How can we know that we are awakened?

Let us start off by saying that awakening is clearly seeing through the illusion of “me”…no longer identifying with the body/mind, ego, or “I”.  The personal “I” is simply a thought and never really existed.  There is a knowing…in the here and now…that identification is no longer happening (and there is a memory of having had such identification).  So there is a knowing or awareness that the illusion of “me” is not believed…that awakening occurred.  Awakening is simply a happening in a point in time…prior – the illusory “me” was believed; and after – the illusory “me” is not believed.  In this way there is a recognition of awakening. Continue reading How can we know that we are awakened?

I’d like to Awaken, but I don’t want to lose my interests or friends.

As long as you are setting conditions on Awakening or Enlightenment, it will not happen. What you are saying are really conflicting statements.  “I’d like to Awaken, but…”, as soon as there is a “but” in there…what you are really saying is I don’t want to Awaken.  You are saying – I have these attachments and I don’t want to let go.  What if letting go was the only way to Awaken?

Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.  Also, the unknown is often scary for people, but there can be no assurances given.  You have to be willing to take the chance…come what may.  Otherwise, fear will always stop you at the edge of the cliff…unwilling to jump into the void. Continue reading I’d like to Awaken, but I don’t want to lose my interests or friends.

I do self-inquiry and what I am is obvious. How will that realization sink in?

You want to know how that realization will sink in and how to keep the knowing when the body/mind is full of fear or suffering.  You say you have awakened (per ‘what I am is obvious’), but I must tell you that you really don’t know who you are.  Maybe on some intellectual level you are trying to believe something, but in your heart and bones you “know” otherwise.

The same kind of thing happened when (for example) a devote Christian told me he was absolutely sure that when he died he would go straight to heaven and enjoy everlasting bliss next to God.  And yet he was terrified about his own death.  Why?  If death truly is going to a “better place”, then what is the problem with death? Continue reading I do self-inquiry and what I am is obvious. How will that realization sink in?

Are there partial or incomplete awakenings?

The idea of partial or incomplete awakenings is a refuge of the ego by creating progress.  It feels good, egoically, to say I partially awakened.  I have taken another step to “full awakening.”  No, that is just being stuck in a new illusion…a new set of chains.

How can there be a partial or incomplete awakenings?  It is like saying you can partially know that 2 + 2 = 4.  Can you incompletely know 2 + 2 = 4?  Both versions are really not yet knowing 2 + 2 = 4.  You either know 2 + 2 = 4 or you haven’t quite figured it out yet.  Or it is like saying you can partially or incompletely see a person entering the room.  You either saw a person enter or you did not see a person enter the room.  If you didn’t see, you are not sure a person is in the room.  If you did see, you know a person is in the room.  Partially seeing doesn’t exist. Continue reading Are there partial or incomplete awakenings?

What is the human journey to you post realization?

The human journey (post self-realization) is simply playing and enjoying what is happening.

As I am a house-holder yogi (as Indian philosophy would call it).  I do have the roles of husband, father, employee, etc. to play. I play at working as a recruiter during the day so I can play at paying the bills every month. Playing the role of recruiter keeps food, shelter, clothing, etc. readily available in the grander game of life. The game of life is an amazingly intricate game played on many levels…and I am having fun playing it. I enjoy what is happening…whatever is happening.  A few years ago, I played the role of unemployed person…and that was fun in its own way as well. Continue reading What is the human journey to you post realization?

Please describe the path to enlightenment. How long does it take?

There is no path…there are no steps. How long does it take – that is a question assuming a path and steps. It assumes a process and progress. Enlightenment is not a process…it is realization…Self-realization. A realization regarding who/what you really are and seeing through the misidentification and illusions of the mind (especially those that create division). Enlightened can be described as seeing through the illusion of ego. Therefore, you can not willfully do anything to become enlightened. What can the ego do to see through itself? Any willful action (which is ego) only reinforces the apparent reality of the illusion. This is why some have called enlightenment a grace…it happens to you. Continue reading Please describe the path to enlightenment. How long does it take?

Isn’t Enlightenment the realization that there is no such thing as Enlightenment?

I’ve heard this question different ways and sometimes with additional information.  For example, the Self is always Awake, and there is only the Self & the Self has always been free.

Let’s start with the Self is always Awake.  The massive fallacy with this concept is that we experience directly that this is not the case.  This is not even the case when you are dreaming at night.  You are asleep in your bed and a world is created from the mind.  You see other people, trees, rocks, etc.  It   is all from one mind.  There is no other.  All in the dream is only you. Continue reading Isn’t Enlightenment the realization that there is no such thing as Enlightenment?

Doesn’t it take time for ego, suffering, and/or conditioning to fall away?

I hear many variations of this question and so I hope to answer the spirit of the question instead of each variation.  Doesn’t it take time after awakening?  Time for the ego to drop away or time for suffering to end or time for conditioning to fall away or time for the realization to take hold or settle in.

Unfortunately, this is the ego looking for a back door so that the illusion can continue for a bit longer.  Can “I” have more time to battle the ego, suffering, conditioning, etc.?  It doesn’t have to happen now…because it takes time (or so the myth goes). Continue reading Doesn’t it take time for ego, suffering, and/or conditioning to fall away?

Is enlightenment different for everyone?

There is an appearance of different enlightenments because everyone is not using the same definition of enlightenment.  You have to first define enlightenment.  I define it as a radical and permanent change of our identification. Basically, we see through the mirage called “ego” and are never fooled by the mirage again.  With seeing through this illusion and seeing it for what it is, there is an end to seeking and suffering (like problems, fear/worries, guilt, etc).

In my case, I awakened and it was unlike anything I had read about or studied prior.  After awakening, I read works by Ramana Maharshi, H.W.L. Poonja, Nisargatta Maharaj, Ramesh Balsekar, Zen Master Bankei, Huang Po, Bodhidharma, Robert Adams, Gangaji, Adyashanti, and more. Continue reading Is enlightenment different for everyone?

Isn’t everyone enlightened?

Enlightenment is also called liberation, but enlightenment is realizing that you were never bound to begin with.  So although nothing was gained by enlightenment, what was lost was the delusion of bondage (an illusion of the mind).  In losing the delusions and illusions, we realize our natural state.

As there is nothing to be gained, that is why I think some people mistakenly say “everyone is enlightened.”  Or some mistakenly say “everyone is enlightened” because “enlightenment is out natural state.”  This too is mistaken because enlightenment is realizing our natural state instead of continuing to think who we think we are…with all of our problems and suffering. Continue reading Isn’t everyone enlightened?