Some like to differentiate between awakening and Self-realization, or enlightenment. In my opinion awakening really begins with insight that self is ephemeral and appears on a vastness of inner space… in the way that the reality map on this website, along with these letters, appear on a background space.
This space is consciousness.
This is the prime form, prior to the comings and goings of your personality. Once recognized, this over time is deeply integrated into your body, and with mastery of your seeing, the dominion of your parts and their hold as your identity are broken down. In my opinion this break-down and maturation becomes Self-realization.