Articles - Enlightenment
What is Enlightenment?
Do you know I was standing
at the kitchen bench one day, contemplating, when suddenly I had
a light bulb moment, and I realized it was ME! The realization was
so intense, that for me, it became a 'Truth'.
And that's what Spiritual
Enlightenment is all about - seeking and adapting to the 'Truth'
in your life!
Jesus said - "Ask,
and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and the
door shall be opened unto you". He also said - "I am the
Way, the Truth and the Life". Therefore, seek the 'Truth' in
all that you say and do!
Here's an example:
When my son
died, he was buried according to our traditional custom, and after
the burial, my husband told me I had sent my son to hell because
of the way he was buried. I was shocked - surely it wasn't possible
- that was the burial method of our culture, used since, forever
- no, my husband was wrong, he had to be! Furthermore, how did he
know I had sent my son to hell? What was going on here? ...
My spiritual journey
began by seeking the 'truth'!
Understanding your emotions
When my husband left me the night
he made that statement above, I was devastated, but I didn't go
clinging to him in desperation, pleading that he stay, like the
scared, frightened rabbit inside me wanted to do, I just sat there,
feeling numb, and let him go.
But that one statement
opened up a can of worms and each worm represented a fear for me
- fear of death, fear of loss, fear of ghosts and spirits, fear
of being alone - those were but four.
So how did I begin?
I asked why
to Jesus, to Buddha, to Krsna, to the Tao - why
and what? And I read - the Book of Matthew, the Tibetan Book of
the Dead, the Bhagavad Gita, the IChing - and I referenced and cross-referenced
and slowly, but surely, little light bulbs were flashing on as I
realized one truth and then another.
After a number of years,
I was able to recognize both the positive and negative emotions
that I displayed regularly and even managed to find the root cause
to some negative traits and stifle their growth because I understood
and accepted 'why' they were there.
But it wasn't until
quite recently when I realized the last of my negative traits in
its entirety - anger! When I realized why I was so angry all the
time, a weight so heavy lifted and I collapsed from instant relief
(well not quite, but that's what it felt like lol).
Once you understand
your own emotions though, you then understand the emotions of everyone
and everything. Very important!
Of what - your life, your situation,
your attitude, lost opportunities? Those are material suggestions
and can be changed or modified.
No, acceptance of life and death,
acceptance of the fact that we were all born from a source and will
return to that source at death. Acceptance of the fact that each
life we live, enables us to learn and understand emotions peculiar
to that era. Acceptance that after living many lives, we reach a
universal understanding regarding our emotions and have therefore,
Peace and Light