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Here's some help with the term, Enlightenment, as it applies to spirituality –?

For more info, look at ‘3 Pillars of Zen’. Enlightenment is the experience of oneself that is completely non-dualistic (no ‘me’ versus ‘something else’) where one’s normal state of consciousness (which is based on duality) is transcended (albeit, part of the experience still registers within the individual consciousness). One experiences oneself as the ONLY thing in the universe (and EVERYTHING) – there are no words to describe it because one IS ‘That Which Has Always Been’ (the thing that was always here). It’s threatening to our normal psychological self (egos) because it sounds like annihilation. It’s registered in the consciousness (where the personality and ego are formed) but the source is not it. The next question is: if the psychological self and individuality are not real, WHAT experiences the enlightenment (e.g. if it’s not the ‘me’ with the personality, brain, etc.) — this, of course, is a classic Zen koan.
Agreed, Brett A — that’s why there’s a Buddhist line that says ‘If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him’. It’s not about the bullsh_t words that I just wrote but ONLY about direct experience — all of these words, concepts, etc. are BULLSH_T superstitions, magic, mysticism, etc. and should ONLY be used as potentially helpful tools to find out for one’s self. Otherwise, enlightenment because just another crutch belief that mimics the ego’s idea of heaven. Good points.
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  1. Here’s some help with the term, Enlightenment, as it applies to reality…
    – Drop *all* superstitious, supernatural, mystical and religious entities, elements and forces from ‘luck’ to ‘Gods’.
    – Relax, put your feet up or do whatever other good thing applies to you and your life.
    “No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism” — Unkn.

  2. the personality and brain are not you, that’s just it. We just think they are, being as that’s all most people have. It’s what we’ve been conditioned to think. But we are our souls, that is what get’s awakened and we start living AS our souls. We still have an intellect and we can create personality but we don’t ever make the mistake of identifying AS them. They are tools so being unenlightened is like identifying as your socket wrench or your computer. Or your car and I know some people who identify very strongly with their cars. Not that they think that they are their cars, that would be insane, but their egos are enhanced by their Lexus or Mercedes, like somehow that makes them superior 🙂

  3. I know where you are coming from and i like your thoughts.
    Enlightenment? i found this article in a group’s posting. I know it is very long and i know most people won’t read it and i know some who do, will say it is absolute rubbish or satanic etc., but maybe there is something in it for somebody to understand.
    i thought it put some thoughts of enlightenment in a way that i could relate to.
    How it is the Universe Totally Supports You
    B Y A E H R O N
    This is a channeled article from my ‘wider self’, which refers to itself in the plural. They use the term ‘God’ in this article; please substitute your own preferred term such as ‘All That Is’, ‘The Source’, or ‘the Tao’.
    WE GREET YOU IN THE BALANCE OF ‘ALL THAT IS’ AND WISH TO CONVEY to you in this glorious moment information that may aid you in the understanding of how the universe totally supports you in all that you do. To understand this is to be in the center of your being, for the full realization is manifest at the juncture of being where you are stood fully in your power, where you know that you are the master of your reality, and where you act from the heart to express all that you are. As you journey to this place so what you once saw as fear, obstacles, conflict, and pain will in your eyes become beautiful gifts and gateways to your exploration and appreciation of all that you are.
    Your reality (as all others) is a unique manifestation of God. God created your reality so that it may explore itself within the illusion of being separate from itself. The reality around you is a complete mirror of what you are, and what you are is God. Or to put it another way, you are an individualization manifestation of God that has entered the illusion that you are separate from God. The other people that share your reality with you are also you (God) and yet in this reality you have the ability to see them and say ‘They are not me’. This is made possible by the mechanism of your reality, which grants you total freewill. At the soul level you choose what you experience.
    Understanding that your freewill is total can hard to believe from within your reality. You are blinded to the fact that you are the master of your reality and select every experience that you have. For those of you that can name situations in your life that you can not believe you chose please understand that your freewill is so totally complete that you possess the choice to give away the power of your freewill. Please contemplate this for a moment. Your freewill is so powerful that it can choose to give away its power. Your reality is so powerful that God can enter it and cease to know it is God. It can even be surrounded by all that it is and still not see itself! This power comes from the beauty of the mechanism through which your reality is formed.
    Now this is an important thing to understand: from one perspective your reality is a mechanism, a blueprint, a set of rules. When we speak of it in this respect we wish to convey the perspective from which the mechanism of your universe is without consciousness. We are ‘zooming in’ if you like on the pure relationship between you and the reality you experience. The mechanism through which your reality is created is incredibly pure and simple. At any place in time you are what we will call a vibration. This vibration is a form of energy signature that you continually radiate. This frequency of this vibration is determined by your belief system, which is basically that which you believe to be true. As you move through different sensations and states of being you send out the energy of your vibration. To this the mechanism of your reality says only one thing to you. It says, “And So It Is”. Whenever you feel ‘Oh this is fabulous!’ you send out that energy. Whenever you feel ‘This is a disaster, everything is falling apart!’ you send out that energy. The universe does not in any way analyze or contemplate this. It does not think before it sends you a reply. It simply takes what you send out and reflects it back to you, saying ‘And So It Is’.
    This is the concept of the universe as a mirror.
    What you are internally is reflected in your external reality. Where there is conflict inside there is conflict outside. Where there is joy inside there is joy outside. It is in this way that we can start to see the gift of your reality. As you continually send out your energy you are saying to the universe “Let me experience this”. Or to take it one step further, you are saying, “Let me be this”. For that is what your reality is. It is a mechanism through which God can experience infinite states of being from an individualized point of self-aware consciousness.
    What you are, what you put out, is simply and purely reflected back to you. Just like a mirror is a mechanism through which you can see yourself, so is the Universe is a mechanism. Where a mirror reflects light, the universe reflects the energy you put out and the result is all manifest in what you experience as a solid objective world. A world that contains a myriad of dilemmas, lessons, paradoxes, emotions, ideas, powers, love and pains for you to experience: for you to ‘be’. And please do not doubt that you explore by ‘being’. Your purpose here at the most fundamental level is to ‘be’ and though it may sound trite when we say to ‘be’ we mean to ‘be’ all that you are. You are each in the journey to remember all that you are.
    This all comes with some fairly strong implications that may or may not conflict with your current belief system. For many the implications may invoke fear, for what they all point to is your power, your unity, your complete state of being, all that you are!
    The key implications are:
    You are totally responsible for everything you experience as you have total freewill, though through fear this may be experienced through the choice of giving away your choice.
    Though you are in what feels to be a finite reality, you are infinite, you are God.
    You are perfect, and therefore every aspect of your reality is perfect. What this means is that the state of your life at this moment is exactly the perfect state of being for your journey to remember all that you are.
    Evolution in your reality comes from realizing all that you already are, not from attaining anything you don’t already possess. You are God, in the illusion that you are separate from God, coming to realize that you are God.
    No one is here against their will
    To think you are in your reality against your will is the denial of the totality of your freewill and therefore the giving away of the power of your freewill, which the universe will totally support you in and give you experiences that constantly confirm your belief that you don’t want to be where you are.
    There are also many other implications that will be explored in future articles such as how from this point of realization there is no right or wrong as all action is perfect. In fact all polarities (right-wrong is a polarity through which we view the world) are illusionary as they are what allow the experience of division and separation. Using good/evil for a simple example, Aehron may say, “I am good for writing this article and the convicted murderer I saw on the news is evil”. In that statement he used the polarity of good/evil in order to separate and differentiate himself from the murderer. But that is an illusion as you are all one and the same. You are all God. The potentially infinite number of polarities your belief systems create are therefore the mechanism through which division occurs and God can experience itself as separate from itself. It is however from the power of the illusion that God (you) has the ability to rediscover that it is God in new ways. A perfect circle is always perfect, but that does not mean that it cannot realize new ways in which it is perfect, new ways to manifest and experience its beauty.
    Duality is the primary manifestation of polarity; it is what allows the concept of self and other. The implication that you are God carries with it one of the main manifestations of duality. What it says is that there is a ‘you’ that is fully self-aware and complete (that experiences itself in the Unity of God), and there is a ‘you’ that is in illusion and does not fully realize all that it is. Between the two is a continuum that you all travel as you move through lives exploring ‘states of being’. You have freewill to move deeper into illusion and separation or to move closer to unity and the full realization of all that you are. With the power of your freewill and the power of the mechanism of your reality you are explorers of this continuum.
    Please understand that you are not confined and do not travel this continuum in a linear way. In a moment you may experience deeply your connection to God (all that you are) and in the next may find yourself dealing with paying the bills in great frustration. Use your experiences of feeling the deep connection to practice visiting the point of revelation of your completeness, as it is from this state that you will be able to see the beauty and perfection of your life. You will see how the universe is only ever doing your bidding and that your bidding is infinitely wise and perfect.
    Let us mention the ‘ego’ at this point as for many it may turn out to be their largest perceived obstacle. For clarity let us define the ego in this context as being your consciously living and aware self-definition. The ego is a mental projection that you use as a tool in your exploration. Traveling deep into separation and division tends to lead the ego to become more pronounced as it is essentially defined by a feeling of individuation. In some respects it could be said that the ego is what seeks self-definition, whereas your Godhood seeks to tell you that you can not be defined as you are the all and the nothing. However please do not demonize the ego in any way for is an essential and valuable tool, it is however important to understand that as you move towards unity and the complete realization of all that you are the ego may fight this, for to move towards unity is to move towards non-definition. Despite how you may experience yourself every element of you possesses its own consciousness from each physical cell to each psychological aspect. As you move towards unity the ego is integrated / absorbed. Though this is purely a transformation of energy where all continues, to the ego it is feared as death instead of transformation, for that which is built purely on definition cannot contemplate non-definition.
    Your ego is therefore the projection of your individuality.
    You are not your ego, but your ego is a part of you. Many of you fear the loss of your individuality when you face stepping into the realization of all that you are. This is understandable as the embracing of all that you are is a continual process of moving what is un-realized into realization, and that means entering the unknown. All soul-level fear is fear of change, and stepping into the unknown possesses the most threatening potential for ‘uncontrolled’ change from the ego’s point of view. The ego likes to cling to the rock that it knows on the riverbed. It fears letting go and facing the uncertainly of where the current of life may take it. It is that which tries to impose order on all it sees. It is that which seeks consistency in an uncertain world that never ceases to change.
    To know what is ‘currently’ unknown – to remember an aspect of your totality that was not previously experienced consciously — is only possible through becoming that realization. Basically what this means is that to know what is on the other side of the door is to walk through the door and that means entering the unknown, and that means facing fear. In this way it can be seen that fear is not to be feared, for soul-level fear is a cosmic doorway to the unknown and that is a part of all that you are. Your fears are what separate you from the complete realization of all that you are, and as such should be run towards, not avoided. When we say soul-level fear we mean that which you carry with you, fears that are consistently a part of your experience. Most of you would fear putting your hand in a pot of boiling water, but you do not generally walk about in life in fear of pots of boiling water, it is not a fear you carry with you.
    When you come to see that reality is no more than a reflection of your energetic state so you move into your true power. As you see all that is apparently external as being ‘you’, so it is that you will experience the love and compassion of God. As you move into the wisdom of knowing that all is with reason and purpose so that which you viewed as negative comes up for re-evaluation and if you are fearless (not afraid of change) in your perception so negative will transform to positive. For so it is that all reality that you experience is a pure act of your perception and all you will ever perceive is yourself. As you come to see your true nature, as you come to live in your own unique resonance, as you come to ‘be’ yourself so reality will transform to act for you and not seemingly against you. You will step into what has been termed the ‘flow of life’. This is the creation of Heaven to Earth.
    Imagine for a moment the Universe as being like your body.
    Now if your foot catches fire you feel pain in your foot. Have you ever wondered why this is so? The reason your foot sends signals of pain to you is to let you know it is trouble. It is to let you know you need to take action. If it didn’t you would be a tower of flames! Yes the experience of pain isn’t nice, but it is better than being toast! And so it is that the universe reflects to you the state of your being, just as all your bodily systems convey to you the state your body.
    Every time you perceive a pain in your life, a thorn in your side, it is the universe showing you yourself. It is the universe showing you where to look and what needs attention. In this way the universe is utterly and totally supporting you in your journey to the realization of your Godhood. This reality is a tool. It is a gift. It is the chance to rediscover in a unique way your Godhood, and in every possible way it operates to support you in that. The universe does not throw curve balls at you to trip you up. It doesn’t choose to inflict pain on you to make you learn. If you experience pain in this reality it is because you are in pain and the universe if reflecting that back to you to help you see the root of the pain. The universe does not cause your pain; it describes your pain to you. In the state of awareness of your Godhood there is no pain. The universe does not want you to be in pain. Therefore essentially all the universe is ever trying to do is tell you that you are God.
    At the point of realization of Godhood all division disappears.
    As you completely realize that you are everything, as you step outside the illusion of linear time (a form of polarity) so it will be that you will see yourself as your reality. The division between how you perceive yourself and how you perceive you reality will be gone, and by definition they will become one. To realize anything is to become it. To cease to be in division is then to cease to be in your reality. This is what many would refer to as ascension.
    Now the myriad of reasons why you may not want to enter the ecstatic, joyous realization that you are God is a lesson for another day!
    In love, light, and balance we greet you.
    © Aehron 2003


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