31 Mind-blowing Physical Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening

Feeling sick? It might not be the Taco Bell feast you had last night, but physical symptoms of spiritual awakening.

Maybe you’ve recently embarked on a spiritual journey. 

You’ve been reading books about spirituality, uncovering your shadows, healing past traumas. Then suddenly, you start feeling some uncomfortable sensations you’ve never felt before. 

Are you wondering why you’re experiencing these sensations? 

Do you want to know if these are signs of spiritual awakening? 

Spiritual awakenings can be painful but there’s a way to make it more bearable and understanding why they happen is the first step.

In this article, I’m gonna shine some light on all your confusion.

I will help you determine if those symptoms are signs of your spiritual awakening, why you’re experiencing them, and how you can better deal with them. 

Let’s dive in!

physical symptoms of spiritual awakening

What Is Spiritual Awakening?

Spiritual awakening is the process of elevating your consciousness. This usually happens after a dark period in your life. It’s when we transcend our ego and begin to realize that happiness comes from within and time and fear are just illusions.

It starts with a feeling of wanting to leave a job, a toxic relationship, or wanting to move to a new place.

If you feel this urge to leave but you don’t know where to go, here are some of the most spiritual places you can travel to

“It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.”

-Adrienne Rich     

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31 Major Physical Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening

Going through a spiritual awakening can be a spontaneous experience. It usually comes after a deep bout of depression or a traumatic event.

Going on this journey is a very liberating experience and not everyone experiences it in their lifetime.

“You will begin to see through all the illusions in this world and strip off all the masks that you’ve been wearing solely for the validation of society.”

You will begin to live your life through your truest expressions and you will be more connected to your intuition.

The bliss that you will gain from this is indeed astounding but this transformation process isn’t just a calm, beautiful experience. It can also be so intense that you begin to feel it in your physical body.

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What are the physical symptoms of spiritual awakening

There are lots of uncomfortable stories of spiritual awakenings. If you’re experiencing something similar, know that you are not alone. 

Spiritual awakening is your ultimate transformation from darkness to spiritual enlightenment.

So it’s normal that you may experience some uncomfortable symptoms. 

Why does spiritual awakening happen? 

Spiritual awakening happens because we are spiritual beings having human experiences and we are put here on earth with a purpose.

That purpose is to evolve, to know the true meaning of happiness, to live more consciously and with more compassion.

Without spiritual awakening, we will continue to live a life chasing material rewards and live a life based on fear and anxiety. We will keep believing that the world is scarce and take the present moment for granted.

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Why is spiritual awakening so painful

Spiritual awakening involves the purging of everything that doesn’t match the higher self that you are about to evolve into.

It includes breaking out of illusions you’ve based most of your identity on and these changes might be too much for the mind to grasp.

“As you rise into higher frequencies, apart from the pain of losing people who are no longer a vibrational match, your body may try its best to resist all these unfamiliar changes you’re experiencing.”

Here are some of the common spiritual awakening symptoms one experiences during a spiritual awakening.

Please note that these could also be symptoms of an underlying medical condition and in those cases, it’s important to seek medical help.

Without further ado, here are the major physical symptoms of spiritual awakening!

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1: Body shivering or trembling

Our bodies are filled with chakras that activate once we go through a spiritual ascension or awakening.

These give off energy that may be too much for your body to handle causing you to shiver or tremble.

2: Vertigo

You are rebalancing in many aspects and elevating to a higher frequency.

Your inner ears may be sensitive to this causing you to feel off-balance or experience vertigo.

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3: Feeling drawn to metaphysical things

You may feel drawn to metaphysics and spiritual practices like reiki, meditation, and yoga.

This is because these are great tools to help you with your spiritual awakening and your guides want you to know that. 

4: Throbbing or other sensations on the top of your head

Your crown chakra is located at the top of your head. This is the chakra that connects us to the source so the sensations you feel may be a sign that your crown chakra is activating. 

I often feel this during full moons and eclipses. 

5: Buzzing in the ears

As you begin to tune in to a different frequency, a higher vibrational one, you may begin to hear buzzing in your ears.

This is also a sign that your senses are getting more heightened and receptive. 

6: Feeling more empathy and compassion

You may begin to feel more intensely the energies of people around you so it’s easy to feel drained in social situations.

You also begin to love purely, without expecting anything in return.

7: Feeling at peace with the darkness

You begin to feel a sense of peace and you are no longer afraid of the darkness.

You see that fear is only created by the egoic self and darkness is a vital part of your spiritual awakening.

8: Heat on hands and feet

In Hinduism, hand postures known as “mudras” are supposed to aid in the transfer of higher energies while the feet symbolize balance and grounding in the physical realm.

9: Tingling sensation between eyebrows

This might be one of the most common physical symptoms of spiritual awakening and something I often experience during meditation.

The space in between your eyebrows is where your third eye chakra is located, also known as “the seat of the intuition”.

Tingling may mean that it’s starting to activate and your intuition is becoming stronger. If you want to know how to fully activate it, read my article “How to Open Your Third Eye Safely”.

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10: Vivid dreams

This is a sign that you’re connecting to universal consciousness and you’re starting to ascend to a higher dimension.

We’re all more receptive to these in our most relaxed states such as while meditating or sleeping. 

If you want to know how to control and experience your dreams, you may read about lucid dreaming here.

11: Headaches

This could happen especially when there is a surge in energy such as during full moons. This is due to you being more connected with the energies in your surroundings. 

I recommend that you do a full moon ritual to help you channel this intense energy into making positive changes in your life.

12: Skin irritation

Spiritual awakening includes the purging of everything that isn’t good for your higher self.

This may be a sign that your body is trying to get rid of cellular toxins and they’re coming out through the skin. 

13: Symptoms of virus or infection

Spiritual awakening illness is more common than you think. Symptoms of a virus or infection that cannot be explained may just be your body trying to adjust to this new energy flowing inside you.

During a spiritual awakening, the lower density energies are removed from within you.

14: Insomnia

The intense energies activating in our bodies may be too strong that our bodies begin to need less sleep.

Our brains’ subconscious gets reprogrammed or rewired best while we’re sleeping which may cause you to wake up multiple times during the night.

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15: Increased sensitivity

As you become more present and aware, all your senses get heightened causing you to feel more sensitive to lights, sounds, smell, taste, and touch.

You may begin to hear sounds you would’ve not heard before, notice details in your surroundings you never noticed before, and more.

16: Depression or anxiety

We are creatures of habits and our brains hate everything unfamiliar.

When everything we’ve ever known turns out to be false, our brains activate a fight or flight response. This causes us to experience a spiritual awakening depression, or anxiety.

sad girl in bath

17: Awareness of negative habits

You might not think this belongs on a post about physical symptoms of spiritual awakening, but since it’s something both me and many of my lightworker friends have experienced, I thought it was important to mention. 

And that is that you become hyper-aware of the negative habits in your life and feel a strong desire to change them.

It’s your spirit guides leading you to a path towards becoming your higher self. 

18: Feeling disconnected from everyone

As your frequency changes, you will lose a lot of people that aren’t a match to your vibration.

This has to happen because if they stayed in your life, their energies might disrupt your awakening process. 

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19: Bloating or water retention in the lower body

Your consciousness gets elevated to higher levels. Your body is trying to recalibrate and ground itself causing you to feel heaviness on your lower body.

You may even gain weight but it’s usually just water weight and they will go away eventually.

20: Pain and aches

Pain comes from resistance.

It’s normal for your physical body to try to resist all these energy transformations happening inside you and that’s why you may experience some pain or aches in certain areas of your body.

girl with back pain

21: Personality changes

You may notice that you don’t like the same things as before, you don’t look at things or treat people the same way because your ego-self is being stripped and your authentic self is taking charge.

To help guide you towards becoming your truest self, this free numerology report can help you uncover your hidden talents, strengths, and deepest desires.

22: Feeling the need to purge

One of the biggest physical symptoms of spiritual awakening is that you feel the need to do a detox for your body, step away from toxic relationships, leave the job that makes you feel like a zombie, or move away from a place that’s draining you. 

These are all spiritual purging symptoms. You may crave solitude to protect your energy as you go through your self-awakening process.

24: Experiencing jerks or rapid eye movements

There may be times you feel parts of your body jerk or like you couldn’t control the movement of your eyes.

This is because of all the intense energies inside you, chakras activating, and negative energies trying to flow out.

25: Feeling irritated with small talk

You no longer have tolerance for shallow talk. You talk to people from this higher state of spiritual consciousness and you feel it when people aren’t on the same frequency.

When you talk to someone on the same levels of consciousness, it feels like you’re talking to their soul.

26: You see through the illusions

It’s as if your eyes got sharper and developed a deeper dimension. You see through the illusions in society that you’ve never noticed before.

You’re no longer a prison to the material world and you begin to see that you are not what you own nor who society says you are. 

27: Heightened intuition

Intuitive abilities are innate to us humans but because of society, we’ve come to distrust our own intuitions and trust whatever society tells us instead.

When your intuition heightens, you become more open to receiving secret messages or signs from your guides.

girl dancing in full moon

28: Feeling angry

A lot of people may be confused if they feel strong emotions such as anger during spiritual awakening especially when they’ve been suppressing them. However, doing so allows those negative energies to be stuck in our bodies causing us to feel sick.

Letting yourself feel those emotions without judging them is healthier. Feeling all those emotions is a part of being human.

“Being awakened doesn’t mean we never feel the negative ones. It means that we acknowledge and observe them without judgment instead of reacting to them.”

29: Food intolerances

Every cell in our bodies is intelligent. They know what’s good for us and what isn’t.

Some foods you used to love before, your body seems to reject.

You may get cravings for foods you didn’t like before.

This is because you’re getting more in tune with this inner intelligence.

30: Fatigue

One of the most common physical signs of spiritual awakening is fatigue.

This usually happens after you feel all the intense symptoms.

Your body has gone through a lot and now it needs time to rest and recalibrate. Don’t worry, this feeling of exhaustion won’t last. 

31: Feeling great

This is the best symptom of all. After your body has recalibrated, you just feel so good and so light.

You’re now in a high vibrational state and the heaviness from your formerly dense body has vanished. 

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FAQs

How do I deal with spiritual awakening symptoms?

You just have to accept that they’re part of your awakening process. Remember that what resists persists so just let them be. Doing some yoga may help alleviate the pain and aches that you’re feeling. 

Physical symptoms of spiritual awakening are not fun stuff, but it’s necessary to purge what doesn’t serve you so be grateful when it happens.

spiritual purging symptoms

How long does spiritual awakening last?

A spiritual awakening is not a linear path with a finish line. It’s a lifetime commitment. As long as you commit to your higher self, no matter how crazy your path gets, the important thing is that your overall trajectory would be upwards.

You can try this free soul reading to help you discover which path you’re on at this exact moment in your life. 

What happens after a spiritual awakening?

You become enlightened, you begin to live your life as your most authentic self, and you operate on a higher level of consciousness. Your task now is to do everything you can to nourish your soul and maintain that level of consciousness.

Consistent meditation is one of the best ways to do this. You can try my free 30 Days Meditation Challenge here.

awakening experience

Conclusion

Most people think that a spiritual awakening experience is calm and beautiful but it can be coupled with strange, uncomfortable physical symptoms as well.

Knowing that these are all parts of your journey will help eliminate the fears you associate with them so you could just let them be and trust that you will come out of the other side blissful and whole. 

These are just common physical symptoms of spiritual awakening because the energies we use during this period of transformation are usually too intense for our bodies to handle.

Don’t let these hinder you from reaching the final stages of spiritual awakening.

Are you going through a spiritual awakening? Which of these symptoms have you been experiencing? Let’s have a conversation going below!

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  1. Stacey

    I feel like I’m going to burst into tears for silly or no reasons at all. It’s embarrassing & makes others uncomfortable which makes me uncomfortable.

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