I’d like to welcome Liz, creator of Liz in Lotus, to Free to Spiel! As well as sharing the same first name, she and I have a mutual belief in all sorts: personal growth, mindfulness, Law of Attraction…the list goes on – check her out on Instagram and Pinterest to learn more!
Liz has written an amazing piece about her spiritual awakening for Free to Spiel, mentioning what led to it, discussing how everyone’s awakening process is different, and giving advice to help other people discover their true, authentic selves!
Liz in Lotus: my story
Hello beautiful souls! I’m Liz and I’m a professional cheerleader…well, sort of. I have made it my mission in life to spread as much love and cheer as I can. That’s why I created my website, Liz in Lotus. To inspire, guide, and empower others to awaken to their best self, discover their authentic power, and create their dream life.
But I didn’t always have such a positive outlook on life. In fact, almost seven years ago, I found myself in a very dark place. I felt completely lost and hated the person staring back at me in the mirror. I didn’t recognize her anymore. She was really angry. Like scary angry.
Looking back, I had been unhappy for a very, very long time. So long that I didn’t know how else to be. I had wasted so much of my life just going through the motions.
And one night, after a series of heart-breaking events, I found myself begging for mercy. It was that night, the darkest point in my life, that sparked my spiritual awakening.
When you’re lost and wondering in which direction to turn, life has a funny way of leading you exactly where you need to go. It led you here to this article. So, maybe my story will provide you with some answers, inspiration, or support along your own journey of self-discovery.
What is a spiritual awakening?
More and more people are waking up and having real, authentic glimpses of reality. We’re waking up from the dream or spell we’ve been under our whole lives and realizing a greater reality—one beyond anything we knew existed. And we’re discovering we are not the limited, isolated senses of self we had imagined ourselves to be.
In the simplest terms, a spiritual awakening brings about a deep, profound personal transformation and shift in consciousness. As you begin tapping into a higher state of consciousness, you begin waking up to who you really are.
Your sense of “self” (the separate persona you’ve always believed yourself to be) disappears, and you realize you’re far more than just a physical body. It’s the uncovering of what we already intuitively know to be true—that there is far more to life and to reality than we’re currently perceiving.
And no two awakenings are the same. There are as many different awakening experiences as there are people in the world. But we can all learn from one another. So, in the hope that this story reaches someone who may need to hear it, here’s my spiritual awakening story.
One fateful night: my spiritual awakening story
For me, there was no lightning bolt. It wasn’t like how Eckhart Tolle described being ripped apart from his ego one crazy night and magically becoming an enlightened being. It was just a slow unfolding of realizations and synchronicities that occurred after one very fateful night. And over time the illusion began to dissolve.
But first, I had to have my world rocked in order for me to open my eyes. Life dragged me kicking and screaming to my ‘Ah-ha’ moment.
Seven years ago, I had reached my breaking point. My life was far from how I had imagined it and after a series of traumatic events, I was ready to check out.
But life wasn’t about to let me go that easy.
I crumbled to the floor in my bathroom one night when I felt like I couldn’t take anymore. It was a moment when life seemed to keep throwing punches and I couldn’t bob or weave fast enough.
In a moment of utter hopelessness, I sat there feeling sorry for myself and sobbing ‘Why me?!” (There may have been some expletives used too. I’m not going to lie.) And then I heard a voice say words I’ll never forget…
‘Because you’re strong enough.’
I don’t know where the voice came from. It felt like a ‘knowing’ that came from somewhere deep within myself. I think we’re all meant to face moments like this at some point in our lives. I think that’s the plan. To reach a point where you don’t think you can handle one more blow.
But you can. And deep down you know that.
In that moment of weakness, I found my strength. So, I picked myself up off the floor.
From our limited point of view, we can’t always see that maybe life is handing us exactly what we need to grow into who we were meant to be in this life. And now, looking back, I have so much gratitude for the events that led me to that night.
And over the course of the next few months, things began to unfold that I couldn’t explain.
A few days after my little breakdown, life decided to drop the first breadcrumb in my lap. As I was watching the movie American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence’s character mentions and quotes a book she’s reading—The Power of Intention.
For reasons I can’t explain, that scene was burned into my brain. So, I googled the book and found that it was written by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
The next day I was flipping through the channels and came across a PBS special with Dr. Dyer talking about the power of intention.
What made this especially strange was the fact that I’m not in the habit of watching PBS specials and wasn’t even aware we had this channel. So, when it appeared on my screen late one night the universe was practically screaming at me to take notice. And I did.
At this point I’m thinking, “What?! Ok, this is beyond weird!” I’d never heard of this guy before, and now within a matter of a few days I had heard his name twice. I sat glued to the TV for nearly two hours, absorbing every profound word that man said.
Life really does work in mysterious, and miraculous, ways. It was trying to tell me something…and I was finally ready to listen.
Synchronicities began popping up all over in my life. Each one like a breadcrumb leading me deeper down a path of awakening and self-discovery.
Something inside me was pushing me to grow and think in ways I never had before.
I found myself being guided down an endless path of inspirational speakers, spiritual teachings, meditation practices, yoga, breathwork, the Law of Attraction, astrology, self-inquiry and beyond.
I’m still a work in progress. There are always more lessons to be learned. I just take it one day at a time and try to remain as present, in the moment, as I can. And I continue to follow the path that’s being laid before me.
Once again, I have found the fire within myself that had been snuffed out a long time ago. And those closest to me have noticed that light and been inspired to begin journeys of their own.
My advice to you…
Are you ready to find ‘you’…who you really are? If you are, then it’s time to make meditation and self-inquiry your new best friends. Make time every day to detach from the outer world and discover your inner world. Peel back the layers of who you think you are.
Because hidden beneath all the layers of the stories we tell ourselves of who we should be or who we think we are, that’s where you’ll find the real you. That beautiful, pure being that came into the world is waiting to be rediscovered.
You are love. Raw, gorgeous, miraculous love. That’s what connects us all. Love connects us to everything.
In that discovery, you have the power to change your stars, be whatever you want to be and have whatever you want to have.
Thank you Liz, for sharing your spiritual awakening story! For all you readers who would like to stay up-to-date with Liz and her teachings, she invites you to visit her blog and connect on social media (Instagram and Pinterest).
If you’re interested in sharing your story on the Free to Spiel platform and would like to learn more, then please get in touch today!