How the Awareness of Feelings are Keys to Discovering Your Authentic Self

Everything in the universe has consciousness. Even every cell in your body, and because of this, it’s critical we pay attention to how we speak to ourselves because our spirit is always listening. Choosing to become aware of this enables us to move away from darkness and into lightness. This is the process of moving through spiritual awakening itself.

The definition of consciousness is: a state of being awake and aware of ones’ surroundings, awareness of the mind itself, and of the world. However, there is a subtle distinction between simply being aware of something, and what we call spiritual consciousness. In the spiritual sense, consciousness is the awareness of the infinite presence pulsating through our very existence.

The great majority of my work is my one-on-one sessions, I enjoy guiding clients to not only get in touch with their feelings, but also to be fully present of those feelings in order to heal and come to peace. For many, this is not always a comfortable process, especially if the emotions have been buried or denied for a very long time. However, it is necessary for one’s own spiritual growth and happiness. For when we bury our feelings, we are also denying parts of ourselves. Once I guide them to be fully present with their feelings, they are elevated to a higher conscious state to be free from judgement, attachment and expectations.

Spiritual consciousness is the awareness of the infinite presence pulsating through our very existence.

From this place, my clients have a bird’s eye view that gives them 360-degree access to understand the  emotional weight of their feelings. This enables them to reclaim and reconnect with the buried aspect of themselves, thereby allowing them to fully reclaim and heal their true authentic self.

Below are just a few of the many benefits one can experience when getting in touch with their feelings:

  1. You will learn who you are: Emotions guide you to the source of who you are. They are the raw data you need in order to understand needs and wants, and to navigate your life with a strong sense of direction and purpose.
  2. Releasing emotions help you heal: All our emotions have a purpose and they need to exist. They provide the compass necessary to heal from our pain and suffering, so we can move into a place of happiness and deeper understanding of self.
  3. When you allow emotions to flow you are able to move onto other experiences and emotions: When we supress and bottle up our emotions, we become numb to them and they get stuck in our physical bodies. When we don’t address them they fester beneath the surface until we are ready to be present with them. For example, if you have never explored your hurt feelings you cannot heal from them and they will affect your sense of self and interactions with others.
  4. Emotions alert you that something needs your attention: Emotions are our internal alarm system – flashing the lights that something needs to be addressed, before things get worse. When things do get worse and you haven’t been listening to your emotions, your body has much louder ways to get your attention such as through illness or pain.
  5. Emotions connect you to your soul wisdom: The releasing and healing of emotions are the pathway to spiritual consciousness. They allow you to experience yourself on a deeper level, connecting you to your true authentic self.

Once you have become aware of your feelings, you must learn to become a conscious observer of those feelings, so you can accept them and free yourself from their burdensome weight. In doing so you are free to become the fullest and purest expression of yourself. Below are some powerful techniques to help you do just that:

  • Acknowledge your feelings without repressing them.
  • Get out of your head! Intellectualizing your feelings keeps you on the exhaustive hamster wheel. Move into your heart instead.
  • Breathe. If everything else fails, just breathe. As emotions surface, take deep slow breaths and as you exhale move the feelings out.
  • Don’t judge your feelings, simply allow them to exist.
  • Ask yourself, “where do I feel the emotion(s) in my body?”
  • Feel the emotions and stay present with them even if they are painful or uncomfortable.
  • Don’t medicate. Consciously choose not to avoid your feelings by reaching for drugs, alcohol, television, over eating, etc. Don’t shut your feelings off.
  • Name your feelings. Expand your emotional vocabulary to clearly and accurately express what you’re feeling. “I feel sad, hurt, unsure, lonely, etc.”
  • Write down your feelings and express yourself in as much detail as you can.
  • Sit with your feelings. Allow yourself quiet time to contemplate. By observing the feeling, it will show you it’s source.
  • Respond appropriately to your feelings. Depending on what your feelings reveal, you may have to do some deeper work. You may need to do some forgiveness work. Perhaps you need to forgive others or forgive yourself. For help with this try this simple yet powerful prayer which I wrote about in a previous blog post.
  • Let it go. Once you’ve done the work to resolve it let it move through you.
  • Soul learning. Ask yourself “what did I learn about myself”?
  • Action. Ask yourself “is there something that I need to take action on”?