What does it mean to be enlightened?


Q:  What does it mean to be enlightened?

A:  An enlightened being has more than fifty percent of his or her consciousness as being love-based. One who is not enlightened has more than fifty percent of his or her consciousness that is still fear-based. A consciousness that is mostly fear-based is ruled by a force, a gravity, that holds you in fear. You may have moments of bliss, moments of ecstasy, moments of rapture, Epiphanies and Revelations—when you have experiences of profound love and ecstasy. But, because most of your consciousness is still fear-based, that “gravity” eventually will pull you back into a life that is ruled by fear.

If you were illumined, the exact opposite would be true. Because most of your consciousness would be love-based, there would be a gravity that would hold you in a love consciousness. In this scenario, you would still have moments—because you are in a human body, living in the world, and interacting with people—when anger, fear, or sadness could come up. But, eventually, the gravity of pure love would pull you back into a loving space without your having to really do much, because your consciousness is mostly love-based. And that is one aspect of Enlightenment, as well as the differentiation between one who is enlightened and one who is unenlightened.

 

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