You could say the actual "spiritual awakening" is just the first step on the long path to enlightenment. Indeed, the initial awakening may happen in just a moment, but the process has many stages...
What is a Spiritual Awakening?
Carl Jung described it as a process of uncovering or returning to who you really are. But as a process that leads you to enlightenment, I would say that that discovery is more of an endpoint or end goal than a description of the process.
During the process of awakening spiritually, you may make lots of discoveries. And getting to enlightenment may involve several smaller spiritual awakenings, which lead to some realizations, but not all of the ones you are meant to have.
Another end result would be a shift to a higher consciousness, in general, so you are likely to come to peace about things in your life that you haven't been able to get closure on, and accept life, as it presents itself, while still maintaining your bliss.
What Triggers a Spiritual Awakening?
It often begins with a crisis or experience that leads to a dark night of the soul where you question things that you previously believed were true, and think deeply about the meaning of life and who you are.
Often, you feel cut off from the spiritual connection you want and the settled sense of meaning you previously ascribed to your life.
Or, if you're not in crisis, it may begin more gradually, as you notice that your life isn't quite working the way you think it should.
Spiritual awakenings can be spontaneous, but for most, they are triggered by major life changes or traumas such as life-threatening illnesses, car accidents, divorces, war, pandemics, quarter-life or midlife crises, mental health crises such as clinical depression or anxiety, or even a near-death experience. - Shannon Kaiser
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