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9 Techniques to Help Raise Your Levels of Spiritual Awareness

  • David & Steve Gordon

What is spiritual awareness? Why does spiritual awakening happen? And are there some easy awakening process steps you can learn for greater self-growth?

It’s easy to understand how you might experience some spiritual awakening confusion. On its face, it can seem a bit mysterious. Fortunately, spiritual awakening steps are easier to learn and recognize than you might at first believe.

Spiritual awareness is not a new concept. People have been learning how to increase spiritual awareness for a long time. And certainly, there are plenty of great reasons to tap into this desired mental state. A greater sense of calm and peacefulness along with increased self-acceptance and happiness are just a few of the reasons.

So if you’ve been wondering just how to increase spiritual awareness in your life, you’ve definitely come to the right place.

The Expansive Joy in Realizing Spiritual Awareness

As we’ve already discussed, among the many benefits of learning how to tap into higher levels of spiritual awareness in your life is that it brings a sense of peace and belonging. The desire for material possessions takes a back seat to things in life that money just can’t buy.

When you’re able to expand your spiritual awareness, you begin to realize that you are in total control of creating the life you live. And rather than seeing that as something to fear, you find it is, in fact, freeing.

spiritual awareness woman in canoe

This quote from Bruce Davis, Ph.D., who leads daily meditation sessions at the Silent Stay Retreat Center near Napa, California, illustrates this point perfectly.

More often then not, we feel as a victim of events and not the creator. This is what is most difficult for people who have had a spiritual experience to try to explain: We create and choose our own reality. In the normal world this seems very insensitive and wrong as if saying all suffering is chosen. But in the spiritual realm after finding such a large universe of unlimited being, in context of this vast self, the parts of life which include suffering are seen in a different perspective. (Bruce Davis, Ph.D., The Huffington Post, 2014, Life After a Spiritual Awakening.)

Realizing an increased spiritual awakening helps you shed feelings of victimhood, enabling you to take charge of where your life takes you.

The Many Faces of Spiritual Awareness

Spiritual awakenings aren’t always immediately apparent. They can happen without you even being consciously aware.

Conversely, your transition to higher spiritual awareness can happen in a much more in-your-face, can’t-miss way.

Regardless of how your spiritual awakening process occurs, the result is, among other benefits, increased self-awareness, enhanced feelings of empathy, peace, and self-acceptance.

Greater Self-Awareness & Empathy for Others Comes With Heightened Spiritual Awareness

Humility, compassion, understanding — these are all manifestations of spiritual awareness. Whether they develop over time or occur almost overnight depends on the catalyst that precedes this awakening and your receptiveness at that moment.

Spiritual awakenings occur when we see glimpses of the much bigger picture around us and find humility in the moment. We can become aware that humility is not thinking less of oneself, but rather thinking of oneself less, and that we are worthy of self-compassion. Compassion for others means appreciating their pain and experiencing a heart-based response to it. Compassion evokes an interest in offering support, understanding, and kindness to others when they struggle, make mistakes, or fail. Self-compassion consists of responding the same way toward ourselves when we have a difficult time, act out on our personality challenges, or experience something we don’t like about ourselves. Having compassion for ourselves means that we honor our humanness with self-acceptance when we bump up against our limitations and fall short of our ideals. (Don Mager, MSW, Psychology Today, 2014, What Constitutes a Spiritual Awakening?)

There are many stages of spiritual awareness, all of which vastly improve your happiness and quality of life. Some happen almost naturally, with little effort on your part. But you can hasten the process along, should you so desire.

spiritual awareness hiker standing in sunset

Have You Experienced These Common Signs of Spiritual Awareness?

First, it’s helpful to recognize some of the physical signs of spiritual awakening. They can be subtle and easily missed unless you know what to look for.

Each of these mental states is an indication that you’ve experienced a higher level of spiritual awareness. And a conscious effort on your part to attain higher spiritual awareness can help you get there faster.

During your spiritual awakening you are being guided towards your best self. Who we are and who we are going to be can be seen in our daily habits. As we are drawn to the light, we look to surround ourselves with inspiration, positivity and personal development activities. This could be in the form of physical or spiritual. For example, you may be drawn to reading self help books, practicing yoga, meditation, praying, personal development seminars, running, walking, going to church, listening to audio books, etc. (Kristen Butler, The, 11 Signs You May Be Experiencing a Spiritual Awakening.)

9 Simple Techniques to Vastly Elevate Your Spiritual Awareness Levels

Each of these 9 techniques represents a few of the easiest methods you can use to begin tapping into the spiritual awakening process.

1. Embrace fear

Fear is a debilitating state of mind, and all too often your worries are unfounded. You’re afraid of failing so you don’t try. You worry about looking foolish, which stops you in your tracks.

More often than not, your fears are not based on reality, but rather on worries about what-if. What if you fail. What if you can’t do it?

These fears are paralyzing, and ultimately, unproductive.

So instead of allowing fear to hold you back, remind yourself that your worst fears never come to pass. Think back to times in the past when, faced with a challenge, you found your way around it and moved forward.

The worst that can happen rarely does. And with every challenge overcome, your confidence rises exponentially. Fear stops you less and less over time.

2. Meditate

Meditation is growing in popularity. Many successful people meditate regularly. Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres are two that come to mind. There are many others.

If you’re new to meditation, it’s hard to see how just sitting quietly in one place can have many benefits.

But people who meditate regularly tend to enjoy, among other benefits, better sleep, lower levels of stress, and a greater sense of calm.

spiritual awareness woman meditating

And a calm mind and enhanced sense of peace can’t help but raise your spiritual awareness, opening your mind to new ideas and creativity.

Best of all, meditation doesn’t require huge chunks of time. Practicing for just a few minutes a day will significantly improve your ability to deal with life’s many challenges.

3. Practice forgiveness, of yourself and others

Forgiveness isn’t always easy. We all know that. And often the one you’re least ready to forgive is yourself. It’s not unusual to give someone else tons of slack on something you’ll beat yourself up over.

But among the common signs of spiritual awareness is an enhanced ability to let go of hurts and resentments, real and imagined. You begin to understand that malice and anger toward others harm you most in the long run.

When you know you’ve put your best self forward, done your best under any given circumstance, then you’ve no reason to doubt yourself.

Those who’ve achieved higher levels of spiritual awareness already know this. So cut yourself some slack, and do the same for others. It’s the road to greater happiness and self-acceptance.

4. Be honest with yourself

What is it about yourself that you know you need to change? It’s not always easy to look yourself in the eye and face negative qualities you know could use an overhaul. But looking honestly at yourself is the first step toward change.

And mind you, you’re not looking for glaring faults. Instead, you’re looking for areas of self-improvement. Think about moving past those fears that have been stopping you in your tracks. Or letting go of habits that hold you back.

You can’t change what you won’t acknowledge. Taking positive steps toward self-honesty will lead toward higher levels of spiritual awareness.

5. Reduce clutter in your environment and your mind

Clutter does not make for a peaceful mind. Whether it’s a cluttered desk, house, or the rooms within your mind, overstuffing them is stifling.

The pursuit of material items inhibits feelings of calm and peacefulness. I may not get this phrase precisely right, but it goes something like this: “People spend money they don’t have on things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”

Too often, you focus on material items meant to impress others, when upon closer examination of your motives, you realize you don’t even need, or want, what you’re buying.

This desire for “stuff” clutters your home, without a doubt. But it also clutters your mind because you’re worrying about what others think of you when the only person whose opinion matters is your own.

That’s wasted time and effort.

Strive to let go of the endless pursuit of material possessions and instead focus on those areas of your life that matter most — your loved ones. Focus on experiences rather than objects. It’s way more fulfilling.

spiritual awareness peaceful zen garden

6. Spend time in nature

Nature is soothing to the soul. The feel of a spring breeze, the sounds of birds singing, water flowing. These sounds are relaxing and bring a sense of calm and peacefulness.

Whenever you can, head outdoors. Go for a walk. Or a run. There are few better ways to tap into your spiritual being than spending time surrounded by nature.

The secrets of life are embedded in nature. If you want to increase your spiritual awareness so that you can understand what life is, you need to study nature and learn how to live in harmony with it. As your connection to nature strengthens, your spiritual awareness will also increase. The reason for this is because when you become more aware of your natural environment, you start to see why things occur the way they do. This awareness can help you understand who you are and why you are here. (Pao Chang, The Mind Unleashed, 2014, 5 Ways to Increase Your Spiritual Awareness.)

Put away your phone and your tablet. Focus on the here and now. Soak up the sounds around you. Let the wind caress your skin. Watch stress and irritation drop away. Refresh your spirit and let your mind expand.

7. Practice self-care

Most of us tend to focus on what needs to get done and who needs our attention, often to the detriment of our own health and well-being. There’s always a feeling that you’ll find time for yourself after you’ve tended to everything and everyone else.

But often that time for yourself never comes.

You must carve out periods of time to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate. Learn to let go of any guilt about caring for yourself. You’re of no use to anyone else if you’re unable to function or you’re always in a state of stress.

Realize that self-care is the best thing you can do for not only yourself but for those in your life who depend on you. It is, indeed, the opposite of selfishness.

8. Concentrate on expanding your mind

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “personal development.” Personal development involves such activities as reading and listening to books or audio files on self-improvement.

You want to expose your mind to new areas of study and different approaches to life. To learning new things.

spiritual awakening man reading on large book

All of these activities will result in enhanced knowledge and perception. You’ll discover things you would never have encountered had you not sought them out.

And an expanded mind and greater awareness and perception are one of the best roads toward enhanced levels of spiritual awareness.

9. Take a close look at your beliefs

Are your personal beliefs in alignment with your goals and desires? Or are they standing in the way, creating barriers to where you want to go?

When you believe that you’re unworthy of achieving a particular goal, no matter how much you want to accomplish that goal, the odds are you’ll fall short.

Be willing to take a good look at the beliefs to which you’re holding fast and push them away if they’re not in line with your life’s desires.

All too often, we are our own worst enemies. Don’t allow constricting beliefs to block your path to greater levels of spiritual awareness and happiness.

Have you found ways to achieve higher levels of spiritual awareness in your life? Or are you looking for some easy steps you can take to discover your own spiritual awakening? If so, we have plenty of audio file downloads to choose from that will get you started on your journey today. Visit to find the ones that work best for you.

David & Steve Gordon

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