Enlightenment can be understood in many ways, and it has been an object of intense interest for centuries.
It’s a state where the self is no longer separate from the world, but blends with all that exist as one. It’s basically when you finally find out who you really are.
There are many misconceptions about what enlightenment actually means, so to clarify things I’ll go over 7 common myths about enlightenment and 10 ways to achieve it in short time periods.
Finally, I will share 3 things you should know before trying to become enlightened yourself.
What is Enlightenment
Enlightenment is a state in which the ego and its accompanying cravings have been displaced by the soul’s true nature. It’s selflessness, meaning freedom from external desires, and oneness with all that exists.
It is important to understand that enlightenment does not come easy, and it takes perseverance to achieve this state of being.
The key difference between eastern and western beliefs about enlightenment is what triggers it-conscious thought or divine intervention?
It’s true that enlightenment is not possible without a teacher or guru, but to assume that one can’t achieve selflessness through meditation and spiritual exercises would be a mistake.
Enlightenment itself is achieved by breaking down the ego into small parts. The smaller the pieces, the easier it becomes to deal with individual issues as opposed to viewing them from the perspective of an entire ego. The goal is to reach a point where the ego no longer exists and you are able to break free from the cycle of reincarnation.
8 Myths About Enlightenment
Myth 1: Enlightenment is a gift given by the divine for good behaviour or a blessing.
The first myth about enlightenment is that it is a gift from the divine to those who have behaved well on earth. A person might do this with the belief that they will be rewarded in heaven or that others would be punished in hell.
However, people can also find themselves in this position because they believe that the only way to reach heaven is through behaving well and not going against the rules set up by religion.
This myth is often found in western religions such as Christianity where there are scriptures claiming punishing people leads them closer to enlightenment. By behaving well, you would ensure your place in heaven, but what if you don’t want to behave well…?
Myth 2: Enlightenment means that you are always happy.
Another myth about enlightenment is that it means that a person will be happy all the time because they have found their true self. This is not true, and people who believe this will end up disappointed when they realize that enlightenment doesn’t make them immune to the negative emotions of fear, sadness, and anger.
In fact, some argue that these emotions are stronger than ever when they are used constructively as a way to help realize one’s truth.
One important thing to know about enlightenment is that it does not mean instant happiness-it takes work to achieve this state of being.
Myth 3: That only people from Eastern religions can achieve enlightenment.
One misconception about enlightenment is that it is the sole domain of those who identify with Eastern religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Jainism.
However, this is not true since there are people who believe Western traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Baha’i also have enlightenment-gaining practices in place.
The common belief is that only those who follow these religions can attain enlightenment because they follow a spiritual path as prescribed by their respective religion. This myth should be rejected because different paths lead to the same goal of enlightenment.
The key difference between Eastern and Western religions regarding the acquisition of enlightenment lies in what triggers the acquisition of this state of being divine intervention or conscious thought. In Western religions, the idea that divine intervention triggers enlightenment contradicts the belief in free will and leads to a fearful view of reality, which is why many believers choose not to actively pursue this goal.
Eastern religions believe that enlightenment can be achieved by practising meditation and conscious thought leading to higher consciousness; therefore, they reject both the free will concept and divine intervention’s role in triggering it as outlined in western religions’ scriptures.
Myth 4: That enlightenment comes only once during the lifetime
Another myth about enlightenment is that people are born enlightened and remain so throughout their lives. This idea suggests that there is nothing more for them to learn along their journey since they have already attained perfection. However, people should not take this to mean that it is too late for them once they have attained enlightenment. There are other things for them to learn as they continue on their spiritual path.
Many religions teach that certain individuals, including Buddha, Jesus, Rumi, and others were enlightened beings. However, the key difference between these individuals and those who become enlightened later in life is age. Many people choose not to pursue enlightenment during their early years because of the belief that a person has to be older before they attempt such a difficult task; however, there are also those who change their minds by believing now would be a better time because they no longer believe in divine intervention or free will concepts.
Myth 5: That everyone can achieve enlightenment at will.
Another misconception about enlightenment is that it can be achieved at will. It may sound like an attainable goal, but the truth is that there are many obstacles standing in a person’s way to their spiritual awakening.
Enlightenment requires a serious commitment and willingness to rise above one’s fears of facing reality and letting go of negative beliefs.
These concepts don’t appeal to everyone who hears them; therefore, not everyone chooses to pursue this path by seeking out a guru or following their own personal spiritual rituals.
Myth 6: That enlightenment is reached only through deep meditation.
If you talk to those who have attained enlightenment, you’ll find they had different methods on how they went about reaching this state of being-some did while others did not. There are some who believe meditation is essential in attaining enlightenment while others say it is not required.
The truth is that everyone’s path to this state of being varies since there isn’t a set plan as to how one should go about becoming enlightened; however, there are key similarities between the experiences of those who reach the same goal.
The approach towards enlightenment also depends on personal beliefs since different traditions have varying requirements regarding this process. For example, those following Buddhist and Hindu traditions believe enlightenment occurs through meditation-practising yoga or selfless service (karma)-whereas Western religions such as Christianity require prayer and faith instead.
Myth 7: Simply knowing about enlightenment will bring you to that goal.
Knowledge alone does not make one enlightened. To gain enlightenment, the person must actively pursue it; however, this does require a solid background of knowledge for those who wish to do so.
It is also important to point out that just because someone has reached spiritual awakening doesn’t mean they are always in a state of being complete bliss-it simply means that they have found inner peace and serenity after overcoming their obstacles.
10 Ways to Achieve Enlightenment in a Short Period of Time
Enlightenment is a term that often gets thrown around without much consideration for what it really means. It is not something that can be achieved overnight or even in just 10 years. It requires dedication and hard work, and there are many misconceptions about the process. If you want to become enlightened in a short period of time, here are some tips on how to do so:
1) Find your guru-a teacher who has already gone through the enlightenment process will know best how to lead you down their own spiritual path with fewest mistakes possible
2) Follow your own spiritual path. Find out what spirituality means to you and then make it happen
3) Practice mindfulness meditation every day for at least 20 minutes.
4) Practice mindful breathing every day for at least 20 minutes. This will help to improve your concentration and calm your thinker;
5) Read spiritual texts or meditations every day, to slowly open you up spiritually and guide you in the right direction;
6) Take time off work from 10 am to 8 pm daily, including the weekends. The process of achieving enlightenment is a slow one that requires many hours each day dedicated to meditation as well as being fully present in the moment.
7) Spend half an hour outside after dinner each night. Being exposed to natural light during the evening hours can help increase serotonin production which may lead to better sleep quality.
8) Spend time in nature daily to reconnect to the earth and listen to her wisdom;
9) Spend 15 minutes a day visualizing yourself as someone who is enlightened. This can help you focus on your ideal self while also practising patience.
10) Consider becoming a vegan for at least one year. Tasting a plant-based diet can provide optimal health benefits, including increased likelihood of weight loss and reduced risk of various diseases as well as decreased risk of food poisoning.
3 Things You Should Know Before Trying to Become Enlightened
Before you decide to become enlightened, there are three important things you need to consider. Firstly, achieving enlightenment does not happen overnight. Becoming enlightened is a long process that requires dedication and hard work.
Secondly, it is important that you know what an enlightened person looks like-they don’t all look the same and their lives are not identical.
Thirdly, be mindful of the ideas that pop into your head, as they can distract from your pursuit of enlightenment. Remember that being mindful does not mean never having any thoughts-accepting and understanding them is a key step in finding out who you really are.
If you’re looking to become enlightened, it’s important to understand that there are many misconceptions about what enlightenment means. It is a state where the self has been displaced by the soul’s true nature and oneness with all that exists.
The key difference in eastern beliefs of enlightenment vs western beliefs is whether or not conscious thought leads to higher consciousness or divine intervention triggers this enlightened stage.
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