Nobody gets anything as a consequence of waking up.
There’s the loss of ignorance which is not a ‘thing’ or state that is acquired or experienced by anyone. It cannot be reduced to an experience of any kind. Experiences are seen clearly in the light of awakening.
The path is not about experience seeking.
Powerful and transformative experiences do take place as natural stillness deepens and insights arise.
When we are looking for things to blow us away or, take away (obliterate) our suffering there is to much craving and/or aversion for the mind to deeply settle (naturally).
Suffering does not have to be destroyed through experience seeking. It needs to be understood and the cause let go of.
Everything begins to calm down and wisdom and a sense of well-being arises as a consequence - cause and effect.
There’s no need to be an experience seeker - it’s not compulsory. Waking up is a natural process that happens by itself. Experiences come and go, ordinary and profound and then, everything stops.
In the ending of experience there is the ending of the so-called subject of experience. This will lead to the ending of becoming - of coming to any form of experience - to any state of being.
“Reverend, I say it’s not possible to know or see or reach the end of the world by (traveling) to a place where there’s no being born, growing old, dying, passing away, or being reborn. But I also say there’s no making an end of suffering without reaching the end of the world. For it is in this fathom-long carcass with its perception and mind that I describe the world, its origin, its cessation, and the practice that leads to its cessation.
The end of the world can never
be reached by (traveling).
But without reaching the end of the world,
there’s no release from suffering…
A peaceful one, knowing the end of the world,
does not hope for this world or the next.” - Rohitassa Sutta
In this fathom-long body is the ‘world’. It’s in ‘this’ world - the world that the Buddha is pointing to - where everything stops.
Do we travel in this world? Does anyone travel from one body part to another when attention is placed on - or in - the body?
Attention can be placed on different parts of the body or, moved through it but, there is no traveller who travels inside their body?
There’s no subject of experience that travels from one physical location in the body and then visits another physical location - like a tourist. Attention simply ‘lands’ here and there - is this not the case?
How about seeking different kinds of experiences? Moving from one kind of experience to another through desiring them.
This is experience seeking which is actually a restlessness to get something. It’s a sense of lack that drives behaviour. It leads to grasping and, becoming.
Who is actually engaging in this activity? Or, is it just a conditioned process unfolding?
Am ‘I’ having a good meditation, am ‘I’ doing it right, do ‘I’ like this experience, this is all noise in the mind. It hinders the arising of natural stillness.
Without natural stillness how is there going to be clarity. How is awakening possible in this frame of reference - I need to experience enlightenment through seeking it?
Nibbana is then conceived of as the ultimate experience - the ultimate travel destination. Then, the mental absorptions are conceived of as travel destinations along the way. They are sort after! This is experience seeking not the ‘stages’ of letting go.