By Steve Taylor, Ph.D.
Guest writer for Wake Up World
As a psychologist, I have been studying what I call “awakening experiences” for a decade, and have recently published (with a co-author) a new study of 90 such experiences in The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.
Awakening experiences are moments in which our awareness expands and intensifies. We transcend the worries that normally preoccupy us and feel a sense of elation or serenity. Our perceptions of the world around us become more vivid, and we feel a sense of connection to nature, other human beings or the whole universe in general. We feel a sense of love and compassion, and there is a strong sense that we have transcended a limited state, and that awareness has become more authentic than normal. At higher intensities of awakening experiences, we may even feel that we have lost our normal sense of identity and somehow become one with the whole world.
Read more: The After-Effects of Awakening — Wake Up World
When feeling lost, it is not as much an absence of direction, but an inability to be soothed and made secure by our known ideas, beliefs, and viewpoints. To be lost is about losing our way. Thisdoesn’t mean we’ve strayed off course, but veered into the direction of a grander plan.
When rooted in ego, there is a tendency to feel as if we’ve gone astray in our journey whenever heading in a direction that may differ from our personal desires. It’s not as if such desires won’t be fulfilled, but the journey required to become the one who is worthy and able to receive the grace of our desires may initially look like a path steering us away from it…Read more
via The Universe Wants You to Know — Era of Light