3 WAYS TO UNDERSTAND ENLIGHTENMENT
This is my longest article of all so prepare to take some time to read through or watch the whole 3 videos on this page. We will talk about 3 ways of understanding enlightenment.
There is no one way to look at things; even a simple object such as a wooden cube would be seen differently by everyone depending on their perspective. Let’s say I look at it from one angle and see a square, you look at it and see a cube, someone else holds it and says it’s a light cube, another person would add that it’s also hard, someone else will say it’s sharp. Depending on how we experience this cube in the present moment we describe it based on our experience.
Let’s try to all agree and say that this cube is red color, and the color-blind person will see it differently, more than that all people have a slightly differently visual perception of the color.
I would’t relate it to the “right and left brain dominance” (check my blog post on this topic here), but you get the point
Your eyes just like a finger print unique to you only. Just think about how nature is creative and how many millions of colors are out there. Do you really think that people see colors in exactly the same way? Because it doesn’t really make sense in rules of nature.
We are not the only animals on this planet. Let’s think about a turtle, a cat, and a cockroach. They don’t only see colors differently but their whole perception of reality is different. You can only imagine how different animals see reality with the unlimited amount of dimensions they live in.
The dimension is a frequency, here are no certain number of dimensions like, for example, some religions teach. We can say that all animal species live in different dimensions, as well s shared dimensions. At least this is my experience and belief.
We share space and time in this physical dimension, when and space and time is a dimension on its on. But each of us live in a completely unique and even isolated reality, one to one reality with themselves.
I like to say its is you and your universe.
Therefore, when we talk about complex concepts like enlightenment - there will be unlimited ways of looking it. Remember there is no single true way to look at things; truth is subjective. Truth is like a totality of perspectives. Truth is not singular; it is all perspectives together and even those that seem to contradict one another.
I invite you to stay open and hear what I have to say because you can add some of my perspectives into your world view. Remember, there is no one single truth. Everything is perspective and everyone has their angle of observing things, concepts and events. It’s everyone’s right to choose their own truth.
Enlightenment is a big topic, and we will look at it through 3 different perspectives:
1. INTELLECTUAL ENLIGHTENMENT AS THE PROCESS OF BALANCING DUALITIES.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ACCEPTANCE.
This first definition I received through meditation when I was wondering about what enlightenment is. It just came through me and I had that epiphany moment, (an aha moment, that was very enlightening). This kind of moment is when you get an insight; like a light bulb illuminating a dark room. The moment of Enlightenment.
So, this first definition that I will be describing came through me and the next day when I went to my hypnotherapy class. The teacher that I admire a lot briefly presents his definition of enlightenment (without me mentioning anything about it) and it happened to be 100% the same as the one I received yesterday. It was a very fun psychic moment. It happened around 6 years ago, that’s when my whole journey took the direction from completely logical / analytical psychology to metaphysics and spirituality. It was very fun discovering it all for the first time and having my first psychic experiences.
That being said the first way of looking at the concept of enlightenment is intellectually; having to do with our cognitive abilities. We live in a world of dualities: we can find an opposite for any subject. For example, cold - hot and everything in between, peace - anxiety and all the states of mind in between, openness - closedness, black - white, focused - scattered. So, for every subject there is an opposite to it and everything in between. Every stick has two ends.
How I see enlightenment within this dualistic view is - ACKNOWLEDGING and ACCEPTING the DUALITIES. Being aware of both ends, ACKNOWLEDGING both ends. What I mean is coming out from the state of ignorance, not wanting to see or acknowledge another person’s truth vs ACCEPTING them. ACCEPTING, not rejecting the truth of someone that is opposite to yours; not fighting it, and not trying to change someone or convince them to accept your truth. Acceptance doesn’t mean passiveness either, acceptance does not mean settling for less.
We don’t try to change others, rather focus on ourselves and set an example. We don’t fight injustice in the world, we rather start with ourselves and every area of our lives. Fighting anything is still a fight. It’s an energy of a war even if we fight for justice. We always must come back to ourselves and start healing the world by healing ourselves first.
So, we acknowledge, and we accept both sides of the stick. This will give us balance as we no longer focus on one end of a stick, we move to the middle and we balance the dualities. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to give up on your truth for the sake of someone else’s truth. When you give up on your truth for the sake of keeping a relationship, let’s say it usually backfires. We need balance and respect for not only others, but for ourselves. Likewise, not only for ourselves, but for others. That’s how we find balance.
It’s important to acknowledge and accept your own truth and another person’s truth in the situation. The state of enlightenment as the state of balance is not the state of over-giving, over-allowing or over-forgiving. It’s important to not lose yourself in this process. Acknowledge and accept both ends of a stick, both stories, both realities, (because we do live in different realities - even a couple that lived together all their lives still live in their own personal reality). Here I made an example with a relationship, but it can go with any subject.
For example, we can’t give the same advice to different people. Let’s take a person who is naive, over suggestible and very easy to trust others. Then we take a person who doesn’t trust people at all. We see the opposites here. Each person’s truth is different. To one person we would suggest working on filtering people and information; to the other we would suggest opening up a bit and slowly making steps towards trusting people again.
Your perspectives, concepts and understanding of life can be very opposite and contradictive to another person’s views. This only means that truth is subjective. Every truth, no matter how horrible it seems, has it’s right to be acknowledged and accepted. In this first definition we talked about intellectual enlightenment as the process of rising above the dualities, or balancing in between, one by one, subject by subject.
2. ENLIGHTENMENT. PRESENT MOMENT AND HIGH FREQUENCY STATE OF BEING.
When we penetrate and remain in the present moment - all our worries, stresses and problems lose their power over us. In the present moment you don’t hold grudges or anger and you don’t want to hurt anyone. There is no confusion or suffering when we truly are being present in the moment; the more time we spend in the present moment, the more love, ease, lightness, forgiveness, unity, and connection to all that is, will be experienced.
So many people talk about the importance of being in the present moment and so many of us still don’t understand the importance and the ease of being here and now. It’s so easy to be taken out of it. We live in very fast times; even Earth is speeding up. It’s spinning faster than before, and scientists say that the days will be slowly shortening. We live in an era of fast motion and information.
Now it’s more important than ever to spend time in the present moment, and now more than ever it has become so difficult. It takes dedication to practice mindfulness. Do you feel your body? Are you aware of different parts of your body? How do you feel mentally right now? Where is your attention? Is it scattered all over place or are you well-focused? How are your emotions? What do you feel? Being present is not sitting down doing nothing and just being aware. You can be productive too, while managing to remain present, even if just partially. The outside world and responsibilities will distract us from living in the present moment and it has become almost impossible to be here in the now most of the time.
How we can help ourselves is by taking a full ownership and control over our lives. For each of us it may mean different things. Some would need to leave the job that they hate and to find a profession which they will enjoy. Some would need to leave the relationship or friendship that makes them feel low. For others it would mean to stop spreading energy on too many people and instead build and invest in a few meaningful, unconditional loving relationships instead, and focus on nurturing and strengthening them. For another type of person, it could mean to sticking to a regular meditation schedule, rearranging and decluttering the home space. I can make a lot of examples, but you get the point.
You may say that it will be too hard to change your whole life because you are messy, busy, overloaded with responsibilities or “life is just hard and i am not able to implement radical changes.” It can take a lot of time. Speaking for myself; it is still taking time because we are always a work in progress, but it’s worthwhile process. We still have many years to live. Why not try and make those year we have left worth living? Life is never over until it is.
I made examples of what you can change to make your life to be more enjoyable to live in the present , but being present doesn’t requirer you to change your life at all - ALL you need to do is actually practicing mindfulness or meditation and commit to it. You can go though my other blog post Spiritual Practices i will not talk about them in depth here.
Present moment awareness naturally takes us to a state of higher energy, higher frequency, higher vibration, a state of peace, joy, good mood, happiness, inspiration, love, connection, unity, and a desire to live and create.
In this state we feel more like ourselves. In this state we are closer to who we truly are. It’s the state of alignment with our soul, with who you came here to be. In this state you spread love, positivity and good energy. This is the state of true you! It takes effort and dedication to be happy. It is a decision that requires action. You have to constantly refocus from something that feels bad to something that feels good. It’s a lot of work, but it’s the worthiest investment you can ever do! Keeping yourself in a high energy is our own responsibility simply because no one else can do that for you. If you are feeling low and depressed and you have someone who loves you so much and dedicated to cheering you up 24/7, still, even then, this person won’t be able to provide even 10% of the work for you to be happy. Your true happiness comes from within, no external force may endure forever.