The word “Buddha” means “awakened one.” Awakening or enlightenment is a remarkable process that seems to happen to some spontaneously and to others only after long searching and practices. We may not be able to say why this happens, how this happens, or even what happens, but in the awakening there are profound shifts in consciousness that can barely be put in words. When these epiphanies happen a person’s perspective on everything changes. Life is never seen the same again and the individual’s participation is also never the same. Everything is viewed in a new expanded context, and how a person plays in the context is driven by something beyond the individual.