What is enlightenment? It is when you recognize the world for what it is: an illusion. Everything in this so called universe is an illusion, a dream. It truly does not exist. All that exists is God, or consciousness, or whatever it is you wish to call it. What you are is a divine being, a part of God or consciousness, having a dream of separation, when there is no such thing as separation. Your ego is a part of this dream. It is a very persistent dream and there is little room for spectacle. We think that it is real, just as if we are dreaming while sleeping and feel that the dream is real, but when we wake up, we realize just how absurd the dream was and how it is in no way real, but a projection of the mind or consciousness. The key to enlightenment is that you become lucid in this dream that we call reality and realize that true reality is Source or God and nothing else. It is often referred to as Heaven.
For those people who have become enlightened, such as the Buddha and Jesus Christ, they lived in such a way that inspired others to write about them. Once you become enlightened, there is no more need for additional reincarnations. It may take many lifetimes to get where it is you need to be to reach enlightenment, but realizing that this reality is indeed a dream, an illusion, is the first step to getting there. We all are one in reality, but in the dream, we have the illusion of separation, due to the ego’s influence on our consciousness. The ego is very defensive, and will do almost anything to ensure its survival. If you ever try to transcend your ego, you will notice that it will fight you to the bitter end. It will try and trick you. But what most people don’t realize is that the ego, along with what we think of as the real world, is an illusion and the only true reality is of Source. The universe was created by the ego, but only in a dream form. But we don’t realize that until after we die as a physical being or become enlightened in our last incarnation on this planet.
If we were to all “wake up” instantaneously, it would be very traumatic emotionally. This is why most people don’t truly wake up until they have achieved enlightenment. It is a noble goal, and could take many lifetimes to achieve. But you can accelerate the process by becoming a student of A Course in Miracles, or other texts that are designed to get you to the point where you can forgive unconditionally. Forgiveness is the key to salvation. And since what you are forgiving isn’t even truly real, but a dream, it’s not so hard to do. That is, once you get the big picture about the true nature of reality. I find this to be a fascinating belief system, which comes partially from Jesus Christ’s real teachings, not the stuff you’ll find in the Bible, but the stuff that Jesus and other enlightened beings actually said or did. Not what people wrote about him centuries later in an attempt to control the masses through guilt and shame. Christ never advocated such nonsense. He loved everyone equally, and never judged anyone. A true humanitarian.
I have to say, reading The Disappearance of the Universe has truly opened my eyes to what many of those enlightened beings were trying to convey. All of it makes perfect sense from a subjective viewpoint, because they realized that the world is indeed subjective, not objective, and that objectivity was simply an illusion that people regarded as true, simply because that is how they had been conditioned. The religions we have today have barely any resemblance to what these prophets actually taught, and it has become more about money and converting people to your way of thinking than anything else. But when you look at what these people actually said, you realize that it has no denomination, as it is the simple truth and nothing else. The universe is an illusion and the true reality is God consciousness. Total and complete oneness.
I figure this stuff may be way out there for some people, but it makes sense intuitively to me and many others who have heard of such ideas as subjective reality and God consciousness. To become enlightened is to truly know who you really are, not your ego, and not your mind, but pure God consciousness. You are the same as God, as he created you in his image. Not your physical body, but your spirit or soul. And when your physical body dies off, you will return home to whence you came, and then come back to the illusion until you reach the peak of enlightenment. At that point, you will no longer have any need to go back into the illusion, other than to help other illusory bodies pass over to the enlightenment side. It’s a journey to say the least, and getting there will not be easy. Most people need help from some spiritual source, but it will happen for everyone eventually, as there is no time limit, as the time in this illusory reality is also illusory. So, no need to worry if you’re not there yet. You will be, your path is already pre-determined, but you can always choose to accelerate or delay the process of returning Home. The choice is up to you. I definitely recommend reading The Disappearance of the Universe, and then A Course in Miracles. I haven’t read the latter yet, but the former has tons of references from that book, so it has a similar structure.
Good luck on your path towards ultimate bliss and enlightenment. It may take lifetimes, but it will be well worth it in the end.
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