Our lives seems to be cycles of awakenings and integration.
First, we awaken to an experience, a glimpse, realization or insight. Then we integrate it into our lives. These awakenings and integrations occurs at all scales, from everyday glimpses and insights to larger shifts and awakenings.
Our lives are cycles within cycles of awakening and integration.
And these awakenings - when looked at from a larger perspective - typically involve widening circles. Our identity widens, becomes more inclusive, embraces more and more polarities, becomes more porous and fluid - until any fixed identity falls away.
We awaken into the nature of mind, and the integration consists of coming to the nature of mind in more and more situations. We awaken to Big Mind, and the integration consists of rehumanizing and bringing it into an ordinary human life.