In delineating the states of consciousness possible for men and women, Gurdjieff indicates that in our waking hours we live and function in a state of hypnotic sleep. Through intentional efforts to experience the truth of this statement we may begin to discover what it is to truly awaken.
********** "We believe that to awake is to enter into an entirely different life, which will have nothing in common with the one we lead. But, in fact, awaking means, above all, to awake to ourselves as we are, to see and feel the sleep, the identification." (Jeanne de Salzmann; The Reality of Being)