Our awakening lies in the truth of oneness.The path to realization is the most difficult path which we as humans can ever take.It is not required that we isolate ourselves from the world or meditate day and night.We can do all spiritual practices perfectly and never attain enlightment.There are few basic questions which awaken us.The questions are based on self introspection of our basic identity.As the identifications reduce we start seeing a new self which does not depend on beliefs or thoughts.The mind can ramble but the truth will set us free.We all are already enlightened.We all are pure.Then
Why the journey?
Why the awakening?
Why the dream?
Why the illusions?
May be there is no answer because when we know it there is no need for answers.
Good references on this subject are www.adyashanti.org