Awakening the Soul
Jane Mountrose, co-author of “Getting thru to your Soul”, says that on the journey of self-discovery, we all go through stages that release us from limitations that stand between ourselves, and our awareness of the soul. She identifies seven stages of spiritual awakening that lead to a new way of being.
1. RECOGNITION AND CONNECTON WITH THE SOUL
Parallel to questioning the meaning of life, individuals usually experience feeling a lack of purpose and a certain amount of dissatisfaction in their own lives. Exploring the possibility that there may be more to life often brings a wonderful expectancy and a newfound sense of inspiration. Some people describe it as a stirring of the soul.
2. RENUNCIATION AND DISCOVERY OF INDIVIDUAL UNIQUENESS
As the reality of the deeper meaning of life sinks in, an awareness of how other people and groups influence control over you becomes apparent. This awareness brings knowledge about what action is necessary to follow your own unique path. Although this sounds liberating, it is usually a particularly painful stage as it subjects you to the scrutiny of your family, associates and peers. The goal here is to clear co-dependencies and free yourself from the hold of mass consciousness and societal expectations.
3. EMPOWERMENT AND THE MOVE TOWARDS YOUR OWN PATH
This stage involves finding your own expression and developing a strong basis of self-empowerment. Having survived the scrutiny of those around you, you are free to strengthen your own position. An increased desire to follow your own soul’s path and find your own form of expression moves to the forefront. This is accompanied by the birth of a new sense of freedom and personal power, which will continue to unfold over time.
4. EMBRACING THE SOUL’S TRUE EXPRESSION
To move forward, you realize that you need to remove all the blockages that are holding you back During this stage, the focus is on consciously clearing personal emotional blockages, which includes healing the inner child.
As long as you are impacted by experiences in the past, you are not free to be in the present moment.
5. SOVEREIGNITY AND SELF-RELIANCE
Stage five involves identifying our personal archetypes or the roles we play in our interactions with people. Most people are acting out one or more archetypes, some of us resonating more with certain roles than others. The object is to bring them to light and transcend the limitations they place on us. These roles may be: Fighter or Weakling; Virile Person or Caretaker; Controller or Victim; Saviour or Sinner; Conformer or Rebel; Wanderer or Destroyer; Know-It-All or Fool. Group archetypes include the concepts we have about the different roles we play as friends, siblings, mothers or fathers, employees or employers, spiritual aspirants, and so on. The goal here is to release any limitations in our relationships that prevent us from being ourselves.
6. INTEGRATION AND COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING
Successfully integrating the authentic self is called for in stage six. Mountrose comments that “most of us do not see the degree to which the structures of society hold us in fear. Like mice running on a treadmill, we keep running from fear of losing the trappings we believe necessary to our lives. We do not recognize the possibility of simply stopping and getting off”. We become more aware of the societal archetypes as personal blockages are cleared. These include: Monetary System; Education System; Medical System; Taxation System; Banking System; The Media; City, State, and Federal Governments and Organized Religions.
7. TRANSCENDENCE AND REACHING FRUITITION
Creating joy, love and freedom in all aspects of life is the goal of this stage. This involves taking full responsibility for yourself and fully committing to following your soul’s path. Following this path provides self-fulfillment and offers a role in assisting humanity through similar transition.