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We have medications and therapies to answer to our physical health related concerns, but what about illnesses of the soul? Often, we brush aside harmful patterns in our nature and move on with our lives. These symptoms are like background noise in our overly busy schedules. At other times they become hard to ignore and disrupt life as we knew it.

It is at these times that we question our reality, wondering if there is a truth beyond our petty problems, or if there is a way out.

The universal energy always responds to a call. “Tit for tat” is often true in matters of spirituality. The ways of the universal forces are such that they will always bring to you the lesson you need to learn. And if you listen closely, the answer to what plagues you will be before you.

You may have a low radar to these voice of the cosmic and divine forces or have just lost contact for a while. This means that you may be exhibiting these warning signs. The following are some spiritual illness symptoms that will help you acknowledge that something has gone awry and needs higher intervention. These will also help if you suspect that a loved one is going through a spiritual crisis, and you wish to help.

Spiritual Illness Symptoms

1) Fear and anxiety

You are likely to feel fear and anxiety if you feel disconnected with the world. Disharmony with your higher self can expose you to vulnerabilities. Fear and suspicion of people and places can make you a person with a tough heart. It can take away the freedom to act on your terms and grow.

You must set healthier belief systems and boundaries with yourself and others to outgrow anxiety triggers. Remember also to take leaps of faith to challenge these existing fears. A fundamental rule is to have faith that the universe will always look out for you. Banish any thoughts to the contrary and practice gratitude if you experience such spiritual illness symptoms.

2) Isolation and being emotionally distant

A spiritually ill person may seclude themselves and cut cords with real life. They may appear emotionally remote and hard to reach out to. It is not uncommon that such people shut others out completely. You may wonder why they fail to respond, or take very long to reciprocate friendly contact.

If you find yourself or someone you know behaving in this manner then perhaps it calls for a little introspection. Some people truly like to spend time with themselves, but is your self-imposed isolation helping you grow or hindering it? Is it a defense mechanism and making you miserable?

3) Loss of purpose or existential crisis

If you are spiritually unwell, you may feel as if you are a leaf in the wind, aimlessly floating in the whirlwind of life. You may be struggling to find purpose and meaning.

Often people on the cusp of a spiritual awakening find themselves in these situations. A certain meaninglessness and nihilism sets in. If you too are in such a situation, then try to identify meaningful patterns, events, and happenings in your life. This can include seeing repetitive numbers through the day, or other meaningful co-incidences that have a deeper connection and meaning. This phenomenon is known as synchronicity and can be a wake-up call in a period of deep slumber. Perhaps the universe is trying to speak to you in its own language.

4) Deep emotional pain and trauma

Spiritual illness symptoms may include deep and impressionable emotional trauma, generational and ancestral pain, and pain from abuse. It could be that a significant life event turned tragic and left you with emotional scars.

Such scars are hard to forget and harder to heal. People often turn to therapy to grow out of the pain. It is important to realize that all therapy is a gateway to spiritual openness. If healing is done correctly, it may help you in leveling up your spiritual prowess.

5) Chronic fatigue and low energy levels

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Another one of the spiritual illness symptoms is the absence of vital energy. This energy does not have to be physical in nature, although often it translates as such.

Chronically low energy levels could mean you do not have the will to carry out daily chores. It could also mean that you are so used to your daily routine that you have given up on any positive change. That would require a surge in vital force. Often when chakras  become stagnant or clogged with toxic vibrations, a person’s energy is compromised. The way to get out of this tamasic energy is through small steps. You must push the envelope and find inspiration in nature while not forgetting to look deep within.

6) Physical symptoms

Physical symptoms of headaches, nausea, low immunity, body aches and pains without apparent cause may signal spiritual illness. It may not be your first instinct to link these to your spiritual health. However, any energetic disturbance in your aura can translate to symptoms of uneasiness and physical pain. Unwanted thoughts and stress may trigger stagnancy in your chakras  and lead to imbalance in the flow of spirit energy.

7) Feelings of revenge and jealousy

Getting into a habit of wanting revenge against others is a sign of unhealthy coping mechanisms. It is best to practice forgiveness and detach from such feelings that can be poisonous to the soul. You must rise above these lower instincts of ill will and harm.

Jealousy towards others also represents movements of the lower human ego. Predispositions of this kind point towards a weakness in the nature. From the perspective of spiritual growth, it is best to free oneself of them by practicing forgiveness and detachment.

8) Inability to let go and holding on to toxic patterns of behavior

You may find yourself being obsessive about obtaining things or experience the inability to let go of others. Repeating unhelpful or harmful behavior patterns can lead to frustration and depression. Addictions can be detrimental to physical, mental, and spiritual health.

All spiritual actions are rooted in the art of letting go. Recognize that holding on to something will make it lose its true meaning. The sweetness in letting something go so it no longer has an effect on you, whether positive or negative, can be a powerful antidote to various afflictions.

The Bhagavad Gita talks about surrendering our control to Krishna. We must not cling to the fruits of our actions but trust that the divine forces know what is best for us.

9) Stress triggers and overload on the nerves

Our everyday lives are built to overload the nervous system. Unnecessary and excessive tension in lifestyle can hinder any and all spiritual growth. This can make you feel burnt out and can very easily make you lose contact with your higher self.

There is a truth beyond the ordinary life, and we need to be present in the moment to recognize it. Practice mindfulness and non-judgement to shake the clutches of anxiety and tension.

10) Inactive intuition and shutting down the subtle powers of imagination

The chakras may become sluggish if tamasic energies settle down for too long. Negativity can lead to a complete shutdown of intuitive powers and subtle perception.

Spirituality is all about sensing subtle energies and ascending to higher realms. It is important to throw out lower vibrations from the system. Soak in positive energies meant to bring about psychic change in you. Contact with the higher self and responding to the cosmic call is the solution to any and all block holes.

11) Feelings of hopelessness

If you feel that you have no control over your actions or your fate, it may be a sign of a weak spirit. Feelings of hopelessness can become toxic in no time, preventing you from recognizing your true goals.

A strong soul accepts the inevitability of life while also acknowledging the power it holds in carrying out spiritual change. This psychic change is what transforms our circumstances.

What must we do to heal spiritual illness symptoms?

Sickness of the soul is painful. It triggers feelings of uncertainty and despair. It may give rise to emotional disturbances and increase unhealthy coping mechanisms.

The solution to overcome these tendencies is to develop spiritual techniques and maintain strict energy boundaries. One must unlearn thought processes picked up over the years and learn newer and healthier mechanisms. Find the power in you and harness the prana that connects you to cosmic forces.

One must remember that pain can be a window of opportunity for growth if one decides to overcome it. Those who find themselves at rock bottom find ways to climb and find their wings. For many of us who may be experiencing soul illness, the next step to awakening the soul may be just round the corner.