Of course we can’t understand how Enlightenment will be until it happens.
In that respect, Enlightenment is like any genuinely new experience.
To paraphrase my former guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, you can learn about strawberries. You can research them all you like. You can become a strawberry expert. But until you have tasted a strawberry, you can’t really know.
In a more technical way, Enlightenment is about not having significant STUFF. Whatever astral debris we still have is knocked down to a 1 on the Yuckiness Index. It’s a grace of God change, a form of Divine mercy. As if God says to you, “Close enough. Here you go.”
Yes, many people have experiences of Awakening, which helps along the way. But Awakening is not the same thing as Enlightenment.
We live in an Age of Awakening, where such blessed experiences are far more common than before. These wonderful experiences change us forever, bringing Divine presence in concentrated form — as a shift to personal identity.
Lovely though these moments of Awakening are, we can do more than wait.
Or confuse an Awakening experience with a permanent higher state of consciousness.
Our dreams of Enlightenment are colored by subconscious STUFF. With less and less STUFF, our need diminishes to have Enlightenment be a kind of Fantasyland experience. We no longer need consciousness, or God, to solve our human problems in a Deus ex Machina way, with God breaking through the rules of earth just for our personal benefit.
We no longer assume that a state of consciousness, or God, will solve the problems generated by our subconscious STUFF.
Approaching Enlightenment, all our problems don’t disappear.
But the ones caused by major STUFF sure do.
- Complications because of STUFF diminish.
- We recover from difficulties much faster, and can see reality more clearly.
- In Householder Enlightenment, our commitment to personal development doesn’t stop. It increases.
- STUFF doesn’t run us, during the waking state of consciousness.
From the perspective of Stage Three Energetic Literacy and the healing techniques of Rosetree Energy Spirituality (RES), it’s evident how very often we are influenced by STUFF to such a degree that it really does motivate much of human behavior, limiting the use of free will.
So it’s very important to understand that STUFF can always, always, always be healed.
What can we do actively to hasten Enlightenment?
Effective forms of Technique Time for the purpose of spiritual growth can expand our awareness. (Not all techniques work as advertised, of course. This is one reason why I do research for our Enlightenment Life List.)
Keeping Technique Time to just 20 minutes per day, maximum, allows us to integrate that spiritual expansion.
When we permanently move out STUFF, we move that much closer towards Enlightenment.
And having realistic ideas about Enlightenment, in contrast to myths, can help just a bit, too. 😉