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Enlightenment as a One-Step Procedure

Updated on September 29, 2012

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

“To know the unlimited, be free of the limited.” –Ray Grigg

Taking a step into enlightenment and thus freedom could be as simple as a one-step procedure:

Using the “I and the it” perspective on a conscious, persistent basis.

With that said, the rest of this article, may simply be considered a recap of the past two (“Ultimate Power …” and “I and it … Thought Experiment”.

Some Definitions

Enlightenment: ‘Enlightenment in a secular context often means the "full comprehension of a situation", but in spiritual terms the word alludes to a spiritual revelation or deep insight into the meaning and purpose of all things, communication with or understanding of the mind of God, profound spiritual understanding or a fundamentally changed consciousness whereby everything is perceived as a unity.’ – Wikipedia

Higher Self: ‘Higher self is a new age term associated with multiple belief systems, but its basic premise describes an eternal, omnipotent, conscious, and intelligent being, who is one's real self. Blavatsky formally defined the higher self as "Atma the inseparable ray of the Universal and ONE SELF. It is the God above, more than within, us".’ -Wikipedia

Ego-Based Self: When I use this term, I refer to that aspect of a person which is motivated based on fear and survival, e.g. as illustrated by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

The “it” Perspective

The it is the ego-based self. We usually identify with the it. Our self-image, our concept of who we truly are, is based on the it’s perspective.

This is a well-entrenched “myth” that 99% of us, usually unconsciously, subscribe to and from which we derive fleeting happiness or pain from our interactions and external experiences.

The it identifies with the body, one’s thoughts and feelings, roles (e.g. friend, husband, parent, boss, career, etc.) and other material possessions.

An example most of us are familiar with is dealing with loss (for example, grieving) and attachment.

Since nothing (that is, no material thing) really lasts forever and there is no such thing as certainty, taking things from the ‘it’ perspective, no one is spared from the pain and sorrow in this world.

The ‘I’ Perspective

The primary activity when taking ‘the I and the it’ perspective is to take the point of view of the I. Taking things from the angle of the I, the it is then observed. The environment and external experiences, including one’s own thoughts and feelings are viewed, as from a movie screen, as happening to the it.

The responsibility of the I would be to extend love and compassion to the it.

The attitude of the I as it observes the it is one that is curious, open, nurturing, attentive and accepting.

Using the pronoun ‘it’ the I observes without judgment the going-about’s of the it:

· it is getting up from bed

· it is brushing it’s teeth

· it is feeling fidgety waiting in line at the bank

· it is feeling hungry

· it is thinking habitual thoughts

· it is thinking happy thoughts

Thoughts and feelings that are chosen, as mentioned in the article “The I and the it … A Thought Experiment”, as acts of choice or free will, I attribute to the ‘I’, as I would for the experience of conscious awareness.

Stumbling Blocks in Practicing “the I and the it” Perspective

I have stumbled upon this potentially powerful practice of using ‘the I and the it’ perspective two decades ago, but was not quite able to assimilate it into my life as a habit. Here are some things I should probably have known 20 years ago:

1. One can only understand the lesson if one is ready for it

2. The practice needs to be observed for at least 21 days before it can develop into a habit

3. One needs to be consciously aware of one’s thoughts and feelings as one goes about daily life

Lacking the last item, conscious awareness, had the most significance as far as hindering my practice of using the perspective in finally obtaining an enlightened perspective.

Conscious awareness as one goes about in daily life, as I learned through those decades, is not easy to come by in our day and age where the rule is to keep constantly busy with ‘something’. In reality, our thoughts are spinning away, out of our conscious control, busy with the cares of everyday life. Wikipedia has an article on mindfulness (‘sati’).

A quiet mind is not only important to our well-being but also essential to peak performances.

Unity through the I and the it

I’ve started tossing seemingly conflicting ideas, philosophies and religions in mind and wonder whether the use of the I and the it perspective fosters a convergence of ideas on a deeper level?

The ego-based it, fear-based and struggling for survival, is the one that has a self-image that is flimsy and constantly needs to be defended.

Will the Christian I and the non-Christian I agree that it is their it that is in disagreement?

Will the theist I and the atheist I agree that it is their it that is in disagreement?

More Frontiers to Explore

Will there come a time when the it’s perspective be in total harmony with the I’s perspective?

Or as humans, will we always have a separation between our ego-based desires and those of our Higher Self?

While on the earthly plane, can the ego-based self completely merge into the Higher Self, so that all its desires originate from the will of the Higher Self? Is this the way of the mystic?

Or is this possible only once we have crossed over and decided to follow the Light to His Heavenly Kingdom?

Perhaps I should revisit the book “Embracing the Light”, for additional insights.


“Those who are defensive do not understand; those who understand have nothing to defend. The sage, by emptying of convictions, moves in accord with the way of things.” - Ray Grigg



For those who seek answers to the questions posted within this article, insights may be gained from: How to Know Higher Worlds.


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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 5 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      "Hence I keep telling people to work on their telepathic abilities. " gave me goosebumps. Very correct! If we could only all live that way and live for each other's best interest, only peace, joy and love will remain.

      Thanks for the great company, Mr. Happy, wishing you the same.

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "the Self that does not lay claims to being anything (e.g. Higher); the Self that simply is" - Awesomely put, in my opinion! : )

      "view physical reality as just another layer of our existence" Yes, I can certainly agree with this statement as well.

      I honestly think that many times, semantics/linguistics are often confusing, resulting in misunderstandings. Hence I keep telling people to work on their telepathic abilities. In my opinion, that would lessen the chances of one being misunderstood.

      Fun discussion! All the best.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 5 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thanks for your insightful feedback, Mr. Happy! I really appreciate your providing an additional point of view, since I get to understand how I may better write future hubs more and more to fit the reader’s perspective.

      I did have misgivings about using the words "Higher Self" so that indeed it may be more appropriate to use 'the I' instead, or simply the ‘Self’, (the Self that does not lay claims to being anything (e.g. Higher); the Self that simply is).

      I was just thinking of the convenience in using the term "Higher Self" since a previous context has already been established: e.g.

      We do exist is the physical world (i.e. we need to conduct our daily affairs in the usual manner) but my belief is that we are primarily a spirit in a physical body. In believing that only the tangible dimension exists, our perception of the graces from the spiritual realm may become hindered. So in the journey, I believe we should learn more and more to view physical reality as just another layer of our existence, providing clues to what Self is constantly trying to communicate to us. Just my take. =)

      I pray the natural ambiguity in words (versus the event or actual experience they represent) is not providing further confusion.

      Coming from you, am so glad you enjoyed the hub! Thank You for your usual kind words.

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Quirinus,

      the White Wolf has a few comments to make from his perspective. Overall, the article is quite good. The couple of things to be mentioned are mainly regarding linguistics.

      The term "higher self" seems a little high on itself. Another word(s) could be the "complete self", or the self in "totality".

      "One's real self" is also questionable. This three dimentional perspective is quite real, I would say. One can always walk into the bathroom, look in the mirror and slap themselves a couple of times in order to test this claim of mine. (lol)

      I am of the opinion that there are many realities, many doors of perception and that none should be disregarded or referred to as an illusion. Again, this is just a matter of semantics and/or linguistics, therefore this comment is just for the sake of the conversation.

      I enjoyed the read. Cheers!