Symptoms of Ascension: The advice given for many of the symptoms is also gathered from various sources (books on traditional spiritual practices as well as channeled information) and may not reflect my own personal experience. As with anything, use discernment: if it's useful, fine; if not, ignore it. One excellent book to read is What Is A Lightbody? Archangel Ariel channeled by Tashira Tachi-ren. OrJack Kornfield's A Path with Heart. We all experience our spiritual development in our own unique way.
For some of us the changes occur slowly; for others a series of events can trigger sudden growth. We do not all share the same symptoms or changes.
And certainly we hold our individual spiritual beliefs. We are as different as snowflakes, yet we share a common essence and general shape. Some of this information may resonate for you. Other concepts may not be comfortable for you. Each of us must examine new information and discern for ourselves what is truth and what does not serve us.

So I ask you to do this for yourself as you read this list. You are responsible for your own interpretation. Peace and Love, Ellen ellen@hevanet.com SYMPTOMS OF SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

1. Changing sleep patterns: restlessness, hot feet, waking up two or three times a night. Feeling tired after you wake up and sleepy off and on during the day.
There is something called the Triad Sleep Pattern that occurs for many: you sleep for about 2-3 hours, wake up, go back to sleep for another couple of hours, wake again, and go back to sleep again. For others, the sleep requirements have changed. You can get by on less sleep.
Lately I have been experiencing huge waves of energy running into my body from the crown. It feels good, but it keeps me awake for a long time, and then subsides.
Advice: Get used to it. Make peace with it and don't worry about getting enough sleep (which often causes more insomnia). You will be able to make it through the day if you hold thoughts of getting just what you need. You can also request your Higher Power to give you a break now and then and give you a good, deep night's sleep.
If you can't go back to sleep right away, use the waking moments to meditate, read poetry, write in your journal or look at the moon. Your body will adjust to the new pattern.

2. Activity at the crown of the head: Tingling, itching, prickly, crawling sensations along the scalp and/or down the spine. A sense of energy vibrating on top of the head, as if energy is erupting from the head in a shower. Also the sensation of energy pouring in through the crown, described as "sprinkles".
This may also be experienced as pressure on the crown, as if someone is pushing his/her finger into the center of your head. As I mentioned in #1, I have been experiencing huge downloads of energy through the crown.
In the past, I have felt more generalized pressure, as if my head is in a gentle vise. One man related that his hair stood on end and his body was covered with goose bumps.
Advice: This is nothing to be alarmed about. What you are experiencing is an opening of the crown Chakras. The sensations mean that you are opening up to receive divine energy.

3. Sudden waves of emotion. Crying at the drop of a hat. Feeling suddenly angry or sad with little provocation. Or inexplicably depressed. Then very happy. Emotional roller coaster. There is often a pressure or sense of emotions congested in the heart chakra (the middle of the chest). This is not to be confused with the heart, which is located to the left of the heart Chakras.
Advice: Accept your feelings as they come up and let them go. Go directly to your heart chakra and feel the emotion. Expand it outward to your all your fields and breathe deeply from the belly all the way up to your upper chest. Just feel the feeling and let it evaporate on its own. Don't direct the emotions at anyone.

You are cleaning out your past. If you want some help with this, say out loud that you intend to release all these old issues and ask your Higher Power to help you. You can also ask Grace Elohim to help you release with ease and gentleness. Be grateful that your body is releasing these emotions and not holding onto them inside where they can do harm.

One source suggests that depression is linked to letting go of relationships to people, work, etc. that no longer match our frequencies and us. When we feel guilty about letting go of these relationships, depression helps us medicate that pain.

4. Old "stuff" seems to be coming up, as described above, and the people with whom you need to work it out (or their clones) appear in your life. Completion issues.
Or perhaps you need to work through issues of self-worth, abundance, creativity, addictions, etc. The resources or people you need to help you move through these issues start to appear.
Advice: Same as #3. Additionally, don't get too involved in analyzing these issues. Examining them too much will simply cycle you back through them over and over again at deeper and deeper levels. Get professional help if you need to and walk through it.

Do not try to avoid them or disassociate yourself from them. Embrace whatever comes up and thank it for helping you move ahead. Thank your Higher Power for giving you the opportunity to release these issues. Remember, you don't want these issues to stay stuck in your body.

5. Changes in weight. The weight gain in the US population is phenomenal. Other people may be losing weight.
We often gain weight because many fears we have suppressed are now coming up to the surface to be healed. We react by building up a defense. We also attempt to ground ourselves or provide bulk against increasing frequencies in our bodies.
Advice: Don't freak out, but just accept it as a symptom of where you are right now. You will release/gain the weight when all your fears have been integrated. Release your anxiety about this. Then you might find it easier to lose/gain the weight eventually. Exercise.

Before eating, try this: Sit at the table with an attractive place setting. Light a candle. Enjoy how the food looks. Place your dominant hand over your heart and bless the food. Tell your body that you are going to use the food to richly nourish it, but that you are not going to use the food to fulfill your emotional hungers.

Then pass your hand from left to right over the food and bless it. You may notice that the food feels warm to your hand even if the food is cold-- I like to think that the food is good for me when it feels warm and nourishing to my hand. I have also noticed that when I practice blessing the food, I don't eat as much. It is important not to let yourself off the hook when you forget to bless the food before you eat.
If I've forgotten and I've nearly finished eating, I bless the food anyway. That way I don't slip out of the habit. Another thing you can do is to stay present while eating -- don't watch TV or read. Heartily enjoy what blessings are before you.

6. Changes in eating habits: Strange cravings and odd food choices. Some find they are not as hungry as they used to be. Or hungrier.
Advice: Don't deny what your body tells you it needs. If you are not sure, you might try muscle testing before you chose a food to see if it's what your body wants. Also try blessing the food as described in #5.

7. Food intolerances, allergies you never had before: As you grow more spiritual, you are more sensitive to everything around you. Your body will tell you what it can no longer tolerate, as if it, too, is sloughing off what doesn't serve it anymore. You might be cleansing yourself of toxins. Some people find they often have a white residue in their mouth, much like that of runners at the end of a race.
Advice: An acupuncturist told me that this film can be removed by sloshing 2 tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil in your mouth for 10-15 minutes (don't swallow, whatever you do), then spitting it out into the toilet -- not the sink, for you just removed toxins from your body and don't want them in the sink. Brush your teeth and do the same. Then clean your brush. (Sorry this is yucky, but it works.)

8. Amplification of the senses. Increased sensitivity.

8a. Sight: Blurry vision, shimmering objects, seeing glittery particles, auras around people, plants, animals, and objects. Some report seeing formerly opaque objects as transparent. When you close your eyes, you no longer see darkness, but redness. You may also see geometric shapes or brilliant colors and pictures when eyes are closed. Colors appear more vivid -- the sky might look teal or the grass an amazing green. Often I see grids running across the ground.
As you become more sensitive, you may see shapes or outlines in the air, especially when the room is almost dark. When your eyes are open or closed, you may see white shapes in your peripheral vision (these are your guides).
Advice: Your vision is changing in many ways -- you are experiencing new ways of seeing. Be patient. Whatever you do, do not be afraid. Hazy vision maybe relieved by yawning.

8b. Hearing: Increased or decreased hearing. I once thought I would have to pull off the road because of the painfully amplified sound of my tires on the freeway. Other symptoms are hearing white noise in the head, beeps, tones, music or electronic patterns. Some hear water rushing, bees buzzing, whooshing, roaring or ringing. Others have what is called audio dyslexia-- you can't always make out what people are saying, as if you can no longer translate your own language.
Some hear strange voices in their dreams, as if someone is hovering near them. You can either ask the presence(s) to leave or ask Archangel Michael to take care of the situation. Again, there is nothing to fear.
Advice: Surrender to it. Let it come through. Listen. Your ears are adjusting to new frequencies.

8c. Enhanced senses of smell, touch, and/or taste. I notice I can now smell and taste chemical additives in some foods in a rather unpleasant manner. Other food may taste absolutely wonderful. For some people, these enhancements are both delightful and distracting. You might even smell the fragrance of flowers now and then. Many of the mystics did. Enjoy it.

9. Skin eruptions: Rashes, bumps, acne, hives, and shingles. Anger produces outbreaks around the mouth and chin. I had dermatitis on my extremities for several months that accompanied healing an episode from my past. When I had worked through most of the issue, the condition was released.
Advice: You may be sloughing off toxins and bringing emotions to the surface. When there is an issue to be released and you are trying to repress it, your skin will express the issue for you until you process the emotions. Work through your "stuff".

10. Episodes of intense energy which make you want to leap out of bed and into action. Followed by periods of lethargy and fatigue. The fatigue usually follows great shifts. This is a time of integration, so give into it.
Advice: Roll with the nature of the energy. Don't fight it. Be gentle with yourself. Take naps if you are tired. Write your novel if you are too energized to sleep. Take advantage of the type of energy.

11. Changes in prayer or meditation. Not feeling the same sensations as before. Not having the same experience of being in contact with Spirit. Difficulty in focusing.
Advice: You may be in more instant and constant communion with Spirit now and the sensation may therefore be altered. You will adapt to this new feeling. You are actually thinking and acting in partnership with Spirit most of the time now. You may find your meditation periods shorter.

12. Power surges: All of a sudden you are heated from head to toe. It is a momentary sensation, but uncomfortable. In contrast, some people have felt inexplicably cold. I have experienced both. More recently I experience waves or currents of energy rolling through me. Sometimes the energy seems so intense when it first comes into my body that I feel a little nauseated.
But if I think of the energy as divine and let go of fear, I feel wonderful and enjoy the sensation. If you are an energy worker, you may have noticed that the heat running through your hands has increased tremendously. This is good. Advice: If you are uncomfortable, ask your Higher Power, that if it be for your best and highest good, to turn down/up the temperature a bit.

13. A range of physical manifestations: Headaches, backaches, neck pains, flu-like symptoms (this is called vibrational flu), digestive problems, muscular spasms or cramps, racing heartbeat, chest pains, changes in sexual desire, numbness or pain in the limbs, and involuntary vocalizations or bodily movements. Some of us have even had old conditions from childhood reappear briefly for healing.
Advice: Remember what I said about seeking medical help if you need it! If you have determined that this is not a medical condition, relax in the realization that it is only temporary.

14. Looking younger. Yippee! As you clear emotional issues and release limiting beliefs and heavy baggage from the past, you are actually lighter. Your frequency is higher. You love yourself and life more. You begin to resemble the perfect you that you really are.

15. Vivid dreams. Sometimes the dreams are so real that you wake up confused. You may even have lucid dreams in which you are in control. Many dreams may be mystical or carry messages for you. And in some dreams, you just know that you are not "dreaming" -- that what is happening is somehow real. Advice: You will remember what is important for you to remember. Don't force anything. Above all, stay out of fear.

16. Events that completely alter your life: death, divorce, change in job status, loss of home, illness, and/or other catastrophes -- sometimes several at once! Forces that cause you to slow down, simplify, change, re-examine who you are and what your life means to you. Forces that you cannot ignore. Forces that cause you release your attachments. Forces that awaken your sense of love and compassion for all.

17. A desire to break free from restrictive patterns, life-draining jobs consumptive lifestyles, and toxic people or situations. You feel a compelling need to "find yourself" and your life purpose -- now! You want to be creative and free to be who you really are. You might find yourself drawn to the arts and nature. You want to unclutter yourself from things and people that no longer serve you. Advice: Do it!

18. Emotional and mental confusion: A feeling that you need to get your life straightened out--it feels like a mess. But at the same time you feel chaotic and unable to focus. See #45.
Advice: Put your ear to your heart and your own discernment will follow.

19. Introspection, solitude and loss of interest in more extraverted activities: This stage has come as a surprise to many extraverts who formerly saw themselves as outgoing and involved. They say, "I don't know why, but I don't like to go out as much as before."

20. Creativity bursts: Receiving images, ideas, music, and other creative inspirations at an often overwhelming rate.
Advice: At least record these inspirations, for Spirit is speaking to you about how you might fulfill your purpose and contribute to the healing of the planet.

21. A perception that time is accelerating. It seems that way because you have had so many changes introduced into your life at an unprecedented rate. The number of changes seems to be growing.
Advice: Breaking your day up into appointments and time segments increases the sense of acceleration
You can slow time down by relaxing into the present moment and paying attention to what's at hand, not anticipating what's ahead. Slow down and tell yourself that you have plenty of time. Ask your Higher Power to help you. Keep your focus on the present. Try to flow from one activity to the next. Stay tuned to your inner guidance. You can also warp time by asking for it. Next time you feel rushed, say, "Time warp, please. I need some more time to -----." Then relax.
22. A sense of impendingness. There is a feeling that something is about to happen. This can create anxiety.
Advice: There is nothing to worry about. Things are definitely happening, but anxiety only creates more problems for you. All your thoughts -- positiveor negative-- are prayers. There is nothing to fear.

23. Impatience. You know better, but sometimes you can't help it. You want to get on with what seems to be coming your way. Uncertainty is not comfortable. Advice: Learn to live with the uncertainty, knowing that nothing comes to you until you are ready. Impatience is really a lack of trust, especially trust in your Higher Power. When you focus on the present, you will experience miracles -- yes, even in traffic.

24. A deep yearning for meaning, purpose, spiritual connection, and revelation. Perhaps an interest in the spiritual for the first time in your life. "Constant craving", as k.d. lang says. The material world cannot fulfill this longing. Advice: Follow your heart and the way will open up for you.

25. A feeling that you are somehow different. A disquieting sense that everything in your life feels new and altered, that you have left your old self behind. You have. You are much greater than you can possibly imagine. There is more to come.

26. "Teachers" appear everywhere with perfect timing to help you on your spiritual journey: people, books, movies, events, Mother Nature, etc. Teachers may appear to be negative or positive when you are trapped in polarity thinking, but, from a transcendent perspective, they are always perfect. Just what you need to learn from and move on. By the way, we never get more than we are ready to master. Each challenge presents us with an opportunity to show our mastery in passing through it.

27. You find a spiritual track that makes sense to you and "speaks to you" at the most profound levels. Suddenly you are gaining a perspective that you would never have considered before. You hunger to know more. You read, share with others, ask questions, and go inside to discover more about who you are and why you are here

28. You are moving through learning and personal issues at a rapid pace. You sense that you are "getting it" quite readily.
Advice: Keep remembering that things will come to you when they are ready to be healed. Not sooner. Deal with whatever comes up with courage and you will move through the issues rapidly.

29. Invisible presences. Here is the woo-woo stuff. Some people report feeling surrounded by beings at night or having the sensation of being touched or talked to. Often they will wake with a start. Some also feel their body orbed vibrate. The vibrations are caused by energetic changes after emotional clearing has taken place.
Advice: This is a sensitive topic, but you may feel better blessing your bed and space around it before you sleep. I rest assured that I am surrounded only by the most magnificent spiritual entities and am always safe in God's care. Sometimes, however, the fear gets to me, and I call in Archangel Michael and/or Archangel Uriel. I don't beat myself up for being afraid sometimes. I forgive myself for not always sovereign at 3:00 a.m.

30. Portents, visions, "illusions", numbers, and symbols: Seeing things that have spiritual importance for you. Noticing how numbers appear synchronistically in your awareness. Everything has a message if you take the time to look. I enjoy the experience of "getting the messages." What fun!

31. Increased integrity: You realize that it is time for you to seek and speak your truth. It suddenly seems important for you to become more authentic, more yourself. You may have to say "no" to people whom you have tried to please in the past. You may find it intolerable to stay in a marriage or job or place that doesn't support who you are. You may also find there is nowhere to hide, no secrets to keep anymore. Honesty becomes important in all your relationships.
Advice: Listen to your heart. If your guidance tells you not to do something, speak up and take action. Say "no". Likewise, you must also say "yes" to that which compels you. You must risk displeasing others without guilt in order to attain spiritual sovereignty.

32. Harmony with seasons and cycles: You are becoming more tuned to the seasons, the phases of the moon and natural cycles. More awareness of your place in the natural world. A stronger connection to the earth.

33. Electrical and mechanical malfunctions: When you are around, light bulbs flicker, the computer locks up, or the radio goes haywire. Advice: Call on your angels, guides, or Grace Elohim to fix it or put up a field of protection of light around the machine. Surround your car with bluelight. Laugh.

34. Increased synchronicity and many small miracles. Look for more of these.
Advice: Synchronistic events tell you if you are heading in the right direction or making the correct choices. Honor these clues and you cannot go astray. Spirit uses synchronicity to communicate to you. That's when you begin to experience daily miracles. See #30.

35. Increased intuitive abilities and altered states of consciousness: Thinking of someone and immediately hearing from them. More synchronicities. Having sudden insights about patterns or events from the past. Clairvoyance, out-of-body experiences, and other psychic phenomena. Intensified sensitivity and knowing. Awareness of one's essence and that of others. Channeling angelic and Christ-consciousness energies.

36. Communication with Spirit. Contact with angels, spirit guides, and other divine entities. Channeling. More and more people seem to be given this opportunity. Feeling inspiration and downloading information that takes form as writing, painting, ideas, communications, dance, etc.

37. A sense of Oneness with all. A direct experience of this Wholeness. Transcendent awareness. Being flooded with compassion and love for all life. Compassionate detachment or unconditional love for all is what lifts us up to higher levels of consciousness and joy.

38. Moments of joy and bliss. A deep abiding sense of peace and knowing that you are never alone.

39. Integration: You become emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually stronger and clearer. You feel as if you are in alignment with your Higher Self.

40. Living your purpose: You know you are finally doing what you came to earth for. New skills and gifts are emerging, especially healing ones. Your life/work experiences are now converging and starting to make sense. You are finally going to use them all.
Advice: Listen to your heart. Your passion leads you to where you must go. Go within and ask your Higher Power, "What is it you would have me do?" Watch for synchronicities. Listen.

41. Feeling closer to animals and plants. To some people, animals now seem to be more "human" in their behavior. Wild animals are less afraid. Plants respond to your love and attention more than ever. Some may even have messages for you.

42. Seeing beings of other dimensions. The veil between dimensions is thinner, so it is not surprising. Just stay in your sovereignty. You are more powerful than you can ever imagine, so do not entertain fear. Ask your guides for help if you slip into fear.

43. Seeing a person's true form or seeing loved ones with a different face -- past life or parallel life. 44. Physically manifesting thoughts and desires more quickly and efficiently.
Advice: Monitor your thoughts. All thoughts are prayers. Be careful what you ask for. 45. Left -brain fogginess. Your psychic abilities, your intuitive knowing, your feeling and compassion, your ability to experience your body, your visioning, your expressiveness all emanate from the right brain. In order for this side of the brain to develop more fully, the left brain must shut down a little bit. Normally the left-hemisphere's capacity for order, organization, structure, linear sequencing, analysis, evaluation, precision, focus, problem-solving, and mathematics dominate our often less-valued right brain.

What results are memory lapses, placing words in the wrong sequence, inability or no desire to read for very long, inability to focus; forgetting what you are just about to say; impatience with linear forms of communication (audio or written formats); a feeling of spaciness, being scattered; losing interesting research or complex information; feeling bombarded with words and talk and information; and a reluctance to write. Sometimes you feel dull and have no interest in analysis, lively intellectual discussion, or investigation.

On the other hand, you might find yourself drawn to the sensate: videos, magazines with photos, beautiful artwork, movies, music, sculpting, painting, being with people, dancing, gardening, walking, and other kinesthetic forms of expression. You may search for spiritual content, even science fiction. Advice: You may discover that if you allow your heart and your right brain to lead you, the left will then be activated appropriately to support you. And someday we will be well balanced, using both hemispheres with mastery.

46. Dizziness. This occurs when you are ungrounded. Perhaps you have just cleared a big emotional issue and your body is adjusting to your "lighter" state. Advice: Ground yourself by eating protein. Sometimes "comfort food" feels right. Don't make any food right or wrong for you. Use your guidance to know what you need at any given moment. Take your shoes off and put your feet in the grass for a couple of minutes.

47. Falling, having accidents, breaking bones. Your body is not grounded or perhaps your life is out of balance. Or your body may be telling you to slow down, examine certain aspects of your life, or heal certain issues. There is always a message. When I recently broke my ankle, I understand that my ankle was taking on what I myself refused to deal with. And that was all of the above.
Advice: Stay grounded by taking your shoes off and putting your feet in the grass; even better, lie down on the grass without a blanket under you. Feel the earth beneath you. Get out in nature. Slow down and pay attention. Be mindful about what you are doing. Feel your feelings when they come up. Stay in the present. Surround yourself with blue light when you are feeling shaky.

49. Heart palpitations. A racing heart usually accompanies a heart opening. It only lasts for a few moments and means that the heart is re-balancing itself after an emotional release. I had one episode that terrified me: I woke up in the middle of the night, my heart pounding. I thought it was going to come right out of my chest. It only happened once and was, I understand, a huge heart-chakra opening. But I did check it out. There is nothing wrong with my heart.
Advice: Remember what I said about getting medical attention when needed. Consult your doctor about any conditions you are not comfortable with.

50. Faster hair and nail growth. More protein is being used in the body. Too bad we can't tell the body where to grow the hair and where not to grow it. (Or can we? Hmmm.)

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51. A desire to find your soul mate or twin flame. More than ever before, the idea that we can have a relationship that matches who we are seems more desirable.
Advice: The truth is, we have to be the kind of person we want to attract. We have to love ourselves and where we are right now before we can attract a more "perfect" mate. The work begins at home. Here is how I think it works: Hold the desire for this person in your heart, but without attachment. Expect that someday you will meet someone who is more suited to you, but let go of any expectations as to who this will be and how it will happen. Focus instead on cleaning up your own life and being the kind of person you want to be. Be happy now. Enjoy your life. Then you may see.....

52. Memories surface. Body memories, suppressed memories, images of past lives and/or parallel lives. We are healing and integrating all our "selves", so expect to have some of these experiences.
Advice. Keep in mind that it is best to recall what only what comes to mind, leave the rest alone, don't analyze everything to death (because you will be stuck in the tape loop of infinite issues to process), and feel your feelings as they come up. Ask for help from your guides.

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Thanks for this useful post!!!

Recently I've had an unusual sensation in my chest - my heart has skipped and then I get this reall "open" feeling.. .that's the only way to describe it, like everything is wide open. It feels very different from usual, like a muscle that has not been used in awhile, or... that was being used and is now not being used, or something that was more solid before, and is now more loose - yes, that's it. More loose. And then i had felt a heavy energy around (or over) my heart before that. So then on Tuesday my heart skipped about 6 or 7 times in the space of a few hours, and then this open/loose feeling, and then I got really tired (but had felt run down for a few days already) and was worried my heart would skip again if I did too much exercies, b/ c at times when I have been stressed out and then done extra exercise, it can skip and the sensation remains, which i find distressing. It used to race too - in the past year it did, and I was on beta blocker drugs (Metoprolol) for it... and before that at times it would start racing, and after a minute or two it would stop, but left me stationary and out of breath for those two minutes, and freaked me out a bit. Only a few times a year it did that. Now not anymore, but usually my heart skips about 2 or 3 times a year. Now this has been maybe 8 times in the last month, and several of those were on Tuesday. But last year they checked out m y heart thoroughly and said all was well and my doctor said if it's well now, it will be fine at least for 20 years or so no need to worry. So I did not go to the doctor... just rested a lot... like slept for a coule hours one morning... and then at evenings after work... and then. ...on Wed night came down with the flu, was in bed all day yesterday - didn't have the energy to go to the store across the road, but much better by evening. Then feeling much better today though still resting a lot.

Anyhow on Tuesday,I had just prayed and asked God to heal away the fearful energy that was around my heart, that was heavy there - that was the morning before I had all that heart skipping and so on, so I figured it was just that :D And when I just relaxed into that belief I felt a lot better! :D Does that fit with your experience - anyone?

Bless you! Rachel
I am so happy, to see this group it helped me so much understand what I was going though when I started waking up... One huge blessing kisses and love Aprilji
Great Information! Thank you.
Thanks so much for this valuable info. Having read this, I realise I've been experiencing most of these symptoms, to the extent that I cannot continue with my everyday life, and sometimes have to take time off work just to rest and 'travel' inwardly. Often it feels as if physical reality is dissolving and becoming less solid, that there are other realities and states of being that run concurrently with it, and are kind of superimposed on it, like some kind of double or even triple vision. Focussing can prove extremely difficult, and at moments when this phenomenon is strongest, I can hardly see! Also, I seem to be expanding, as if my body is the condensed hard centre of a much bigger being. Often my head feels enormous! And my eyes are stretching into a wider seeing, like they're going to pop right out of their sockets! Colours swirl around me, and I hear music - I've found singing and dance to be very helpful, especially when I experience those energy bursts and want to channel all that fire somewhere. Writing my novel, which I'm still doing, has helped enormously. The most dificult thing about it all is having no-one to discuss it with - most people seem to be of the opinion that it's some mental disorder that needs fixing in therapy. I sense that it's much deeper that that and don't want to get 'fixed' even though I do get fearful that I might be going crazy, because it doesn't fit with anyones idea of 'normal' and does stop me from functioning 'normally' sometimes. So there is a deep sense of loneliness that goes with it, at least on a human level. I feel there are beings around me who are teaching me and looking after me, encouraging me to stick with it. I do feel a promise of something amazing just over the horizon, but worry I may be deluding myself, especially when I am being overcome by the terrible grief despair and sorrow I feel sometimes, and which doesn't just come from me , but is in the human collective unconscious right now. I wonder if there is a way for me to help with the healing of this, to encourage hope and love and redemption for all our hurting longing fearful hearts. Thanks for being there as a community who acknowledge this as a real, important and positive phenomenon, who can support and advise each other in these strange, awesome, beautiful, scary times. Blessings on you all x
Hiya, I work as a psychotherapist and am also experiencing much of what you are Miriam, (except your experience sounds even stronger than mine and mine has been and is a strong experience!) I very much relate to your idea of 'travelling inwardly'. It sounds like this site is providing a framework for understanding your experiences and it is this context for what is happening that is very often lacking when people are diagnosed with a mental disorder. If someone approached me for therapy with the symptoms you are describing above, I would only encourage them to fully feel the experience anyway and explore their fears of it being a mental disorder or theor experience of others saying it is. My own ability to be a companion to others is underpinned by conventional training combined with my own spiritual understanding. I would communicate to you in normal terms about your creativity, sensitivity and acknowledge your deep empathy with others and your desire to heal and explore your own understanding of what is happening. My own perspective is that many so-called mental disorders can also be gateways to new ways of living and this is perhaps a healthier paradigm through which to view mental distress. My belief is that our conventional frameworks of understanding distress tend to focus on naming or fixing problems and don't adequately incorporate a spiritual element. I thought I would write as a psychotherapist because you said that people see this as a mental disorder. If it is, then we both have it Miriam and I can only say that I am proud to travel beside you! Having said all of the above, if the grief or despair becomes overwhelming it can be worth talking to your GP. I am glad to see that this site for all that it is of a spiritual nature, recommends drawing on all support including ordinary doctors. I think it is important to stay grounded in and connected to the everyday world, especially when changing like this can be such a rollercoaster. I hope this is a little comfort to you and eases your loneliness, with love, Josie
Thanks a lot for your reply , Josie. I did see a doctor about depression and he offered drugs or CBT counselling. I went for the counselling, and my therapist was very nice, but seemed just to want to put a big plaster over the whole thing so I could pass as ok, without the desire, or indeed the time, to go any deeper. The only reason I myself don't see it as a mental disorder (except in the context that it doesn't fit into the mindset of our culture) is because to me it feels completely natural and right. It's just something I do and have always done since I was a child, and it seems I'm not unique in this. The greater part of my distress has come from feeling that an essential part of me, which I myself value, is seen as verging on crazy by some, and this has contributed to feelings of alienation and lack of self esteem. When I try to suppress or struggle against or ignore these feelings, It's THEN that I feel truly crazy! Travelling and expanding in this way has contributed to some of the most creative, enjoyable, spiritually uplfting and educational moments of my life. I don't want to give that up! And I do believe that humanity is changing, having to face up to the fact that there are forces in this universe which are bigger than governments, institutions, multinationals, the military and the media. The best outcome for me would be to find a way of helping to assist others to surf the unified field, overcome fear and resistance and find a new way of being, like nothing we've experienced before. And personally, I think it's better than what we're used to, because it promotes awe, wonder, love, compassion, empathy, connectedness and peace. And it's vital to remain grounded, as you say, so that we can take care of ourselves and our dear ones in a practical way, without floating off into a New Age flaky un-reality. It's maybe about being aware on many more levels, including the bodily and earthly , so that we can be a multidimensional being, more fully human. Thanks again, Josie and much love to you. What do you and others think? x
I think you are a brilliant, intelligent woman and I am very glad to meet you! I think you probably are already helping others perhaps more than you yet realise! Love and peace, Josie x
I just joined this site and I can relate to what your going through. For me it was intense
back pain and cracking joints. I thought I was going to die until I realized the pain was (is)
an awaking me. The pain made me very humble and surrended to God. I feel I'm in two
places "this world" and a "higher world". My mind tries to figure out whats happening but
it can keep up. I can literally feel my body changing as my I awaken. I say just let it happen.
My friend Gwen calls it the "dark night of the soul" I have to use my own light on the path.
I ultimately must do this to reach the other side of awareness. I hope this helps. I've found
this path of awareness is both joyous and terrible. I think we get to pick. Do we want light
or darkness.
The symptoms will eventually stop as your body adjusts to it. Everybody is different.
Seeing though the veil of reality will just become normal. I'm not afraid of it anymore.
This jump in concouisness is what must be
Thanks for that, it helps me to feel much more courageous in the face of something that is not easy to pass through. I think it just emphasises how much we all need to stick together and support each other through this. Keep communicating and sharing! Because being isolated beings in our cramped hard shells is no longer viable or desirable. If we don't gently, lovingly and with care dismantle our own walls, they will come crashing down on us, and cause far more damage that way. We can learn to open up just a little more everyday, just by doing something like making eye contact with strangers rather than looking away, and sharing a smile with a stranger, or chatting with fellow humans at the bus stop etc without making the assumption that we're gonna get a knife in the gut for our troubles. These seem like such small things but they're a vital starting point in our healing. Just see how, instead of the heart contracting with the pain of sorrow and loneliness, it opens with love and delight when our smile and positive feelings are returned and people start talking back to us. It's then that you find the humanity, and indeed the divinity, in even the most ordinary person. I'm so glad you've found a way to overcome your fear and welcome the changes. Way to go! Much love. And thanks , Josie for your loving encouraging words. I get the feeling you're a woman with her heart in the right place x
Has anyone noticed that they have suddenly become very sensitive to light? For the past two winters I have become very low on energy during the winter, and very depressed, especially during the winter just gone. I have never before experienced the symtoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder), and I'm wondering if this might be part of the experience as well. I've also had to stop watching TV (which has definitely been a change for the better!), and I've become very sensitive to electricity, unable to sleep unless everything's switched off at the wall, because I can hear it humming, and it gives me a restless, 'buzzy' feeling.
Miriam, during the worst of it, I had the same thing with light. I had blurry vision,I couldn't
take intense light, and also sound (trouble hearing) Same thing with electricity, tv problems etc.
In a nutshell, your DNA and energy field is changing to a higher vibration. Don't try to
fight it like I did. I know how uncomfortable you are, believe me. All of this is very,very hard
and it has to be or else it wouldn't be soul changing. I don't know if this helps, try using
lavender oil. apply at night, put some on areas of pain/ discomfort, a couple of drops on
your pillow. Use in the morning too. Also, in the evening soak your feet in cold water, well
water is the best. The water grounds you. I don't know where you live (house apt) I have
a house with some land. I made a sachel of things of nature from around the yard ( leaf
flowers etc) Use things that covey peace and harmony. Put these things in a small plastic
bag and put in your pocket ( anywhere near you body) Somehow the objects create a
shield of energy which stablizes your energy. This works for me,it may or may not work
for you. Just give it a try. You will get through this!
Thanks for your suggestion. I will give it a try. x

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