Realising the Truth
The process of Self-realisation is not linear. It is not even a process. We don’t become anything. We simply realise that which has always been true.
Let’s say you are walking on a jungle trail and a branch falls across the path. Because of the shape and the way it fell, you think it is a poisonous snake. You draw your weapon, and warn others to stay away. There is nothing to pretend about it. You sincerely believe that your life and the lives of others are at risk. But you are wrong. No matter how committed you are to the delusion, nor how much action, emotion and self-definition you layer on top, the premise is still false. It never was a snake. It was always a piece of wood.
So, it is with the ego. It appears to have a separate reality, which we think we have to protect. But no matter how convincing the illusion, the truth is: we are not separate. The only reality is God.
From the ego’s perspective, Self-realisation takes a long time. Once it comes, however, we see that time itself was part of the illusion. Always, it is the Eternal Now. Such thoughts cannot be understood from the level of consciousness asking the question.
Nor, for that matter, by the one writing the answer. As to when soul evolution begins, from the moment a spring emerges from the earth, each drop of water flows toward the sea. So it is with the soul. All beings seek union with God.