What does it mean spiritually when you experience anxiety?

You’ve been experiencing a lot of anxiety lately. It’s been coming out of nowhere, and for no apparent reason.

So why are you having this anxiety? If you think it might be for spiritual reasons, you might be correct.

In this article we’ll take you through all the possibilities so you can figure out the reason behind your feelings.

1) You’re experiencing a spiritual awakening

One of the most obvious spiritual reasons for anxiety is that you’re having a spiritual awakening.

This might sound a little surprising to you. Isn’t an awakening about finding peace, balance, and clarity?

In essence, that’s exactly what an awakening is — but it can take a rather rocky path to get there.

Here are some of the most common ways that a spiritual awakening can cause anxiety.

  • An awakening can cause a complete upheaval in your belief system, values, and daily routine. And none of that is easy to go through! So during an awakening, you could feel stress from the unknown, from not yet fully understanding all the changes you’re feeling.
  • You might also be anxious because you’re purging people and things that no longer serve you from your life. While this is a very beneficial cleansing process, it can also be very hard to let go of things we used to rely on very heavily. Once again, this can lead to anxiety.
  • Lastly, a spiritual awakening is a very tedious process for both the mind and the body. Your spirit is learning to perceive the world on another level, and so much new input can easily overwhelm the brain. Learning to process all this may cause both fatigue and stress.

If you think this is what your anxiety means spiritually, don’t worry! An awakening is ultimately a very positive experience and will bring many powerful insights to your daily life.

Take some time to get settled into your new reality and get to the bottom of what you’re anxious about. Once you work through the issues that have bubbled up in the process, your anxiety will fall away and you’ll be able to enjoy your new skills.

2) You’re disconnected from your spiritual essence

As we’ve just seen, anxiety can arise spiritually as the result of an awakening. On the other hand, you might be experiencing it because you have a spiritual disconnection.

In simple terms, this means that you’re not connecting with your essence. We live in a time where we can connect with literally anyone around the world — even strangers on social media that we’ve never met! Yet, many of us rarely take the time to dig deep into our own spirit and soul and get to know our real selves.

A spiritual disconnection can be instigated for many reasons:

  • Not finding meaning in life
  • Feeling angry or disappointed towards yourself
  • Struggling with a difficult decision or memory
  • Giving up on your faith or trust in the universe
  • Not knowing who you are or where you fit into the world

While these are all valid issues, it’s also important to remember that this is all temporary. The only thing that will last throughout your whole lifetime in beyond is your spiritual essence.

It’s in our nature to be connected with our whole self, and so of course you’ll feel the effects of being out of touch.

To deal with this kind of spiritual anxiety, you should ask yourself why it’s happening — what are the questions that pop up along with it? But what will probably help you the most is to work on getting back in touch with your spiritual nature. In doing so, you’ll likely end up working through most of your anxiety as well.

3) You need to free your mind

There’s lots of things anxiety could mean spiritually. But before we move on, here’s one that you should consider above all others.

You might need to free your mind. It’s as simple as that.

But wait, what exactly do we mean by that?

Well, first ask yourself this. Have you been hearing the same old message over and over again when it comes to spirituality? And are you exhausted from trying to always be the best version of yourself, of always trying to be positive?

If so, there’s a reason why:

You’ve been sold toxic spirituality.

Don’t feel bad about it though, so many of us have fallen into this trap. Including the shaman Rudá Iandé.

In this incredible free video, Rudá explains how his initial approach to spirituality did more harm than good. Now, with over 30 years in the field of spirituality, he hopes his experience can help others avoid the same mistakes.

So what makes Rudá trustworthy? How do you know you won’t get more of the same toxic crap that just makes your anxiety worse?

Well, Rudá isn’t going to tell you how to practice your spirituality. He isn’t going to give you a “magic recipe” that temporarily covers up your feelings, just to have them bubble back up later. Instead, he’s going to give you the tools to find empowerment from within.

Every exercise in the video will put you back in touch with your core self, step by step.

So if you’re ready to take that step, click here to watch the free video.

4) Your intuition senses problems on the horizon

It’s not uncommon to feel worried or anxious about the future, uncertain about your goals, or to simply feel like you’re in over your head.

But wait — everything’s going great in your life, and you’re not anticipating things taking a turn for the worse. So you can discard this possibility, right?

Well, you might not want to discount this option just yet.

What you can logically assess with your mind is one thing — and what your intuition can sense is another.

Your sixth sense might be picking up on something your other senses can’t perceive yet. So take a moment and ask yourself:

  • Are there any doubts I’ve been pushing down?
  • Have people close to me brought up any concerns I’ve been ignoring?
  • Is there any part of my life that I’ve really been neglecting lately?
  • Is there a problem I’ve been putting off for a while and forgotten about?
  • Have I been taking the necessary precautions to protect the things that are important to me in my life?

Aside from that, if you allow yourself to listen you may even start feeling where your anxiety may be coming from.

Once you figure it out, your next step will probably be to wonder, what now? Your anxiety can warn you about the future, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it in the present.

Our lives are constantly changing and we always have the ability to improve and make things better for ourselves. Don’t take this ability for granted, and continue working towards your goals in life with both passion and realism.

5) You haven’t found your purpose yet

We all know humans are highly spiritual beings. And a huge part of our spiritual journey is finding our purpose, our place in the universe.

So what do you think happens if you are knocked off course, or wandering aimlessly through life?

That’s right — it can cause anxiety.

This kind of anxiety has a deeply spiritual meaning. Your soul feels lost, like there is nowhere it is headed and nowhere for it to go. Essentially, it’s as if it’s lying dormant, restless and waiting until it can finally be allowed to be useful and move forward. Anyone would probably feel quite anxious in that situation!

So what’s the solution?

This might sound pretty obvious — find your purpose.

Ask yourself:

  • What do I want out of my life?
  • What kind of person do I want to become?
  • What are my core values?
  • What do I feel drawn to in life, even inexplicably?
  • What kind of issues move me the most?
  • How can I help others reach their full potential and become better people?
  • Are there certain parts of me that need improvement (emotional intelligence, self-esteem, etc.)?

Don’t expect all the answers to come rushing to you right away. It can take quite a bit of soul-searching to find your purpose!

So don’t put pressure on yourself to walk the whole path right away. Just look to make the first step in the right direction. When it feels right, explore that path further and pretty sool you’ll find yourself headed exactly where you’re meant to go.

6) You’re resisting reality

Look around you, and there is one thing you will surely see: the world is constantly changing around us.

And it’s inevitable that we will be pulled in different directions and feel a lot of resistance to these changes.

For example, someone might be afraid to admit that a relationship hasn’t been fulfilling them anymore, and it’s time to let go. Or perhaps it’s their career that has been stagnating, but they’re scared to quit and start over.

You might even be resisting things that are already happening to you, like if you’re moving to a new place. Your mind might be trying to resist because deep down you’re worried about fitting in, finding new friends, or earning enough to pay rent on your new apartment.

No matter what it is, these kinds of things can’t be avoided forever — you just have to accept them and move forward.

How do you get past this resistance?

  • Focus on the positive things you have in your life right now. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by something and let everything else fall into the background. Reminding yourself of what you love about your life can give you strength to deal with the negatives.
  • Look forward with strength rather than looking back in pain. Sometimes it can be hard to let go of something that we know isn’t right anymore, because we’re scared of the pain it will take to let it go. But you have to be able to look past this at the ultimate outcome you want, and the space you will make in your life for better things to come.
  • Develop a support system to help you through everything. We are each on our own spiritual path, but this doesn’t mean that you’re in it alone! Share your worries and fears with people you trust and allow them to offer you support.

7) The universe is trying to send you a message

Have you ever noticed how sometimes things happen to you that you don’t really understand, but later they make perfect sense?

That’s precisely another explanation for what anxiety could mean spiritually.

Because it’s not just “your” spirit we have to consider — you, in your deep essence, are connected to the universe and its higher power. Even if you don’t realize it, you are communicating with it every single day. And it is communicating back to you.

How? Well, through a number of ways:

And, it can also communicate with you through your feelings. Have you ever felt like you just had to leave your house early one day, just to find out later there was an accident on the highway during the time you usually cross it? Or maybe you felt a sudden curiosity to explore a new place, and then you end up meeting a great friend or your future partner there.

The universe can bring about feelings to guide you to a certain course of action.

This is very similar to your own intuition, but it can be a lot trickier to figure out as it comes from outside of you rather than within.

But there’s still a surefire way to understand what a message from the universe means: speak with a gifted advisor.

They can answer questions like, what am I meant to be doing? Is the universe trying to warn me against a huge mistake? What does this particular sign mean?

The only problem is finding someone you can trust.

That’s why I recommend Psychic Source. When I signed up for a reading, they provided me with a unique insight into where my life was going, including how the universe was communicating with me to give me guidance.

Having tried several online advisors, I think they’re the most caring, compassionate and helpful network of gifted advisors out there.

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8) You’re sensing someone else’s anxiety

Another possible spiritual reason for anxiety is that it comes from a person close to you.

Just as you are connected to the universe, you are connected on a deep level to many other people around you. And if this bond is strong enough, you may sense certain feelings from that person, including anxiety.

For example, you might have a friend who is having a hard time and can’t seem to get out of bed. Or perhaps you have a family member who is going through something very difficult and your spirit is taking on part of the burden for them.

This can happen even if the person hasn’t explicitly shared their feelings with you — your spirits communicate too, on a higher level.

What’s more, your anxiety may even be coming from someone you haven’t even met yet!

Some bonds, such as twin flames, are intricately connected so much so that you may begin to share experiences with them long before they come into your life. This could mean that you will soon meet your twin flame.

So if you’re looking for what your anxiety means spiritually, don’t forget to check in on your loved ones. When you open your heart up to being compassionate and helping others, you might even surprise yourself with how much good you can do in the universe!

9) You’re becoming more in tune with your anxiety that you’ve been ignoring

If you’ve been stressing out about something for a really long time, you may have stuffed your feelings down until you can barely feel them anymore.

This stifles the feelings and puts their cause momentarily out of mind — but deep down, it will always be there.

And then there will eventually come a time in your life when something makes you slow down or take a hard look at where you are and where you’re going. That’s when the anxiety will be allowed to bubble back up to the surface.

This can happen particularly when you experience a spiritual change. You need to have a free soul in order to ascend and fulfill your true purpose. Anxiety gets in the way of that, so it’s one of the first things that your spirit tries to cleanse.

And when you start to work on clearing your energy, you might find that your anxiety is actually much more intense than you thought it was.

In fact, it might have been quietly building up for weeks or even months now, but you haven’t noticed because you were so wrapped up in other things. But as soon as you begin to tune into yourself, it may become much more obvious what’s going on.

There’s only one real solution to this — deal with the issues that your anxiety is pointing to.

That’s the reason for your anxiety all along, and it will continue to feed it until you get to the root cause.

10) You’re working through unresolved fears and issues from the past

When you have anxiety, it might be because you’re still holding on to a past experience that has left a negative imprint on your current life.

You continue to get up in the morning, go to your job and to the friends you have right now. But a part of you is still stuck living in the past, and trapped in fear.

You might be feeling anxiety just from this — but it will really become obvious when you start to work through this unresolved pain from your past.

This might be a much longer process than you might expect. You might get through a therapy session, or have a good cry and feel enormously relieved after. But a few days later, you realize your body feels just as heavy and burdened as it did before.

Rest assured that you’re definitely still making progress. As you clear up the highest level of anxiety, the next one is allowed to rise to the surface. If you went through deep trauma, it may take a long time to get through the many layers of pain that have continued accumulating since it happened.

You’ll need to be very patient with yourself. In a way, you’re like an sculptor, carefully chipping away at a rock to create the beautiful statue hidden within it.

11) You’re straying from your life path

A final reason for what anxiety can mean spiritually is straying from your life path.

If this is the case, here’s the first thing you need to do: consider what has led you off your path.

You may be living your life according to someone else’s expectations. You may be living up to someone else’s idea of perfection, or you may be holding yourself back from your true potential because you’re afraid of being judged or rejected by others.

This is one of the most common things anxiety means spiritually — and one that you can easily deal with if you realize it. Just take a step back and examine what’s going on in your life right now:

  • Is there a part of your life that feels like it’s just off? (even for no particular reason?)
  • Do you have any dreams or achievements you haven’t been doing anything for yet?
  • Is there a part of your life where you feel you need a change?

But of course, as with many spiritual questions, this is much easier said than done.

So if you’re struggling to find clarity on this, I’d suggest speaking to a gifted advisor at Psychic Source.

I mentioned them earlier. They have helped me out in the past and I’ve always found them honest and compassionate in their readings.

So instead of trying to figure out your life path on your own, speak to an advisor who’ll save you precious time and costly mistakes.

Click here to get your own personalized reading.

Can a gifted advisor help you too?

If you want specific advice on your situation, it can be very helpful to speak to someone with special intuition.

I know this from personal experience…

A few months ago, I reached out to Psychic Source when I was going through a tough patch in my relationship. After being lost in my thoughts for so long, they gave me a unique insight into what my future holds, and the confidence to make the right decisions when it comes to love.

If you haven’t heard of Psychic Source before, it’s a site where gifted advisors help people through complicated and difficult life situations.

In just a few minutes you can connect with a highly intuitive psychic and get tailor-made advice for your situation.

I was blown away by how kind, empathetic, and genuinely helpful my psychic was.

Click here to get started.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Nomadrs to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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