Enlightenment, what is that?
I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and is telling you to look inside.
Look inside yourself…
Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of being and the deep unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars…
They are looking outside for pleasures or for scraps of fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things, but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.
The word Enlightenment conjures up the idea of some sort of superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way.
But it is simply your natural state of felt oneness of being. It is the state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible. Something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you.
It is finding your true nature beyond name and form.
The inability to feel this connectedness gives rise to the illusion of separation from yourself and from the world around you.
You then perceive yourself consciously or unconsciously as an isolated fragment. Fear arises and conflict within and without becomes the norm.
I love the Buddha’s simple definition of enlightenment as the end of suffering. There’s nothing superhuman in that, is there?
Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, Chapter 1: You are Not Your Mind
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