There have been many discussions about enlightenment on this platform from countless individuals who I have grown to admire. Each one of us is experiencing a different set of feelings and emotions during any given moment of our day. Boredom, joy, frustration, serenity, humor… on and on the vast scope of our human condition fluctuates – but what is enlightenment?
I suppose this is different for each and every being. I suppose it has to deal with your circumstances and your background, whether you are struggling with anxiety or some form of stress. Yes, we all feel it… that thin tenor of noise and distortion which disrupts our conscious view of the world. Indeed, it’s always there, hammering away like some angry construction crew, a steady jackhammer pulverizing our serenity.
Work stress, family crisis, health issues, bills, debt, politicians spewing hatred and garbage, social media addiction… None of this is natural. We are not born with these issues, but we can certainly die from them. Long periods of exposure to such toxic insanity can only erode our spiritual immunity. Slowly but surely our confidence drains and our ability to resist stress is destabilized. This ultimately leads down a dark path we need not revisit.
While enlightenment comes in many forms, it always seems to be necessary when the chips are down, when we have exhausted our patience over a less-than-ideal situation.
Some may turn to religion. Others find enlightenment in friendship or group discussions. Many feel enlightened after exercise or while they create art. Either way, enlightenment serves as a personal revolution against our own sinister reflection.
For me, dealing with tension requires solitude. I must be at peace with my soul before I can create art or write literature. I have always been relatively grounded in my perspective, but even I have to deal with a certain level of chaos on occasion. We all deal with it – every single day – and with that bottle of ulcers comes the tendency to complain. I am no different, but I have learned that bitching never gets me from point Alpha to Bravo. In fact, I have come to the realization that self-indulgent pity can only exacerbate the anxiety and depression – it’s like dousing a fire with gasoline.
I suppose my overall point is that enlightenment is not very complicated. I would say it’s spiritual, but it is also an issue of physical brain chemistry, of finding a proper method in which to release endorphins. I’m not a scientist. I’m not a clinical physician or therapist. Nor am I recommending anything in the form of advice or meditation, but I am telling you that enlightenment is important. It is imperative for every soul to find that special knowledge which separates you from the dark stain erasing your stamina.
Enlightenment is clearly different for everyone, but know that we all possess that special ability to change course.
We all need to own our demons, to develop our own personal measures in which to release the light. For those who are hurting, all I can offer are prayers and sympathy. Just remember that kindness is free. It is the first step toward unlocking that special chemistry, that primary beam of photons which spell recovery.
So what is enlightenment? You’ll have to discover that for yourself. I wish you many blessings creative universe – may you find health and joy on your spiritual journey…