If one thing is constantly evolving, it is our perspective on life. As we grow up, our mind constantly feeds on different forms of stimuli. Some of these stimuli have only a minor impact, while others lead to awakenings, completely reshaping our subjective understanding and how we view the world. Awakenings can have such a deep effect on us that our perception of reality changes.
One of the most profound experiences is a spiritual awakening. Having a spiritual rebirth is not the same as a person being more devoted to their faith, actively practicing religion, and appearing religious. These are just surface-level changes, while the underlying transformation is deep and beautiful.
People often go through spiritual awakenings after their life takes a downturn. It may sound clichéd; it may sound like all the rest of the stories you and I read in books. But we cannot ignore the power of catharsis, and it is the resulting change that matters. The change can take many different forms, one of which is spiritual awakening, or a sense of finding God.
When people are spiritually awakened, it is as if they have been handed a new life. They become more self-aware, and they discover the purpose of their existence in the world. Finding meaning in life is a profoundly personal aspect of spiritual awakening. The experience can be deeply liberating. Many people who have gone through spiritual awakening describe themselves as fortunate because they no longer feel so distressed by the nitty-gritty details of life that had bothered them previously. For many people, this is the definition of enlightenment.
Spiritual awakening is all about finding yourself and realizing that faith is the key to achieving all the great things you aspire to do in life. Your faith becomes an integral part of your life, affecting everything from family relationships to vocational pursuits, and much of your happiness and well-being revolves around it on a deeper dimension.
To understand the concept of spiritual awakening, we need look no further than the real-life example of one woman, Eiman Al-Zaabi, who documented her entire experience of spiritual awakening and shared her insights in The Art of Surrender: A Practical Guide to Enlightened Happiness and Wellbeing. Eiman describes her awakening as being all about realizing the fundamental importance of surrender. She writes, “Surrender requires constant conversation with the Divine.”
Eiman hails from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and is known in the Gulf as a spiritual teacher, and life coach. About The Art of Surrender, Eiman says, “The book is about understanding your well-being, yourself, and your spiritual context, and learning about the spiritual awakening process.” Sources like this book are essential to understanding how spiritual awakening works and what those of us seeking the experience can learn about it.