Soul Hunger – A Symptom Of Spiritual Awakening.

2022-05-26T07:13:29-06:00December 3rd, 2020|

At the center of our being there exists the energy of our soul that is forever wanting and needing to be expressed through us.

An inner knowing that we’re here for a reason and we’re meant to live in alignment with this deeper truth.

An impulse to become more authentic in how we live our lives.

When we ignore this impulse it often feels like a gap between who we are, how we’re living our lives, and who we’re meant to become.

I’ve heard it described as a feeling of being “two-faced” –  who we are on the inside, does not match how we live on the outside.

Over time we begin to feel like something inside of us is starving, not in the physical sense, but in a spiritual sense.

This sense that something may be missing in the midst of an abundant life may subside for short periods of time when we’ve distracted ourselves with something exciting.

At some point, however, we begin to realize that no amount of distraction is going to alleviate the inner longings.

Our soul is hungry, but not for more things or distractions; it’s craving a new way of being.

The summons to become more

Our souls are summoning us to become more and not to have or do more. I explore this further in the post, The Call of Your Soul: 10 Signs Your Soul is Speaking to You.

This becoming more isn’t the same as what our small self or ego might have us think; which is you’re never good enough. You need to become more famous, rich, educated, deserving, respected, beautiful, or just plain “more.”

The type of becoming that the soul is inviting us to evolve into is about becoming more of our authentic self and who we are at the core of our being.

The soul wake-up call is summoning us to become more grounded in our own essence as spiritual beings having a human experience.  And with that awareness, we move forward making decisions that are in alignment with our deepest truths.

Sounds simple enough, but the truth is it’s not simple. It’s not simple or easy because to honor our soul we often need to go against the grain.

The two forces within each of us

We all have a force within us that is powered by societal and familial conditioning.

This creates a powerful energetic pull in us to “fit in” and not rock the boat.

But, there is an even more powerful force that rebels until we pay close attention and begin to listen.

This opposing powerful force is the energy created by the energy of the soul.

One of the key needs of the soul is to be known and acknowledged. The soul asks one thing of us:  To be aware of and make decisions that are in alignment with our own unique blueprint.

The challenge for many of us is that we often define ourselves by things external to us. We live our lives based on other people’s values, needs, and expectations rather than the needs of our own souls.

People often tell me that they have no idea who they are anymore. Many of us have been defined by our roles as parents, spouses, partners, children, employees, etc.

The problem is that when our roles change, which they always will, we have no idea who we are. As long as we define ourselves by someone or something external to us, we will experience some degree of soul hunger.

You see what happens for all of us is that we are pulled between our souls and our subconscious beliefs that arise from our conditioning, our culture, and society in general.

Triggers that cause the symptoms of “soul hunger”

If your soul tells you that it needs to be creative and free in order to thrive, even if that means you won’t make a lot of money, and you have a subconscious belief that you’ll never be happy unless you have a certain type of job or make a certain amount of money—your soul will rebel.

If your soul needs you to be in a relationship with someone who is growing, evolving, and stepping more fully into who they’re meant to become, and your subconscious beliefs lead you to be in a relationship for security and comfort—your soul will rebel.

If your soul needs you to be forgiving, compassionate, and grateful and your subconscious has you feeling angry, resentful, and victimized—your soul will rebel.

If your soul needs you to embrace and honor all your feelings, and your subconscious belief gives you the message that you’re just meant to be happy and positive all the time—your soul will rebel.

If your soul needs you to accept life as it is, and society or conditioning has you believing that you need to be in control of everything and how life turns out—your soul will rebel.

When the soul rebels, it’s a wake-up call to create space in our lives in order to look within and listen to the deeper truths of our souls.

The “wake-up” call in our outer lives shows up as health issues, relationship struggles, and jobs that feel like they’re draining our life force energy.

The soul expands with love, meaning and being of service.

In order to do this, the soul needs us to live our lives from the inside out, not the outside in.

When we honor this, we begin to thrive!

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About the Author:

As a master's prepared nurse turned contemporary meditation teacher and coach, Bev offers meditation and mindfulness practices that are based on ancient wisdom but adapted for modern times - for people with busy lives. Bev's guided hundreds of folks around the world to make the shift from feeling stressed and disconnected to thriving from the inside out and becoming the best version of themselves. Bev's own personal journey has taken her upward to one of the highest mountains in the world AND inward to the deepest parts of her soul. Bev's the author of Awakening a Woman's Soul: The Power of Meditation and Mindfulness To Transform Your Life.


  1. Millie Evans February 2, 2021 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Thank you. The past year I’ve been battling between my conditioning and my authentic self. This puts into words the consistent battle and helps frame, illustrate and validate why I’ve had such conflicting emotions. My company put me through a project which was too much for one person and didn’t listen to me when I was expressing my dire need for support and resources, it affected my physical and emotional wellbeing drastically. My conditioning told me to see the bigger picture and understand how and why it happened, to forgive and continue onto the next thing. But Bev, I was so angry. My spark died. My conditioning told me to ignore the pain and anger. Your website is really helping; thank you again.

    • Bev Janisch February 2, 2021 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Millie – Thank you so much for sharing some really powerful insights with us. It is such a gift to your soul that you’re seeing the deeper meaning and reasons why your “spark died.” Realizing your pain and anger is a source of wisdom arising from your deeper ways of knowing is so empowering! So often, we try and get rid of the “symptoms” without realizing there is a deeper message/lesson for us. It’s also so helpful to others that you shared vulnerably about the impact this had on your physical and emotional wellbeing. I have a sense that things are coming into beautiful alignment in your life. Much love to you, Bev.

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