Have I ever got a treat for you, Blog-Buddies! What if you could ask questions to someone who is both spiritually Enlightened, a terrific writer, and a friend of this blog?
Some recent comments here made me wish I could summon up a “Mr. Enlightenment” or “Ms. Enlightenment” to answer everybody’s questions. You know, questions like, “When you’re with other Enlightened people, what does it smell like?” Or any other practical questions you have been longing to ask.
So I bravely contacted Jeffrey Chappell, author of Answers from Silence. “Bravely” because he is soooooooo scary. 😉
(Unfortunately Jeffrey Chappell is no longer on my Enlightenment Life List, but he was at the time of this blog post.)
Actually, Jeffrey is one of the best friends a person could have. When Mitch and I got married, we asked him to play the music. Or maybe he even volunteered. Tough to remember precisely because it happened in 1989, after all.
You might wonder how a world-traveling concert pianist would schlep a piano all the way into the park in Maryland where the wedding took place. (In case you’re wondering, Mitch was resplendent in a tuxedo, while I wore an evening gown made of green sequins. And kicked off my shoes, since they were sticking to the muddy grass. It was a Buddhist wedding. Long story, great ceremony.)
Anyway, Jeffrey brought chimes, and the music was just Divine. Even though he wasn’t quite Enlightened yet, if I remember correctly.
Of course, that’s one reason it’s so great when a person works at something that is “dharma,” a good-fit activity in life that you recognize because it moves you into a flow state with joy and effortlessness during the work process and powerful results from that work. Doing your dharma is like an advance peek at Enlightenment.
And everyone does have a dharma, sometimes more than one. For instance, this person, Rose Rosetree, is besotted with:
- Writing about Enlightenment and how to get there
- Teaching skill sets of energetic literacy (in part, so we can tell for ourselves when a person does reach spiritual Enlightenment)
- Healing STUFF that gets in the way of Enlightenment.
Think about yourself in that way, for a moment. What is your dharma in this world?
Of course, another good thing to consider is “What question do you have for this Contest? Which one question would you most like to ask Mr. Enlightenment?”
Enter any time until December 12, 2010. Please ask only one person per incarnation, because I would like everyone to have a chance to enter. It’s free to enter. Use the Comment Box below.
Of course, you may also use that Comment Box for making any comments you like. For instance, do any of you Blog-Buddies have a copy of the audiobook edition of Empowered by Empathy, my how-to for empaths? Guess who volunteered to play the chimes there, too? Any of you notice how that bit o’ chime repeats, repeats, repeats?
How to Win “Ask Mr. Enlightenment”
Just framing a question that would be meaningful to you is one way to win this Contest. What I’m planning to do with all your questions is interview Mr. Chappell, asking all of them. The answers that seem especially interesting will form an upcoming post. Reading that, again, everyone wins.
And given the way an Enlightened person is plugged into eternity, you can use that future article to simulate the experience of talking on the phone with Mr. Enlightenment.
— “Hi, how are you, Jeffrey?”
— “Never better.”
Of course, the conversation ends here. Every time. Until that conversation begins again, within one split second of chiming eternity.
And, sure, there is a not-quite-yet Enlightened version of reading that future post (or the present one) as if receiving the words from eternity. The technique is simple. It just takes a bit of extra human-type time:
Simply read whatever it is again. Read it again. Read it again. Read it again.
But remember, Blog-Budies, when it comes to this particular contest, just enter once. Once. Once. Once.
P.S. In honor of Jim, and all you curious Blog-Buddies:
Okay, ask as many questions as you like. Only be aware that not ALL those questions are going to be asked to Jeffrey and transcribed in our follow-up article.