Enlightenment. What a funny word, rife with a cultural dogma, societal expectations and huge amount of judgment all goes hand-in-hand when someone talks about this spiritual epiphany. Honestly, that’s all it is. It’s as simple as an epiphany, as eloquently life-changing as a revelation, but regardless of the spark of enlightenment, as any monk will tell you, you still have to get back down to the job of living.
Before enlightenment, what did you do?
Cook. Clean. Write. Work. Carry Water. Think. Contemplate. Struggled with Suffering. Lose my Temper. Draw. Have Opinions (lots of them). Face Fears (many of those). Educate Myself. Hope to be a Light to others. Long to Teach. Seek Truth.
After enlightenment, what do you do?
Cook. Clean. Write. Work. Carry Water. Think. Contemplate. Struggled with Suffering Less. Lose my Temper. Draw. Have Opinions (lots of them). Face Fears (many of those). Educate Myself. Fall in Love. Have Wild Crazy Sex.
I no longer have the inclination to tolerate bullshit. Mine or others. I no longer seek truth, because honestly, truth exists in the eye of the beholder at the level of awareness you exist within, much like beauty. Patience is not my virtue. Although, I think I’m more patient now than before. Maybe. Probably not. I don’t hope to be a light. I don’t long to teach. I love sex. I love rock n roll. I’m still a wild celtic goddess, a fiery red-headed dakini who enjoys tribal dancing and pushing buttons like no one’s business.
The point is this: enlightenment itself is nothing.
It means nothing.
But religion tells you it is everything and worth spending lifetimes striving for, and no one – very few anyways, will ever reach the state of “perfect enlightenment”.
It is not wow, once you are enlightened, you are some perfect being. That’s a load of religious idolatry hogwash. That’s the truth of it. You still have layers to pull aside to reveal your own light to the world.
My point is this. At no one point in time is ANYONE enlightened, because enlightenment itself is nothing more than illusion. That’s the great cosmic joke. You are the entirety of the holographic Universe. And it is you.
And once you get it, you’ll be laughing alongside me, loud and hard for many, many weeks, delighted by your own silliness and the silliness that is this Magnificent Universe itself. And yes, feel free to have lots of wild sex. Immerse yourself fully in life.
That’s the point. To Live the Life You’ve Been Given Out Loud.
No. I’m not enlightened. Neither are you. Darling, we are ALL made up of our own little multi-faceted sparks of Divine Light & Divine Love. That’s all.
Drop the dogma, and embrace the Delight and wonder that is your own miraculous soul.