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!
The last 2 years were the worst of my life. My husband and son and I moved away to start a journey on our own which lead to us being divided. After 2 years of our marriage hitting rock bottom and me living in a depression (for many reasons) we moved home. Right on Covid and with a new born and toddler. During this period I had to stay with my mother (we do not get along great) whilst my husband packed up our old house 10hrs away. It was in this time I was contacted by someone who had just found out me and my children existed. A woman my husband had a side relationship with whilst he worked away. His job had him away from us all the time and so I was isolated, pregnant and not able to do alot with a toddler. He was alone and struggling to make enough money to keep us afloat. We were living 2 different lives and hating each other. And then I found out this news of another woman. It has been almost a year from when my heart broke and my life seemed to be empty and over in… Read more »
This has truly opened my eyes. Everything seems to just click now. Thank you so much for your guidance. I will continue to listen and learn. Always.
I don’t think most souls will make it to ascension honestly, what the TV always ”covers up” is just much the self termination rate went triple higher in 2020, I don’t really see people day to day acting any more honest, I just see all the tech zombies who go around 25 hrs. a day with their heads down staring at a mobile phone instead of being friendly to other human beings they pass on the sidewalk, TRULY those types of dippy tech addicts, who ignore other humans and treat them as invisible, will have to answer for it higher up someday, that’s how I feel, I am SO happy to not bow down and worship tech like 99% of others., it’s so sad, and YES there will NOT be any mobile phones in the higher kingdoms for sure, only then can we all get back to NORMAL TALKING to one another, which hasn’t happened since 2000, when the fake tech bomb hit and all the phone junkies got addicted, selling their mortals souLs for a phone instead of talking to other humans which is what God intended at the point of creation.
Todd & Cora,
Ohio st univ
This is on point legit and wonderful knowing what it is I am going through and for sake of awakening a good thing knowing you’re on the right path with this calms me to know what I’m working towards, going back to the source of all things is real what happens with souls that after death remain behind and become ghosts?, the ones that become ancestors, the ones that reincarnate into new lives anyone with the know how of lif after death the ultimate truth that the Bible has hidden? Got curious when reading through this article
I appreciate how you point out spiritual transformation is temporary and we go thru it over an over again in our lifetimes. I think people (I know I have) assume once they go thru a transformation they do not endure anymore suffering, or pain, but that is just the opposite. Thank you for your honesty.
Wow!!! All of that is going on with me. I’ve been working hard on myself for over a year. I could see myself in almost every one of those steps. It made me feel a whole lot better.
I’m from Uruguay. I don’t read English but thanks to a google translator I understand his teachings.
I have bought ebooks and animal study guides.
Thank you so much for everything…
Soy de Uruguay. No leo ingles pero gracias a traductor google comprendo sus enseñanzas.
He comprado ebooks y el estudio de los animales guias.
Muchas gracias por todo…
Well we’ll this awakening all started last year. I had to go through a divorce, to a healing of old wounds. I finally had to let go and release past hurts. Got into self development and I now read tarot cards. I really found my swag, intuition, manifestation power, and psychic abilities. Really a true alchemist turning my perspective to gold. I’m seeking abundance and a chance to become independent and live like the Hermit while gaining much needed guidance and wisdom. Divorce sucked but I reunited with me and gained self love. Spirit now surrounds me as well as ancestry beings pulling for a break in generational curse.
oh thanks. This is so me right now haha. I am transitioning into my bloom phase I call it. (Just completed my saturn return at 30 yo) I can feel my heart blossoming. Gratitude, joy, awe, and lightheartedness come easily! It is so much easier to observe on goings in my day to day. Seeing huge meta patterns in myself, nature, the world. My divorced was finalized, I quit my job, and even the dog from our marriage passed away. Talk one chapter coming to a close! Living in harmony with the rhythms of nature I’m finding my flow. Not too many things bother me? even all the “wrongs” and “problems”? I am beginning to let got of control on a new level, letting go of needing to know even!
Thank you Luna for your writings. It’s a clear outline and confirmation of the spiritual awakening. I relate to all aspects of what you detailed. However, gifts of God can be given during the awakening which are yours to keep. The initial force of the awakening is very intense and does slowly dissolve, like you said. My experience got me locked up in a mental hospital for 17 days. I was held against my will and forced to take anti-psychotic drugs. I was wronged. The state of California said I was unable to care for myself, bipolar, manic, and psychotic. So the only choice I had was to leave everything to preserve my liberty and my spiritual life. It’s been a great adventure and I understand why that happened. Now I live in Catalunya with international protection. So all you said is very important know. It’s not a mental illness. It’s the unknown. Having read your article, Luna, I can see you have insight into the spirit realm. It’s comforting to know you are here in the world. God bless.