Over many years of working with clients and students (and myself!), I’ve seen a common pattern of spiritual development. Many people go through particular stages in a certain order. Learning the lessons of one stage is what prepares you to advance to the next stage. Once you have downloaded one piece of divine inspiration, you are ready for the next. The common pattern is to pass through seven different stages, which can be called spiritual awakening, divine darkness, interior power, inner attunement, conscious creation, holistic living, and divine oneness. Each of these seven levels of spiritual awareness formulates a progressive expansion for your soul to maintain and magnify its inner awareness as a child of God. It is important be aware of these levels in our lives, and the awareness builds a stronger relationship with the Divine. Even for the conscious soul, these levels of awareness make their presence known in our lives as reminders of our spiritual power. You don’t graduate after you experience their lessons—instead, you liberate your soul by the pervasive, ongoing awareness in your life.
Spiritual awakening is the beginning of the journey of self-discovery. It happens when you begin to see a sliver of the divine in your life. It’s as if your spiritual eyes begin to open from a deep sleep, just enough to see the new morning light. When the awakening process is complete and your spiritual eyes are fully open, you are conscious of your divine nature. You know that there is a divine purpose in everything.
Divine Love, I awaken to your very presence within my being. I open my heart, my mind, my soul to your holy light. May your sacred vibration of wisdom infuse my mind with knowledge, and all fear be banished. I realize the truth that I am not alone and I am your child. May your very breath of life enter my body and awaken the sleeping corners of my soul. I awaken to your truth. I awaken to your wisdom. I awaken to your Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit and wash the sleep from my eyes that I may now see the newness of your gifts and creation. I am awake, I am alive, and I am ready to live the mystical life. I accept this blessing here and now. Divine Love.. I thank thee.
Once awakening sheds light on what needs to change in your life, you are ready for divine darkness or “the dark night of the soul” to help you make those changes. If awakening happens when you open your spiritual eyes, then divine darkness occurs when you wipe the “sleep” from them. It happens when you begin to cleanse those crusty, irritating habits, illusions, and thoughts that previously glued together your spiritual eyelids. This is the stage of growth that prepares the way for you to clear out anything that keeps you from remembering your true divinity.
Divine presence in the universe, I dive deep into the caves of my soul. With every step I go deeper into landscapes unknown. I invoke your holy spirit to light my way. Reveal to me the hidden treasures that lie before me. These treasures are stepping stones to enlightened knowledge. With every thought of Love a lamp is lit within my mind.
I begin to see and experience you, Holy Spirit. You breathe life into faded memories of love, and hope is renewed. I live in the light. I will not fear the dark for you are there. You are everywhere and darkness cannot hide you or me.
Together, Divine Spirit, we walk through the steep and narrow valleys, only to see that the kingdom of the divine awaits my return. Through the darkness the light shall appear. With this prayer I turn on the light, and you Holy Spirit are there. I accept this blessing here and now and I thank thee.
Once you have cleansed your soul of the illusions that have limited you, you are ready to ascend out of the darkness. Now that you understand the source of divinity, you can move toward the light by learning how to access the energy of the divine. This energy is all around us, vibrating through our bodies and all matter. You simply have to become more aware of it as you understand how to use it in your spiritual development.
Holy Spirit, come. Bring to me the sacred energy of the Divine so that I may have interior power. This power is fueled by love and it now washes over me. Every cell, every organ, and every bone is now activated by this sacred energy. I now put my intention on this positive power. May it direct my life to its fullest potential and guide me to my destiny. I know that I control my thoughts, and I allow my Interior power to enrich my mind. No longer will I fall into fear, but I will live in love. The sacred power that you, the divine, have bestowed upon me will activate pure intention and pure thought. May I now be a channel of this power to bless the world? With your blessing I now reclaim this power as my own and take it back from that which is no longer right or healthy for me. I accept this blessing here and now, and to you divine presence in the universe, I say thank you.
You’ve probably heard the statement the kingdom of heaven is within. In this level, you acquire the skills that make this statement a reality in your life. You create a peaceful “inner heaven” by working with the divine energy flowing throughout your body—the energy you discovered from the previous level of awareness. You control, balance, and tune this energy to bring clarity, calm, and a heart-centered focus. This process of inner attunement allows you to maintain your interior power, strengthen your connection to the divine, and continue on the path of spiritual growth. It gives you a fresh wellspring of energy to invest in your life.
Divine presence in the universe, with this prayer I call forth your spirit. At this moment your energy wells up within my very being. I feel your sacred energy touch my soul. I know that by going within myself, I embrace the true meaning of the mystical life. The kingdom of heaven is within. The act of inner attention washes my fears away. I partake of the Holy Communion now, and receive the blessing of attunement. I am balanced, I am healthy, and I am now truly alive. From this moment I begin to live life from the inside out. I am directed every step of the way by your guidance and advice, Holy Spirit. No more will I fear you, Great Spirit, but love you, as you love me. I accept this blessing here and now. And I thank thee.
We create our own reality. This statement has been one of the most popular—and most misunderstood—teachings in the New Age. But the truth it expresses is fundamental to spiritual development. We are creative beings, and our minds are powerful. What we create in our minds shapes our experience of the world, and even the world itself. It all hinges on your perception—how you see yourself, your situations, and the world you are living in. A person who sees herself as a desirable and successful person in a world of opportunities is going to create around herself a reality that’s very different from the reality of a person who thinks of himself as a failure in a world intent on beating him down. Your perception shapes your thinking, your thinking shapes the way you act, the way you act affects the people around you; and it is all reflected back to you.
Divine Presence I surrender to you my mind. May your spirit fill me with an abundance of love that I may think clearly. Divine Spirit blesses every thought I think with pure intent and bestows upon me the attitude of loving creation. I no longer give my thoughts to fear, I no longer react with anger. Love is the healing balm to my mind. Oh, Holy Spirit cast your light on the shadows that bind my ability to create a peaceful life with you. I see the light, the love and harmony, and create my life with joy. Through the act of right thinking, the power of love infuses every thought with passion and truth, and from this miracles begin to happen. With this blessing through the power of my intention I give thanks.
Throughout the previous levels, I focused on sustaining and cultivating the inner life of soul development. You have learned that inner attention, when focused correctly, develops your capacities for self-knowledge and communion with the divine. In this level, you express those spiritual dynamics outward in order to create a lifestyle aligned with your renewed sense of being. In this way, you become a clear channel of divine expression. Once you establish a bond with the divine, you are meant to express that divinity, to become a channel of peace, and to share your light with others.
Holy Spirit grant me the reward of living from my highest nature. I pray that you direct my life and steer the reins to keep me on the road to higher knowing. I know that your Spirit will give me the power of discernment and all illusion will be wiped away. I live only in truth. My life is blessed by your holy grace. I grow closer to you by living from spirit. Divine ones surround me with synchronicity that I might follow the steps that lead to my destiny. I now embody sacred virtue and reclaim its power. I accept this blessing and give thanks to thee, Holy Spirit.
The previous levels of spiritual growth led you toward a single goal: to be at one with yourself, the divine presence, and everything around you. This is the experience of oneness, of being completely in sync with the sacred energy of the universe. Oneness happens when the real you—your higher self—is fully present at every moment, and when your mind, body, emotions, soul, spirit, and psyche are all in unison with the divine. These stages manifest differently for each person. Not everyone goes through them in the same order. And more importantly, once you pass through one “stage” and into another, you aren’t necessarily finished with the earlier one. You can be well into the sixth stage but still have to deal with issues you thought you had mastered in the fourth stage. In other words, the stages might be simultaneous. The elements contain lifelong lessons that you will continue to experience from time to time. It’s important to remember that spiritual growth is not a contest to be won. You become more and more conscious on many different levels throughout your life.
Divine Spirit, Mother/Father God. I live your presence everyday. You speak to my heart and whispers of wisdom fill my soul. I’m here now, because I’m enveloped in the present, where your spirit moves me. Help me to clear the past and release the future so that your presence and your voice, is all I feel and hear. I’m here now, with you and all is well. Safe and protected, your Holy Spirit touches me and your divine hand safely guides me home, to the heart of my very soul. I thank thee Amen.
The universe is a vast array of spiritual wisdom that is hidden in every cosmic molecule of life. Perhaps many of you who are perusing these levels have been nodding your head in alignment to your truth; every soul that opens to its spiritual nature begins the process of these seven levels of consciousness. This new work takes you even further into the co-creative process as a conscious spiritual being. We are truly in the age of accepting the sovereign role of becoming a Master of Light.
© Darrin W. Owens