Wu (awareness)

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Wu (Chinese: 悟) is a concept of awareness, consciousness, or spiritual enlightenment in the Chinese folk religion.[1] According to scholarly studies, many practitioners recently[when?] "reverted" to the Chinese traditional religion speak of a "new awareness" (kāi wù 開悟 or jué wù 覺悟) of the interconnectedness of reality in terms of the cosmic-moral harmony—mìng yùn, bào yìng, yuán fèn.[2] This spiritual awareness works as an engine that moves these themes from being mere ideas to be motivating forces in one's life:[2] awareness of mìng yùn ignites responsibility towards life; awareness of yuan fen stirs to respond to events rather than resigning.[2] Awareness is a dynamic factor and appears in two guises: a realisation that arrives as a gift, often unbidden; then it evolves into a practice that the person intentionally follows.[2]

In Latin alphabetical transliteration of the Chinese, it's a homograph of the wu-shaman.

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  1. ^ Lizhu, Na. 2013. pp. 26-27
  2. ^ a b c d Lizhu, Na. 2013. p. 27