the awakening

The Awakening

S. L. Coyne explores the possibility that health problems could be a sign of a larger spiritual awakening.

Across the world something is happening; many people are suffering from headaches, dizziness and sleepless nights. These are people from all walks of life and not just those in high-end, stress-forming, managerial positions, but everyone from stay at home mothers to even the Doctors themselves, people are suffering.

These very intense headaches are occurring in people who have never suffered from migraines, who may even, have a healthy lifestyle, and have never been ill a day in their life. In addition, for those people who are suffering with these symptoms, it is absolutely terrifying.

The same thing happened to me five years ago and for nearly two years I lived with bouts of vertigo and severe headaches. Every other month I was at the Doctors for another prescription of vertigo pills. Finally, for the eighth time in as many months, I said to my Doctor, ‘Don’t’ you think I should see someone at the hospital?’ ‘Oh yes,’ she said while writing out another prescription. ‘I’ll refer you to a specialist.’

However, that was not the end as while I waited and had all manner of tests, from MRI’s to blood tests, the headaches intensified. I was having three of four migraines a week and as a result I consumed large amounts of pain killers, the majority with the active ingredient of codeine.

Yet, I had to try and make sense of my headaches and found that there were degrees of pain severity with them. I began to keep a record of them and came up with a five-category reference, so I could place the type of headache I suffered from in a system, including triggers, stress, tiredness or fatigue.

Category 1

A mild headache with pressure round the temporal lobes and sporadic knife pain above the eyes. I must rest and take things easy, drink water, limit computer and TV time. I must not rush around but take things slowly so as not to increase the risk of a Category 2 headache.

Category 2

A moderate headache with movement restricted and sensitivity to light, eye twitches and feeling nauseous. I take headache pills to see if they will help.

Category 3

A severe headache with constant throbbing round each temporal lobe, with a sensation of vertigo. Light, sound and smell worsen it. I may vomit or see black dots or zigzags limiting visibility.

Category 4

I wake up with a severe headache. I’m unable to drive and by lunchtime I am not able to see. This can lead to a Category 5 if measures are not put in place. I have severe vertigo and walk into things. I need to rest in a dark, odourless room and take appropriate medication.

Category 5

A massive, excruciating headache with hearing, sight and smell all affected. I’m unable to function at all and can do nothing but take complete bed rest and just sleep the day out. I pray that tomorrow will be better. I can’t take any food as I will vomit, so I try to drink water.

The unbelievable headaches, tiredness, and vertigo I suffered from is similar to what many people are now describing around the world. It is discussed in great detail on social media, and only those who are living with it can understand the strange feelings that accompany it. Your head feels constantly heavy, as if someone is pressing down on you, whilst a figure eight is drawn round your temporal lobes with a hot knife.

However, whilst all this is happening to you, physiologically, there is something else happening to you which is quite astounding. There may be certain experiences in your life which you find difficult to explain such as lights turning on and off on their own, or you could have vivid dreams and nightmares, whilst electronics seem to malfunction around you like your watch or phone constantly out of battery. Then there are actual sensory experiences such as beginning to see things out the corner of your eye, or you hear noises in the next room when no-one else is home.

There is a medical term that certain Doctors like to use and it is Psyche and Soma. In other words, the physiological is affecting the spiritual, or the mind affecting the body.

When we have been in a period of stressful situations, our immune levels are depleted, leading to all manner of infections and complications. How many people get colds on holiday? The stress of work is gone and now it’s time to relax; as we do, our immunity and adrenal becomes low and infections come to the fore.

In the world today, there is so much uncertainty: in our jobs and with our general safety, through the threat of terrorism, to changes in the political landscape of world players. Could we all be living with a level of unconscious stress which is triggering our headaches and dizziness, or is there something more fundamental happening?

The world waxes and wanes and just as it changes, so do we spiritually. The periods of societal change and spiritual awareness marry together in their developments. The Classical world saw reason and belief come together through philosophy, while the Renaissance saw beauty, art, and culture develop alongside the changes within Christianity from Catholicism to Protestantism and the development of Islam. The Enlightenment brought about new advancements within medicine and science, and also saw spiritual reason and practical belief. Whilst, the Industrial Age gave sway to two world wars, it also saw the rise of individual belief and the secularization of established religion.

Are we now, almost twenty years into a new millennium, developing a new awareness, a spiritual belief system of individuality and freedom? One in which people suffer with headaches, dizziness and tiredness whilst at the same time developing a spiritual awareness they never knew they had? Are we now, after thousands of years of evolution, beginning to wake up? Is this the Age of Awakening?

If so, how and what can we do to encourage it?

First and foremost, if you are suffering with the symptoms listed, see your Doctor immediately and have tests. I was fortunate to find a good Neurologist who told me that the painkillers I was taking were actually having a worse effect on me than the actual migraine. Codeine creates migraines, or ‘codeine head’, leaving with you the need to take more, which only adds to the pain further.

Secondly, you need to keep a diary of your migraines, list all activities before and after the attack, including food and drink. Thirdly, keep a record of all strange occurrences happening within your life and try to understand why it is happening to you now. Lastly, do not fight the changes that are happening within you. The result may mean you change your job, move, or leave your present circumstances, but whatever the future holds for you, know that these changes occurring within you now are for a reason, a positive reason.

So, open your eyes and finally see the world around you for you have been Awakened.

Meet the author: S. L. Coyne is the writer of Numinosity, a novel about life and finding the true meaning to life. It is a novel of personal development and mindfulness cradled within the realm of Celtic Spirituality. Numinosity is a set of eleven lessons concerning the transformation of human consciousness and culture. It explores what is happening in the world today, and develops the Numinosity which we are now encountering in different ways.


S. L. Coyne
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