I know there are lots of posts in this thread but I thought I'd respond to the O.P. first...I speak only from my individual and personal point of
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?
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
I found the "searching" prohibited the "finding". "It" found "Me"!
Miles and miles of deserted beach with the sand-dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria to my right and a full moon above the water to my left. It was my
first night of my first holiday alone. It had been fun, but I'd spent all the cash I'd taken with me and did not know the name of my hotel. I began
walking in the general direction guided by my impeccable sense of direction.....about 2 in the morning.
The water was warm, I'd been walking for hours...didn't matter, I was completely free in a timeless moment.
To me enlightenment is the connection with our inner being that is totally at peace and full of absolute love and joy. For me its not a
superhuman accomplishment, it is something we can all reach. It is a feeling of oneness and to not feel seperated from our divine creator.
For me it WAS a "super-human" accomplishment. It takes a super human to dare to go so deep. The culmination of years and years of pain, suffering
and feeling alone and NEVER giving up to understand the truth of who, why and where I am.
That night, I was somewhere I had never been. As if the whole vision of my surroundings were in some fantastic dream and I had walked in from the
wings....something wonderful was taking place and it was the most natural thing in the world. A bit like the scene from "Contact" on the beach.
Everything fell into place with a rhythm that still holds a tune today. One of those songs you can't get out of your head. Real truth has a way of
No god, nobody else, just me and the moon reflecting the light of truth off the gentle, perpetual and calming waves. The water was warm on my shoeless
Ive had moments in meditation of great clarity and a connection with universal love and joy but is this enligtenment? Is is enligtenment or
just a moment of hightened awarness?
Enlightenment is not the destination, it's the beginning of a journey.
With enlightenment come questions, not just answers....enjoy the ride.
Can we even hold onto this awarness in our fast busy world? Ive had days when Ive not even been meditating but still felt a total connection to
something within me, an inner light or force, but this will fade eventually into the background to resurface in quiter moments.
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
Like the moments on "my" beach, we can all have somewhere special to return to in our minds. A way to "centre" ourselves and continue to shine,
even on others in their gloomy worlds.
The sun rose and I found my hotel......I discovered someone on that beach that night....Me.
What followed was two weeks of complete clarity with some wonderful strangers who became friends, some of whom I still have contact with. I had the
chance to shine brighter than I dreampt in my wildest dreams. We were walking on air.
So what is enlightenment to you, have you achieved it and if so how did you achieve it?
To me, enlightenment is an understanding of my world, how it has taken from me, why those things were done and how all those things had to happen for
me to be where I am now.
The only thing that can hurt me now is other peoples pain. If I can shine on them and offer inspiration then my journey that started some ten years
ago on that beach continues.
I hope anyone who has suffered or needs understanding finds their beach and feels the magic of the moonlight.
I did not change that night.....I grew. I am everything I have ever been and will be everything I ever can.