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Awakened or Enlightened? An Enlightenment Coach looks at PRIMMIE's gorgeous experience, Part 1

An Enlightenment Coach who understands being outside in a rocky place, seeking Awakening or Enlightenment

An Enlightenment Coach who understands being outside in a rocky place, seeking Awakening or Enlightenment

Regular readers at this blog know the most recent specialty at “Deeper Perception Made Practical” is the work I do as an Enlightenment Coach. That isn’t how I set out to write about face reading, aura reading, or Empath Empowerment(R). I would have had plenty to do with just one of those specialties. The same deal with all the skill sets in Rosetree Energy Spirituality (including long before it was named “Rosetree Energy Spirituality.”)

Many fans and lurkers at “Deeper Perception Made Practical” have zero interest in Enlightenment. I get that. Pick and choose what interests you, of course.

Yet my lifelong pursuit of spiritual growth (and work since 1970 as a spiritual teacher) has blossomed in recent years, along with a sense of calling to help people understand that Enlightenment does not have to be for renunciates. 

Householder Enlightenment is the name of the game for millions of people living today. Not that all of us are Enlightened yet. Rather, Householder Enlightenment is a distinct possibility. In fact, attaining this state of consciousness may be one of the main reasons why YOU incarnated now.

  • My hunch is that millions of people ARE moving into Enlightenment now and over the next decades, a historical record, a tidal wave for collective consciousness on earth.
  • I believe that millions of us are moving into Enlightenment and doing that with Householder Enlightenment.
  • Perfect for the Cosmic version of the Guinness Book of World Records. Right up there, perhaps. Even more noteworthy than Most Seats Sat On In One minute at iconic  Wembley stadium in London, fascinating and even commemorated in a Guinness You-Tube-style video.
  • Incidentally, another important theme for this leap in collective consciousness is the theme of “East Meets West.” I haven’t been writing about this for, probably, years. But this is another ongoing theme in the evolution of humanity with leaders who attain Householder Enlightenment. Heads up! Look for more posts on this theme in years to come.

Human-based spirituality moves people ahead faster on a path to Enlightenment, compared to spiritual addiction or spiritual shutdown.

Something else I have learned in recent years matters enormously. Awakening is not Enlightenment. PRIMMIE, who recently guest posted here, has graciously given permission for me to use a recent educational exchange on this topic for today’s article.

Why the Confusion between Spiritual Awakening and Enlightenment?

Enlightenment is a long-term state of consciousness.

Spiritual Awakening is an experience with huge implications. It can feel like forever. It can certainly transform you forever. However, it is not a stabilized state of consciousness.

Back in the days of William James, when he wrote about Varieties of Religious Experience,  the Harvard psychologist and philosopher subtitled his book, “A Study in Human Nature.”

Humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote about peak experiences, bringing scientific rigor bout mysticism to the scientific world’s conversation in collective consciousness. Maslow also brought Western civilization some astoundingly brilliant quotes, such as:

  • “It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”
  • “Self-actualized people…live more in the real world of nature than in the man-made mass of concepts, abstractions, expectations, beliefs and stereotypes that most people confuse with the world.”
  • “It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be.”

Awakening or Enlightenment? Consider This Quote for Starters

Let’s launch an exercise in discernment, valuing Spiritual Awakening but keeping the concept of Awakening separate from Enlightenment.

Consider this Comment #51 by PRIMMIE, here at “Deeper Perception Made Practical,” at Moving into Enlightenment, My Story. A guest post by SANDRA HAERING:

“I don’t know if atheists are very honest, but I do think I could never follow something that didn’t feel right, so I would have to wait around for a very clear connection to God. It would have to be a strong thunk on the head sort of experience. Other people talking about a thing, however lovely, hasn’t ever made me feel one drop of belief.”

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  1. 1
    David.. says:

    Hi Rose
    I’d agree. Since about 2005, the number of people shifting has been increasing rapidly. At first, mostly what I saw was long termers (the “ripe”) finally shifting. But gradually it’s become people with little or no spiritual background.

    Those that have shifted are moving at various rates – some taking years just for it to be clear, others moving much more quickly.

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    David.. says:

    In the last couple of years, more advanced stages are becoming more common. I know a small group of teachers who are going to places like the Science and Non-Duality conferences just to talk about it because the community is dominated by the concept of a single shift, but people are having more now and being confused by that…

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    David.. says:

    More remarkable, at one time most people had to spend a lot of time with someone enlightened to make the shift. Now its happening in healing sessions, weekend retreats, conference calls, or just in nature.

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    David.. says:

    Confusing the issue though is broadly inconsistent use of terms. Thousands of people are going to courses in India and coming back saying they’re “awake”, for example. Only what they mean by awake is aware of spirit. Not living it, not free of Stuff, and certainly not enlightened.

    It’s like the TV preacher telling people if they’ve watched his show, then they’ve been reborn. Talk about taking away meaning.

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    David.. says:

    Of course, analytical me breaks the steps down in more detail.
    Many people have had true spiritual experiences.
    Some people have had them last a long time, then fade.
    Occasionally, someone wakes up to the cosmic Self but doesn’t loose their ego attachment yet, so they witness 24/7 but remain ego-driven.

    And finally, there is actual awakening, when there is the shift in being, the permanent shift in who you are. The second birth. I’ve found that’s experienced in one of 5 ways, with variations in clarity, intensity, flash and purification.

    However, even an actual permanent awakening can be clear or take time to become clear. If it’s not clear enough, the person will have trouble knowing if it’s just an experience or not. But sooner or later if becomes clear. Time will tell. Even if it’s clear, it can take a little time for the mind to catch up and get what’s happened.

    And then of course there’s when it’s clear, established and integrated. When we move into the kindergarten of enlightenment. 😉

  6. 6
    David.. says:

    PS- happy spring everyone! The cherry blossoms came out on my street today. 😉

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    Corene says:

    Rose, your interview from Buddha at the Gas Pump which I just watched 3 weeks ago is amazing. I have ordered several of your books and have been reading your blog. It is so refreshing to see someone talking about being fully human on the path to enlightenment. I never realized how dead and detached some of these paths seem to make people.. My eyes have been opened up. You definitely lit up the place with beautiful real honest being.

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    CORENE, how sweet of you! Thank you.

    Welcome to this blog, too. 🙂

    And big thanks to Rick Archer for having the courage and taking the time to create “Buddha at the Gas Pump.”

    Also, my appreciation goes to all of you Blog-Buddies who use the following link at Rick’s website to vote for my interview as being a favorite of yours, or one you recommend that folks watch. Makes it a whole lot easier for new folks to find me:

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    David.. says:

    Yeah, Rick amazes me. For over 4 years now he’s run BAT on a shoestring budget of donations, working full time while researching each interviewee and interviewing them weekly. He prepares the podcast and has the video edited by a volunteer each week.

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    Madeline says:

    Love this post Rose, so exciting, thrilling that enlightenment is a possibility for so many. Just imagine what kind of planet this will be as more and more move into enlightenment.
    David thank you for your posts that helped me with some questions about how every experience of enlightenment is different.

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    Sandra says:

    David, I love your phrase ” the kindergarten of enlightenment.” It feels a little more like preschool to me 🙂

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    Pauline Mayhew says:

    Although I have always believed in a higher power my knowledge beleifs etc almost stopped there, put bluntly I did not practice any particular faith but have always believed in 2a higher power”. I strange thing happened to me one day as I attended a ladies house to undertake a housesit for her , we got chatting and I told her I had some issues from my past (opened up to her when she told me she helped people with stress PTDS etc. She asked me to visit her the following day and we could chat through my issues. After sometime I had an “experience”. The most beautiful blissful few seconds of my life in which the feelings were so peaceful it was surreal. How can in only a matter of a few seconds someone lose ALL of their “baggage” and be so at peace, pure happiness is not even close to just how great this was. I shall carry that few seconds within me for the rest of my life. Nothing and no-one can hurt or upset me like it used to, my heart feels full of song and love (something so alien to me for the past 40+ years)but now I KNOW I am at one with my Higher Power or call it what you will and this oneness is inclusive of ALL things and beings. I do not understand what has happened, I know only not to question it too much but to just let it simply be and I trust that in time it will all become clearer. So finally to get to the point, reading this thread of awakening and enlightenment has been for me very informative. I am now thinking that perhaps my “experience” was possibly “awakening”. I now have a strong desire to work with people who have suffered during their childhood and to put my professional and personal knowledge to good on a voluntary basis. May I end this note on congratulating you on this site, keep up the great work and I look forward to soaking in all the information supplied.
    From a truly happy & (I feel blessed)

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    Thank you for sharing, PAULINE.

    It is pretty counter-culture in the metaphysical marketplace to draw a distinction between awakening, wonderful though it is, and Enlightenment.

    You have been a good sport about this, the mark of a spiritual seeker who values truth above all.

    And your appreciative words are… appreciated!

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    Evolving says:

    Pauline just like you I have desire to help people but I find myself gearing towards informing parents of the power they have over children.

    I am finding it a bit difficult because my culture pretty much advocates child abuse. I am so grateful for my experience but it has been such a painful journey.

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