The 3rd of the 10 signs that you are spiritually awakening to Love is your relationship to the energy of gentleness. This is such a beautiful energy. It is attractive and accepting. You want to be around it because it receives you without conditions.
Signs that you are Spiritually Awakening
Sign No 3 – Gentleness
I recently experienced this sign of spiritual growth in a powerful dream. On awakening from this dream I spent time staying with the feeling. For this writer this gentle feeling is a heart energetic. I took my time to become familiar with feeling this heart energy. With committed spiritual practice awareness this feeling deepens. Now this feeling of gentleness is part of my dream life. It is part of my dreamed off life.
It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am, the more affection I have for them. It is pure affection, and filled with reverence for the solitude of others. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.
— Thomas Merton in The Wonders of Solitude by Dale Salwak, editor
In this recent dream I spend time unblocking a pathway that turned into a small waterfall. In the dream I walk across a bridge. I am walking in the opposite direction to most everyone else. On this bridge I meet a young woman. I recognize her. She is the one I want to be around. She epitomizes gentleness and acceptance. I say to her, “I so love being around you.” When I awake from the dream the feeling of love, longing and belonging remain. I stay basking in the felt remembrance.
This feeling of gentleness is a beautiful sign of spiritual growth. It has expanded because I practice breathing into the heart. When I started this adventure of the breathing into the heart, aligned with the healing power of the breath, I did not know I would experience such beauty. This deep feeling of gentleness aligned with conscious refined breathing heals. It arises from Source energy. This is energy of deep self-acceptance. Trust it. It is accepting without judgement.
Living the Dreamed of Life
What would it be like to spiritually awaken within this energy field of gentleness? Would it not be enchanting? I know what this gentleness feels like? It is no longer just a word. Through practiced intentionality I cloak myself in this wonderful feeling.
This feeling of gentleness first manifested as a feeling within a dream. Dreams are a powerful way the Message of Love speaks through you. You have to value dreams and commit to allow that message to reveal itself to you. The important part of dreams is their feeling content and not just the images. Gentleness is a beautiful perfume. This fragrance emanates from the awakening heart.
The task, for this writer, is to remain committed to the spiritual practice of breathing into heart space. Practice inviting the energy of gentleness with an attitude of exploration receptivity, intentionally and trust in the connection to the Infinite Giftgiver. The treasure you seek is available. A sign that you are spiritual awakening is a commitment to embody this treasure of gentleness for your own good and the highest good of all.
Gentleness as a sign of spiritual growth is not passive. It is an active energetic you broadcast into the world. You share this perfume of Presence to bless others. Gentleness does not mean you become etheric. I meet many spiritual seekers who are so gentle that their voice has almost disappeared. Not grounded in the body gentleness is airy.
Gentleness created from ideas about how a spiritual person should behave is not true gentleness. Gentleness arising from the energetic of the heart’s awakening is powerful yet humble. The Master Jesus says it this way, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16 KJV)
The Challenge of Gentleness
You have a real challenge because our everyday world of time and space is deeply polarized. With gentleness you create a source of sanctuary. There is remembrance of Being. The re-membrance of the REAL you brings deep solace. It is part of the Secret of Secrets inside you. Your challenge is to explore how to enter this inner sanctuary and to stay there so that you feel renewed.
Each day be attentive to the subtle, but powerful energy of gentleness and acceptance. In this way you practice another key spiritual power. This is the power of self-compassion. Get to know this feeling. It is attractive and it makes no demands of you. Gentleness is so lovely you want to keep this feeling. Do not grasp. Simply feel it, stay with it for a time and let go. Let the feeling go even though you want it to remain. Gentleness will come again and you will find a real inner strength.
This is the meaning of the beautiful Chinese proverb, “Keep the window open and the singing bird will come.” Your work is to keep the window of the heart open. In this you need patience. You wait.
Birdsong brings relief
to my longing
I’m just as ecstatic as they are,
but with nothing to say!
Please universal soul, practice
some song or something through me!
Keep silent and listen. In time, with commitment and practice your expectation will expand. The paradox is, the less you grasp, the more this bird enters your open-heart. It feels safe. You feel safe. There is so much more to you than you can ever think. You listen to the song of the singing bird and it goes inside you. Let this sign of spiritual growth grow inside you.
Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul. Listen to that inner voice, and don’t get to the end of your life and say, ‘What if my whole life has been wrong?”
A search of the internet brings up queries such as:-
- signs of spiritual awakening.
- 10 common signs of spiritual awakening
- how do I know I am spiritual awakened.
This writer distinquishes between signs of spiritual growth and signs of spiritual wakening. This is not every writers approach. In my opinion there are no signs of spiritual awakening. There are signs of spiritual growth and these signs give you direction. Spiritual awakening happens as an experience of grace and beyond time. You can’t make it happen. You can only make yourself available to the happening.
In answer to the query, “How do you know you are spiritual awakened?” the answer is short. If you have to ask then you are not spiritually awakened. It would probably be more beneficial to ask “How do you know you have had a glimpse of spiritual awakening?
Other Pages related to Signs of Spiritual Growth
- Signs of Spiritual Growth – No 1 – Being Drawn to Silence
- Spiritual Growth Signs – No 2 – From Seeking to Exploration