Originally posted by Mr Green
Enlightenment seems to be something many search for but what exactly is it and is it the same for everyone?
Kinda hard for anyone to put this subject into words in person at times, let alone on the internet, hehe.
I teach folks spiritually, but there's a bit of a pardox with your above quote. :-) . Sure, folks do search for enlightenment, thing is, if they
stopped searching, and instead simply done the practices, solely for the joy of practicing, things are much more easier. This mayeb doesn't make
sense initially, but...
Enlightenment will come when it is right for a person. That time may never be though. So, what is a person doing? Swapping one 'Rat Race' for
another, :-). Endlessly searching for something possibly forever ellusive.
It's a spiritual open 'secret', to just let come whatever may, and enjoy the process in the interim.
How do we know when we've found it, is it like an electric light bulb moment that you just know or is it a slow journey that you eventually arrive
within spiritual practices, and indeed this can occur at any time in life, a person may be fortunate to expeirience glimpses of the true nature of
things. This is quite common.
The more long term, lasting awareness isn't so. And for sure, you might know it when it comes, i'd also suggest a person might be very humble at
this time, and portray themselves as simply having an experience, in which they wish to share. IMO, Eckhart tolle is an example.
It is a feeling of oneness and to not feel seperated from our divine creator.
This is true. There's more also though, :-) . Going beyond a feeling of oneness, it is a deep knowing, deep understanding that not only are we all
connected, all is actually one.
Academically, things like quantum physics also help with this. Science now realises, that between you & I there is not simply air. There is another
substance, measured by light. Dark Matter comes to mind. We literally are all connected. This is why folks like myself, a Reiki teacher, can treat a
person 8000 mile away.
..Is is enligtenment or just a moment of hightened awarness?
It could be either. Or both. It can vary from glimpses, to Tolle, to Buddha, in degrees.
Can we even hold onto this awarness in our fast busy world?
We should never try to 'hold' onto ,or replicate these little expereinces, :-). They will be harder to coem by. They are little presents along the
way, let them come & go as they please. Just BE. :-) .
If enlightenment is achieved is it possible to allow it to co exist with our self that has to deal with the pressures of life in the 21st century?
How easy is it for someone to feel spiritual in a Zen monastery? Easier than if they were, say, in prison perhaps. Our ego makes us think things are
difficult. In fact, our modern times ARE our spiritual practices.
So what is enlightenment to you, have you achieved it and if so how did you achieve it?
Usually, a person won't say they are enlightened. They are humble.
Perhaps to me, it is that each one of us is a reflection of the larger Divine. The collective creative force. Knowing this, experiencing this, how
could i ever feel anythign but love for all creation. I am you. You am I. We are all each othersbrothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters.
We are divine.
Then again, i'm only going by my own small glimpses. I'm not enlightened at all. :-) .
Excellant questions freind!
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