What is Enlightenment Anyway?

Its such a beautiful word, but what is it? Is is something that can be obtained, or some alternative lifestyle that is found? Its definitely a curious question that often breezes by our minds in the journey of it, and yet it seems to allude most people not that it is hiding, but because we just don’t see it. Enlightenment is one of those things that has to do with the real pure and simple zen flow of life, that thing that seems like its a process, but once seen, cannot be unseen. I bet you’re chomping at the bit for me to tell you what it is… well, here it goes.. and I apologize because this is going to be the most anti climatic thing you will read.

Enlightenment is Right Now

In fact, there is no such thing. The way you are right now is what it is, the only difference between me as a writer and you as a reader of it is that you believe its something that has t0 be worked for and I know that its something that has always been here and requires no effort to see other than seeing itself. Enlightenments only existence is in the emotions and attachments of the thought of it. What you are right now, minus all the thoughts going on about it, are it, you have never left, and its impossible for it to be forgotten because you cannot forget what you are. The focus can be different, and in different areas, but you still reside there in that space the comes from nothing (pre-thought).

Its a word that carries grand ideas, concepts, beliefs behind it, a very expectatious word in which has much grandeur and that is why it is so beautiful! As for practical use, none outside of intellectual. There is no one to have enlightenment, so what gives it so much more weight then any other word or thought? Is it not the idea (again another thought) that is creating such a huge drama filled journey out of the word. The word in itself means nothing, it is the ideas and expectations which emotionally charge it. The more ideas that cling to it, the greater it becomes and the “bigger” it seems.

You are Enlightenment

You are this thing in its lightest form already. You are also the only roadblock to seeing that fact. Stripping everything down from the word and then just seeing it for what it is will show you how light and flowy it really is, and that it actually isn’t what you suspect it to be nor is there anyone achieving it because there is nothing to achieve other than seeing that you already have it, like a boy with a coin in his pocket wishing he had a coin to spend and not realizing his treasure he has.

Who is asking to be Enlightened?

This is an important question because it sheds light on what or who is asking. Really try and see it for yourself, and if you can try and visualize this question being asked and where its coming from. This might give you a better idea of whats going on. There is no need for expectation at this point, but rather just to wait and see what might be going on here. Is it actually someone asking this question or is the question just simply being asked?

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Nick Myers, a 28 year old serial blogger. Also minimalist, zen participant, philosopher, author of Emotional Alchemist, and tea disciple. I am one who sees a potential lesson in every experience in life. Life is who we are and life is our ultimate guru. I seek to bring us together through our own shared experiences. And hope to not only learn deeply who I am but to learn deeply who others are by dropping my ideas from moment to moment about you.

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