While awakening is about liberation, it is liberation FROM the person. It is loosing our identification with being an individual ‘me’ that things happen to.
Both before the shift and for awhile afterwards, there can be a fair bit of unpacking of old baggage: old resistance and incomplete experiences.
There is also a forward progression into higher stages in consciousness.
Part of that forward movement is what can be described as a descent of source into our local experience. Adyashanti described a process of head, heart, gut. This continues to the root.
The effect of this process is the purification of the local vessel (the body-mind) and source becoming increasingly embodied, lived in this life.
At the same time, we become increasingly aware of our cosmic or universal body, even on the level of our local body. The local person becomes increasingly known as a reflection of that, then an embodiment of it.
Unlike the awakening of consciousness, this clearing is very much a local phenomena. It is happening here more than there. While consciousness has awoken, now the person is being liberated.
This is taking place at the same time as we’re clearing the cosmic.
The insides of our body gradually shift from being a shadowy place full of friction and aversion to a place of light, full of celebration and joy.
This makes more sense if we consider the process itself. The stages of development in consciousness are all taking place in our universal nature. But the development of sattva – purity, clarity, and light – takes place locally. Once the stages have unfolded, the process becomes all about the feminine, all about the embodiment. It continues both cosmically and locally – essentially the same thing.
We continue to clear old ideas, barriers, and stories that no longer serve and find new gifts coming on-line. Perhaps unexpectedly, I’ve found that the very awake gain progressively more unique & distinctive personalities. They’re being liberated from many old constraints.
Not that we become perfect or lose qualities we may have considered less desirable. It’s surprising what falls away and what stays. But the laws of nature that structure this form continue. Only they’re liberated and become more able to express their higher qualities.
In curious ways, we can discover that the person isn’t what we’ve long thought it was.
This last comment is interesting. Of course, there is realizing the individual is actually an expression of universal consciousness and the person is actually cosmic. But this goes further than that. This is rewriting the script of the person we’ve been living through our whole life. Without the old constraints and barriers of expression, we find a flowering of fullness right on the surface of life.
One begins to get a sense of how the sages of yore where able to do some of the things they did. They where cosmic and embodied source, right in their body & personality.