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Enlightenment Entrainment. The Perspective of This Enlightenment Coach

Julie, a Blog-Buddy who has benefitted from Enlightenment Coaching

Julie, a Blog-Buddy who has benefitted from Enlightenment Coaching

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,

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.
  4. What keeps a person from Enlightenment? Stress. (Note: In the system of Rosetree Energy Spirituality, I call it “Stuff,” not “Stress.”)
  5. Until the stress is moved out of a person’s mind-body-spirit system, Enlightenment cannot happen.
  6. Making a mood about a state of consciousness, or trying to make yourself Enlightened, does not work.
  7. 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.

I’m saying that, for me, all of these seven points are the essence of Enlightenment Coaching. Plus using energetic literacy skills sure can help with Points #1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

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!

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  1. 1
    AJ says:

    So funny you mention this. That was the reason I nominated Al Gore for the Enlightenment Life List was … if Jason Mraz had his enlightenment experience with Al gore, maybe he could be enlightened too. Turned out, Al Gore made it onto your list as well. I’m guessing it’s more of an interesting coincidence.

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    David.. says:

    Well, Rose, you’re right. I’ll disagree a little here. (laughs)

    Firstly, I don’t consider myself an “enlightenment coach” or “teacher” but thank you for the compliment. Coaching is a skill I have neither the training nor temperament for. I simply share what I’ve discovered along the way. I do sometimes offer support to people but that just shows up. It’s nothing “I” do or have formalized.

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    David.. says:

    I don’t “believe” waking up happens in big groups. I didn’t wake up in a group. But I did wake up as a result of the words of a very awake spiritual teacher, listening on a conference call. His Self spoke directly to my Self (the same Self) and it heard and the shift happened. I know others who did the same. I also know people who shifted with no apparent cause. Some even without any history of spiritual practices. That I believe comes from past life development as Atman (presence) and sattva (purity) are both cumulative.

    I have also seen dozens wake up, sometimes like popcorn, in a group. It was never in a large group. Always under 30. But typically 2/3 of the room was already awake, so there was a very strong entrainment available.

    I’d agree with your other comments about what I advocate, broadly.

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    David.. says:

    But I suspect part of the debate here is the difference in what you mean by “enlightenment”. I’m talking about how darshan can really help for the Self Realization and Unity shifts. What you mean by Enlightenment, Rose, is a more established form of that. Your enlightenment requires energy healing to clear up the remaining “Stuff” or dross. This is not done so effectively by entrainment but buy healing and release techniques. Where darshan helps is for the shift in presence that precedes that.

    To use the phrasing above, Jeffrey and I are emphasizing the role of Atman or consciousness. You’re emphasizing the role of sattva, purity. The masculine and feminine sides of the equation. Together you get a full embodiment.

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    David.. says:

    Maharishi himself woke up partly with darshan (entrainment). Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, his guru, had a very, very strong presence. My memory is of Maharishi celebrating darshan but not being able to use it as an approach because his goal was to enlighten the world. He simply couldn’t be there for everyone. So he advocated techniques and mass produced the technique givers. And then he added techniques when the first ones didn’t do the promised job. Other teachers like Muktananda had a smaller following who spent more time directly with the teacher. He used darshan and shaktipat. Maharishi called him the first Governor of the AoE. I can also note that those few who woke early on typically spent considerable time with their teachers in India.

    My own experience with Maharishi was later and thus much shorter than yours. When I spoke to him, his attention felt like standing in a strong wind. The darshan was palpable. But the student wasn’t ready.

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    David.. says:

    I would agree that awakening cannot be had by darshan alone unless there is years of it or the person is already ripe. But at the point where they’re ready to shift, most benefit greatly by some entrainment. I guess I’d view it as like a Mahavakya. It can have a key role at a key point in the process. It may not be required but it can often help it happen faster. And even before that, it’s still valuable as a technique. This is part of the point of satsang.

    I also know several people who had their Unity shifts spending an afternoon with someone they could resonate with. I know you’re very busy with your work but you might be surprised what it’s like to spend time with others who are very awake now. It amplifies presence.

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    David.. says:

    I’ll also dispute the comment about TMers on your Life List. I appreciate that’s based on your experience. Many I know who have shifted are TMers. What they needed to shift after all those years of practice was a little darshan. They were “ripe” but had nothing to entrain with until then. (I use the term resonance) I’ve seen this repeatedly. I personally know dozens and Rick has interviewed others. Most however go on living their mostly householder lives, uninterested in making a fuss about their state. Like Ricks interviews, most of your Life List is teachers, healers, writers, and such. Few of them have no public presence. Many are famous. Is that representative of the average householder? (not a criticism of the list – it’s the nature of using public examples)

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    David.. says:

    Rose – you will find that as your enlightenment matures, your own darshan will get stronger. You’ll find that people who resonate with you will start responding to it. By your presence, some people will start to purify and get reactive, some will have experiences, and some will really like you but it won’t actually be you they like. 😉 This will help your healing services but I’ll bet there will be certain things you’ll have to adapt to.

    The trick is, the darshan is proportional to the stage of development and the clarity of the vessel. Someone like Krishnamurti would be a good example of someone who shifted but did not progress due to holding rigid ideas. I suspect you’d find he had a number of frozen blocks. A clear intellect but not so clear subtle perception. Not strong darshan.

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    David.. says:

    I largely agree with the 7 points you made, aside from entrainment as a role. And I agree with seeking a teacher who can demonstrate results. But look to the last decade. That’s when more started shifting, just as with RES. 😉

    I do not advocate darshan as THE way to enlightenment. But I do suggest it as a support tool and do think it can have a key role in helping someone make key consciousness shifts. It allows consciousness to know what it is to live it, here.

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    DAVID, ha! I knew you would have a lot of useful things to say on this topic.

    Just one bit of response seems helpful to all you Blog-Buddies, related to your Comment 7. Regarding the relatively paltry number of TMers who became Enlightened while still doing TM, my sample wasn’t at all who was famous.

    No, I was drawing from many thousands of TM students I initiated and/or taught (checked) or helped at the TM centers where I worked in New York City; Miami; North Shore of Boston; Los Angeles; Springfield, Illinois; Washington, D.C.

    Plus the hundreds of initiators I knew personally and socially; friends with whom I did the TM-Sidhi program regularly in New York City and Washington, D.C.

    And also hundreds if initiators from Teacher Training Courses and, later, advanced courses. That year I spent in total with Maharishi included a good number of separate courses in Maine, California, Spain, Switzerland, France, usually just six weeks at a time.

    Granted, there was a lot about these meditation buddies I did not know. But I sat “on the foam” with so many, knew so many socially. And there was aspiration for Enlightenment, not so much the experience.

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    Overall, I’m not saying that Enlightenment Entrainment doesn’t happen, especially now. And I celebrate everyone who is an Enlightenment Coach, officially or not. 😉

    However, I aimed to bring some words of balance. Many folks now value community, connectivity, reaching out… as though that automatically confers solid benefits for close relationships, depth communication, personal growth.

    Or that reaching out by texting and tweeting during a date with JOE… will actually enrich the social experience with JOE. Or anyone else.

    In short, I would like to help Enlightenment seekers avoid thinking that what is most needed is to join a new club.

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    Curious As Ever says:

    Rose, I haven’t been commenting as frequently lately but I have been avidly reading, and learning so much. Thank you. I was especially interested to read your comments on Jiddu Krishnamurti. I too perceive that he was enlightened but the people around him, for the most part, seem to me to have been very bogged down with STUFF, to use your term.

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    Anonymous says:

    I would be very grateful if you would explain more about who these ET entities are and what they are up to. I have been reading your posts that mention this, but I am still mystified. I am guessing your response might be, never mind getting interested in them, just stay away / get rid of them. But I see them as, say, a Grizzly Bear, dangerous yes, good to stay away from, but a creature I would want to know about, if I did not.

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    Anonymous says:

    I was fascinated to learn that the 17th-18th century Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg wrote about beings from various planets and the moon with whom he was in communication– and so did the 19th century mystic, the “Seer of Poughkeepsie” Andrew Jackson Davis. You have been blogging about ETs recently– would these be the same?

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    David.. says:

    Hi Rose
    I would agree. I’ve met many, many TMers over the years. Even some of the rumors of enlightenment were false. We could probably count the number who did it in 5-7 years on one hand.

    My point is that in the last 10 years, its changed. Many have become very ripe. All thats needed is a little entrainment but most don’t realize this. The majority of those that have, have woken. Perhaps not yet Enlightenment as you define it yet, but the ground is laid.

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    David.. says:

    Part of the issue here though is the basic idea that any technique or practice – be it meditation or healing or entrainment – will cause enlightenment.

    That’s misleading. Awakening happens when Self wakes up to itself, through this apparent form. It matures into Enlightenment through living it.

    There is nothing a person does that causes this. But all of the above will help smooth and prepare the ground for a clear shift and can help facilitate progress.

    We could say it adds the skilled part to enlightenment.

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    David.. says:

    But I certainly agree that the many people who’s practice is to hang around teachers and take workshops are largely just amusing the mind.

    Chasing the popular teacher or joining the spiritual club is indeed largely superficial and merely serves the me.

    Entrainment has a profound value, but mainly at the right time.

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    DAVID, how I am relishing your latest contributions to this thread. I’m particularly cheering over your Comment 16.


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    Thank you, CURIOUS AS EVER. Yes, hanging out with the Enlightened can be inspiring and informative, and who am I to judge how much it helps a particular person on a particular path?

    However, Enlightenment Entrainment as THE method for seekers of Enlightenment may not be terribly effective.

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    ANONYMOUS, these are fine questions and motivations. However, you’re gonna have to go to paranormal and psychic blogs for that sort of information. Sorry.

    Here the emphasis is practical, can-do, what-to-do. Soon as information seems irrelevant to me, I don’t spend blog time there. Too much else to do to help my peeps, you know?

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    Suz says:

    Thanks for comment 4, David. Atman or sattva. Something to read about.

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    David.. says:

    Hi Suz
    Traditionally, you’ll see it described as Shiva and Shakti. You’ll find lots of references to Atman and sattva but not typically in this context, their relationship.

    That recognition came out of Shadbhava in Ayurveda, how the 2 are cumulative. It also points to the 2 sides of the awakening equation – the stages of realizing the Self, Atman, and the stages of embodying that and unfolding the divine heart via sattva. (Shakti)

  23. 23
    Primmie says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post and all the comments. I have very little time to be here at the moment but I’m so glad I got the chance to read this. Thank you.

  24. 24

    Just read DAVID’s blog post, and it is superb.

    Check it out, Blog-Buddies:

    Another blog article is a’coming from me, although I have at least three more to make an appearance here before then.

    The next, to be finished after my last session for today, I’m hoping. Then the others. So many topics of delight!

    DAVID’S blog article is magnificent. He really is a teacher’s teacher.

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    What I can tell you about entrainment from my own experience is this:

    The idea of sitting with another person while in Pure Being wasn’t something that I looked for or arrived at. It seems more as if it came in with the arrival of enlightenment itself. So I started doing it.

    I have worked closely with several people who report strong experiences during this sharing and then positive effects in their lives afterwards. Has any of them become enlightened? I don’t believe so, but after a particular meeting one of them reported undergoing a shift that has lasted for a few months now. Maybe Rose could verify him after I ask his permission.

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    Something of interest around this topic is that on one occasion he and I couldn’t schedule a meeting. So then I got another idea. We sat “together” at the same time in two different geographical locations. To both of us, it felt as if we were in the same room. So, remote entrainment?

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    In my case, the safeguard against someone hanging around Jeffrey Chappell as a teacher is that if someone sits with me, they definitely are not sitting with Jeffrey’s personality. Jeffrey goes to zero. I said it this way in Answers From Silence: “Through the coming of God’s grace, I am nothing. I am nothing, so God’s grace is coming through.” And, “The One Mind knows Itself,” which is all that is happening in the togetherness. Which amounts to Nothing happening.

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    I am also open to the possibility of things going beyond what seem to be the customary operating parameters. If someone became the very first person in the history of darshan to enlighten just one other person through sitting with them in Pure Being, then I wouldn’t object. Would anybody?

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    JEFFREY, thanks so much for these latest insights. Sweet!

    Regarding my helping your friend as an Enlightenment Coach, what your friend would do is to make an appointment with me. Could be for mentoring, including that Enlightenment Coach role.

    Or it could be for aura reading or for aura healing and transformation. (Info about having a phone or Skype or in-person session is here.)

    During the appointment, regardless of which type it is, I do a Skilled Empath Merge of my client. When I find someone in Enlightenment, I do point that out, of course.

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    In session, a client like your friend can benefit from my particular combo of skill sets (energetic literacy, techniques for aura healing, background as a spiritual teacher).

    I do work with some people who are very close to Enlightenment and facilitate ways the missing pieces. This has been the case for members of this community who are flagged on the Alphabetized Enlightenment Life List.

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    One free service that I continue to offer, JEFFREY and others, is to do a simple yes-or-no concerning Enlightenment.

    This is for public figures only.

    So, if your friend is a public figure, encourage him to submit his photo.

    The requirements for submission are within the main blog post for my personal Enlightenment Life List.

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    About your Comment 29, JEFFREY, indeed!

    And you have no way of knowing how many people have been moved towards or into Enlightenment through your professional teaching as a musician, through your concert performances worldwide, through your CD recordings.

    Pretty wonderful, I’d say.

  33. 33

    Again, thanks to David for his very clarifying insights and to Rose for opening this conversation!

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