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What Is Enlightenment?

Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 5:36 pm
by Webwanderer
The Enlightenment question is revisited with some frequency here in this forum. I ran across this description that came from Emanuel and found it quite refreshing. Emanuel's books are available from Amazon.

What is enlightenment?'

Everything and nothing.
Let me see if I can find another way to put this.
If I say to you: "enlightenment is all-knowing,"
then I limit enlightenment.
If I say "enlightenment is all-loving,"
I limit love.
There can be no beginning and no end
and the human vocabulary is rife with limitation.

So let us say that enlightenment
is being in the moment through eternity
without the intellect
but with the consciousness of all things.
It is absolute peace
without the awareness of non-peace.

It is absolute love
without the awareness of hate.

It is all things without end
having forgotten the illusion of ending.

It is bliss
without the memory of non-bliss.

It is simply 'is-ness'.
It is you
without your physicality
without your personality
without your clothes on
without your obstructions
without your fears,
without your limitations and boundaries
without even the consciousness of self
except as the boundless perceiver
of infinite Light.

And that doesn't even begin to describe it
but it is the best I can do at the moment.

I would also suggest that there is a verb definition of enlightenment as well:

'Unfolding clarity of being.'

While the Greater Enlightenment may be more than a human perspective can grasp, the moment to moment expansion of consciousness is readily available for anyone.


Re: What Is Enlightenment?

Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 9:25 pm
by Donna
Yes, WW, Emmanuel's Books are beautiful words. I read them many years ago and still do from time to time, considering them, in some ways, my "bible". In the past, I have been a skeptic of mediumship and channeling. Emmanual is channeled by Pat Rodegast. Regarding these books, I pretty much came to the conclusion that regardless of spirit coming through this lady or the words coming from the lady's mind, these words are very very beautiful. Every time I read them, the passages make more and more sense.

I do believe that Emmanuel introduced the notion to me that both the terms Love and Enlightenment cannot be defined. However, our processes and experiences in life indicate we are doing "something". One passage that stands out to me regarding this is:

You are all ensnared in illusion, much as if you
were walking through a field of brambles. You
entered the field, called by the beautiful
wildflowers there. As you began to walk, to
pick the joys, the beauties of this world, you
found yourselves more and more entangled in
the thorns that you quite forgot why you went into
the field at all.

Because your world is your schoolroom, you
walk it with a certain amount of respect. That is
appropriate, for unless you enter into the
illusion, the illusion cannot serve you. At the
same time, you must be aware that you have
chosen this walk.

--Emmanuel's Book II - The Choice for Love

Thank you for bringing Emmanuel's words into the light of this forum.