Enlightenment is a word often used in topics about spirituality. You, me and many others that are awakening to the innate knowledge of life use this word to describe what we are experiencing. I reflected on this word and more so, the significance of this word relative to what I am experiencing. I asked myself this simply question: “Am I enlightened?”
There is nothing mystical, magical or even religious about the experience of enlightenment. Human beings have however been conditioned to expect something unbelievable, miraculous or even God-like when referring to the experience of becoming enlightened. A creative mind and institutions such as religion have exploited this vision associated with an enlightening experience. Conditioned emotions and thought patterns have nurtured this fantasy throughout our human history.
Enlightenment is defined as:
The action of enlightening or the state of being enlightened.
“Robbie looked to me for enlightenment”
insight, understanding, awareness, wisdom, education, learning, knowledge; More illumination, awakening, instruction, teaching;sophistication, advancement, development, open-mindedness, broad-mindedness;
culture, refinement, cultivation, civilization
“sharing her musical enlightenment with her children”
* The action or state of attaining or having attained spiritual knowledge or insight, in particular (in Buddhism) that awareness which frees a person from the cycle of rebirth.
A European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries emphasizing reason and individualism rather than tradition. It was heavily influenced by 17th-century philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, and Newton, and its prominent exponents include Kant, Goethe, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Adam Smith.
Lets first do some research on the “Age of Enlightenment” as mentioned above in the second (2) definition. Wikipedia provides useful information about the history of enlightenment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment
Another Wikipedia Page explains “enlightenment” from the spiritual standpoint: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enlightenment_(spiritual) This page refers to “enlightenment” as the “full comprehension of a situation”. Religions prefer to use other terms when describing enlightenment such as illumination, revelation, salvation and conversion. This is part of the conditioned mind delusion.
We visualize everything changing when we become enlightened. The interpretations and definitions of “enlightenment” according to beliefs and stories have been depicted as a bright light from heaven or as a message from a higher “being”. It is sometimes described as obtaining the word of God and is dramatized through body convulsions or “Speaking in Tongues”. Wonderful, now we have a little background material related to “enlightenment”. How does this help a person understand if he or she is enlightened?
The answer consists of two likely answers or more accurately stated; it consists of two parts. Have you awakened to what Wikipedia calls a “full comprehension of a situation”? This higher awareness to a situation originates from something and somewhere that we cannot truly understand. You cannot; nor should you need to, explain what has happened but you have felt a shift in your conscious awareness to any given moment. You are enlightened if this has happened to you. Please don’t get confused by mind thoughts, beliefs or emotions that tell you to constantly search for something called enlightenment.
The second phase of enlightenment is the tricky part. What do you do after the initial awakening to universal life consciousness? This involves a process of becoming more and more aware of awareness. It consists of allowing the universal consciousness that you have recognized to flow uninhibited through this human existence. It means practicing an acceptance of what is experienced in each moment. (Remember that acceptance of the now as it occurs is not permanent.) It simply suggest that resistance to what is happening, has happened or will happen restricts the flow of universal conscious energy. This resistance can completely block the flow this energy. We general think that non-reaction to a situation implies non-decision or defeat. It is actually the exact opposite.
The true benefits to awakened enlightenment can be experienced when we dedicate our newly developed awareness to experiencing life consciously from within the dimension of the moment. This space is the true totality of life and conscious energy.
Best wishes to everyone
P.S. The three video clips are from Alan Watts and Eckhart Tolle. The videos offer stimulating insight into “enlightenment”.