i like the definition that abraham hicks give of Enlightenment, it's simply about being up to speed with our desires. here's d process they give:
*** TRUE ALLOWING ***
"The potential for enjoyment is so much more than almost anyone is ready for, because you're not enjoying the contrast that causes you to define and decide. So every defining moment is setting you up for a more satisfying manifestation. Every defining moment. Every single defining moment. Every rascal, every moment of abuse, every moment of misunderstanding, every moment of sickness, every moment of anything unwanted has sharpened your ability to understand. Not only understand the difference between unwanted and wanted, but to allow yourself the experience of having it, you see. That's what true allowing is.
So, never again ask how much am I out of the vortex and how much am I in the vortex. Instead say: I'm out just enough to keep myself rocking and rolling. I'm out enough to keep myself sharp to the point that I really KNOW when I click back into place. That's the best utilization of this contrasting world in which you are involved, but it's also the best balance for a physically focused non-physical energy, you see.
What-is doesn't mean diddly squat! Except that it's the beginning of what's coming next. You live in a time/space reality because it's fun to perceive relationships, it's fun to understand distance, it's fun to understand space. In other words, don't you like being in this room but don't you like knowing that there's outside? Don't you like being on the ground but don't you like seeing your world from the air? Don't you like being on a continent but don't you like knowing the ocean is out there? Don't you like depth? Don't you love the way your eyes can look up close or can look off into the distance? Don't you love this time and space reality? Don't you love the rendezvous that time gives? Don't you love moving through time? Don't you love your awareness of time? Don't you understand, and don't you adore, the benefit of being able to focus? That's what all of this is." -- Abe
why do you do all of the things you do
in the name of seeking?
meditation, darshan, praying, turning
our mind toward dharma, fasting, vegetarian diet,
donating to green peace, free Tibet, seeking guru
after guru, volunteering at shelters, reading books,
watching movies, listening to lectures,
visiting psychics ... why?
to achieve unity consciousness, you know, enlightenment ...
unity consciousness is great ...
mystical union, being at one with the universe,
the direct experience of the infinite,
bliss, ecstasy, a taste of heaven,
beyond time, beyond space,
beyond the ability of any words to describe,
the peace that surpasseth all understanding ...
but this is not enlightenment
enlightenment isn't when you go there
it is when there comes here
it's not a place you visit and then
remember wistfully and try to return to
it's not a visit to the Truth
it's the awakening of Truth within you
it's not a fleeting state of consciousness
it's permanent Truth realization
abiding non-dual awareness
it's not a place you visit from here
this is a place you visit from there
you started off in one direction
and enlightenment is in another
what you have to do now is figure out
what you really want?
do you want to dedicate your life to the pursuit
of the experience of mystical consciousness?
or do you want to wake up to the Truth of your being?
you have not really made the decision you think you have
one doesn't select Truth realization over mystical union
the way one chooses soup over salad
in fact one doesn't choose enlightenment at all
if anything one is more likely to be the victim of it
like getting hit by a bus
you don't get out of bed one morning
hoping to see Christ's universal form
you'll just be having a typical day
when the universe flashes you
the bottom line is that you are moving toward something
and away from something else
what i want you to do is tell me specifically
what it is that you are moving away from
and what you are moving toward
take your time, there is no hurry
treat it like you are writing
your own personal mission statement
using those two elements:
what you're moving toward
and what you're moving away from
no worries ... all we're doing
is taking a closer look at where you are going
and what you're getting away from
it's not astrophysics
just file your flight plan in the most economical terms
that doesn't sound so hard, does it?
it's not a race, it's just life
there's no finish line, no winners or losers
give that some thought too ...
it all ties in together
allegiance to any spiritual teaching or teacher, any outside
authority, is the most treacherous beast in the jungle,
the first thing we want to do when we begin our journey
is find the companionship and validity that comes with an
established group, and in so doing we effectively end the
journey before it begins ...
the idea is to actually wake up,
not to earn a phd in the the concepts
surrounding the idea of waking up ...
popularity among the soundly asleep may not be the best criteria by which to judge a method for waking up ...
spiritual enlightenment is anesthetic
it is literally self-defeating
it is a battle we wage upon our selves
Truth is a uniquely challenging pursuit
because the very thing that wants it
is the only thing in the way
it is a battle that we will kill to lose
and must die to win
the great enemy is the very self that wages the war
so how can there be victory?
when self is destroyed, who wins?
the unreal has no being
the real never ceases to be
it's your show, it's your universe
there's no one else here, just you
and nothing is being withheld from you
you are completely on your own
everything is available for direct knowing
no one else has anything you need
no one else can lead you,
hold you, push you, or carry you
no one else is necessary to your success
no one else exists
it cannot be simpler, you are asleep
and you can wake up
if you understand that
you'll understand that its the best news
you could possibly receive
if one is asleep to themselves, then what is it they are calling "self"?
Very interesting post