The spiritual journey does not consist of arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one's own ignorance concerning oneself and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to one’s self.
- Aldous Huxley
As Huxley suggests the spiritual journey is a process of finding your self or, as I would express it, the real self. Any form of awakening brings forth intentional realisation that there is something far greater than the temporary material world we currently reside in.
For those of us over the age of 65 who have now fully arrived in the second half of our lives, our view of the world can change rapidly. Events occurring can include the death of a spouse, a relationship finishing, career/work concluding, health or mobility issues, removal from a friendship, or discovery that a cultural or religious belief is no longer relevant. Globally in 2020 we are all experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, an event beyond our direct control. Yet, as another challenge, we have the opportunity to acknowledge actively that this can be chance for a life review, and may even lead to a conscious spirituality awakening.
There are many people who have experienced at different levels their own form of conscious spirituality awakenings and challenges during their lives, and their writings can be of value in our own journeys. They include: Jurgen Zeiwe, Rashad Field (Sufi teachings), Hugh Brockman-Lipman (a former Gurdjieff student), Ouspensky and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, especially his twelve steps.
Sample extracts from the AWAKENING SELECTION
1. Jurgen Zeiwe: Multi-Dimensional Man Click here
In his book Multi-Dimensional Man, Jurgen Zeiwe expresses how his “mind” was awakened and offers an explanation based on over four decades of out-of-body, astral and spiritual experiences:
“The term Awakening has been widely used lately to describe the phenomenon of a spontaneous change of consciousness. Awakening can be described as a realisation that there is a higher dimension of reality which is rooted in a universal consciousness of unity. Such a realisation is inevitably accompanied with a heightened positive emotional state, invoking feelings of joy, connectedness, outpouring of love and frequently intense ecstasy.”
5. Victor Zammit: Afterlife Report - Spiritual Awakening Click here
Zammit lists twelve occurrences that may constitute an awakening: