I am not the perfect embodiment of everything I say.
"Run fast from anyone who says they know all of everything. The fact is, no one can ever claim a patent on reality."
Mark asks, “What do you become clear and awakened to?”
“You become awaken to your true nature—to what is you. You become a light, but the light—by becoming light—becomes awakened to itself as a light. You become a light unto yourself. What you awaken to, which is a specific effect of the brilliant drink, is that your nature itself is pure preciousness itself, the utmost preciousness that there can be. So you realize that your nature is not only luminous and brilliant intelligence, but that it is precious. You see and appreciate now the sense of preciousness of Being, your essence, the substance of your consciousness. It is this preciousness that awakens, it is this preciousness that wakes you up, and it is this preciousness that you awake to. This is the preciousness of Being, of Essence, and the preciousness of what a human being is.” ––A.H. Almaas
I don't find this to be always true.
I'm not meaning to discount the distance I have actually traveled (which is a fair amount by my own measures)
“One merely wakes up and becomes more cognizant of the true nature of reality. It’s an awakening to the presence of something that has always been there, and known to be there, but has been ignored.”
Your Pure Being (spirit/soul) is informed by the ego –which is asleep.
You’ve probably noticed the word AMBULANCE written backwards on the front of a vehicle so that a person seeing it in their rear-view mirror can read it. When you look into a mirror, what you see is backwards, too. Your right hand is your left, your eyes are reversed. You understand that this is a backward view that you are seeing and you make the appropriate adjustments.
“That is what Brilliancy does when it explodes in the brain. When it explodes in the perceptual centers, it is a sense of waking up in Essence. We’ve seen Brilliancy in many ways—as intelligence, as synthesis, as completeness, and so on—but now we are seeing it in terms of actual enlightenment. You are awake not only because you have an insight about something, but also by the fact of being the state of awakeness. You feel as if you were a light bulb. You are actually awake, and everything is awake. All your senses are bright and open and clear. You are an awakeness that is awake to everything. This awakeness is also you, your very beingness, the very substance of your soul.” ––Essence of Intelligence
"One important point I'd like to stress. Do not confuse an awakening with complete bliss. Contrary to popular opinion, recognizing and owning your own awareness is not going to make you permanently happy or solve all your problems."