I have a blog that is entitled, “Awakening To Enlightenment”. I write about many issues in the news, along with mental health issues, my Sou’s Thought of the Day and things of that nature that may leave some of my readers wondering what writing about those things has to do with enlightenment. Many may, at first, think that issues don’t seem so connected to their own idea of enlightenment. However, enlightenment is an ever-unfolding evolutionary process. It is a journey. Anything and everything that is relevant to our lives is relevant on this journey that is the process of your evolutionary enlightenment.
Enlightenment isn’t just that wondrous spiritual experience of transcending so much that constrains us in everyday life. Enlightenment is not just about the attainment of the authentic self and the witnessing experience of the connection between that authentic self and one’s higher power. Its foundation is very much about every day moments and what unfolds in those moments. More to the point enlightenment is an ever-unfolding process of continuely actively choosing to awaken, to increase your awareness, and to be involved.
Without the attention paid to the details of life one cannot build a foundation that can truly support the more evolved experiences of a more profound enlightenment. The degree to which we can get in touch with and experience more enriched and spiritually inhabiting and transforming enlightenment is dependent upon the measure of how well we observe and cope with the smallest of the small things be they difficult or pleasurable.
Enlightenment is evolutionary. It is, like most things in life, an unfolding process and not a destination. Your enlightenment will evolve as you evolve and visa versa.
Enlightenment, while it can involved all that is spiritual, esoteric, new-age, and the very best that humanity and its connection to the universal consciousness has to offer it is also to be found in the minutia of what it means to be a human being striving to live, love, and find reason to laugh in what are stressful and hectic times for humanity as a whole. To be an evolving human being in the broken and imperfect sea of humanity these days means paddling your canoe often upstream.
With every wave that seeks to push us back as we paddle and paddle the canoes that are our very lives, we need to open to the rich paradoxical questions and dilemmas rift with growth opportunities that beg us to awaken, grow more aware, and get involved in the active living of all the questions that we do not yet have the answers to.
“The whole idea behind evolutionary enlightenment is to become a liberated human being who is a real player in the life process. Because it is only in and through individuals who are real players—who have awakened to what an extraordinary privilege it is to be one of the luckiest people ever to have been born—that God or the energy and intelligence that initiated the creative process can actually do anything.” — Andrew Cohen, Editor of EnlightenNext Magazine
Are you still letting fear and protection dictate the limitations of your life and the degree to which you can experience evolutionary enlightenment? Are you still more invested in power and control? Have you not yet found the Grace of surrender? Are you still caught up in old schemes of reacting to old wounds that need your nurture and that trap you in the pain of human drama and head games? Are you a player in life? Is life still playing with you?
Are you a “real player” in the process of the unfolding of your life? Have you realized how lucky you are yet? Have you tapped into the reality and the sacred power that you have to do anything that your heart desires? Are you on the road to being the best you, you can be? Are you open to actively seeking a stronger connection with God or the energy that is the creator and holder of the wonder of all that is possible?
Deciding to live a more fully awake, aware and involved life is a choice to be a seeker of much more. In your choice to be a seeker you have decided to embrace the Grace that evolutionary enlightenment offers you. Realize that this blessed and sacred soul-connection is unfolding always in and through everything from the simple to the most complex. All you have to do is engage it.
It is important to pay attention to the news of the day. It is important to be politically engaged. It is important to care. It is important to be involved in your community, to volunteer, to give to charity. The more we engage in and care about the more that we can bring the wonders of evolutionary enlightenment to anything and everything in our lives.