There is a space of being that can be accessed. Within this space, the All is encountered. Many people speak of it, but few truly know it. And yet, it is there. It is available for each of us, if we but open ourselves to it.
And yet, that is easier said than done. Because what it takes, is surrender. What it takes, is release. Some people call it a journey, some people call it a path. Some people call it a gift, some people call it a blessing. Whatever it is called, though, its Essence remains the same.
This indescribable Essence is the Source of All That Is. Some call it God. Some call it the Void. Some call it Heaven, some call it the Zero-point Field. And some, call it Source.
It is the fulmination of all religious, spiritual and ethical practices. It is the underlying unity that girds perceptive diversity in belief and understanding. It is the pre-existent Reality, upon which all lesser realities are based.
Once it is experienced, it cannot be re-called. One cannot undo it. One cannot forget it. It becomes a part of you. It becomes you. It Is What It Is. It is the I Am That I Am. It is the Multiplicity of Unity. The Many in the One.
Knowledge is one thing, experience is another. Through knowledge, many think they know. Think they have achieved something, that they have become … Enlightened. But knowing, as it is generally understood, is not the same as Being.
Knowing, the epitome of mental inquiry, the heights of intellectual prognostication, is a step along the Way, but is, simultaneously, a trap, a dead-end, a stagnation in the back-waters of spiritual progression. It actively serves as a blockage, an impenetrable wall through which experience cannot be individualized and growth cannot be attained. Information energizes discursiveness, feeds the engine of thought production, obscuring that which lies somnolent yet presciently aware, imminently omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent.
Experience lies in silence. In going within. In contemplation. In knowledge of Self. The Self beyond the self, the small, personal “I” that seeks glory and fame, that jealously guards knowledge and shares pittances in hopes of accumulating dusty and spoiled accolades to be gathered and admired covetously, while projecting piousness and bombast to the world.
True Enlightenment lies beyond the profound silence that arises from the experiential juxtaposition of joy and pain, happiness and grief. There is a portal that opens then, revealing a wondrous vista of Light and Darkness, of the Infinite and the Eternal. A well of Souls that are One, yet Many, within which consciousness is subsumed, and yet existent, awash with Compassion, Empathy and Love.
This is more than the darkness that lies behind the eyes. This is more than just a mundane feeling of happiness when contemplating the Divine. More than wishful imaginings seeking to claim something not yet known, although fervently desired, beyond all else, except for desire itself. Only and invariably, suffering is the fruit of this tree.
Instead, this is direct, experiential and transcendent Awareness. Full immersion within the Formative Void, it is Nirvana, it is the utmost Beingness, wherein the One becomes the All. This is God, born within Self, shining like a spotlight through self, obliterating all lesser illusions with its illimitable glare. A burning flame of utter Awakening that leaves in its wake only clarity, a certain emptiness of personality and an openness to the Now. To Life, to Living, to Love.
Beyond religious dogma, beyond spiritual truisms, beyond pithy quotations, there is Gnosis. For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, I leave these words.
The Enlightenment Series
12. Experiential Beingness versus the Illusion of Enlightenment