DEFINITIONS Enlightenment

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How would you describe enlightenment?

The  full blown experience would be like trying to explain sound and color to someone who has been deaf and blind their entire life.


It’s common to have multiple definitions here that need to be interpreted in the context of the answer given.


  • Awakenings is realizing you have some control of your awareness, emotions, perceptions, thought process, etc., often cultivated through meditation, self-realization, as a common part of life experiences, or you simply know you are on the path.
  • Awakenings could be a reference to kundulini, third-eye, synchronicity spiritual awakenings, or some combination thereof.
  • Spiritual Awakening could refer to the awakening of the sole within.
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is fundamental with self-actualization being equivalent to a Spiritual Awakening and transcendence being equivalent to enlightenment, or the path to enlightenment.
  • Some believe Spiritual Awakenings and Enlightenment are the same thing.
  • Some believe everyone is already enlightened (Nondulism)
  • Some believe Enlightenment is an endless journey that you will always be striving for.
  • Some believe Enlightenment is something you really need to become a monk to experience, or even that there are multiple levels of enlightenment.
  • Some believe Enlightenment happens years after your spiritual awakening as the sole grows.
  • Some believe Enlightenment is something more than a spiritual awakening, such as transcending ego to uncover your true nature, pure consciousness, or true self.
  • Some believe Enlightenment is becoming selfless, with still mind, becoming oneness with the divine.
  • Some believe Enlightenment is attaining Nirvana (Buddhism).
  • Some believe Enlightenment is the ultimate goal of Liberation (Hinduism).
  • Some believe Enlightenment is beyond conceptualization by the mind.

I’m sure there are other religions and more specific interpretations, but here are all the more common ones.


Awakenings are common as part of life’s experiences, often starting in the form of inspirations, leading you on a journey, which usually involves cultivating interests, passions, desires, goals, ideas, etc. that often culminates in yet more awakenings, self-realization and self-actualization.


Some of these awakenings are very profound in their own right, highly energetic, and change your very perception of reality, especially the kundalini, third-eye, synchronicity and spiritual awakenings.


Spiritual Enlightenment often has its roots in several religions including, Hinduism (moksha and mukti), Buddhism (bodhi, kensho and satoru), Jainism (jnana) and Zoroastrianism (ushta).


Although there are many differences in these practices, the similarities include an end to suffering, lack of desire, persistence (no going back), transcendence of ego and breaking the cycle of reincarnation, often involving forms of meditation and self-reflection to calm the mind.


The world at large has awakenings all the time, but most will tell you the odds are not in your favor to attain more than “seeking enlightenment” with perhaps some expansion of consciousnesses and transcendence of ego along the way. It simply takes a lot of patience and perseverance to push the envelope.

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