What is an Awakening?

What is an Awakening?

The first time I heard the word Awakening was from one of my Reiki students. I had never heard the word before and wasn’t really sure what ‘it’ was. Two months later another student came to me telling me about her awakening. I started to read into it so I could understand if more clients or students came to me. Which they did.

Eckhart Tolle describes an awakening as “A shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate” My more simplified version would be, ” Remembering who you truly are”

What does that mean? I am me. Yes you are. You were born and brought up within a family who had certain beliefs and thoughts. Their beliefs and thoughts became your beliefs and thoughts. You went to school and the teachers gave you knowledge and opinions which you absorbed. You left school and got your first job. You were working for someone who had their own ways and ideas of working, which you adopted. You eventually got tired of working 9-5 and doing the same thing every day. Arriving home feeling tired and exhausted. Thinking to yourself that there must be more to life than this. You start watching Gaia as you are intrigued. You search YouTube videos searching for proof that you are meant to be here, that there is something higher at work. As you start to read self help books and watching these videos you start to question who you are. You start hearing about higher beings, multi dimensions, healing, shamans, auras, angels. Some of the stuff you hear or read or watch might blow your mind. My mind has been BLOWN since January learning about even more about myself and life than I knew possible.

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What happens when you start to awaken?

Once you start to awaken, it is a process that you can’t turn around. Part of your awakening is about remembering your inner purpose. For some people an awakening can happen quite quickly, which can make it seem quite scary. For some it is more of a gradual journey. I resemble my awakening to that of the Tortoise in the Tortoise and the Hare. It started back in 2002 when I first heard about Reiki. Since then I have experienced different healing, read hundreds of books, watched thousands of YouTube videos and Gaia programmes. I meditate to develop myself, I practise Yoga, most days. I work on myself every day so I can be in the best place to help others. I have had the time to be able to observe various tools and gained a broad understanding of this journey.

When you are going through an awakening you will have a lot of questions. Relationships may change. You may find that toxic or negative people fall by the wayside. You may find yourself coming into conflict with your nearest and dearest as they don’t want to hear certain ‘truths’. You might find your diet changing. Some of my students have said they have literally woken up one day and decided not to eat meat anymore. I have been a meat eater for years and this is my first week, ever, without meat and I’m quite enjoying it. I feel lighter in my body. There is a huge shift to plant based diets and veganism. Another common thing I hear is how alone people feel. They don’t feel they can talk to anyone about this ‘stuff’.

A great phrase my friend says is, “This Too Shall Pass.” When you start to awaken trust that it is the beginning of a process. You are shedding crap that no longer serves you and isn’t going to serve you. Yes it can be frightening if you have always lived according to someone else’s beliefs and opinions. If you have lived according to someone else’s rules. TRUST in the process. Meditate. Journal and seek healing.

Remember who you truly are

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