In the last article in this “enlightenment” series we talked about some things you can do to facilitate the enlightenment process. In particular we spoke about discipline, fortitude, and boundaries. These enlightenment/awakening facilitators are very important factors that you have control over and that can help you along your awakening away, so make sure you are aware of them. Next up we are going to talk about two more things that you can do to keep making forward progress along your merry way. These things are 1) be positive and 2) be truthful. We will start our discussion today with the notion of being truthful and end in the next column with the right way to be positive (and yes, there is a wrong way to be positive).
Now, in this process of spiritual awakening, learning to be truthful is very important. This may seem like a no brainer and in a conceptual sense it is. Enlightenment or spiritual awakening is very much about the Truth with a capital “T.” It is about the truth about yourself, the truth about the world around you, the truth about the cosmos, and so on. And the really great thing about all this truth is that at core the truth about you, the truth about the world, and the truth about the cosmos are all really wonderful truths, and here they are.
The truth about you is that you are a spark of divine consciousness incarnated in a physical body.
The truth about this world is that it is a total creation of the love and abundance of spirit.
The truth about the cosmos is that it is an expression of pure divine will.
These are awesome truths, no way around it. But there is also a significant problem and that problem is that often between you and these awesome truths there are walls of funky ideological rot and rivers of putrid, fetid, lie that keep you far away from seeing, realizing, and being with these truths. Some of this rot and lie is applied externally, and some comes from within you.
The external lie and rot comes from people who are either a) confused themselves or b) do not want us to know the truth about things. The truth will set you free, as they say, but a few people on this earth do not want to see us free, alive, and in touch with our true divinity. A few people would rather have us locked to our devices and confined to our role as workers and consumers, than have us open, aware, empowered, and connected with our divinity. The reason is simple enough. The world “as it is” does not require your full divinity and so the truth is repressed and suppressed. Getting through to the real truth of things requires you to get through the layers of ideological nonsense that corrupt your self perception and interfere with apprehension of reality. It can be done, but it is a bit of work.
On the other hand there is internal like and rot. The internal lie and rot comes from our own self-deception and repression. The truth is, we have all experienced a lot of bad things while on this earth. How many reading these words were beaten as children, or bullied in school, or sexually assaulted by “trusted” adults? And how many have repressed these events, are pretending they did not occur, or that they are not as bad as all that? On the other hand how many reading these words have hit or hurt others, calling names, excluding, or have been bullies. In both cases the truth is difficult to face. But how many prefer a fantasy lie over the difficult and toxic truth? And how many reading these words excuse these behaviors by telling themselves the victims deserve it, that it makes them stronger, or that it builds character? We lie, we pretend, and we create fantasy worlds to cover over all the ugliness that we have experienced, or we have committed, since birth. Like the walls of ideological sludge that block us from the truth, our own self deception gets in the way as well.
Now this is not meant to judge or accuse. We certainly do not live in an ideal world and as a result there are no innocent adults on this planet. We have all done things we are ashamed of. This is just to point out that there is a lot of “untruth” in our lives and if you are serious about spiritual awakening, or enlightenment, then all that untruth has to go because untruth is absolutely and 100 percent incompatible with enlightenment. It is the anti-thesis of spiritual awakening, the “anti-christ of consciousness,” and the hellish prevention of utopian ascension. The bottom line is, if you accept lie and untruth into your life, you are not enlightened and you are not spiritually awake. You simply cannot have one without the other.
Now, if this seems dramatic and harsh, think of it like this.
Imagine standing by yourself in a dark room. Your eyes are open but you cannot see anything. Suddenly someone starts to slowly turn on the light. As this happens you start to see what’s in the room. What you see is not pretty though. You see dog poop and cat poop, cloths strewn everywhere, dirt, filth, busted furniture, roaches, holes in the walls, and so on. It is a bloody and probably toxic mess. Nevertheless the light comes fully on, you see the truth, and as a result are now “enlightened” because the light allows you to see the truth about everything around you. But now as you become “enlightened,” as you see the truth, you start to have some ugly feelings. You look at the mess and you are overwhelmed. You wonder who put this here and why? You slowly turn in circles shocked. It is too much work and you do not feel like you can deal with it. So what do you to? Well instead of starting the cleanup work, you turn the light down, close your eyes, and go back to the darkness you had before. Of course, going back to darkness can be hard once you have seen the truth, so now you might have to engage in a active cover up. You step gingerly around the disaster, kick a few things out of the way, put up a couple of pictures to cover the holes in the walls, dress things up a bit, and pretend the room is in better shape than it is. You even solicit the help of friends and family in this, getting them to participate in your fantasy just so you do not have to deal with the mess around you.
And it works of course. Humans have a remarkably developed ability to lie to themselves and others, and if that is what you choose, that is fine. But if the light is down in your room, and your eyes are closed, and you are avoiding the truth, and dressing up the mess, you are not enlightened, you are repressed and self deluded. Of course you can stand there and claim enlightenment, but nobody with eyes open and lights on is going to believe you because they will see and recognize the truth about your room even if you do not.
And this is a problem why? Well besides the fact that turning the light down and pretending is exactly the opposite of turning the light on and facing the truth, doing that leaves you in a toxic mess that’s not only bad for your health, but that also saps your energy. All work you put into fantasizing and pretending and covering things over saps your energy and prevents you from doing the work you need to do. It prevents you from cleaning up, it prevents you from healing, and it prevents you from seeing the deeper truths about your self not because you cannot see these truths, or because they are difficult truths to grasp, but because of the layers of garbage that cover them up. It is a bit of an “enlightenment” trap and in a world of demolished self esteem and superficial appearances a lot of people fall into it. But you do not have to. Getting out of it easy. All you have to do is make a commitment to the seeing, perceiving, and facing the truth about things no matter what it is. Facing the truth is the first step towards seeing reality, cleaning up the mess, and moving forward into full light, consciousness, and awareness of the glorious truth of your inner divinity, power, and light.
Next time, the importance of positivity.