Each time you wake up from an autopilot ‘thinking and reacting’ behaviour and become mindfully aware of your internal and external experience, there is an awakening of spirit.

It is a spiritual awakening to realize that your attitude and outlook come from within – that we have the capacity to adjust them when we make a conscious choice to do so.

Just because you are having a challengeable week, it doesn’t necessary mean that your life has to continue in that direction.

Spiritual awakenings occur when we see glimpses of the much bigger picture around us and find humility in the moment. We can become aware that humility is not thinking less of oneself, but rather thinking of oneself less, and at the same time understanding that we are worthy of self-compassion.

In our Western society many of us find that we are not willing or able to let go of our ego defences, even when developing spiritual practices and realization. On a deep and subconscious level, it is too threatening to let go of the little security that our ego structures provide.

This is why it can be helpful for us to work on dismantling the defensive personality structure in a more gradual and deliberate way, through psychological inquiry—examining and dissolving false self-images, distorted projections, and habitual emotional reactions, while developing a fuller connection with ourselves in the process.

In this way, psychological work like talking therapy for instance can serve another important function: helping us to individuate by clearing up the emotional conflicts that prevent us from diving deeper within to find an inner core of authenticity.

To realize that you are not your thoughts, to understand that what you are always thinking is not reality but a projection of your own stories – that is when you begin to awaken spiritually.