You recently began meditating. This is something that you have been seeking for some time now, and you finally made space in your daily routine to accomplish it. You’ve decided to attempt one of many guided meditations from your favorite youtuber and blogger. This is a new one, and the speaker’s musical voice gently leads you through the process. Bringing your awareness to your core and the energy that lies within you, there is a calmness to this feeling. A warmth and rooted feeling.
Halfway through the meditation, however, you begin to feel ungrounded. It is as if the energy around you suddenly shifts inward as if it is directly coming at you. In your mind’s eye, you begin to see colors or shapes, and flooding emotions take hold of you. Feeling as though you are experiencing something rather scary, you immediately turn off the guided meditation. You announce to the space around you that you don’t like feeling that way. You make the decision to table the meditation efforts until your anxiety dissuades, or your fear of that moment goes away. Yep. Maybe not yet.
I have known people who had an encounter like this that was so uncomfortable that they decided that awakening was less important than they thought. It wouldn’t be until years later, sitting in a room or on the phone (or on google meet) with me, that they would be ready to try it on again. Thankfully, however, what I tell them, and what I am about to tell you, brings them to feel more excitement to the moment than fear. They embrace it.
What I am about to tell you is very important. Actually, crucial to your journey if you have come to this place recently...this experience, my friends, is normal. Actually, it is expected so much so that it even has a jazzy name in the spiritual community; “Spiritual Awakening Anxiety”
What is Spiritual Awakening Anxiety?
Spiritual anxiety comes in many forms. It can wager between fear and emotional uncertainty. But when it comes down to it, this anxiety is our human response to spiritual transformation and the beginning of building a bridge to our higher selves. We are learning how to be more spiritual beings. Connected with the energy within us and around us, it becomes concentrated. We become more aware of it and therefore feel overwhelmed by it, although the energy, itself, has always been there.
How can we manage it?
Now that you know this is normal, your spiritual anxiety will already lessen next time you go to meditate and focus. However, there are techniques that you can do to calm yourself down in order to allow yourself to truly enjoy and live in the present moment. The most important being grounding yourself. I cannot stress this enough. The more grounded you are in yourself, the less likely you are to to be shaken by events or energies surrounding you. Start by giving yourself affirmations. I am grounded. I am safe and secure. The other thing you can do in managing this anxiety is recognizing your emotions and breathing them away. This is part of the process my friend. This is part of the process. No fear.