If you want to understand the nature of the ocean, how it feels, it’s currents and waves, you need to become like the fish. In other words, you need to make yourself into a form that can exist in that environment. That is the way to understand it.
If you want to understand the nature of the sky - the clouds, the wind, the lightness of the air, you need to become like the eagle, otherwise, how can you truly experience it and exist in it?
If you want to understand and become the nature of pure consciousness, you must imbibe the qualities by becoming more and more like that. Not only that, but you need to adjust yourself to staying longer and longer in that condition.
Imbibe and Abide (synonyms: continue, remain, survive, last, persist, stay, live on).
This isn’t an adventure to some cosmic fireworks. This is the “journey to insignificance.”
Is it possible for someone to reach the subtleties of such a refined condition without meditation? Yes, everything is possible. (All of my own awakening experiences happened while not meditating but meditation made “catching that subtle moment” a possibility)
Meditation is the sublime tool for the dissipation of our attachment to self-identity.
Now having said that, do we lose our identity? No. Not at all. Our unique personalities are the infinite and wonderful expression of consciousness. A gift or play of the grand cosmic intelligence.
What we lose is the fear of losing our identity. And when we can lose both the fear and the facade we have erected around our true identity, there is no death, for there is nothing to die. You already are where you are going.
What a lovely idea - to arrive at the destination before the train leaves the station!
So, please, keep your meditation. It is your tool to prepare the field for inner transformation and adaptation to the sublime. Enlightenment may come when it may.