We talk about being constantly asleep, but do we all understand exactly what is being said?
Colin Wilson wrote about peak experiences where for a short while, a moment in the day, waking up at dawn, the light is brighter, colours are more vivid, we have a sense of peace, and seem to able to intuit unlimited knowledge. Factor X (Wilson's term) seems to be that something special that allows certain gifted people the ability to have peak experiences. It is the reason some people stand outside the domain of the mundane. The reason they "don't fit" and the primary cause of extreme anti-social or super-social behaviour. They don't fit because they intuitively know something is wrong - factor X is at work. And I think it can be developed.
As slow as I am to "click" most of the time, realization comes late, and in this case I have just realized that although I did not have any peak experience, I did in fact "wake up", and what's more, I can see how simple it could be to fall asleep again.
Now when I say I'm slow I hate to admit that this all occured last year! Duh!
I believe I've found a way to wake up that can be utilized by anyone who is not afraid to put their brains to good use.
Q: (H) What percentage of the US population actually thinks at all?
A: 12% if you define it rigidly.
Yip. The process is thought. Heavy duty thinking.
In 2010 I joined the Google Group, Public Banking (started by Ellen Brown after publication of her book "Web of Debt"), as I wanted to see if I could find any answers to my idea that the most socially beneficial form of banking is zero percent banking. Talk about a voice in the wilderness! Or almost. Only a couple of people could see that interest is what kills all liklihood of economic fairness. In order to press my point of view I had to do some very heavy thinking in response to all the usual arguments trotted out in favour of interest. A point of importance is that those defending interest had a deep involvement in economic training and were thus committed to the cause and at first blush, blind to the alternative. Those of us against interest are unschooled in economic theory and I count this as a blessing as we are not married to our degrees or training.
For months on end I would find myself pacing outside, puffing away, going over the arguments for and against and presenting my conclusions to the group. We were joined by an engineer, Marc Gauvin, who designed a currency system he calls bibo currency (bibocurrency.org) who was better able to argue from a mathematical standpoint. I'm happy to say that at least half, if not more of the group now understand our reasoning and agree with it.
The point is this. I struggled with the group and wrestled madly with the topic, and the longer I did this (gaining knowledge along the way), the faster various insights hit me. Each insight left no room for doubt that they were correct. Absolutely none! The certainty of their correctness is staggering considering I've always tended to leave all options open knowing I can't know everything and therefore I could be wrong about everything.
In order to present my views logically, in depth, I had to grow in knowledge by thinking extremely hard, by expending maximum effort. And the funny thing is........the thinking was a joy.
A strange thing happened while this was going on. When I joined the group I was adamant that Conspiracy Theorists were nuts. The only conspiracy I'd consider was one that left a paper trail I could follow. As I accumulated knowledge I started to see things I wouldn't have thought possible, connections I couldn't have made before. The liklihood of conspiracies existing became greater than the liklihood of them not. And my curiosity, which I had thought encompassed just about everything, grew to encompass more. And then I discovered Cassiopaea. A lot of confirmation and tons more explanations came my way for which I'm (hopefully) eternally grateful. Hallelujah!
So ultimately, if you're not sure you're really awake, I would suggest finding a subject that interests you, that you know very little about, and try to think your way through it - as much as possible without references. The magic happens with the thinking and you'll have that aha! moment, that moment you think "so this is what being awake feels like".
And it's all due to the wonder of thinking.