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Satori is the Zen Buddhist term for Awakening. It can refer to minor "little" awakenings or complete realization of Highest Self. When we achieve satori we realize the true nature and essence of Self.


According to LP teachings, Awakening is the first point/step in the Connection (or rather reconnection) process. For the complete process, see the the LP Connection Framework. Awakening must be followed by Acknowledgement, Atonement, Alignment, Activation, and Ascension.

Huston Smith

There is a recognition in the literature that satori is a process. "When satori first arrives, its momentousness is likely to make it seem ultimate, the be-all and end-all of existence. As life goes on, however, one recognizes that this is not the case. Routine reasserts itself, and one discovers that even those who have had powerful satoris sometimes misbehave. At this point there enters the realization that comes to be stressed increasingly in later texts. In those texts satori is not the goal; it is the first major hurdle in the unending endeavour to work the satori experience into the fabric of one's daily life until one's entire life takes on a satoric quality.[1]

Or, "Before enlightenment, chop wood; after enlightenment, chop wood."

Syncretic Terms

Awakening as Union with Reality, Enlightenment, attainment of Buddha Mind, attainment of the Kingdom of God, Moksha, attainment of Christ Consciousness, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Descent of Consciousness, entry into the Holy of Holies, the Triumph of Spirit, removal of The Blindfold, Satori, piercing of The Veil, lifting of The Blindfold, Resurrection of Consciousness

Further Reading

Sosteric, Mike. (SOA). The Science of Ascension: A Neurologically Grounded, Spiritually Sophisticated Theory of Mystical/Spiritual Experience. Unpublished. [1]

Sharp, Michael (GA). The Great Awakening: Concepts and Techniques for Successful Spiritual Practice.


Sharp, Michael (B0). Lightning Path Book Zero: Introduction to the Authentic Spirituality. Lightning Path Press. [2]

Sharp, Michael (BII). Lightning Path Book Two: Introduction to the Lightning Path. Lightning Path Press.

Spiritwiki References
  1. Huston, Smith. Cleansing the Doors of Perception. Boulder, CO: Sentient Publications, 2000.p. 43