What is Enlightenment?


Today’s topic is enlightenment.  A question that often comes up is “how do I become enlightened?”  People will often refer to this as something that happens to a person spontaneously–as if by magic. It certainly can be true that a major life event, such as the loss of a loved one or an illness, can propel you forward into a new way of thinking. For me, enlightenment is something that has happened more slowly, over time.  The more I am aware of my existence and that there is something beyond this world, the better I understand what enlightenment is. So, what does it mean to be enlightened?  What is the difference between enlightenment and awareness?  Here is the explanation from the spirit world…

Awareness comes from the thoughts of what is currently happening in your life.  You are aware that you exist, that you are a thinking being, and that in your life you have choices.  Enlightenment is when you understand that there is more than just this life.  You believe that you are divinely guided and that you already have everything you need to have a peaceful life. 

You cannot have enlightenment without first having an awareness.  You must have the awareness that there is a self, there is a physical body, and that you have thoughts.  You understand how those thoughts affect your life.  Once awareness has been brought forward, you can then begin the process of enlightenment.  It is learning about yourself and what you want for this life.  It is to trust that you are heading in the right direction.  It is to see that there is a connection in all things.  It is a deeper knowing of all that exists—seen and unseen.  It is the letting go of an expectation.  It is the bringing in of faith in all that is.  It is to move through the world with the ultimate goal of contributing in a positive way.  It is to listen to your inner voice, your soul, and the energy within to see what it wants and why you are here.  

Enlightenment can only come from letting go of your thinking and trusting that your soul already knows where you are going.  It is to trust that there is something more than your present state of awareness.  Enlightenment is truly made up of joy, acceptance, and a willingness to move in any direction, knowing that you will have a positive impact on the energy of the universe as a whole.  

Start with an awareness.  Expand to a knowing.  Let your life be all it was meant to be with the faith that you are loved and guided throughout. 

The picture I choose was taken on a lovely fall hike along a river.  The sun was setting and I couldn’t help but notice that it was the perfect moment to capture what enlightenment might feel like.  Of course it is more than that, but it creates a good visual!

I hope you will take some time to think about these concepts and see how you can move towards a more enlightened life–free from suffering and tuned in to your spiritual self.

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Always Be You, Trisha

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