I’ve spoken in several ways about the dynamics of consciousness. Fundamentally, there are three aspects – the observer, the object of observation, and the process of observation. We can even map the enlightenment process to those aspects being realized as Self; the first in Self Realization, the second in Unity, and the third in Refined Unity into Brahman
But we can also notice a fourth aspect – that of global awareness, able to observe the above process. This isn’t really another aspect: it’s the other three united as one lively alertness or fundamental awareness. This carries forward into post-Unity stages but because we’re beyond the process of experience, it’s no longer “experienced.” It’s an alert knowing-by-being. But even that phrasing falls short as it is beyond the sense of self required to recognize being. Yet it simultaneously includes it.
The world has never been created and yet here it is (Brahman perspective).
None of this is anything a person will reach or achieve. This is because it’s post-personal. It’s a step beyond our individuality into universality.
That universality also points to the greater embodiment of enlightenment. We have such a limited self-concept it’s hard to even comprehend a full embodiment. This is also partly because I’m dubious there is such a person in human form in the current time.
To point to what I mean, your physical body is made up of trillions of cells. Each of those cells is its own life that is born, lives, and dies. And each of those cells can wake up.
Your body also contains millions of devata, light beings that keep everything working and balanced. They also can all wake up in this process.
Your body is also concurrently cosmic, the body of all bodies. You contain literally all beings in all universes. All of those have a destiny to awaken.
All of this is going on at the same time. You can see why no one is currently fully embodied – it would take everyone awakening!
That cosmic body is also one with the Divine body which is what is waking everything up. Divinity is the true source of the effulgence of consciousness.
Our awakening is just one point in a much grander process. Yet we are simultaneously non-separate from the whole, so our awakening is key to support this grandly cosmic unfolding.
One way this is described in the Veda is as memory, smriti. The aliveness of consciousness is its own memory, tickling alertness to remember itself. In that perspective, we can see life and the world as a vast process of remembering.
Alertness awakens liveliness, liveliness awakens alertness.
We expanded out into the fullness of expression but got lost in the details, in the point value. Now we return to wholeness, expand back into source, remember who we are along with the details. It is a remarkable unfolding, its potential beyond imagining.