The Nine Stages of Spiritual Transformation: Stage Four

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 fourth stage today.   Please refer to previous posts of My Current Read to learn about the first three stages.

As destruction of the old energy patterns continues in this stage, the ego goes all out to save itself.

Peirce explains that in the fourth stage… the ego seeks to “retrench, refortify, resist, and resuppress” in an effort to safeguard the old, established ways of surviving in the world.  Fight or flight behaviors take the forefront in order to avoid letting go and trusting that something unseen.

According to Peirce, fighting behavior might include driving a “tanklike SUV” or living in an “opulent home”, working excessively, championing patriotism, being more self-righteous, narcissistic or violent, or developing a cynical attitude.  However, if you tend toward a flight, or avoidance behavior, then you may resist change, crave safety, numb yourself with substances, music or videos, or become suicidal.

In my case, I struggle with cynicism at various times.  Watching the news, feeling completely powerless in my job, and watching every attempt at building a romantic relationship fail, it is easy for me to sink into the old pessimistic pattern, a pattern learned early in my life to deal with all the negativity I was bombarded with as a child.  A framework that can lead to great anger in order to prevent apathy.  Neither extreme response, however, is effective in bringing about the desired life changes.

Just as things seem to be at their worse, Peirce says “you’re likely to experience sudden breakthroughs in all areas of your life… ”  Obstacles can dissipate, quarrels can yield to cooperation and emotional buttons can become unresponsive.

I resonate strongly in the moment with the sudden breakthrough.  As I watched my family and friends manifest their most longed for dreams, I grappled with the thoughts of “when is it going to be my turn…  why isn’t anything working out in my life…”   blah blah blah.  I was truly happy for their successes:  having the long waited for child, getting the home thought unattainable, getting the raise or job, etc., etc., etc.  But at the same time, I felt like the universe had deserted me.  Although I knew in my heart this was untrue, my feelings persisted.

Then, all at once, life just fell into place.  I had direction and purpose.  My relationships shifted and deepened and I found myself buying a home that I never dreamed possible.  Life felt exciting and fun again.  My confidence increased and I felt inspired.

No the process is not complete, but I have progressed further in my spiritual journey.

Where are you in your journey of changes and progression?

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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