The awakening journey is challenging for many of us because it requires that we shed our conditioned, habitual sense of our “self” to become our true selves.
We go through a process of transformation that is similar to what a caterpillar goes through in order to become a butterfly.
There is something inside of us that gives us the signals that we’re meant to transition into a new way of being in the world. It’s inviting us into a liminal space (cocoon) to let go of the “old” small self and create space for the “new” true self to emerge.
It feels very unsettling, confusing and scary because we’re letting go of our sense of who we are before we have grown into who we’re meant to become.
I created the diagram after I went through this transformation in my own life as a way to provide a visual representation of my experience.
You’ll also notice that there are “forces” or energy inside of each of us. One force is the energy of the soul needing us to grow and expand. The other force is the energy of our conditioning and society wanting us to stay the same.
These 2 opposing forces are often what keep us “stuck.” You may notice that one day you have the courage of the soul and the next day you have the fear of your habitual patterns and your conditioning.
The role of a spiritual mentor is to help you navigate the fear and anxiety that accompanies growth so that you don’t stay stuck. Staying stuck not only feels yucky, but it also has consequences – our health, relationships and sense of purpose suffer.