Yes, a new addition to our Enlightenment Life List… from this informal online community.
Looking forward to it.
I am in suspense!
Woo yay! Congratulations mystery blog buddy!
Thanks to all who have commented here so far.
LILIAN, I think you have spoken for many by writing about your disinterest in Enlightenment.
That’s one sign you are doing pretty darned well, actually.
Many people become crazy-focused on Enlightenment because they are so disfunctional in life and they’re aiming for a kind of cosmic “Get out of jail free” card.
I ought to know, as I was one of those people for 20 years.
As for your current definition of Enlightenment, LILIAN, “just being myself while while not being shackled by bullshit. Either my own or anyone elses.”
You asked, is that a working definition of enlightenment?
Maybe it was, during the Age of Enlightenment in Western Europe? (Slang adjusted, of course.)
If we’re defining spiritual Enlightenment or Self-Realization, that “no B.S.” definition is merely a good start.
Really, don’t we all know plenty of highly opinionated people who glorify their stuckness in that way?
If what you wrote here came from somebody other than you, it could even be a working definition of Spiritual Shutdown.
Knowing you as I do, off-blog, it sounds as though you are moving more fully into human-based spirituality. Which is a great way to evolve… even towards Enlightenment.
To learn more about what I mean by “Enlightenment,” this Top 10 Post can help:
Hint: LILIAN, you can approach this often-vaguely defined topic more as a scientist.
Aura reading research makes it possible to tell at a subconscious and energetic level what is really going on.
For many examples, see the Enlightenment Life List at this blog, both the main post and the comments with all the nominations of people who may-or-may-not have moved into a higher state of consciousness yet.
I don’t really think in terms of enlightenment. I’ve never sought it. There’s just life and how you deal with it. I’m more about creating opportunity to do the things I want to do. Anyway, congrats to anyone enjoying their life more than they were previously!
Hopefully Rose would be OK with a spiritual goal of just being myself while while not being shackled by bullshit. Either my own or anyone else’s. Is that a working definition of enlightenment?
DAVID, thanks so much. It especially means a lot coming from my fellow Enlightenment Coaches.
I agree passionately that the subject does not need to be taboo. Calling someone Enlightened does not take away that long-in-the-winning state of consciousness.
Also, I hope it is really obvious that I do not claim credit when I name someone from this online community on my Enlightenment Life List.
Not even when I name that person as BEING a part of this informal online community.
Folks have done loads of things for personal development long before ever encountering the skill sets of Rosetree Energy Spirituality.
And that’s just in THIS lifetime.
Thanks, Rose. This is so remarkably healthy – to celebrate life’s milestones.
A kind of pall hangs over the subject. That a declaration is a sign of ego and hence a premature proclamation. One of the curious effects of this is that people are then unaware that others are actually shifting because it’s kept secret.
But it’s just a stage of development like becoming a teenager or adult. Worthy of celebrating.
David, I love your comment. I’ll go ahead and out myself as the mysterious blog buddy. Rose called me after seeing my most recent picture to tell me she believes I am enlightened. While I haven’t talked to her yet to confirm, I know she is right.
It is a stage of development like any other, and worthy of celebrating. For me it has been such a very gradual process, there was nothing dramatic about it, simply the realization that things have shifted.
I agree about the celebrating. Just having others recognize the event can make it so much more powerful.
Agreed, Julie. In fact I’ve twice seen people make the initial awakening shift after realizing someone they knew had shifted. It made it real.
Of course, such people were quite ripe. But even with a long practice, barriers can develop to the flowering if there is concepts about what it’s supposed to look like or when it’s seen as “later” sometime.
Calling someone Enlightened because it is your opinion or you’re using the word to mean something else is not it.
Being able to “read” the clear symptoms of the established shift – that’s a different cup of tea. That’s not the ego crowing or elitism or mine is better than yours noise that has been so common in the west.
Certainly, celebrating personal development is a good thing! I understand that it’s not a mindless ritual but a certifiable milestone in someone’s consciousness. It’s interesting that the language of “no bs” is actually the language of spiritual shutdown as I use that kind of language to butch myself up. I understand that’s the kind of language used to override finer aspects of self awareness. If I were to be all vulnerable on the internet, which isn’t my style, I would say that I my goal is to be comfortable with my emotions, battered by disappointment as they are. I think everyone knows where they need to grow. And hooray to anyone who’s actually taken that journey. 🙂
LILIAN, beautifully put. Every word.
DAVID, thanks as always.
And JULIE, who was first to go on the list of Enlightened from this community… thanks to a photo that your sister KYLIE emailed to me… how perfect is this?
Yesterday I expressed the goal to put up the blog post about KYLIE. That will teach me to make promises that depend on technology!
Folks, I tried to get the Thursday post up in a timely manner, but WordPress was down for hours.
It was worth staying up a bit late tonight to come as close to my promise as humanly possible.
KYLIE has written something honest and human and, to me, perfectly lovely. A true sample of Householder Enlightenment.
Thanks for sharing, Kylie
I didn’t see your comment until after reading the new post, as it turns out. (just back from a dinner & dance)
When I shifted, there was a big call to celebrate. But nowhere to do it as it wasn’t supported in my circles then. Things have improved on that front since.
I also wanted to share something. In some of the old texts, they speak of the effect the shift has on those who love us. Our connections lift everyone with us.
This became much more vivid for me recently when a family member passed a couple of weeks ago. I’d never framed our relationship as “spiritual” but it became clear how much our relationship had raised both of us.
Such things are much easier to see in retrospect rather than when you’re in the middle of it. 😉
The shift is a quiet, simple thing but one that benefits everyone. Thank you for that.
Each time someone shifts it makes it easier for those who follow. And it raises the whole up another notch. It should not be underestimated.
But again, it’s a simple, natural thing…
Thank you David, I love your comments. I think you are right, that much will be easier to see in retrospect. I love your example about your family member.
Rose, it is perfect in all kinds of ways to have Julie’s comment here. Thanks Julie for gifting me my first session with Rose! What an amazing gift that was/is!
“Our connections lift everyone with us.”
Lovely, David. I feel that way too. Like the sea rises and falls together and one persons victory is everyones victory, one persons gift is everyones gift.
Wow – great comments everyone.
Many congratulations Kylie!
Am learning so much – and happy it is I am to be doing so.
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