Jonathan Parker, PhD, “My religion is love“
Enlightenment is not easy to define, but it is possible to describe the effects.
Some of the more commonly reported effects are peacefulness, expansion, freedom, and acceptance.
There is a still, quiet, and peaceful mind, and a sense of being complete, fulfilled, and happy.
There is also a sustained awareness of being One with Source and all creation while having a back-drop in a consciousness of non-conceptual awareness; a sense of nothingness out of which all creation arises.
Attaining enlightenment is a process of elimination: eliminating everything that the mind conceptualizes. The best way to do that is to become a master of surrender.
Short and sweet. Just the way I like it. you can’t easily define it but you can describe the effects! Well put.
Pretzel Zotikos, Self Improvement, Meditation, Student
You are talking about the Void or Non Duality, right?
The best answer to this question would be if I were to just remain silent. Words don’t lead you there. Words are merely used to point you towards enlightenment.
What enlightenment is really simple. Spiritual Awaking happens the moment you see through the illusion of the self. That is when you realize that there is no such thing as you call ‘you’ for it is merely another thought no different from any other thoughts.
Ah yes! Another short and sweet one!
Robert Cosmar, raised Catholic, Pentecostal Minister 1976-1983, Cosmic Consciousness 1972
It is the conscious awareness of our inner self and its relationship to existence. It is better to use conscious awakening than spiritual enlightenment because spiritual gives the wrong impression of the process of internal awakening of consciousness.
And Here’s A joke to relax mind:
A monk walks up to a street-side hot dog cart.
The hot dog cart’s vendor asks the monk, “What can I get for you?”
The monk says, “Can you make me one with everything?”
Then the monk pays the hot dog. And it gives the money to the street vendor,
When the monk is leaving the vendor says:
“Hey! You forgot the change!!!”And the monk responds:
“Change comes from within”
Well that’s it! Now we know what Spiritual Enlightenment is, don’t we? Not by a long shot! I did get a little out of these answers but not enough.
Let’s see if I can put this together now. All of these people seem to come to one thing:
It is experiencing without the need of understanding the experience. A child-like state.
Well, I can get down with that. When I find myself doing a long task Such as drawing I find that I lose all awareness of the things around me and am no longer thinking or worrying. I don’t even realize I’m drawing. I’m just doing it. This is often when I do my best work. Sometimes I become aware of this state. Get excited that I’m there and end up losing it. I’ve never been able to hold it for long but I have experienced it. With practice and meditation, I can extend that state for longer periods. But I wonder… Do I really want to lose awareness of myself?
I think I’m going to continue on with my search. But I’ve realized that Spiritual Enlightenment is a state of being which is a nice place to be and might help bring me closer to what I’m looking for but it isn’t the answer I’m looking for.
Thanks for letting me ramble at ya! Please comment on this, share your ideas of Spiritual Enlightenment. As you can see from what I have here, It doesn’t have to be professional, just insightful. The more ‘out there’ the better!
Tim, Ordained Spiritual Seeker