Enlightenment is not knowledge for the mind nor will it make you knowledgeable. Enlightenment is a progressive series of shifts in being, in who we are and our relationship with the world.
In my case, I was born with a knowledge orientation into a family of teachers. Deeper knowledge has been unfolding since my late teens, long before I woke up. For a while, this mystified me as it seemed unrelated to my life. We could say the training had to start well before the function. (laughs)
Awakening has considerably enhanced those gifts. But I can guarantee it will be different for you. We’re each here to have unique experiences and thus will gain unique things from the process. There would be no point in creating someone the same.
The awakening process will enhance whatever gifts and abilities we have. Our gifts often seem ordinary to us so we may not recognize them. And yet things we might consider gifts may just turn out to be unresolved karma that fades. We may be surprised by what unfolds. Or we may discover our gifts early and develop skills. Everyone is different.
If, for example, we’re an exceptional athlete, awakening can enhance that. It can enhance our understanding of the body and how to maximize performance. In any case, it will enhance the flow, effectiveness, and enjoyment of our work.
Most people I know who are awake have continued to live lives much as before but from a more enhanced place. We’re often closer to our purpose than we realize.
They didn’t become teachers. In fact many don’t really know how to talk about it much. As a friend said post-Brahman, they don’t need to know anything now.
This is a quandary for someone like Rick Archer who interviews “ordinary spiritually awakening” people. He quickly ran out of average people who were both comfortable and willing to talk about their shifts. As a result, his interviews are dominated by teachers – people who are used to speaking on the topic.
But don’t let presence on the web confuse you. Most people who wake up are very typical and continue their lives as before. They don’t suddenly gain teaching skills or genius. They just learn how to live life from a much richer place.