What Does Spiritual Expansion Look and Feel Like?

Written by Jess Mangum

Jess Mangum is a seasoned mystic, medium, healer, and mentor. She guides and supports other healers and intuitives in identifying and strengthening their gifts, fulfilling their soul’s purpose, and catapulting their Higher Self in connection with the Divine Source to the next level of awareness. She is a healer’s healer.

January 16, 2023

Spiritual Expansion
What Does Spiritual Expansion Look and Feel Like?

Spiritual expansion may not be as delightful as one might think – angel wings and a halo with a choir of children in the background. Ah, bliss…


In fact, in my experience, I’ve learned that when the proverbial crap hits the fan, and it’s time for an upgrade, it kinda sucks sometimes. Not gonna lie.

I remember thinking (the “thinking” part is most of the problem, FYI), “As soon as I move from my job teaching ESL to mentoring and guiding in meditation and mindfulness, I’m going to be just like Buddha, sitting under his tree, unaffected by my surroundings.”

Again… NO.

The fact of the matter is that we never quite “settle.” This is because we are here to perpetually grow. Time is a spiral, not so linear. We actually learn in spirals, which is why some of the same lessons pop up, repeating themselves in different ways and forms, even after we’ve worked years on clearing them!

You see, the higher we climb the ladder of spiritual expansion and awareness, the more challenging the tests become. 

BUT, I know why it’s like this.  When we are tested, most often we are acquiring the highest virtues of acceptance, faith and trust. And our wounded ego selves tend to fight it tooth and nail. The Powers that Be are pretty ingenious. They see what we need and send all sorts of curve balls, often when we least expect… because we learn from the very experience itself what we’re made of.

Life experience builds wisdom – and that spiral of growth adds depth of that knowledge.

Friends, you chose to come here – at this time, on this plane, in this universe. What an incremental time it is! You are here to overcome these obstacles for the expansion within your soul space. Through that growth and awareness, you build a depth of wisdom that cannot be retracted. In fact, that wisdom is what you will then use to guide others who may struggle with the same process. It only builds further connection and depth on a bigger picture scale.

When we can view our misfortunes in this light, we know we have overcome the lessons.

Here’s how to identify when you are expanding. Maybe you can relate to some of these occurrences:

  • Things frequently break, explode, or shatter. Or you drop things more than usual. 
  • Objects around you start to break down or begin malfunctioning, and you have to replace them.*
  • You might get sick.
  • People may start irritating you more.
  • Heavy emotions could come into play.

*If it’s technology, it could be due to Mercury in Retrograde. Woot!

That’s just to name a few. All of the above are actually opportunities to SLOW DOWN and be present, not such a busybody. And we don’t like doing this because it disrupts our sense of self-worth. If we’re not “doing,” who are we anyway? We, as a race, often forget that we are human BEings. I talk about this a lot. It’s fundamental mindfulness.

On a personal note

November and December into this new year were a bit of a nightmare for me. Flu, Covid, and other obnoxious oddities. On a happier, “newer” note, I had to get a new car and then completely redo my meditative sunroom/sacred space (I’ll post pics here soon) due to water damage.

And among my clients, 9 out of 10 are coming to me asking WTH?

My response? I know. I understand. I hear you. I feel you. I’m with you.

My advice? Work with the elements:

  • Salt baths
  • Fire ceremonies
  • Gratitude lists
  • Walks outside
  • BREATHE and REST (air)

We must rest because when we experience spiritual expansion energetically, it takes… ENERGY!

The flip side of the coin (The Hanged Man in the Tarot) which is of the utmost is that if you are expanding, you are literally preparing for the most unbelievable shifts and changes in your life – what one might call miracles. You cannot expand spiritually until you have let go of that which you no longer need! This is HUGE.

So, for those of you feeling the effects of the aforementioned list, those of you struggling, keep the faith! This too shall pass. And, I promise, because I’ve witnessed it time and time again – GOOD THINGS ARE COMING!

Sending SO MUCH LOVE to you all! You’ve got this!

P.S. – Don’t forget to sign up for the meditation workshop on March 11 focusing on Channeling.

For other healing tools and tips, subscribe to my YouTube channel for resources on energy and the chakras, singing bowl meditations for clarity and calm and so much more! 

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