“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment”
Someone has left a comment on the article that I wrote about “5 signs of an energy vampire…” saying that I am “not a very enlightened person”. I am actually very thankful to that person since that comment got me thinking – what does it actually mean to be enlightened and what are the conditions that could characterize an enlightened person.
Throughout my life I’ve read many inspiring books, met many wise teachers, studied new spiritual science Infosomatics, took various self-development and energy healing courses (even started my own practice, which you can learn more about by browsing the website). One of the main goals for acquiring all that knowledge was to reach the state of enlightenment or at least know how to get there.
One of the best descriptions of a truly enlightened person I found in the teachings of Don Huan. He described them as the conditions of a solitary bird. There were only 5 conditions described in the books but I have decided to add another one. It seemed that the additional sixth one was missing.
1) “… flies to the highest point”.
The highest point is the experience of blissful ultimate Love. Some may characterize it as unconditional love, however, the highest point is beyond the term of unconditional love. The ultimate bliss is actually quite cold. It is like standing on the peak of the highest mountain and any movement will cause either fall into the abyss of the past or being swiped away by the avalanche of the future. The highest point is the state of loving the whole world, embracing the higher consciousness but at the same time taking responsibility for realizing your own potential in the way it was intended by Nature.
2) “… does not suffer for company, not even of its own kind”.
Many people are afraid to truly be alone with themselves and to dig deep for the answers within. They are trying to find assurance from others for their own existence and their own truth. True self however can only be discovered through the journey of independent self discovery and this journey may seem very lonely at times. Looking for the answers from outside is like being a banana and asking a plum or even another banana how your unique banana tastes. You are unique you and it is important to be in peace and true to yourself on the road of self discovery.
3) “… aims its beak to the skies”.
Setting your priorities is important in life. By setting one of the top priorities to always take the higher road (aim to the sky) and always take into account the potential that was given to you by your own Spirit (or Higher Self) is one of the keys in reaching enlightenment. In simple terms it is channeling your higher self and manifesting the information you receive through realizing your own potential. It is being Forest Gump of your own life – being in the right place at the right time – living under the guidance of your Higher Self.
4) “… does not have a definite color”.
The ability to be flexible and quickly adapt to any change is becoming a vital skill for survival in the society that is moving towards the informational paradigm. In order to be able to effectively communicate with others we do need to know how to play different roles and accept the truth of others even if it is different from ours. Our own colorful truth is for us to experience and by showing it to others we are able to refine it. Just like chameleon moves in Nature by changing the color of its skin, we can move throughout life. With each step we can accept the color that currently fits best with the surrounding environment and with our next step we can adapt our colors again if needed. The ability to effectively change outside colors or our roles in life helps to evolve our unique colors within.
5) “… sings very softly”.
Showing off and trying to save the whole world is one of the roads to nowhere. As one of the saints said: “save yourself and thousands around you will be saved”. By saving yourself and finding your own unique way of realizing your potential you are showing an example to others and there is really no need to brag about it. Aggressively saving others is imposing your own truth upon the others and it eventually can do only harm. The truth is often spoken softly and only those who are ready to really listen can hear it.
6) “… when the right time comes, knowledge has to be shared”.
Enlightenment is not some kind of a point in time and space which you can reach and then relax. Reaching enlightenment is a process. There will always be those who know less than you and there will always be those who know more. Each one of us has their own unique experience and by sharing your talents with others you help them grow as well as refine your own talents. Besides, teaching others is one of the best ways to continue learning new things yourself.
One thing remains true, if you already asking yourself about your purpose in life, about how you can discover and realize the potential that was given to you by Nature, you are on the right track. If you have a question, the answer will always find the way to get to you so you can improve the script of life you are writing every day.