You clicked? Good. Well, first and foremost I want put something out in the open. Are you ready? (Word of warning, I will be speaking in paradox and contradiction. Sorry, there’s really no way around it as language is dual by nature and what I speak of is non dual.)
YOU CANNOT BE ENLIGHTENED,
If you are still here then you are on the right path. So what do I mean? All those years/months of searching for MY enlightenment have been worthless? No, definitely not. There’s a process or a journey (or what It may seem like right now) to this destination (which isn’t really a destination) and although it may seem personal, at some point this will vanish.
The truth is, there is no I or ME that can be enlightened. In all actually the ME is the PROBLEM.
WHAT? *brain explodes*
The sense of identity that we are an individual is the key problem that keeps ‘you’ from shifting your perception to the truth that is. This is the illusion of separation, you’ve probably heard of this. Any belief you have, any sense of yourself is all an ILLUSION (I’m going to shake your foundation here people, if you can’t deal with it then I suggest you leave this page.). Think about this, there’s almost 7 billion people in the world and most (keyword, most.) people all have different realities. They have all created their own reality that is only true to themselves. Why do you think people fight, wage war, etc? If there is clashing ideals then people will clash, its simple. That’s why people like to group together if they share common beliefs so they don’t feel ‘alone’. Safety in numbers that cradles the ego like a baby, if anything threatens this then there will be hell to pay.
Any belief of yourself or the world is unique to your ego’s expression. A belief is a thought, thoughts come and go like anything else. Hence, your beliefs of everything around you will always change. That’s why if you are searching for yourself in this illusionary reality you will be finding yourself to the day you die. Its like trying to hold on to waves in an ocean.
So what’s there when your thoughts cease to exist for a brief moment? Are your beliefs still there? No they aren’t, that is unless you think about them again (although there is subconscious mind momentum of these beliefs that still exist, these momentums are the things we have to take care of). Everything that you have deemed reality up until this point has all been false. Ouch. I garuntee some people will argue against this in the comments which will only further prove my point of testing someones false reality that they have been nurturing their whole life. Ah the play of it all, it’s quite hilarious actually. So, to conclude this section of the discussion: YOUR BELIEFS DON’T MATTER IF ‘YOU’ WANT TO BE ENLIGHTENED. DROP THEM, YOU KNOW NOTHING. IF YOU THINK YOU DO THEN THIS IS JUST ANOTHER THOUGHT, MORE MOMENTUM.
So what does it mean to be enlightened? What is it then? Well, nothing really. It just is. This may not make sense to you right now but it will in due time. To help you out though, it is really just seeing everything as it is instead of what you think it is. Removing the aspect of the individual and the illusions that mind based realities have you trapped in. Its waking up from the dream of your reality. Now you might say, ”well I can do that and stop thinking briefly”, but it isn’t that simple. Its the complete disintegration of the I. This can be a long long process for people as the mind likes to fuck with you and give you many things that you should or shouldn’t do. GET RID OF ANY IDEAS OF ENLIGHTENMENT YOU HAVE NOW AND LISTEN.
What I talked about earlier in regards to mind momentum is the problem which fires this I or ME so it can exist. Thoughts themselves have no problem in the existence of the mind/body AT ALL. Thoughts can still be there, if you have meditated on quieting your thoughts then you have been taught incorrectly. It is only when we base our reality off the thoughts the problem occurs. AKA “identification with your thoughts”. Now, I will break it down as simply as I possibly can for you. To remove the aspect of the I we must remove this mind momentum. THAT’S IT.
So, what is this mind momentum exactly? Well, its a swinging of energy (more on this later though). Thoughts that have had an impact on your ego usually create a large amount of energy. The more we think about them then the more momentum we give the thoughts. This is how beliefs are formed. Lots of these beliefs are ‘negative’ which the ego hates which in turn gives it more momentum (YES EVERY ‘PROBLEM’ YOU HAVE HAD IS THAT SIMPLE EVEN PHYSICAL PAIN, DEAL WITH IT.) It is really this build up of energy that emotions of certain thoughts/sensations come from. Now back to the swinging of energy (this has to do with your positive/negative swings). Think of a pendulum, the pendulum swings in complete balance. One side of the swinging before neutral point is ‘negative’ and one side is ‘positive’. The rocking back and forth is the natural play of life energy. This is how energy moves. Complete balance and harmony. This in itself is perfect. The problem is that the ego based reality likes to hold onto one side of the swing and hates the other side. This in turn gives the pendulum more energy and gives some sort of sense of resistance. The ego holds on to the positive and when it starts swinging into the negative the ego resists against it (this is what suffering is). This of course feeds more energy which makes the transition into the ‘negative’ worse. So what we are going to try to do here is remove most of the mind momentum to reach a point of harmony or ‘oneness’ by completely balancing the pendulum to a resting point. Simple right?
So there is a progression to ‘enlightenment’, but once the pendulum reaches a resting point then the shift of perception occurs. The waking up from the dream. It’s like a snapping of a cord, a very slight shift of perception. Reality as it is, home.
Now I have given you all of this but you may be wondering now “How the fuck do I get rid of my mind momentum D: ?”. This path will totally be unique to your expression of life itself, but there is a key thing I would like to give you that you can ‘utilize’ to make this process go by much faster. This is (drum roll please)……
ALLOWING, THE ACT OF LETTING GO, SURRENDER. (really whatever you want to call it the words aren’t important)
At first this can be practiced of some sort of ‘meditation’ but will eventually work its way into your life naturally until you have reached ‘enlightenment’. This is what is referred to as grace by some enlightened masters. To start, sit for 20-30 minutes and simply allow. Don’t try to push away any thoughts or anything really. Also, don’t hold onto anything. Simply be the observer and allow things to play out as they are. You will notice a natural silence will occur naturally without any effort. If you do this for a little while as a practice it will work its way into your life if you are blessed with grace. You simply become the observer and let life play out as it naturally would. Without this holding on or pushing away there is now nothing to feed the mind momentum and the pendulum will naturally reach a resting place of harmony. If you have more questions about allowing if I didn’t explain well enough don’t hesitate to ask.
So there it is people, enlightenment is simple. There’s no mystical shit, no higher state, nothing. It’s all nothing. It is being in touch with reality as it is. Being balanced. Really here so to speak and not in your own little reality that has caused you all this suffering your whole life. It has all been nothing, this may frustrate the shit out of you but it is true. It is simply energy at play. Enlightenment is like eating an apple, it can only be directly experienced to be fully ‘understood’ or ‘tasted’. If I tell you an apple is sweet you know that’s not really how an apple tastes, chocolate is sweet too. Words cannot describe even how an apple tastes accurately. Do you think I could tell you what is like to be completely in harmony? If I try to describe it I will fail. Let go, be. Stop trying to seek for enlightenment and rest in your awareness. There is nowhere to be but here. Stop fueling the fire.
Cheers, much love.
Here’s a story on enlightenment from “Way Of The Peaceful Warrior”:
Milarepa had searched everywhere for enlightenment, but could find no answer — until one day, he saw an old man walking slowly down a mountain path, carrying a heavy sack. Immediately, Milarepa sensed that this old man knew the secret he had been desperately seeking for many years.
“Old man, please tell me what you know. What is enlightenment?”
The old man smiled at him for a moment, and swung the heavy burden off his shoulders, and stood straight.
“Yes, I see!” cried Milarepa. “My everlasting gratitude. But please, one
question more. What is after enlightenment?”
Smiling again, the old man picked up the sack once again, slung it over his shoulders, steadied his burden, and continued on his way.
I think it’s a really awesome metaphor, do you guys agree?
@splashartist, For me it means that enlightenment is nothing more than a realization. It doesn’t mean you have to follow different path or don’t experience any challenges, but you get a new outlook on life, inner peace, humor, etc.
I really recommend the book, I’ve read it like 3 times already :b
Beware the ego, it takes dedication to keep it in check. You mush vanquish it more then once, it grows back. The problem with enlightenment is that there is no total enlightenment. Sometimes you get part of the way there and are so excited about your achievement that you don’t realize your ego has taken over once again. There is always another level, unless you ascend completely, if you did that you would not be here.
@s7221919, Bingo! The ego has a way of bringing you back into the dream. Good thing you pointed that out! The idea of different levels are still just thoughts though, like I stated enlightenment is NOT some higher state. It’s coming back to reality as it is, there is no higher ‘enlightenment’ then reality as it is. It is nothing. This is a common misconception of the mind as what you are saying is dual by nature. This is it. Higher levels of awareness or lower are all contained in this. Cheers! :)