The Age Of Spiritual Awakening Has Really Begun – New Research Confirms

We live in the age of awakening. More and more people are concerned about this: Who or what am I? I’m just the sum of my personal life story, memories, experiences, thoughts and sufferings? Or is therein me a hidden dimension of a mysterious consciousness, which is superimposed by the noise of my personal life stories?

The spiritual awakening means for the person the ability “to clearly see that what I perceive, experience, think or feel, is after all not the same as what I am.” As soon as a person recognizes who he or she is not, immediately comes the recognition of who he or she actually is: “The light of consciousness, in which perceptions, experiences, thoughts and emotions come and go. This consciousness in the background, is the deeper, real self.”

The Presence thus created (conscious alertness) brings about the sense of tranquility and internal peace. The sustained conscious attention launches the spiritual process of transubstantiation that leads the individual to conscious alertness, new perspective and new ways of observing. This process, by transforming the consciousness of the person, changes the entire personality of the individual.

The transformation of the conscience, the beginning of spiritual consciousness, is when the person experiences that he or she is the consciousness that perceives the operation of Ego. In Tolle’s opinion, when a person is aware that he/she is thinking, the consciousness that experiences this is not part of the person’s thinking. This is another dimension of consciousness.

Eckhart Tolle believes that this conscious alertness has already appeared at a small, but rapidly increasing part of mankind.

Following the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, Frank M Wanderer created the Conscious Alertness Scale and carried out its statistical analysis. The purpose has been developing a new measuring instrument for the recognition of spiritual consciousness. An attempt has been made to find out whether this new consciousness exists at all and to what extent it is present in the population concerned (college students).

The measuring instrument thus created was used to seek an answer to the question as to whether the Conscious Alertness was present among college students, and whether there was any difference between the two genders in this respect. Eight hundred and fifty-four students were involved in the survey.

Frank research has verified his research hypothesis, that is, Conscious Alertness is present among college students.

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The Conscious Alertness Scale revealed three dimensions of the Presence:

1. Reduction in the functions of Ego
2.Transcending the functions of Ego
3.Alert consciousness in the present

Among college students, the Alert Consciousness in the Present dimension of the Conscious Alertness had the highest prevalence.

Within that dimension, the sense of an “inner body” (an internal vividness behind the external body) was the most common. Of the students, 14,4% experience this feeling several times a day and 13,1% of them at least once a day. An individual is only able to experience this emotion if he or she is consciously experiencing the current moment. Of the college students, 9,8% experiences an emotion several times a day and 9,1% does so once a day that the surrounding world is the reflection of the universal existence. Of the students, 8,5% see themselves in moments of clear conscience several times a day and 4,6% of them experiences this at least once a day. Of the students, 5,9% experience the sense of peace and happiness without any particular reason every day, and 3,3% of them are visited by this feeling several times a day.

The second most common dimension of Conscious Alertness was Reduction in the Functions of Ego. Within that, the reduction of the desire to possess things was particularly conspicuous.

Of the students, 9,8% rarely and 3,3% of them never or almost never experienced the longing for something more. Being offended and nursing, sustaining the sense of being offended as the strategies of reinforcing the Ego also had a diminishing tendency among many of the college students (rarely: 6,5%, never or almost never 2,6%; nursing the sense of being offended: rarely 5,2%, never or almost never 2,6%). The prevalence of experiencing the sense of “I am right” as a strategy of sustaining and reinforcing the Ego also diminished considerably among college students. Of those college students, 5,2% of them rarely and 3,3% of them never or almost never experience this emotion. Of the college students, 7,8% rarely experience the recklessness and dissatisfaction rooted in dissatisfied want and desires, and 1,3% of them almost never do. The withdrawal of the Ego was the least spectacular at complaining (rarely 2,6%, never or almost never 1,3% of them complain) and boasting (2,1% boast rarely, 0,7% never or almost never do so).

The prevalence of Transcending the Functions of Ego was the least common among the components of the Conscious Alertness.

Within that dimension, transcending thinking and emotions were the most frequent patterns of behavior. 3,3% of the students experience this impression daily and 2% several times a day. Of the students, 2,6% have the impression that their thoughts and emotions constitute only a small fragment of their real personalities, and 0,7% of them encounter this feeling several times a day. In the frequency of occurrence, this was followed by the detachment from external things, which was experienced by 3,2% of the students every day and 0,7% of them several times a day. Students appeared to be least capable of transcending the perpetual operation of thinking; only 1,4% of them experienced that the stream of their was aimless and repetitive.

Eckhart Tolle argues that the emergence of the Conscious Alertness is relatively independent of gender; it appears in men as well as in women.

Frank research findings underpin this opinion, as we were unable to reveal any considerable difference between the genders in any of the dimensions of Conscious Alertness.

~ Frank M. Wanderer

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Vedic Astrology – Jyotish – as based on the Rik Veda By Drs. Frans Langenkamp Ph.D.

We have now seen that Jyotish is one of the limbs (Angas) of Rik Veda. In fact, Jyotish is considered the most important of all the six Vedangas. Just as Vedanta, the most important of the six Upangas, contains within its fold all the knowledge and principles enumerated in the other five Upangas, so Jyotish forms both the synopsis as well as the culmination of the other five Vedangas.

The term Jyotish consists of two words namely “Jyoti” and “sha.” “Jyoti” means “light” while “sha” means “the best, the most excellent, eternal.” Thus, Jyotish refers to the most excellent of all lights. What actually is the best of all lights? Is there any eternal light? All the Upanishads are there to declare that the light of the Self, the light of the consciousness of man is the light of all lights, the source of all visible lights. It is identified with the eternal light of Brahman, the essence of the entire creation.

Yajnavalkya in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad declares that when all visible lights have gone, the inner light of the Self still remains, guiding man in all his thoughts, speech and actions (See Br. Up. 4.3.6.). Thus, Jyotish refers to the light of all lights, the light of pure consciousness, the Self of all beings. Jyotish is therefore really a limb of the Veda, since the Veda is nothing but, if not the encyclopaedia of the structuring dynamics of consciousness, which are responsible for the creation and evolution of all that exists in the universe.

Traditionally, Jyotish has been regarded as the eyes of the Veda, the eyes of pure knowledge, by which the structure of the Veda itself can be known and understood – indeed, by which the entire creation can be known and understood. Because Jyotish is such an important limb of the body of Rik Veda, we should be able to locate the basic ingredients of Jyotish in Rik Veda. Let us, therefore take a closer look at the structure of the Veda, as revealed by Maharishi’s Apaurusheya Bhasya. The Apaurusheya Bhasya on Rik Veda

The Rik Veda consists of ten Chapters called mandalas. Maharishi’s Apaurusheya Bhasya (uncreated commentary) on the Rik Veda has made clear that all the knowledge of the ten mandalas of Rik Veda is concentratedly available in the first mandala, consisting of 192 suktas (hymns).

Furthermore, the commentary indicates that all knowledge of the first mandala is contained in the first sukta, consisting of nine richas (verses). And that all knowledge of the first sukta is contained in the first richa, consisting of nine words. And that all the knowledge contained in the first richa is contained in the first pada (a group of eight syllables). And that the knowledge contained in first pada is contained in the first word. And that the knowledge of the first word is contained in the first syllable “Ak.” And that the knowledge of the first syllable is contained in the first letter “A.”
Maharishi is the first commentator of the Rik Veda throughout the long corridor of time, who is aware of this perfect orderly and sequential structure of Rik Veda. Furthermore, Maharishi is the first commentator to give importance to the gaps between the syllables, words, padas, richas, suktas, and mandalas.

The 9 grahas associated with the 9 words of Rik Veda
We have seen earlier that the nine grahas are the point values of the nine basic universal Laws of Nature, which are responsible for creating, maintaining and dissolving the entire universe. Please note that the grahas are not identical with the Laws of Nature; they are the physical representation of the Laws of Nature. (In the case of Rahu and Ketu, they are just mathematical points, invisible but calculable as the intersection of the Moon’s orbital plane with the ecliptic.) The nine grahas taken together represent all the forces of nature, responsible for the creation and evolution of everything in the universe. This being the case, as is taught to us by the ancient Maharshi’s, all qualities and characteristics of the nine planets must be considered part and parcel of the whole text of Rik Veda.

Thanks to Maharishi’s Apaurusheya Bhasya, we know that the entire Veda is contained in all its levels of elaboration. If the Veda is the expression of all the Laws of Nature, and if the nine grahas represent all the Laws of Nature, then certainly the knowledge of the nine grahas must be contained in all levels of expression of Rik Veda. As we learned earlier, the entire knowledge of the Veda is in compact form available in the first letter, the first syllable, the first word, first pada, first sukta and first mandala.

It should be possible to demonstrate that the knowledge of the nine grahas is completely available on each of these levels of elaboration of the Vedic text. Preliminary research has shown that this is indeed very well possible. We are in the happy circumstance that we are in the possession of Maharishi’s written commentary on one of these levels of elaboration, i.e., the first richa of Rik Veda.

Is it a coincidence that this first richa of Rik Veda, comprising the totality of Rik Veda, consists of nine words? Jyotish informs us that their are no coincidences in this universe. Could it be that there exists a correspondence between these nine words and the nine grahas?

Maharishi’s written translation and commentary on this first richa of Rik Veda can be found in a publication, issued in 1976, under the title Creating an Ideal Society – a Global Undertaking. In this book, Maharishi elaborates on the inherent meaning of each of the first nine words of Rik Veda, in the context of describing the 16 versions of the Constitution of the World Government of the Age of Enlightenment. The first richa of Rik Veda reads as follows: “Agnim ile purohitam yagyasya devam ritvijam hotaram ratna dhatamam.” (Rik Veda 1.1.1)

Let us take up Maharishi’s in-depth descriptions of these first nine words of Rik Veda, and see whether they can be related to the basic qualities, the essential nature of each of the nine grahas. The definition of each of the nine words, given below between quotation marks, has been taken beginning with page 128 of this publication.

Agnim
“…contains within its structure, in seed form, the full knowledge of all Laws of Nature, all evolutionary processes, and all forms and actions in the universe. A such it represents the whole value of Supreme intelligence…”

Clearly this relates to Surya, the Sun, who in Jyotish represents pure consciousness, Creative Intelligence, the Self, the source of all knowledge and action. The superficial word meaning of Agni is “fire,” and the Sun is the only graha that consists of fire and is illuminating with its light all the other grahas of the solar system. Just as Agni is the source of the whole Veda and the Vedic Literature, the Sun can be seen as the source of all activity and life forms in the solar system.

Ile
“…displays the Mechanics of Creation, contained within the word Agnim. … It expresses the first awakening of the Laws of Nature as they initiate activity within the field of consciousness.” This relates to Chandra, the Moon, because in Jyotish the Moon represents the mind, which is just another expression for “activity within the field of consciousness.”

“By virtue of being awareness, transparent to itself, consciousness emerges from within its pure potentiality (Agnim) and, curving back on to itself (Ile) establishes an “observer-observed” relationship within its own structure.” It is activity in consciousness that structures the subject-object relationship within the indivisible wholeness of consciousness. Here, we have the description of how the mind relates to pure consciousness, or in terms of Jyotish how the Moon interacts with the Sun and further how it reflects the values of the Sun. “Ile,”

Maharishi states, “is the first sprouting of the supreme intelligence to become the first expression of Creative Intelligence.” This passage describes how the mind arises out of pure consciousness. Maharishi has stated that Ile means “to repeat over and over again” – in terms of Jyotish, this mainly refers to the Moon, since the Moon represents anything of a cyclical nature. During the process of Transcendental Meditation, the mind “curves back onto the self,” like the Moon is merging into Sun every month again. This illustrates the fact that Ile relates to the qualities and characteristics of the Moon as described by Jyotish.

Purohitam
“…is pure potentiality in motion … it is the wholeness of consciousness enlivened by self-knowledge and capable of initiating action within its own unmanifest structure… the silent initiator and inner controller of all action, the fountainhead of all authority, law and power…”
In Jyotish, Mangala (Mars) is described as the army general, the initiator of action, the archetype of power and authority. Maharishi emphasises that the power and authority exhibited by Purohitam, is derived from Agnim – this is precisely the case with Mangala, the army general, whose power and authority are based upon the strength of the king Surya (the Sun).
These points establish the fact that Purohitam relates to Mangala.

Yagyasya
“…expresses the code of action by which any desired goal can be achieved. The mechanics of achievement are that consciousness, simply by following its own nature, puts its infinite potential to use in the field of action.”
Consciousness expresses its nature through desiring. Desiring is the ultimate means of achieving anything. This principle relates perfectly to Rahu (the Northern lunar moon node), since its very nature is to desire, and to achieve one goal after another.

Rahu is the locomotive of life, the locomotive of desire, by which creatures follow their own nature. It is interesting to note that the Shrimad Bhagavatam, one of the two Mahapuranas, makes mention of a boar incarnation of God. This boar is the embodiment of all Yagyas. Yagyas are subtle technologies of Vedic engineering, by which any desired goal can be achieved.

In the Second Chapter of the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, Parashara enumerates the ten incarnations of God, and classifies them with reference to a certain graha. In this classification the boar incarnation relates to Rahu.. From these points it is evident that there is a cosmic correspondence between yagyasya and the qualities of Rahu.

Devam
“…is the impulse of Creative Intelligence that spontaneously leads all activity in an evolutionary direction.”

Clearly, this is the function of Guru (Jupiter), who is the guide, the teacher, the spiritual preceptor of the Devas, (impulses of Creative Intelligence, personified as gods). Of all the grahas it is mainly the quality of Guru that makes us go for evolution, expansion, enlightenment, etc. Guru shows us the way toward the realization of evolutionary goals and aspirations. From this consideration it is clear that devam is an exact expression of the Guru principle.

Ritvijam
“…is the absolute, non-active value of Creative Intelligence. The supreme intelligence is so unlimited that it can function without functioning – its very presence regulates activity so that it is spontaneously right” … it is … “the element which maintains wholeness of consciousness and witnesses all activity.”
These attributes of consciousness [remember: we are speaking of different qualities of one and the same consciousness] remind us of the characteristics of Shani (Saturn). Shani represents the Absolute, the silence, meditation, introspection, the state of yoga, the witnessing aspect of our consciousness, the gate to perfection in life. It represents our conscience, the inner guiding light for all our thought, speech and action. Thus it is clear that ritvijam represents the essence of the Shani principle.

Hotaram
“…is Creative Intelligence in action. Whereas ritvijam faces himself, Hotaram faces activity”… by which … “the whole range of activity can be endowed with the infinite potential of Creative Intelligence, so that every action yields the greatest results. Its goal is lively fulfilment in the waves of living.”
This description clearly relates to the Budha principle represented by the graha Budha (Mercury), who is the fast moving graha of Creative Intelligence in action. Budha infuses intelligence, creativity, liveliness and joy into all phases of our daily life and even in our professional sphere.

On the level of the superficial meaning of this first richa of Rik Veda, hotaram refers to the actual performer of a yagya (Vedic performance) – the person who is reciting the appropriate mantras of the Vedas, while dextrously pouring prescribed oblations into the fire. This is exactly the characteristic of Budha, who in Jyotish parlance, is said to know all the four Vedas by heart, and is the dextrous, skilled performer of intelligent actions. All these points clearly establish a connection between hotaram and Budha.

Ratna
“…the pure brilliance of Creative Intelligence shining in its most concentrated form between silence and action, Absolute and relative”… it is “the grace of life in its highest form, the culmination of all processes of evolution.”

Clearly, this description can only relate to Ketu (the Southern lunar node), since Ketu is known as the “mokshakaraka” the bestower of moksha, liberation, which Vedic Science declares to be the culmination of all processes of evolution. Ketu stands for total knowledge, total enlightenment, which is shining in its most concentrated form between silence and action, between Absolute and relative. Consciousness is found in the gap between all opposite values. Ketu, as such, is nothing – it is only a mathematical point, defined by the interaction between the Sun and the Moon – between the Absolute (the Sun) and the relative (the Moon), between silence and dynamism. Ketu in Jyotish symbology is related to the Sun, as the pure brilliance of Creative Intelligence.

It is interesting to note that Rahu relates to the Moon, which in Jyotish symbology represents the mind. According to Vedic psychology, every activity of the mind is intrinsically an expression of desire, thus relating the Rahu principle both to the Moon as well as to the performance of yagyas as we have seen earlier.
On the superficial level of the word-meaning, ratna means “jewel”, and, as such, it also relates to Ketu, since Ketu stands for brilliance, sparks of fire, and any unusual or striking phenomenon catching the attention. In the description of the next word “dhatamam,” Maharishi refers back to ratna, as symbolising enlightened people. All these points establish a relationship between ratna and the Ketu principle.

Dhatamam
“…shows consciousness as having grown to such a degree of concentrated fullness and purity that it overflows to radiate its value in the environment.” In dhatamam, Maharishi writes, “consciousness is shown as the giver of the supreme value of life, as bestowing enlightenment and making it universally available.”

On the level of the word-meaning “dhatamam” means giver. Giving is an expression of love. Giving is the spontaneous result of the overflowing of the fullness of consciousness. The values represented by “dhatamam”, can therefore be related to the nature of Shukra (Venus), who stands for the principle of love and sharing, spontaneously radiating its value to the environment.

Maharishi implies that the value of overflowing, contained in dhatamam, is the spontaneous result of the concentrated fullness and purity of consciousness. It is interesting to note that the word-meaning of Shukra is “pure.” The love that Shukra stands for in Jyotish parlance is the spontaneous result of the fullness of consciousness. Only when the Self is experienced in all its purity and fullness then love can then spontaneously emanate from this experience of Self-awareness. All these points confirm that dhatamam is related to the essence of the Shukra principle, the principle of love and sharing.

Copyright © 1998. Drs. Frans Langenkamp, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

Author’s Bio:
Frans Langenkamp is Vedic Astrologer and Vedanta Expert. He lives and teaches in the Netherlands and in Germany

Awaken Interviews Leonard Jacobson – What It Means To Awaken

Posted on October 8, 2017

Donna Quesada: Well, Leonard it’s really nice to meet you. David gave me your book a few weeks ago and I sure have enjoyed it and I was just delighted to know.

I would be talking with you today. So on a personal level thank you and thank you for sharing your time with Awaken.

Leonard Jacobson: Well, thank you, it’s a pleasure to be here with you.

DONNA: Thank you very much. I spent some time in Sydney. Many years ago, though. One day I’ll make it back. Well, as you know the web site is called Awaken.com, so we have a little tradition…so, if you’ll indulge us, we like to start with the question of what it means to awaken. So, if you wouldn’t mind sharing your thoughts on that?

LEONARD: Ok. Well, for me, it’s very very simple. We have to ask the question, “what are we awakening from?” And, “what are we Awakening to?” What we are awakening from is the world of the human thinking mind. The mind that never stops thinking. And whenever we think, we take ourselves into this world of the mind and it’s really the world of the remembered past and the imagined future. Sometimes I call it “the world of the mind.” Sometimes I call it “your story.” Everything outside of this moment is your story. It’s based in the past or imagining into the future. So, sometimes I call it “your dream.” It’s a world of illusion because it’s made up of memory, imagining, concepts, ideas, beliefs. And it’s also a world of separation because we’ve actually separated ourselves from the truth in life and the truth of who we are. The truth of love, the truth of God. So it’s a very limited level of consciousness when we’re functioning within the world of the mind. And we are actually governed by the ego. It’s almost like the ego is the custodian in that world of the mind…in the story…within the dream. And it has a very specific role that it plays within that limited level of consciousness.

When we are in the mind…that part of ourselves speaking, goes all the way back to our childhood. In fact, it goes all the way beyond that. It goes into past lives, but we don’t need to concern ourselves with that for now. But it goes all the way back to childhood, so when you are living with the mind, you are living with all those limited beliefs that form in the mind when you are a child. For example, limiting beliefs like, I’m all alone…there’s no one here for me…I’m not good enough…I can’t do it…there must be something wrong with me…I’m not loved. All of those sorts of limiting beliefs that affect our experience of life and affect our experience of ourselves.

We also live with all of the repressed emotions that have accumulated within us since childhood and they are still with us. These repressed emotions play havoc with our lives. So, that’s what we are awakening from. A world of illusion and separation. Filled with all the limiting beliefs and repressed feelings and false concepts and beliefs. What do we Awaken to?

We Awaken into the world of Now. The real truth. The present moment. And as we awaken into the world of now, into the present moment, we begin to experience ourselves in a completely different way. Almost like we are experiencing a new dimension of ourselves. A new dimension of life. And our experience of life is dramatically changed. So, that’s what I mean by awakening. Awakening into the world of now and then we’ll experience the truth on many, many levels.

DONNA: You know, it’s an interesting thing. You were saying how we are either swinging like a pendulum into the past, or otherwise into the fantasies of the future, but this is something that I’ve thought about before…too much thinking is exactly the problem. But, even when we are in the present, it seems like the mind is still in its fantasies because we are busy judging and we are only judging what we see, which is part of the story. So, we are sabotaged even when we are here. Is that the work of the mind as well?

LEONARD: What’s happening is that you’re not really present. You think you’re present but at the level where you are free of all this. So, you really need to be able to distinguish. When you are truly present and awake in the present moment and when you are in the mind, it is very subtle. We need to be able to distinguish those two dimensions, so we can never be mistaken again. And I have a very clear test, a very simple test that distinguishes whether we are truly present or whether we are in the mind. It’s very similar to that test we did at school, the litmus test. Red, Blue or Orange. Whether it’s acid or alkaline. It’s simple and it’s clear and as non-negotiable as that test. So, the test of presence is very simple. It is the test of science. If you are truly present in this moment, your mind is silent, which means there are no thoughts. You’re not trying to stop thoughts, but you are so present that thoughts stop all by themselves because you are present.

You see, thoughts are always past, future. There is no possibility of thinking within the present moment. It’s impossible. You have to leave the present moment to think about it. So, all our thoughts take us into the past or future. So, that’s the real test. How do you be truly present? You feel like you are truly here and nowhere else and your mind is silent. Even if it’s just for 10 seconds. That’s actually okay. Because slowly, slowly, the space between thoughts will get wider and wider. A huge gap is possible until you wake up one morning and you find that your mind is essentially silent. And you are essentially present. Now, you can still think, of course. You can still think, but now you are thinking consciously. It’s not that stream of uninvited, unconscious thoughts.

DONNA: This is a great subtlety…because I’ve heard it said that you can not stop thoughts—that the mind just generates thoughts. I remember one Zen Master called them “secretions.” And so, the idea is not to stop them, but rather, to not be attached or engaged or busy with them…attending to them.

LEONARD: Well, you know, that is true. And what you are saying is absolutely true. If you have any intention whatsoever, to try and stop thoughts. Well, that is a judgment of thoughts, therefore it will strengthen the thought. So really, we could say that the thought is really not your business! You just focus on being present and if you reach a certain level of presence you’re really here and nowhere else. The thoughts will stop by themselves, without you trying to stop them. I’m not saying they will stop forever. I’m saying they will stop in this moment. And as long as you are truly present the way I’m describing, then the thoughts will remain silent. Your mind will remain silent until you again get caught up in that thinking process.

You see the truth is that we are all very, very hopelessly addicted to thinking. It’s the strongest addiction. It’s stronger than the addiction to heroin…gambling…sex. Anything else you can think of. We humans are completely addicted to thinking. And we are habituated to living within the world of the mind, which is a very low level of consciousness. And there is a significant obstacle to us coming out of the world of the mind. And that obstacle is the resistance of the ego. The ego wants you to be spiritual. It would love you to be enlightened, but it doesn’t know anything about being present. And so, when you find yourself present and your mind is silent…the ego doesn’t like that. It’s open to enlightenment, not silence. It was looking for the big bang, not silence. And so, it’s very skilled at pulling you out of the present moment. So. in order for us to remain fundamentally present, we have a certain process to go through, which I describe in my teaching as Step Two of the Two Step Path to Awakening.

DONNA: I’m going to be asking you about those two steps. But I love what you said, that “the thoughts are none of our business.” I love that.

LEONARD: We notice them when they are arriving, but don’t get involved. Don’t try and stop them.

DONNA: You mentioned the ‘E’ word. “Enlightenment.” So is there such a thing as enlightenment? Or, is it a step by step moment kind of affair?

LEONARD: The problem is, when you read about people’s enlightenment. It will describe what it is like to be enlightened. What they are really talking about is enlightenment experiences. I’ve had very profound enlightenment experiences. As much as anyone you’d ever read about…ever. In terms of experiences. But all experiences pass. And what doesn’t pass is the one experiencing…so who is experiencing the enlightenment? I am.

You see, many people become identified with the experience itself and then they get caught again into the story, thinking they are enlightened. If somebody says to me “I am enlightened.” The first thing I’ll say to them is “Who is enlightened?” The only answer is…the truth is, “I am.” So, it is the I am that you are. I am presence, which is that dimension of you that is of this moment and only of this moment. This is the Awakened you. I much prefer the word “Awakened” to “Enlightened.” Because everyone has an idea and a concept of Enlightenment, which is just a concept. It doesn’t really mean anything. So if I was going to give you a definition of enlightenment, I would say you are now so fundamentally established in presence that you never get caught up or lost in your story. You might still have a story, you still play in the world of time but you never get lost anymore. You know where the truth is. It is you, fully present in this moment. Present with what is here.

Now you’re open to the mystery. You’re opening into the oneness at the deeper levels of presence. That is where it becomes very, very interesting and engaging because at the deeper levels of presence, the illusion of separation that we live with within the mind is gone. And now, you open into oneness. And at the deepest levels of presence, we literally can experience the living presence of God in all things. In other words, God has Omnipresence. At the very deepest levels, awakened presence is quite a point that heaven on Earth will be revealed for you. It wont be revealed for everyone. It will be revealed to those that are totally present…the past and future is no longer projecting onto the present moment. We are experiencing the present moment in its very pure state. We are experiencing what is really here, free of projections, your opinions, your past experiences, your judgments. All of that is just gone.

DONNA: Before I get to the process of how to get there, I want to get a little heavy for a moment. Many spiritual teachers talk about the “Dark Night of the Soul.” Tolle refers to it as “limit situations.” And one of my teachers, who is one of David’s teachers, shares his experience of having a near death experience, which sort of propelled him, or served as the impetus for his own spiritual path. Do you think a person needs to have a “crisis” in order to open to the desire to awaken?

LEONARD: Well, I’ll tell you how it works from my perspective, which is…almost everyone on this planet is living almost exclusively within the story…within the dream. Let’s call it “the story” for now. Now, who wants to wake up out of that happy story? The answer is, no one! Very few people will be motivated to wake up out of a happy story. But if our story becomes more and more full of suffering, maybe we’ll get to a point where we will spontaneously awaken out of that story full of suffering.

I’ll give you two examples of who went through that. Number one: Eckhart Tolle. He describes it very clearly that he was so down, so depressed…his story was so painful. He was just sitting on a bench somewhere and suddenly he awakened out of his story. It can happen quite spontaneously like that. The story becomes so difficult, so full of pain and suffering that we have a spontaneous awakening out of it. Another example is Buddha. He tried everything…followed every path…every condition…everything. He finally realized he couldn’t get there. So he gave up and in that giving up, of course, it opened up.

DONNA: Surrender.

LEONARD: Yes, It’s a surrender. I give up, I surrender. I can’t do this. And it’s in that moment of relaxation that the truth is revealed for him. I think Jesus had a similar experience when he was baptized in the water by John the Baptist. Symbolically anyway, it washed away his past. His personality was momentarily washed away. Now here’s the real problem though. If you ask yourself who is behind the suffering in our stories…my answer is very simple. It’s God. God is increasing our suffering because what God wants of any of us is to awaken out of our suffering, our story. But no one will wake up out of a happy story, so God keeps making our story incrementally more difficult and painful. The problem is, nobody wakes up out of a…very few wake up out of the story. They stay in the story…trying to make it better. And that’s the trap. It’s easier to wake up out of the dream, than try and fix the dream. Everyone is lost in the dream trying to make it better and the more you try to make it better, the more you get lost in the dream.

DONNA: So would you say to the people, the happily deluded people…is there any need to wake up at all?

LEONARD: No, Maybe it’s not their turn. Not their lifetime. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. Some people are just sort of naturally awake and that’s why their lives are flowing so well. And there still is a happy story. And other people…maybe it’s not their time. It doesn’t really matter. Each individual has to find their way to this path and usually it’s the soul that drives us to this path to awakening, even though we’re not aware of it.

Continued in Part II…

Source: AWAKEN

Is Enlightenment a Myth?

Shinzen Young answers the question: Is Enlightenment a Myth?

This short-video clip is from an upcoming full length feature film on a conversation between Shinzen Young and Chris Hebard about mindfulness and more.

This clip and the upcoming film is a Stillness Speaks production (https://www.stillnessspeaks.com). It is produced by Chris Hebard (Pruett Media : http://www.pruettmedia.com/). Filmographer (including video editing) is Jonathan Mugford (jonathan.mugford@gmail.com).

Video clip copyright holder is Stillness Speaks & Pruett Media LLC.

Challenges Are Here To Awaken You ~ Eckhart Tolle


In this video, Eckhart Tolle says that there are no problems, but only challenges and these challenges are here to awaken us!

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