The Nine Stages of Spiritual Transformation: Stage Five

My Current Read has been discussing the nine stages of spiritual transformation as presented by Penney Peirce in frequency: the Power of Personal Vibration. We will focus on the fifth stage today.   Please refer to previous posts of My Current Read to learn about the first four stages.

As we begin to discuss stage five,  you may wonder if this process has to be so dark.  Let me remind you that struggles experienced in your process reflect your external or internal resistance to change.  Sometimes this resistance is subconscious.  The older we get, the more baggage we tend to gather, leading directly to our limiting belief systems.  The ego tends to fight the release of these beliefs, convinced that they are necessary for you to survive in the world.  Fortunately, the more we give ourselves over to the process and let go of the old, negativity will decrease accordingly.

Peirce says that as the “old structures break down and dissolve”, you have entered the fifth stage of spiritual transformation.  She explains that the ego withers both individually and in the world at large, people misinterpret this to mean the world is coming to an end.  When, in reality, it is merely the release of any negative energy lingering in our collective lives.

Some individuals may respond to this stage with self-destructive behaviors or choices.

However, as you learn methods [such as meditation, yoga, prayer, Reiki, journaling, etc.] to release your fears, your priorities and focus will tend to shift.  You may find yourself letting go of people, places and things that no longer hold meaning for you.

For example, I can be a bit of pack rat.  However, each time I make a major stride in my process, I find myself giving away a significant amount of stuff.  I’m not even interested in the hassle that comes with selling any of it.  I prefer to find the items new homes in which both the objects and person share mutual benefits.

I’m silly I know, but I form such connection with some stuff for various emotional reasons that I have to take a moment to communicate my appreciation for whatever this item provided in my life (i.e., joy, beauty, comfort, connection to good in the past, etc.) before wishing it happiness in the new home.  This tends to ease the loss, and sometimes guilt, associated with releasing these objects and moving on in my life.

I have also learned to do meditations in which I privately release people from my life so that they can continue in their growth process without me.  I find that the relationship tends to transition more easily and without the drama.

Peirce feels that by letting go of unneeded things [or people or ideas or concepts or habits], external rules are less necessary.  To take this idea one step further (considering the inter-connectivity of everything), as you rely less on external rules, you find you no longer need various things.

In short, you experience new freedom.

But, to experience the freedom, you will need to shift your focus from the old to the unfamiliar.

However, there is no need to judge your responses in your process.  This will not aid in your changes, but create yet more stress and strain.  We feel what we feel.  If we will respond gently with ourselves, then we encourage a more smooth transition.  Treat yourself as you would a  child who is learning a new way- for in fact, that is what is occurring as you reawaken to core of your being.

What have you let go of that surprises you the most?

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

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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