Remember when you are a young child and you were uninhibited enough ponder the big questions in life such as Who am I? What am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is life? What is existence? Remember also when you got to that age where you were bold enough to actually start asking people as well. What happened? What did that innocent, curious and wisdom seeking little kid go? In this article, which is ultimately going to lead to a great awakening definition; we are going to take a quick journey back to that feeling of existential yearning and then circle back on ourselves today in order to contemplate the journey between. First up we need to explore all the many contexts in which you may be familiar with the word Awakening. I will try to be quick so that we can get back to the meat and potatoes of the definition but Context is key to understanding. Forgetting context is also the key to understanding in a lot of cases.
Historical Context 1 – The Evangelical Great Awakenings
Probably the most common context is the historical periods of sudden spikes in religious interest. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia. The link to Wikipedia Great Awakening Summary pages goes into a lot more detail if you are interested.
Modern Movie Context 1 – Skynet Great Awakening
First up let me preempt one thing. The Terminator movies are fiction. When it comes true I will stand corrected but until then I will run under the impression that they are fiction. Skynet in the movie series was an artificial intelligence network (more precisely an artificial neural network-based conscious group mind. At a point in the movie the AI goes through an AWAKENING period, becomes self-aware and breaks free from it’s programming, thinks for itself and proceeds to exterminate all the humans. The context to consider here which is important is an entity breaking free from its restrictions or constraints to think for itself. The conscious group mind is also an interesting spiritual addition to the story.
Modern Movie Context 2 – Matrix: Take the Red Pill Neo
Another movie which quickly came to mind when researching this AWAKENING topic was the Matrix movie series. Again the scene from the movie which comes to mind is the scene where Neo is offered the opportunity to choose red pill or blue pill. Choosing the red pill indicates a conscious decision to AWAKEN and all the esoteric knowledge hidden from him (and all humanity) will be unveiled. Again a context of gaining access to knowledge or Truth by removing restraints (in this case being broken out of the human battery farm and living life in the open air for the first time).
Modern Movie Context 3 – Fight Club
My favourite Fight Club Quote- Tyler Durden: It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything
Closely following by my second favourite quote – Tyler Durden: We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no great war. No great depression. Our great war’s a spiritual one…our great depression…is our lives.
I guess you could say the theme of the Fight Club movie is one of Materialism vs Self Actualization. The characters go through a series of seemingly random events which cumulative to distance them more and more from the mainstream collective notion of an honest American lifestyle. I am talking job loss, homelessness, violence, crime and ultimately terrorism. Interestingly along this journey the characters (who turn out to be not at all what we thought) gain incredible freedom of spirit and freedom from all the things that had previously constrained their lives. Again a context removing restraints to gain freedom.
Modern Political Context 1 – Drain the swamp
Now we get to the reason I actually wanted to write this article. Last month President Trump mentioned in this SOTU address about a great awakening coming and after a bit of research I found his context. Brace yourself for this one.
At the time of writing this article our POTUS is waging war against what he refers to as a domestic threat, the Deep State. The Deep State goes by many names but I think they are a well known group of elitists that most of us would have heard referred to by now who rule the world from ivory towers, control the money and play sick games with all of our lives for kicks. In this context I see POTUS referring to a great awakening as the America population waking up to the bureaucratic and social constraints they have idly sat by and let the deep state shackle them in. The awakening will bring about a systemic change in the social structure and a lot more self awareness for individuals to ultimately stop working for the benefit of the few and start working for the benefit of those whom they choose. It could also be boiled down to a fight of good vs evil.
The Context of Enlightenment
The one thing I believe all religions have in common is this yearning for a final great awakening. Also known as enlightenment, holy spirit, theosis, revelation, illumination, transcendence, ego death, Nirvana, unity, non-duality, absolute truth, pure awareness, nothingness, self actualization, rainbow body, Shiva, etc. etc.
MY GREAT AWAKEN DEFINITION (AT LONG LAST)
It has been quite a journey researching this article and I can honestly say the dozens of hours I put into it proved very beneficial and definitely rose my spiritual awareness.
Here is what I have learned. I hope you can gain something useful from it.
Throughout all of time humankind has been in search for the ultimate boundless infinity that is reality, otherwise known as existence.
Modern organized religions strongly favors belief and ritual but they didn’t always.
Mysticism is the origin of religions and is the practice of experiencing existence.
Understanding existence is experiencing the answers to these questions- Who am I? What am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is life? What is god?
God is existence but it is also the direct experience of understanding existence by using the right contemplative and meditative practices which are hidden from you. You must gain the esoteric knowledge to unhide the practices.
God/Existence is not veiled from you because if there was a veil over god/existence that would be a limitation and god is limitless (omnipotent) there can be no limit to god and therefore there can be no veil to existence. The veil is over you, it is your ego and your paradigms, it veils you from seeing the ultimate reality.
The veil is voluntary and the veil takes many forms. It can be language, the limitations of you five senses, rationality, logic, ego, paradigms, beliefs, rituals, addiction, slumber, apathy, technology, distraction, government, trauma, society, materialism, religion, deep state goons, killer robots, expectation, ex-wives, child support agencies, abuse, paradigms, finances, gluttony, temptation and many more.
To Awaken is to lift the veil. A growing number of people are rejecting the distractions of western society to seek their freedom.
A Great Awaken is a mass population all lifting the veil and seeing god/existence/reality together. Enjoy the ride. I think we are well overdue for another one.
I have a series of posts outlining one process to remove your paradigms and gain your own autonomy. I call it Autonomy Blueprint. Feel free to join in.
Hi there, My friends call me Remy. I am a middle aged divorcee that has decided not to walk the path other people decided to set down for me. I have gained the most strength in my life from my failures. Resilience is a very powerful attribute if you can manage it, I am still building mine up but stick with me and we can forge ahead together.