“Moments of Awakening” is a phrase in the following that refers to transcending, moments of pure consciousness when we briefly experience simply being, Amness, without content. Radical Brilliance is the title of Arjuna Ardagh’s upcoming book, apparently referring to the benefits of this. The below is quoted from an excerpt which also talks about burnout.
“Dr. Fred Travis, the director of the Center for Brain Consciousness and Cognition at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, emphasizes, ‘I hope you can bring out in your book the importance of what moments of awakening do to rewire the brain. It’s not just that these glimpses of limitless consciousness happen and then disappear, they are continuously happening. The more frequently we visit awakening states of consciousness, [the more] our actions cease to be determined by the individual level of learning and experience and desires, and become driven by the needs of the whole world. So the phases of the [Radical Brilliance] cycle unfold in sequence, but everything is also there simultaneously supporting the next step.’
“Schmachtenberger explains that one of the unique things about human genetics compared to other primates is our radical neural plasticity: the capacity to be soft-wired based on our environment rather than genetically hard-wired. ‘This means we are highly adaptive to changing environmental stimuli. We are also able to rewire the way that our brain works according to changing circumstances. This relates not only to how we process nutrients, how we process pathogens and toxins, but also how we process information.’
“Consequently, the more we move through the Radical Brilliance cycle on a regular basis, we are not only cycling through a repeating set of conditions in the brain, we are also rewiring the brain. This kind of evolutionary neural plasticity turns the cycle into a spiral of evolutionary brilliance.”
While moments of awakening are not the same as an actual awakening or Self Realization, they are a movement in that direction.
“they are continuously happening”
To be clear, transcending is a normal 4th state of consciousness along with waking, dreaming, and sleeping. However, because it is consciousness itself, it is the ground state or neutral gear of our experiencing. Each time we change states, such as in falling asleep, we briefly step into neutral gear, into consciousness itself, then the next state arises from that. We all step into pure consciousness every day. The advantage of a practice that brings samadhi is it makes this experience more common and more conscious, preparing the ground for actual awakening.