A spiritual transformation is a change – to a greater or lesser extent – to someone’s outlook, or to their attitude, towards spirituality and sacredness.
Many things can trigger this spiritual transformation, from a simple event to a more complex unfolding of events over time. While some people may be lucky in having a transformation which is relatively painless, others are not so fortunate. For them, a spiritual event is quite an uncomfortable and even painful experience.
If you are not sure whether or not you are going through a spiritual transformation, read on. Below are some signs that you should look out for.
1. Things fall apart
One sign of spiritual transformation is that you will find your life beginning to fall apart. Transformation can only take place when there is space in your life for change. This change can be big or small, but any changes in your life which lead you to new ideas or new circumstances count.
Things crumbling away can be difficult at first, but don’t worry; this is normally a sign that whatever you lost was no longer serving your best interests. It is giving way for something new.
2. Life is confusing
Spiritual transformations are not always easy to understand; quite often, we find ourselves lost and confused in the face of what is going on. Transformations which affect our lives can be frightening. We are adrift on strange seas with no idea of where we are going, or even if we will get there.
Normally, we are very clear on what we know and what we see. This allows us to keep ourselves grounded in our own lives. When this becomes confusing, the effects can be terrible. We lose the ground under our feet to our spiritual transformations.
3. Trust is lacking
We are used to being able to trust in certain things and people. This is how we get through the day, after all. When we know about the people next to us and the job in front of us, we feel secure, and we feel in control. A spiritual transformation can lead to all of that being taken away from us at a stroke, leaving us lost.
Being unable to trust anybody or anything can make navigating the world at large very difficult – although it is normally temporary. A spiritual transformation can often mean that we lose touch with the people and tangible objects we once enjoyed. They will be replaced, but until they are, it can be a very lonely time.
Transformations are not easy at the best of times, and losing your connections to people you once turned to for help make them even less so.
4. The world hurts
This is not in reference to becoming more sensitive (although that can happen – see the next item in the list). Even the most outgoing and extroverted individuals can become withdrawn and silent due to their own spiritual transformations, and it can happen to you too.
Withdrawing from society can be a result of simply not wanting to be around anyone while things are happening. It can also be the result of your transformation leading you away from the company you normally keep and into company which is more conducive to the person you are becoming.
5. Everything hurts
Part of a spiritual transformation may include someone becoming more sensitive to the world around them as a whole. This can manifest in a number of ways:
They can become more sensitive to what is going on in the world at large – news reports, knowledge of pollution and ground-clearing, seeing the everyday pain that happens in the world – all of this can suddenly become more intense, and less easy to ignore.
This sensitivity can also manifest in more personal ways; where someone once loved to watch things like Spartacus and Game of Thrones, they might find themselves moving towards less violent and less explicit fare when experiencing a spiritual transformation.
Such a spiritual transformation can mean that people become more aware of the beauty which is inherent in the world. Conversely, they can also become less tolerant of the cruelty which is also inherent in it, and be less able to shrug it off and continue with their lives as they had before.
You may find that you are less able to handle the violence which we have come to expect as normal in our popular culture as a whole.
6. Depressions are likely
It is unlikely that you will become medically depressed while undergoing a spiritual transformation, but be aware of the possibility.
People who are undergoing spiritual transformations can find themselves experiencing the extremes of emotions while they go through it. Those emotions can be light-hearted and happy, but they can also be deep depressions and sadness too.
A spiritual transformation is something that can lead to huge changes in outlook and personal experience. This, in turn, can lead to changes in mood, since turbulent events and a loss of trust in the world around can be quite traumatising.