Recently I have found many people drawn to conversations about Enlightenment. Some watch interviews given by people like me. Others are signing up for meditation courses. Online experts appeal to some.
If you’re reading this, you know. Many today are very curious indeed about Enlightenment. So much is available now that appeals to your curiosity.
Well, this is going to be one of my more controversial blog posts. But I’ll lead up to it gently.
Is Enlightenment a fairly new idea for you? Or have you been questing for quite a while?
And at what point did you ever use terms like Enlightenment, Self-Realization, Self-Actualization, or Spiritual Awakening?
I’m especially looking forward to comments at the end of this post about your story:
When DID you first become interested in the idea of Enlightenment?
But before you leap down to that input from Blog-Buddies — either reading about others or adding your story or both — you may find some useful perspective in today’s article. (Including that controversial part near the end of this main article.)
Only the Vaguest Idea
When we start anything new, we’re beginners. Including how clear we are about that we’re even starting.
Long ago this Enlightenment Coach had no idea of what she was seeking. Growing up, which were the first books I read over and over again?
- “Anne of Green Gables” — the whole series
- Any novel by Louisa May Alcott
- Nancy Drew mysteries — not quite the whole series, but mega-many of the thrilling adventures of the girl detective in her Prius. (Erp, I mean, “yellow roadster.”)
But soon I began reading other books, and to this day it isn’t clear to me how I even found them:
- Mystical writings by Meister Eckhart
- Mystical poetry by Basho
- “The Cloud of Unknowing“
- “The Doors of Perception” by Aldous Huxley
Not until 1968 did I even hear the word “Enlightenment.” Once I did, that was that. I knew my life would be dedicated to that, consecrated to reaching that and (if only I ever could) helping others to reach Enlightenment as well.
Given that sweet, drifting, “Heart in the right place” path, I’m in the perfect position to appreciate what is happening to many now.
Your Curiosity, Your Emerging Search for Enlightenment
- “Abraham” grew up knowing about Enlightenment. His parents followed a path that they expected him to pursue. But their version never quite fit Abraham. He began looking for something that did. The man was smart enough to know that many of today’s spiritual offerings don’t begin to deliver what is promised. He wanted discernment.
- “Annette” has heard more and more about Awakening, and it thrills her somehow. She wants more. With a sweet spirit of surrender, Annette figures that she will be give whatever she needs.
- “Arthur” found his path, alright. Only five years later, he realized that “path” was a cult. How could Arthur keep the good parts of all that hard work, yet now find a path that would be authentic, productive, honest?
So many different questions, and different answers. What matters for everyone? What can help in the pursuit of one’s very individual spiritual desires?
Consumer smarts… about Enlightenment services. That really, really matters right now. In this Age of Awakening.
Personally I think that consumer smarts can begin with clarity about what Enlightenment is. And isn’t. Then consumer smarts can go further towards helping you to discern a good choice of personal path for now.
Today’s Seekers of Enlightenment Have a Lot to Choose From
Even if “Enlightenment Coaching” isn’t your official intention for a session, I can and will help you in that way too, if you wish.
Right in the background, this happens when you choose any session with me, whether Thrill Your Soul Aura Reading Research, or aura healing, or personal mentoring. Clearly this approach has helped many of you Blog-Buddies to move forward towards Enlightenment and even cross the threshold.
Now I am doing something bold and new, launching my first teleclass to help spiritual seekers to progress more safely. More rapidly. Along a path that really fits.
Plus having the power of a group supplement your learning experience. Yes, I believe it is possible to provide affordable personal coaching about Enlightenment in a small group.
Blog-Buddies, I feel a strong passion for providing this, not just to save you time but because so much of what is offered today could waste your time. Or worse.
Here’s just one example.
In Enlightenment some (not all) people experience a quality of consciousness called nonduality. Here is a responsible description of it from the superb nonduality teacher and experiencer David Buckland.
And now here come four stories of RES clients — names changed, real people:
- “Barbara” does experience nonduality. It is her spontaneous experience. Barbara is very busy with her life now, including local politics, running a business, canning her own vegetables. Barbara hasn’t gone to any nonduality gatherings, but if she did, she’d find many people with similar consciousness.
- “Bob” goes to some nonduality conferences and loves it. The particular events that he chooses are a good fit for him. The whole community means a great deal to him.
- “Bernadette” has had a smallish number of sessions with me. Recently she had some pretty destabilizing problems energetically. During our session I was able facilitate some relevant energy healing. Now she is doing much better, back on her path. The problem, it turned out, was related to her following a very popular teacher of nonduality. Bernadette began to go off the deep end, related to her involvement with this “authority.”
RES clients benefit from a distinctive combination of energy READING skills and energy HEALING skills that work now, in the Age of Awakening. Thank goodness, Bernadette got herself this kind of help. In my experience helping clients worldwide, folks do not play a cosmic game of “Chutes and Ladders,” advancing rapidly from complex human imbalances bam! Straight to Enlightenment. Just because a guru is wonderful.
- When “Benny” had his first session with me, he did what a lot of big spiritual seekers do. He didn’t prepare an intention (although he had been informed more than once in advance of his session that ideas about intention would help him make the best use of our time together). Benny took about 10 minutes of session time before he could focus enough on his human life to find any human-type intention for our session!
This was a productive conversation, IMO, though hardly what Benny expected. Then a Healing Centerpiece was chosen and facilitated. Now Benny was off to a good start at moving forward on a path that would work for him.
Sadly, after the session was over, Benny mentioned to me what he was really excited about: Taking a nonduality workshop. (Far more excited than Benny appeared to be about his “mere” life.)
Benny couldn’t have been much farther from Enlightenment! So far he hadn’t learned to read auras yet, and therefore he couldn’t assess for himself. Still, hadn’t he heard a word in our session?
What about all those very real, human problems that Benny had mentioned during his session — were they supposed to suddenly vanish at the magical nonduality workshop?
In short, did Benny really think that he was an appropriate candidate for experiencing nonduality? Now?
You don’t reach a higher state of consciousness by pretending you are already there.
What Really Helps a Person to Progress Towards Enlightenment
By now I know way more than that teenage reader of “The Cloud of Unknowing.” As an Enlightenment Coach I sure don’t know everything; howevever, I have learned a lot.
That includes one big deal secret that is common for every single one of the people I have helped cross the threshold into Enlightenment. This isn’t a quick little concept to explain. Actually I will be building towards that in the Enlightenment Basics Teleseminar Series. (Planned for Teleseminar #5 of the 7, actually.)
However, I can tell you a commonsense concept right now:
Your fastest path to Enlightenment can include energetic literacy — using aura reading insights to supplement your hard-won human street smarts.
So don’t just go for what’s in your neighborhood, what comes cheap, or what “everybody” is doing.
You have your own sacred path to Enlightenment. Which way do you wish to progress there, an unnecessarily difficult way or a more joyful way?