Kensho vs Satori and the Process of Spiritual Awakening!

Whenever you hear or read anything of a spiritual nature that moves you, touches your soul, or resonates with you deeply,  you are not learning something new,  you are remembering something that you have always known.

It’s easy to talk the talk but not so easy to walk the walk, so following client requests on how to practically apply knowledge of Kensho and Satori growth paths and expanding on my last blog post touching on the subject, I thought it may be interesting to look at these two types of growth which push and pull us in the direction of our vision.

Napoleon Hill once said “ Every adversity, every failure, every heartache (every one of your challenges) carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit”

In the Buddhist tradition, there are two paths of growth that ultimately lead to the experience of oneness, and both serve to get a glimpse of the highest truth. The first is Kensho (the slow unfolding of the soul) and the other, Satori (moments of dramatic insight) – both open up personal opportunities to connect with our higher self and activate our power within.

Conscious Conversations

I have been blessed to experience the challenges of “Live-in Care” work which in of itself has provided opportunities to expand my ability to live in gratitude and shift emotions so that I can fully embrace the sense of knowing deep within my being that something is so, without needing conscious reasoning. The concepts of Satori and Kensho are integral to my own well-being and I’ve no doubt they can be to your wellbeing too.

I now know that Ad hoc, relaxed, conscious conversations where we discuss these kinds of topics and their practical application to your life and individual circumstances, can easily set one on a path to a better life and level of being. It’s not essential for a person to commit to longer-term coaching packages designed for more specific goal achievement.


Kensho is growth by pain and enters our life to prompt us to make a shift, to increase our vibrations and receive inspiration. This pain is not something to fear, it may be seen as an emotional disconnect which enables us to acknowledge that we are on the brink of new growth – an indicator to bless this human experience, and to motivate us to change course by asking the Universe …

 “Where would You have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say, and to whom?”  – Daily prayer, A COURSE IN MIRACLES

If I take a look at where I was 3 years ago to where I am today  – I realize that the growth I have experienced has been gradual and subtle – life has orchestrated a beautiful journey and now I am a completely different person – the person who was writing in my journal a year ago simply does not exist anymore!

“Suffering in Life can uncover untold depths of character and unknown strength for service” Billy Graham


The other form of growth is Satori which is far more pleasurable but happens randomly and less frequently. It is a sudden, indescribable intuitive insight – an “A-ha” moment! Ideas that may have emanated from spiritual leaders, meditation, books, etc. and suddenly move from being a basic “belief” to a strong “knowing”  – an upgrade of wisdom – Michael Beckwith describes it as “flow motion” – being in the flow with the Source of all that is!

As we continue the process of spiritual awakening, let us be mindful that…

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and  the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein