I think it helps to recognize the journey of spiritual awakening is in three stages.
The way in which I share them within this website includes the following.
|Developmental||Consciousness||Journey||Stage of Life|
|Level 1||Personal||Lower 3 Chakras||Ordinary World||1st Half of Life|
|Level 2||Transitional||Heart Chakra||The Unknown||Mid Life|
|Level 3||Transpersonal||Higher 3 Chakras||Extraordinary World||2nd Half of Life|
For the most part, this is a linear journey in the sense that you move from one stage to the next.
However, you can and do move back and forth through the stages. Everyone who enters the transpersonal doesn’t stay there. They return to do the work of personal integration at Level 1.
While this is the journey of awakening on three levels most people never progress beyond Level 1.
This is the case even with the Stages of Life. You can enter mid-life and the 2nd Half of Life and remain uninterested in self-realization or revelation.
Level 1 is about the development and maintenance of the personality and the separate sense of the personal self.
Most people have no idea and no wish to move to the second stage, which is to surrender the personal self.
The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it. ― Carl Jung
The father of Yoga: the Indian Sage Patanjali said of this journey of spiritual awakening.
Yoga is the journey of the self (personal) to the Self (transpersonal) through the self (unknown) – Patanjali.
So spiritual awakening stories are all about the journey of leaving, adventure, and return. Let’s look at the key spiritual awakening story that is The Ugly Duckling by the Dutch author Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875)