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 dont know if atheists are very honest, but I do think I could never follow something that didnt 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, hasnt ever made me feel one drop of belief.”