An important point to understand with major openings is the distinction between what is the opening itself and what are its side-effects. Purification and experiences can accompany realizations, energy openings, and related expansions. But those accompaniments fade out. True shifts remain after the side-effects fade.
However, before awakening, there isn’t a stable platform of being so openings can be inclined to get overshadowed by the ego’s dynamics. We fall back into the dust and shadow or the energy isn’t stable yet.
After awakening is established, new openings don’t fade away. Then, the side-effects fade leaving just the opening.
However, there’s another important detail that can be missed. The initial opening plus side-effects may create a high contrast, very distinctive experience. After the dust settles, it can seem like we’ve lost the opening.
But instead, you’ve adapted to the shift. Within 3-4 hours, the awake physiology can adapt to major shifts. The mind may not have digested the experience enough to give it words, but the opening itself is now being embodied.
For example, we may come to feel larger than the universe. At first we feel hugely stretched and expanded and it’s a big deal. But if we can sustain it, the contrast fades and the expansion remains. We no longer feel stretched but if we pause and look, there we are beyond the universe. That cognition? Still there to refer back to. The new reality? Still here, quietly now. That new level of bliss? Still here, more quietly.
What was at first high contrast now seems normal and ordinary. But if we stop and look, it’s still there. The opening is abiding.
It’s usually wise to give it a few days to ensure that we do sustain it long term. But if the platform is stable, we shift into a mode of progressive growth that keeps building and building.
Where once we lived a life of passing experiences, now we live a life of continual growth.