Question: What is enlightenment and what should it look like as far as my feelings and experiences?

Enlightenment has no connection to whether you are free or not free, anxious or not anxious, angry or not angry. Your true nature “is” regardless of the phenomenon taking place in the body and mind. Therefore, it’s not about looking a certain way or never feeling a certain way again; and then saying, “yes I am enlightened.”

Rather, enlightenment is the only thing that is actually real, because it is the only thing that is unchanging and permanent. It is the Impenetrable Fortress of Awareness. It is the Consciousness that pervades all things, times and places in spite of the pain and pleasure, good and evil, demands and expectations. It is the Great Illuminator that animates existence.

This truth can be realized through tremendous perseverance to keep desire one-pointed towards testing the validity of this teaching; and devoting one’s will wholeheartedly to the question, “Is there anything about me that is unchanging and Eternal. Yes I see a body and hear thoughts; but in spite of all that?”

When discrimination between the transient and the Eternal is intensely pursued; only then will you know for yourself-and the seeking ends.

Atreya Thomas

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5 thoughts on “Question: What is enlightenment and what should it look like as far as my feelings and experiences?

  1. Beautiful! Atreya’s answer shows that enlightenment is not another category used to divide one person from another. The truth of enlightenment is that we are all the same in the only way that really counts.
    We can focus on what makes one person different from another but when we do so we are focusing on things that change, like the colored bands of a rainbow. The truth is the sky itself not the fleeting clouds that appear and disappear. Atreya’s answer shows that enlightenment is love, it is inclusive, forgiving and generous but, like he also indicates, requires effortfull persistence to experience directly and then maintain. This is only because the mind has been trained to focus on the clouds instead of the sky. We can choose to change that, however, if we want it with intensity.

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  2. I will only comment because I am Speechless!!! Altreya..never was a more perfect rendering of the topic explained and described with such emotion but objectivity as what you have written. Everyone here has agreed it is plain to see in their assessment of Enlightenment.
    Thank you

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