Must Spiritual Growth And Spiritual Awakening Breakthroughs Be Preceded By Craziness And Pain?

In this episode of “Friday Q&As,” I’m answering the following question that was submitted by Sydney about spiritual growth, spiritual awakening, and spiritual awakening symptoms:

“From what you have related, it appears that before any big breakthrough, something ‘crazy’ must happen i.e. from P1 to P2 and P2 to P3 – at least in your story. Doesn’t this suggest a repetitive cycle ad infinitum?”

Sydney is referring to what happened to me in my journey through the cloud cover …

In my story, where the BIG spiritual awakening Breakthroughs in my story came after a lot of craziness and pain, as it appeared when I was in the middle of it.

The keyword in her question is “must.”

Must craziness and pain be experienced?


Does The Journey tend to be perceived that way when you’re in the middle of it?


For specific reasons.

Is it a bad thing?


Do the people who take The Journey through the cloud cover, including me, wish it hadn’t happened when they come out the other end of the Experience, are playing in The Sunshine, and Experiencing Ultimate Freedom in their stories?


That’s not how I feel about it.

And that’s not how anyone else I know of who took The Journey, sees it.

Listen to the audio to discover more:

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What’s Your Personal Growth, Self-Improvement, Self-Help, And Spiritual Growth “Type”?

Those who have a passion for personal growth, spiritual growth, self-help, self-improvement, spirituality, abundance, prosperity consciousness, life happiness, or whatever other labels you prefer that point to similar dynamics, tend to fall into 3 types that I call:

  1. Collectors
  2. Doers
  3. Transformers

Go from self-help book to self-help book, self-help seminar to self-help seminar, self-help video to self-help video, self-help audio to self-help audio, etc. — ¬†collecting self-improvement ideas and concepts. For Collectors, everything remains at an intellectual or theoretical level, and they seldom if ever experience any lasting results. They just collect. Most Collectors have no idea that’s all they’re doing.

Go from self-improvement technique to self-improvement technique, personal growth strategy to personal growth strategy, spiritual growth healer to spiritual growth healer, taking action in an attempt to change, fix, and improve specific aspects of their lives (to produce specific results). Most Doers never find the self-improvement techniques or strategies that actually end up creating permanent and True Transformation.

After being a Collector or Doer for a while, or directly, they actually experience permanently transformative self-improvement and spiritual growth results. They actually end up Experiencing and Knowing Truth (with a capital “T”).

Collectors and Doers will never become Transformers … unless one radical shift is made in their “approach” or personal dynamics.

I began as a Collector, transitioned into being a Doer, and ultimately became a Transformer.

Of course, these are all just arbitrary labels being used to point to a Truth that ultimately cannot be described in words.

I recorded a video to go into more detail on this. You can watch it here: