There are two main forms of awakening…
Into what we are, as awake emptiness and form, absent of separate self, seeing stories as just stories. This seems to be an on/off switch, either there or not, although when it is not there, it is, funny enough, possible to be closer to it or further away from it.
This is a Ground awakening, awake emptiness awake to itself, and to form as not other than awake emptiness itself.
And into who we are, as a developing individual human self and soul. As a holon in an infinitely larger and evolving holarchy in the world of form, and as a vehicle for Big Mind either awake to itself or not. This is an ongoing process with no end point.
This is an exploration of the always changing and evolving world of form.
Anything happening at the human and soul levels… projection/shadow work, deepening into our shared humanity, relationship work, changes in experiences of senses, and awakening into/as alive presence, luminous blackness, indwelling God, and much more… is all a part of the exploration of who we are.
It is valuable in itself, as part of life exploring itself in all its many forms. And it is valuable as stepping stones into an awakening of what we are.
At the same time, it is helpful to see that it is just a play of form… transient, fleeting… content.. not what we are.
If an awakening into what we are is our main focus, then it is appropriate to not put much emphasis on it.
If an awakening into who we are is our main focus, then it is appropriate to delve more into it for its own sake.
And if an awakening into what and who we are is our focus (as it is for me), it is important to differentiate the two, seeing clearly what belongs to which.