In 2020, over the past year, you likely have been noticing undeniable changes in your body and energy. Many of the empaths with whom I work have reported that they are becoming even more sensitive than ever, which is undeniably influenced by the spiritual shift that's occurring on the planet.
The universe is shining more Light on us through the amplification of our collective prayers which necessitates that anything not compatible with that Light must move out.
More and more empaths like you are AWAKENING. While that's a beautiful thing, it can FEEL seriously disorienting!
Here are some common Awakening and Ascension symptoms:
Feeling like you are going crazy. If you're like many empaths, you probably feel that if people knew what you really experienced, they would think you are crazy. Perhaps you've seriously questioned your own sanity. In these times, you are actually becoming more sane, although it may feel like you are going crazy. Spirit is giving the Earth and its inhabitants the equivalent of a chiropractic adjustment. You are experiencing the world from a more balanced place, yet it may feel strange and disorienting.
Weight fluctuation and changes in food cravings. Your relationship to food is likely being changed. You may have a desire to change your eating habits, dropping meat or dairy or eliminating substances that disrupt your system (e.g. caffeine, dairy, sugar). Or perhaps you crave junk food as a means of grounding your energy. Emotional eating is also common and you are being asked to look at how to change this. Weight changes may happen in some, especially those with a history of trauma, because it's the physical body's way of 'protecting' from the world.
New sleep patterns, more or less than usual. Energetic changes will affect consciousness at various points during the night: Three o'clock a.m. is when the veils between worlds are at their thinnest and may affect your ability to sleep. On the other hand, you may experience periods of intense sleep during the day. This, again, is natural. It's one of the body's ways of handling energy and recharging. Empaths require good quality sleep in order to release energy. You may also experience the desire to nap during the day more often than ever before.
Feeling of increased pressure as if you are about to explode. This is a result of the higher frequencies pushing up against your darker or lower vibrational areas. To cope with this, it is very good for empaths to find a spiritual community - like The Empath Sanctuary - where we can attune to the positive vibes generated when we unite mind and body and Spirit together. If we aren't doing this regularly, we will feel Spirit tugging on us through a feeling of pressure. These high vibrations are also asking us to move, literally! One of the best to handle this is to physically move through dancing, hiking, biking, or martial arts so that you are better grounded and more comfortable in your body and can sweat out the energy you no longer need.
Heightened sensitivity. Empaths are reporting heightened senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing and vision. You may also experience bodily aches and pains intensifying, especially when you are in groups.
Emotional ups and downs and bouts of crying. Many of us are experiencing emotional earthquakes in which the terrain of our emotions is altered. This may feel like a 'yo-yo effect' where one day you're up and the next day you're down. Emotions have a way of rubbing up against us when great Light is shown upon them. There is a special place in your body where emotion is stored. The divine wisdom of your body will decide where exactly that is for you, and yet for many of us, unprocessed emotion can be stored in the second chakra area. This additional emotional energy may affect the lower back, the kidney area, the sacrum, and the hip area.
Unexplained psychic or paranormal experiences. You may hear words and phrases being spoken into your ear. Especially vivid dreams and even waking visions due to an opening of the third eye chakra are occurring for many empaths (this was the top experience in an online poll of over 500 empaths). You might see strange blips of energy, colors in your field of vision, or even orbs. You may feel spiritual presences. When these happen, acknowledge that you are becoming more open, more attuned to spiritual energies, and you can use your spiritual detective skills to ask for more information if you desire.
Want to Cope with Your Spiritual Awakening?
The antidote to any unpleasant experiences is GROUNDING. Grounding simply means changing your behaviors to promote full embodiment in your physical vessel and giving it the Earthly nourishment to cope with the changes to your system as you become more open. This means promoting a connection to anything that carries the healing vibration of Mother Earth. For instance, eating more root veggies like carrots, beets, and red colored foods that open the root chakra like apples, strawberries, peppers, etc.
You are being asked to eliminate behaviors and addictions that take you out of your body. Cutting down or eliminating substances such as alcohol or drugs are very helpful. Even overthinking is a way to maladaptively cope with the awakening. Instead, you are being asked by your Highest Self to find ways to calm your energy through practices like breathwork, yoga, bodywork or meditation. Getting into nature is one of the easiest methods to ground your energy. Touching a tree helps immensely.
Feeling the sun burn away stagnant energy or asking the wind to blow energy out of your field that doesn't serve is also totally invigorating.
Sending you blessings of LOVE as your progress forward in your journey! :) Michael
I'd love to hear how you are experiencing your own spiritual or emotional awakening? Share your stories and experience in the comments box below. You can remain anonymous.
Michael R. Smith, Ph.D.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Michael R. Smith's pioneering work to connect empaths and sensitives with their Divine potential has reached millions. As a doctoral trained counselor, spiritual medium, and healing practitioner of indigenous energy medicine, Michael's great joy is to serve as a spiritual guide for those at all levels of awakening. In addition to his annual Sedona Celebration spiritual retreat, he offers online intuition development classes, Lightworker business mentoring, soul readings, private mentoring, and The Empath Sanctuary member community. He lives in the mountains of Flagstaff, AZ where he enjoys hot yoga, skiing, hiking, and taking care of both Mother Gaia and his dog.