Kimberly Rae Hansen


What it means to be self-aware

Apr 13, 2018

I saw this neat meme about the symptoms of a spiritual awakening. I copied it into the attached photo image, but it may be hard to read. I will also type it here:


1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen
2. Frequent attacks of smiling
3. Feelings of being connected with others and nature
4. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation
5. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience
6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment
7. A loss of ability to worry
8. A loss of interest in conflict
9. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
10. A loss of interest in judging others
11. A loss of interest in judging self
12. Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything in return

I really enjoyed the read, but it got me thinking. There are so many buzz words and terminology hitting the self-improvement scene. Such as being evolved, being spiritually awakened, living authentic truth. But what exactly does this mean, or what does it consist of? Most of us are unsure of how to apply these principles to our daily lives, as though it is bigger than us, or not made for us, or we are too flawed to be part of this set that is more…here is another buzzword…spiritually advanced. We may all wish to strive for being spiritually awakened, but how can we really do so consistently, if at all?

Over the years of studying this for myself and making tweaks and changes daily in my life along the way, I have learned that we generally make things far more complicated than we really should. Simplified, having a strong self-awareness only requires your attention. Where your focus goes, your energy flows. So basically, all you really need to do is pay attention.

Take notices of:
-Your thoughts
-Your words and how you speak
-Your actions in your day to day life
-Your reactions to others and events, especially those outside of your control
-Your feelings and emotions
-Your diet and lifestyle
-Patterns you see playing out in your life, or repeating
-Your circle of friends and acquaintances, those you give your time to

Become an observer of your world. Be present in your body and take notice of how you feel in certain situations. Where your thoughts tend to go when they drift off on tangents. How you treat others in times of stress as well as peace and joy. How you treat yourself. Although easier said than done sometimes, there should be no judgements here. Watch your thoughts. Feel your emotions. Observe your body’s reaction. If anything arises that feels out of synch with your being, something you do not like, then make a positive change.

We cannot become the person we are meant to be without first recognizing who, and where, we are on our spiritual journey. As the observer of your life, your job is to just wake up and take notice. We cannot change what we are unaware of. Once we begin, however, we can choose. We can either align with the person we wish to be, or we can choose to ignore things or react on autopilot.
By paying attention, you can decide if that train of thought is a healthy one to explore or not. You slow down before you speak to others and assess your words. You can determine what battles are worth your time, effort and energy and how to react accordingly. You can start working towards living a life of passion, growth and harmony. It takes work. Our brains and egos can often get in the way or create larger challenges than things need to be. Just simplify. Pay attention. And take action to change the things that are no longer serving you.

This is what evolving is truly all about. It takes work, but you are worth it, and your life experiences will be richer, more rewarding, and love filled if you make the effort. Start small. Meditate to calm your mind and body and connect to yourself and to spirit. Learn how your own intuitive system works, and begin relying on it. Track your growth and realize that as with anything else, you may experience setbacks, and down days that feel like you have lost all the good work you have put in. Everything cycles. It is a process. It all begins with baby steps. Keep it simple. But just start paying attention and taking notice. Once you cultivate a habit of awareness, magic happens and your life will begin to change to mirror the choices you actively make.

Need an accountability buddy to work with on your journey? Check out the Fractal Awakening Discussion Group on Facebook and request an invite to join. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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