It may seem odd to combine “ignorance” with “enlightenment.” But knowledge is structured in consciousness. Until we have the conscious range to take it all in, there are still gaps in our knowledge. Missing knowledge is “avidya” or ignorance.
For example, in Self Realization or Cosmic Consciousness, we are awake to the Self within. The observer has awoken to itself. But this is only the first stage. Lorne Hoff has referred to this as enlightened ignorance.
I have talked about Lesha Avidya, the faint remains of ignorance that qualifies Unity and above. But this is a reference to the faint remains of person needed to live exalted stages in a body. Yet even in Unity, we don’t know how all this came to be nor its purpose. Even in Brahman stage, we’re not awake to the power that creates all of this.
This is compounded by developmental gaps. Someone can be very awake in consciousness but still have emotional shadows or poorly developed life skills. Spending a lot of time in renunciate settings doesn’t help you develop interpersonal skills, for example.
While consciousness is deeply informative, if there is little refinement going on, we’re missing the entire process of becoming. All the layers between consciousness and the world can be couched in fog.
Many people are waking up now, which is a beautiful thing. But there is much more yet to unfold.