Leonard Jacobson – Question 1: What Is Enlightenment?

Answer, There are a number of levels from which I can respond to your question…
The first is to say that enlightenment is the awakened state of Being. When all thoughts have stopped and you are in a state of deep inner silence, which is profoundly peaceful and still, you are in the enlightened state. You are so fully present with everything around you that separation largely dissolves and you experience Oneness. You feel the Presence of God or the Divine within you and within everything around you.

It is profoundly blissful. A deep inner knowing arises and yet you are in silence. You come to know yourself as love. Profound insights and revelations sometimes emerge out of the silence. Spontaneous healings can occur.

This awakened state is the natural state of your Being. It is the truth of who you are. It is ever present within you. It is just that most of the time, you are so involved in the world of the thinking mind and the past and future that you are largely unaware of it.

At the deepest level of enlightenment, or Presence, all separation dissolves completely. The personal dimension of you disappears. There is no sense of your self in the past or the future. There is no sense of life outside of the present moment. You have become utterly absorbed into Oneness and the mystery of existence in the moment.

However, you cannot function in the world at this level. You would need a team of caretakers to take care of you. I recommend a softer version of enlightenment — one that allows you to function in the world in an enlightened and balanced way.

This means that you are fundamentally grounded in the present moment, but the world of time is available to you. You are in the world but not of the world. You have a sense of the past and future, but you are not identified with it in any way. You know that only this moment is the truth of life.

Enlightenment is also a process.

Each time you allow repressed feelings, thoughts and memories to emerge from the darkness of your unconscious mind into the light of awakened consciousness, you bring more light into your life and your Being. As you continue with this process of liberating yourself from the wounds and traumas of the past, you will gradually become enlightened, which simply means that there is nothing left in the darkness of the unconscious mind.
Source: Leonard Jacobson

How to FREE Yourself from Depression / Stay as Awareness / Non-Duality Teacher Rupert Spira

Published on Jan 4, 2017

Non-duality teacher Rupert Spira shows us a ‘method’ / a ‘treatment’ which those who are not in spirituality won’t often hear. But we have to deal with it responsibly and honestly! He advices us to remain as the knower, as awareness, detached from the depression itself and thus becoming free from suffering and depression.


Depression is a becoming more and more a serious mental health illness, which – without therapy or treatment – can lead to a life full of suffering or even suicide. But we don’t have to live with it forever. Rupert shares his advice on how to deal with depression wisely so that we get a spiritual understanding of it and overcome not only depression, but also other negative emotions like sadness, doubt, frustration, melancholia, etc.

Rupert asks us to enquire into the nature of what is going on inside of us. What is it that we know about depression? (Rupert Spira Quotes)
‘All there is to the depression is the knowing [awareness ] of it, that knowing is shining right on the surface of the feeling. It’s not buried behind it. You don’t have to separate yourself out from the depression and go looking for this knowing presence, (…) It’s right there shining (…).’ He continues ‘So give your attention to the knowing.’ It’s a very subtle change of focus that we have to make. Instead of focusing on the depression, we focus on the knowing of it. And we don’t have to escape the negative feeling. Because on the surface of the feeling, our true being shines. As a result of this ‘The depression itself, the feeling itself will have been revealed, the true substance of the feeling will have been revealed, which is happiness. Happiness is the substance of all feelings, even our deepest depression.’

So, if we listen to Rupert’s advice we can learn

– how to deal with depression and other negative emotions and feelings
– how to become free of the suffering that depression can create
– how to become aware of depression
– how to live a happier life
– how to enquire into and meditate on our true nature, which is awareness and how to remain as that awareness / consciousness.
– how to be your true, authentic Self.


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