Evolutionary Thinning of the Veil

Those six to eight stages mark the standard, typical, common stages of Growing Up that all humanity faces, according to research (and technically, these involve what are called "structures" of consciousness). But there is one other type of developmental sequence (involving "states" of consciousness), itself profoundly important, that is separate and relatively independent from the Growing Up sequence, and which tracks the actual stages of a human's Waking Up: the transformation from a small, finite, skin-encapsulated ego to a True Self, one with Spirit, in a state known variously as Enlightenment, Awakening, Metanoia, Moksha (Freedom), satori ("awakening" in Zen), Christ consciousness. This sequence of Waking Up can occur at virtually any stage in Growing Up, but the whole point is, of course, to reach the highest stage in both evolutionary sequences—the Transpersonal/Unitive stage in Growing Up and the Enlightenment state in Waking Up. And what recent evolution appears to strongly indicate is that humanity, on the whole, is increasingly moving into just such a possibility at large—the highest stages of Waking Up realized from the highest stages of Growing Up—and this, for the first time in all of history.

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    Alonzo L. Gaskill is an author, editor, theologian, lecturer, and professor of World Religions. He holds degrees in philosophy, theology, and biblical studies. He has authored more than two-dozen books and numerous articles on various aspects of religion; with topics ranging from world religions and interfaith dialogue, to scriptural commentaries, texts on symbolism, sacred space, and ritual, and even devotional literature.