I’ve excerpted commentary given by Adyashanti at one of his satsangs that Tom uses to introduce the subject:
Theres awakening and then theres awakening, isnt there? Theres a moment that we can call an awakening moment An awakening moment isnt any old spiritual experience. As a matter of fact, its almost none of the spiritual experiences that were told that it is. But there can be a moment of awakening.
So theres a moment of awakening, and then theres actually being awake. And very often the moment of awakening, actually, its significant in the sense that something has fundamentally shifted, that you cant go back on, even though you might re-delude yourself and lose sight of it and start a whole long process of struggling and then trying to maintain it. And all that stuff.
But ultimately something at the seat of consciousness has fundamentally shifted. Then there is the other awakening. Its the other awakening that sort of is the process of awakening, which is that thing where it starts to dissolve the spiritual ego, dissolve the me, dissolve all those things that you immediately apprehend in the moment of awakening but doesnt necessarily mean you are going to be living it a year later.
Then there is this dissolving away of all that which divides. And that for most people takes quite a bit of time. Thats the honest truth. Very few people are going to have, Ah ha! Alleluia! The lights turned on. And the lights are just going to stay turned on. Every now and then it happens, but usually its like, Okay, now the other things going to happen, and its going to be called the dissolving of you.
Even though youve seen in that moment that there is no you, nonetheless the dissolving of you has now begun in earnest and you can expect it to continue in ways and to a depth that you never imagined. And thats basically what its about.
And once that process has started, it doesnt really need your help. It just can use you not hindering it. The me cant help it along, but the me sure can kind of slow the whole thing down.