Well-established Self Realization (Cosmic Consciousness) is known as Sat Chit Ananda or Absolute Bliss Consciousness. Why? Because those are the key markers of the state: Established in the absolute, established in Self (consciousness), and established bliss. When the noise of the emotional and mental layers are purified enough, then both consciousness and bliss can shine through in our normal experience.
In a lot of the talk you hear today about enlightenment, bliss is missing. This shows there has not been enough clean-up yet or it’s not yet fully established. Sometimes, the shift itself has not happened, even if they’re clearly aware of the absolute Self. Has it been clear enough to see through the ego?
If it has been, there can still be imbalance.
If there has been an over-emphasis on consciousness without sufficient sattva, not only will the bliss not be there but the experience will be more dry, detached, and impersonal. This is Shiva without Shakti. Words like illusion and emptiness are common.
There is nothing wrong with this style of shift in the slightest. It’s always significant when someone awakens. However, it can show some balancing is needed to more fully embody the shift. Some of this can also depend on the specific emphasis of laws of nature of that person.
If there is an over-emphasis on sattva, there can be a great deal of inner clarity, knowledge, profound experiences, and refined perception. Shakti is alive and we recognize the fullness of being. But there can then be too little silence for the awakening to happen, leaving the person still entangled with the ego.
Silence needs to be developed so the shift to consciousness (Atman) can take place. Then the liveliness or flow (Shakti) can be embodied with Shiva. There is a stable platform for the experiences to unfold on – without disrupting everything.
The ideal is both in relative balance. Then there is full richness with silent witness. The person is uncaught yet still fully in the world. And the God Consciousness stage will naturally follow.