OK.... I've got nothing original tonight, so I thought I'd call on Emmanuel's Book once again. Much of the book is responses to questions, in this case:
What is enlightenment?
Everything and nothingLet me see if I can find another way to put this.If I say to you: "Enlightenment is all-knowing,"then I limit enlightenment.If I say, "enlightenment is all-loving,"I limit love.There can be no beginning and no endand your human vocabulary is rife with limitation.So let us say enlightenmentis being in the moment through eternitywithout the intellectbut with the consciousness of all things.It is absolute peacewithout the awareness of non-peace.It is absolute lovewithout the awareness of hate.It is all things without endhaving forgotten the illusion of ending.
All things are of Godand all consciousnesseventually knowsits oneness with GodThe natural flow of consciousnessis towards LightThe only resistance to Onenessis within your own consciousness.Here is the struggle.As awareness expands, it cannot contract.It can be distorted, but it cannot contract.Once one has known a human consciousnessthere would be little usein being a blad of grass again,for the karmic structure of the human beingis far more complex and aware.Experiences manifested in your lifeby the resistance you still possessare there in the interest of both truth and Light.They show you the pain of these obstructionsso you will move through them.In the faith of knowing that all thingsare moving towards Godthe obstructions take ona different meaning and form.They are there at the human levelto obstructbut at the ultimate levelto instruct.
Whether temporal or infinite,all things are beautifulSome of you want to seeonly what is already lighted,hoping to avoidwhat is still in darkness in your world.Life does not have to be white-washedin order to be beautiful.If you were to dissect a human beingand break him up into all his componentsthere would be no need to apologizefor any of the parts.
Some things I'm grateful for today:
- Punny Monday
- Isabel Allende
- my back yard
- paper towels
- my therapist
- the ability to change
- Emmanuel's Book
MAY ALL YOUR SHADOWS REVEAL THEIR SECRETS