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Signs of Spiritual Awakening in the Ascension Process
What are ascension symptoms and what do they mean? This page looks at what the true signs of ascension are, from symptoms that are caused by the process of awakening and letting go, to those symptoms of actually being in the latter stages of ascension.
This is a time of great spiritual awakening and many speak of the term ascension, or ascension process. This involves a change in belief and consciousness, and as we move into a more loving, blissful state of being, we inevitably go through changes and issues that arise from letting go, clearing blockages and overcoming the ego.
Here we look at some of the "side effects" of the ascension journey, what they mean, and what you can do about them, through a comprehensive checklist, and some inspirational videos.
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What is Ascension?
And What are Ascension Symptoms?
Ascension is the term given to the spiritual awakening process and raising of soul vibration that leads to a state of higher consciousness. "Ascension" became a popular topic in recent years because of the planetary changes and global shift in consciousness that took place in 2012. But the process was not limited to this time - it is ongoing, and this article looks at what it means in 2013 and beyond.
"Ascension symptoms" is the term given to physical and emotional manifestations, situations and experiences that arise as part of the ascension process. These are actually symptoms of the process on the way to ascension, rather than symptoms of ascension itself. Those are different entirely and are covered in the section "Ascension Signs" further down this page.
To read a fuller overview of what ascension is, read this page:
The Ascension Process Post 2012, more and more people are talking about something called the Ascension Process. But what is it, truly, and what does it mean for you?
Ascension Symptoms - Positive or Negative?
There is some debate on what are deemed ascension symptoms and what are not. Some of the symptoms can be perceived as negative, although they have a positive means to an end (for example, manifesting a stressful situation may seem unpleasant at the time, but it is for the greater good of learning a life lesson and breaking free from an inner fear).
I personally see ascension symptoms as situations, experiences or conditions that arise during the process of working towards ascension, rather than as symptoms of ascension itself. So, they are really ascension process symptoms.
Signs of ascension actually beginning to happen are different again, and are also covered on this page as ascension signs.
There are numerous ascension symptoms, and they are covered in three main sections below - physical manifestations, experiences or situations, and shifts in desire, perception and belief. There are 11 examples for each, with a deeper explanation for each one.
There is also a section explaining ascension signs, and how they differ from the symptoms of ascension process.
In addition, you will find some inspirational videos created by youtube users, which include further examples and interpretations of ascension symptoms and signs.
Ascension Symptoms and You
What is your Experience of Ascension?
The Journey Through the Ascension Process
This book contains guidance on the journey through ascension - beyond the shift that took place in 2012 - and includes channelled information from Lemurian masters about what to expect during these spiritual times.
Ascension Symptoms - Awakening Signs
This video is visually stunning and beautiful to listen to. But it also carries deeply wonderful messages about awakening signs and symptoms of ascension. It conveys the fact that ascension is a journey, a path, a process - one that is to be enjoyed and to be thankful for, as it helps us heal, learn and raise our consciousness and vibration.
Ascension Symptoms - 11 Physical Symptoms of Ascension
- A Change in Sleeping Patterns
This can include:
* Waking up at certain times of the night
* Restlessness, hot feet or flushes
* Needing less or more sleep than usual
* Sleep disturbances
* Feeling tired despite getting enough sleep
- Intense Activity at the Crown of the Head
This is usually in the form of strange sensations along the scalp (and sometimes down the spine as well) - a feeling of tingling, crawling, itching, prickling and similar sensations. This activity can also include the sensation of intense energy vibration on the top of the head, almost like something is going to burst from your head in energy-form. This can be quite disturbing but is actually the opening of the crown chakra.
IMPORTANT: I have experienced this sensation and it is quite scary if you don't know what it is - early on I actually went to the doctor because I was worried there was something wrong (as is the first instinct when something feels weird with your head!). I also had dizziness, which I later found out is another symptom of this process. But never assume that something unusual is an ascension symptom. If you are worried, DO get checked out just in case. If nothing else you will get peace of mind.
- Experiencing Changes in the Senses
This can include:
* Changes to sight and experiencing new ways of seeing, such as blurred vision, seeing auras, flashes in the corner of the eye, seeing particles or shining objects, seeing white shapes out of the corner of the eye (guides),
Also, when the eyes are closed, you may see geometric shapes and brilliant colours or vivid spiritual images. You may also see red instead of black/dark.
* Changes to hearing and adjustment to new frequencies, such as an increase or decrease in hearing ability, auditory fuzziness (where you can't always make out what people are saying, sometimes dubbed "audio dyslexia"), hearing white noise, suddenly receiving a brief, high pitched tone in one ear (usually the left, sometimes the right - this is known as downloading a spiritual transmission from guides, angels, Source etc), hearing voices in your dreams
* Changes in taste, touch and smell, such as sensitivity enhancement of these senses, smelling the fragrance of flowers when they are not there, detecting the chemical additives in food and other products through smell and taste
- Sensitivity and Skin Reactions
The sloughing off of toxins may cause increased skin eruptions, such as acne/spots, hives, shingles, bumps and other rashes.
- Looking Younger and Feeling Greater Vitality
As emotional traumas, belief limitations, fears, blockages and other issues are cleared, this can leave you looking and feeling more youthful and energised. Literally a new lightness of being.
- Physical Manifestations and Ailments
During the process of clearing blockages, fears and so on, physical manifestations may occur as the body cleanses itself and adjusts to the higher frequency of vibration you are achieving. Such manifestations can include:
* Aches and pains, often in the back and neck, as well as headaches. There may also be flu-like symptoms
* Joint numbness or pain, sudden spasms or involuntary movements, muscular spasms
* Digestive issues, cramping
* Chest pains
* Changes in sexual desire
* Previous conditions, often from childhood, may surface for final healing
IMPORTANT! As previously mentioned, if you are concerned with anything, seek medical advice. If all is well, and the ailment is due to ascension, know that it is only temporary and for your greater healing.
Spells of dizziness are caused by your body adjusting to a higher vibrational frequency, or when you are ungrounded.
A great way to ground yourself is by placing your bare feet on earth, grass or large, flat stones. Crystals can also help.
- Heart Palpitations
A momentary experience of a racing heart or palpitations can be a sign of the heart opening, via the heart chakra. The heart is coming back into balance after an emotional release.
IMPORTANT! As previously mentioned, if you are concerned, seek medical advice. If all is well, and the ailment is due to ascension, know that it is only temporary and for your greater healing.
- A Change in Eating Habits
This can include:
* Increased or decreased appetite
* Unusual cravings or choices in food
* Sudden onset of food allergies or intolerance
* A desire to eat healthy, high vibrational food
Go with your instinct and provide your body with what it needs. Preparing homemade food is best, and blessing it also helps to raise its vibration. I don't believe that you have to eat vegetarian or vegan, but I do believe in eating high vibrational food, which means choosing high quality, organic food and local produce.
- Changing or Beginning Exercise Routines that Support Body, Mind and Spirit
Any desire to exercise and lose weight or get healthier will be coupled with a desire to not only take care of the body, but the mind and spirit as well. Yoga, Tai Chi and other practices will help achieve the body-soul balance.
- A Greater Body/Space Awareness
This involves becoming more aware of how you move within space and time. Physically moving with more fluidity as your posture improves, and becoming more aware of your body, moving into areas of pain or discomfort in order to discern the lesson or blockage causing them. Becoming more self-aware.
Ten Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening
More Ascension Symptoms - 11 Ascension Experiences
- Experiencing Synchronicity and Manifesting People and Situations who are Teachers and Lessons
During your journey, one thing you will definitely experience is the manifestation of situations that occur to teach you life lessons or help you overcome major blockages or karma. You will also attract people into your life who are meant to also help you on your path. Some of these relationships and experiences will be enjoyable, and some not so. Polarity thinking makes us see these as positive or negative, but all have their reason and purpose to help you on your ascension journey. Each challenge is an opportunity for growth and healing - do not run away from them, but face them, move into them, experience them, heal them, and move on from them, knowing you have overcome them,
You may also manifest teachers in other forms, such as finding books, movies or events that confirm things you have been thinking or experiencing, for example. You may also find yourself in the right place at the right time, or have a profound experience in nature.
- Extreme Emotions
You may experience sudden fluctuations in emotion, such as:
* Crying without knowing why
* Temporary and sudden waves of sadness, anger, or even depression, again often without knowing why
If you experience these feelings, allow them to happen. Allow anything that needs to surface, surface. Open your heart chakra and move into a state of Love.
- Disordered Mind and Left-Brain Confusion
The structured left-brain often dominates the more creative right-brain. Although the creative mind is important, we are not seeking to make it more dominant - a balance is needed between the two, as the left-brain helps us to process and achieve our creative right-brain imaginings.
The ascension process may cause left-brain disorder, including issues with logic, problem solving, maths, structure, organisation, analysis, focus, concentration and so on.
You may experience an inability to concentrate, or to focus on something such as reading for long periods. Lapses in memory may occur, and you may find yourself placing words, letters or numbers out of sequence when writing or speaking.
Balance is key. Allow the right-brain to guide from the heart, but also allow the left-brain to function, in order to support the right-brain's vision.
- Increased Creativity
Many of us are here to create, and our individual unique gift and creativity that comes from the heart helps us to fulfill our life purpose or mission here on Earth.
During the ascension process you will experience increased creative bursts, and may receive ideas, images, music, words and other similar information at a high frequency rate. Try to record them all as best you can, as they are messages from Source that will help with your life purpose and the overall planetary rise in consciousness.
- Surges of Power
If you already work as a healer or energy worker, you will be familiar with heat and the feeling of energy running through you. During the ascension process, power surges may increase dramatically. They can include:
* Immense increase in the heat that runs through the hands during energy work
* Sudden inexplicable bouts of feeling cold
* Sudden, brief bursts of feeling hot all over
- Increased Intuition and Psychic Ability
If you already have psychic ability, it will most likely increase, or if you have not experienced psychic power before, you may suddenly find yourself tuning in, in some form.
It could be as simple as thinking or knowing things before they happen, like someone calling as soon as you think of them, or hearing a song on the radio just as you think of it.
Or it could be more developed and intense, such as actual clairvoyance (seeing), clairaudience (hearing), clairsentience (feeling) or claircognizance (knowing), as well as out of body experiences or angelic/spirit communication,
- Electrical and Mechanical Malfunctions
Disturbances in the planet's shifting vibration or your own change in frequency can play havoc with electrical equipment, Sometimes things can also happen to items in order to allow us to experience something, such as a lesson or a message to wait.
Computers may freeze, items break down, static appear on the radio, or light bulbs flicker or blow.
If you experience a lot of problems, ask the angels (especially Archangel Michael) to help fix issues or protect your items from interference.
- Vivid and Lucid Dreaming
You may experience more intense dreams that carry messages for you. They may seem so real that you wake up confused or believing they happened, and they may be spiritual or extremely meaningful. Keep a pen and notebook by the bed so you can write them down for interpretation in the morning, before you forget what they were.
You may also experience dreams that are real experiences. I often awake from a daytime nap knowing that a significant conversation just took place, but cannot remember the details or who it was with. This means that you have received some spiritual insight or download that will help you on an unconscious level.
If you experience vivid dreams that are unpleasant, stay out of fear. Write down what you remember and go back to them when you are in a calm state, to interpret the possible meaning.
- Invisible Forces, Spirit Presences and Entities
As our vibration rises, we often attract spiritual entities to our increasing light. Usually these entities are of the light, such as guides, angels and benevolent spirit presences, but sometimes they can be more unpleasant entities that feed on fear and have failed to go into the light.
You may experience:
* The sensation of being touched or talked to, or being surrounded by beings at night
* The sensation of your body or bed vibrating - do not fear this, it is caused by energetic changes that take place after emotional cleansing
Bless your sleeping area and home to protect it and ask the angels, particularly the archangels Michael and Uriel, to protect you.
IMPORTANT! If you ever feel like a spirit presence is unpleasant, or makes you uncomfortable in some way, stay out of fear, as this attracts lower entities all the more. I was not sure I believed in such entities until I experienced one in my home, I actually felt it on the back of my neck and spine and it caused the most horrible creepy sensation. It was quite frightening, but the good news is that such entities are easy to get rid of - simply ask aloud for Archangel Michael to come and take the entity away immediately, into the Light. I had been troubled by this entity for some time and not done anything because I was not sure what I was experiencing was real. However, when it started unsettling my daughter and then finally made that physical contact, I knew it was real, and asking Michael to remove it worked immediately - it has never come back.
- Experiencing Altered States of Consciousness and Time Shifts
You may experience:
* Unexplained shifts in time, where time seems to speed up or slow down
* Flashes of light, vibrations in the air, deja vu or even seeing the "veil" between worlds physically
* Altered states of consciousness during moments of meditation, relaxation or being out in nature, where you feel spiritually blissful and see lights, colours, geometric shapes or the cosmos
- Deep Sense of Inner Peace
As you become more self-aware and focused in the present moment, living from a state of Love rather than ego, you will become more peaceful within, finding that you remain calm and loving in stressful situations more easily.
Ascension Symptoms and Dark Night of the Soul
This video focuses on some of the more "negative" aspects of the ascension process. If you feel lost, frustrated, stuck or confused when experiencing any of these symptoms, try to move into a state of Love, knowing that whatever is occurring is doing so for a reason, It is only temporary, and for your greater good, because the lesson it brings will help you move out of a blockage if you move into it willingly with acceptance. Understanding that each experience is a good thing helps you to move through them with more joy and ease.
More Ascension Symptoms - 11 Ascension Shifts in the Self
- A Desire to Break Free from Patterns, Cycles and Limitations
This is often a trigger that begins the main part of the ascension journey. It is part of a transition into greater self awareness and a desire to live from the soul, rather than the ego. You may:
* Want to break free from a pattern that has plagued you for a long time, such as blocked creativity, avoidance issues, cycle of financial problems and so on
* Wish to break away from toxic or energy draining people, situations, jobs or lifestyle
* Want to be able to express yourself creatively and truthfully, and have the freedom to be your true self
* Wish to remove all things, people and situations from your life that no longer serve who you are. You will be drawn to de-cluttering your home and even yourself
* Feel compelled to "find yourself" and work out what your true purpose is in life
Follow your heart in all of the above. The key to breaking out of patterns is to become more self-aware and live in the present moment, rather than stuck in the past or fixated on the future. It is about learning to overcome patterns and move out of ego into a state of self awareness and love.
- A Desire to Go Within
Following on from the desire to break free from patterns, comes the desire to go within. All the answers to our self-destructive patterns and cycles are found within.
Going inside ourselves is never easy, as we often have to face things we don't want to. It is, however, an essential part of the process. An integral part of ascension is facing our inner fears and demons to heal them and let them go, as well as facing and accepting all parts of ourselves, even those parts we don't like. It is the balancing of our light and shadow selves, which is how we are able to move into a state of unconditional self-love and acceptance.
- A Loss of Interest in the "New Age" Market
During the ascension process, you will probably find yourself less and less interested in all things "new age". You will find answers from your own inner guidance and intuition, learning to trust your Higher Self. Only those spiritual topics that serve the ascension process will be of interest to you.
- A Desire to Live in Synch with Nature
As you become less attached to the material and commercial world, you will find yourself becoming more attuned to nature - the passing of the seasons, the moon phases, the natural cycles of the Earth, You may desire to eat more seasonally and become aware of how your body and emotions change according to lunar cycles, and so on.
You may also be drawn to nature more than before, feeling like you have a "place", and a strong connection to the planet.
- A Desire to be Surrounded by Situations and People in Synch with You, and to Let Go of Those that are Not
When you go through the ascension process, you may find that some people and things in your life begin to fall away. If someone resists the shifting consciousness, they may no longer resonate with you and your beliefs.
Don't force anything - just let intuition guide you and if it feels right to let a relationship or situation go, then let it fall away.
You will also find that new people and situations will start coming into your life, that DO resonate with you, your purpose, and your state of being.
- A Deep Desire to be True to Yourself and your Divine Purpose/Mission
You may feel a need to do more than what your current job allows, or something more meaningful, either to you, or the world, or both.
You need to tap into what truly makes you happy. Who are you. What makes you unique? What gift do you have, that you can share with others? It doesn't have to be something world-changing, just the thing that you do well, that you enjoy more than anything else, and that you can give out to the world with love.
- A Desire to Find your Soul Mate or Reunite with your Twin Flame
During the process of ascension, or even just before it, you may find yourself learning about the concept of soul mates and twin flames, often via synchronicity bringing it to your attention. You may have a strong desire to find your soul mate, or reunite with your twin flame. The latter may or not be possible for you. Only some twin flames are meant to reunite in this lifetime, and usually few do, but in this era of accelerated change, many twins have incarnated together to assist in the raising of consciousness across the planet.
The twin flame reunion can only be successful if you have come to love and accept yourself as a soul, otherwise the relationship will be like any other flawed 3D relationship acting from ego.
A more detailed explanation of what twin flames are and the process of reunion will be available shortly. You can find out more at the excellent Twin Flames Sacred Keys website.
You may feel like you want to get on with what you anticipate to be coming to you in the future. Uncertainty of what lies ahead makes you uncomfortable.
Impatience actually highlights a lack of trust, and in order to move ahead and manifest what you desire, you need to surrender to the uncertainty and have faith in your Higher Self and power. Focusing on the present moment only helps to achieve this, allowing the manifestation of miracles to occur!
- A Willingness to Move into Fears and Blockages to Heal them with Love
Initially, our instinct is to deny or "run away" from our fears and blockages or patterns. The further along the ascension process we go, the more willing we become to move into them and heal them from a state of love.
- An Acceptance of the "Dark" Self
We all have aspects of ourselves that we prefer to bury or deny. Our ego likes to tell us that these things make us bad or less worthy people. The ascension process helps us to accept, heal and love the parts of ourselves that we don't like, so that we can move into a state of complete self-love.
- A Deep Love for the Self and Others
As you come to experience all of the above, the love you have for yourself and for others will deepen. Ascension is about loving the self unconditionally but it is also about loving all others unconditionally, because ascension is a change of consciousness into "Christ consciousness", and this involves the realisation that we are all One, and therefore we have to love ourselves and all others, because we are all part of the one original Source/God.
Do You Have Ascension Symptoms?
Are you in the process of ascension and experiencing any of the ascension symptoms mentioned?
True Ascension Symptoms - Signs that you are Ascending
As you progress through your ascension journey, clearing blockages, balancing and healing your energy body, becoming more self aware and letting ego drop away, you will start to experience the true ascension symptoms, which are shifts and experiences that reflect the higher vibration and consciousness that you have achieved.
These can include:
* Moving into a job and other situations that support your life purpose
* Instant manifestation (not just financial but all kinds)
* True abundance
* Healing all fears and blockages
* Losing interest in books - still reading for pleasure, but no longer seeking guidance outside of the Self
* No longer living according to lists, regimes and so on, but experiencing life as it comes
* Entering a new relationship where you love each other unconditionally with no dependencies (or this occurs within your current relationship)
* Reunion with your twin flame, if that is intended for this lifetime
* Dreams and goals come true easily
* Experiencing living in calm, where things no longer bother you. There is no drama
* Experiencing life through heart and feeling, rather than mental concepts
* No longer trying to fix things in yourself or others, seeing them simply for the lessons that need to be experienced
* Not just having faith that all your needs are met, but knowing they are
* No longer being concerned with what others think of you
* Finding that ego is dropping away more and more
* No longer seeing things as positive or negative, or light or dark, because you know all things are for the highest good
* Living more simply, and enjoying the simple things
* Being "in the flow"
* Increased telepathy, especially with your twin flame
* Unending abundance of creativity
* Ability to co-create with the universe with ease
* Understanding we are all connected and that there are no mistakes
* Absence of fear
* Huge unconditional love for yourself, others, and the whole planet
* Joy, peace, serenity
The video below by Liora (creator of the Twin Flame Sacred Keys Study Guide) perfectly highlights these ascension signs.
Advice on Ascension Symptoms
The trouble with the term ascension symptoms is that it makes them sound like they are a bad thing, a bit like coughs and fevers and sickness are symptoms of flu.
While some of the experiences of ascension can be unpleasant or difficult, it is important to remember that they all serve a higher purpose, or greater good. Everything that happens, happens for a reason. An ascension experience is a life lesson to help you face a fear. A physical ascension symptom is a good sign that your body is adjusting to your higher vibration and cleansing or adapting itself.
Try to stay focused on love and gratitude for all that you experience, and look for the positives, even if the only one you can come up with is that you are receiving confirmation that you are on the right path, or that the outcome will enable you to be more free and move forward.
Finally, always seek medical help and advice for physical ailments if you are worried. Persistent troubles may require medical attention. Listen to your intuition and if you have doubts and feel that there is something more to a problem, see a doctor.
For more help and guidance, one source of information I have found invaluable is the How to Raise your Vibration blog and accompanying book by Sabrina Reber. It covers many topics and has a wealth of information on meditation, chakras, lessons in ascension and more.