we are on a path of conscious awareness, we may hold, as an ultimate
goal, ENLIGHTENMENT. Truthfully, few of us see ourselves becoming
enlightened masters, but still, we would like to learn some of the
the possibility that enlightenment is not some nirvana-type experience
that happens in a blinding flash, transforming us forever, but is a
process. The experiences of daily life are the raw materials we are
given to work with. Like a potter who begins with a lump of clay on the
wheel, we shape and form our own development. We learn from our
mistakes and sometimes have to start over. If we are serious students,
we incorporate the lessons from every failed attempt, and, ultimately,
are able to manifest in the physical world what was once only a vision
of beauty in our mind's eye.
the potter, the more centered and grounded we are, the more we are in
control of our own inner processes. We become enlightened one life
experience at a time. We may be very soulful and charitable in our
volunteer service, or amongst members of our spiritual community.
However, a rebellious teenaged child of ours, or a careless driver on
the road may trigger a less charitable response. The ecstatic, ethereal
flash of enlightenment we read about in ancient texts may be, in the
modern world, as simple as that sinking gut feeling that we lost our
cool and should not have spoken that way.
We all have those
moments when our higher self seems to whisper information about a
needed course correction in our behavior. We can ignore that voice for
a long time. The moment of enlightenment is when we take full
responsibility for our reactions and decide we will not, cannot, do it
that way any more. It is when we realize the impact of our behaviors
upon the innocent souls of others. (At the level of soul, we are all
innocent.) It is when we realize we each are microcosms of the bigger
world, and as we are, so is our world.
cannot have polarity and conflict in our personal lives and, at the
same time, be aghast at the rising levels of conflict on a global
scale. Enlightenment is more like the dawning of a glorious
sunrise than a big bang. Slowly, slowly, the light of awareness begins
dawning in our consciousness. Gradually that light begins to infiltrate
all we do, every aspect of our lives.
most beautiful part of the process comes when we begin to integrate
that light into every aspect of our being, and our own radiance begins
to shine. We then can begin to bring light into all kinds of dark
corners in our world, and in our lives. Enlightenment then, is a gift we all share as we work together to co-create it. That might just be what heaven on Earth is all about.
By: Gwen Randall Young is
a Chartered Psychologist. She is the author of the books Dancing
Soul: The Voice of Spirit Evolving, Echoes Through Time: A Message of
Healing for Men, and Baby Soul: A Blessing of Spirit.