The 4 Stages of Spiritual Awakening: Which stage are you?
Spiritual Awakening

The 4 Stages of Spiritual Awakening: Which stage are you?

Are You Experiencing A Spiritual Awakening?

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When it comes to awakening spiritually, as is the case with most spiritual experiences, it is almost impossible to fully describe what it means with words.

Because spiritual experiences are, according to their very nature not logical, or confined by the limitations of language.

Much of what transpires as you spiritually awaken cannot be seen, or accurately described, but rather can only be felt, lived through, witnessed and experienced.

So What Does It Mean to Have a Spiritual Awakening?

Some describe awakening as the moment you open your heart to God and allow in a new level of light and begin to see and experience a deeper understanding of what life really is.

Others would say it’s the moment that you drop your stories, past conditioning, and limiting beliefs allowing you to begin to experience firsthand the answer to the question, “Who am I?”

No matter what words are used, spiritual awakening is a moment of transcendence and, with awareness, this moment can stretch out, touching all areas of your life.

Awakening spiritually changes the way you move through the world, and allows an inner sense of peace and stillness to govern your actions and reactions.

Before you wake up, life appears to be a series of coincidences, or a series of events that you have a hand in orchestrating. It feels like life is something you can exert your will upon in order to influence.

Before awakening, although you may have heard it before, it’s often difficult to understand that everything that happens in life unfolds perfectly as it should. Our tendency is to believe that bad things happened to us and good things happened because of us.

But when you begin to awakening, applying little presence to your life and your universal experience as a human being, you start to understand and, more importantly, feel a flow to life.

Your presence allows you to relax and recognize that you are always tapped in to the Divine energy of the universe. Your coincidence stops feeling random and your intuition will become stronger.

Though different for all, a spiritual awakening takes only a moment.

Spiritual awakening is the moment when you are ready and willing to detach from your ego and the small you, who is scared and confused, is understood as not you.

Fortunately, these moments are powerful and transforming, and this shift in understanding can last just that one moment, a few hours, or days.

Unfortunately, for some, it’s a moment that you must learn to stabilize in order to live in this state of transcendence. There are of course many tools to help you progress on your spiritual path. 

It’s not that it requires effort or work or practice. Spiritual awakening is open to anyone ready to let go of false beliefs – whether it takes years to get to that point or one impactful moment. What is required to stabilize this transcendence is repeatedly returning to presence; to quiet your mind, and tune into your heart center.

Spiritual awakening is a beautiful experience, but it can also feel like a roller coaster at times, as you bounce between depressed states, elated states, and stable states.

To help shed some light on this process, here’s a look on the stages most people progress through on the path of spiritual awakening.

4 Stages of Spiritual Awakening

Stage One: The Wake-Up Call

Spiritual Awakening StagesThe spiritual wake-up call comes in many forms. The most commonly understood is the experience of loss, crisis, or some other tragedy. Whether it’s death, financial hardship, an accident or injury, divorce, a natural disaster, or poor health, this wake-up call is always unexpected and immobilizing.

In the face of crisis you may stop functioning normally and go into survival mode, often unable to think about anything but the crisis. You’re unable to absorb what is happening, and feel deeply challenged. This type of wake-up call is often called “the dark night of the soul”.

The wake-up call can also be a prolonged period of frustration with life. It’s an ineffable sensation that something is missing. Something big.

The call can also be a moment of recognition or remembering. Things become clearer and begin to flow more easily and we gain a sense of purpose. This can come from a conversation, a book, a spiritual practice, or a surprise event.

However the spiritual wake-up call reaches you, it catapults you into a phase of learning, seeking, and discovery. When it happens you suddenly need to know, understand, and experience more of what you’ve begun tapping into. You want to read about, talk about it, and feel it more deeply. The more time passes the more urgent becomes your need to understand and integrate what is happening.

Stage Two: Creation

Eventually, through your questing for more information and more experiences you reach a point when you realize that the full extent of what you’re seeking can’t be found in books or even through spiritual teachers.

You realize, that what you’re seeking, and yearning for is something that you can only find within.

If you’re recovering from a crisis or loss, you begin to feel that, just maybe, there was a gift there for you. You start to see the silver lining and understand your dark night of the soul was a sort of gift, seeking to pull you up into something higher.

That gift first manifests as the ability to see the beauty and grace of the universe as it unfolds in your life. Often, you have to look back on something to see how it helped us, but in the creation stage you are merging more and more with the flow and the ability to see the perfection in all things; your need to label things as right and wrong, good and bad decreases.

It’s now that you begin to experience more presence and synchronicity. It’s not that suffering ceases. You may still get mad when your kids leave a mess in the kitchen or you may feel impatient in the check-out line at the grocery store, but you’re also learning to stop identifying with these feelings, to shift back into the perspective of the observer, and to stay in your center, confident that all is unfolding as it should.

Stage Three: Connection

Returning again and again to presence, you begin to experience that who and what you thought you were, you aren’t. This is a time of both duality and unity. You can see that your thoughts and feelings come and go, your reactions come and go, but something essential is always present.

You can identify with your thoughts and feelings or you can step back and see that you are actually not what you’re thinking and feeling. You are timeless. You are always present, you don’t come and go. You are firmly grounded in your connection to your higher self, the realms of Spirit, and God.

Things stop becoming obstacles and start becoming simple events that come in to your field of awareness and then leave. Rather than becoming submerged in challenging emotions and experiences you’re able to simply observe these as appearances in your inner world or in the outside world around you.

It’s not a robotic state. Thinking and feeling continue on. You love, you laugh, you roll your eyes, but you know that you are more than all these things. You identify more with your higher self. In such a state, you become calmer, happier, and more centered.

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Stage Four: Integrating Your Truth

In this stage the experience of who you really are is more stabilized and constant. You identify less and less as people with problems to solve and more as spiritual beings experiencing problems – that aren’t really problems but just something that is happening.

This is a time of great joy because you are so connected with God, and the entire Universe. It is clear that you are one with everyone and everything, deeply connected and interwoven with all of life.

In this stage, the people in your life may begin to notice vibrancy and peace on your face. You are still the same person you were before, but you’re also someone entirely new because your understanding is so much greater.

You have finally have learned to reside in our heart instead of our head.

Spiritual Awakening PathThough it’s difficult to describe spiritual awakening, people tend to know when it’s happening to them.

Do you feel like you’re going through a spiritual awakening?

Then you likely are…

You may have a dark night of the soul that precedes it, or it may happen in a flash.

But one thing is certain, when you’re waking up spiritually, you sense it. You feel a little bit different and you aren’t sure whether to push forward or retreat.

Know that you are not strange, and you are not alone. You are where you are supposed to be, and as you continue to access the inner light and wisdom you’ve always had, and you’re simply now learning how to tap into… Life will begin to take on an even more magical feel.

Awakening spiritually is not an easy path, but it is filled with blessings, magic, and opportunities to live with greater love, joy, and fulfillment than ever before.

Spiritual awakening is aligning with the knowing of your highest purpose, and bringing yourself into alignment with it here and now.

But of course, it happens one step at a time. And so be gentle with yourself, honor where you are, and stay positive about where you’re headed.

When you doubt, sit still, quiet your mind, open your heart and connect with your angels, they will help you to access the brilliant light and wisdom you carry within.

Be filled with the knowing that everything is happening as it should.

With love and light.

Melanie Beckler





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Melanie Beckler is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author, channel, and founder of Her books, Angel Messages, Angel Courses and CD's provide a direct link to the love, frequency & wisdom from the Angelic and Spiritual Realms for people around the world.

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Mansi says May 29, 2018

Hi Melanie, I just feel like sharing that I have been feeling most of the emotions and incidents mentioned here since last year. Everything said by you is true. My wake up call was a panic and anxiety disorder struggling with which I had almost collapsed. But here is the new me, awakening and knowing more and more everyday. No books or spiritual teachers convince me and i deeply feel that there is divine knowledge which I am going to explore gradually.

    Melanie Beckler says May 31, 2018

    Follow your heart and take the path and pace best suited for you! Sending you so much love and light as you continue on your awakening path.

      Mansi says June 2, 2018

      Thankyou so much Melanie !

    Julie says August 26, 2018

    Hi Mansi and Melanie. I’m in total agreement . My wake up call was a nervous breakdown at the end of 2017. As you say gently does it, which sometimes is my downfall. 💜

Hervieux philippe says July 28, 2017

Hello Melanie, I read with Love and Warning your message in my mail that I spent in my translator. Following my lived experience, I understand my state of the dark night of my Soul better, thanks to you I see my spirituality grow and give you my confidence and share it around me. With the presence of our Angels receive light from the source.
Philippe. **

Sophia says April 19, 2017

Dearest Melanie, your emails and videos resonate with me so much. Thank you for your light, truth and love… I realized, I am in 2 Stage, recovering after a huge crysis and realizing that it happened because I needed this healing. Forgiving myself I forgive others and enter into deep peace and love I always had in my heart. Namaste, blessings and love to you and your loved ones

Richard Wozniczka says March 8, 2017

Dearest Melanie,
I have been receiving ,and reading emails from you for quite sometime now , and they always seem to bring me that much closer to being able to figure myself out. You see my dark night came in the form of a massive heart attack, and it was in fact that ,made me look a little harder and deeper into my heart and soul,everything is so much more beautiful now,how could I not have seen that before .
Thank you,for being you,and showing me that I am not “weird or flakey” but just waking up to see everything through a different set of eyes, and with an open heart ❤️
Yours truly Richard “the medicine man”

JOAQUIN BARRERA says March 7, 2017

I keep listening a lot voices someones are good someones not and what is all mean

Ruth Goodwin says March 4, 2017

Thank you for this article. I read a book about the 7 stages of spiritual awakening by a Harvard professor. It was an eye opener for me when I was in college. A few decades ago. Your steps are easy to understand and I truly love your insight and experiences.

Tashonda says February 1, 2017

This was definitely for me. I have been on my spiritual journey for 4 years,. However, I only fully submitted to it about two years ago and I have not looked back. I was just saying to myself this morning that I am so thankful that I realized my “wake up call” and began to follow my true purpose. I’m learning more and more each day and my spiritual guides are revealing so much to me. I have my days were I doubt myself, but as soon as I can I find my quiet space and meditate to clear the negative thoughts and energy. Thanks Melanie!

Stéphane Desbordes says January 24, 2017

Hi Mélanie, thank you for this article. I love your work and the way you stay on a High vibration while providing your wonderful messages. Peace

Joanna says December 7, 2016

Thank you love this article I realised I’m going through the 2nd stage.

Neil Moyer says November 5, 2016

Thank you for putting my pices back together. I copied down for my self and in doing so what you wrote fit. I am blessed by you. Thank you! Neil

Amanda says October 26, 2016

I really want to thank you Melanie… from the bottom of my heart. it is very powerful and clear. I realize that i am now entering stage 4. Once again thank you very much for clearing these 4 stages. Love in HIM and may He continues to bless you !

    Melanie Beckler says October 27, 2016

    Thank you Amanda… Blessings!

Janet says August 8, 2016

I am so grateful for this message. It explains everything I am or have been going through now, today, and yesterday…..It has put me at peace knowing now, that I am OK. I think I am entering stage 2. So, my confusion Is clearing away. WHAT A GIFT I FOUND TODAY! I am so very Grateful for this Light! This light……….is…….Beautiful.
From deep in my heart……Thank You!

Karyn says June 7, 2016

I was for a long time hovering between pushing forward or retreating. I push forward that was quite awhile ago. BUT NOW im at peace and contentment and i have a deep understanding of myself..I have entered my 4th stage and peace understanding inlightment acceptance to what comes into or out of my i am never alone even if on a physical level i have know one around me for days weeks at a time i still feel full of companionship love and life… it makes me eager for more as i travel more on my 4th stage…
Thank you for your wonderful article..peace love light and healing to you..

Sharon says May 30, 2016

Namaste xxx

ginny hall says April 15, 2016

what a beautiful read. you put into words what I have been experiencing for a while now.

KissT says April 5, 2016


Christa says March 31, 2016

Making Life altering Changes……. I am able to do this with the Knowledge, wisdom, strength, “Fight”, and the experiences of pain & suffering, loss, disease, cancer, “survivor”, acceptance. I have gained many “BLESINGS”, such as family, a child who needs to just be loved, and a whole new family who has accepted me with open arms. I’ve been through a lot in life. But I’d say in the last 3 yrs., I’ve really experienced some real eye openers. And most recently, I have made some really good, wise minded decisions. Which has led me to an awakening that has changed my life completely. It is literally like starting my entire life all over again with a whole new beginning. These experiences have changed my entire perspective of life. And has created a Life changing attitude to a more positive, Inspirational, Motivational, “Self Aware”, Acceptance, career change to another passion of mine, Healthy & Happy living Lifestyle!

Jodi says March 24, 2016

My awakening started in 2013 through various avenues. It may have started years prior to my knowing and searching. Along with all this, my son started his awakening in the year 2012. We talked about both of our awakenings and so glad I was able to talk with someone freely. Yoga became my spiritual connection to my inner self and I opened my chakras through this practice. Next was a meeting of a person in August 2013 who was the catalyst of my opening. After much research I found the answer to what this person was to me. I was told the man was my Twinflame. After many months of synchronizities and such there was a moment when I felt a woosh through my body and extend out of my crown chakra. During these past years the number 11 is highly prominent in my daily life. Right now, I believe I am at the end of Stage 2 and moving into Stage 3.

missj says March 24, 2016

Not sure of my stage. But know I am moving forward.. Thanks Melanie.
Mia.. Don’t say you are stuck..words you say about yourself are important..your learning..
God bless

Cristina says March 23, 2016

Thanks a lot Ms Melanie for this particular wonderful article! Now, i truly understand what life i had gone through and the future has in store for me Vivid dreams are my precursors to what will transpire that helped me course through in the events in my life. Others may have wondered how i could have maintained an aura of tranquility as expressed as they say “of beauty despite my age”.I could assess myself to have achieved the level of stage four of spiritual awakening.

Marguerite says March 22, 2016

Thank you Melanie. Until now, I usually just read your insights and comments, then it seems it is done, today however resonated with me and I have read your article with my thought and heart and want to thank you.

Mia says March 21, 2016

I’m at stage one and have been there a long time.

I’m having a hard time geetin to “You realize, that what you’re seeking, and yearning for is something that you can only find within.” stage 2.

I’m stuck

Adel says March 21, 2016

Love light longlife

Renate says March 21, 2016

Really enjoyed reading your article. Such great insight. I happen to be in stage two and moving to the beginning of stage three. In about three weeks it will be the 1st anniversary of my husband’s passing. Since his passing I have been really trusting in the spiritual realm. I certainly don’t want to let go of my spiritual awakening and I feel that if I let go I will become lost. My experience has certainly made me feel not so alone and that I will receive all the guidance I need along with all the love and light there is.
Thank you again.

Dragica says March 21, 2016

‘…you aren’t sure whether to push forward or retreat’ is certainly true. I am not sure that in reality that choice exists. I think that once the process begins, in cases where it’s gradual, it continues with you or without you.

KatherineMarsland says March 21, 2016

Thank you so much Melanie for this beautifully written article.

    Karen Siraco says August 8, 2016

    I have always known but not always embraced my gifts. I could see auras as a child. Always know i am a part of something bigger. However, when mybMom passed away 5 yrs ago. I felt a void so deep and dark, that made me take a look at my life. And i realized that as long as my Mom was here on earth i would never seek anything deeper. I would never try to get closer to God (creator). In sheer desperation icalled out to my Angels. I have read so much my understanding has grown so much. I am still at times void scared, but very grateful for articles like this. I know i have begun to wake up. Just grateful its not as painfulvas it was

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