Enlightenment

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Yesterday, I read a really nice article on Enlightenment (http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/03/03/5-myths-about-enlightenment/). This article followed the same thoughts as “A Course In Miracles” so it wasn’t new information but it never hurts to be reminded of my goal from someone else’s perspective. As this article, and “A Course In Miracles,” states, Enlightenment is not a difficult goal. The challenge lies in removing all the things we’ve been taught that endorse the Ego. If we are able to Miraculously let go of all our learning, we will achieve immediate Enlightenment. This achievement is difficult for most of us. Lord knows I’m still working on it.

I appreciated reading this article because it reminded me how simple it is to become Enlightened. All I really have to do is let go of all judgment about everything. Letting go of all judgment sounds really easy; just don’t judge. And, it is really easy. However, my Ego has an investment in maintaining its importance in my life; even though it was created by me. My Ego has kept me alive and able to function in this world. Without my Ego, who am I? Will life be too different or too weird for me to handle letting my Ego go? To be truly Enlightened, I cannot keep my Ego’s view of the world and have Enlightenment. The two are opposites and cancel each other out. I choose Enlightenment so I must police, closely, any time my Ego pops up.

Policing my Ego requires awareness and diligence. And, the Universe seems to provide lots of opportunities for my learning any time I decide to let go of some aspect of my Ego. I’m getting better, though. I realized I was being tested this morning and I started to laugh. Laughter, I have found, is the quickest way for me to acknowledge, appreciate, and silence my Ego. I acknowledge its presence, I appreciate the role it has played in my life over the years, and it silences because of my laughter at its silliness. Plus, I get to feel good while laughing; laughter really is good for the soul.

There are many roads I can take to Enlightenment but I suspect letting go of all judgment is the quickest. If I let go of all judgment, I am unable to judge myself or others. What is left but love for myself and others? Letting go of all judgment means I no longer judge any situation or what happens in my life or around my life; I’m neutral on all subjects. This, of course, leads me back to the calmness I’ve talked about in other posts. It also leads me to laughter when I observe my Ego popping in to visit. It leads me to question everything:  my assumptions I’ve been taught, how I’ve been taught to feel about life and what happens to or around me, my need for stuff, comfort, security. Hopefully, questioning everything will help me be able to help others begin to question everything and find their way to Enlightenment as well.

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About tsandhage

I blog about my journey towards personal growth. I have been extremely ill and have been fortunate enough to find some recovery. I have taught College level computer classes, been a Massage Therapist, and a Feldenkrais Practitioner which is someone who works with the brain and nervous system to help people find more ability to function and live their lives well. Currently, I live in a RV and travel. I'm on a journey to find out more about myself. I also do photography, write, and have been married over 30 years to my marvelous husband, Jeff. I hope to post once per month. I will share about my life here. I hope you enjoy your time here. I also have a FB Group called "Therese Sandhage" where I put out daily quotes and do my best to encourage the best in all of us and a FB Page called "Gr8 Life" where I talk about what I'm doing in my RV life.
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