Bliss - Release & Glue
In the five phases outlined in previous postings, two seem to typically include a sense of bliss. These are the first - the glimpse, and the third - the brilliant sun of enlightenment.
When we are released from an exclusive identification as a human being, there is a natural sense of tremendous expansion and freedom and a sense of release from suffering and struggle. And with this, there is a natural experience of bliss as well.
It may be similar to living in a cold and dark country during the winter, and then going to a warm and sunny climate on vacation. There is a sense of release, excitement and joy.
During the fifth phase, there seems to be less sense of bliss. It may come now and then, but it may not be a continuous strong experience. It all seems far more natural and ordinary than that.
This may be similar to having moved to the warm and sunny climate and becoming used to it. It is now thoroughly ordinary. We have an deepening appreciation for it, but it is not continiously associated with the excitement, joy and bliss of the initial phase.
So bliss may be a natural effect of the sense of release, and it also seems to function as a glue. The bliss experienced at the first phase keeps us coming back to and stay with the, sometimes painful, process of phase two. And the bliss of phase three helps us stay with the absolute (Big Mind/God) and become more deeply familiar with and as it. At the fifth phase, it is all too familiar and ordinary to be associated with continuous bliss.
During phase two, there may be glimpses of bliss. And there may be periods of bliss going into and leaving phase four, although bliss seems to typically be completely gone during the depths of this phase - there is no comfort left.