Summerbreeze - There will be an impulse for people to want to become enlightened in 2011-2012, but after that, because of the influence of collective unification, the individual impulse for wanting to become enlightened might lessen. For most people it will feel like the routine struggle has dropped and they just want to relax for awhile! And yet there will be more and more people waking up as time progresses. It's like popcorn - everyone in their own time.
Enlightenment is a consistent state of no internal conflict - living from the Oversoul perspective. It really is up to us to release our blinders and experience life from a fuller perspective. Completely loving and accepting ourselves, no matter which methods or techniques we want to use, will take us there.
Everything influences everything else. As a member of our soul group, each time one of our members goes through something (i.e. a conflict, a transformation, an awakening), we ourselves share in the effects of it. To a lesser degree, as a member of a any group (i.e. organization, nation, religion, family, corporation, etc) we share in the dynamics of that energy too.
We can also use resources/experiences from other lifetimes, either by asking to have an experience beyond this life before we go to sleep (or even awake), or by other conscious means to shift our perspective of reality (i.e. deeply loving relationships, meditation, astral projection, Akashic Records, etc).