What Is “The Veil” In Spirituality?

If you’ve ever explored spirituality you’ve definitely heard of “the veil”. If you’re anything like me you were confused about what “the veil” is the first time you heard about it.

Let’s dive into what this term really means and help you understand the spiritual concept better.

What is “the veil”?

“The veil” refers to the unseen barrier that separates our ordinary limited consciousness from the higher, more profound consciousness of existence.

The veil is a metaphor for what separates ordinary consciousness from expansive and infinite consciousness.

Our human brains weren’t meant to always be one with God and the universe, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to function in everyday life. If there was no veil between higher and lower consciousness we’d all be too blissed out to bother eating, drinking, and paying rent.

When we have a spiritual awakening we pierce through this veil. Spiritual awakenings allow us a peak behind that veil into greater consciousness.

The terms “piercing the veil” and “spiritual awakening” are basically synonymous with each other.



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Spiritual awakening is founded on the idea of connecting with higher consciousness. The veil is the limiting factor which keeps us from connecting with that higher consciousness.

Why Does The Veil Exist?

The veil exists for a very specific and explainable reason. The veil keeps us from transcending our human incarnate form.


According to some traditions we (either as individual spirits or as God itself) chose to experience life in a limited form as a human being. There are certain lessons we need to learn in a physical human life.

If the veil didn’t exist our consciousness would simply merge back with infinite universal consciousness. This would make the experience of being a limited human impossible to have.

For God to be truly omnipotent and infinite then they have to know what it’s like to have limited consciousness.

So in this sense you are literally God experiencing limited consciousness.

What does thinning the veil mean?

“Thinning the veil” is a term referring to moments when we come closer to the divine. The boundary between our limited form and greater consciousness thins.

The veil thins when we have spiritual experiences and come close to God.

Certain locations around the world are said to have thinner veils. These also happen to be the most spiritual places where many are said to have had profound experiences and connections with higher consciousness.

What Does Piercing The Veil Mean?

Piercing the veil is the term used to describe when you break through your limited consciousness into a state of spiritual awakening.

We pierce the veil when we have a spiritual awakening. You can think of piercing the veil as creating a portal to higher consciousness.

You’re destroying the boundary between your limited awareness and expanded divine consciousness when you pierce the veil.

How To Pierce The Veil

Piercing the veil isn’t just about glimpsing the unknown, it’s about evolving beyond our spiritual limits. Peaking beyond the veil or spiritual awakening is one of the most blissful, awe inspiring, and jaw dropping experiences you can have as a human being.

You’re probably thinking that this sounds awesome and you want to experience it yourself.

So how do you pierce the veil and enter into greater consciousness?

There are several pathways to peaking beyond the veil laid out by dozens of ancient traditions. Just about every major religion today has a mystical pathway to spiritual awakening.

see my article, “The Mystical Traditions of Every Major World Religion”

I recommend you dive into one of the many established spiritual traditions with a path to spiritual awakening.

You may also want to find a spiritual mentor to guide you on this journey as well.

There is no one right path to spiritual awakening and there are so many different things that can cause you to pierce through “the veil”.

see my article, “What Causes a Spiritual Awakening?” for more information.


Though at first appearance the terms “the veil” and “piercing the veil” may seem confusing they both have to do with spiritual awakening. The veil is simply the thing that keeps our limited consciousness limited and when we pierce it we enter into greater consciousness. I wish you the best on your journey to peaking beyond the cosmic veil and awakening into divine consciousness spiritual seeker!

Hi, I’m Ryan. I’m a meditation teacher, spiritual seeker, and founder of nurtureyourspirit.org. I’m glad you’re here! I founded Nurture Your Spirit because of my love of meditation, spirituality, and spiritual awakening.

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