6 Things I Learned About Life After a Spiritual Awakening

Sage Gosner
7 min readMay 21, 2023

Are you feeling lost in life? Just going through the motions each day? Living a meaningless existence going from paycheck to paycheck? It can feel like there’s no hope. You feel trapped and drained of your spirit.

I’ve been there too, and over the past few years I’ve had a lot of opportunity to reflect on life and figure out how to best go about this human experience. I quit my job, flew to South America to partake in shamanic ceremonies, lived in my car for a year, traveled the world, worked online as a digital nomad, had a spiritual awakening, read 20+ self-help books and consumed countless hours of content online from gurus, entrepreneurs, life coaches, and philosophers.

Luckily I’m single, have very few obligations, am a minimalist, and am extremely open to life, which has allowed me to be an open vessel to new experiences. I don’t hold many opinions. I simply observe and realize that the worldview I create is just that. The less concrete my ideas are, the more I can grow and expand.

And so here is what life has taught me so far:

You can either pursue money relentlessly, or live life as a monk.

Most of us fall somewhere in between these two extremes. And it’s up to you to decide where you want to be on the scale, but know that you can’t have both. Both sides require sacrifice. Chase money, or chase God. I know what I would choose but it’s not for me to push any sort of agenda or personal opinion onto you. In truth, there is no right or wrong answer here. From the highest perspective, these two paths are just two sides of the same coin. You can choose to live a materialistic life, own a big home, a nice car, support a family, go out to fancy restaurants and spend money freely while hustling. You can also choose to renounce everything, live in a forest, and play the drums all day and be happy and free that way.

Find a balance that resonates with you and your life. It’s normal to change how we live at various stages in our life as well. Perhaps we accumulate the wealth we desired after years of hard work only to realize that there is a deep emptiness within us and we sell everything to wander the world as a nomad. Or perhaps we spend years living in a…



Sage Gosner

Explorer Extraordinaire. Diving deep into the unknown. Love all.