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What Really Is Spiritual Enlightenment or Spiritual Awakening?

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What Is Spiritual Enlightenment or Spiritual Awakening?

A definition of spiritual enlightenment or spiritual awakening is hard to pin down. This is, in part, because “spiritual enlightenment” and “spiritual awakening” have been used in so many ways to describe so many things, similar to the way in which “love” is used to describe everything from a preference for ice cream to a merging with everything. And it is also because spiritual enlightenment and spiritual awakening are such rich and complex experiences that they are innately hard to define.

Combining perspectives on spiritual enlightenment

If all consciousness is made of the same essential awareness and light, and if everyone has an equal potential for enlightenment, then all expressions of consciousness are equally valid and valuable. Everyone truly is a Buddha or enlightened being, at least in potential. So defining enlightenment in many ways now makes sense, depending on what is being pointed to. One may use the word enlightenment to point to the state of self-realization beyond the ego or to point to the innate potential for this realization in all of us. 

As for differentiating between the words enlightenment and awakening, “enlightenment” implies a more finished and constant state of realization, while “awakening” has more of the active quality of a verb and therefore suggests a movement or shift in consciousness. An awakening may be defined as a sudden increase in the overall amount of consciousness an individual is experiencing. There can be small awakenings and bigger awakenings. Not only does consciousness have unlimited potential for the amount of awakeness, but it also has an unlimited potential to shift in any way, at any moment. Consciousness can and sometimes does shift from contracted states of fear, anger, or hurt to expanded states of peace and joy in an instant. Unfortunately, it can also shift in the other direction. Consciousness has no fixed state.

What about the spiritual awakening happening now?

As it is being defined here, a spiritual awakening is a sudden expansion or shift in consciousness, especially a more dramatic one (we don’t usually refer to a minor realization as a spiritual awakening). Enlightenment, on the other hand can be used to mark a particular level of realization or awakeness, even if the exact definition varies depending on who is using the word, as it does with every word. 

What really matters is what your awareness is doing right now. How is your consciousness appearing or shifting in this moment? Are you realizing more of your experience and Essence right now? Or are you contracting and limiting your awareness with thoughts and identification? Is any shifting happening from reading these words?

Enlightenment or awakening is a profound mystery, and the best definition may be found in the actual experience of your own shifts in consciousness. Just as it’s more nourishing to eat an apple than read about one, so it can be more rewarding to explore the movements of your own awareness than to try to understand these things mentally. While definitions of such things can be helpful, it can also be beneficial to not have too many concepts, which could interfere with your actual experience. It’s a good thing that language isn’t so fixed or defined when it comes to spiritual unfoldment. Maybe the best definition of enlightenment is no definition. Then there is only what is found in your own direct experience of awareness. Feel Free To Visit Our Webpage For More Information!

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    • freedom007

      many words but after reading I know nothing more than before. Absolutely no content of information!
      I had the same problem, as some may remember, at searching a clear-cut definition for “the false Ego”.
      If the central aims of a philosophy, however, are not clearly but only vaguely defined,
      which is the case with that “kitchen buddhism” the New Agers know,
      how can one pursue them with determination? Impossible.
      One rather gets more and more confused, the more one does to reach them.

      Couldnt this mean that the whole fuss about / around elimination of the False Ego and Enlightenment is FAKE?
      Possible.
      But it would be all-too-Catholic to me to think so. Once I learned that all religions were fake except Roman church. Ugh. Never again will I adopt such a primitive exceptionalism. And what about fake within this church?

      I rather think the problem is that there are hardly any serious Buddhist theologers writing definitions in WWW, but the half-educated wishful-thinkers of New Age type abound there,
      and babble about everything, and the more words and the more bombastic words they produce, the better,
      for their aim is not clear definition, reproduclible and vialbe thought, but rather some kind of hypnosis…

      One thing can be said without resorting to Christian collective haughtiness about “our one true religion”:
      The spiritual path must have a clearly-defined aim and its obstacles to avoid must also be clearly defined.
      The old (pre Vatican council II, Tridentine) Catechism of Catholic Church did its best to define things clearly and without wishful thinking, and in some important aspects these definitions were correct.
      I think, although we dont miss the old religious exceptionalism
      but should do away with this fundamental error as totally as possible – God´s house hath many mansions –
      we DO miss something like this Catechism in our modern world.

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