Awakening – and then what?

A very high consciousness

Consciousness on this planet has never been higher. And so, the road less traveled is not as deserted as it used to be.

We actually live in a time where it is relatively easy to awaken to the realization that God is all there is and even to the deeper realization that I am God.

In most literature, awakening is where it ends – or there is not really a distinction between awakening and being enlightened. 

With so many people awakening at the moment it is important that we distinguish in order to make people aware that awakening is not the end of the journey and that there is still a lot of work to be done. 

You are not “home safe” because you awaken

Awaken and you are “home safe”. I’ve heard myself saying that several times not realizing that this is not until long after the first awakening that you are able to master your thoughts, your emotions, and life itself. Actually this is a never-ending process of refining your ability to live a life in freedom.

Many people today have huge openings where they realize their Innermost Nature. They know or believe in their hearts that they have had an awakening and now they do not understand why life is not as the literature has promised. 

This is because the realization is so much more accessible now than in previous times. 

We don’t have to sit for decades in caves, meditating and cultivating our egos, before the awakening happens.

The consciousness on the planet is so high that awakening happens in many people around the planet right now.

And now what?

Therefore many people are asking themselves now what? 

Am I enlightened now? What should I do with this awakening and why is it so far from all that I have red? 

At first the awakening is about your God realization. Awakening is realizing that God is all there is.

From that place you sink deeper and deeper into this realization until you fully realize that you are God. From there eventually you will become the temple in which God resides.  

The aftereffects of awakening

The journey from the awakening to the full realization or to the enlightenment, as some people like to call it, is a road much more busy than it was just a few years ago.

As awakening is accessible to many people, the need to understand the aftereffects of the awakening, and how it is all part of creating a new earth, is growing.

You are “not home safe” just because you awaken. Even the most awake person can fall asleep again, and you are never more awake than you are in the present moment.

The misunderstandings

There are some things that need to be understood. First of all, believing that “home safe” means never to feel pain is an illusion. You will feel everything with extreme intensity, and your job is to cultivate the ego so that you can live with that intensity without the attachments that are creating the deeper suffering. 

Believing that the ego will disappear is another and more adherent idea that we must realize not to be true.

The ego does not disappear when you awaken and it works in many ways, trying to veil you right back up. 

The ego will not accept it own defeat. And it will not tell you the truth. Telling you the truth would be revealing its own redundancy, which would be like putting the rope around its own neck. It is not willing to do so. 

The ego will not vanish just because you awaken. It will, on the other hand, need your attention and parenting more than ever.

Parenting the ego

It is important to understand that awakening is not the end of the journey. It is the beginning.

It is a beginning where we have to cultivate the ego and make sure that the new high awareness stay loving and kind. It is a beginning on a journey much deeper into Existence than ever possible before. 

I see small children in YouTube videos display extremely high awareness. They are children that seem to have been born wide-awake, like pure sages.  

But still, it is very important to remember that they are children. The need competent parenting, and they have a long journey in front of them before they become grown-ups.

 They can be resembled to the adult that just woke up, as it is the same work that has to be done. 

In the child it is the work of letting them grow-up into bright, fully awake, loving beings, that are highly resilient and extremely loving, that has to be done.

In the adult it is the ego that needs parenting. We must consider the ego to be like the small child. We must treat it in the same ways and help ourselves to grow-up and become responsible, loving people. 

The traps of the ego

You may very well be awake or have had deep openings and realizations, but if you let a child sit by the wheel in the bus that is you, it will not take you to the freedom that you so long for. More likely, you will end up as one of those people arguing with others, because they do not see you the way you want them to, and they do not acknowledge your awaken state. Or you think that you “have it” now, rejecting to learn from others and to see others as they are.

You may be more interested in having other people notice your specialness than in how to refine yourself, live a free life, and how to contribute to making the world a better place.

The challenge

The ego longs so deeply after being special that this is one of the biggest challenges you face when you have to find your own two feet after an awakening. Will you see through the illusion that you have to be someone or something special? Or will you start hunting after people’s attention? It can be very challenging. 

There are many other possibilities for the ego to deceive you, and it goes on until the ego is completely transcended. For some it takes decades after an awakening, and it can be very hard work too. 

As long as you can feel even a slight resistance to the possibility that no one ever finds out that you have awakened, not even your partner, you still have work to do. 

A new earth

The world does not need highly aware people with huge egos. The world needs highly aware people who understand what awakening is all about. People who aim at making the world a better place and have released the idea that they need to be famous or known because of their awakening. 

The world needs people who understand that they are here to be who they truly are. People who understand that they are here to live and express their unique calling of the heart. The world needs sages to form loving, ecofriendly communities, and who live their lives in freedom. 

Not as more than the other person, not as less. 

We are only here to serve.

Om Namah Shivaya