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Awakening and Enlightenment Are Mutually Supportive

I distinguish between the process of awakening and enlightenment. But they aren’t really two separate processes. They are intimately interwoven and mutually supportive.

Have a read and see if this resonates for you too.


Awakening and enlightenment are mutually supportive.

Let’s start with what I mean by awakening and enlightenment.

When you fall asleep, forgetting who you are, forgetting your essential nature, believing you’re primarily a person, it will feel personal and yukky and fearful (stress, frustration, impatience, irritation, anxiety, overwhelm, self-importance or self-flagellation, the need to control, or be right…).

Awakening (as I define it) is the recognition of your essential nature which is absent of any personal yukkiness or fear. It is impersonal. It is good feelings.

If you feel burdened and heavy, believing your conditioned thoughts to be true, and saying something about who you are, you will keep having a difficult, effort-full experience of life. There will be problems and hurdles and repeating patterns that you don’t like — over and over.

Enlightenment (again, as I define it) is the lightening of your conditioned thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. It is the route through these repeating patterns and difficulties to the ease and delightful experience of an enlightened life.


Now here’s how the two are mutually supportive.

We’ll start with awakening.

The more deeply you awaken to your essential nature of impersonal good feelings, the less personal and scary life feels.

The less scary life feels, the less contraction there is in your system, or said another way, the more space there is in your system. This makes it easier for conditioning to be enlightened because there’s space for old patterns of thought, feeling and sensation to move, and be seen, and released.

The more conditioning is enlightened from your system (muck is cleared off the lens) the more clearly you feel your essential nature of impersonal good feelings, i.e. the more deeply you awaken.

A deeper awakening means that the next time something similar happens it feels impersonal, or at the very least it feels less personal, and therefore less scary.

Less personal and less scary means there’s more space. You can be with it more. Which means the conditioned thoughts, feelings and physical sensations are more easily enlightened from your system.

A more enlightened system means you even more clearly feel your essential nature of impersonal good feelings (more muck has been cleared off the lens) – you more deeply awaken.

A deeper awakening means next time something similar happens it feels even less personal and even less scary.

Even less personal and even less scary means there’s even more space…

Are you getting how this is going?


Awakening and enlightenment are mutually supportive.

Which do you want to know more of the ‘how to’ for?

Much love, Helen

PS If you want to know the ‘how to’ for awakening, you can begin (or deepen) this with The Complete Book of Awakening. Available on Amazon worldwide.

  • Helen Amery
    My work involves exploring with people who are on the awakening and enlightenment journey. They’ve already seen a lot but they can also feel that their understanding is more conceptual than felt, and lived. They can feel that there is more to be seen and understood and yet they also don’t know how to ‘get at’ that. I focus on this shift from conceptual into the deeper, felt understanding of it.

    You can find me at wildfigsolutions.co.uk

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