There are many fabulous spiritual awakening poems that point toward the experience of spiritual awakening and the process of spiritual awakening.

The spiritual awakening poem that best speaks to me about the journey of awakening is Song of Wandering Aengus by W. B. Yeats.

In this article I will share this adventure as follows:-

Part I

  • The Poem of Awakening.

Part II

  • The Call to Adventure
  • The Awakening
  • The Return

Before we explore this spiritual poem of awakening in more detail and how it relates to your life journey, let me begin briefly answering some relevant questions.

These are:-

  • What is Spiritual Awakening?
  • What is Soul?
  • Why the language of Poetry?

In this way, I hope to encourage you to explore the glorious adventure that is the journey into spiritual awakening and revelation.

This will then allow you to fill and fulfill your life with meaning, purpose, passion, and prosperity.

What is Spiritual Awakening?

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There are two ways to view the experience that is spiritual awakening. These are as a:-

  • Progressive Experience
  • Revelatory Experience

True spiritual awakening is always revelatory.

It is always a grace experience. You don’t earn it. You can’t earn it because it is who you already are.

Most of what is written and talked about is the spiritual awakening experience as a progressive experience. This is what many people venture into as the spiritual awakening poem Song of Wandering Aengus by W. B. Yeats will show.

Spiritual awakening is where you as the individual sense of the personal self becomes a revelation of the True Self. This revelation changes you in ways beyond belief.

You become an experience of union. This word union is at the core of the spiritual practice called Yoga. You experience the union of:-

  • The personal with the Universal.
  • Time with Eternity.
  • Form with the Formless.

What is Soul?

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Your soul is that aspect of yourself that is eternal. This does not mean it lives for a very long time.

Eternity is not within time. It is outside of time. Your soul is not born and thus does not die. It expresses through the form of the body. This is the meaning of the Biblical phrase:-

I am in the world but not of the world—John 17:16

I like to use the analogy of the sun and sunbeam to describe the Soul.

Imagine there is a sun that shines forever. This is what we refer to as Spirit or God. The soul is as a sunbeam shining forth from this eternal source of Light and Love.

This shining forth from the Source of Light and Love is what it means when the Bible says you are made in the image of God.

The experience of spiritual awakening allows you to KNOW this as REAL. This is not more information. It is not an intellectual concept or belief. You might intellectually appreciate the idea, but the experience will blow your personal mind into the Infinite.

Your soul is the nearest NO-THING to God or Love. If you have not awakened to this KNOWING of your magnificence, then you are but a guest on this dark earth (Poem—The Holy Longing—Goethe)

Anyone who has had a genuine spiritual awakening only desires one thing. The poet Hafiz says it this way.

I wish that when you are lonely and in darkness that I could show you the magnificent light of your own being—Hafiz.

Poem of Spiritual Awakening

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The poem of spiritual awakening that I will explore in more detail is the poem Song of Wandering Aengus by W. B. Yeats.

To begin with, I recommend you listen to this poem I recorded on the CD The Yeats Experience—Listening from the Deep Heart’s Core

I have also added below this recording the words of the poem in full.

The Song of Wandering Aengus
BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

Source: The Wind Among the Reeds (1899)

This then ends Part I of this exploration of a great poem related to the journey of spiritual awakening.

Part II will explore;-

  • The Call to Adventure
  • The Awakening
  • The Return
Spiritual Awakening Poems Series

Some of my favorite books related to exploring spiritual awakening poetry are the 10 poems series by Rodger Housden.

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·        10 Poems to Change Your Life.

·        10 Poems to Set You Free.

·        10 Poems to Last a Lifetime.

·        10 Poems to Open Your Heart.

And more

Any one of these spiritual awakening poetry books will give you food to nourish your heart and soul.


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PART II

Spiritual Awakening Poem

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The Spiritual Journey toward the Light

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The poem The Song of Wandering Aengus is a poem of spiritual awakening in three stages:-

  • Before Awakening—The Process
  • The Awakening—The Revelation
  • After Awakening—The Integration

There will be those who experience the stage of revelation without having journeyed the before awakening stage. This may give rise to a spiritual emergency.

For more on the various stages of spiritual awakening, you may find it of value to read this post entitled The 5 Stages of Spiritual Awakening.

The hero of this spiritual awakening poem is a wanderer. It draws him to go seeking. What It reveals to him is beyond his wildest imagination. He becomes a finder. Then as a finder, his focus is on integrating what it has graced him to KNOW. This changes his life beyond belief.

Before Spiritual Awakening

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The part of the spiritual awakening poem that relates to the before awakening experience is as follows:-

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

The hazel wood represents not a place but a state of awareness. We access this state of awareness through different forms of meditation and mystical prayer. You become inspired (fire in the head). This is your Call to Adventure. You begin the Hero’s Journey into the revelation of who and why you are.

It draws you to go fishing. What you will catch isn’t what you could ever imagine. It is of the other world. This is a gift of revelation from beyond the world of time and space. It looks ordinary but in reality, is extra-ordinary (little silver trout).

The Awakening

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Awakening into the Light

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In this poem of spiritual awakening the hero Wandering Aengus is given a revelation of awakening. He is engaged in the ordinary task of preparing to light the fire and cook and eat the little silver fish. This, unknown to Aengus, is a fish of the world beyond time.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

When you are called by your name from the world beyond time, this is not your personal name. The word ‘name’ refers to your soul vibration. It is your good vibration beyond the everyday world of duality that separates everything into ‘good’ versus ‘bad.’

You cannot stay in this state of enlightenment symbolised by the brightening air. The grace experience of spiritual awakening leaves you. However, you will want it back.

Spiritual Integration

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Through Hollow Lands and Hilly Lands (W. B. Yeats)

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The spiritual awakening experience as shared in this poem is always given by way of Grace. Now you KNOW who you are and why you are. It makes you aware of the purpose of Life. Your focus becomes HOW TO live in alignment with Love’s purpose.

This will take you wandering through the hollow lands and hilly lands of the separate sense of the personal self. You will have a deep heart’s core longing to re-experience the glimmering girl state of Being.

This is the state of union. It is the state of Yoga. It is the fulfilment of Life’s purpose made manifest through you.

You will wander through time (though I am old with wandering) searching for the experience of the Timeless. This is to KNOW once again the experience beyond time. It is to KNOW yourself as and emanation of eternity.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

The silver apples of the moon and the golden apples of the sun relate to the union of the masculine and feminine. This is the union of time with eternity.

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Reflections on Spiritual Awakening

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The language of mystical and mythological poetry and storytelling is the language of spiritual awakening. It is beyond intellectual information. This is the language that awakens the heart’s longing to come home to KNOWING the Divine.

Spiritual awakening poetry and mythological storytelling are two of the ways in which I feel in communion with Divine intention. Other ways include modern day song lyrics and prayers and blessing from different traditions.

The primary way in which the spiritual awakening process unfolds for me is through a deepening connection to silence. This is the silence that speaks through me and manifests what is designed to be expressed and created through me. This is a flow state. I allow the Divine to think through me. This is the best way to live life.

In this way you will find the glimmering girl that symbolically represents your soul. You live your true name which you are created to live and express as. You FEEL in alignment with the purpose of Creation which allows you to feel full of purpose, passion and real prosperity.

Part of my supporting your spiritual journey is to share with you daily spiritual reflections that you can listen to in order to begin your day feeling uplifted and in-spirited.

Have a listen to these reflections at Daily Spiritual Reflections – 3 Minute Reflections to Enhance Your Day.

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