Something is shifting, morphing, and evolving in your life. These alchemical changes might be subtle or shocking, sudden or progressive … but whatever the case, something is transforming below the surface. You are like the caterpillar dissolving in its cocoon.
Perhaps life is heading in a surprising direction. New doors may be opening to you, out of the blue. Synchronicities may increase. And what haunted you before is beginning to fade away.
You just aren’t the same person you used to be – and this can feel disorienting yet titillating!
If you can relate to these feelings and intuitions, you might be going through a spiritual transformation.
Table of contents
- What is Spiritual Transformation?
- Examples of Spiritual Transformation
- Spiritual Transformation vs. Spiritual Awakening (What’s the Difference?)
- 9 Signs You’re Experiencing a Spiritual Transformation
What is Spiritual Transformation?
Spiritual transformation is what happens when we evolve on the level of the Soul. Like a lotus flower (which is symbolic of inner alchemy), we emerge from the muddy waters of the ego into a more divinely expanded version of ourselves. Spiritual transformation can happen slowly throughout time or in an unexpected, fast, or intense way.
Examples of Spiritual Transformation
To help illustrate spiritual transformation in a more nuanced way, here are a few common experiences of spiritual transformation that people have:
- Letting go of an old toxic pattern or behavior
- No longer feeling limited by a certain trauma
- Becoming more authentic and soul-centered
- Desiring to open up rather than shut down (and hide)
Of course, there are endless possibilities when it comes to spiritual transformation. Can you relate to any of the above examples? (If you have your own unique story to share, feel free to write it in the comments below.)
Spiritual Transformation vs. Spiritual Awakening (What’s the Difference?)
While spiritual awakening and spiritual transformation sound similar and are certainly connected, these two experiences are different. Let me explain why, just to clear up any confusion:
Spiritual awakening is an umbrella term that refers to the spiritual path as a whole. Spiritual transformation, on the other hand, is what happens within the spiritual journey.
Another way of distinguishing these two terms is by seeing spiritual awakening as a force of change that happens at the very beginning of the spiritual journey. And spiritual transformation is what happens near the end of the spiritual journey.
Keep in mind, though, that the spiritual journey is cyclical – so we may undergo a transformation and then begin a new era of awakening which will eventually lead to another transformation. The cycle is an ever-expanding mandala.
9 Signs You’re Experiencing a Spiritual Transformation
Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our being, we are enough.– Ram Dass
In essence, spiritual transformation is about returning closer and closer to the Centre of our being. It is a culmination point where all of our effort, all of our inner work, all of our spiritual journeying begins to ‘pay off.’ However, the rewards we receive are not always what we expect – they are what we need rather than what we want. (Of course, it’s entirely possible to get what we both want and need.)
As a cyclical process, spiritual transformation is bound to happen to all of us walking the spiritual path not just once, but many times over – each time helping us to embody deeper layers of our True Nature.
Here are some key signs of spiritual transformation. How many can you identify in your own life?
1. Old ways of being disintegrate
You begin noticing thought patterns, habits, beliefs, and other limiting ways of being crumble – they don’t have the same hold on you as they once did. This dissolution or death and rebirth can cause you to feel many different feelings. Some people feel relief and gratitude, while others feel nervous and on-edge. Whatever the case, just know that it’s part of the natural flux of spiritual transformation.
Read: 7 Stages of Spiritual Alchemy »
2. New doorways open
You might be presented with new and unexpected opportunities for growth. In particular, synchronicities (or meaningful coincidences) will increase, and you’ll feel like you’re living ‘in the flow.’ Whatever you do seems to yield important results and there’s no longer what feels like an ‘invisible barrier’ preventing you from progressing.
3. Letting go and surrendering
You feel more comfortable letting Life take over the driving seat for a while, trusting in its wisdom. Letting go, letting be, and surrendering to Spirit becomes more second-nature to you. In the past, you would have struggled and resisted a lot, but now, you feel more at peace with ‘handing over the reins.’
Read: What is Inner Peace? (12 Paths to Liberation From Suffering) »
4. Self-identity loosens
As you undergo the process of spiritual transformation, the attachment to your ego becomes more transparent. You cease being stuck in limited and rigid ways of being. There’s a freshness and lightness within your mind and heart that makes it easier to be fluid and adaptable. Because your ego lessens, you react less to other people and events that would usually rile you up.
5. Some people in your life leave
This doesn’t always happen, but it’s common to witness people moving on and leaving your life during spiritual transformation. Some say this is because you’re no longer “vibrationally matched” to them – or in more down-to-earth terms, you’ve each learned your lessons from the other and it’s time to get gone. You might feel a sense of relief or alternatively a sense of grief for the departure of those once close to you. Whatever the case, let yourself feel these emotions and know that it’s a necessary part of the cycle of life.
6. Profound insights into the nature of reality
It’s common to receive an influx of deep understanding about your life and the universe during spiritual transformation. These epiphanies are often referred to as ‘cosmic downloads’ – it’s as if your head opens and you’re absorbing all there is to know about the Great Mystery. What was once hidden or obscured now becomes clear, and the puzzle pieces of your life begin to fit together.
Read: The 9 Stages of Spiritual Self-Realization »
7. Energetic purging and detoxification
Perhaps one of the less enjoyable aspects of spiritual transformation is what I call energetic purging and detoxification. This purification is usually manifested in our bodies and can sometimes become quite disruptive. Another name for this experience is undergoing a kundalini awakening where the primal life force energy rises within us, and with it, clears out old ‘energetic blockages.’
Read: What is a Kundalini Awakening? »
8. More inner security and trust in Life
Most of us live our lives in a state of near-constant anxiety. Even if we’re not consciously aware of this fear, it’s always lurking at a deeper subconscious level. During spiritual transformation, some (and in very rare cases, all) of this looming anxiety dissolves. What we’re left with is more trust in the unfathomable wisdom of Life or the Divine. We understand that everything is working for us, not against us. This enhanced trust leads to feelings of greater inner security as we come to see that nothing can truly touch our Essence.
9. Deepening love and compassion
Finally, we come to one of the most (if not the most) beautiful aspects of spiritual transformation: love. Our connection with our heart increases and sometimes expands to feelings of compassion for all beings. The hatred and resentment we once felt towards certain people bursts and is replaced with understanding, love, and oftentimes grief for their pain. We experience what is known as Christ Consciousness (or Oneness) where we embrace and simultaneously mourn all beings. Of course, it’s common to experience varying degrees of this heartfulness ranging from more a heart-centered understanding to complete unconditional cosmic love. What’s most important is not how much we experience, but how deeply it impacts us and transforms our old patterns.
Read: What is Spiritual Oneness? (+ 5 Ways to Experience It) »
In the end, spiritual transformation is not really something we can control: it is a gift from Life. It’s an organic result of turning inwards, healing our wounds, and seeking freedom. It’s also not something that lasts forever. We may experience a long or short period of transformation, but that will eventually fade away and be replaced with something new. Such is the nature of existence. :)
What has your experience of spiritual transformation been like? I’d love to hear below in the comments!
Thank you for this email which I can now accept as my spiritual transformation that happened 2 yrs ago…I did question God as to why I had to endure so much pain as an adult in my late 50’s…Childhood trauma – Family secrets which turned into Adulthood trauma with an unbelievable amount of hurt and painful memroies….You chanhebyournentire perspective on life how you deal with people and pain….Every single member of Family had to leave my life…zi was no longer going to accept anyone treating me with disrespect…My relationships with men totally changed within a year…I can no longer have any man in my life that chooses behaviors that I find appalling and so disrepectful…Which led me to finding the best version of myself that I have worked on…2021 all is new…I am now on to new and bigger things…leaving a city and state that has no purpose in my life anymore…I am doing okay today better than before truly happy with just being with me and my doggie…
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my awakening began about two years ago. tons has happened between then and now as i have gone deeper. way too much to mention here. lately i am experiencing #6 on your list. knowledge is being transferred to me somehow and tumblers are clicking into place with each epiphanie. things i feared or wondered about all my life are being clarified by this knowledge. it can be a word or sentence i will hear that will activate this knowledge into my thoughts.
i am also realizing that all outstanding memories i have from my life are ones i remember for a reason. nothing has been random. i heard or did or saw things years ago that weren’t necessarily eventful at the time, they turn out to contain universal answers. i’m loving it.
enjoy your journey everyone and thank you for listening.
I think I’m starting to change not sure it’s a Spiritual Transformation but something is happening. My dreams are become a little chaotic. I use to not remember my dreams to will but now I’m going on adventures, changing form(I think) and I’ve been dreaming about that a lot. I find I want to go on adventures(knowing I can’t because of the pandemic). I never wanted that before because I used to be grossly overweight and totally introverted. Now a days I’m stuck in a rehab/nursing home getting my legs strong again. I’m also losing weight and not for the lack of trying, I just can’t eat to much. I am a little confused about the whole thing.
I would say that I’m in the cacoon stage I’m starting to see outside but not quite ready to open my wings
An absolute nightmare! I was going about life as normal. I was feeling an intense gratefulness and connection with something. I was brought up in a fundamental baptist church. Every single one of the beliefs I have ever had was challenged and nearly removed. The problem is it for me few days in the psych ward and I’ve never even had depression. Things happened that I still cannot explain and even right now I fail to find the total message of it all. I only feel like I have bits and pieces but overall still very confused. I was led in amazing ways during the whole ordeal. Even people who came out of no where to assist me when I was at my worst. Today I’m much better but my switch has been shattered. I even feel a bit of bitterness because I dedicated my whole life to God so how could something so devastating happen that left me totally naked and wondering what in the world is happening. There was so much synchronicity that you wouldn’t believe it if I told you. Constantly seeing messages specifically for me that I saw in my mind before it happened. My son… Read more »
I am braver. Uncomfortable, but braver. Not so worried about being disliked or alienated as I used to be. Calling people out when they wrong me or walking away while before, I’d just choke or suffocate in silence or pretend that it’s okay, that I understand why they are mistreating me (aka I was saving them). Now, I feel what I need to say should be said.
Wow, it’s all true in my case, except 6 above, I lack understanding of my life or life in general and there is no downpour of wisdom.
All I saw before was synchronicity in numbers, constantly on daily basis. I meditate once a day and constantly question what the purpose of life is. I am going through all the above, except point 6, and could not have put into words. I didn’t know the meaning of Spiritual Transformation, or of its existence. But, what does it all mean? What next? What is life? I still have lots of questions… but, still going through this process of Spiritual Transformation, what does it achieve? When and what results or outcomes do we see? What is this, when I still have questions. I don’t see the butterflies as yet, still the caterpillars stage
Hi ! Whatever you just wrote here which just found its way to my email address cuz I haven’t touch base with you in awhile is exactly what I’m going through. I feel like I’ve arrived or on the other side . Its like I can put my life story on the shelf and detach completely from everyone. Everything? Its been 36 years since I got off the booze drugs? And what I went through in that first few months or years was what you call the dark night of the soul? Thank you for putting words or developing a language to explain what I’ve been through? I did get from what I understand now way back then 1986 a spiritual awakening. And I’ve been digging. Unraveling the puzzle ever since? Kind if a long story? But just recently I discovered a biggie. Trauma at age 18 months? I’ve been peeling away at that onion ever since I read A book by Louise Hays back in 1987 or so. But before I got here there were so many core issues . But this 1 was a biggie? I landed in the hospital with a perforated bowel ? So painful? Within… Read more »
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