Awakening is the uncontrolled demolition of all the things you imagined to be true about yourself, outside world, society and universe. It can be an overwhelming experience, often unwelcome, which can generate fear, apprehensions, unusual sensations, including physical and mental symptoms.
Spiritual awakening refers to a shift in consciousness, a new found awareness of reality and spirituality, usually called enlightenment, bodhi, kensho, satori, illumination, kenosis, metanoia and revelation. Some view enlightenment and mysticism as equivalent terms for religious or spiritual insight.
It may encompass the dismantle of previous belief systems, which will open new possibilities to conceive and perceive reality. Spiritual awakening can be gradual or rapid, and can mean and be experienced in different ways.
Since ancient times people have awoken. Today, people are awakening on a much larger and faster scale. They are awakening out of the confinement of the traditional religions and practices.