7 Powerful Spiritual Truths: Turn Challenges into a Reawakening



“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ~Iyanla Vanzant 

Have you ever had an experience that took you to emotional rock bottom? One that left you drained, broken, and totally numb? Your life shattered, and you scrambling to pick up the pieces and put them back together?

It might sound like a cliché, but sometimes it really is darkest just before dawn. Rock bottom can be a great place to start to rebuild yourself. Sometimes, it is the only place, as I once experienced.

My Spiritual Re-awakening

He had just broken up with me. We weren’t together for long—a few months at most—but it was still one of the most painful things I ever experienced.

I knew that my pain wasn’t because the relationship was over; it stemmed from a lack of self-worth.

I didn’t know how to have a healthy relationship with myself, let alone another person. The pain of trying to have close relationships without having the skills to successfully navigate them had caught up to me with a vengeance—vengeance that had brought me to my knees.

And so began my spiritual re-awakening and the re-emergence of these hidden truths:

1. Be open to the magnificent.

While lying on the floor, curled up in a ball, soaked in tears, I began to pray. I pleaded for help. I pleaded for my heavy spirits to be lifted. I pleaded for the sun to shine on my heart and to teach me how to feel the way I wanted to feel, live the way I wanted to live, and be loved the way I wanted to be loved.

And then it happened. In a piercing moment of clarity, wisdom, once forgotten, returned with the fierce determination of exalting me from my pain. Wisdom we all possess; wisdom present before our first cries as newborns—wisdom of the universe.

Hidden truth: You already have everything that you need to create the life you desire; you just need to tap into it.

2. Learn what you are here to learn.

The universe is always unfolding exactly as it should. Sometimes it doles out experiences in the form of peace and serenity, and other times, its gifts come in the form of challenge and strife.

Your experiences are specifically suited for your personal evolution. Whether you are having the experience of anger, resentment, joy, happiness, or love, your experiences are uniquely designed to help you become who you were meant to be.

Hidden truth: The universe is always unfolding exactly as it should. The experience you are having at the moment is the one that you need, simply because you are having it.

3. Be present for yourself and others.

Give your full attention to everything that is happening to and around you in each moment. If you are taking a shower, experience the shower. Avoid bringing thoughts about making your coffee, what you are going to wear for the day, and driving to work in with you.

Feel everything about the shower—the temperature of the water, the size of the drops, the smell of the soap, and how wonderful it is that you are able to have the experience of taking a shower.

The past is over. The future hasn’t happened yet. The only time that exists is now; experience it.

Hidden truth: When you are physically in one place but mentally in another, you are missing your life. And not just missing it, but missing it at warp speed.

4. Bring passion to all that you do.

The quest to find one’s passion seems to have become an epidemic. However, something that was never lost cannot be found.

Passion is not something that exists outside you. It is what springs forth from you. It is the enthusiasm of being alive that you bring to what you are doing and who you are with. If you don’t have passion, you must reignite it.

Hidden truth: You have to have passion in order to feel passionate.

5. Give love abundantly.

Spirituality cannot exist without love. Spirituality is love. It is love for the planet, love for ourselves, and love for our fellow sisters and brothers. It has been said there are only two feelings that exist: love and fear. And all other feelings, such as loneliness, jealousy, worry, joy, and compassion are either one or the other.

You cannot be afraid and feel love, nor can you feel love and be afraid. When you give love abundantly, it will be abundantly returned to you.

Hidden truth: If you cultivate compassion and gratitude, you will never be alone and always in love.

6. Revere life.

Reverence is a feeling of profound love, awe, and respect for another. Someone who is reverent cannot bring suffering to even those who have hurt them.

One of the most reverent individuals on this planet was Mother Theresa. She once said, “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. “ 

To live that way, is nothing short of amazing. How you respond to another person is always your choice.

Hidden truth: Be kind, even to those who are unkind to you.

7. Embrace connection. 

We are all connected to each other. A child, a stay-at-home mother, a stay-at-home father, a CEO, and the president—we are all one. Other than our personalities and egos housed by our physical bodies, we come from the same divine source.

Hidden truth: The same pain, joy, love, and wisdom that runs through you, runs through everyone you come in contact with.

To fully understand each of these hidden truths, it is not enough to read them as words on a page; they must be experienced. For example, I could tell you in detail how honey tastes, but if you haven’t experienced honey, it would be impossible for you to fully grasp my description, no matter how hard you tried.

You are more than your body, your mind, your personality, and your ego. You are a great soul with infinite wisdom, creativity, love, and prosperity, which has access to these hidden truths whenever you need them.

And the next time life presents you with challenge, be grateful that you are able to experience it.

Be grateful that you are equipped to handle it.

Be grateful that it will move you one step closer to becoming who you were meant to be.

Be grateful for what it will reveal to you.

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About Lisa H.

Lisa H. is mother, healthy living fanatic and practicer of all things happy. With her blog, Getting to Zen, she hopes to inspire you to feel good, eat good and move good. You can find Lisa doling out practical tips to improve your life from the inside out on her blog and on Facebook. Don’t forget to sign up for Lisa’s free eCourse, The Passion Habit to ignite your fire within and start doing what you love.

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  • Dochy

    Brilliant post! I especially love your second point. Like they say, ‘Only in hindsight, will the miracles become obvious, will you see you were guided, and will you find there was order all along. Otherwise, as was once said, a long, long time ago, “it would all be too easy…” ‘

    Thank you for this wonderful post today, Lisa! You rock!!! 🙂

  • Lisa, I so resonate with your discoveries. And I so like that they are real discoveries, real experiences – nothing else matters. Not in the long run.

    As for it being darkest just
    before dawn: yes that’s definitely true, cliche or not. The challenge with that is that sometimes, for some people – like widow for example – that darkest night can last multiple years – and often does. The transition from grief to growth, from darkness to light can only be made one step at a time – in darkness, and with little hope of the light ever coming back.

    And yet, it’s possible and it happens. And that proves the truth of everything you say! 🙂

  • cary

    Nice. The world is a better place today because of your insight. Thank you. I especially like “something that was never lost cannot be found”. Thanks again, cary

  • lv2terp

    Absolutely beautiful!!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your experience, and amazing “hidden truths”!!! 🙂

  • ericaled

    Thank you for this! It’s taken me nearly a year to get over a 2 month relationship, simply because it’s so much easier to pine for a lost love than to admit that I’m not in love with myself. But I’m getting there, and your tips are a great guide!

  • Lisa H.

    Hi there. Thank you for stopping to by. You nailed it exactly. “it’s so much easier to pine for a lost love than to admit that I’m not in love with myself.” It was never about the other person. it was totally about me.

  • Lisa H.

    Thank you for the visit. It is interesting how when we are at our lowest points, our inner strength and wisdom is revealed.

  • Lisa H.

    Hi Cary,
    Thank you for stopping by and thank you for the kind words. Yes, it is about remembering what we already know. Sometimes everything needs to be stripped away for us to tap into our wisdowm and sometimes it doesn’t. The choice as to when we tap into it is always ours. 🙂

  • Wandoo Ityavyar

    “Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem.We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ~Iyanla Vanzant

    This is perhaps the “untruest” quotes I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. A lot of times you happen by people and situations because it is a numbers game, probability so to speak. However when you decide to put up with or accept(longterm) that person or situation is when you can make claim to the law of attraction psycho babble. I think a lot of occurrences in the world are over simplified. Sometimes a cigar is in fact just a cigar. Now here’s a quote I prefer
    “Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian”
    Now by no means am I advocating the victim mentality, but as positive as one maybe, you are delusional if you believe that absolutely everyone is just willing to embrace you and see you suceed. A lot of people are, but not everyone. And if you are unfortunate enough to encounter the select few who aren’t just enthused about all things you or themselves for that matter. That is not to say you attracted them to yourself or you have low self worth.

    On an unrelated note, you have raised a lot of a valid points. I particularly like the Mother Theresa quote. It goes hand in hand with the biblical quote about living at peace with everyone as far as it depends on you. Thanks for the article. Good job Lisa!

  • Lisa H.

    Hi Halina,
    Thank you for your support. Experience is a great teacher. It has taught me everything I know about grief, anger, frustration, pain, joy, love and gratitude. You are so right about the darkest night. For some, it can be a few minutes and for others it can be for years. It makes me sad when I think about it. It reminds me of those times when I was in the darkness to awaken years later to time lost. The thing about the darkness is that it can suck you in without you even knowing it. Periodically asking myself whether I am happy has helped to keep me going towards the light. 🙂

  • Lisa H.

    Hi Dochy,
    Thank you. I love that quote about miracles. It is so true. In hindsight, they are obvious. The good news is, miracles happen every day 🙂

  • Life isn’t for the faint of heart, is it. 🙂 And: it’s never time lost, never! Not when you look back at it and see what has grown out of the darkness. Unlike flowers, tree seeds take many months to germinate, sometimes even years!… 🙂

  • Lisa H.

    Love that! It is the same thing I say about parenting–it is not for the faint of heart. LOL. Thank you for the perspective on time. I love the analogy to germination. I appreciate your support. Have a great day!

  • Lori

    I forwarded this to my friends and posted on FaceBook. Every single one of your hidden truths resonated very deeply with me. Reading it brought me to tears! So true! Thank you for sharing and embracing your connection with us!

  • melhimshaker

    I liked this post very much. It’s wonderful and totally true.
    I hope I can live by the way you’ve explained. It’s amazing
    Thanks for sharing it with us

  • Absolutely AMAZING Article! I’ve been through & learned so much of this & am writing a book about it? You have gift, keep it up!

  • tell27

    Your right on the money with what you say . Keep it up

  • Chela

    As someone trying to deal with the aftermath of an affair while taking care of a 6 month old baby I have experieneced first hand the feelings of despair, anger and resentment. It is really hard to make sense of it all and to not let yourself get lost in it all. So I thank you for this post as it brings a ray of hope into my life that I desperately need!

  • I enjoyed reading this literary piece. I can sense a lot of good sentiments, however, I disagree immensely with the reference to Mother Teresa while having the knowledge of her acts towards the mentally sick, the physically ill, and the poor.

    With that said, thank you for the thoughtful article.

  • Nat

    Great article, very inspiring.

  • Electra

    Thank you Lisa! Loved it!

  • Bobbie

    Thank you Lisa for this helpful and wise post. ^_^

  • Mary

    Almost every word of this article resonates so deeply with me. I am going through exactly the same situation right now. I was dating a guy for just a few months and then he broke up with me. I don’t think I have ever been so devastated in my entire life, and I couldn’t figure out why. I finally realized it was because I have never loved myself or felt worthy of being loved, but I had suppressed these feelings so much (because they were too scary to acknowledge as true) that I did not even realize I felt this way about myself. Him breaking up with me was such a strong validation and reinforcement of these negative beliefs I held, that I could no longer ignore them. Even though it is difficult and painful right now, if this breakup had not happened, I would not have realized all this about myself and would have continued living my life dependent on external things for happiness. It is still very hard, but at least I know what I need to be doing and am on the path to finding real happiness by loving myself. It is very encouraging to hear stories from others to know that I am not the only one who has felt this way. Thank you for your courageous writing.

  • Guest

    Simply beautiful!

  • Guest

    I see the first quote from a different perspective, and it is perfectly true, to me. Expecting a world to treat you fairly because you are a good person contains two relative words: fair, and good. Now it depends what one considers is fair or good. But whatever he/she considers it is good or fair is exactly that what they think they are “worth”, which is what the first quote of wisdom says… etc.

  • Asha Kanta Sharma

    Learned a lot from this eye opening article on Life..

    Thanks a lot…