WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT? 3 PERSPECTIVES ON HOW TO REACH ENLIGHTENMENT FROM A LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST & SPIRITUAL AWAKENING COACH (GUIDE)
Natalya Pazdnikova's Perspective on 'What Is Enlightenment?'
What Is Enlightenment? Understanding How To Reach 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. Please keep this in mind while we answer the question, "What is enlightenment?" Let’s say I look at it from one angle and I 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 all try to agree and say that this cube is red in color, still, the color-blind person will see it differently. Moreover, all people have a slightly differently visual perception of the color.
➡ I wouldn't relate this phenomena to the “right and left brain dominance” theory, I think it is much more unique to each individual.
Read my Creativity Blog Post, where I touch upon this idea.
Your eyes are just like your finger prints, unique to you only. Just think about how creative nature is and the millions of different colors that are out there. Do you really think that people see colors in the exact same way? Because it doesn’t really make sense by rules of nature.
We are not the only animals on this planet. Let’s think about the turtle, the cat, and the 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 we all live in.
A dimension is a frequency. There's no certain number of dimensions, for example, as some religions would suggest. We can say that all animal species live in different dimensions as well as shared dimensions.
We share space and time in this physical dimension when space and time is a dimension on its own. But each of us live in a completely unique and isolated reality, a one-to-one reality with themselves. I like to say it is you and your universe.
Therefore, when we talk about complex concepts like 'what is enlightenment?' 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 put together, even those that seem to contradict one another.
I invite you to stay open and hear what I have to say about your question of 'what is enlightenment?' because you may benefit by adding some of my perspectives into your world view. Everything is perspective and everyone has their angle of observing things, concepts and events. Everyone has a right to choose their own truth.
Enlightenment is a big topic. We will look at what enlightenment is through 3 different perspectives which also explain how to reach enlightenment.
1. REACH ENLIGHTENMENT INTELLECTUALLY THROUGH THE PROCESS OF BALANCING DUALITIES.
HOW TO REACH ENLIGHTENMENT: ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ACCEPTANCE.
I received this first definition on how to reach enlightenment through meditation when I was wondering, "what is enlightenment?" I had an epiphany (an aha moment, that was very enlightening) and the answer suddenly came through me. In a moment of epiphany, you usually get some sort of an insight; like a light bulb illuminating a dark room. A moment of Enlightenment.
The next day I went to my hypnotherapy class and the teacher briefly presented his definition of enlightenment, even thought it was not a part of the curriculum. So according to him, what is enlightenment happened to be 100% the same definition as the one I received the day before. Around that time the direction of my journey went 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 how to reach 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 - closeness, black - white, focused - scattered. For every subject there is an opposite to it and everything in between. Every stick has two ends.
So what is enlightenment? How I see enlightenment within this dualistic view is - ACKNOWLEDGING and ACCEPTING the DUALITIES.
Being aware of both ends and ACKNOWLEDGING both ends. What I mean is coming out from the state of ignorance - not wanting to see or acknowledge your own or someone else's truth.
ACCEPTING - not rejecting and coming to peace with your own or someone else's truth. Not fighting it, and not trying to change someone or convince them to accept your truth. Acceptance doesn’t mean passiveness either, nor does acceptance mean settling for less.
We don’t try to change others, rather we 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 war even if we fight for justice. That is not how to reach enlightenment. We must always come back to ourselves and start healing the world by healing ourselves first.
So, we acknowledge and we accept both ends of the stick. This will give us balance as we no longer focus on one end of the stick. We move to the middle and balance the dualities. This is how to reach enlightenment intellectually.
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 both your own truth and another person’s truth in the situation.
Now, what enlightenment is NOT? 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, especially if you are very empathetic. Acknowledge and accept both ends of the 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 of a relationship, but it can go with any subject.
For example, we can’t give the same advice to everyone. Let’s take a person who is naive, over suggestible and very gullible. Then we take a person who doesn’t trust people at all. We see the opposites here. Each person’s truth is different, so transformation and healing process will take a different direction for them both.
Read more on The Art of Letting Go.
Your perspectives, concepts, and understanding of life can be 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 spoke on how to reach enlightenment intellectually as the process of rising above dualities, coming to neutrality, one-by-one, subject-by-subject.
2. REACH ENLIGHTENMENT BY LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT AND A HIGH-FREQUENCY STATE OF BEING.
2.1. HOW TO REACH ENLIGHTENMENT: LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
When we enter and remain in the present moment - all our worries, stresses and problems lose 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 in the present moment. The more time we spend in the now, the more love, ease, lightness, forgiveness, unity, and connection to all that is will be experienced.
So many people heard about the importance of living in the present moment but still don’t understand and practice it. It’s very easy to be taken out of the present. We live in tough times with an overload of information and fast motion - even the Earth is speeding up. It’s spinning faster than ever before, and scientists say that our days are slowly shortening. Now it’s more important than ever to spend time in the present moment, and it has never been so difficult to do so.