Thanks to Blog-Buddy PRIMMIE, here’s a rare opportunity to compare and contrast what self-actualization means. Let’s conclude this series of articles with examples to help illustrate the difference between Spiritual Awakening and Spiritual Enlightenment (a.k.a. Householder Enlightenment).
Comment #51 by PRIMMIE sure caught my attention 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…
“It is very funny to me that Ive overnight given up the idea of being an atheist and seen that it is simply a concept. How Ive loved being an atheist. Now it just doesnt matter. Feeling Divine dismantles things with ease.”
As PRIMMIE noted elsewhere while commenting recently at SANDRA’s beautiful guest post:
“Im not sure when I found this site, over 5 years ago. I remember reading about Enlightenment and thinking it was something I wasnt remotely interested in. Now I love reading about it. It makes me very happy because it seems to me to be a call to self and makes such sense and is beautiful.”
My bolding at PRIMMIE’s comment, Blog-Buddies. If you look back over the years, you will find many posts displaying a very here-and-now perspective, like this one commenting at a post in 20111 about How are psychic readings different from energetic literacy?
“Im interested in removing stuff and thats it really. Im here because I think I shouldnt close my mind to the possibility that STUFF can be removed through spiritual healing as well as psychological healing. Im also an empath and have found that the spiritual approach to becoming a skilled empath works.”
Psychological Healing Doesn’t Necessarily Bring Spiritual Awakening
That’s the gist of PRIMMIE’s comment, just quoted. Well, I couldn’t agree more.
This is not to knock 12-Step Programs or other forms of psychological healing, self-honesty, recovery from addiction, and more. It is not to knock substance abuse programs, or professional skills at recovery. (Although some of you Blog-Buddies may have seen a rather detailed article here about types of STUFF never touched by all the expensive, first-rate recovery work done by the late actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, 10 Types of Stuff Related to Heroin, Pot, Cocaine and Other Drugs .)
Back at our recent blog conversation in early March, PRIMMIE also wrote:
“I think I may be close to Enlightenment. There Ive written it. I could be wrong of course. Its just that the stages make sense of my recent experiences. I feel calm these days and its come out of the blue at a time of immense personal sadness.
“I feel so quiet and calm inside. No bells or whistles or bliss or anything, just a quiet inside and Im looking out through my eyes and feelings arise and words arise and life goes on as normal, but internally I am still. Its completely new for me.”
I offered to do a one-time free service for Blog-Buddies, where you can email me your photo and I will give you a quick yes or no, just like for the Enlightenment Life List here at the blog. Free, yes. But you only get one submission per incarnation. 😉
So PRIMMIE commented back:
“I think Im approaching it but am not yet Enlightened. Well I never thought Id be having this kind of discussion on the blog, but I am.
“I walked out this morning onto a quiet street and inside I was quiet and the world was quiet. Everything was the same and it was just so lovely.
“I realised today that the idea of being an atheist is utterly meaningless.
I am silence, I am life.
“There isnt anything external to believe in or not believe in.
“Which is quite funny as last Sunday I was saying to people I know in a spiritual community Well, Ive been around this community for years now and Im still an atheist, I doubt that will ever change. A week later that seems like a lifetime ago.”
Why Not Do a Post on Atheism?
After the idea struck, PRIMMIE graciously agreed. Busy though she is, she responded very rapidly with the gorgeous guest post on atheism I finally got around to making live recently, as we sometimes gather quite a backlog of postable articles. I LOVE Atheism, a guest post by PRIMMIE, Now an Ex-Atheist
Now for a bit of inside information about this, just because PRIMMIE graciously allowed me to share her educational process.
PRIMMIE did not include a picture of herself when submitting the guest post, so I asked her for one.
Receiving it, I researched her for Enlightenment. Emailing her back, I thanked her for the photo and broke the not-that-great news:
“P.S. Not to be crude or rude, but I did check out about Enlightened. Not yet. You have had a lot of spiritual awakening, though, which is a step on the path. As you can tell, this path be fun!”
“Oh, sadly, I’m far from Enlightenment. The beautiful bubble of God has passed, although I’ve been left with knowing I can never call myself an Atheist again. I guess that feeling was so new it was blissful. Nice to know I’m on the path though.”
Why Enlightenment Coaching Can Be Useful
Understanding and validation are so important on a person’s path to Enlightenment. This is one example of the limits of self-authority, even though I am a huge fan of self-authority for almost everything. But self-authority needs to be supplemented by skill and appropriate knowledge of a particular field. Otherwise a person can get so discouraged!
I dropped everything to write PRIMMIE back:
As for your shift to experience, heres an alternative to the bubble, and broken-bubble, analogy.
Ever fly in a plane? Then you feel the takeoff. Once in the air, you dont even feel like youre moving. That hardly means no progress, just not the initial contrast being experienced now.
In case you’re wondering, Blog-Buddies, I didn’t invent that airplane analogy. My model here was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who taught me so much about Enlightenment Coaching during the decades that my life revolved around his Transcendental Meditation Program(R).
In many respects, with all respect, I have chosen not to follow his example. Including delineating the concepts of Householder Enlightenment and Human-Based Spirituality.
However, I am grateful to Maharishi every time the knowledge I gained from him does prove helpful for sharing with one of my students.
(Students, never ever “followers” or “disciples” as with a guru. If you like the work of this teacher as an Enlightenment Coach, let your friends know. And, perhaps, even go onto the website with the one interview I have given so far as an Enlightenment Coach and vote for it as one you recommend to others.)
Back at PRIMMIE and her own coaching process, she emailed me back:
“I really like the plane analogy, thank you!”
So that’s the back story about PRIMMIE’s guest post about graduating from atheism.
Okay, One Last Sweet Little Part of this Story
What, Blog-Buddies, you’re still reading? Awwwwwwww, sweet!
Well, I had the idea of doing the follow-up blog post where this is Part 2. Of course, it was important to ask permission and then send both articles in advance.
PRIMMIE consented immediately. When I sent her Part 1, on receipt, she wrote this dear set of words:
“Thanks so much Rose, will go and have a look at that now. Yes, I’m happy for you to use our conversation in any way that you want.
“Mostly I was so elated to have found God and as I have never had an experience like that before it is without doubt the sweetest spiritual experience I’ve had. I think it lasted about 5 days and the gentle contentment was lovely.
“I wasn’t discouraged afterwards, more embarrassed actually! I’d rather not have written about it on the blog but hey, learning’s learning, even when it makes me blush.”
I wrote her back:
“You have always been generous with your sharing at the blog, but spiritual topics can bring up deep and different fears.
“Actually I know quite a bit about learning’s learning, even when it makes me blush. I put myself out there in every blog post, every book, every workshop, every bit of pioneering.
“I am willing to be a fool for love, and you know a lot about that kind of love now.
“Its different from the beauties of Atheist love, isnt it?”