The awakening process is nothing more than to get in touch with the filter of self that’s in place and observe how it only exist because the Conditioned Mind makes up a concept that it does.
The basic delusion of our society is deeply rooted in the ignorance that’s there’s a self that everything happens to. This self is only a concept and it’s used as the filter in which everything that happens goes through. Why this is delusional is because nothing happens directly to you because this you is only a concept, an idea, so whatever happens is only the idea that it happens to you. Look at this as even this looking for most will be through the filter of the concept of self. When this self is used as a filter all feelings, emotions, sensations, mental constructs, material attainment, self consciousness and so on will go through this conceptual filter and thus here in lies the delusion. You know this is delusional because if this concept of self wasn’t in place things would still happen, there just wouldn’t be attachment to a self that things are happening to.
From the time existence in this form begins, the concept of self is being formed. The first thing that happens to solidify this concept is a name is attached the form. From there it’s basically the beginning of suffering, because now there’s a filter of attachment being applied to everything that happens in life. Only the conceptual self can suffer, and it’s because of using this filter that allows it. Without everything going through this filter one would be present to truly enjoy life. Everything passes in life, and it’s only the conceptual self that holds on to it; this is the one and only bondage there is in life. So the awakening process is nothing more than to get in touch with the filter of self that’s in place and observe how it only exist because the Conditioned Mind makes up a concept that it does.