A couple of years ago I read the book by Arjuna Ardagh, The Translucent Revolution. It is a book with 170 interviews with people who have become enlightened / attained consciousness.
The best way for me to describe those terms would that it is reconnecting deep in your body to an absolute knowing that you have a soul and that the body is only a temporary vessal. Once you truly experience this your life becomes much less tense and stressful.
What I really loves about Arjuna Ardagh's book was the term "transluscent". His point is that you are not either enlightened or not. It is not on/off, 0/1. It is a gradual scale of your degree of transluscence and it can shift from moment to moment.
Your are less transluscent in the morning, hurrying the kids out the door. Perhaps half an hour later you have had your coffee and you are more transluscent. It fluctuates.
I would like to add two things to this picture. One is that you will never loose your consciousness / enlightment. Once you have experienced it you will always be able to reclaim the knowledge at some point or another.
This brings me back to a previous post of mine. It is not a question of whether you will loose your balance, once you have found it. You will.
And here is the other thing to add to the picture. You are able to control, at least to some degree, how transluscent you are. You can work on regaining your balance. The very good news is that the more you practice the easier it becomes, and the higher your translucsence avarage will be.