Many Enlightenment Coaches believe in Enlightenment Entrainment, the idea that being in the presence of someone Enlightened will wake others up spiritually. Like a sort of contagion, Enlightenment being passed around a room like a cosmic yawn, only spiritually healing.
Among Enlightenment Entrainment fans is JEFFREY CHAPPELL, author of Answers from Silence. Blog-Buddies, you may have heard him make a case for it during Part Two of our recent interview on Enlightenment.
JEFFREY’s approach is to advocate Enlightenment Entrainment, describing life from the perspective of Enlightenment, and then inviting his students/readers to seek answers from the Divine. This last part brings a special spark to his wonderful book — including instructions towards the end for receiving answers from silence.
Or consider another influential Enlightenment Coach, who goes by “DAVID” here and “DAVIDYA” at his blog, Davidya.ca.
As I understand it — and I know he’ll sweetly correct me if I’m wrong, just as JEFFREY will if I have misinterpreted his magnificent teachings — DAVID believes in waking up spiritually as something that happens in groups; and the bigger that group happens to be, the better. In addition, this Enlightenment Coach advocates knowledge and discernment, learning, meditation, healing, and making wise choices to move forward on one’s spiritual path. A LOT of ways to move forward on one’s spiritual path can work synergistically, according to DAVID.
DAVIDYA and JEFFREY write my favorite blogs specializing exclusively in Enlightenment. No they aren’t as famous as Jack Kornfield or Deepak Chopra or others. Mixed-up Earth School being what it is.
Well, this Enlightenment Coach would like to present a contrasting perspective regarding Enlightenment Entrainment. With all respect to DAVID and JEFFREY (both of whose blogs have been listed on my blogroll here for ages)… and with all due respect to my buddy JEFF DIXON and others who strongly believe in the power of waking up, or awakening, through Enlightenment Entrainment…
I believe that the role of darshan is overrated as a way to help spiritual seekers move towards Enlightenment. Particularly now, in this Age of Energy. Today’s article explains why.
Exhibit A. Entrainment for students of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi?
How much entrainment into Enlightenment has happened with followers of the many Enlightened world gurus who came to America? Maybe not so much.
If you look on my Enlightenment Life List, you won’t find too many there from the Transcendental Meditation tradition. Despite millions who have learned TM and hundreds of thousands who spent enough time in Maharishi’s presence to become TM initiators.
The same goes for many I have known who were strongly involved in Kundalini Yoga, and the communities at Kripalu and Yogaville.
This former TM initiator spent over a year directly in Maharishi’s presence. Plus a great deal more time watching recorded discourses by Maharishi. Which made me nowhere near Enlightened, back in the day.
Sadly, Enlightenment wasn’t dawning for any my friends, either. (One exception from then, far as I know, was CYNTHIA LANE. Her interview about Enlightenment at Buddha at the Gas Pump is quite a contrast to the interview about Enlightenment that I have given.)
Actually, Maharishi scoffed at the contagion idea of people receiving Enlightenment through being with others in that state of consciousness.
Hello, that is why he taught techniques! Transcendental Meditation, the TM Sidhi Program, various advanced techniques.
What does effectively hasten development of Enlightenment?
That’s the 64,000 lifetimes question, isn’t it!
Which developmental model for spiritual progress did Maharishi offer? It went like this:
- It is important to understand what Enlightenment is. Many people are confused about this, just as they can be ignorant about what really helps a person to attain that. Understanding the nature of Enlightenment helps a person to seek it and find it.
- As a “Remover of Ignorance” (the “Mahesh” part of this guru’s name), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi did not only communicate sweetness and light. He described — often with piercing ridicule — paths that he called a “waste of time.”
- Yet Enlightenment does not come from studying it, nor can it be attained by copying behaviors or ideas associated with higher states of consciousness. Nor by hanging out with Enlightened people, the Enlightenment Entrainment idea. Actually, attempting to live from a higher state of consciousness than one has attained will set a person back.
- What keeps a person from Enlightenment? Stress. (Note: In the system of Rosetree Energy Spirituality, I call it “Stuff,” not “Stress.”)
- Until the stress is moved out of a person’s mind-body-spirit system, Enlightenment cannot happen.
- Making a mood about a state of consciousness, or trying to make yourself Enlightened, does not work.
- However, when you can move stress out of the mind-body-spirit system, culturing that system to support higher consciousness, then Enlightenment can dawn.
Personally, I think that Maharishi got all this right. Not that I’m a teacher of his influence and caliber. From my little part of the world, and the people whom I get to help, I’m just saying.
Back in the day, Maharishi never recommended Enlightenment Entrainment as useful for producing Enlightenment. And living now, especially after The Shift into our new Age of Energy, I don’t recommend it either.
The cautionary tale of Krishnamurti
Among the many teaching tales offered by Maharishi, a particularly memorable one addressed the notion of Enlightenment through contagion or darshan, what I’m calling “Enlightenment Entrainment.” Maharishi recounted a conversation that he had with Krishnamurti. This Enlightened man was famed for his pathless path. Somehow he had moved into Enlightenment without the aid of any guru, so he taught following a pathless path.
Maharishi agreed that Krishnamurti was Enlightened, but mocked the man’s methods. According to my former guru, Krishnamurti lamented to Maharishi that, after so many years of having his followers listen to Krishnamurti’s discourses and following his pathless path, not one had become Enlightened. The anti-guru guru was shocked, shocked!
Granted, I’m not recounting this with the glee and giggles that Maharishi built into his tale, but perhaps you can imagine. How ironic is that, really, that a man who taught “You don’t need a guru to become Enlightened” himself became a guru? And then, after decades as a guru, Krishnamurti was surprised that people needed him but didn’t become Enlightened.
Gotta love Earth School, that’s what I say.
Maharishi’s zest in recounting this incident was totally in character. Since Maharishi was deeply committed to helping people advance through knowledge and techniques. Producing results was the goal of the meditation, he taught. Not transmitting a mood or confusing some random elevated feeling with living in a higher state of consciousness.
My personal experiences with darshan
Direct experience also leaves me skeptical about Enlightenment through entrainment. I was initiated into Transcendental Meditation in January 1969. Some results happened through, perhaps, 1973. Then diminishing returns followed. In retrospect, I received very few benefits from TM until I stopped regular practice in 1990.
And this despite following advanced meditation programs that had me meditating far longer than the original plan: 20 minutes of TM in the a.m. and p.m. You will be Enlightened in 5-8 years.
After quitting TM, that’s when my spiritual evolution really accelerated. (Ironically enough.)
Cult aspects of the TM Movement kept me involved. And paradoxically kept me from growing.
And, no, I don’t believe that Maharishi ever meant to start a cult. The magnificent teacher I first studied with in 1969 was very different from the man he become, dealing with rock-star fame and wealth, the initiators who adored him, etc.
For many of us who worked for Maharishi, darshan was at the core of the guru-disciple relationship which did promise us, supposedly, Enlightenment. I, for one, adored him. That adoration blinded me to the cult qualities of “The Movement.” One more “Melting into the presence of a Perfected One” that did not further spiritual development.
Instead, know a spiritual teaching by its fruits
Blog-Buddies, what can help you as a New Age consumer, or discerning spiritual pilgrim, or whatever else you call yourself — moving forward on your path to Enlightenment?
Use your common sense to choose your path, and to choose your teacher.
It’s wise to follow one path at a time. Find out what it can do for you. Otherwise different teachings or healing practices, from different vibrational frequencies, can produce unintended consequences. Which could be called “One holy mess.”
Energetic literacy can help you learn about the fruits of a teaching or technique. By all means, read the chakra databanks of someone you choose for a teacher or healer. Photos galore are available over the Internet these days, right?
What if you haven’t developed that degree of energetic literacy yet? Find someone who can help you. Including:
- Jessica Gates
- Josefa Perea
- Stephanie Thomas
- Sessions of aura reading research that I offer by appointment. (My website is, admittedly, way behind in staying current with descriptions of my work. Apologies! That link will get you an appointment, and when we talk you will be asked which type of session you choose: Aura Healing, Mentoring, or Aura Reading. For the latter, just choose that, and away we’ll go.)
Another smart tactic, if you’re seeking Enlightenment? Ask the teacher, “How many from your community have moved into Enlightenment?” (Ones the teacher knows of, anyway.)
So far, at this informal online community, the answer is 13. When more move onto my Enlightenment Life List, that will be added to the Enlightenment Life List, Alphabetized .
Could entrainment work better now, in the Age of Energy?
It’s tempting to think so. Since The Shift into the Age of Energy, it is so much easier for consciousness to travel.
Unfortunately, what else is happening now?
About 45% of Americans are in spiritual addiction (by my estimate). Plenty also suffer from this problem on the other continents where I facilitate sessions by phone or webcam. (All continents but Antarctica.) This can be exacerbated by opening yourself up to a hero or guru. Well, it is just plain foolish to stare into someone’s eyes, or sink into some good feeling, hoping that it will rub off on you and become your all-time reality.
In particular, this is dangerous now, since The Shift into The Age of Energy.
Similarly, initiations, transmissions, implants, and other flashy attempts to evolve super-quickly make use of a romantic ideal that beings of superior consciousness can move you forward.
- Well, why not include your common sense along your path towards Enlightenment? Question those claims.
- Why not use teachings and techniques and energetic literacy that can safeguard your progress?
- Just be a smart New Age Consumer or spiritual seeker and stay in your rightful mind. Definitely follow a path of personal development that appeals to you, and check on the results from time to time.
One way or another, millions of people are moving into Enlightenment, now and in years to come — in your lifetime. If that is a wish that you have for yourself, may it come true!