsibly how to sense others’ feelings without completely shielding from it.

This is why I would suggest either a pink light or a lavender light as a sensing filter. Pink light is one of love and lavender light for me is one of higher knowing. If you employ either the intention and or the visuals of these lights, as filters vs. shields, you may feel more balanced and able to stay in the love end of the fear-love spectrum vs. the fear end.

As an Empath, you were born with these skills for a reason.

Embrace the empowerment that is inherent in this gift and let me know if I can support you in any way.

Feel free to tune in on 3/31/14 at 8pm EST for a free webinar entitled, Journey of The Empath. Click here to register for this free event: http://eepurl.com/QuXfL

Disclaimer:   I am neither a medical professional nor a licensed mental health counselor. If you are experiencing problems with your emotions please consult a medical, mental health or holistic practitioner attuned to Intuition and energy psychology. Diagnosis by written content on the internet is inadvisable.

 

 

 

Getting Unstuck

Energy is the key to become unstuck.

Everything is energy.  We know now that what appears solid, isn’t.  It’s merely more dense, slower moving atoms.  We can get unstuck.

nature energy, getting unstuck

How often do you feel stuck in life?  Do you find yourself with impatience around elements of your life and relationships? One of the best antidotes for feeling stuck, sluggish and impatient is to move energy.  This is a great, proactive tool to create movement and step into the flow of life as well.  We can move energy within our bodies through exercise, pranayama (breath work), qi gong and meditation.  Externally, we can clean a closet, rearrange furniture, hang a different picture on the wall or feng shui a space in our lives.  Gardeners know this first hand with moving earth and planting new life.  So many enjoy that churn of energy in the soil.

When we clean out a closet for instance and discard/donate/recycle items that are no longer with purpose for us, we create space for new experiences as well as new stuff and its energy.

Often that feeling of stuckness, stagnancy is mirrored in our living space.

  When was the last time you vacuumed under the couch?  Went through those boxes in your attic that have lived there for years?  I’m here to tell you people, no memory is too painful and no thing is too valuable for you to revisit its energy and its purpose in your life.  You can get unstuck.

Do you ever walk through a place that feels warm and inviting?

How about sitting near a statue that feels cold and repellent?  So many people report kids and pets that prefer certain rooms in a house and/or avoid certain rooms – especially at night.  Adults feel it too and we tend to rationalize about this.  Is it a case of repellent spirits and energies in that room?  These spaces can be transformed by removing a piece of furniture, clearing out some of the belongings or rearranging them.  Psychometry is the art of divining energetic/psychic information from objects.  I challenge you to try this with the spaces, places and things in your home.

I challenge you to be with your space and your things in your life, in this fashion.  Sit with your stuff and be in your furniture and tune in to how you feel with it.  This will give you the energy signature of each space and piece.  From here you can feel and decide what to move, discard, clear or replace. Being in this action of moving energy will support your feeling less stuck or stagnant.  Close the loop on this process by sitting with the freshly cleared area and imagining white light filling the area.  Picture fresh air flowing through it and love settling in.  It really can be this simple. xo

Energetic Discernment

water sign

*This piece is inspired by an article I recently read on energetic vampires along with some personal situations that bring this topic front-of-mind.

 

Recalling the adage, “Actions speak louder than words,” I’m offering a twist on this and positing that energy speaks louder than words or actions. At least louder in a sense of energy carrying even more weight to read and/or listen to in our personal interactions.  Energy can have more of an effect on us because it can be less obvious to us, therefore something we may take less responsibility for.

 

Take for example a feeling of tiredness after leaving the mall.  Or the feeling of being blue after having stood near someone while waiting for your latte to be made.  We may not take the time to discern that these are energetic drains and something that we can take responsibility for.  This, over the long haul can have ill effects on us emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and physically. 

 

All things are comprised of energy in action/motion.

Quantum physics & metaphysics spreads this term/apply this term to everything. Thoughts are energy, human bodies are energy, emotions are energy, trees are energy etc., all with varying rates of vibration.  This rate at which we vibrate is our vibrational rate and/or our energy signature.

 

Whether you’ve paid attention to date to ‘energy’ or not – you experience it through your emotions as well as via physical sensations.  Joy, exuberance, love, ecstasy, peace, contentment, fulfillment, open-hearted and physically relaxed and expansive states are all positive energy states.  Constriction, anger, tension, sadness are all less positive or more negative states on the spectrum of how we as humans experience energy.  If you’ve ever walked into a room after someone has had an argument, been in a busy store or intersection where chaos prevails, or felt that beautiful level of heart connection with another, you’ve experienced the energy of places, people and situations.

 

There is talk and are posts and teaching on ‘energy vampires’

Those negative people, places, habits and situations that seem to either suck positive energy from us or imbue us with an imbalance of negative energy.  If you’ve ever left someone’s company with a headache, felt tired after leaving a location or group of people, felt restless and anxious with either a certain person or situation in mind – you’ve fallen prey to an ‘energy vampire’.

 

An important component of Energy Discernment is first a level of awareness of our energy.

Take some time to sort out who and what are positive and negative energy sources in your life.  Realization/recognition, close cousins of awareness in this context, are a next level of this – once we are in that situation that we’re aware of we pay attention to what goes on energetically within us and around us.

 

The final important phase in Energy Discernment will be action.

This involves a level of personal accountability and responsibility to our own energy and those around us.  In fact, as we move through awareness and realization/recognition – we may have determined that we are the negative forces in some relationships and situations!  So action can mean cleaning up how we are as we approach people, situations and places. 

 

Our energy body is the first place that ill health shows up.  If not attended to, it moves into our physical body.  A high level of personal responsibility for our energy and energy body will keep us, those around us, and our communities more healthy. 

I consider energy more potent than words or actions for these reasons.  As we are putting energy discernment into action, paying attention to our words and actions become a natural part of this energy discernment honing process.

 

Let’s use an example common to all of our lives.

When you ask someone, “How are you?” they often and often automatically respond with, “Fine.” Or “I’m good.”  The language they’ve chosen has a certain meaning.  If you look a bit further, at say their body language to equate ‘action’ behind the word here – they may be prone on the bed, slumped in their chair, or even tearful.  Their body language or ‘action’ behind the word seems to speak more accurately to how they are.  Let’s look further at the energy that you detect from this situation.

Does it feel ‘fine’?  When they respond with, “I’m good.” do you feel something differently – a knot in your stomach, a heaviness in your chest, a light-headedness that belies what they are saying?  Are you sensing anxiety vs. calm?  Do you feel a static in the air that doesn’t correlate to what they are saying?  These latter sensations, how you feel and what you sense in response to what they are saying are your awareness and realization/recognition of energy discernment.  Action then in this example, can take a few forms.  You can work on relaxing any tense feelings in your body.  You can ask a more probing question to try to help this person and yourself relieve any negatives energy, or you can say no more and move along – removing yourself from the situation.

 

How we take action can feel tricky.

When we encounter someone who is lying to us – saying and acting physically in line with what they are saying but the energy feels mildly misaligned, or it may feel grossly dissonant – these can leave us wondering how to take action. I had a close friend who when they spoke of a particular part of their life it was all ‘positive excitement and smiles’.  Sometimes it was angry words with smiles.  Always there was an energy that was angry whether the words were positive or negative.  There came a point when it didn’t seem that they had an awareness of the amount of negative energy that they were generating nor the deeper sense of anger that it reflected in their energy and physical bodies.

I chose to take action in this energy discernment process by communicating from a compassionate place, my care for the person and for me.  I asked them to raise their awareness around their own actions and to no longer share this with me.  In turn, I took responsibility for my own energy and shielded and discarded the negative more frequently.  What I didn’t realize (yes, even as a professional Psychic), was that they were lying to themselves.  The person was denying how deeply they were creating this angry environment on all levels. 

 

It was not received well and ultimately my action involved leaving the friendship.

While this may seem extreme it became an imperative when I recognized how poorly I felt in it and how much better I felt out of it.  Also, I realized in retrospect where I hadn’t taken action in the past in less drastic ways, where now I will when faced with this type of scenario.

 

The action I took, so I also learned, was a boundary breach – an impediment of that person’s spiritual journey.  We are all here to work out our own issues in this lifetime.  How we become aware, recognize and act around them are individual decisions.  I realize that anytime I choose to speak more deeply about someone’s journey, whether from a compassionate place or not – it’s an infraction and disrespectful.  Our best approach is to keep our own energy accounted for and move along when we encounter dissonance with and within another.  This goes both ways so when you encounter someone breaching your boundaries, pull your energy inward and move along as you see fit. 

 

Ways that we can take action when we recognize negative energy affecting us:

 

·      Breathe deeply to relax our physical body

·      Ask ourselves whether what we are feeling is necessary, ours and asked for it to be released

·      Imagine an egg shaped cloud (our aura) around us filling with pink light of love

·      Do anything physical to raise our vibration—dance, rub our hands together, clap, sing, walk, move…

·      Blow energetic kisses to the person how is down/low/negative

·      Imagine energetic hugs going to them (if not in their presence)

·      Hug or high five the lower energy-ed person

·      Leave the room, conversation, exchange, place, etc.

·      Change the conversation

·      Shift our thinking

 

You are the best and only judge of your energy and its role in your journey. I hope you’ll choose to incorporate energy discernment into your journey!