Having spent my life in the spiritual, metaphysical, and new age fields, I have seen a plethora of spiritual awakenings. I have watched friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances pass through awakenings that were deeply impacting to their lives. It’s a paramount transition for anyone who experiences such a passage, but while it may be divine and intensely life changing, it can also be a formidable transition. Having witnessed abundant awakenings, I have dubbed this transition: “The Enlightenment Trap.”
The Enlightenment Trap is quagmire many people fall into after their spiritual awakening. It is a period when they may begin to feel loss, grief, fear, and confusion by the shifts happening in their consciousness.
If we fall into these traps, they can be massively debilitating. But recognizing these traps before, or during a spiritual awakening, can help prevent falling into them. These may occur directly after an awakening, but may also be delayed depending on the person and the pace of their progression.