What is Enlightenment?
Question from a reader:
Well obviously, as you pointed out, what enlightenment is really depends on who you ask. And I dare say that people in various stages of enlightenment may all give you a different answer, because they, themselves, are still experiencing what enlightenment is.
“What is enlightenment? How does achieving it changes your perception, energy, psychology and what is its exact mechanism? Basically talking about awakening/ascension/buddha’s enlightenment. I know it has to do with transcending ego consciousness, but some believe that just exploring realms out of body is ‘awakening’ – but i don’t believe that. In my case, I feel I know more that those who are capable of astral projection. But yet I feel neither I am enlightened, nor those who can travel out of the body. What is the absolute enlightenment if there is such a thing?”
My definition of enlightenment is that it is not a thing, or a state that we reach, but rather the process itself. It is the journey, not the destination.
You can reach an enlightened state, but there will always be another enlightened state to reach afterward until you have achieved self-actualization, which is effectively the realization that you are God and always have been. In that sense, you have already achieved enlightenment, you just don’t know it yet (or rather, you’ve forgotten and you are in the process of remembering).
What is it’s exact mechanism? I would say experience is the exact mechanism. Regardless of whether or not we are self-aware and reflective of ourselves in the spiritual sense, we will always learn from our experiences, at least a little bit. Of course, self-reflection and self-awareness will naturally speed up the process.
How does achieving enlightenment change our perceptions, energy, and psychology?
It changes our perceptions for the better. It allows you to see things not just from a positive perspective, but a neutral one. It helps you become more aware of your personal power. As you shed old, narrow perspectives for more broad and encompassing ones, you will naturally begin to shed fear-based beliefs. As you peel away the layers of fear-based beliefs, you will also naturally shed vibratory “weight” so to speak – the denseness of fear energy is no longer dragging you down, so you are, in effect “raising” your vibration (but actually, you’re returning to the original frequency from which you came).
As the quote above suggests, it’s not really about growing. It’s about stripping away all the things that you accepted as truth when you forgot who you were.
Love is the absolute truth – anything that is not based in love is an untruth. Releasing the untruths built by fear leaves more room for your original light to shine, until you find that love is all that’s left.
Psychologically, it can create more inner-peace through greater understanding, healing through higher perspective, and embodying more of that universal love energy. You’ll have a better understanding of other people and why they are the way they are and your own intuition will naturally grow.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that being enlightened means that you will never ever be sad again. I think the more enlightened you become, the less you experience negative emotions, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to them. You just handle yourself better than your more reactive counterparts.
While developing psychic abilities and having out-of-body experiences naturally occur during the enlightenment process because you are expanding your awareness, they are not individually indicative that a person is enlightened, or at any level “higher” than anyone else. Those things occur naturally, even for the “unenlightened.” As I have mentioned before, my psychic development teacher used to say, “Just because someone is psychic, it doesn’t mean they are spiritual.”