When we first hear about enlightenment, we may be inspired. But we’re likely to see it as something we can achieve or get. Perhaps we think “I can get enlightened, then all of my problems will be gone” or “everything will be perfect”, or similar.
However, enlightenment originates in our universal nature, in the Self that underlies all experiences and form. It is the cosmic Self or Atman that wakes up to itself in Self Realization (Cosmic Consciousness). It is not the person or me that wakes up. In fact, it is the me we wake up From.
Thus, enlightenment isn’t personal. In fact, it’s not about you at all. It’s post-personal development.
We shift, gradually or not, from it being about me and my life to it being about the whole, about community, about commonality, and about quality of life.
Instead of being something we do, enlightenment is something we allow. It is a letting go of doing. And yet, some things will arise to support culturing that development. We may engage in healing, meditation, prayer, satsang, a church, or similar. Some of that may seem very much like something being done. And yet in a curious way, real spiritual practice is an undoing. It is a practice of letting go. It is a preparing the ground so that when grace arises, the clarity will be there for it to be recognized.
It’s not about you at all. And it never was. (laughs)
But to be clear, enlightenment is not some abstract thing. It is lived right here, in this life, in these relationships – right in the apparent person. But we then know ourselves as the universal living through the person rather than being a separate person.