Aspects of awakening

 

There are many dimensions or aspects of awakening.

What is awakened to? Or what awakens to itself? There are many possibilities and combinations.

(a) Certain facets of reality (God, life, the divine) may be revealed. Some of these facets can be called presence, love, silence, the void, the masculine divine, the feminine divine, and Spirit.

(b) All content of experience can be recognized as any of these. For instance, all experience can be recognized as love, wisdom, silence, void, or Spirit. Alternatively, these faces of the divine may appear different or separate from (other) content of experience. It may seem that there is a realm of love, while other content of experience – our human self and this world – is distinct from this. This happens if there is still identification as a separate self.

(c) Any of these – and several more aspects – of reality can be revealed to themselves, or revealed while there is still identification as a separate self. For instance, presence may notice itself as all there is, and love may do the same, or Spirit. Or it may appear that a separate self awakened to and recognized these.

(d) Another wrinkle is that we may, of course, use different words to describe the different faces of Spirit, and any of the other variations of awakening.

How clear or stable is it? Is it a glimpse? Is it more lasting? Does it fade over time? Does the intensity of it, or the bells and whistles associated with it, fade? (Most likely, yes.) Is there a more real insight, and does this stay or fade? When and how often is this more real insight clouded over by remaining identifications, wounds, and hangups?

How wide and deep is it? How much of our human self is transformed and aligned more closely with this awakening? How widely and deeply is our human self aligned with what we are? Some of this transformation and alignment may happen by itself through the initial opening or awakening. And in most cases, a lot of the work is done more over time by life and some is done through intentional efforts to heal and realign.

I am sure there are many more facets of awakening than the few I have mentioned here. I may have forgotten some, or not yet experienced them, or not yet distinguished them in my own experience.

The way awakening is experienced and expressed through this human self is complex. One aspect of it may, in some cases, be like an on or off switch. And the majority of it is much more of a complex process unfolding over time.

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Initial notes…..

  • levels of awakening
    • (a) awakening to/as what (presence, the void allowing/being it all, Spirit as all etc.)
    • (b) how clear, stable
    • (c) breadth, how much of us is aligned with this awakening/noticing (how widely/deeply our human self is aligned with what we are)

 

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Initial draft…..

There are many dimensions of awakening.

What is awakened to? Or what awakens to itself? It could be presence, love, silence, the void allowing/being it all, Spirit as all etc. Any of these and more aspects of reality can be revealed while there is still identification as a separate self, or they may be revealed to themselves. For instance, presence may notice itself as all there is, and love may do the same, or Spirit. Another wrinkle is that we may, of course, use different words to describe whatever is awakened to.

How clear or stable is it? Is it a glimpse? Is it more lasting? Does it fade over time? Does the intensity of it, or the bells and whistles associated with it, fade? (Most likely, yes.) Is there a more real insight, and does this stay or fade? When and how often is this more real insight clouded over by remaining identifications, wounds, and hangups?

How wide and deep is it? How much of our human self is transformed and aligned more closely with this awakening? How widely and deeply is our human self aligned with what we are? Some of this transformation and alignment may happen by itself through the initial opening or awakening. And in most cases, a lot of the work is done more over time by life and some is done through intentional efforts to heal and realign.

The way awakening is experienced and expressed through this human self is complex. One aspect of it may, in some cases, be like an on or off switch. And the majority of it is much more of a complex process unfolding over time.

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