Enlightenment and What It Means to Me

I have been searching for the meaning of enlightenment from a non-spiritual perspective. Here is what I found to be the most appropriate. Written by Dan Millman, the book “No Ordinary Moments, The Peaceful Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life” is highly recommended to those who seek meanings to their daily struggles.

What is Enlightenment?
“A flash of enlightenment offers a preview of what is to come. After it fades, you will see more clearly what separates YOU from the STATE.”

Enlightenment is the premonition to see and understand things that is to come from a neutral or third party’s perspective. This detachment involves our ability to free ourselves from our mental prison. This allows us to visualise and evaluate without emotional attachment that include fears, worries, insecurities, envies, frustrations, etc.

What Happens After Enlightenment?
“After illumination, difficulties continue to arise, what changes is our relationship to them. We will see more and resist less. We gain the capacity to turn our problems into lessons and our lessons into wisdom.”

The key lie in our ability to define clearly our relationship with the matter at hand.Isn’t it true that we resist less once our mind has expanded? Our understanding and tolerance of others also increases as we begin to see beyond our immediate realities and take into account others’ realities too.As humans, we are also our own worst enemy. Our human weakness typically lies with our characteristic flaws. We are by nature; calculative and defensive with a potentially destructive pattern of thinking, feeling and acting for sole purpose i.e. self preservation. Ask yourself these questions:

• If something goes wrong, will you be the first one to stand up and admit your fault?

• If you win, do you give credit to not only yourself, but to others as well?

• If you see a champion, do you envy him and tell yourself you can likewise be like him given the right conditions?

Life is painful and suffering arises from making wrong decisions. Consider this – there is also blessing in adversity only if we learn from our mistakes. I have a hard time of learning from mistakes twice or thrice over.But every mistake made always serves as a valuable lesson if only we take charge of our life and be responsible for it. To gain wisdom from our mistakes, introspection is needed or otherwise, there is none gained. Here’s an entry of my regular introspection.Through the accumulation of our knowledge, experiences and wisdom, we strive to make better decisions; experience fewer sufferings and become worthy individuals.