My spiritual awakening story: Now in podcast form

In Awe, Growth, Spirituality by Ken2 Comments

In 2013, something happened to me.

I still don’t know what to call it because it’s so difficult to put into words. You might have heard terms like mystical experience, or satori, or kensho. Lately, the term Spiritually Transformative Experience (STE) has become popular.

None of these words quite suffice. But whatever you call it, a strangely transformative experience washed over me in a parking lot one crisp November day. And it changed my life forever.

How? First, it propelled me on a spiritual journey that began that day and will last the rest of my life. Second, it’s made me less materialistic, and more loving, open, empathetic, and altruistic.

I’m different. I’m better.

And since it happened, I’ve noticed amazing things occurring in my life. A deeper connection with nature. Closer relationships with loved ones. And astonishing coincidences and synchronicities that bring new opportunities my way.

One of those opportunities was an invitation to tell the story of my awakening on a podcast. I didn’t want to do it at first because I hate talking about myself. Then I realized something important: Maybe this story, and what I learned from my experience, can help someone. Maybe others can learn more easily what I had to learn the hard way.

Because my awakening didn’t come out of nowhere. It was the culmination of a long series of tragedies and deep heartache. Then I made two critical changes in my life… and a mystical awakening happened.

There’s nothing special about me.

In fact, I think awakenings like mine are possible for everyone. How? Listen to the story in the video above or find it on the Connecting with Coincidence podcast hosted by Dr. Bernard Beitman.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, positive or negative. Leave a comment or email me at

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  1. I appreciate hearing about another person’s spontaneous eperience of wholeness. The first time I became completely absent and only wholeness remained. Then I had a couple days of unconditional love and bliss. No longer afraid of death. Thank you. These are not spoken of often. Mine always seemed to track with moments realizing self love.

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      Thank you for sharing that, Vicki. These experiences are not talked about enough — both because they’re impossible to put into words and because people fear being called crazy. But there’s nothing more lucid and self-aware than an experience of wholeness like this. I agree that self love is a critical part of the process. ❤️

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