What’s it Prefer to Grow to be Enlightened?

By Ted Orenstein

Non secular enlightenment isn’t hocus pocus, witchcraft-type stuff. It’s actual. It’s the actuality discovered by Jesus, Buddha, Socrates, and different legendary individuals, but it surely has additionally been skilled by many peculiar individuals such as you.

Certainly, enlightenment might be skilled by logical, rational individuals. It’s a transcendent consciousness that anybody can expertise. It’s not contradicted by logic, but isn’t restrained by logic.

Simply As a result of You Haven’t But Skilled One thing, Does Not Imply It Doesn’t Exist

How do I do know what it’s wish to turn into enlightened? I’ve lived it. 

It was in the course of the night time in 1969, a day or two after I had gone caroling, when it occurred. I used to be learning for an upcoming examination with my soul nonetheless buoyed by the joyous loving spirit of Christmas. It struck me with no warning what Christ meant when he stated, “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.”          

I Am Inside You and You Are Inside Me 

At our cores, we’re one. We’re related by human love. That’s the reason I’m blissful once I make others blissful, and I’m sad once I make them sad.  Once I first acknowledged this, it was a easy, but profound, realization. Later, by subsequent revelations, it was to turn into increasingly more profound.  

My Persevering with Path to Enlightenment

A few 12 months after this primary revelation, I met a person who would turn into my first non secular mentor. Each night time individuals gathered round him and had discussions about spirituality, life, that means, and the very nature of understanding. It was at the moment {that a} revelatory feeling got here to me. It was a sense of being at one with all residing issues, with the whole universe. Pure infinite consciousness. With it got here an innate understanding of why individuals are what they’re. It was not an understanding within the nature of an mental understanding, however extra of a transcendental non secular consciousness.

I used to be totally in that Nirvana expertise for about three weeks. I developed a philosophy of life throughout that point that has saved evolving over time, though it’s in all probability mistaken to name it a philosophy. A philosophy tends to be mental and is described with phrases. Though these discussions in his dwelling have been comprised of phrases, these phrases have been an try to explain a sense, an existence, an essence that went far past the ability of phrases to explain. These phrases catapulted me to a degree of understanding past phrases. 

I understood others so fully, and thru that understanding of others, I gained a better understanding of myself. I spotted that the human spirit is everlasting, that there’s a function and path to the universe, and that it’s good. I additionally realized that there’s a function to life. That, in truth, life is simply too profound to be meaningless.

I discovered that life’s substance is love, that love is the reply to all, and that Absolute Love is the true actuality. I discovered that when inside Absolute Love, all is mechanically recognized and there’s no doubt. With it got here the conclusion that such an consciousness has all the time been inside me, inside all individuals, and that every one one has to do is open to the spirituality inside. Despite the fact that such a revelation can’t final indefinitely on this imperfect lifetime on earth, it can’t be forgotten or doubted. It adjustments one’s life.

The Assembly of Logic and Spirt

I’m a creature of logic, in addition to of spirit. If I’m to imagine one thing, it should not be opposite to my life expertise. In my faculty days and past, till my very own non secular awakening, I thought-about myself an atheist. Now I do know that non secular enlightenment is that Common Consciousness recognized by many as God and Nirvana. 

I now imagine in God, however haven’t modified my requirement that God not contradict science, historical past, and life’s expertise. What I’ve discovered by hindsight is that my downside with faith was that I had accepted the definition of God taught to me by others, and due to this fact was compelled to both reject such a god or droop expertise. What I now know is the Phrase of God isn’t a booming voice dictating from on excessive, however can be a profound feeling you expertise if you are inside the Oneness that connects you with all. Maybe this idea of God will allow you to see these outdated non secular teachings with new eyes.

The Oneness Inside

You possibly can expertise non secular enlightenment with its whole understanding and whole readability when you could have such a profound innate love and understanding of the universe and its beings that you simply actually, naturally, mechanically, perceive others to the core, and see the often-hidden goodness inside them. Absolute Love is the essence of existence and the one true actuality. When experiencing Absolute Love all is understood; there isn’t a need and no want. It has all the time been inside us and might be discovered by opening oneself as much as it.

This love means that you can join with others despite variations you will have with them. You acknowledge your self in them. In spite of everything, you, your self, should not all the time the perfect individual you might be, however hopefully others will nonetheless settle for you and such as you. 

This idea has been recognized since earlier than recorded time and has been proposed by enlightened individuals of each tradition and age.


Right here is the perfect analogy I’ve ever encountered evaluating the Oneness inside us to our self-concept as a person: “The wave awakens to the notice that it’s water; its true origin. Water raises the waves and goes over them on the similar time. There are a lot of completely different sorts of waves, completely different varieties, however water has neither type nor distinction; water is homogeneous and formless and but the origin of waves of all varieties. Waves type and vanish, however water is everlasting and indestructible, and it stays so even when it seems and disappears.” On the coronary heart of all waves is water. Water is the oneness that’s frequent to and connects all waves.

When you’ll be able to have such a relationship, you’re on the trail to Oneness. The extra you could have such a relationship with better and better circles of beings, the nearer you come to the essence of The One  –non secular enlightenment, Nirvana, God. 

Coming to Enlightenment

We’re all on this collectively. Your life has no limits and no boundaries. You might be part of everybody else. The thought that you’re separate and that you simply achieve at another person’s loss is merely an phantasm. It’s the phantasm born of matter, however because the matter has developed right into a human being, with the aptitude to conceptualize of a life past its mere bodily physique, we will break by the barrier encompassing that phantasm of separateness. 

Once we take that step past the truth of the bodily to the truth of the non secular, the dimension the place there aren’t any boundaries, the place there aren’t any relativities, we come into enlightenment. 


Ted Orenstein writes, speaks, and teaches about non secular enlightenment. He enjoys sharing that there’s a function and path to the universe, and that it’s good. A former lawyer, Ted’s mission is to assist others discover better that means and success, and a deeper understanding of why individuals are what they’re. He’s the writer of Awaken Your Soul: Learn how to Discover Your Inside Spirit and Life’s Objective. Be taught extra at tedorenstein.com/.

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