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?
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?
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?
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?
As I define spiritual awakening, the seeing through the mirage of ego is a sudden and deep insight that can not be denied. As such, you either have had the deep, undeniable insight or you have not. There are no stages when it comes to understanding. You either understand, or you do not yet understand.
For example, you know that 1 + 1 = 2. It does not matter how much I might try to convince you that it equals 4, you will not believe me. Isn’t this so? When I show you ” 1 + 1 = ” and ask you what does it equal, you will always say 2…wouldn’t you? Could it equal anything else? Continue reading Does awakening come all at once or in stages?
It means something specific when I use the term. Spiritual awakening, Enlightenment, Self-Realization, and several other terms are all equal and point to the same happening. They all point to a radical and permanent change of our identification. Basically, we see through the mirage called “ego” and are never fooled by the mirage again.
The ego is this person in the world who has a life, will die, has problems, has accomplishments, has suffering, and has momentary happiness. The world is separate and potentially hostile – at minimum parts of it are unfriendly – towards this personal sense of self…the ego. Many see the ego as the thinker and doer in this world. Continue reading What is spiritual awakening to you?