The process of awakening is fivefold by nature.
In the beginning comes belief, faith, in which one’s attention is positively turned towards the deep and profound spiritual principle that arises within you as you. The fruit of this faith appears as knowledge, and as knowledge is gained and accumulated it matures into understanding. When this understanding deepens it transforms into realization, and the fruit of one’s life becomes realized.
The spiritual force of realization rising within a sentient being finally gives way to the capacity of recognition, the ability to directly recognize universal consciousness within oneself as oneself; you no longer need the filters of an individual identity to know that you are conscious.