Please state why you feel you have been enlightened or reached enlightenment.
Try to keep it sane so this one doesn't get flagged and shut down like the last one.
I feel enlightened because I have had the opportunity to see both sides of the coin. When I was a little girl, my father lost everything in the oil crisis in Texas in 1982. I went from very rich to very poor, rather quickly. I am glad I didn't grow up a spoiled little rich girl, because now I appreciate my parents and I see their humanity. I know that when the shi* goes down, my folks can step up to the plate. I learned humility by being underpriviledged. I would not change my history for anything... not one second of it.
I have a ton of common ground with you as you would see reading my profile. The knowledge you learn from "both" sides of the tracks is beyond words. I think appreciation as you display goes beyond words as well.
One more thought to add.
"I would not change my history for anything... not one second of it.[/"
In my belief, this may be one of the most important elements. Appreciation of history. I believe this is close to impossible to do, yet when you stop living pissed off at the past, you can truly progress.
Thanks, buddy, it's nice to have someone appreciate you for who you really are. This is a good forum for people to lie. But, more importantly, it is a good forum for those of us, who wish to be truthful, to share our insights with other people who can benefit from our points of view. I appreciate your work and your comments.
You have no reason to lack any confidence as you said in a previous thread. Amazing statement. I think you are far ahead of the game and see the big picture.
Your story is so similar to mine as a teen. I think that going from wealth to poor is in itself very enlightening. I experienced living on "both sides of the track".
Loosing my parents 13 months apart when I was 17/19 was also enlightening...learning to live on my own taught me to be humble.
The most enlightening moment in my life, was when my Aunt asked to die - I felt an enormous sense of peace and calm as I sat by her side, knowing that she had made a decision that she felt at peace with.
Hello, great words, thank you for adding. I agree with you, you brought up great points.
Well, to state that I'm enlightened would be a big statement in itself. I can, however, say this:
"I can step in and out of my orbit, only to have a closer look at myself and my situations and each time I do this... I draw the same conclusion : We're all living in a dream state and soon this is going to end. Its the same way we wake up from our sleep in the morning and bid goodbye to our dreamworld. It brings peace to my mind as I can tell myself that I'm not supposed to get pulled down by some stupid events occurring in my dream. I'm meant to live this dream for some designated time after which I'm supposed to move on to my destination which is the 'ultimate reality' and the 'Nucleus' of my existence." Does it make sense?
Amazingly, Yeah it made sense to me. One of my thoughts on enlightenment, if it didn't make sense to me or anyone else, it wouldn't really matter as long as it makes sense to you. I think analyzing ourselves has a ton to do with enlightenment. To look at ourselves from others perspectives.
"Enlightened" to me, would indicate one has "arrived" at Enlightenment. I think I'm barely scratching the surface of what that might be, and so it's a life-long process for me with mini events here and there.
What I'm learning now, at just over 50 is that it's much more about self discovery and one's place in the universe than it is about religion or anything so dogmatic. It feels better this way. At least to me.
I don't think I'm enlightened. If I was I would be not reborn in this world.
I am not enlightened about a lot of things. I am enlightened as much as I can handle though!
There is always more to know and I keep trying to learn as much as I can.
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