The Ascension process is an evolutionary process occurring on a personal and planetary level. Ascension involves the acceleration of vibrational energy and the expansion of awareness which creates a shift in consciousness. When a particular life system raises its vibrational state from one energetic state of being/realm of existence…to another higher one…it is ascending. During the ascension process changes are occurring on all levels of your Being…it is a completely natural universal evolutionary development. As we shift in vibrational frequency and our awareness expands…symptoms are experienced on the physical…mental…emotional and spiritual level. Your system is rebooting…being “tuned up” or upgraded. Old patterns begin to fall away as one starts to embody much more Light. Each person is experiencing these changes in their own way and in their own time.
List of Common Challenges & Symptoms
This article has been taken from the Internet by Karen Bishop and edited/added to by LH
- Feeling as though you are in a pressure cooker or in intense energy and feeling stress
This is one of the first ascension feelings that a person usually feels. In the beginning when the energy shifts arrive…they bring with them a new & higher vibration. Old patterns & behaviors are being pushed to the surface for release.
Feeling all this pressure going on inside of you can feel like great stress & overload. If you are still in a conventional life with mainstream pressures…this new energy can really add to your pile. You will eventually adjust to this higher vibration & much will be activated for release within you as well. More room inside for more of the higher energy! The pressure cooker is transforming the old energies into new productive/creative energies to be used to create a New Life & New Earth.
This symptom is most definitely in the top three & very widely experienced. The ascension process purges so much of the darker & denser energies from us that we find ourselves “in them/in the dark” for sometimes long periods of time…which are actually shortening of late. We may feel like things are simply never going to get better. And to add insult to injury…the outer world is no longer in alignment with the new higher vibrating you. This can be a Source of great frustration as the outer world no longer reflects our new Reality inside of us.
It doesn’t feel so good out there & it might feel like there is nowhere to go that does. Therefore everything around us feels just plain ugly & icky. And in addition…when we are vibrating higher & have to wait for the outside to manifest itself in a higher way of being it can seem like it is taking forever. Feeling let down & like things will never change are so very common. This is a long process. An upside-down Reality…world & human both have to turn right side up. Spending time on the Earth can help alleviate these symptoms greatly.
There is a jewel in the length of the process though & a necessary & perfectly intended by-product. We cannot create from the ego anymore…in fact that is what our outer world shows us daily…as all new creations will be coming from the Heart of Spirit/Higher Self. We have to get to a place where we are OK no matter what is going on. Feeling disappointment for what seems like forever eventually makes us realize that we will never get anything that we cannot live without.
When we learn to detach & release all attachments…we always get precisely what we want/need. It is like magic & a very key part of the ascension process to let go of all attachments. When we arrive in this space…we are truly in heaven as nothing can affect us here & we also get whatever we desire…even though we desire nothing. This is a true symptom of “arriving” & one can often feel a complete peace inside while the process continues.
- Anxiety…panic & feelings of hysteria
When our egos begin to transform…they literally freak out as they do not want to cease to exist. It may feel as if everything is ending (the old of everything is). Your system is also on overload & you may feel as if you are hyperventilating & often nauseous. Things are happening that you may not understand at the time…you will eventually as it all comes clear with each new level of vibrational shift.
You are also losing behavior patterns of a lower vibration that you developed for survival in 3D. This may make you feel vulnerable & powerless. These patterns & behaviors you are losing are not needed in the higher realms. When we experience death in a 3D world it is easy to go into panic & have anxiety as we do not know where we are going or what is happening.
When you finally “arrive” to the next level of vibration…you will feel much Love…safety & unity. Just wait & know that others are going where you are going…you are not going alone…we are all in this together.
- A need to eat often along with what feels like attacks of low blood sugar
You may feel a craving for protein. This is another of the early symptoms that is felt by many. Our bodies are using up an incredible amount of fuel for this process.
As you are literally being turned inside-out…every ounce of energy that you have is being utilized. These low blood sugar periods come & go for several years & get much better as our bodies begin adjusting.
- Unusual aches & pains in different parts of your body
This is another of the most common symptoms. Manifesting just about anywhere in the physical body…this is a sign of purifying…detoxing & releasing blocked energy that is vibrating at a lower 3D level while other parts of us are vibrating higher. You may feel pain in various parts of your body for several weeks & then it will simply vanish with no explanation. This can be especially in the joints & bone structure of the body.
- Continual neck & upper back stiffness & pain
We are sprouting angel wings & this is where they are emerging. Our spines are vibrating differently & also connecting to a higher form of Light. This area of our body is where it all happens…ie. in the upper chest/Heart area.
- Skin eruptions…diarrhea & indigestion
Acne…rashes & hives etc. usually arrive when we are in the purging process & adjusting to a higher energy. Rashes are fairly common & diarrhea can last for weeks & even months. If a doctor visit proves you are OK…fiber can really help until this phase ends & during it all…you still won’t lose weight! Body gain is common & is not necessarily due to overeating etc…most often in the Solar Plexus…stomach area as it is busy transforming & changing the entire structure of the body.
- Heart pain & palpitations
These symptoms are common for many. Our hearts are trying to accommodate a newer & higher frequency as well as sloughing off the old vibrations of Heartache & damage from the dense trauma experiences. At times you can feel as though you are having a heart attack. When the Heart is releasing energy…it is like any other muscle & can go into spasm in the chest…not to be alarmed…go into deep meditation & aid it into settling down once again into a simple rhythm. Our hearts are where we will be coming/living/creating & connecting from in the New world & they must be brought into this new alignment/rhythm with the New Earth.
- Periods of very deep sleeping
When the energy is not moving & we are done for awhile…we get to rest. While we are integrating & preparing for the next phase of intense moving energy…we can become very lethargic. It can become nearly impossible to keep your eyelids open in the dayLight hours & daytime napping can be necessary from time to time.
At times you can exercise/move your way back into some energy…& at other times the body simply needs to rest.
- Experiencing emotional ups & downs…weeping/laughing
Our emotions are energy. When we are falling apart (as we are doing just that)…we can get pretty emotional.
When we are releasing…we can cry at the drop of a hat. A sad movie can make us cry or difficult memories can bring us to our knees. We can cry when we experience kindness. We can cry when we feel relief. We can cry when we see any kind of suffering.
These tears are great cleansers & releasers. This seems to be an on-going symptom that is here to stay for awhile. It is most often a great relief & followed by feelings of calm & Peace.
- Night sweats…hot flashes & Power surges
During certain phases of ascension our bodies suddenly decide that they are going to burn off the lower & denser aspects of ourselves…just like a body uses fever to clear out unwanted viruses etc. You may wake up in the night soaking wet or become very hot during the day. It may be 35 degrees outside & you are just fine & dandy in your short sleeves. These symptoms can come & go often.
- Feeling cold with an inability to get warm
When we are moving into a higher dimension after much integrating…detoxing & other ascension processes…we can get very cold…often with teeth chattering & body shaking. We are in between & preparing to move up & once again the body is sloughing off unwanted energies. At these times it can be very difficult to warm up no matter what you do…warming the core of the body seems to be the best solution. Hot ginger tea is a helpful body warmer along with hot water soaks.
- Vivid…wild & sometimes violent dreams
We are releasing many lifetimes of lower vibrational energy through our dreams. If you are one who receives their higher information through dreams…you will likely do a lot of releasing at night. Consider yourself to be very fortunate to be able to work around the clock…as some are doing much of their releasing when they are awake.
These dreams often do not make sense…you can usually figure them out. These acid-trip-like dreams are up & visible because they contain energy that’s on its way out from another timeline…never to return. Through this process we are releasing all of our past lives/timelines and reconnecting with our multi-dimensional selves.
- Dizziness…loss of balance…vertigo & spinning
The definition of the Merkabah is counter-rotating fields of Light surrounding the Spirit Light body which serve to transport this body energetic from one dimension to another. This is precisely what is occurring…it is interdimensional surfing.
As we connect to our Light bodies & begin moving into a higher dimension…we begin spinning & can experience vertigo…nausea & dizziness. If you know that this symptom indicates that something wonderful is happening it can be quite fun…like a roller coaster ride. Being/walking on the Earth helps it all to keep in balance while this is in process as you readjust to the new Earth energies.
- Overall body pain & days of extreme fatigue
Our bodies are morphing into a crystalline form in order to enable us to reside in the higher realms & to continually be able to receive the higher Light. This process is on-going & it cannot happen overnight. If you feel as though you are 100+ years old & barely able to walk across the room…this is why. Being gentle with ourselves & using good Self-care can alleviate some of the stress around this symptom.
Continual fatigue is an on-going symptom for the same reasons. We are losing our density & going through extreme restructuring on all levels of our forms. Movement can be helpful…walks on the Earth near water and in the trees can be energizing and balancing.
- Gritty eyes & blurred vision
Very simply…our eyes are adjusting to see in a new way…in a higher dimension & a new Reality…you may find that your vision is improving as well…this is an added benefit.
- Memory loss & difficulty accessing words
So many are having this symptom that we can only laugh as we try to converse with each other. At times we cannot talk at all because we are simply unable to access much of anything. When this occurs you are going back & forth between dimensions & experiencing a “disconnect” from the 3D world…this is interdimensional surfing.
Another somewhat related occurrence is trying to type words & having the letters become jumbled in the wrong order. In this case…we are not in alignment with this timeline & our flow is disconnected…as part of our energy is here & another part is further ahead. Remember that we are multi-dimensional Beings & as we continue in the recovery/reconnect process…we are actually surfing between parts of ourselves that are in other worlds. This can be an exciting part of the ascension process as we can access information from these other part of ourselves & have incredible wisdom & problem solving skills come alive and available to us.
- Difficulty remembering what you did…who you talked to a day or just an hour before
In the higher realms…Reality is very much in the moment. If we do not hold something in our consciousness…it simply ceases to exist. We have no attachments. We are co-creating our own world around us through our beliefs & thoughts & what we do not hold onto does not exist…it is not a part of our world. When watching the nightly news on TV…it is easy to see that these “scenes/dramas” are not part of the New Earth of Love & Light…it can become easier to detach from it with that knowledge.
Everything is brand new as we are starting completely over from one moment to the next moment. We can tap into whatever we choose to at any moment & create & experience just that. This state comes & goes…it is practice for living in the higher realms. In addition…at times we are neither here nor there as we are in between dimensions…practice relaxing & letting go. Love without Trust is like a river without water.
- Not remembering the meaning of anything
In the higher realms we are vibrating at a point where everything possesses only the meaning & identity that we give it & energy is just energy with no label or meaning. All is fresh & new.
It is easy to find that all material “things” in our 3D world have been “named & identified” by Reality of another…ie the names of the mountains & places of our Earth for example…& they may no longer be a fit for us personally.
- A feeling of disorientation…not knowing where you are
Where in the world am I? I do not fit anywhere & nothing seems to fit or feel remotely right! I do not know where I belong…where I am going or what I am supposed to be doing either. I do not feel comfortable in my own skin.
You have been knocked out of your old grooves by an energy shift & are in between realities/worlds. You have successfully left much behind & are in a very new space but have not integrated yet.
You won’t have much time to integrate though…because as soon as you get comfortable you will be moving on into the next higher vibrating space. In addition…the outside world does not remotely match/reflect the way you are now highly vibrating…it becomes more & more difficult to live in it. Creating a home sanctuary where you have a space of Peace…safety & quiet to be alone can be very comforting in these moments of extreme change.
- A loss of identity…who you are
You look in the mirror & have a strange feeling of disconnect as you no longer recognize that once familiar image. You almost feel out of your body. Once this phenomenon occurs it never ends. You have released so much of your ego Self…that you are no longer the same person & do not have that attachment or connection to your physical body.
As you begin to access/become more of your Soul/Spirit or Higher Self…you are not in your body as much. You may still use your voice to communicate & other bodily aspects…however you are slowly beginning the process of disappearing & releasing the human form. In addition…you have cleared much of your old patterns & are embodying much more Light…the simpler & more purified Divine Essential you. All is in order…you are OK.
When you are feeling out of your body…remember that the physical body is the last to catch up. Much of us is now in a higher dimension & residing outside of our bodies…our bodies are not there yet. They are still much denser.
Being grounded with the Earth & circular breathing through such periods is extremely helpful. This ascension process is about being IN the physical body & assisting the body in its journey into higher vibrational frequencies. So continuing to stay grounded in the body through the Heart & connected to the Earth cannot be stressed enough.
- “Seeing” & “hearing” things
As we can now access different dimensions more easily…it is common for many to see things out of the corner of our eyes &/or hear things when nothing is there. Many also experience a continual ringing in the ears…which is common when we are accessing higher dimensions. This is not Tinnitus…though it feels like it might be. Your ears will take another step into change. Some of us will hear ringing that will go on & on & on & on. Take it as a vibrational imprint for it simply means that you are vibrating in harmonics with a new alternate Reality which is very close to yours…the New Earth.
Depending upon how sensitive you are & how you are wired…this can be a common experience. Many are seeing orbs & vibrating blobs of color as well. Many of our multidimensional capabilities are coming back online with clairaudience…clairvoyance…clairsentience along with extreme sensitivity all around. These are some of the more energizing & exciting changes to experience & enjoy…especially the wisdom & understanding that comes with it all.
- Feeling that you are going insane or developing a mental illness
We are rapidly experiencing several dimensions while greatly opening ourselves up to new energies & worlds. Much is available to us now. You are just not used to it. Your awareness has been heightened & your barriers are going. This will pass & you will eventually feel very at Home like you have never felt before…Home is now here in our Hearts.
- Feeling as though you are looking down a long tunnel in order to connect to lower vibrations…feeling as though you are pretending & not real
When we are residing in the higher realms…anything not there with us may feel far away. If you are still in a lifestyle where you are regularly interacting with the outside or old world…you may feel like an actor in a play or that you are pretending your way through the day. Basically…you are no longer residing in that world…even though you are still involved in it…one foot in & one foot out. When people bump into you…this is another clue…you notice that there are people who are not even seeing you. There’s a slight shifting of dimensions wherein you can see them but you’re slightly out of vibrational alignment so they don’t see you. It is easy to feel invisible at times…& is not necessarily a negative thing.
- An intolerance for lower vibrational things of the 3D world reflected in conversations …attitudes…societal structures…healing modalities etc. They literally can make you feel ‘sick’ inside
When we begin arriving in the higher realms & in a higher vibration…our energies are no longer in alignment with the old outside 3D world. Through a severe intolerance to the old…we are being “pushed/propelled” to move forward & out of this old place…to Be…to focus on & co-create the New Earth. It no longer exists in this New Earth nor are we comfortable with its old ways of being.
In addition…you may feel like staying home &/or just being alone…as much of everything “out there” no longer matches the higher vibration of the new YOU. This is simply a very common experience of evolution. We are moving forward inside of ourselves before the outside manifestations come into place. Being in the old can feel downright awful & depressing…similar to having to “go back” after having had a near death experience. As the ascension process continues…going back to the lower dimensions will not feel good nor will it be possible for long. It is difficult to drop our vibration down in order to reside there for any amount of time & takes large amounts of our creation energy needed for our New Earth.
This is a simple experience of navigating the dimensional hierarchies. We will eventually remember & become experts with these ancient skills…as for most of us…it is where we came from in the first place.
- You don’t feel like doing anything…no motivation
You are in a rest period & “rebooting”. Your body knows what it needs. During this time you may feel as though you have lost your passion & joy & don’t know what in the world you want to do with your life & don’t really care! This phase occurs when we are realigning with a new vibration.
At higher levels much is realigning as well. Things are being put into position so that all will be ready when you move forward again. In addition…when we begin reaching the higher realms…”doing & making things happen” becomes obsolete as the New Earth energies support the feminine of basking…receiving…creating…self-care & nurturing.
Ask the Universe to bring you what you want while you cannot do it for yourself. Know that you are always being taken care of during this ascension process…even if it does not feel like it at times.
Those in the physical going through this process are very highly revered by all in the cosmos. We are most certainly being watched over & supported in all that we are.
- A wanting to go Home…as if everything is OVER & you don’t belong here anymore
As we’re returning to Source…everything is over. Many of us are staying to experience & co-create the New Earth World. Also our old plans for coming have been completed & we may feel without further purpose.
We are basically done with our prior incarnation that involved raising the frequency of the planet with a goal of reaching critical mass. We achieved a lot of this through transmuting the darker & denser energies within ourselves. Now we don’t have to do that anymore & may feel like we simply want out of here & away from that experience. What is coming next is simply divine & does not remotely resemble the first phase.
- A sudden disappearance of friends…activities…habits…jobs & residences
One of the most basic & prevalent experiences in the higher realms involves the Law of Attraction. Like energies always attract like & similar energies. This relates to the dimensional hierarchies as well. We will always be matched with what & how we are vibrating &/or what or who we need to be with for healing & releasing.
As we go higher & higher into new dimensions…this phenomenon may become much more magnified & becomes one of the basic cores of our Reality & existence. Through the ascension process we are evolving beyond what we used to be…therefore the people & surroundings that no longer match our vibration simply leave our space.
This can sometimes occur rather dramatically or at times through a simple desire resulting from the inability to relate to them like we used to…with no common ground. When an energy shift occurs…it can feel as though a bomb has been dropped & everything in our world has been scattered from here to there.
Eventually we realign with the New. When the New arrives…you will feel so-o-o-o much better!
- You can no longer do old things anymore…trying to do your usual routine & activities feels awful
This is the same as above. You’re no longer a fit & it’s time to move on to a much higher vibrating way of living… Being & co-creating.
- Your plans suddenly change in mid-stream & go in a completely different direction
When this occurs…your soul is balancing out your energy & reminding you to be flexible in Life. It usually feels great in this new direction. Your soul is breaking your rut choices & old vibrations. Our souls always know more than we do…& living a spontaneous Life can be lots of fun & very freeing.
- Waking at night between 2 & 4 a.m.
Much is going on in your dream state. You can’t be there for long lengths of time & need a break. This is also the ‘cleansing & releasing’ hour. Sleeping patterns in general will be changing from one long sleep period to 3 hours of sleep…then 2 hours of wakefulness…followed by 2 or 3 more hours of sleep.
Steve adds: “When we awaken in the middle of the night we’re not only in enhanced awareness…we’re also in an enhanced state of creation. In this state…our ability to transform our thoughts into Reality is greatly increased. The challenge is to become conscious of what we are thinking about & therefore what we are creating. Instead many simply allow their thoughts to flow from them by default…thereby creating realities that are not really to their liking.” (possibly missing a great opportunity to create a new Reality you have been dreaming about)
A more useful plan is to enjoy the enhanced creativity & tell yourself instead that you’re going to be invigorated & energized by this period of heightened awareness & creativity. Then be amazed at the result.
- Heightened sensitivities to your surroundings
Crowds…noise…foods…TV…music & other human/animal voices along with various other stimulations are barely tolerable. You also overwhelm very easily & become easily over stimulated. You are tuning up. Know that this will eventually pass &/or is completely situational to your emotional state at the time.
- You have created a situation that seems like your worst nightmare
Your soul is guiding you into “stretching” into aspects of yourself where you were lacking…or into “toning down” aspects where you had an overabundance. Your energy is just balancing itself.
“Unlike a conventional paranoid who believes the world is out to get them…an inverse paranoid believes the opposite: that every awful tragedy that befalls you ultimately is for some purpose that will benefit you far more than you can possibly imagine…even if you are unable to see it at the time.” (Dr. Mercola)
Finding your way to peace through these experiences is one of the many challenges you have agreed to in choosing to come to this Earth world. This is your co-creation and your Soul would not have brought it up if you weren’t ready and willing to experience it. You are the one who finds your way out of this false world and you are with the support of the Earth/Spirit and all of Her inhabitants…this is an ancient group mission. Looking back…you will have gratitude for the experience and be a new and different person by bringing in a new part of you that will change your Life. Unwavering Trust is the key to it all.
With Love…Light and Grace