“When you’re living in your awakened being and living in an awakened way, power on any level is not an issue for you. It’s not interesting. The power to control another human being is not interesting. Intellectual power is not interesting. The power to control yourself is not interesting. The…
Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special, it’s not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe. The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened, the many concepts of enlightenment is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time; not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in the idea of enlightenment.
Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the façade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.
Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being.
“Time is in the mind, space is in the mind. The law of cause and effect is also a way of thinking. In reality all is here and now and all is one. Multiplicity and diversity are in the mind only.
The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality into a verbal shape.”—Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via symphonyofthecosmos)
“A shift happens when you start allowing others to be who they are, and yourself to be who you are - You’ll find that the load you’re carrying begins to lighten - Lesser resentments, opinions, assumptions and judgments. Serendipity may become a constant companion, because in accepting and allowing ‘what is’, the focus on thoughts of shouldn’t and couldn’t, begins to dissipate, and in this, you start allowing Source to flow freely - You start changing the game….Unburden yourself and be amazed.”—(via seedeeply)