posted on Jan, 18 2009 @ 06:32 PM
To me, enlightenment is not about learning all the lingo of a certain school of thought or understanding everything I read. I can't even count wisdom
as true enlightenment anymore. I suppose it all can be called a degree of enlightenment depending on how one defines it.
But studying different schools of thought, learning the lingo, becoming well versed in similarities and differences between these schools of thought,
figuring out the ego is nothing more than a learned way of thinking, understanding the complex interactions on different levels of existence,
controlling the energy body, realizing that the true mind is infinite and all things come from the vibration caused by true thought, living within
duality and non-duality simultaneously, being able to take on completely different perspectives instantly, feel and know the oneness of all, and on
and on; well, it's all rather easy (for all of us).
Sure, it's more difficult in this world because there are entities actively trying to stop us. But truthfully, if we didn't have the distractions
and active manipulation this stuff would come easy. That's why we choose to to be here and experience the difficulty of this world. We don't want
it to be too easy. It's more fun this way.
Now, imagine yourself as a point of awareness that just this instant became aware that it is aware. And instead of being surrounded by an already
created reality with rules and mysteries, you are surrounded by the infinite void. Not darkness or blackness or space but infinite nothingness. And
you yourself are nothing but an awareness. You have no thoughts and no frame of reference. No words to describe your situation. No known actions that
you can take. In fact, the concept of action doesn't even exist yet. There is nothing but you as an awareness of nothing and an awareness of your
Now imagine if you will, a burger-king just popped up in front of you here in the infinite void. You may think that sounds silly and it is, but bear
with me. Imagine what needed to take place for a burger-king to come into existence. Imagine that from the perspective of a single point of awareness
surrounded by infinite nothingness.
Imagine the elements that make up a burger-king. The bricks, mortar, shingles, tile, ceramic, stainless steel, glass, plastic, and all the other
substances that comprise the structure. Imagine what it took to bring all the things together into the particular configuration that is burger-king.
Of course, you need to create cows, chickens and vegetables too. You need some kind of structure where all these elements can come from. A planet
maybe. Without a sun a planet won't work though. But you need some kind of sub-structure for these things as well. Something that can have many
configurations. Something we'll call an 'atom'. Then you're going to need some forces to make all these elements come together correctly. You need
that planet spinning around a sun. You need these elements to stick to the planet. You need the atoms to bind to one another. You need each atom to be
stable or else the whole structure will come apart.
You're also going to need some kind of container that will hold all these atoms and forces. Something like a bowl of jello where this "matter" can
be manipulated and controlled. We'll call this bowl of jello, energy. Now you're liking this idea of a burger-king but how will you experience it. I
mean you are just a point of awareness in infinite nothingness. You'll need to split yourself off somehow and have some complex structure to reside
in that can interact with these new things you just thought up. We'll call this structure, human. Now you have to come up with a brain, nervous
system, digestive system, circulatory system, taste buds, eye balls, hands and fingers, feet and legs. You need some way to get this complex structure
to your new burger-king so you have to create a car. Imagine how many people it's going to take to finally come up with a car. Creating this
burger-king from nothing is going to take awhile. Wonder what we can do while we wait for galaxies to form and then for suns to spit out gasses that
start to rotate away from the star. Then we're going to have to wait for the planet to cool. This is going to take awhile.
Let's go back to our lonely point of awareness in the middle of infinite nothingness. There you are. No frame of reference. No cozy little universe
all ready made for you to play in. No structure for you to work from. No pre-existing concepts. No thoughts. Just absolute nothing.
Now, go deep within the core of your current being. Feel the timeless and spaceless awareness that you are. Dig deep. If you can dig down and say
without any shadow of any doubt that if you were just your core awareness out in the infinite void that you would have the will, patience, endurance,
determination and everything else you as a point of awareness don't even have concepts for yet; that you would be able to one day expand yourself to
the point of bringing a burger-king into existence, then you my friend are Enlightened.
Why? Because at that point you then truly Know Yourself.