You’ll sometimes hear people of mystical background drawing a distinction between an awakened state and a state of sleep. And claiming that, through a series of exercises and by guidance, the seeker can awaken from their sleep, and relate to reality as it is.
Am I awakened, writing this?
The question is meaningful in particular mystical contexts, rendered a meaning as side effect of these contexts employing a distinction between wakefulness and sleep within their work. Just as the phrase “the public holiday on Monday” has a meaning only in the US context, where the 16th of January happens to be a holiday. But it fails to have any meaning in a country where this is not the case, or for a culture that does not operate according to a 7 day cycle, or take holidays.
And to be initiated into that culture of awakeness/sleep, you must enter into that context in a sincere way, you must embody its framework, not just give lip service.
I do not stand in the context where the question has meaning.
However, I do believe in awakening/revelation and sleep/concealment. Differently: as metaphors only, because for me they are not directly tied to a human. A human is not awake or asleep in my way. These terms refer to apertures, openings, points of connection from one sign to another. Forming the sentences, the textual DNA, of what “you” are. Only in this microscopic sense do they relate to “me”.