Have You Achieved Enlightenment?

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Have you achieved enlightenment?


You would know if you did. You’d know it far more easily than knowing if you’d been struck by a bolt of lightning. And that’s why you’re here in this world. That’s why you are reading all those books and this as well. Because you are still searching for enlightenment. If you had found it, you would not be on this plane, or you would be an Adept, and teaching others rather than reading books – even ancient texts.  Because you would then truly ‘know it all’, at least spiritually speaking. You would have Universal Consciousness. You would not be struggling with your self, or being self-centered or selfish anymore. You would only “Unselfishly Love.”

There are basically two kinds of people reading this (and some who are combinations of the two kinds). The first kind of person is just reading it because it is unusual and perhaps somewhat interesting reading. That includes those who are fascinated with lost civilizations, lost history, and mysterious technology. But the other kind of reader is one who is more “into” spiritual knowledge, studies, practices, abilities, etc. What some call a spiritual “seeker”.

This reminder is really addressed to them. There are those of you reading this right now, who have collected spiritual and metaphysical knowledge for many years, and been involved with various spiritual “paths”, trends, or techniques. Some of you will read this and say, “Yes, I already know,” or, “It’s redundant,” or “I have heard these things before – I already know them, so this information is of little use to me”.

I don’t mean to offend you or belittle your knowledge or wisdom. But if you have thought such things, ask yourself the following questions before you read any more with that kind of attitude, or before you just “file these teachings away” with the rest of your knowledge.

  • Are you already “enlightened”, or “Universally Conscious”?

    There are various definitions of enlightenment, so here’s what we mean – If you have achieved what we call enlightenment, you have taken the controlling reins of your life from your selfish separate self, and handed them over to your higher self, and the Universal Spirit. Have you done that?  Has Unselfish Love replaced selfishness in your day to day life? And if not, have you “dropped everything” and rearranged the priorities in your life with the goal of achieving these changes as fast as possible?

    If the answer to the above is ‘no,’ then the next question is, why not? If you know the keys – why haven’t you used them?  If you don’t know the keys, maybe somewhere in these words something will click for you. Like we said, we don’t mean to be insulting, or to offend you, we just want to help certain readers who might benefit from this idea. So, please keep that in mind now. While there are certain exceptions, if you are already “enlightened”, it is very, very unlikely that you would even be reading this right now. You would likely have no need or interest in reading this, because you would have achieved all you need. The searching stops.

    Those who have attained enlightenment, Universal Consciousness, or whatever you want to call it, generally no longer read about spiritual teachings or philosophy, because they are of no use to them – they don’t need them anymore.  And when you no longer need the things you once found in a book, you change, and your interest in them falls away. (You may still need books on plumbing, but that’s a different subject). It’s not like being a doctor or something where you have to keep up on the latest advances in prolonging life. Sure, you could say there are degrees of enlightenment, and you might read something to achieve a greater degree than you have. But there is one “biggy” to enlightenment that is like a light switch, and it’s either on or off.

    So if you are reading this, and that “big” switch isn’t turned on yet, for your own good, please put aside whatever you already know, just for a while at least. Even more importantly, please put aside any ego that could “get in your own way”. This could prevent you from getting a seemingly insignificant “little piece of something” out of this that might help you become enlightened. Just have an open mind, and see where this takes you.

    Even if you were enlightened, and found a book that “sounds interesting” which is certainly possible, you wouldn’t have the time to muse over it. When you become enlightened, you are very, very busy, helping others to attain the same freedom, peace, and unselfish love you have found, or you go on and ascend to a higher vibrational plane. If you stay, you “work” for the Universal Spirit, so to speak. You align your will, with Universal Will, and thus you become very busy doing your little part in the “Universal Flow”.

    For example, at this point in our life, we don’t read any spiritual or philosophical books. We no longer have the inclination, let alone the time.  We did need to write this though, because it was both our “job” to do so (in the service of the Universal Spirit), and our desire to help you. Not to say that it should do the same for you, because you may have a very different path (people do have legitimate different paths). But if we had read this insight you are reading now, it would have at least been the end of the “book” part of our search. Because it would have answered our questions, and all the pieces of truth would have fallen into place as a whole.

    But again, maybe these words aren’t your spiritual “cup of tea”, so to speak, and this won’t do the same for you that it would have for us.  Maybe it’s just one of your stepping stones along the way, and has some things you consider “bits” of truth. Or maybe you’re not ready for it yet. Or maybe it is right for your path, but you’re just afraid of the radical changes it would bring into your life, if you allowed yourself to realize and accept the truth – your truth. It’s certainly not for us to say. But in any case, if you are still reading this – you are probably still looking for something. And if so, just admit it.

    A long time ago we discovered the hard way that it doesn’t pay to be egotistical, self-centred, or “cocky” about what you already know.  Humility never killed anyone, but cockiness has. Humility will get you to peace of mind and “enlightenment” faster than anything else. A “spiritual ego” will prevent it. So go ahead and let yourself go, and look very closely, with an open mind and heart. Spirituality is simple. Love is simple. Truth is simple. Enlightenment is simple.

    It’s all basic stuff that we all really know deep inside somehow, yet most people don’t live by it, and they’ve blocked it out. An article like this helps to remind you and inspire you. If you haven’t “gotten it” yet, maybe this will help. If you think it’s redundant, what can we say?  How could it be redundant, if you haven’t “gotten it” yet? We know we needed to hear certain things over and over, until we finally really did “hear it”, “get it”, and actually change. Some of you may already know everything you need to become truly great beings who are a blessing to all, yet you don’t do what you need to do to achieve that. Why?  What’s your “good reason”?

    We’ve seen them all. Some continue to cling to the lives they’ve built. Jobs. Friends. Associates. Kids. Hold on to the familiar shore. There are all kinds of excuses to avoid real change. Some people even use the search for spiritual knowledge, or “sharing” of knowledge, or even the search for a spiritual path, as a means to actually avoid change. It doesn’t matter what the excuse is. It doesn’t matter if it is clinging to a house, car, friend, lover, family, job, city, or whatever. It also doesn’t matter what you fear.

    All bodies die someday, and the specifics of your life will become irrelevant. So it doesn’t matter if your reason for not “going for it” is the best reason in the world. The BOTTOM LINE is this – Whatever reason is holding you back from what you need to do to achieve “enlightenment” and Oneness with your Maker –  is not a good enough reason. This is the kind of attitude one must have. And the knowledge of how to do it is not good enough.  Knowledge can only point the way; you are the one who must actually take the journey.

    “A little knowledge that acts, is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle”. – Khalil Gibran

    About the Author

    Rene’ Descartes is a frustrated desert veggie farmer in South Africa who ponders and wonders much about truth. Having sailed around the world on a small yacht over a 4 year period, Rene’ is now interested in healing the terminally ill and in being of assistance to the all the souls entering earth right now. Email Rene’ at Shamballa@wispernet.co.za.

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