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?
I wrote a short book in 2009 called, “52 EnlightenMyths.” It was a list of common myths and misconceptions about Enlightenment. A couple of them point to what this question might be getting at.
One that I listed was, “you won’t even know you’ve found it.” As I said then, I wonder who comes up with this stuff. The idea is that when it happens, there is no “you” left to know it happened. Pure myth. Continue reading Isn’t saying you are Awake or Enlightened a sign that you are not?