You do not AWAKEN to enlightenment. You are enligthened. Awakening implies that you have been asleep. You are awareness and awareness has never been asleep, it is never born and never dies. The self lives without breathing.
The idea of awakening is an experiential notion of enlightenment, implying that enlightenment is some kind of AMAZING EXPERIENCE that is going to make you special, more advanced, superhuman, all knowing, a guru. All problemes are going to go away, the bank account will fill up, and lovers will come flocking…. the ego just loves that. It is not the person who becomes free, but you become free of the person.
The self can not be experienced, except that you are the self, and everything you experience is you. Ignorance is the obstacle to enlightenment or freedom – moksha. You do not have an experience problem, you have a knowledge problem of not understanding who you are. Or if you do – you are free.