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the nature of enlightenment

 
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the nature of enlightenment
What is enlightenment?

Enlightenment is certainly something problematic to describe, since if most people were prone to understanding it, then most people would be enlightened. However, most people are not enlightened, and as enlightenment is a matter of ignorance vs. realization, so may most people be said to be ignorant. Yet enlightenment is paradoxical in nature, which is just one example of how it is beyond the scope of the linear way most people think. Case in point as to its paradoxical nature is the fact that everybody is innately enlightened as sure as they exist. A person can therefore be essentially enlightened while ignorant practically speaking, in the sense that ignorance is a matter of forgetfulness, and something one forgets is still retained deep in unconscious memory.

Enlightenment is a matter of realization, and more precisely a matter of realization of paradox. One way of describing enlightenment is as the maintaining of two contradictory ideas in mind simultaneously and still functioning perfectly. The truth of the matter is that one cannot help but always have precisely two contradictory thoughts in mind, in the sense that one can only think one thing at a time, and everything contains its opposite. One cannot think more than one and thus by extension two things at a time, as if one thinks of two or more things simultaneously at once, then the group of thoughts may be said to constitute a single thought. In other words, any single thought is more accurately described as a pair, as even if one thought’s opposite is not consciously acknowledged, it is implied in the sense that all things are mutually contingent and contrast is fundamentally essential to existence.

Paradox is a fact of reality—not a practical impossibility, but rather a necessity and inevitability of existence. Existence is essentially paradoxical in nature, but as it can be and often is perceived linearly, so is it possible to not be enlightened. The state of ignorance is therefore a matter of denial of what is, denial corresponding with ignorance and acceptance with realization. However, this text thus far does hardly describe enlightenment accurately, while everything that has been said about it thus far is perfectly true. The thing is, that ignorance and realization are ultimately both illusory, dualistic interpretation of the state of awareness. Enlightenment is indeed a state, as opposed to a factor of realization, and as such it is a transient state as is any other.

It is misguided to say that one may glimpse enlightenment for a fleeting second and then continue life back in ignorance. The choice to accept or deny the reality of things is a function of the ego, and as the soul is innately enlightened in essence, so any declaration of enlightenment or non-enlightenment by the ego is artificial. In this light is enlightenment often described in negative terminology as what it is not, like when the Buddha describes it as freedom from suffering. Here there is no affirmation of what it is, but rather only of what it is not. Enlightenment is like the wind that cannot be grasped. Often it is also described simply and eloquently as the state of being in all its pure isness, without mention of any attainment. Indeed, in the sense that one cannot ever attain something that they cannot possibly lack, so any seeking of enlightenment’s attainment is already a step in the wrong direction.

One way to describe the paradox of enlightenment by analogy is to consider the nature of the word itself—enlightenment. As everything in existence is essentially light-in-motion, so is it impossible to become or receive actual “light”, as the term enlightenment could be mistaken to imply. Rather, the term refers to the realization of one’s self as pure light, obviously not strictly literally, but in essence, as in the perpetual state of simultaneous oneness and difference with one’s conventional physical body. Perhaps enlightenment may be best described as a foundation, as what we all can only ever work from, and with. For as we strive towards enlightenment in this day and age so that *then* we can be the change we wish to see in the world, so too are we constantly enlightened along the way. Enlightenment is truly humbly wise, as the best student is the best teacher.
Le Normen

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I am Le Normen. My Presence here is of limitation, I will have to make my self brief at the best approximation of that which is closer to an understanding of "Enlightenment" if you will. The nature of conscious thought and perceptions are not the same as the sound vibration
complexes that attempt to define reality, This may be frustrating for you to understand, although I am happy to aid this subject in its completeness without the limits of your sound vibration complexes.
It is well to know the body complex so that it is an ally for Enlightenment, balanced, and ready to be clearly used as a tool, for each bodily function may be used in higher and higher, if you will, complexes of energy with other-self. No matter what the behavior, the important balancing is the understanding of each interaction on this level with other-selves so that whether the balance may be love/wisdom or wisdom/love, the other-self is seen by the self in a balanced configuration and the self is thus freed for further work.
Le Normen

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10/14/2006 07:08 PM
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I also believe the path that the individual chooses to make is also apart of which his soul and spirit. Most people are not "fully" balanced in every aspect that they should and could be, which will cause a conscious entity holding his will turning itself one way or the other or, potentially, backwards and forwards, rocking first one way then the other and not achieving the transformation. In order for the Transformation of Mind to occur, one principle governing the use of the deep mind must be abandoned.

I hope you can comprehend.
-Le Normen
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Le Normen, you mix truth with lies, whether you are incredulous to Truth or not. Your words seem to spin on themselves, and I know not whereto.
Le Normen

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10/14/2006 07:24 PM
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Le Normen, you mix truth with lies, whether you are incredulous to Truth or not. Your words seem to spin on themselves, and I know not whereto.
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I understand that completely. I didnt say it would be easy. but the truth is, its not my words that spin - It's your mind that dosent know how to spin with it. If you read carefully it makes perfect sense, only in a more simplified manner.
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10/14/2006 07:25 PM
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It may be important to be in a state of "Enlightenment" so your body itself becomes the instrument of which this truth can be understood.
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10/14/2006 07:38 PM
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Well then, let's just keep enlightenment among the enlightened ones, shall we then? Let's not disseminate the knowledge, no sir, we can't have that...
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10/14/2006 07:43 PM
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Well then, let's just keep enlightenment among the enlightened ones, shall we then? Let's not disseminate the knowledge, no sir, we can't have that...
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I guess that also explains why so many individuals arent even willing to learn or even pick up a book on Enlightenment. As I mentioned earlier. The mind-body-spirit complex must be balanced before you take any action.
w
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10/14/2006 08:16 PM
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only when u let go of all can all flow through you freely, enlightenment cannot come if you are attached, so let go let god and just be, and well lett go of that too
w
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10/14/2006 08:18 PM
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and u are okay with whatever is wherever whatever whoever forecver
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10/14/2006 08:28 PM
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That's it. You are part of the conspiracy.

*J'accuse*
w
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10/15/2006 12:31 PM
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yes, mwuhahha, and now im coming...FOR YOU !!! AHAHAAHAAAHA
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Is the nature of Enlightenment also characterized by a profound sense of All being Well,everything Is as it Should be,despite a deeply "flawed",polarized reality?Experiencing Unconditional Love in whatever circumstances,would that also qualify for a state of Enlightenment?
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where did you take this text from Transcix, so i can give credit to in my book? i'm using a phrase of it.





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