Is Enlightenment Really Attainable?

by: Teresa Long

Enlightenment is generally considered to be an out-of-reach goal, attainable by only a few of the most evolved yogis, monks, and sages. What many people do not realize is that if we find the right path, this seemingly unreachable goal can become a reality for every one of us. As Deepak Chopra notes in his book Super Brain View Here , we are now on our way toward enlightenment: “One clue that enlightenment is real − and accessible − is staring at us already. We use common phrases all the time that edge right up to it: Wake up, See the light, Face reality. These are all pointers to a higher state of awareness. . . . Once the mind wakes up, sees the light, and faces reality, the brain undergoes its own physical changes.”

Any kind of shift in perception must involve a change in how our brain functions. The difference between the vast majority of people and an enlightened person is that the latter has gone further in transforming his or her mind into a vibrant, alert tool that can see the ultimate reality. The good news is that we can look for breadcrumbs along the way, such as aha! moments and experiences of awakening that will show us we are progressing on the path to enlightenment. The following feeling experiences are part of this evolutionary process and gradual shift we will undergo as our mind opens to higher states of consciousness:

Seven Degrees of Enlightenment


  • Inner calm and detachment increase – you can be centered in the midst of outer activity.
  • Feelings of connection grow – you feel less alone, more bonded with others.
  • Empathy deepens – you can sense what others are feeling, and you care about them.
  • Clarity dawns – you are less confused and conflicted.
  • Awareness becomes more acute – you get better at knowing what’s real and who is genuine.
  • Truth reveals itself – you no longer buy into conventional beliefs and prejudices. You are less swayed by outside opinions.
  • Bliss grows in your life – you love more deeply.

When you begin to notice that the above degrees of enlightenment are already aspects of your awareness in this very moment, enlightenment becomes more palpable. The only thing you need to do is expand your awareness and realize that enlightenment is no longer out of reach.
Meditation as a Path Towards Enlightenment

Developing a meditation practice is one of the ways to start cultivating connection with the true nature of reality, with the real us, and with higher states of consciousness. As we dive into the vastness of our being, we begin to get a taste of our essential nature and a deeper connection with the universe. This new expanded awareness of ourselves allows the seven degrees of enlightenment to unfold naturally and effortlessly.

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