Awakening is a shift in consciousness in which thinking and awareness separate. For most people it is not an event but a process they undergo. Even those rare beings who experience a sudden, dramatic, and seemingly irreversible awakening will still go through a process in which the new state of consciousness gradually flows into and transforms everything they do and so becomes integrated into their lives.
It is imperative that we awaken from mundane awareness into full spiritual remembrance of who we are. The problem is that even when physically awake, we can still be mentally asleep, unaware of ourselves and entirely absorbed in whatever mechanical impulse or external stimulus captures our attention. This state of confluence, or mental absorption, keeps us in an unproductive dream state.
It is necessary to know that humanity lives with its Consciousness asleep. People work asleep. People walk through the streets asleep. People live and die asleep.
When we come to the conclusion that the entire world lives asleep, then we comprehend the necessity of awakening. We need the awakening of the Consciousness. We want the awakening of the Consciousness.