The Nine Stages of Spiritual Transformation: Stage One

I love to read everything I can get my hands on, especially anything that has to do with personal growth and healing.  Perhaps you do too?  Feel free to chime in with your thoughts and feelings related to any current read being discussed or make suggestions for a book you are reading.  As my “to read” stack continues grow, I am not likely to run out of reading material any time soon.   Nonetheless, this does not prevent me from searching for the next great read.

So let’s get started.

I am currently reading  frequency: the Power of Personal Vibration by Penney Peirce.  According to Peirce and many spiritual traditions, one’s frequency, or personal vibrational energy, reflects one’s current  physical, emotional and mental state.  Therefore, if you want to feel better, you focus on increasing the rate at which your energy vibrates.  Where you start is unimportant due to the interconnectedness of the mind, the body and the spirit.  If you have ever studied energy medicine, then you are familiar with this concept.

Peirce goes on to describe nine stages of the transformation process she has observed from working with clients in their healing processes.  The stages progress naturally, though experiences of a stage are dependent on one’s allowance or resistance to the change at hand.  The greater the resistance to any life experience, the more stressful that particular stage tends to be.

According to Peirce, every person is being affected by the higher frequency of energy  that is filtrating our world and is going through the process at their own pace.  Each process of transformation is unique to the individual.

Because the early stages of this process emphasize clearing blocks that distract the soul from fully expressing and experiencing love, the individual is often confronted by their fears related to earlier encounters.  As one progresses, negative emotions are replaced by happiness, fulfillment and purpose.

So, what is the first stage of this process?  Peirce describes it as the “spirit merging with the body, emotions and mind”. Characteristics of this stage center around an awakening interest in spiritual matters.  The mind, body and spirit connection takes on greater meaning as one recognizes that everything physical has consciousness.

Your interest may develop in activities such as attending religious institutions, developing your intuition, finding your life purpose, or studying crop circles, orbs, religious mysticism, or near death experiences (to name but a few directions one may take).

As I was reading this, I reflected on my own path, identifying closely with her description.  I had always been interested in metaphysics, though I did not know this term when I was younger.  I believe my mother was interested in such as well, having found a set of tarot cards in her belongings, but she never spoke of her interest.

Coming from a hush, hush attitude by my family, we were discouraged from questioning the Bible or the church.  As a result, it was not until I was in college that I had begun to explore the many spiritual traditions that exist in our world.

Then in graduate school, I was freed to explore at will.  I began to learn how to meditate, communicate with angels, read the tarot cards, and study near death experiences.  After completing a clinical fellowship in the treatment of addictive disorders, I landed a job in South Dakota where I met and studied with a hypnotherapist who began to teach me the basics of metaphysics.

Since those early days, I have seen interest in spiritual quests grow all around me as I continue to explore the numerous avenues for spiritual growth and awakening.  I frequently read about or meet people who are no longer satisfied with just making money or the things money can buy.  Emphasis is placed on developing a greater connection with family, friends and neighbors, finding their joy and living their purpose.

We will continue to explore Peirce’s remaining stages of spiritual transformation in future posts.

Meanwhile, feel free to share your experiences.

About Penney Peirce:

“Penney Peirce is an internationally respected clairvoyant empath and intuition development trainer known for her common sense approach to developing expanded human capacities, heightened perception, and spirituality.  She’s trained and counseled business and government leaders, scientists, psychologists, and those on the spiritual path since 1977.  She is the author of The Intuitive Way and The Present Moment. “

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