Spiritual Awakening 2022, 2023, 2024 and So On

tree, spiritual awakening, spiritual nature, blue sky2020 was challenging, and 2021 has also been a challenging year for a lot of people. I imagine some of you are reading this post for hopeful predictions for 2022 and the coming years. 

Let me save you some time; this post and this spiritual awakening blog are about surrendering to the Now. This is where the awakened/conscious awareness Is.

Originally, I first wrote this post in 2012. Back then there was a different kind of enthusiasm going. It was defined by hope. People were excited about the idea of peace, love, and harmony entering all of humanity in one fell swoop. People did what they usually do, however, which was to look for some external event to make life all better. Yes, in 2012, many spiritual quests, techniques, and journeys were the latest sugar pill. Take two, and you'll feel better in the morning; the unconscious ego is always looking outside of itself for fulfillment. And of course, nothing really changed.

Now with 2021 ending, people are hoping differently. They are hoping to return to some idea of normalcy and ultimately safety. But safety is an illusion, and there is a deeper path that is available to you if you have the courage to seize it.

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Going Within for a Timeless Event

Here's the big truth about the awakened space: it is timeless. The awakened presence within you is always here in the moment. You can't get to it, and you can't lose it.

Now this may sound counter to what I blog about, but what this blog is actually discussing is dissolving all attachments and illusions that hide awakened awareness. So the spiritual person on this path isn't trying to get to awareness. They're learning to let go of their ego that is distracted by illusions and attachments.

For this blog, I define a spiritual awakening as a sustained movement of dissolving the ego. The ego is a lens that skews reality, and awakened energy dissolves that lens to allow someone to view life from pure awareness--no filters, no distortions. Awakening does so independently of the person, and it does so intelligently. 

Or perhaps, a better way of saying this is that something changes in a person, and the person no longer wants to put the energy s/he once did into being an ego. Since an ego is a constant state of action in remembering who you are, it has to fall away if you stop giving it energy. And sometimes, people just stop, and reality begins to be seen.

In general, a spiritual awakening as I describe it is rare, but so too is a serious drive to become conscious. The latter can and should be cultivated.

How to Be More Spiritually Conscious

Staying as Awareness

We're Still Human

Even when someone does awaken, they are still human. Awakening doesn't erase all problems, but it seems like a lot of people think that it will. That's partly why the furor that we had going on around 2012 was especially silly. I think a lot of people were presuming that all of humanity's difficulties would be washed out of this world by the end of that year. I certainly was open to that possibility.

But the prediction I made at the end of that year was this: we would all still be human.

And that has been the truth. We all still have attachments. We all still make mistakes. We love. We get angry. We get scared. We grieve because all of this is part of the great tapestry of human life. It is part of the whole, and the awakened space has no preference over any part.

It's all sacred.

Becoming a Phoenix Rising After Your Spiritual Awakening

The Great Hope for a Better World

In past updates to this post I suggest that if there is one great hope for a more conscious global human society, it is you. Yes, you. You are the only one in charge of you no matter what year it is nor what vortex is opening. You are the only one who can embrace all of you. If you don't do this, no one else will. If you don't chose to live life from a conscious state, no one else will. There's no time to wait for someone else or for some wave of global awakening energy to wash you along to a better or "perfect" life (whatever that means for you).

But this is 2021 when I'm updating, and I would guess that global transformation is a little less interesting. You're probably hoping for a world that is a little less terrified and a world with less social friction and outcries.

Awakening won't give you that. 

Rather, you can go within and learn to dissolve your ego that is creating fear for you. For all the external ups and downs, most of the suffering people experience is self-caused. This, in and of itself, is a humbling realization. But if you accept that, then you can get to work in letting go of your ego.

How to Face Fear

Waiting for a Big "Ah-ha!" Spiritual Moment

5 Misunderstandings About Humility

Thank God 2021 Is Over

When 2012 was over, people went on. 2013 came, and then it went. Other years have come and gone. The fundamentals of our humanity have been largely unchanged, and Western Culture seems Hell-bent on cultivating a kind of hyper-individualism, continual striving and action, sedentary lifestyle, and selfishness in people. These characteristics don't bode well for what human civilization is becoming, and depending on when you are reading this, they will be here when 2022 is over. Specific challenges of society like disease may shift, but certain cultural trends are on the rise.

So while a lot of people will want to thank God, the Universe, or whoever for 2020 and now 2021 being over, there are much more fundamental issues going on at the social level.

And yet, consciousness embraces them all. We are allowed to be where we are and do whatever we want. That's the nature of freedom. 

Despite being truly free, we limit ourselves, and we tend to limit ourselves to the same types of suffering over and over again. So, if 2021 has been a challenging time for you, perhaps it's time to truly look at yourself and how your ego attachments have and are creating your suffering.


The Ego Desire for a Safe Future

Spiritual Awakening 2022 and 2023

If you start or renew or deepen your spiritual practice, you can turn 2022 into a year of rebirth. That is what a spiritual awakening often is--it's a rebirth into something new by returning to the truth of who you truly ARE.



And let's not stop with this new year. Let's make 2023, 2024, 2025, and every year an excuse to make space for spiritual awakening and consciously dissolving ego attachments. Let's do the work to clear away the old ego attachments structures and patterns in our lives and societies. 

But with all that said, the awakened space is not waiting for us in those future years. It is still here now. It is always here now. In this present moment, this is where you can find your truest revelations, which are almost always about yourself.

Be Here Now

Slowing Down and Removing Expectations

The awakened space can't be at any other moment than now. Yes. I said this just a moment ago and a few moments before then. But it bears repeating.

It also bears repeating that discipline and regular practice are vital to becoming more conscious and dissolving the ego. The ego is a creature of habit. It won't go without regular work. This reality is another reason why hoping for external world changes is naïve. Things that happen in the external world can impact us, but the real impact is if they inspire us to go within and regularly work on letting go of the ego.

And the ego will likely put up a fight. In whatever year you are doing this work be it 2022, 2025, 2028, 2035, 2040, 2050, the ego will hold on with all of its attachments. It'll make you question this whole conscious path. This is where you find out how serious you are about becoming spiritually free.

How to Handle the Pain of Ego Death (video)

How to Find Spiritual Freedom

Letting Go of 2021, Coming Into the Moment

I know that 2021 was a very triggering year for a lot of people after 2020 was also very triggering. The desire to hope for different world events in 2022 is strong. Do your best to go within instead. Go towards the emotional triggers inside you that want life to be different/better. Bring your attention back to awareness and begin to let go of your attachments. And remember:

You are not your thoughts; 

You are not your emotions;

You are not even your body;

You are consciousness; You are.

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Everyday Spirituality: Cultivating an Awakening

updated 11/8/2021

Comments

  1. So let go of the prophecies and predictions. Don't worry about what energies are moving in 2019. They're just ego games to put your hope for yourself, for life, and for this world into the future and into external phenomena. Bring your hope and your happiness to this moment. Bring your awareness to this moment. Be here now.

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  2. I realize I am held hostage by fear and ego.

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    1. Now, observe the fear and the ego. At which point, you have stepped out of the hostage situation.

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  3. 2012 was the most remarkable year of my life.I had internenet, so had no idea there were predictions and prohesies. I also had no Idea what was happening to me , untill my friend had Eckhart speaking on opra and bought me his book, a new earth. Reading that book made me realize I was not crazy or loosing my mind. spiritually I was reborn and started on a journey I have been on ever since .

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  4. Loving this post, thank you for sharing! :)

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