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

How does your intuition speak to you?

How does your intuition speak to you? As a denizen of first world, western culture — I find that the world ignores the unseen realms for the most part. As I’m told and shown by my guidance system — 90% of reality is unseen. So if only 10% of this reality is what we see, hear, sense on any given day, how are you tapping into the unseen, the ethereal — your intuition?

Our intuition is speaking to us always. Yes, at times it is quiet. Mostly — we have so much stress, static & stimulation happening that we miss it. Our intuition is subtle! Getting quiet and slowing down are great ways to turn towards this super-powered constellation of senses, our intuition.

One of the most important aspects of realizing that our intuition is speaking to us — is sorting out our baseline of calm, non-anxiety riddled, a non-stressed state. While learning to listen to your intuition — start from that calm baseline.

From that calm state, ask your intuition to speak to you. To start, ask for it to speak to you for the next week. Additionally, ask for specific signs/ways for it to come through. Examples could be: pink butterflies, a blue ox, waves, number sequences with 5’s, tacos, tridents, golden chalices — it almost doesn’t matter how or what you specify you’d like to hear from your intuition — point is you are directing it and giving it a week to come through for you.

Now — you go about your life, stay positive and open to how it will show up. Pay attention to songs, stickers, billboards, license plates, words that come from others, peoples’ names who you meet and deal with, dreams, visions, thoughts that come in out of the blue, ideas that pop into your head as inspiration while you are focused on a task or workout, etc.

Make note when your symbols show up! Jot them down in a journal (electronic or hard copy) and express gratitude for your intuition speaking to you. At the end of the week, reflect upon how it showed up. From the ways it came through — visually (clairvoyance), through song or spoken words or sounds (clairaudience), ideas and thoughts (telepathy & claircognizance), feelings (clairempathy) or physical sensations (clairsentience).

This exercise over a week’s time can show you how the unseen realms and your intuition are speaking to you! Enjoy and feel free to leave your results in the comment section below!


How do you do what you do?

weaver of lifeHow to Do What?:

As a professional psychic, medium and energy healer, I get this question in many forms, often.   To begin, I use this explanation:

I refer to spirits, the psychic realms, energy, deceased people, spirit guides, etc. as all from the unseen realms. I described this/these unseen realms as ‘Spirit’. God, Universe, Higher Self, Collective Unconscious, Subconscious can all be subbed in for this phrase, ‘Spirit’ as well. You see, I do drop them all into one category, mostly to avoid esoteric discussion and philosophizing during a client’s session since I am on the clock, more to the point that titles and labels mean a bit less to me in the process as the information that wants to come through.

I am a channel, a vessel, a conduit for information and healing energies from Spirit. While I formally trained and practiced before opening my practice, this isn’t so much ‘what I do’ as ‘what I facilitate’ from Spirit.

We all have access to the sensitivities, information, healing.

It’s a matter of fine-tuning our perceptions, confidence and knowing. For some this process is simpler than for others. A certainty is that we all have to bring a huge dose of humility and a commitment to our own healing, if we are to step into healing and helping others by bringing through Spirit.

Sometimes clients will ask me, “How do you know you are speaking to Aunt Sue/my Spirit Guide/your Guide/God?” Great question and sometimes I’m given information for the client to hear and work to identify with, in terms of who is delivering the info through me – often, more often than not, I’m not given much identifying info and am required to work on faith in where and from whom/from which energy the information is coming from.

Lastly, so many people ask what are some ways to develop their own intuitive listening and knowing skills – meditation is key! Quieting the mind so that we may clear some static and deeply listen, is a crucial step. For more info meditation check out this blog post:

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Meditation is Key

As psychics we are approached by so many who are interested in cultivating and developing their psychic skills.  The number one thing, that all sources and teachers will point to initially is meditation.

Meditation is key to developing one’s psychic skills

This is the surest, most direct way to calm and quiet our minds.  Calming and quieting our minds sets us up to receive subtle whisperings and sometimes not-so-subtle whisperings from Spirit.

This ‘prescription’ of meditation isn’t meant to frustrate, quite the contrary.  If you are starting at the beginning, even five minutes a day is enough to establish a daily practice.

Establishing a daily meditation practice will serve many purposes:

It will…

Ground you in calming ways

Lower your stress levels

Lower blood pressure as it has proven to do

Clear your mind and aid in a receptive state of mind for messages from Spirit

Demonstrates to the Spirit world your commitment to communicating with these unseen realms

Many people are already doing a form of meditation that they may not be crediting themselves for.

A daily walk, run or exercise regimen may be meeting these needs for you; you may be taking quiet time for yourself as you enjoy your morning routine; I’ve been known to meditate, clear my mind and set my daily intentions in the shower each day (there goes my secret!).

Most teachers will tell you that ideally you will build up to a 20 minute per day daily practice of meditation.  From this calm and clear space, psychic skills can begin to be developed.

Once this meditation practice has been cultivated, you may delight in posing questions to your quieted mind…Is taking this job a good idea?  How might I best attract a partner?  Are there better ways for me to be supporting my family members?

As you pose a question to your quieted mind, to Spirit, sit back and observe all that you may sense.

You may feel bodily sensations, emotions, hear sounds or words, or see visual answers (this is especially true for me when my eyes are closed?).  Some smell scents and experience tastes in response to their dialogue with Spirit.  Stay receptive to random feeling thoughts that cross your mind during this time.  Be open to what may come, stay calm and by all means don’t try too hard.  We all have the ability to access Spirit, our Higher Self, our Inner Guidance system.  Meditation will serve as your key to the first steps on your journey towards your Psychic Self!

Interview with Constantina Rhodes

From Constantina Rhodes…

In 2010, while in Psychic Development classes in NYC, I had the privilege of being taught/guided/inspired by Constantina Rhodes.  Her teaching style is so kind and gentle, just what this developing psychic, responded favorably to!  Constantina’s deep knowledge of Eastern traditions added ballast and depth to the potentially elusive subject, of psychic development.  I wish you much enjoyment, in getting to know her here!

Q. You’ve always seemed very comfortable, teaching what some see as a heavy topic – psychic development.  Your teaching style carries a ‘lightness of being’ in it.  What or who, have been some influencers or shaping agents, of your teaching style? 

A.  I’ve been teaching a long time, and I feel that my style has evolved over the years.  A lot of the inspiration for my style actually developed as a professor at a small liberal arts college.  Faculty were encouraged to listen to the students and foster their voices.  I took that advice and built it upon my own view that students – whether in an academic or metaphysical setting – deserve to develop their own truths, their own voices. The view I have of my students is with respect and admiration of their entire being.  I like to encourage each one to his or her excellence.

 

Q.  You’ve done much deep work in Eastern traditions during your career.  Is there a deity from the East that you feel strongly aligned with? 

A.  In India tradition holds that there are 330 million gods — so there’s a lot of choice!  I’ve written two books on the god Shiva and one on the goddess Lakshmi, so they have special places in my heart.  But actually I find inspiration in many of the archetypes and deities of the East as well as of other cultures.

Q.  You were such a comfort to me, as a new student to psychic development.  What advice might you offer those just getting in touch with their intuitive and psychic sides? 

A.  How nice to hear that! And for your part, you were quite open and receptive to what I was offering. You approached the classes with courage, intelligence, patience, and a wonderfully positive attitude.  All of these qualities will help a student advance and open up to their own abilities successfully. It’s always fine to question the teacher, but I find that students who approach psychic development as a process of continuous debate with the teacher will thwart their own progress. It’s best to save debate for the academic classroom. Psychic development requires a more holistic approach both on the part of the teacher and the student.

Q.  Working in psychic realms can put us in touch with, less-than-favorable energies and entities.  How do you choose to deal with these ‘lower’ energies?

A.  The Law of Attraction is a good one to keep in mind: Don’t give the less-than-favorable energies a resting place. I always begin sessions with space clearing and calling in protective energies.  However, from time to time if things slip through the cracks and if something like that manifests, I allow no interaction beyond communicating that we have nothing further to talk about. I call upon higher, positive powers to assist in escorting the culprits away. And I never engage in conversation with them.

Q.  What will you offer the world in 2013? 

A.  I’ve been showcasing my latest book, “Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony,” by offering experiential workshops on the goddess at various yoga studios. By combining goddess materials with psychic development materials, I’ve started developing workshops on ‘intuitive development for yogis,’ with some amazing and exciting results. The classical Sanskrit texts on yoga actually address psychic development as a spontaneous result of yogic practice, so I’m simply highlighting something that’s been there all along but just not noticed or proactively developed. I plan to offer more of these (and if there are any yoga studios out there interested in my offerings, you’re welcome to contact me for further details).  I’ll also be recording a 3-CD set of meditations. If there’s time (!) I’d like to start writing another book — this time specifically on intuitive development.

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Constantina Rhodes is a Certified Intuitive Counselor and Certified Teacher of Intuitive Development. By sensing the energy in a personal object and accessing spiritual guidance, Constantina offers highly accurate, clear, and compassionate responses to questions about relationships, career, finances, and other issues.

Constantina’s intuitive work is enhanced by her background as a scholar of Sanskrit and esoteric traditions of India. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is the author of several books and dozens of articles on Hindu mysticism, Kundalini Yoga, and goddess worship. Her latest book, “Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony,” explores states of consciousness that directly contribute to living an intuitive life.

Constantina has practiced yoga and meditation for most of her life.  She spent two years living and studying in India, and she has received mantra initiation in the lineages of Transcendental Meditation, Integral Yoga, and Siddha Yoga.

Visit her website at www.constantinarhodes.com.