The pursuit of enlightenment is an age old quest which involves high risk for high reward; at least that is the prevailing narrative. As it turns out, enlightenment is tricky business in a material world, not easily attained and rarely achieved, even with great effort.
Between ignorance and enlightenment there are varying degrees of spiritual awareness, and having a more spiritually aware understanding of the world often brings many benefits. This article will discuss some of those benefits.
What Does it Mean to be Spiritually Aware?
Spiritual awareness is what we experience when we get beyond normal sensory input, reactive thinking, and living just to function and survive. We do not just exist in our surroundings, we become conscious of them and seek meaning for and in our existence. When you question “why” regarding just about anything, you are brushing up against spiritual awareness, no matter what the topic, how hard you pursue the answer, or how often you attempt to see “beyond the veil.”
Getting beyond “just existing” is a very good thing, and while it can make life “feel harder,” it will make it more rewarding. Spiritual awareness often creates psychological, emotional, and life consequences that help us deal with struggle, disappointment, loss, and hardship in ways that give us hope and allow us to heal.
Some of the Benefits
This list is not exhaustive, just some examples to help you understand the rewards involved in developing spiritual awareness that are worth knowing, which will, hopefully, encourage you to pursue spiritual awareness or greater spiritual awareness, so you can be more prepared, safe, and perhaps, less resentful about life. Yes, spiritual awareness can lead to healing and emotional fortitude.
The World is Messy, and It is Supposed to Be
I am far enough along in this life journey and many, many reincarnations to be confident enough to see that being a spiritual being having a physical experience is a constant oscillation between the physical and spiritual realms without an end goal to stay in the spiritual realm or make the physical realm a spiritual place. The coin, as they say, has two sides and it keeps flipping endlessly.
As I watch the world progress and regress at one and the same time, it is spiritual awareness that allows me to see how both are functioning and always functioning in this way across the whole of human history, written down, remembered, forgotten, and lost. There is nothing new under the sun, when it comes to spiritual beings incarnating in the physical world. We may have “moved the needle” at different times in history, like improving medical knowledge or technology, but we have not changed the needle.
All the darkness and light of consciousness keep the world a messy place in order for our souls to keep learning, to feel challenges and overcome them, or fail and fall, and learn from that experience as well. It’s not that nothing matters; its that everything matters, in different ways and to different degrees and for different reasons, for each of us.
Difference is Invigorating
Spiritual awareness can and often does lead to a richer life experience, just like anything that increases specialization. Think of spiritual awareness as a form of consciousness specialization that can and will push you to higher levels of understanding where you can be helpful to more people, especially if you excel at it. Using a physical metaphor is an easy way to explain this challenge. Professional athletes are very rare when compared to the society as a whole. They represent the pinnacle of human physical and mental performance, showing what is best and great about the human physical form.
Spiritual awareness is very much like physical talent; there are varying degrees of it, and vast numbers of people who do not have the talent, desire, or circumstance to play football, or develop spiritual awareness. Those that do and pursue it to higher and higher levels will find people want to be inspired by them and get joy from watching them perform at the highest levels. They can become role models and change the course of culture and society through their talent and success.
Keeping a Positive Attitude
Certainly one of the most valuable girts of spiritual awareness is that it can lead to a better or happier life. Deepening the layers of understanding helps us appreciate our journey through life. Being aware can put a lot of wind in your sails, depending on what you think about and how you feel about the awareness you attain. At best, spiritual awareness is almost always useful, in that it can help you avoid danger, be more realistic, and be “more nimble” in life. While it does not guarantee a better life, it will help you keep the best perspective about the life you do lead.
At its best, spiritual awareness can offer you the potential power to turn “lemons into lemonade,” making something sour into something sweet through a chemical process that introduces additional components to turn something “sharp” into something palatable. Getting the right mixture is not always easy or guaranteed, which is why spiritual awareness requires a lot of effort. What spiritual awareness ultimately does is teach us that the world is complex, and that we should embrace and celebrate the complexity as gift of consciousness and our spiritual journey.