Awakened consciousness is a very good experience that has always been available, yet all kinds of obstacles seem to get in the way. There is no end to the struggles and difficulties that arise in most peoples lives and from this has arisen the understanding that it must also be very difficult to achieve the benefits of a permanent, awakened state of consciousness. This has not been my experience nor do I feel is must so be for others.
Everybody experiences times of calmness and happiness in between the struggles and it is in these quiet, effortless moments or days when the basic state of expanded awareness has the opportunity to easily move to more expanded, rewarding levels of experience. We do however have to set up the right conditions through meditation and understanding for these life changing events to blossom.