Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. To stay with that shakiness – to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge – that is the path of true awakening. - Pema Chödrön
What are the qualities we can develop which will assist with spiritual awakening/enlightenment into connection with all life? I described qualities 11 – 15 in a previous article (see below).
The following describe qualities 16 - 21 to cultivate for spiritual awakening.
16. Surrender – Make all the effort you can on your path of awakening then surrender. Can you realize when there is nothing more you can do? Can you trust and surrender completely?
When the moment is ripe, it happens. It is not your doing — it is a grace; it comes from god. Osho, Spiritual Teacher and Author
When you live in surrender, something comes through you into the world of duality that is not of this world. - Eckhart Tolle
17. Gratitude – Can you find the perfection of your life? Perhaps you want your life to be different? Do you realize this leaves no room for gratitude? Spontaneous gratitude indicates a sign of awakening.
Every day is my best day; this is my life; I am not going to have this moment again. - Bernie Siegel, Pediatric Surgeon and Author, Love, Medicine and Miracles
18. Selfless Service to Others - By first taking care of your own needs and then helping others accomplishing their goals, you become more fulfilled and awakened.
Service is the highest spiritual discipline. Service has a double effect: it extinguishes the ego and gives bliss. - Sathya Sai Baba
19. Compassion – Passion – achieving a goal without distraction on yourself. Compassion – passion assisting another achieve a goal without distraction on yourself.
Our task must be to free ourselves ... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. - Albert Einstein
20. Praise the Divine – Do you know by praising the Divine/God you open yourself to the abundance of Divine Grace?
Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. - Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
21. Offer Gratitude to the Divine – Can you express your gratitude to the miracles that occur daily in your life? For example, look at the miracle of the functioning of all the inner systems of your body without any help from you.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. - Albert Einstein
There’s a part of every living thing that wants to become itself: the tadpole into the frog, the chrysalis into the butterfly, a damaged human being into a whole one. That is spirituality. - Ellen Bass, The Courage to Heal
Even if you achieve your outer purpose, it will never satisfy you if you haven’t found your inner purpose, which is awakening, being present, and being in alignment with life. - Eckhart Tolle
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake. - Henry David Thoreau
Conclusion: Our minds can never figure out or understand spiritual awakening. We make our best efforts, then Divine Grace determines when awakening will occur for us.
The Eastern mind being less developed in the poor and with people living simpler lives, than in the Western world, can experience spiritual awakening much easier.
In India for example, whole villages have experienced awakening at once. Previously, men who abused alcohol and beat their wives before awakening, change overnight. Anyone traveling through these villages see happy smiling faces.
Other Blog Posts By Michael D. Lawrience:
21 Qualities to Cultivate for Spiritual Awakening Part 3, 21 Qualities to Cultivate for Spiritual Awakening Part 2, 21 Ways to Cultivate Spiritual Awakening Part 1, 7 Tips: How Does Emotional Abuse Damage Children’s Self-Esteem? Part 2, 7 Tips: How Does Emotional Abuse Damage Children's Self Esteem Part 1, Energy Healing: What Everyone Should Know About Emotions, Emotional and Physical Pain: The Only Way Out is Through, Emotional Health and Solar Flares: The Miracle of Our Feelings, Do Solar Flares and Earth Magnetics Affect Our Emotions?, 5 Tips to Overcome Self-Sabotage, Self-Sabotage - Why Do Our Intentions Fall Short of Our Desired Results?, What Self Sabotaging Behaviors Create Stress? What is the Difference Between a Subpersonality and a Multiple Personality?, Discover Your Subpersonalities: How Do We Heal Them? Part 3 Continued, 8 Steps to Discover Your Subpersonalities: How Do We Heal Them? Part 3, A Meditation for Discovering Your Subpersonalities, How Do We Discover the Subpersonalities That Run Our Lives? 12 Steps to Recovery from Codependency Traits - Part 3, 12 Steps to Recovery from Codependency Traits -Part 2, 12 Steps to Recovery from Codependency Traits - Part 1, Angel Light Healing, How Many People Does It Take for Planetary Awakening? What is the Phenomenon of Spiritual Awakening Sweeping Around the Planet? How Does Sedona, Arizona Assist with Emotional and Spiritual Healing? Top 10 Tips Indicating Signs of Spiritual Awakening, What Are the Benefits of Living Your Life Purpose?,How Do You Find Your Life Purpose? Self Love: Twin Souls Twin Flame Relationships, Spiritual Awakening and Enlightenment: What Does it Mean?, Spiritual Planetary Awakening and Enlightenment: How Many People Does it Take