Are You Spiritually "Woke"?

Are You Spiritually "Woke"?

**TW- Mental & Emotional Abuse**
 
This is a question I ponder for myself and when I see those who say they have awakened.
 
I know judge-y much?
 
When I first started my spiritual journey, I wasn't "awake" per se. My journey started out with self love and regaining my confidence. I had just gotten out of an emotionally and mentally abusive relationship. I completely lost myself. Whoever "myself" was.
 
What an amazing way for the universe to start on me. Clean slate. Mind was wiped. The perfect specimen to start a spiritual awakening with.
 
Loving myself was hard. At the tender age of 11, I was called many names by people who were supposed to lift me up. "Slut" because of the choice of underwear I wore. "Conceited" because I looked at myself in the mirror, strategically placed by the front door. It never made sense to me how people can do that to children.
 
But during this journey, I realized it wasn't because of me or what I was doing. It was because they felt threatened by me for some reason. And not, "threaten" physically, but because of who I was, my status: Daughter; the way I looked: skinny, "pretty"; it was because other people would say good things about me to them, and that would make them feel threatened... and where else would that anger go?
 
This first awakening showed me that I am capable and worthy of self love. Regardless, what others perceptions of it was. I learned that its okay to love yourself. Its okay to be confident, and happy, and to shine brightly.
 
And when people are threatened by your light, remember that its a them problem.
 
Anyway
 
When I see people who claim they're "woke" but are still reliant on drama, material possessions, repeating toxic behaviors and patters, I wonder if they really are.
 
I have to tell myself that everyone is at a different point on their journey, and some just think being "woke" is a fad. My soul, my spirit knows the difference, and knows to allow patience and love for those at a different point than me.
 
Everyone's journey goes many different routes, has different stops, different questions they are pondering at different times.
 
What is the origin of life?
 
Why am I here?
 
What is my purpose?
 
What is the meaning of life?
 
What is reality?
 
What is the value of life?
 
What is the significance of life?
 
What is my reason for living?
 
How do I define happiness?
 
How do I achieve happiness?
 
How do I deal with anxiousness in relation to death and the afterlife?
 
I have come so far, have had many awakenings, all for different reasons, and lessons. But that's the point of being spiritually "woke". To keep going, growing, learning.
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