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Enlightenment

September 17, 2012

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Some people think that the spirit is within the body.  This is a mistake.  It is the body that is within the spirit”
– George Ohsawa

I prefer to view “enlightenment” not as an “awakening” (to a supposed higher state of awareness or consciousness) but, instead, as a “remembering” of simply who or what we are.  We only momentarily forgot this because we have been so amused, enamored, and engrossed by all the wonderful distractions that this world and life has to offer.

Shakespeare once wrote that “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women are players in it” and so we don our costumes and assume our roles as marvelously entertaining characters to play to the delight of ourselves and our audiences.  We become so deeply engaged and absorbed in our roles that we believe ourselves to actually be the characters that we play.

Our characters are the heroes and heroines who stand up for justice, fight for righteous causes and are willing live and die for love.  They are also the victims, the oppressed, the down-trodden and unloved.  They enjoy the thrill of grand adventures and delight in the smallest of pleasures.  They are fearful and jealous of others and are greedy and petty. They are joyful and sad, wise and foolish and they make love, fight courageously and commit cowardly acts as well.  They take on the various beliefs and causes of ethics, religion, politics and self-worth.  And in the seriousness of our role playing we forget who we are and that we are only acting those characters.

We forget who we truly are and in our forgetfulness we suffer. We become miserable, we harm others and we cause our own demise. In final frustration, we ask ourselves those age old questions, “Why?” and “What is the purpose of life?”  and in our seeking, if we are desperate enough, we give-up our worldly possessions (our stage props) and discard our beliefs (our costumes and uniforms) and do our best to remove our distractions ( the dialogues and stage directions) so that the answer to our questions (like “Who am I?”) may hopefully be revealed to us.

We live in poverty, climb tall mountains, sit for years in meditation and seek out the counsel of wise men and women whom appear to know the answer and those of us who are left; the select few; the elite and anointed might eventually find the answer.

And yet we don’t need to do this. We don’t need to take a vow of poverty; we don’t need to climb the Himalayan Mountains and we certainly don’t need to sit for ten years in earnest meditation under a waterfall to become enlightened and achieve a higher state of awareness. We might do these things for the thrill of it but it is not necessary because we’ve known the answer all along. We just simply forgot and only need to remember.  We don’t need to be “awakened”.

We only need remember that we are not the roles and characters that we play.  We are not our ethics, our beliefs, nor our convictions.  We are not our politics, our religions nor even our different biological manifestations.  We only need remember that who we are lies beyond the limitations of language, of biology and all other forms of self-identification. We only need remember that our ultimate purpose is that we came here to play; we came here to take on our lives, roles and characterizations that we may enjoy everything that this world and life has to offer. We only need to also remember to not take our roles too seriously as they are not who we really are.  In other words, we only need to remember to “lighten up” (or to be “enlightened”).

Enlightenment is not an “awakening” into a higher consciousness that only a select few can attain.  It is simply a recalling of that which we all know but simply forgot and which we all can regain.  It is simply remembering who (or what) we were and have always been and will always be.  All you have to do is remember.  You know.

In closing, I invite you to take this moment now and remember who you are.  Do not take life so seriously. In other words, be enlightened.

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  1. María permalink
    September 25, 2012 12:20 pm

    Hello,

    Nice to listen to you again.

    Thank you very much for this wise and poetic reminder. A huge weight of the shoulders is lifted when realizing that we don´t have to be “someone”, we just have to be, live, be thankful and trust that the answers to all our questions are inside us.

    I agree that the pressure of the scenary, fellow actors, dresses and make up used for the ” function” make us believe that we are someone we are not and covers with an imaginary weight as a heavy dark cloud the memories of who we really are, as you have beautifully exposed it.

    And I agree too that enlightment is a blessing for everyone and we all will have the moment of enlightment but personally, and this is just my personal opinion, I like the term “awakening” because even when we have envisioned and experience who we are, at the begining it is just a moment(maybe a blink of an eye), enough to “wake up” to it, the sparkle that tell us that exists but we may be not ready to be exposed to the new vibration for a long period of time all our cells needs time to readjust to the new vibrational state and this is why we return to the “function” we are used to until we have adjusted our energy to “be awake” even when we are sleeping…and I believe we know.

    And in fact, I don´t think that we even have to remember, we don´t have to make any extra efforts, as you mentioned too, some of us may see “the window opens” while cooking or gardening or tipying or washing the floor or climbing Everest or just enjoying playing around or whatever situation gives that places us in the “here and now” with a huge smile inside, …that nice feeling we have when we know we are where we are supposed to be doing what we are supposed to do. This sometimes for some of us doesn´t come easy but if we have the longing, sooner or later will appear, because we are guiding our steps towards it, knowing it or not.

    Many children (I am not able to say all)are and live the enlightment of who we really are,. they are awake all the time until some of them forget, some keep more memories than others, others just blocked their memories to fit, not to be hurt or…as many situations as human beings, I am afraid to say, we all bring our own record of memories and our own capability to handle them, then let´s try our best in our here and now, and this will guide us because …at the end, the right time is always now, and the right place is always here.

    Thank you very much for making me go deeper in my thoughts and be more consequent with my thoughts, words and acts.

    • María permalink
      October 3, 2012 1:15 am

      Sorry for the misspelling, Enlightenment, I searched about its meaning and I found three interesting ones,

      1 Buddhism the awakening to ultimate truth by which man is freed from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations to which all men are otherwise subject.

      2 Hinduism a state of transcendent divine experience represented by Vishnu: regarded as a goal of all religion.

      3 A philosophical movement of the 18th century that emphasized the use of reason to scrutinize previously accepted doctrines and traditions and that brought about many humanitarian reforms. Used with the.

      Apart from this, I search for its root and the main word here is LIGHT, which has many meanings too, but what comes first it is the electromagnetic radiation, the spiritual or intellectual awareness and to be weightless.

      I would like to share my personal opinion about it after going a bit deeper on it. If we play with its different meanings we can get to understand part of the process, but again this is just an intellectual game to distract our minds and give time to our Hearts to connect us with this state of enlightenment.

      I was thinking about it and I got to understand that what we want to remember lies within the Heart, the first pulse of life comes from it and there we have all the answers we long for, our memories of who we are as One.

      As mentioned before to live from the Heart requires no effort, all we have to do it is to live the here and now, to be where we are consciously that situates us in the now and help us to avoid emptiness and distractions when we want to avoid them, doesn´t matter what we are doing, washing the dishes, in the most crucial point of a meeting, selling newspapers, attending the family, having a meal with friends, praying,…

      Thank you for listening and for sharing this insightful post.

  2. George Bakhos permalink
    September 30, 2012 4:53 am

    Thanx for the email and thanx for the reminder.

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