“What is Enlightenment? Enlightenment is to be vigilant when everyone is sleeping; it is to see when everyone is blind; to hear when everyone is deaf!”
“Life gives us many gifts that we could hardly imagine. When we let go of preconceptions and witness life without the turmoil that a self-indulgent ego perpetuates we perceive what heretofore eluded us.”
Yes, this is for real. You may read more about Kilroy J. Oldster and the Dead Toad Scrolls here.
“People often associate complexity with deeper meaning,
when often after precious time has been lost, it is realized that
simplicity is the key to everything.”
“You think of yourselves as humans searching for a spiritual awakening, when in fact you are spiritual beings attempting to cope with a human awakening. Seeing yourselves from the perspective of the spirit within will help you to remember why you came here and what you came here to do.”
— Neale Donald Walsch
“There are two obstacles to enlightenment:
1. Thinking you know.
2 Thinking you don’t know.”
“You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner enlightenment. “
“Not every sky will be blue and not every day is springtime.
So on the spiritual path a person learns to find this kind of happiness without needing nice things to happen on the outside.
Rather, you find happiness by being who you really are.
This isn’t mystical. Young children are happy being who they are.
The trick is to regain such a state when you are grown
and have seen the light and dark sides of life.”
“It is easy to imagine that the Buddha, the awakened one, is something or somewhere other than here or that awakening to reality will happen sometime other than now. But as long as we continue to think in terms of time we will deceive ourselves. The you who is chasing enlightenment will never become enlightened.
“Instead of striving towards some distant goal that you will never reach, I invite you to stop and ask: How am I avoiding the enlightenment that is already present in each moment? How am I seeing separation where it doesn’t exist?”
Have you heard people calling 2020 a “lost” year or “the year that wasn’t?” Do you believe that?
We had high hopes for this year didn’t we? Perhaps higher than normal. After all this is 2020 the year of clear vision. And that is exactly what we are getting. Not in the way we expected, but it is happening.
On the physical level with pollution levels down in cities sights are being seen that have not been visible for years. Here at the lake we are seeing the return of birds that have not been here for several years. Being at home many families are spending more time together and seeing each other in a new light. People are beginning to awaken spiritually. Here in the US, blinders are coming off as the divisions in our country and crimes committed based on the victims race, nationality or creed are now painfully apparent.
So is this a lost year? Only if we make it so. This is the year of clear vision. We are finally seeing things we have been refusing to see. We have the opportunity to correct our vision. Will we act on what we are seeing?
“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.”
— John O’Donohue