Have you ever felt stuck in life, and nothing seemed to work out? You’re not alone. Many people experience this feeling of inertia, where they feel like they can’t move forward in their lives. This often comes from what is referred to as spiritual stagnation. It’s a period where you feel stuck and can’t seem to progress no matter what you do. But there are ways to get unstuck. Though you must understand how and why this issue manifests in order to do so.
Being spiritually stuck can manifest itself in many different forms, such as emotional stagnation, lack of motivation and direction, or an inability to connect with your Higher Self. It can also lead to feelings of disconnection from the world, a lack of purpose or meaning, and a feeling that something is missing from your life.
Fortunately, there are ways to break free from spiritual stagnation and find yourself on the path toward spiritual awakening. In this post, we will explore what it means to be spiritually stuck. And we will examine some strategies for getting unstuck and moving forward in your journey.
Identifying the Causes of Spiritual Stagnation
Spiritual stagnation can be a difficult issue to deal with and can have a significant impact on our lives. It is important to identify the underlying causes of spiritual stagnation to address it effectively. In many cases, this can be caused by emotional blockages, unfulfilled desires, and patterns of self-sabotage. By understanding these causes, you can begin to take steps toward addressing them and restoring balance in your life.
Emotional blockages are mental barriers that stop us from achieving our goals. They manifest as negative emotions, such as fear, insecurity, or anger. These feelings can be triggered by past experiences and can have a profound effect on our lives. From a spiritual perspective, emotional blockages typically occur when we are not allowed to feel our emotions or be ourselves. And this often results from indoctrination at some level.
Unfulfilled desires are a major cause of spiritual stagnation. This usually occurs when we aren’t able to completely fulfill our soul mission. Almost everyone suffers from this conundrum at some point due to societal conditioning. From the time we are born, we are taught or told what we should do or become. And in some instances, this directly contradicts what we were sent to the Earth to accomplish. As such, many are often left feeling empty or as though they are missing out on something.
Another vital cause of spiritual stasis involves self-sabotage. Many people deal with imposter syndrome or similar conditions, which leave them doubting their accomplishments, skills, and capabilities despite evidence to the contrary. Such a mental state can lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and difficulty making decisions. In this case, you damage or destroy your chances of success, which results in stunted growth and development.
4 Practical Steps to Get Unstuck
So, how do we get unstuck? Well, there are many ways to break free from spiritual stagnation. And below, I outline a few that have helped me, my loved ones, and clients in the past. They can likewise benefit you along your journey.
One of the first things I do when I start feeling sluggish, is to go outside in the sunshine. Now, I am tremendously blessed in this regard as I live in Arizona, which is literally the sunniest state in the US. But you don’t have to pack your bags and head out West to enjoy this omnipresent celestial body. Instead, figure out ways to easily or consistently connect with the sun in your current location.
The sun is a powerful source of energy, light, and life. It is an essential part of our existence, providing us with physical health benefits such as Vitamin D and emotional benefits such as happiness and contentment. However, there are spiritual benefits to be gained from the sun too. By taking time to bask in its warm embrace and connecting with its energy, we can open ourselves up to a deeper understanding of our place in the universe.
There are many ways to enjoy and benefit from the many healthful properties of the sun. One way is simply taking a nature walk, allowing the sun’s rays to penetrate your soul and spirit. Otherwise, you can make an event out of it by sunbathing. Additionally, you can enjoy the ancient practice of sun gazing.
Hydrotherapy is a cleansing technique that employs the use of water to clear toxicity. While this technique focuses on physical cleansing, it likewise has many spiritual and psychological benefits. Removing toxins from the body is vital for mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This process helps you think clearly and adequately process information and stimuli.
Oftentimes people think about colonics or enemas when someone mentions hydrotherapy. And these methods are definitely part of the process. However, this process can ultimately involve any measure of cleansing with water. Therefore, if you feel stuck, you can do at-home or professional enemas, water fasting, or other tools to get pure, clean water flowing through your colon.
Other great ways to engage in water therapy include taking a spiritual bath or dancing in the rain. Both of these methods are external techniques, but they also have spiritual and soulful benefits.
Engaging in altar work is another beneficial method to help you get unstuck. Sometimes all it takes is going to your altar, prayer closet, etc., and communing with your spiritual team. I often speak with my ancestors when I can’t seem to move forward.
Typically by the time my altar session is over, I feel the vital flow of energy I need to move forward. Sometimes it may take a day or two to fully receive the answers I need. Either way, I always feel revitalized and refreshed when I spend quality time at my altars.
No spiritual article on this website would be complete without mentioning the powerful benefits of ritual work as a form of therapy. As a practitioner of African traditional religions (ATRs), I am heavily rooted and grounded in ritual work. And I have experienced plentiful benefits from my practice over the years.
Such practices may not appeal to you if you aren’t familiar with ATRs. But irrespective of your belief system or spiritual practice, they can help you regain your stamina. And you don’t need to be a full practitioner of these systems to take advantage of their healing benefits. I frequently work with clients of other faith systems who engage in ritual work for specific needs or reasons.
In regard to my personal practice, I typically get regular readings to see which one of my spirits needs to be fed. Giving proper sacrifices and offerings to the right energies typically alleviates stagnant energy in my life. However, whenever I feel stagnant between my divination sessions and nothing else seems to work, I engage in self-directed ritual work. My practices typically involve doing some form of candle, intention, release, dance rituals, etc.
In this post, I outlined a few ways to get unstuck and move forward in times of spiritual stagnation. By implementing these and other techniques, you can find the clarity and motivation to move forward. And by examining your beliefs and values, connecting with your inner self, and seeking guidance, you can start to progress and go to the next level.