Embracing the Light: A Tale of Spiritual Awakening

Zen Benefiel
2 min readJan 22, 2024

My Personal Account of Awakening and the Challenges Faced

My spiritual journey has been marked by a series of profound awakenings, each offering a deeper understanding of both myself and the cosmos. In “ZERO to ONE,” I share these experiences, hoping to illuminate the path for others who seek a deeper connection with the universe.

The Moment of Truth

One of the most pivotal moments in my journey occurred during my time at college. Following a heart-wrenching breakup, I found myself at a crossroads, seeking truth and meaning in life. It was during this time of deep introspection and yearning that I experienced a transformative encounter, one that would redefine my perception of reality.

Encounter with the ‘White Light’

During a moment of quiet meditation, I was suddenly enveloped in an all-consuming ‘White Light.’ This experience was unlike anything I had known — it was a sensation of returning ‘Home,’ a feeling of unconditional love and oneness with the universe. This encounter wasn’t just an external event; it was a profound internal revelation, a glimpse into the true nature of existence.

Challenges of Integrating the Awakening

Awakening to such a profound truth was not without its challenges. Sharing my experience with others often led to misunderstandings and skepticism. The struggle to integrate this new understanding into my daily life became a central theme of my journey. It required a balance of inner conviction and outer discretion, as not everyone was ready to accept or understand the depth of my experience.

The Journey Continues

Despite the challenges, my spiritual awakening was just the beginning of a lifelong quest for truth and understanding. It led me to explore various realms of consciousness, question the nature of reality, and seek deeper connections with the unseen forces of the universe. This quest has been both exhilarating and humbling, constantly reminding me of the vastness of the cosmos and the infinite potential within each of us.

Conclusion: A Path Toward Enlightenment

In sharing my story, I aim to inspire others to embrace their spiritual awakenings, regardless of how challenging they may be. It’s a journey of continual growth and discovery, one that requires courage, openness, and a willingness to explore the unknown. My hope is that by sharing my experience, others will find the strength to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment.

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Zen Benefiel

Vulnerable and radically curious toward harmony among people and planet. Co-Executive Director of Live and Let Live Global Peace Movement and Foundation.