Therapy For Spiritual Awakenings
Having a spiritual awakening can be incredibly difficult. You may experience many challenges ranging from depression, anxiety, feeling on edge, or a growing and gnawing sense of something being off. In some extreme cases, even a psychotic break can happen. It can be hard to describe to others for fear of how they may react. Your concept of how the world works and past beliefs may be rocked to their core and this could be described as traumatic.
These awakenings can come any number of ways. It can be during a very difficult ordeal in life, experimenting with psychedelics, extensive or intense meditation or prayer, or it may seem like it came out of nowhere. Contrary to what some people may have told you, enlightenment is a destructive process. How? Because it involves removing old ways of thinking, changing long held beliefs, or no longer being able to tolerate or accept things as they have been.
There is a difference between severe mental illness and having a spiritual awakening. Seeking out a therapist if you’re going through a spiritual awakening can feel terrifying. You may be a high functioning and responsible adult with a career and the last thing you want is being labeled as crazy. You may have had, or are starting to develop, new gifts and skills but feel like you dare not talk about them. After all, not everyone who claims to have had a spiritual awakening has had one. But when a person has a truly powerful spiritual experience it can feel like you’ve been hit by some metaphysical sledgehammer.
As a therapist, I try to combine psychology and spirituality together to help my clients get through difficult times, be it healing after trauma, going through a growth period, or having to try to make sense of an extraordinary experience. I have also been on a spiritual path for my entire adult life and have seen many people go through a major awakening that often had utter chaos happen before it. But it always takes a lot of energy to get through the storm.
Spiritual Awakenings are not limited to any one religious path, it doesn’t matter if you’re Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Pagan, or even agnostic. Your path is your path, even if it seems to be going in a strange or scary direction. Getting help can make the whole process much more tolerable. You don’t have to go it alone. Call today to get support through these difficult times.