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By Jafree Ozwald
My first glimpse of what spiritual
enlightenment is all about came to me in 1995, visiting a guru in Lucknow India.
For 2 weeks I was sitting with a
spiritual master named Papaji, who was offering his
satsang gatherings to a crowd of 300+ people. I had been meditating
religiously for 6+ months prior to this meeting, trying to find peace inside
myself with my fathers suicide. I feel this daily
meditation practice laid the foundation
for the spiritual awakening that was to occur.
It happened in a flash as I stood
up from sitting on the floor as Papaji left the room. In an instant the
experience was like an atomic bomb had gone off throughout my entire mind, body
and being. My mind and identity of who I was...was gone! My sense of self
was stretched beyond anything I could ever imagine or comprehend.
The profound silence I experienced
for months after this inner explosion was what created the
spiritual experience for me. There was
no attachment to the mind. No real commentary on anything of this world. It In
that moment, the mind literally stopped all analytical thinking and was no
longer interested in being hooked into any opinions or judgments about anything.
My ego (self-identity) was
obliterated and there was nobody left to judge anything or anyone including
myself! There was only a small witness left, an observer of the entire Universal
existence. I constantly felt like I was in a state of oneness with
everyone and everything.
Thoughts still happened, yet "I"
was no longer behind the steering wheel of them and they were not nearly as
intriguing as this peaceful super quiet Presence inside. Everywhere I went was
amazing, life was truly heaven on earth without being identified with this "me"
but rather the unified one Being.
I later researched the experience
to uncover that it was called a Samadhi
experience lasted for the next several weeks to come and became the most
amazing life transforming experience of my entire life.
Life has been completely different since that day. I no longer get wrapped up in
the suffering that is created by the mind because I know who I am. Yet, the
mind is like a wild elephant who often tries to regain control. So I realize
even though I've tasted Samadhi, there is still MUCH
more to understand, experience, learn and integrate on a conscious and energetic
level. I have my entire life to integrate this experience.
I could not choose, so I
surrendered to existence. There was this "merging" of my mind and the physical
reality all around me, and had this very STRONG knowing that I was free to do
anything! It was the first time I felt that I had magical manifesting
abilities. I remember hearing something my father once said about "anything is
possible". I felt the future was wide open to something amazing because there
was something guiding me. It's amazing how the Universe always knows the bigger
picture and has our highest interest in mind.
I find that any being who is
fully liberated from all suffering is spiritual
life and one could even call them "spiritually enilghtened". This person is free from seeking for happiness
or satisfaction from the outer world, as they know the only thing that truly
satisfies comes from
the source within. I don't believe one can actually arrive at any final
enlightenment "finish line", as long as you are
alive there is still room to evolve, grow spiritually and expand in
consciousness. The Universe is an infinite playground and there truly is no end
to the outer world as well as the inner.
In my experience of the spiritual
path, as long as the mind is directed outwards, our energy continues to flow
away from our center, our inner peace and stillness, where all real sustainable
love, joy and real answers to life are found. It's only when we turn our
attention to the source of our sweet calming spiritual essence on the inside,
that we introduce the possibility of stopping this eternal egoic searching habit
"Ecstasy is our very nature; not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary." ~ Osho
The reason there are not more
spiritually awakened beings on the planet
today is because people have forgotten how to relax, trust and enjoy their
natural connection to Source. The most important direction we need to turn for answers is inside ourselves.
The outer world will captivate us, and invite us to experience all it's
tantalizing joys and sorrows. Yet, the most radical and enlightening path to
liberation is not one that falls prey to being addicted to the outer world for
fulfillment, yet discovers it easily and effortlessly within.
The mind is often very blind to the fact
that it's the incessant searching the causes us not to see. Whenever we are not
getting what we want, it's because we are in a state of wanting, needing or
demanding and not coming from a place of allowing, accepting or receiving. As
long as we continue directing our attention
only towards the outer world, wanting this and craving that, we will be forced to retreat
inside ourselves to reboot. Our bodies are designed to remain in a state of balance and healing
It's the incessant stressful egoic efforting of the mind and
attachment to our egoic desires which causes us to struggle, suffer, and
eventually die in pain instead of having a generally calm centered spiritual
If we want to
experience enlightenment and fulfilling life, there must be an
conscious awareness in each moment of where we are focusing our attention. We
must get deeply curious every hour of our lives if we are bathing
in the light of our being, fully aligned with our connection to that which
brings us the deepest resource of joy, love, peace and bliss.
The spiritual enlightened state
contains this healing feeling of a sweet surrender and full
acceptance to the grand totality of life. It is in the relaxation into
this profound truth that we realize our true infinite spiritual nature, and
become super powerful manifesting magnets that effortlessly attract anything and
everything our heart desires.
One of the greatest truths I've found on the path is that this spiritual source
of energy (who we
actually are) is soooooo huge and all consuming that ultimately it doesn't
matter if we get whatever our ego wants or doesn't want. The mind/ego will
always be wanting something that it thinks will make us happy, complete or satisfied.
There is no absolute completion or ultimate satisfaction to achieve at in life,
this is a never ending eternal journey we are on which is spiraling higher and
deeper towards total liberation and complete ecstasy.
When we look for spiritual
enlightenment with the mind, we will miss it. The desiring mind cannot find it. The mind is what
creates the block the enlightened state. The mind creates desires, so that when
we DO get whatever our ego wants, we also are getting what we don't want as
well. When any big desire is achieved, we always get both.
For example, we meet our dream
partner/soul mate and later find out they have an annoying habit that we cannot
stand, if we buy our new dream car it also comes with an insanely high monthly
insurance rate and costly maintenance fees. If we discipline ourselves with
daily exercise and get super strong and fit, we may only later experience
becoming super stiff and tight from not integrating calming deep stretching yoga
exercises as well. The weekend drinker who loves to party, always forgets about
the horrible hangover experience that will painfully consume his/her life the
There is no single payoff from
achieving any desire in this world that does not also have a cost to it. Even if
we think we've found our perfect dream life, there's always going to be some
perpetual feeling of the gratitude of it all, to keep your mind happy, peaceful
and at a vibration that can reach an even better life next year. We all
exist in the world of duality, male/female, black/white, daytime/nighttime, the
opposites are everywhere we can look.
Spiritual enlightenment is the
joyous liberating realization that the ego will always get want it focuses on,
and it will never be satisfied enough. It get what it wants, and then wants
more. We cannot escape from living in
between these two poles that are not fully contradictory, yet rather better
understood as complementary of each other. We are the rainbow spectrum in
between the black and white extremes of the light.
The spiritually enlightened being
is at peace between both extremes. Getting and not getting. There is also total
freedom of choice in each moment as to what is wanted to explore and experience.
The spiritually enlightened being releases there is a chooser behind it all, who
can decide to have the experience of avoiding things, clinging to ideas, or
simply relax and let the natural movement of life's pendulum guide us along the
When one is spiritually
enlightened, there is a constant appreciation for life just as it is. It doesn't
matter if the ego is getting what it wants or does not want anymore. This
feeling is one of the most spiritually enlightening and liberating experiences
When we realize that life is
always, always, always going to deliver a win-lose experience with every desire
we jump after, we start to relax about the whole game and drop into something
Initially, the first step on this
ego-less path can feel like
apathy. The mind starts thinking what's the point of life if we always get what we want AND what
we don't want, and never ONLY just the goodies. Yet, apathy also will soon
fall away when we feel that the nature of desire is pure suffering (not having)
and that finding peace with desire is the ultimate goal.
"Your essence, your essential
unbounded joy, is so huge that it flows in every
direction." - Nirmala
Desires simply manifest them more
easily when we are not attached to them in any way. The ride through life is
also much more enjoyable along the way when we know the secret to being at peace
with the mind and it's incessant desiring seeking habit. When we understand that
every single time we achieve a desire we will always get both what we want AND
don't want, we stop being so forceful, manipulative, and pushing our will on the
world to making things flow OUR way.
When your spiritual enlightenment
is integrated, the ego has the power of a shadow. It follows you wherever you
go, yet it has no real voice over yours. It has stopped being so greedy, needy, and full of selfish
demands and clingy egoic
agendas. This is when real freedom happens!
I find one of the best approaches to dealing with
our desires is knowing that once we do get a desire manifested, we must be
emotionally prepared to receive the opposing negative by-product as well. This
doesn't mean we cannot celebrate achieving anything in life and be outrageous
about it. In fact, we must go fully into appreciation if we want to
continue expanding our manifesting magnet power.
We must let go into our greatest
joyful expression, not holding back on any level, while having awareness of the
knowledge that soon there will be the mysterious flip side showing up, that
brings everything back to even neutral balance.
problems may be complicated, yet the answers are always very simple." ~Unknown
My teacher once told me life is
like a gambling casino where you always win whatever you bet. If you bet
$10, you get $10 back each time. There is always an even outcome, a perfect
balance to life which makes everything fair in the end. Hidden inside every
beautiful wave is a dark undertow. Once we are conscious and aware of the
nature of duality, our incessant craving and yearning for our desires to be met
will subside for good. It is then that we will discover the most enlightening
exploration of all.
A life of perpetual relaxation
within ourselves where we can enjoy the grace and ease of simply being alive.
The day we discover how to remain relaxed into our true essence, our essential
real nature, the greatest freedom and enlightening path will be revealed. For
more insights into this, please read my blog post on
How to Experience Spiritual Enlightenment.
Spiritual enlightenment happens when you are
in a state of no-mind, where the mind is so calm and at ease that it seems to
disappear... and only the witness remains. When your mind has completely let go
of this world, and is completely non-attached to everything in it from a place
of love, peace and compassion, then and only then are you truly free.
The mind is our greatest cause of suffering,
and is what allows us to be liberated from it. It is the great mechanism we need
to transcend all "thinking" and discover the awesome natural state of bliss
spiritual seekers...spending our lives trying to awaken, instead of resting in
the awakening that is already here now and always." ~Kathleen McCarthy
If you want to reach the state of spiritual enlightenment, the first thing you
want to do, is stop doing. Stop doing whatever you are trying to accomplish in
your life for this moment. Stop thinking, stop efforting, and stop trying to
achieve anything for a few moments right now.
Just trust this experience. Let go
of ALL your intense inner efforting for the rest of today. Just for today, relax
into your body and realize in your heart of hearts that you are an Infinite
Being and will never die. Allow for this one simple truth to be found in each
experience today and a dynamic shift in your consciousness will occur.
Secondly, know that each experience you have in life is the "right" experience.
Every lesson you are here to learn is being provided to you through each life
experience. Remember, nothing is by chance. The Universe is constantly giving
you all the consciousness you need to embrace each experience and each
experience is designed to awaken, enlighten and empower you.
interpretation of each experience includes the knowing that there IS a divine
energy who loves and accepts you just as you are, you can never have a "bad"
experience. The Universe is an infinitely intelligent and conscious energy which
is always supporting you to awaken into your greatest potentiality.
"The jiva (individual soul) who is called "I" does not really exist; if he
exists at all, then he is just the Supreme Reality." ~Ramana
Our problems, anxieties, and personal issues are like particles of sand in
between our toes. Depending how we walk they either grind at us or massage our
feet. Your problems are always your greatest spiritual teachers in disguise.
Explore each of them with a childlike curiosity and they will reveal themselves
as the brilliant messengers that they are.
You have a greater wisdom inside you that
simply needs a bit of nurturing and compassion. If you feel stuck and cannot see
what your issues/problems are, simply practice being grateful for whatever is in
your life right now and enjoy it!
"The individual, the world and God
are illusory creations in the Supreme Reality, like the snake in the rope,"
knowing thus, be happy in unity with that blissful One, by dissolving the three
in Him." ~Ramana
If a certain problem or issue keeps arising in you and will not go away, sit
with it. Face it directly and ask yourself, "What is the exact issue I would
like more clarity and understanding about?" Write it down and voice it out loud.
Find out what this issue sound like and talk with this "other" voice inside you
who is creating this issue.
Listen. Pay attention to what is underneath the mental chatter
happening in your head. It is pointing you towards the divine answer. Follow it
with curiosity and let it show you the way through. Each issue in your life
repeats itself because it is unlearned and ignored. Once you pay attention to
the wake up call by realizing the infinite being you really are, your problems
will dissolve immediately and spiritual enlightenment presents itself as your
natural state of being!
"Close your eyes and see it there. Be silent and have a taste
of it. Your very nature is what I call enlightenment. Enlightenment is not
something alien, outside you. It is not somewhere else in time and space. It is
you, your very core." ~Osho
Allow your body to soften and your mind to open. You are about to go on an
amazing inner journey of self-discovery! Be aware that a spiritual awakening is
about to take place in your life. Imagine what that will feel like. A child-like
curiosity and exploration will provide you with everything you'll need to know.
Whatever suffering is occurring in your life, is because you’re dwelling on it.
Right now...stop focusing on it. Let it go! Look deeper within yourself. Notice
how big and bright your consciousness truly is! Make time today to release the
emotional negativity you're dwelling on. Write down the things you are worried
about, afraid of happening, are always tolerating, or where you feel stuck in
your life. When you're all empty, write on the back of that paper what WANT to
manifest and focus on instead! You can choose to have fun in your life at
My personal experience of
Spiritual Enlightenment began in 1995 in India. I fell into a state of pure awareness that is free from the
chattering mind and connected with the infinite all loving powerful Source. In
this enlightened state, I realized that the world is absolutely perfect as it is.
In this state, you feel, see, and
experience the divine order in everything. There is a great warm love in
your heart all the time and every action in your life becomes very very easy
because your essence is always at ease.
The awesome state of Spiritual Enlightenment occurs naturally when we deepen in
our sadana (spiritual practice) and are consistent with it. A constant focus
towards the unlimited source of love, consciousness and power creates a more
enlightened, empowered, loving state of being in you. When you have raised your
vibration enough, your mind will relax and see the blessing in everything. This
relaxation is a state of emptiness where you are surrendered to the vastness of
this infinite Universe.
Are you ready to expand your consciousness
and tap into the Divine Source within you? Get ready to open your mind and relax
deeper than you have ever relaxed inside! You're about to discover the spiritual
experience and finally find freedom from suffering here on Earth.
Supreme states of bliss are available to you now! This highly advanced
spiritually enlightened state of being is easy to access when you are raising
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Thank you for tuning in. May the
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and deeply life transformative experiences come your way...