How Not To Awaken Spiritually

By trying to wake up other people who want to stay asleep

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Being awake is tiring. I don’t want to sound pretentious and woker-than-thou when writing this, but if your awareness goes even a little bit beyond the normal scope of mass sleep you’ll know this is true.

It gets more tiring when we consciously or unconsciously act as an alarm clock for those who are still sleeping and want to stay asleep.

Everyone knows what it’s like to wake up to an unwanted alarm: it’s horrible. Depressing. Disorienting.

So we hit snooze.

That’s what people do to us when we act as their unwanted alarm clock — they hit our snooze button. This means they do anything to temporary silence the truth we are communicating to (or at) them.

They might change topic, play dumb or simply leave the conversation, to name a few examples.

If we keep sounding the alarm after receiving these light snooze-presses, or if the person we are alarming is extremely fond of their sleep, they will start getting heavy-handed.

Heavy snooze-presses include gaslighting, insulting and vengefully attacking us to make us shut up more permanently. Heavy presses are intended not only to silence us, but to make it more difficult to sound our alarm because we are doubting ourselves, defensive against the other person’s reaction and otherwise afraid of what might happen if we make another sound.

What happens if we keep going beyond this point? I don’t know first hand because thankfully I’ve never pushed anyone that far, but I know for sure that if we keep sounding our alarm once someone has heavily snoozed us, they will attempt to remove our batteries.

Removing our batteries means permanently destroying our ability to sound the alarm.

They may physically assault us, attempt to murder us or seek to cause deep and irreversible damage to our mind, particularly our faculties of critical thinking and articulation, by subjecting us to extensive psychological manipulation which will probably take the form of emotional abuse.

I believe it would take sheer foolishness to intentionally push someone beyond the point of heavy snooze-presses and risk being murdered just so that we can wake someone up to a difficult truth.

Perhaps there are situations in which this could happen unintentionally, probably because of gold old ego refusing to back down when another will not accept the deep and devastating truth which we ourselves are only shakily sure of and therefore compelled to prove right by making other people agree with us.

Those other people might prefer to snooze rather than agree with us and, failing that, remove our batteries.

Being awake is tiring. I personally don’t want to make it more tiring by acting as an alarm clock for people who want to stay asleep, but I’ve just done exactly that and this short note is how I’m processing the fallout from being heavily snoozed.

Please let this be a reminder that it is more important to focus on waking up from higher and higher levels of our own sleep than it is to help others through their process when they don’t want it, we aren’t ready for it, or both. This extends to, as I must humbly remind myself, strangers on the internet.




𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 & 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴.

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Gem Bay

Gem Bay

Cultivating Black mental health, sociopolitical awareness and self-knowledge. Trained in Psychology and Neuroscience. All praises to Yah.