Is bipolar disorder a precursor to a spiritual awakening?

sufferingThe idea that bipolar disorder is somehow linked to spirituality is an extremely fascinating topic to me. If you or someone you know has experienced manic-depressive episodes, you may be aware of certain spiritual themes that frequently occur with this disorder. It is not uncommon for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder to report times when they felt pure bliss or a divine connection to everything. Some say they received messages from God or that they were God. Some also say they received visions and had a sudden influx of creative ideas. There is often a feeling of power and confidence that accompanies a manic episode. To someone with an average/limited level of consciousness, these experiences are indications that someone has “gone crazy” or has “lost touch with reality.” Someone with expanded consciousness, though, recognizes that these experiences have a spiritual undertone, which may indicate that bipolar disorder is so much more significant than just mental illness.

I’m glad to find that other people are noticing the potential link between bipolar disorder and spirituality and that they are discussing their experiences with this “illness” because it may help us discover a better explanation for why it is happening to more and more people. Of all mental disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are typically considered the most severe, yet traditional medicine has failed to explain exactly what causes these disorders and why some people suffer while many others don’t. Of all mental disorders, I think bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have the most potential to lead to spiritual experiences, so I’m not sure that I agree with the Western approach of medicating and suppressing whatever emotions, thoughts, and sensations that these patients are experiencing. Suppressing what these people are feeling might be a suppression of the spiritual path that these people were meant to follow.

In some cultures, mental illness is not seen as a problem or defect in the person who is experiencing unusual symptoms. In this article What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital, Dr. Malidoma Somé explains that in his culture, mental illness signals a spiritual crisis and “the birth of a healer.” When someone is suffering, people in the community assist that person through shamanic rituals. Of course in Western culture, everyone is expected to fit neatly into the norm, and anyone who steps away from the norm gets labeled as unstable, ill, and/or insane. The unusual symptoms and thought patterns displayed by the “unstable” person are viewed as a problem that need to be eradicated as quickly as possible. There is usually a lack of guidance and support to allow the person to navigate through the process naturally. Instead of becoming a healer, the person is expected to become a lifelong patient with no hope of recovery or healing. It is a depressing view of mental illness that limits our potential, and I think that view has become very outdated.

I have a history with bipolar disorder and was stuck for years in that limiting mindset where I viewed myself as a lifelong sufferer of the illness. My experience with manic-depressive episodes began when I was 17, and I coped with it for three years without medication. I’m not sure exactly what triggered my first episode, but I recall drinking energy drinks around the time it occurred. You might be thinking caffeine is too weak to trigger a manic episode, but I’m pretty sensitive to it and have avoided caffeinated beverages for several years now. My first episode wasn’t too intense. I just felt significantly more energetic, lighter, and more social than normal. My behavior and demeanor had shifted enough for a couple of friends to notice that I seemed different. The positive, hypomanic feelings lasted only a couple days, which was followed by a horrible crash that prevented me from getting out of bed and going to school. It was hard to explain it to my mother, but I just knew I couldn’t face the world and function while feeling that low. Around that age, I was no stranger to depression. I started struggling with depression when I was 15, and the manic episodes didn’t start until I was 17.

My late teens were a rough time. I had no plans for my future because I remember coping with depression on a daily basis that sucked away my hope and aspirations. Then, after discovering that the few friends I had were users, the depression turned into deep resentment against the entire world. To protect myself, I turned into a hermit and spent approximately a year-and-a-half in solitude without anyone to turn to discuss what I was feeling. Most days, I felt very depressed and hopeless, but occasionally, a hypomanic episode would strike for a couple of days, which was always followed by a crash into suicidal depression. It took me a while to notice the pattern in my mood swings, but once I realized what was going on, I tried to deny the fact that I needed help. I had convinced myself that I had bipolar disorder, but I stubbornly wanted to overcome it by myself.

In the 3 years of dealing with bipolar disorder without medication, I found that each hypomanic episode was slightly different from the other. Some were relatively mild and only caused me to feel hyper and happy. Some were terribly uncomfortable due to the fact that I could not sit still or concentrate. One morning, I woke up to such rapidly racing thoughts that I literally thought I was losing my mind. I wanted to scream out of fear and frustration. A couple of manic episodes caused me to feel agitated, angry, and irritable. Those were definitely uncomfortable. There were some episodes that caused me to feel more creative than usual. Then there were those episodes that were very blissful and magical. Though my energy was extremely elevated, I could actually think very clearly during those episodes. My thoughts were extremely positive. I felt powerful, confident, and limitless. I felt love and compassion for everyone and everything. Though I wasn’t a spiritual person at the time, I felt like there was a greater meaning to everything and that everything was perfect as it is. There was so much inner peace and happiness within me that I remember feeling like absolutely nothing could bring me down. I also remember during one of the magical, blissful episodes, I felt a sexual energy stirring inside me that caused me to feel attracted to people I wouldn’t normally consider attractive. It was odd and unusual to feel all those things I didn’t normally feel, but it was also intensely pleasurable to feel bliss and inner peace on that level.

In the eyes of someone who is not spiritual or consciously awake, I probably appeared to be a very unstable person who was in desperate need of psychological help and medication. I’m not denying that I felt very unstable when I went through all that, and medication and therapy did in fact help me, but I think it’s important to investigate why there seems to be a spiritual quality to some of the manic episodes that people, like myself, have experienced. To be honest, I didn’t start noticing the spiritual undertone to some of my episodes until a few months ago when I read a quote by Adyashanti that says, “All is always well even when it seems unbelievably unwell.” I immediately remembered how that exact thought came to me during a manic episode when I was 20. The thought popped into my mind that no matter what is wrong on this planet or in the universe, it is all perfectly ok and serves some kind of greater purpose. There was no desire to fix or change anything because it seemed that everything would eventually balance itself. I knew that everything would ultimately be ok no matter what happened. Being in such a peaceful, accepting state of mind was far different from my normally anxious self that wants to fix things and make them better. To an awakened person, it might appear that my ego temporarily dissolved while I was in the manic state.

It is still difficult for me to understand why I experienced all those strange and unusual symptoms at that particular time in my life, but now that I have been having a true spiritual awakening for the past year, I wonder if maybe my mind, body, and soul were attempting to undergo a transformation years ago. Perhaps there was too much pain within me back then that needed to be released and healed, so it’s possible I wasn’t prepared yet for a fuller awakening. I wonder how many people have followed a similar path in which they had a full spiritual awakening after experiencing manic episodes. Is it possible that if someone has bipolar disorder, they are more likely than the average person to awaken?

I don’t personally know a ton of people who have struggled with bipolar disorder, but almost all the people I have met who’ve had bipolar disorder or bipolar tendencies were awakening or had so much potential to awaken. Well technically, everyone has the potential to awaken, but some of the people with bipolar disorder whom I’ve known appeared so close to it. While I was an intern at a mental health clinic, one of the clients I worked with had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and almost every single time I saw her, she said she was having a spiritual awakening. My boyfriend, who helped awaken me to all the major conspiracy theories a couple years ago, dealt with a mild version of bipolar disorder in his teen years. The person who educated me about factory farms and encouraged me to become a vegetarian had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. One of my online friends whom I refer to as my soul sister is following the spiritual path and was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. A friend who was a former atheist eventually became very religious after experiencing severe manic episodes. There certainly seems to be some kind of pattern here between bipolar disorder and expanding levels of consciousness.

What is the link, though? The traditional explanation in the field of psychology says that a difficult childhood can contribute to the development of bipolar disorder. Many people in the spiritual circle say that pain and suffering can lead to spiritual awakening. Does the pain and struggle of dealing with bipolar disorder lead to an awakening, or is bipolar disorder really just a sign of unresolved pain that causes our soul to awaken so we can heal ourselves? Maybe both are possible. In the past couple decades, why has there been a staggering increase in the number of adults and children who’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder? It’s likely that the pharmaceutical industry is a major culprit here in misdiagnosing people so they can sell more and more prescription drugs, but it’s possible that there really are more people suffering with this disorder in recent times. If that’s the case, are bipolar symptoms a sign that humans are trying to evolve? Is it a sign that there is something horribly unbalanced about our lives today? There is an idea that our internal world and the external world are direct reflections of each other. If more people are feeling emotionally unbalanced inside, maybe we can assume that there is something horribly unbalanced about our lives and the world we live in today. These are all just ideas to consider to bring us to a closer understanding of the nature and origin of bipolar disorder. There are plenty more ideas to consider, and I’d love to hear any theories you might have created about why bipolar disorder exists and why manic episodes seem like spiritual experiences in some cases.

Here is an interesting perspective from Sean Blackwell about how bipolar disorder is linked to consciousness:

Although it can be very difficult and confusing for someone to swing so high into euphoria and then so low into depression, maybe there is eventually a pay-off if the person is able to work through it and heal themselves. I took medication for 7 years and saw a therapist between 3 to 4 years, but I’ve been going with a natural approach for 7 months now with no sign of relapse into a manic episode. I think healing is possible, but it may not be an easy, quick fix for everyone who has ever dealt with manic episodes. If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or any other mental disorder, I encourage you not to view yourself as a lifelong sufferer. Make positive lifestyle changes, obtain social support so you can discuss your feelings with someone, heal old wounds, and focus on loving yourself more and more each day. In a future post, I plan to share what helped me overcome the manic-depressive episodes that were wreaking havoc in my life because I feel like that’s an equally important topic to discuss.

I would really appreciate your comments about personal experiences or thoughts related to bipolar disorder since I’m attempting to come to a greater understanding about the link between mental illness and spirituality.

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Spiritual Awakening: Embracing This Difficult Path

spiritual 21In an effort to more accurately express all that awakening encompasses, this post has been altered from its original version, and I imagine it could be altered many more times as I further understand all the complexity that is involved when one experiences this dramatic shift.

So, what does it mean to spiritually awaken? If your experience has been similar to mine, there is no single word that can capture all that awakening entails. Sometimes you will find yourself expanding and growing, reaching significant new understandings about yourself, others, and life itself. Hopefully, you will have a few magical, mystical experiences that help open your eyes to seeing life through a new, radically different perspective. And I hate to be the one to deliver the news on this one if you aren’t already aware, but you will likely sometimes find yourself stuck in the muck of old, unresolved issues that you know you need to face if you hope to drop the weight of the past. You will hear your soul calling for you to do what is necessary to experience a major rebirth and transformation, but at first, you may feel resistance and a clinging to your old way of life because you have no clue where this path of awakening is going to lead you.

In this post, I would like to share my spiritual awakening experience so that others who are currently facing significant challenges will know they’re not the only ones struggling with this strange, sometimes beautiful, and sometimes overwhelming path of discovery. I would like to mention a couple of things before that. One, I don’t think the journey of awakening ends once you step foot on this path. There are endless ways to keep growing and shifting, so I don’t think any of us can expect to cross a finish line and be done with the process. Secondly, although I will focus on the challenges involved with awakening, I certainly don’t view awakening as a negative experience. I will dare to say that it is the most profound experience that a human can undergo.

As I have mentioned in other posts on this blog, my spiritual awakening began in April of 2014. Prior to that, I had no understanding of what it meant to be spiritual. Spirituality is something I had always lumped with religion, and religion had never filled any purpose in my life. I rejected religion from a very young age, despite the fact that I grew up in the Bible Belt. I could not convince myself to believe there was a man in the sky who would severely punish others if he was such a compassionate, loving man as others described him. I saw too much hypocrisy in all of it, so I decided what was best for me was to be an atheist and to reject anything that lacked logic and reason.

Three months prior to awakening, I experienced the loss of my brother. Then approximately a month after experiencing that loss, I became friends with someone who was very interested in spirituality. She was a bit surprised when I revealed that I was an atheist, and her comment that she thought there was a lot more to me than that baffled me. I was pretty convinced, at that time, that I would always remain an atheist and never delve into anything spiritual. So, as you might imagine, a spiritual awakening was really one of the last things I ever expected to happen to someone like me.

The awakening struck without any warning, just a couple weeks before my graduation from graduate school. Essentially, what happened is I noticed that several synchronistic events occurred within a couple of weeks. In the past, I had always been quick to assume that synchronistic events were just random coincidences that weren’t worth any attention, but there was a completely different feeling about it this time. The coincidences were coming my way so frequently and rapidly that it really caught my attention. I knew there was something strange going on, but I couldn’t name what it was at first.

After telling my boyfriend about the recent coincidences, we started recalling other strange coincidences from the past that we had failed to notice. That’s when it hit me. I started to understand that those eerie coincidences weren’t just coincidences. They were synchronicities, and it was an indication that things happen for a reason and that someone/something was trying to communicate with me through these signs I had been ignoring all my life. Once I came to those realizations, life didn’t seem so random and meaningless to me anymore. That’s the day I quit calling myself an atheist.

The next few weeks following my awakening were pretty positive. It was initially very exciting and mind-blowing to make that transition from atheist to a spiritually awakening soul. A small part of me was slightly freaked out, in a good way, because I was suddenly able to see just how magical and beautiful life really is. I was simply awestruck. I knew something special was happening, and I felt grateful for it.

After graduating, I followed my intuition that told me to take a break to overcome the stress and burnout I had experienced as a graduate student. I was also beginning to sense that I was meant to go down a different path from everyone else. I had no clue exactly what I was going to do with my future, but I no longer felt like I was meant to go down the traditional path like all my classmates. I felt my soul calling me to find a new path.

I spent the next few months trying to understand the debilitating fatigue that struck after I graduated. Instead of feeling better after a couple of months of being out of graduate school, like I had expected, I ended up feeling a million times worse once I slowed down and got away from all the stress and deadlines that I had become accustomed to during grad school. The fatigue had turned into a horrible, unwelcome visitor that I could not get rid of after I graduated.

I tried to be patient and hopeful that my energy would finally be restored, but I ended up having to visit a naturopathic doctor after suffering from constant fatigue for months. I’m still not sure if the intense fatigue was simply a symptom of stress from grad school and the experience of losing my brother two weeks prior to my last semester or also part of the spiritual awakening process, but I can say with certainty that it was the second most difficult experience I have faced up to this point. There were days when I felt so desperate and frustrated about my lack of energy that I would cry. Then after several months of nurturing myself through nutrition, gentle exercise, and efforts to minimize stress, some of my energy began to return.

Despite the overwhelming fatigue I experienced for almost an entire year after the awakening began, there were pleasant moments interspersed here and there. Specifically, I remember having some sort of out-of-body experience. I felt very ungrounded and disconnected from my physical body, as if my soul was floating somewhere out there. It was a disorienting yet beautiful experience. I felt expansive, like I was united with everyone and everything instead of feeling stuck in this little human body. At that time, when I heard others speak of unconditional love, it would move me to tears. I felt connected to everything and saw overwhelming beauty everywhere I looked.

The truth is, those feelings of expansion, freedom, and connection did not last. In my journey so far, the blissful feelings come and go. That’s what my awakening process has been all about–ups and downs. I truly don’t know what to expect from day to day, but that’s ok. Growing and shifting into a new way of being cannot always be a comfortable experience.

The biggest challenges I still face are a lack of motivation and learning how to let go of my old identity. Regarding the lack of motivation, I suspect I still have some health issues to tackle, but I also partly see it as part of the awakening process. A lot of my old goals and desires have lost their meaning as I have been discovering what really matters to me, so I am still in a place of trying to understand where I should go next during this phase in my life. Regarding the loss of my identity, I have had to encounter that downright scary feeling of not having a clue about who I am anymore. There have been days where I’ve seen myself in the mirror or in an old photograph and felt like I didn’t know who I was looking at anymore. It feels like the old me has died and existed in a completely different lifetime.

I have also had to face the reality that I have been unconsciously holding onto fear and pain for years, and I am still in the process of working through some of those old issues. Then there is the fact that my sense of isolation and loneliness has increased as I’ve let go of relationships that don’t seem like a good match anymore. I must admit, it has been hard to let go of some things from the past. It’s human nature to resist change, but the path of awakening can show us that some things from the past simply aren’t serving us well anymore. We learn how crucial it is to embrace new relationships, new goals, and new environments that help us connect with the newer, more authentic self.

There is no doubt that pursuing the spiritual path requires a lot of strength and courage, but I have come to understand that it is so worth the effort and the struggle. It means we must abandon many things from our former life, including our identity, but we can become lighter, freer, and more complete as we make this transition into a more spiritual being. We can love ourselves more and love others more easily as a result of that. This planet is definitely in need of more love, wouldn’t you agree?

If you currently feel lost, confused, frustrated, sad, anxious, hopeless, or afraid, I hope you will rely on your inner strength to get you through these challenging times. If you find the spiritual awakening process too challenging and decide to give up to go back to your old way of living for a while, I don’t think it’s fair for anyone to pass judgment onto you. It is your path. Your development and evolution will occur when it is right for you. We are all somewhere along the spiritual path, whether everyone is conscious of it or not, but I believe you will become a true spiritual seeker when you are prepared for a total transformation.

Just keep in mind, this planet and where humanity is right now could use some healing and a major transformation, and that transformation starts with you. I hope you’ll find the strength and courage to get through it. Once you start the awakening process, I think you may find it too challenging and painful to go back to the old, less awakened way. I embrace this transformation I’m going through, and I hope you will embrace yours, too.
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Defensiveness and Willful Ignorance

“The power of willful ignorance cannot be overstated.”

I have found that food is one of those touchy subjects that gets a lot of people riled up and on the defensive, especially when discussing the factory farm industry to meat eaters. The truth is, I do not try converting others into becoming vegans, vegetarians, or pescatarians. I’m not on a crusade to save all the animals from being eaten. It’s not my style to criticize or preach to others that they’re wrong for eating meat just because I’ve made the decision not to eat most forms of it. In the spring of 2009 is when I became a pescatarian (meaning I consume no meat except fish and seafood). This diet has worked well for me, but I know it’s not for everyone, and I’m sure someone out there thinks it’s not the healthiest or most ideal diet. I’m also sure that some vegetarians and vegans look down upon me for consuming fish. None of that really matters, though, because I am ok with the decision I have made about my food choices. All I really desire is for people to become aware of the realities of the meat industry, specifically factory farms, so they can decide if they really want to support them or not.

I didn’t grow up on a full-fledged farm, but we had a large pasture surrounding the house where cows wandered and grazed the land. Though these cows were provided a comfortable, dignified life with plenty of fresh air and open space, I remember feeling very guilty sometimes as a child when I looked at these animals and understood that most cows’ ultimate fate is to become a hamburger on someone’s dinner plate. We kept some of those cows for years and years, long enough that I named a few of them. One of them, named Angel, was sweet enough that she allowed me to sit on her back like a horse. Almost like a pet cat or dog, I became so used to their presence that I respected the cows as living creatures whom I didn’t feel entirely comfortable eating.

I don’t know if it was willful ignorance or just plain ignorance, but I think into early adulthood I maintained the idealistic image of our large, green pasture as a typical home for all cows raised on farms in America. It wasn’t until 2009, at the age of 21, when I first learned about factory farms through a pamphlet someone was distributing at the local community college. It all changed for me shortly after I learned about some of the atrocities that occur in factory farms. The guilt just became too unbearable. I could no longer be a participant or supporter of the widespread animal cruelty that occurs in factory farms, so I finally gave up nearly all forms of meat.
farmI really don’t go around broadcasting to everyone that I’m a pescatarian, nor do I feel the need to discuss random facts about the farming industry with every person I encounter. That would probably be a little odd and off-putting. But when it is somehow revealed that I don’t eat much meat, it seems like I don’t have to do much at all to stir up the defensive side of certain meat eaters. To be honest, most people either show respect for my decision or ask a lot of the common questions like “What inspired you to do that?” and “How do you get enough protein?” I think some meat eaters, though, are preparing for criticism from me for not being a vegetarian. To any meat eaters out there, please be aware that not all of us are self-righteous about our diet or lifestyle, nor are we all trying to convert you. If/when you become defensive, it becomes slightly amusing because I recognize that such behavior often indicates that people don’t feel entirely comfortable with their decisions and actions. Once you’ve begun to justify an action that I haven’t even attacked, you have revealed more to me how you actually feel about it.

When I discuss animal cruelty in factory farms, I am not implying that eating meat is inherently bad and evil. Some farmers out there are trying to raise animals in more humane ways, and I’m actually supportive when someone says they purchase only organic, responsibly-raised meat from small, local farmers. You see, we’re not all intolerant and critical of eating meat. I just hope more people break out of the ignorance and stop turning themselves away from the truth. People can turn their heads and look the other way all they want, but the fact is, they’re still an active participant in widespread animal cruelty when they make uninformed decisions. It brings to mind that quote by Ayn Rand, “We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” So, my advice is to become informed. Be responsible. Always try to face the truth of what you are doing. When you no longer feel guilty or a desire to justify your actions, you’ll know that you have made the right decision.

Some meat eaters I’ve encountered admit that they don’t feel entirely comfortable with the decision they have made, but then they make the mistake of complaining about how their actions don’t matter in the grand scheme since no one else cares enough to change. Instead of worrying what everyone else is or isn’t doing, it is up to each of us to be mature adults who hold ourselves accountable for the decisions we make and to make those decisions based on our individual system of morals and values. You have all the power to contribute to a problem or to fight against injustice. Which side you join is entirely up to you.
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Should we try to help awaken others?

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Depending upon where you are in your spiritual development, you may or may not agree that it is a good idea to help others awaken to consciousness and various truths about life and the universe. I’m still in the early stages of awakening and don’t have a clear-cut answer to this question just yet. After sharing my thoughts on the arguments that are for and against helping others awaken, I am interested in hearing your opinion on this matter.

Before getting into the discussion, it’s worth pointing out that some people have an issue with the term awakening, partly because it can imply different things. Some people hear the word awakening and think of spirituality, sudden awareness of who we really are, connecting to a divine source or our higher self, dissolution of the ego, and becoming more aligned with love and our inner truth. For others, awakening means becoming part of the truth movement where we begin questioning the official, mainstream account of various events, such as 9/11, the moon landing, and the JFK assassination. Maybe there are other forms of awakening, but those two I mentioned seem to be the most popular.

Here in this post when I speak of awakening, I’m referring to both spiritual awakening and awakening to the conspiracy theories and lies we’ve been told in our history books, the news, the mainstream media, etc. I know not everyone who is spiritual is into conspiracy theories, and many conspiracy theorists do not consider themselves spiritual, but both types of awakening involve the act of searching for truth and realizing that old beliefs are no longer worth believing anymore.

Why it is unwise to help awaken others

Possibly the biggest issue with attempting to awaken others is that the ego is usually in overdrive when we feel driven to do this. Once we’ve caught a glimpse of the truth, the ego wants us to feel superior to others who don’t know or understand these things we now know. We are tempted to call ourselves awakened, as if we are suddenly the wisest, most brilliant being to walk the planet who has all the solutions and all the answers to life’s biggest questions. The truth is, there are probably very few people on this planet who are truly awakened. The majority of people are still sleeping and caught up in the illusion/dream, a smaller portion of us have started awakening, and maybe a teeny bit of people here right now are what some call enlightened or awakened. So basically, if we’re not truly awakened, are we in the proper position to act wise and all-knowing toward anyone?

Another issue with the ego is that it wants to create a sense of control. Instead of accepting the situation and each person as they are, no matter where they are on the spiritual path, the ego is in overdrive again when we think others are wrong and need to change. Instead of allowing each person to discover their true nature and deal with their problems in their own way, the ego often steps in and tries to adopt the role of a rescuer, as if people would be so lost without our help. What’s important to remember here is that we were once like those people whom we now judge as wrong, unawakened, lost, brainwashed, misinformed, misguided, etc. You began waking up when the timing was right, and back when you didn’t know quite as much as you know now, you were still worthy of love and respect. I think that’s important for us to remember when we start feeling frustrated and impatient with people’s current lack of awareness. I have days where I really struggle with this. Sometimes I feel both disturbed and impatient when I observe people who speak and act in ways that are not aligned with truth, and that’s when I really try to remind myself to be more compassionate and accept that their awakening will occur if and when it is meant to happen. If we can learn to surrender to what is, we will allow others to be as they are while we place the focus on our own awakening and development. If we want others to respect the path we’ve chosen, it’s only fair that we give others the freedom to be where they are.

Reasons we should help others awaken

Now that we’ve addressed a couple of the arguments against awakening others, I think it’s important to consider the perfectly valid reasons why some people try to spread awareness and raise the collective consciousness. Let’s get away from discussing the ego for a minute and try to face a few facts. I cannot find a reliable source that indicates the actual percentage of people who are awakening/awakened, but it is fair to say that we are in the minority right now. The number of people who are awakening is growing larger and larger each day, I imagine, as a result of easy access to an endless stream of information and ideas through the internet, but it doesn’t take an incredible amount of effort to see that many people are still caught in lies and illusions. We all are, to some degree, but I’m referring to the people who are very lost and completely unaware of how much they have been manipulated. While searching for an estimate of the number of people awakening right now, I read in a couple different sources that around 10% of North Americans are awakening. That number seems a little generous to me, but maybe that number is referring to those who’ve experienced some form of spiritual awakening rather than an awakening to the various forms of corruption and lies we’ve been told.

In an article titled The Ten Percent Factor, the author suggests that if 10% of the entire population awakens, we may be able to start a movement that will save humanity from the greedy globalists and their malevolent plans. He clearly believes that awakening others is an important task for us to accomplish as evidenced by the following statements:

“We need to begin a social epidemic designed to awaken the masses to the spiritual dangers that we face which will result in our eternal damnation. To this end, Malcom Gladwell states, “The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.” According to Gladwell, economists call this the 80/20 Principle, which is the idea that in any situation roughly 80% of the work will be done by 20% of the participants. These exceptional people are capable of starting epidemics. Those of you who are reading my words, and are awake, you are in the 20%. It is time to roll up your sleeves and get to work.”

Though I understand the pitfalls and the ego’s pesky role in trying to awaken others, I agree with the author of that article. There are not nearly enough people who are aligned with love and truth right now or else we wouldn’t be facing half the problems we are right now or struggling in so many ways. Part of me thinks it is up to us awakening ones to spread as much truth as we can because there is so much deceit that has not been exposed yet. Then, to be honest, there’s another part of me that sometimes feels discouraged and disinterested in awakening others because people will not hear and accept the truth until they are ready. I can preach the truth to people day after day, but the message is not getting through until people are ready to hear it. If someone’s heart and mind are closed off, it will be a real challenge to reach them. But just because something is challenging, does that mean it is not worth trying?

One of the reasons I am not opposed to trying to awaken others is because some people have been very successful at helping me to awaken. Had they not spoken the truth and shared various ideas with me, it is likely that I would still be in a lot of ignorance right now. I didn’t accept every truth the first time I heard them, but after researching a random topic here and there, I slowly and gradually started accepting truths until I had two major awakenings. One small truth layered upon another over time eventually triggered something much greater within me. That slow process of awakening is possibly more realistic of how others can and will awaken, which is another one of the reasons why it is wise to refrain from getting discouraged when it appears that people are not listening to our messages. Maybe they are listening, but it is not yet time for them to accept it. For many people, it is not easy to notice all the methods of social conditioning and manipulation they have endured unless others repeatedly point it out to them. So perhaps if enough people keep speaking the same truth over and over, the message will eventually sink in for those who are listening.

The final verdict

After considering potential reasons to help awaken others versus reasons not to help awaken others, I am in favor of speaking the truth without any expectation of how people will receive that truth. I believe the truth should be expressed and shared with others often because many people are listening, and our words may be enough to reach those who are almost ready to awaken. I understand many people who have begun to awaken probably feel an urgency to share the truths they have learned because I felt that way, too, when I started researching a lot of the popular conspiracy theories, but it’s helpful to remember that an awakening does not usually occur overnight. People will accept truth only when they are ready, but this does not mean that we should lose faith or stop speaking our truth since some people are on the verge of awakening at this moment. Perhaps those are the ones we can most easily reach right now, and others will follow later when they are ready.

No matter what your version of the truth is right now, as long as it is intended to help people, to encourage them to question what they’ve been told their entire life, and to inspire positive changes for humanity and the planet, I believe your words are well worth hearing. There are simply not enough people questioning what is going on right now, and we definitely need more of those people if we would like to see the future of humanity head in a different direction. This is not meant to be a put-down, but many people are in such a state of ignorance about certain issues right now that they have become part of the problem without realizing it. They spend their money to support corporations and industries that they possibly would not support if they were aware of the corruption and hidden motives behind those corporations. Other people work in careers that help to support the status quo, and they may not care or realize it until they become aware of the role they are currently playing in helping to sustain problems.

Whether you want to take action or not is completely up to you, but I feel that once we begin awakening, part of our new role and responsibility is to help others see the possibility of a better way. Trying to help others awaken doesn’t have to be an ego motivation of trying to prove that we’re right and they’re wrong. Sharing our truth with others can be a selfless act in which we try to bring more hope into others’ lives and envision a brighter future for young people today. So, like I said earlier, don’t fret if people initially respond to your words with opposition and resistance. Our love, light, and truth can be received by those who are ready to receive it, and their expanded awareness might have a positive impact on the people they encounter, and that truth and awareness can possibly carry on to greater numbers of people through a ripple effect. So even if you are unable to notice it right now, expressing yourself and your truth openly with others may end up having a profound effect on others that you never anticipated happening.

You are free to your opinion on this matter, but I believe we all should keep spreading our truth and shining our beautiful light. It could be received by someone today or tomorrow and change their life forever or, at the very least, make their life a little easier or more fulfilling. Even if it’s only one person, isn’t it worth it? I’m not sure that I’ve changed anyone’s life yet as a result of my awakening, but I know that some people have heard my truths and have made changes in their lives after gaining this knowledge. That is motivation enough for me to keep speaking the truth.

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