It is best to wake up slowly, gently, over a long period of time. There is no hurry, and the transition is life-changing. The transition is part of the process. Waking up requires us to completely transform our relationships with our life, our self, other people-- and we do not do that overnight. We have to shift into a new mode of operating, with new values, new response patterns, new purposes, goals, and ways of doing things. It takes time to settle in to all that new. And gentleness, kindness, and compassion, especially with ourselves. We have to become more reflective-- no matter how reflective we were at the start. Everything is a source of meditation, reflection, realization-- and we walk in wonder through radiance on every side, making connections and seeing all things as different and as one at the same time, amazed at the beauty and the sacredness of life and being.
Ideally, we would live to serve the values of Liberty! Justice! Equality! Truth! with compassion, and without judgment or opinion. It is easy to see this as a natural extension of Jesus' words about, "Inasmuch as you have done it-- or failed to do it-- to the very least and most inconsequential segment of humanity, your have done it, or failed to do it, to me." Everybody qualifies to be treated lovingly, with respect and concern. But. Everybody doesn't think so. And the discordance, the dichotomy, between those who understand and apply the concept of "love thy neighbor," and those who comprehend it, but reject it, have inhibited the expression and shared experience of the radiance and wonder of life among the living throughout the ages. Life is much less than it might be because of that. And what is to be done about it? Mourning and lamentation, I'm afraid, mourning and lamentation, is the best we can do. Because our life together is a good faith operation. And, as Rumi said, "If you are not here with us in good faith, you are doing terrible damage." And the ones who are not, do not care how much damage they do. They seem to enjoy doing it, and relish every opportunity to do it again and again. We mourn and lament the refusal of our brothers and sisters to live in good faith with the rest of us-- and do what we can imagine doing to compensate for their failure to be who they are needed to be.