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The experience of spiritual awakening is the experience of union or yoga. This is the experience of union on different levels. These levels are not separate but integral.
One of the fundamental experiences of spiritual awakening is that you as a person merge with the transpersonal or Universal. No words can tell you what that is like.
One thing you can say about this experience is that it is paradoxical. When I would talk to people about my awakening, I would often use the phrase, “I am and I am not at the same time.”
They would look at me strangely. I understand this look. It’s just so illogical.
This is why the Master Jesus spoke in parables.
You cannot explain spiritual awakening in logical terms. It is beyond intellectual understanding. This is why Rumi invites:-
Trade logic for bewilderment—Rumi
He means by the word “bewilderment” the word “faith.”
This is not to be confused with adherence to blind faith, which is an attachment to conceptual belief rather than a living openness to the unknown.
The 5 Stages of Spiritual awakening allow you to KNOW that you live in two worlds. These worlds are not separate. In fact, there is in reality only one world. However, as a human being, it appears that there is only the world of time.
The two worlds are the worlds of time and the Timeless. The world of the personal and the Transpersonal.
Spiritual awakening takes you into the KNOWING that these two worlds are not separate and have never been and ever will be separate. Thus you can declare “I am and I am not at the same time.”
There is a union of the personal “I am” with the universal “I AM.”