So, you have reached middle age and you start making big changes in your life. Are you undergoing a spiritual awakening or a mid-life crisis? Are your actions based on fear of your physical body’s mortality, or awareness of the immortality of your soul? Here are a few pointers to contemplate.
The term “mid-life crisis” originated in the mid-sixties, and reflects the sudden realization, and subsequent panic, that life is half over.
Typically we think of a mid-life crisis as a middle aged man in an open top sports car, where the car has more horsepower than the hairs on his head; or maybe a woman addicted to Botox. Some facing a mid-life crisis feel a need to leave a mark on the earth; to achieve a level of immortality through deeds done in life; that their legacy may continue once the body returns to dust.
Mid-life crises have a few characteristics in common:
• They are a call to action from the ego
• They are service-to-self actions
• They are driven by a fear of the future (mortality)
Everyone’s spiritual awakening is different. Some have a slow, gradual realisation that the body is merely an avatar for a part of their soul to experience and learn from a dense, physical experience. Others undergo a drastic event in life (i.e. a catalyst) that overnight forces them to evaluate existence itself and puts them on a path to their own spiritual awakening. The degree of change in life brought about in one’s spiritual awakening is to an extent prescribed by one’s previously accepted belief system.
Just like a mid-life crisis, a spiritual awakening is an internal process, but it is one of the heart-mind, rather than the ego. The ego still plays a significant role in a spiritual awakening. There is a necessary re-balancing of the ego-self and the heart-self, and often a death and rebirth of the ego – a Dark Night of the Soul. Note the ego will not surrender without a fight, but you can tell your ego that everything will be alright. Yes, it is as simple as that. Say it often.
During a spiritual awakening, many things can happen. Change can occur in many aspects of life: interests, friends, priorities, physical changes, relationships. It is not surprising that it may be misinterpreted as a mid-life crisis, especially for those whose belief system does not encompass spirituality. But there are a few differences:
• Mid-life crises manifest in the lower chakras of the body only, as it is a very physical 3D-world experience. A spiritual awakening on the other hand encompasses all the chakras and involves the physical body, emotional body, mental body and spiritual bodies
• As the understanding of oneness replaces the paradigm of duality and separation, a spiritual awakening involves service-to- others actions
• Physical ascension symptoms manifest
• External changes are a result of the physical world – a reflection of the inner world – coming into line with the higher vibration of the individual
It is not uncommon for one to question whether the spiritual awakening is a mid-life crisis, or whether it is just all in the mind. This is the ego doing what it does best – keeping you small, making you second-guess your intuition; making you think that you are just a physical body in a 3D world. If this happens, do not wait for external signs to manifest in your world. Remember, the ego says “show me and I will believe”. Spirit says “believe and I will show you”.