The Journey Into Enlightenment

 The Journey

The ideas and beliefs about Enlightenment or Spiritual Awakening have been tossed around the globe and written about for thousands of years; there are countless ancient texts and scriptures trying to explain it, or reveal a picture of it, and tempting to us into the experience of it. It may take years to discover it or a person may discover it within a fraction of a second through an experience that is normally labelled as ‘disastrous’ or ‘bad’ or even ‘good’. For many of us though, we trek through a maze of life experiences and still miss the point of life until we discover it minutes or seconds before the final departure from this life. It was never too late but the regret is still there right up until the last breath, after which all is revealed.

We started life as pure conscious beings, only aware that we were somehow alive and getting used to living in a body; then to progress through the years of living life and awkwardly losing sight of the conscious beings we still are but not aware of it; through those life experiences we somehow forgot the uncluttered and unconditional self. The overpowering drive to succeed and be normal in comparison to all around us; being a part of the journey to self discovery somehow became an internal war and added conditions and complications we had not expected. Striving to succeed, striving to impress those we thought cared, and striving to be loved and accepted; we lost sight of ourselves and strayed from our Truth.

The experiences and the striving itself, if we were only to understand them at the time, were placed, in that perfect moment, to remind us of our inner existence; the one that is so much more powerful and creative than the outer existence. The journey to enlightenment, if you desire it enough, becomes an understanding of all that you are in its entirety; the journey ceases and then becomes nothing but a series of experiences in the present moment, as time also seems to cease existing; your life takes on a different role to what you thought it would be. You cease being a spectator and become a fully integrated and functional creator of life as you so desire

The Journey ceases to be a Journey

Often described as a journey, enlightenment could be seen as a destination to arrive at in order to become something, but this is not the correct way to visualize or understand it at all. Enlightenment is not a destination in our minds that we have to journey to; enlightenment is already within the mind and can only be rediscovered by removing the mind from a very boisterous and loud thinking brain. When you are able to use your mind to observe the brain without joining in with the noise, you can sense yourself ‘dropping into’ a state of peace and calm but empty; the ability for you to remain focused on the emptiness will be the telling point; you won’t get there without persistent practice and desire. But the point to be made is at that time of ‘dropping into’ the emptiness, it will be fully understood that it wasn’t in any way a journey to any destination; the more you practice a meditation of observation, you will realize that a state of enlightenment was always there, it was just unrecognizable through the noise of thought and emotion.

From my own experience, there appears to be four natural progressions in which we participate in, whether we are aware of them or not:

  • Conscious to Unconsciousness: from the second we were conceived, carried and nurtured for nine months and then born to the world of form, we were conscious; we really had no thought running through our brains except that of learning how to eat, walk and run, and communicate our basic needs to those we sensed were our protectors and teachers. But as we began to interact with the world, we learnt that life had challenges we weren’t expecting; if we had no one to teach us the fundamentals of staying in touch with the inner and greater part of ourselves, we succumbed to a state of unconsciousness. This state of unconsciousness began a series of experiences not unlike that of a bad dream interlaced with some good times; this state is simply that we have forgotten what we really are and have come to an error of understanding – that we are now the experiences themselves. The experiences have created beliefs, values and morals that change like the wind; nothing appears stable.

 

  • Unconscious: we have now become completely unaware of our true essence as we immerse ourselves in thought and emotion. We fully believe we are the thoughts and emotions; within this we have a sense of being trapped in a life we didn’t sign up for. All experiences seem to repeat themselves mercilessly and in different ways but with the same result; more hardship. Everything we feel, both physically and emotionally, is the product of living a life resisting the truth of ourselves. The more we resist the truth, the worse life seems to be. But within this state, there is a knowing of bliss running in the background of our minds and as we become sick and tired of the continual rotation of bad dreams and experiences; our minds begin to seek a better truth and reach out for that bliss. As our beliefs, values and morals are challenged we experience a sense of utter shaking to the core of our existence; this is the beginning of the return if you only knew it. Some people never leave this state of unconsciousness because they have become complete slaves to what they perceive as normal; they have become comfortable with the sensation of uncomfortable; if unmoved from this state, they depart life in their regrets. This is the confusing bit of this state of mind, though; even though we may be unconscious in terms of the Inner Self or not consciously connecting to the greater part of our Truth, the Inner Self is always conscious and, through our experiences, is trying to lead us back to itself.

 

  • Conscious and Aware (Spiritual Awakening): if we have managed to get this far in our humanness, we slowly begin to acknowledge there was something wrong within ourselves and our own beliefs, values, morals and consequent actions to ourselves and others. The shaking continues as if the major inner earthquake has subsided but the aftershocks are still serious enough to shake our outer realization of life. At the same time, though, we are aware of an inner peace and calm and a return to that part of ourselves that is largely invisible to others but that which we are now beginning to reacquaint ourselves with. Thought and emotion now play a minor role in our decisions to live life in a certain way; we have become conscious and aware that there is something far bigger than ourselves (known as the Higher Self or the Christ) living in our bodies. Recreating life based upon the direction of the Higher Self (Heart Centered) now takes precedence over the uncontrolled ways of thought and emotion (Brain Centered). Most people stop here because life becomes relatively easy, a greater understanding of life and where it emanates from begins to unfold within and show itself to us in its synchronicity; this is a life based upon passion and desire with the rationale of new thought and understanding that unfolds from it. To stop here is okay, although you may discover an inner sensation to discover more; in this case take your time and allow it to gently envelope you; don’t rush this process as more damage can be done if you miss some of the steps the Higher Self will show you, than if you take your time and allow it to unfold naturally.

 

  • Enlightened: this is the state of ‘Being an Enlightened One’. You have discovered that your desires, needs and wants no longer exist. The full surrender to that which you know is the source of life is all you desire; but it is more than that too, the desire to fully surrender ceases to motivate you as you become enlightenment itself; surrender is not an option but now an automatic response. There is now no doubt about your ‘beingness’! You become the Intelligence and Wisdom of the ‘All’. Nothing else exists. You experience the knowing of nothing but you develop an understanding of it all. For example:
  • You cease to believe in love – you are it
  • You cease to believe in wealth – you become it
  • You cease to believe in power – you understand it
  • You cease to believe in peace – you experience it
  • You cease to believe in justice – you are the wisdom of it
  • You cease to believe in anything – you are it all and the experience of it all
  • You cease to believe in God – it becomes you as you surrender to it. You have no need for a god.
    “Gods greatest moment is the moment you realise you need no God” – Neale Donald Walsh quoted from Conversations With God

The outward manifestations of ‘being enlightened’ are not as spiritual as one may think. There is no need to think spiritually at all, in fact being enlightened becomes a very natural occurrence within the collaboration of body and mind. For example, if you have had issues revolving around the fear of anything, those fears begin to dissipate into thin air; you discover strength within you to be exactly what and who you are without any need or desire to prove yourself or embellish the truth of yourself to others. Because fear begins to ease, anxiety begins to diminish and as anxiety diminishes from your body you begin to live a healthier life physically, mentally and emotionally; anxiety begins to transmute into excitement for the future of your life. The effort to live transforms into one of ease no matter what the circumstances or events you are going through – whether good or bad it matters not; you have discovered your real and authentic self; you have discovered your truth and live it without a thought, and no words can possibly explain it.

If you feel this has made any impact on you especially with regard to anxiety, depression and desire a quality life outside of those fears, please feel free to call me on 0474 570 063 or email me at tonykanecounselling@gmail.com

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Enlightenment: a degree of Perception

Introduction

The energy of creation; that which creates everything we see as a solid thing or has taken form of some ‘thing’ or another including everything we can’t see, is pure, raw, focused and extremely intelligent; we have labeled it God, Source, Universe and a myriad of other names but all fall short of the true nature of it. It must be explained, though, that its intelligence is not that which we can understand unless our focused attention is put upon it. It rests upon a degree of perception.

Humanity, with the proper use of its body and mind is the extension of that pure, raw, focused and extreme intelligence. The issues of this world we live in; the wars, politics, religion, family issues, mental and physical sickness are a direct result of humanity forgetting and walking away from the very thing that created and gave it life in the first place; we have replaced an enlightened life with things of a spiritual nature simply because we now lack the truth and understanding of life itself; and yet it is clearly visible for all to see.

Enlightenment is not spiritual

The difference between a spiritual life, and the almost mindless and endless journey it involves, and a life enhanced by enlightenment is one in which the slightest change in a degree of perception will make the difference. The journey ceases in an instant and enlightenment takes its natural place within the human body; a life changes to one of peace, joy, eternal love, and creativity; focused and purposeful, our lives become one with creation and the energy that created it; humanity will eventually come back to discover its origin. This is not to say, though, that a spiritual life is incorrect; spirituality is the search for enlightenment but to believe that spirituality is the truth is the error and the same applies to religion. Spirituality is nothing but another degree of perception which can lead you to enlightenment or, because of an ego driven mind, may remain in the endless journey of spiritual discoveries that have no real meaning or life application at all. The most common expression I hear within spiritual circles is “I am God”, but within an enlightened life, God ceases to exist as you become one with it; in many cases, this process humbles the ego which it may like or not. As a person discovers enlightenment, the ego ceases to exist in its present form; a transmutation occurs as and when that person lets go of what they believe to be true.

The ‘presence’ of enlightenment is not as spiritual as one may think. It includes and involves the recognition of the physical body including the brain and the heart, and recognition of the mind and the discovery of what the mind actually is; the mind being the most misrepresented parts of the human physical system in most resent years.

The Mind

The mind, as currently taught by many, is that part of us that thinks, but this is where things go incredibly awry. Here is the first change of perception and possibly the most important! The mind does not think…it observes thought without any involvement with the thoughts at all. It also doesn’t feel anything; again, it only observes thought and feeling. The brain is there to create thoughts and the heart is there to create feelings felt within the body. The best description of the mind I have ever heard is “The mind is the energy that creates and manifests everything the body thinks, feels and believes to be true to about itself and to itself”. If you can visualize the human body as the lens of a magnifying glass and the mind as the ‘thing’ focusing it, as the suns energy passing through it, the mind focuses the body to create a flame using the energy of the sun; the more the magnifying glass (human body) is focused by the use of its mind the better the result, otherwise the suns energy is always out of focus and the result takes far longer to manifest, if at all.

This brings into question then, “What is the human mind?” It is that part of us that has always been one with the energy that creates all we see as form and solid; it is the focused energy I spoke about in the introduction; it is the pure, raw, focused and extremely intelligent energy that is outside of us, but condensing within the human body, giving it life. It is moving through us all the time; we are not it (that’s the ego making its self important) but it is us! That’s the same as the spiritual paradox which states “Man is not God; God is man”. Biblically, as Jesus stated “I am one with the Father and the Father is one with me”.

But just as the perception of Oneness applies to the energy that created ‘it all’, the same applies to the human body, all of its components and the mind that directs it. If we can’t bring it all together within ourselves then we suffer badly either physically and/or psychologically. I will repeat what I have stated “The first change of perception must be in relation to what we perceive the mind actually is”. How to change the perception of the mind requires a bit of reeducation and the practice of using it as it was meant to be used. The mind screams at us, at times, to allow it to come back home to what it actually is and this creates emotional and physical dysfunction. We are humans; living in frail bodies with an unlimited intelligence we have not experienced for thousands of years; the mind is one with that intelligence if only you could let go of what you believe. You will either allow yourself to experience it now (or in the present moment) or you will discover it while taking your last breath. Which is it to be?

It is a Challenge or a Calling?

That last statement was not meant to put fear into you; but it is more of a challenge. The challenge is this: “Will you live life to its fullest now, or will you wait until you have no choice?” I can say this with experience; you stand so much more to gain by losing all that you believe to be true. Most of what you lose you didn’t need anyway, but you will discover that what you retain will be expanded upon to such an extent that it takes on a completely different form of intelligence living within the brain. Life then becomes something to look forward to living; your physical body, brain and heart are now working in unison with the intelligence of creation; you have become enlightened. It isn’t as spiritual as you may have thought; it’s just a change of perception, with your mind now back where it wants to be; one and at peace with itself; it is calling you back!

What does that mean for you, living a real life in a real world? Complete freedom from and/or ease of emotional disturbances that are pulling you back into a life you don’t desire to live. In short, you reinvent your whole life; excitement to be alive, with the entire creativeness that you are, takes a definite hold. If you have a business or in a relationship that is suffering, you will breathe the life back into them that you experienced when you first created them; or you may be physically suffering some sort of ailment hindering the enjoyment of life and that too can be healed. It’s really not as spiritual as you may think and certainly not as inaccessible as you may have been experiencing. “Will you learn to live life to its fullest now, or will you wait until you have no choice?” “To be or not to be that is the question” (thanks William), what’s your choice?

I do understand how all of this works and you may be feeling the call to discover more about yourself and enjoying an enlightened life, if this is the case please feel free to contact me on 0474 570 063 or email me at tonykanecounselling@gmail.com.