Symptoms of Ascension: The 35 most common (& disturbing)

If you are a person who is working on expanding consciousness and raising your vibration, then it is likely that you are experiencing one or a combination of these Symptoms of Ascension.

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As we move to a Higher Level, we experience the release of old patterns, energies, beliefs, feelings, and karma.

This release can trigger symptoms that occur in our emotional, mental, and physical bodies, and even in our lives as a whole.

The ascension process is the elevation to a Higher Level on the spiritual plane, the expansion of the soul and spirit and the opening to new experiences.

If you are a person who is working on expanding consciousness and raising your vibration, then it is likely that you are experiencing one or a combination of these symptoms of ascension:

Symptoms of Ascension & energy shifts

The following are some of the most common symptoms of ascension into the 5th dimension:

  1. Headaches and migraines
  2. Dizziness
  3. Ears receiving high-vibration sounds
  4. Heart palpitations
  5. Eye ticks & blurry eyes
  6. Heat in the body
  7. Muscle pain
  8. Clumsiness
  9. Change of diet
  10. Stomach irritation
  11. Shortness of breath
  1. “Spiritual Flu”
  2. Insomnia and waking up between 2 and 4 a.m.
  3. Increased anxiety
  4. Loss of memory
  5. Higher expectations (from yourself and other people)
  6. Changes in our relationships
  7. Increased need for freedom and alone time
  8. Career dissatisfaction
  9. Sudden motivation to find your life mission
  10. Neck, shoulders and/or back pain
  11. Lethargy
  12. Less need for sleep
  13. You become more empathetic and compassionate
  14. Increase of communication challenges with family and friends
  15. Increased telepathy and psychic powers
  16. Noticing angel numbers (spiritual numbers)
  17. A thirst for esoteric knowledge
  18. New interest in meditation, yoga, or healing practices
  19. Out of body experiences
  20. Increased sensitivity
  21. Increased self-awareness
  22. Lucid dreams
  23. Great increase in creativity and inspiration
  24. Growing in personal power

What does each symptom mean?

Physical symptoms of ascension (2021)

Upon entering the 5th dimension, we are physically transformed. Our biology will open to share with other beings.

Our physical vehicles are being prepared to be transmuted into much more refined and less dense ones and it is a fact that we will feel a difference in our bodies.

These are some of the physical symptoms of ascension you could suffer:

1. Headaches and migraines

Your brain is transforming. You are creating “new thought paths” which can cause symptoms such as mild headaches, even migraines.

To facilitate this process, make sure you keep an open mind and stay hydrated.

2. Dizziness

Your increased sensitivity can make you dizzy during major cosmic events (such as solar flaring, super moons, and eclipses).

To cope with these symptoms, it is recommended that you learn to breathe consciously and connect with the Earth to increase stability.

3. Eye ticks & blurry eyes

Blurred vision, eye ticks, dimly glowing objects, bright particle vision, auras around people, plants, animals, and objects.

Some even see opaque objects as transparent.

You can also see geometric shapes or bright colors and pictures with your eyes closed and the colors appear more vivid. Be patient and do not fear, these symptoms usually normalize in a short time.

4. Heart palpitations

When you’re growing in spiritual awareness, you start feeling like your heart is palpitating or skipping a beat. But this is a mistake.

The thymus gland is your gland of spiritual awakening (it is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the middle of the chest). When you are experiencing ascension, it can be mistaken for a strange feeling in the heart, particularly when your “high heart” is expanding.

5. Heat in the body

Suddenly you feel like you get hot from head to toe. It is a momentary, but uncomfortable feeling. In contrast, some people have felt an inexplicable cold (or both).

If you work with energy, you may have noticed that the heat running through your hands has increased tremendously. This is good and is a typical symptom of ascension.


If you feel uncomfortable, ask your "Higher Self" to lower the energy stream. Also, you can let yourself go and you will see the discomfort go away.

6. Ears receiving high-vibration sounds

Unlike tinnitus, the sounds you will hear as part of the symptoms of ascension are more like a tuning fork: It doesn’t hurt and it’s random.

A high vibration will start very slowly in one of your ears (or both) and gradually fade away. This is a very common symptom that your energy body is receiving 5D vibrations. All is sound.

7. Muscle pain

This symptom of ascension can be caused by old, toxic energy leaving your body.

Stagnant energy can cause pain in the muscles and joints, that is why it is very important to exercise so that your body can better assimilate the new energies and throw out the old ones.

8. Clumsiness

You feel clumsier, throw objects, and lose your balance more easily.

This usually happens when your ways are changing. Your guides are guiding you to change the way you do things and focus more on the present moment, rather than doing many things at the same time.

9. Stomach irritation

Stomach irritation can occur from the low vibration that moves through your body until it leaves.

Once your body starts cleaning low energy, it does so through the stomach, causing you to constantly evacuate or feel constipated. The best advice to alleviate this ascension symptom is to drink more fluids and get proper rest.

Both help a lot to clear your body.

10. Change of diet

This is one of the most common symptoms of ascension. Once you wake up, you suddenly feel a great need to clean up your diet.

Many people choose to go vegetarian or cut down on their meat consumption (even their body begins to reject it). Follow your personal call for the diet change that best suit you.

11. Shortness of breath

Another of the most common symptoms of ascension is the sensation of suffocation or shortness of breath.

As we expand into 5D, you will notice that your energy field grows and you feel sporadic short of breath.

This is another wake-up call to focus more on the present and breathe consciously. Deep and mindful breathing exercises will help you cope with this symptom of ascension and energy shift.

12. Neck, shoulders and/or back pain

The neck, shoulders and / or back feel stiff and sore.

This symptom usually occurs when you are not accepting the new information and high vibration that reaches your body.

You must be flexible and let the change happen. Recognize that there are many ways to achieve what you want, and open-mindedness will help you get around any unknown obstacles.

Trust yourself and the information that comes to you in the present moment.

Mental & psychological symptoms of ascension:

symptoms of ascension mental

Just as the body undergoes noticeable changes during ascension to 5D, so does our mind.

Some of the most common symptoms of ascension are psychological and here we’ll tell you what each one means:

1. Insomnia and waking up between 2 and 4 a.m.

During the ascension process it is very common to feel a general increase in our energy. We feel more active, have more and better ideas and this often makes it difficult for us to sleep.

It is also quite usual that we wake up between 2 and 4 a.m.

In this interval is when we usually connect with our internal voice and. during the ascension, this process becomes more intense and we can wake up with clear ideas and inspirations.

It is highly recommended that if you wake up, meditate and write down your inspirations before going back to sleep.

2. Increased anxiety

It’s about a feeling of needing to get your life right – it seems like a mess. But at the same time, you feel chaotic and unable to focus.

At this point it is important to listen to your heart and your own discernment will follow.

3. Loss of memory

High-vibration energy (5D) keeps you in the present moment: the moment where all-power and potential exists. That’s why You become more interested in ‘the moment’ than the past.

You may not even remember (at a glance) what you did this morning because your mind is totally savoring the now. This is another common but disturbing symptom of ascension you can easily overcome over time.

4. Lethargy and periods of deep sleeping

Before you have a big increase in your energy level (which is another of the symptoms of ascension), it is very likely that you will have periods of great sleepiness and lethargy.

You are resting from all the acclimating and are integrating, as well as building up for the next phase.

5. Changes in our relationships

As you rise in self-awareness, your relationships will change.

Some relationships can continue and deepen, while others may end or continue at a distance.

Those close to you will feel that you changed (because, indeed, you did). So, you will need to move on, take some time alone and reveal yourself to others as the person you are becoming: A more real and defenseless. No more pretending.

6. “Spiritual Flu”

Headaches, backaches, neck aches, flu-like symptoms (this is called “spiritual flu”), chest pains, changes in sexual desire, numbness or pain in the limbs, and involuntary vocalizations or body movements.

Some of us even make old childhood conditions briefly reappear to heal.

Remember to seek medical help if the symptoms are very uncomfortable. If you are already sure that it is not a medical condition, relax in the knowledge that it is only temporary.

7. Increased need for freedom and alone time

This can be accompanied by many of the physical symptoms of ascension.

You will feel a great desire to change and free yourself from your old restrictions, especially if you have felt away from your life purpose for a long time.

Our advice is to take one step at a time toward the change you want to see in your life. Get your vision clear and turn it into a practical plan to follow.

8. Higher expectations (from yourself and other people)

When you are ascending in consciousness, your desire to be better and act with spiritual integrity increases.

Hence, you expect much more both from yourself and from others. You will push yourself and know that others can also do their best, which is why you might have the urge to push them.

Over time you will realize that each person has their time and growth rate. You will stop expecting a lot from others to focus on what you actually can control: yourself.

9. Career dissatisfaction

This comes in addition to the desire for freedom. When you become aware of your spiritual reality and stop identifying only with your ego, you have a growing need to “be on purpose.”

Especially if you feel that your skills and motivations are not being used in your work, your career dissatisfaction will increase.

While some may realize that their current career is just what they need to fulfill their life mission, others may make a dramatic career change.

10. Less need for sleep

After the periods of lethargy and sleep, and the phase of anxiety and insomnia, a more balanced phase will begin.

If you continue with the inner work and connection with high vibrations of the 5D, you will have a more constant flow of energy even though you sleep less than before.

This is tied to the enthusiasm and sense of purpose that your life will take in the next few months.

11. You become more empathetic and compassionate

This symptom of ascension occurs due to the expansion of the energy center of your heart.

This energy comes with an increased compassion for all living beings and your ability to empathize with your fellow human beings will increase.

You will more easily feel what other people around you are feeling, which could be overwhelming until you learn to level it. Don’t be surprised that you cry more often. Our advice is to focus on the positive aspects of life.

12. Sudden motivation to find your life mission

One of the most gratifying symptoms of ascension when you manage to guide it positively is the desire to find your life mission.

You feel as if you no longer belong here, somehow you want your activity to be linked to making this world a better place, you become more empathetic and want to fill your economic activity with meaning.

If you connect with yourself, you will be able to discover how to materialize this change. Try not to despair and listen to your intuition. You will be guided for this.

13. Heightened sensitivities to your surroundings

Another of the uncomfortable symptoms of ascension is an increase in sensitivity: Noises, food, crowds, TV and the presence of other humans can overstimulate you.

Also, as you get used to the new energies you are receiving, it is very easy for you to feel overwhelmed with the large amount of information we receive on a daily basis.

14. Increased telepathy and psychic powers

Your third eye may be developing, as your inner sight expands and your intuition and psychic abilities – telepathy grows.

Indeed, now that a 5D energy template is fully operational around Earth, it’s easier than ever to trust in and use your telepathic and psychic skills.

So, being self-responsible for how you direct yourself is key in 2021 and beyond

15. Noticing angel numbers (spiritual numbers)

You begin to see things that are spiritually important to you. You notice how numbers appear synchronously in your environment.

Everything has a message if you take the time to look. Enjoy the experience of “discovering the messages”. it can be a lot of fun!

16. A thirst for esoteric knowledge

The thirst for knowledge is another of the symptoms of ascension. You will start looking for answers in ancient and esoteric knowledge. You will devour books and all information that offers you answers.

Ancient cultures (Egyptian, Mayan, Indian, and many other indigenous cultures) will catch your eye.

17. New interest in meditation, yoga, or healing practices

This goes hand-in-hand with a change in diet and all of the other symptoms of ascension.

You may feel a greater urge to change your habits and practice exercise, or even healing techniques that help your energy flow.

These practices will help you accelerate your spiritual growth.

18. Out of body experiences

This is one of the most overwhelming symptoms of ascension. You will begin to have vivid, wild and even violent dreams. Then, then to your surprise you might have a spontaneous out-of-body experience.

If you decide to take advantage of these experiences, you will have great learning opportunities.

Your dream state will eventually improve and you will enjoy it again.

19. Feeling “out of body”

You may feel as though someone is talking, but it is not you. Although you may feel strange or worried about this particular symptom, it is not a bad thing.

This was a way of easing the transition process and cope with the stress that this implies.

20. Depression

Even if you had a tendency to be sensitive to things but within the last few months it’s become rampant, this could be a clear symptom of ascension and energy shift.

The outer world may not be in alignment with the New, higher vibrational you. It doesn’t feel so good out there.

Look after yourself by focusing on what you love.

21. Lucid dreams

One of the most overwhelming symptoms of ascension is lucid dreaming.

Dreams are sometimes so real that you wake up confused. You may even have lucid dreams in which you are in control. Many dreams can be mystical or carry messages for you. And in some dreams, you know that you are not “dreaming” that what is happening is somehow real.

Tip: You will remember what is important to you to remember. Don’t force anything. Above all, keep fearless.

22. Great increase in creativity and inspiration

This explosion of creativity is experienced with the reception of images, ideas, music, and other creative inspirations at overwhelming speed.

A tip for you is to record at least some of these inspirations. These ideas will give you clues about your life mission.

23. Growing in personal power

The more aware you become of your energy being and your power to create (and destroy) the more conducive your manifestations become.

Once you realize that what you focus upon, you can create, you can choose to create consciously.


As we have observed throughout this article, there are many symptoms of ascension, which can be divided into two categories:

  • Physical symptoms of ascension
  • Mental /psychological symptoms of ascension

As general advice for people who are undergoing the physical and mental changes of ascension, it is to get enough rest, eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.

Also, the practices of conscious breathing, sports and meditation (mindfulness) will help you a lot to calm both body and psychological symptoms.

What symptoms do you find most difficult to cope with?

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