Chapters in the Story of Consciousness – Lecture Series, Vol 8 . read
Thoughts about enlightenment

To begin we need to sort out some of the ideas surrounding this term that have had relevance throughout the centuries. Enlightenment is often thought of as the movement in the 18th century that stressed the belief that science and logic give people more knowledge and understanding than tradition and religion. This idea has had an overarching hold on western society since its introduction.

In the western world the concept of spiritual enlightenment has become synonymous with self-realization in search of the true self and false self. The true self, our micro unit of existence consciousness an inherent part of the larger existence consciousness is obscured from us by social conditioning and survival instincts or the ego’s (false self) involvement in our decision process’s. Self-realization is the pursuit of understanding the details of these things within our own consciousness and endeavoring to overcome them.

Although becoming enlightened may not be an easy task, you can move a little closer to enlightenment every day. You can become enlightened by being in the present moment, seeking greater understanding of life and the world around you, and meditating to expand your awareness.

I have practiced a method I call fostering for years and define it as a kind act, reaching out to strangers and others. Recognizing the spirit in them is the spirit in me, endeavoring to lift one up, through kindness, humor or just an expression of one soul acknowledging another. Done throughout the day this brings my larger meditation lessons to life. 

In addition to creating small daily acts of kindness, I try to be of service to others when I can and offer personal blessings of others during my meditations. These small things, as simple as they may be give me a way of living enlightenment and deepen my awareness of what it is, by connecting me to others through love.

To summarize, I would say that the purpose of spiritual enlightenment is to seek the truths and resolutions that are deep and profound to our journey in life, and which the intellectual mind is not capable of resolving for us.

A definition of spiritual enlightenment or spiritual awakening is hard to pin down. These terms “spiritual enlightenment” and “spiritual awakening” have been used in so many ways to describe so many things. It is also because spiritual enlightenment and spiritual awakening are rich and complex individual experiences that are innately hard to characterize. 

Anecdotally, I believe merging our individual microunit of conscious awareness with the greater existence conscious awareness is the general understanding most people attach to the term enlightenment or awakening. 

Enlightenment or awakening is a profound mystery, and the only true understanding of it must be found in your experience observing the actual shifts in your consciousness. Without the experience of it for yourself, at your being level, there really can be no definition in the intellect. 

Words fall well short in attempting to translate or communicate the experience to another. It is like using the term love, it can be applied to ice cream, your spouse, or the creator without any real difference in the understanding being conveyed relative to the experience.   

In spite of all of the statements I have just made regarding definitions I will try and offer up some guidelines couched as definitions from my personal journey that I have found truth in.

Enlightened: One who has established a relationship with existence consciousness (the greater field of consciousness in the universe) whereby they can ask and receive information through intention while in point consciousness or the being state of meditation. They are connected to existence consciousness, a much higher source of intelligence than one’s own intellect.

Enlightenment: Enlightenment is a process, not a destination, by which the enlightened being evolves. Existence consciousness and each of us, are together creating this virtual reality or simulation that presents reality to us in the theater screen of our minds, it is forever changing. There is no end to this process it takes place one thought at a time for us.

I have come to understand nothing is permanent but consciousness itself, thus one can conclude that we as micro units of existence consciousness are eternal as a part of existence consciousness. This is a state in which fear of death or fear of anything has little effect upon us, it is replaced by “knowing” and a peaceful courage. 

Spiritual awakening is a kind of flowering of consciousness. To add clarity, I will remind the reader of my definition of existence consciousness (EC) that I have shared in other blogs.

 It is the underlying field of fields from which the universe and all things in it have arisen and will one day return. It is eternal, formless, self-organizing and evolutionary. EC teaches us the language of consciousness. That language is grounded in both spirituality/love and creativity/imagination and often presents as metaphor in our peak meditation experiences and the teachings we receive. It can also be referred to as the source, the first cause or many other things including God. It does not include the concept of a God who has a physical image as in the Abrahamic religious concept, as it is formless.

Rumi an Islamic prophet that lived in the 7th century said this “silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”  I agree with Rumi however in order to live in a world of language we need all the translations we can get poor and otherwise. Each of us on our journey will experience the silence of God in a way that words cannot explain and can only be know to us the experiencer.

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