In Occult Cosmology, Djwhal Khul and Bruce Lyon make the distinction between two fundamental forms of awakening: radical awakening and evolutionary awakening. The combination of these two forms of awakening is increasingly central to the newest and most synthetic forms of spirituality emerging today, from Ken Wilber’s distinction between growth through states and structures as well as the absolute Self and relative self; Adi Da’s teaching on Transcendentalist and Emanationist paths; Andrew Cohen’s focus on Being and Becoming in his Evolutionary Enlightenment teachings; Thomas Hubl’s focus on Silence and Movement; and Aisha Salem’s description of the difference between the realisation of Truth and Life.
Here is how Djwhal Khul and Bruce Lyon define these two forms of awakening:
Evolutionary awakening refers to the process of initiation wherein a self-conscious individual gradually and sequentially experiences themselves through transformation becoming identified with subtler and more inclusive levels of identity. Radical awakening occurs when the self-conscious individual suddenly and radically experiences themselves as the One Life. (Occult Cosmology, p. 55)
As is pointed to in this quote, radical awakening is awakening to and as the unchanging Absolute Reality that transcends, includes and is arising as the entire multi-plane cosmos. This type of realization has been cultivated in the radical awakening lineages of humanity such as Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Zen, Vedanta, and Kashmir Shaivism, for instance. In the Trans-Himalayan teachings, Absolute Reality is described as the Boundless Immutable Principle or One Life, which is pointed to in the First Fundamental of the Secret Doctrine.
Evolutionary awakening refers to the shifts of a relative self’s level of polarization that take place within the manifest cosmos, on progressively subtle planes, from personality to soul to monadic life, and then into wider and deeper spheres of incarnation along the cosmic paths. This form of growth also includes various other lines of unfoldment too, such as an individual’s cultivation of relationship with communities of beings operating in all kingdoms; access to more and more planes of experience; and the unfoldment of forms of intelligence on each plane.
Radical awakening can occur for beings polarised on any plane, but starts to open up and stabilise naturally once a being begins to be able to polarise on the buddhic plane. The process of radical awakening involves an individual’s profound examination of the nature of their own being; a deep inquiry into who and what they truly are; and a thorough clarification of that in them that changes, and that which is changeless. As the awakening unfolds, the individual comes to recognise the true nature of their own awareness, heart and body as unbounded, selfless, centreless, objectless, primordial, timeless, infinite Awake Presence.
As evolutionary awakening unfolds from personality into soul and the sparks of contact with the life principle begin to fly, radical awakening naturally begins to open up. And so also is the reverse true. Radical awakening, as it is stabilized, opens the door and lubricates the path of evolutionary awakening. That is, radical awakening opens the possibility along the line of evolutionary awakening for shifts of selfhood into deeper and deeper levels of spontaneously arising creativity, love, and power in the unfoldment of cosmic Purpose. As this unfolds, and the Infinite Awake Presence of the One Life realizes itself through a human being, their relative sense of self dissolves into clear light—an empty sky through which patterns of energy, rays of light, and bolts of lightning naturally arise through the apparent form of “a Master.”
Indeed, these developments, in their advanced stages, serve as the basis for the cosmic paths, where in post-mastery stages of development, buddhas, awake to and as the One Infinite Awake Presence, re-trace their source of cosmic identity ever deeper so that they know themselves as the Life that is right now incarnating through planets, solar systems, constellations, galaxies and the universe itself; they open up sacred relationship with the civilizations and cultures of awakening existing both within and beyond the aura of the Earth; they shamanically penetrate and opens to penetration by the multidimensional energies of information of the nondual cosmos; and they unfold extraordinary forms of intelligence-siddhis.
In the past, individuals that radically awakened to their true nature often founded traditions and became suns around whom planets circled. From their radical awakening, such individuals rounded out and unfolded the personality and soul depths of their evolutionary being, with a rare few here and there beginning to bring monadic life energy online.
Now, though, owing to the recent cycle of Shamballa Impacts, the Fire of Truth and the Force of Awakening that flows from this center of planetary power has begun to impact humanity globally. This is occurring both within and outside of the wisdom traditions, cleaving through all obscurations to identification with and as the One Life of Absolute Reality, resulting in profound unfoldments within humanity along both the lines of radical and evolutionary awakening.
In relation to radical awakening, the Shamballa Impacts are evoking radical, nondual awakening breaking forth globally on an unprecedented scale. In terms of evolutionary awakening, soul-based forms of education, healing, leadership, economics and spirituality are increasingly pervasive, and now, small numbers of groups here and there are learning to contact the monadic life principle. Additionally, more and more groups are learning to open up mature multidimensional relationships with the awakened communities of the subtle planes (e.g. Hierarchy and Shamballa). The resurgence of shamanic forms of spirituality, as an expression of the incoming 7th Ray, is facilitating humanity’s penetration into new planes of experience. Many other groups are evoking the emergence of new forms of wisdom-centered intelligence. Neuroscientific research studying advanced meditators is documenting the emergence of new levels of neurobiological complexity sufficient to support the incarnation of these deeper levels of consciousness on the physical plane. There is also an increase in earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions as the inner fires of the body of the Earth are increasingly stimulated.
As is the promise of the Aquarian Age, there is now the opportunity for the emergence of radically awake groups that are able to transmit the freedom of their realization through the entire planetary field through the power of the monadic life principle. On a global scale, the impact of the life principle pouring forth from the space of radical wakefulness, like lightning raining down from an open sky, will bring the power necessary to transform and shift humanity’s most entrenched patterns of selfishness and stagnation. On a cosmic scale, the emergence of such groups relates to the dawning revelation of the monadic purpose of the Earth to support an awakened cosmocentric culture and civilisation that is transmitting the Life principle into and through the cosmic environment.