Are these critical for awakening: celibacy, not eating meat, & abstaining from alcohol?

They are not critical for realization/awakening/enlightenment.

I grew up eating meat and I still eat meat.  I have never stopped eating meat.  Enlightenment revolves around realizing who/what you are…eating meat or not eating meat isn’t a factor in realizing this.  If you feel you don’t want to eat meat, that is fine.  If you feel you want to eat meat, that is fine.

Funny enough, if you give up meat because you think it will help awakening or you believe it is non-harming or being compassionate…this could turn into ego inflation and thus become another obstacle to enlightenment.  I am now a better person because I don’t eat meat and I am now superior to those who eat meat…see what I mean? Continue reading Are these critical for awakening: celibacy, not eating meat, & abstaining from alcohol?

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?

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?

Isn’t saying you are Awake or Enlightened a sign that you are not?

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?