Part 1: “Is the awakened state subject to regression into identifying with thought…” Yes — quite often until the old habits of reflexive identification soften and dissipate. Integration and equilibrium of nondual peak experiences can take time, during which we can encounter a fair amount of cognitive dissonance. This process can also happen more quickly — and with less dissonance and conflict — though in my experience and observation, the “sudden and overwhelming” awakening can actually result in a weaker (more susceptible to disruption and regression) form of insight/aha…despite testimony to the contrary. In either instance, contextualization in an established tradition (Zen, Christian mysticism, Shamanism, Sufism, etc.) can help to stabilize and integrate the peak experience(s), but in some ways these traditions can also become “short-cuts” that layer cultural memes on top of an ineffable what is; that is, they distance us from the experience, invoking representations that ultimately interfere with emergent truths. Regardless, traditions can offer insulation from disruption and regression; the question then becomes: what if I attempt to operate outside of that comfy, affinitive bubble (i.e. return to a hellish work commute and an oppressive boss)? Or what if I’m really tired or sick, etc.?
Part 2: “or is the realisation strong enough that this would be a considered "bleeding" of the ego into consciousness?” Some intense peak experiences can sustain an inner reordering for a time — an intrinsic momentum, if you will — especially if they aren’t challenged by strong emotional triggers, rutted cognitive behavioral habits, or incompatible environments. But they won’t “guarantee” stabilization and integration. Translating such a shift into supportive habits, actions and interactions takes time, and ego is always happy to rear its ugly head in disruptive ways along the way. Essentially, this becomes a choice of what we decide to reinforce. Much like the Cherokee Legend - Two Wolves.
My 2 cents.
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