If you’ve spent any amount of time reading spiritual blogs or YouTube videos it is likely you’ve come across the term ‘spiritual downloads’ or ‘energy downloads’ at least once.
Spiritual energy downloads are like spiritual epiphanies that come after an intense meditation session, while practicing yoga or during a mindful moment in your day.
When we receive these downloads it can be as if our entire system is upgraded in a second; a new perspective opens up.
When we are consistent with our spiritual practice we can receive these downloads regularly – particularly after integrating a difficult lesson or reaching a new peak in awareness.
Learning to navigate such huge shifts in our perspective is challenging and requires that we are well grounded. In this post I’m going to go over what spiritual downloads are, how it feels to receive one, and how to manage them.
What Are Spiritual Energy Downloads?
If you are reading this post then chances are you’ve heard or read the term ‘downloads’ to describe energy upgrades that occur when we consciously raise our vibration. This is often used to refer to 5D consciousness and ascension.
Energy downloads are packages of information that we receive by connecting with higher consciousness, this is why I refer to them as spiritual epiphanies. When we enter a heightened state of awareness through meditation, mindfulness and so on, we absorb information in a new way.
Downloads occur when we absorb information consciously rather than through a purely intellectual lens. They occur when we move beyond our surface level thoughts and enter into awareness.
Just like a computer our physical and energy bodies can receive upgrades from time to time. This is like installing a new program on your computer and watching as it becomes faster, more capable and more attuned to the tasks at hand.
In a similar fashion when we tune into higher consciousness whether that be through meditation, connecting with our guides, being mindful as we go about our day and so on, we can access upgrades to our operating system.
We may receive clarity in making decisions, gain a new perspective on how reality functions, open our chakras up to higher levels of activity, tune into dormant psychic abilities, gain information on spiritual topics and insight into our soul’s unique journey.
All of these experiences make way for new information to enter our being and totally shift how we view our reality…downloads if you will.
Examples of spiritual downloads
What I described above is just an overview so it might be helpful to provide more specific examples.
A spiritual download can be a general uplifting of all areas of perception, it’s like we’ve reached a new peek on a mountain that we are climbing. We feel elated, perhaps awe-struct, we can see things more clearly from this new vantage point. Downloads can also pertain to specific areas in our life or the wider collective consciousness.
We might get a lot of information all at once about where we blocked in our lives, insight into a past life, or a metaphysical realization.
Signs You Are Receiving Spiritual Downloads
- Vivid dreams
- Randomly waking up in the middle of the night
- Random bursts of energy
- Inspiration out of nowhere
- Receiving worded messages from your inner voice
- Feeling confused/disoriented
- Feeling like you are dreaming while awake
- Noticing a drastic shift in your perspective
The first sign you have received an energy download is feeling chills upon listening to/reading specific spiritual information. This is unlike the chills we experience when cold but the sensation of resonating with information to our core. This can also come in the form of tingles, vibrations or other energy movement.
It’s common to receive tingles in the crown chakra region as this new information enters your system. You may see a vision flash across your mind’s eye (third eye) and feel your whole body resonate accordingly.
Another common sign of an energy download is getting a random burst of energy, creative insight or elevated emotions. When we receive a download it unblocks a dormant aspect within us, unleashing tons of inspired energy.
Randomly waking up in the middle of the night can also be a sign you are receiving an energy download. This isn’t the case all of the time of course, but when we wake up with a sense that we are receiving some sort of message.
This usually occurs between 3 and 5 am after our first sleep cycle. When this happens it is helpful to stay still and check in with your emotions and thoughts. See if there are any messages that your higher self or guides wants you to receive. Write any impressions you get in a journal.
What does a spiritual download feel like?
Downloads are a little different to intuitive insights although they come from a similar source. Downloads are more of a full-body experience and activation, whereas intuitive insights tends to be more contained.
This is because we often receive downloads while doing deep meditation, journeying, visualization etc. Our minds aswell as our physical bodies are in a deeper state of relaxation and receptivity.
You’ll know you’ve received an energy download by how you feel in the moment. You may experience chills/tingles as new information is integrated into being. You may feel like you’ve shifted into a completely new dimension or that physical reality is glitching.
As you go about your day you’ll notice a shift in your mood and perception of events. It will feel as if you’ve received an answer to a question you didn’t even know you had.
You may be inspired to do activities like art or writing that get into a creative flow. It’s even common to experience an increased sexual energy that is nothing to be ashamed of, this can be channelled healthily.
How To Receive Energy Downloads
Perhaps you’ve received a download before but are having trouble tapping back into that same state, there are a few things you can do to encourage this type of activity.
The main reason we receive these downloads as I mentioned earlier is because our physical body along with our mind is in a deeper state of relaxation. It’s not impossible to receive an experience like this while busy at work or in a tense state, just highly unlikely.
The key is to get into the flow state, this is where our conscious mind takes a back seat and we’re completely present in the moment. When we are in this state our brainwaves are in alpha/theta, these are slower brainwaves that promote creativity and inspiration. Our physical body is relaxed and we are in a state of deep receptivity.
Set An Intention
In order to make this a conscious process we should start by setting a clear intention. I like to use an affirmation that has an opening quality about it. Something that symbolizes my willingness to learn something new or see things from a different perspective. If we believe we already know everything or have all of the answers, it’s a lot harder to make space for something else.
- “What do I need to know right now”
- “I am open to a new perspective”
- “I am ready to receive fresh insight”
Use an affirmation above or create your own. You can affirm these in your mind but I find it much more effective to recite them out loud if you are able to. You might like to set the mood with some incense and some light music.
Take deep breaths from the stomach and recite your affirmation several times, allow the intention to go deeper and deeper.
Get Into The Flow State
- Going for a light walk
- Mindfully connecting with nature
- Listening to binaural beats
- Being immersed in creative activities
- Practicing yoga
- Introspective journaling
Activities such as walking, light exercize, listening to music and creating art are great for inducing these types of dreamy brainwaves. This is why we often have a shower or go for a light walk to get a new perspective.
Take a mindful walk in nature. Pay attention to how long each step takes, note how heavy each step is. Breathe slowly and consciously from your stomach area as you do so. As you are going about your walk notice how the flow of your thoughts slows down and tune into this energy.
You’ll notice that once you are in this state you’ll be open to a stream of new ideas, inspiration and perspectives. Tapping into this state consistently allows your energy to flow freely and opens you up to regular energy downloads.
There is a specific mechanism we can tune into when receiving downloads from the Universe. Our energy is grounded to the Earth through our root chakra, while information can come in from above through our crown chakra. When our chakra system is well balanced this flow of information acts like electricity to a battery.
- Get into a comfortable seated position with your arms in your lap.
- Spend a few minutes focused on the breath until your mind is somewhat calm.
- Start reciting your chosen affirmation.
- Bring your awareness to the crown chakra.
- As you inhale, visualize/feel energy flowing down into the crown chakra.
- As you exhale bring these energy down the body and out through the root chakra.
You want to create this distinctive cycle of energy flowing up and down. You want to bring the energy down the back side of your body, into the Earth through the roots. Then pull energy up from the Earth to the crown and back down again. This type of exercize (regardless of direction) is called the microcosmic orbit, and is important in many areas of energy cultivation.
Integrating Energy Downloads
To integrate a metaphysical experience is to bring it down to a physical level (rather than keeping it all mental) so we can practically utilize it in day to day life.
This is important because we want to bring our spiritual practices forward in an embodied manner. When we have an uplifting experience like this and in a sense raise our energy, we also want to be grounding our energy in the opposite direction.
Without embodying what we learn our spiritual experiences can distract us from our physical duties, unground us and work to inflame rather than integrate the ego. It’s no use having dozens of downloads if this insight isn’t used to improve our lives and those around us.
Write all of the downloads you receive down onto a physical piece of paper/journal. This is a way of bringing this new awareness into physical form and making it easier to digest. You can also input everything into a notes app or Google doc, although physical is better for integration purposes.
When we receive a download it understandable to become excited and enthusiastic to share what we’ve experienced. However it’s important to conceptualize our experiences in the right way so they can be put to good use.
Acknowledge the excitement or sense of achievement, but also bring your focus back to the moment, to the body and your surroundings. Be open with your experiences but also discerning of who you share them with and for what purpose.
It’s also important to ground your energy and pay attention to your physical health. Grounding is any activity that brings you back to Earth such as walking barefoot on the ground, or taking a salt bath.
When we receive a download we can feel incredibly uplifted but can also lose our footing if we are not careful. Therefore grounding acts as a way to bring that higher energy down a notch so that we can integrate it comfortably.
As we go through these types of energy upgrades our light body further integrates into our physical body, causing us to crave healthier and lighter foods. You may want to shift your diet slightly, get more rest and spend more time in nature during this time.
This process of receiving downloads and then integrating them through grounding and releasing the old is what we call ascension. Ascension is all about integrating more and more light into our system as we address our shadow.
Make no mistake this is a beautiful process but also a highly destructive one. I don’t want to give the impression that receiving energy downloads is all pleasant…because a lot of it isn’t!
Integrating light is one of the most challenging things we can do in our lifestyles as the light quickly illuminates our darkness. Be prepared to confront aspects of yourself that have been long hidden. Ultimately it’s highly revealing.