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.