There are several factors that influence how we move forward through the stages of development.
– Preparation of the vehicle so it’s able to sustain new depth
– Purification and refinement to allow higher clarity of more abstract values
– Integration of what has opened so far
– Cooperation with the process due to right understanding and OKness
All of these are closely interrelated
But a big one I’m seeing is the embodiment of the current stage.
For example, if there has been a long spiritual practice and depth of presence but we’re averse to being in the body, around other people, or with our emotions it may be difficult for a sustained awakening to unfold. The platform still has major shadows.
Awakening doesn’t require perfection but it needs sufficient clarity and stability.
If there has been an awakening but we’re still mostly in the mind and stories or emotional drama, there is still purification and unwinding to take place before it can be more embodied.
Even with good progress it’s not unusual for there to be periods with some spaciness and impracticality. But that doesn’t lead to embodiment so we need to ground more.
While embodiment has become a popular term in recent years, there are many awake that don’t embody it very fully yet. You hear little talk of bliss, for example. Yet this is a quality of embodied awakening. This is why it’s called sat chit ananda or nirvana. How common is an embodied awakening then?
There can be other factors too. If we’re in a time where life’s responsibilities are prominent, there may not be the time for purification. Yet if that is what is arising then that is what is needed. It can be very grounding. I witnessed for 30 years before waking up, spending a lot of that time in challenging work. Only in retrospect did it become apparent how beneficial this was and how much had been developing quietly in the background. I’m grateful for the clear unfolding this made possible.
Life isn’t a race and enlightenment isn’t a goal. It’s just a signpost on our journey. Go with what life is supporting and it will unfold in its time and in the best way for everyone.