Reaching the Shores of Enlightenment Through Acceptance and Forgiveness

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By Paul Lenda

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Enlightenment is a seemingly-elusive experience and state of existence that many feel few attain at any given point in the timeline of human history.

However, there are those that do and it seems that more and more individuals are experiencing the enlightenment of their consciousness than ever before, or at least more people are hearing about these experiences of an enlightened soul thanks to the internet.

There is a modern saying that points out that when in 500 BC there was only one bodhisattva (enlightened being), today there are a thousand. Perhaps it is because there is simply a greater number of people alive now. Maybe it is thanks to the incredibly open access most humans have to such a wealth of information and knowledge through the Internet, which itself acts as an akashic “hall of records” so to speak.

Whatever the reasons, the experience of becoming enlightened rests on a transcendental experience that a person must go through before becoming enlightened: the transcendence of the ego (illusory self) and taking away its dominance over the our being.

Most of the things which can be considered growth-debilitating in human cultures and societies around the world seem to originate from the self-centered ego. Thanks to this “false” self that craves being the center of our existence, we humans discriminate, criticize, judge, are selfish, are unforgiving, have fear, and on and on and on.

There is one simple, yet powerful, realization that has to be made and experienced before the enlightenment experience can occur: Self-realization.

The realization that the ego is not who we are in the higher sense of the term (on a level which transcends time and space), and is everything we are not. It is the ultimate test to see if we will finally realize our transcendent nature, as a spark of the infinite timeless consciousness of all that is.

The path to becoming Self-realized has its own prerequisites. In order to reach the top of this mountain of expanded awareness and higher consciousness, two important experiences have to become daily thought-patterns imprinted within our minds: acceptance and forgiveness.

Forgiveness is an aspect of acceptance, love, peace, and truth. Resentment (its opposite) is an aspect of hatred, negativity, and falsehood (non-truth). Forgiveness brings inner peace and serenity of the mind. Resentment, on the other hand, brings inner turmoil and suffering.

What we choose to experience is our free-will choice. We have the power to act and react in either a positive and creative manner, or in a negative and destructive way.

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By the power of consciousness being able to create and shape reality, we are able to venture down the path to enlightenment by making conscious decisions of exercising acceptance and forgiveness within our lives.

Experiencing and exercising acceptance and forgiveness means choosing to see the absolute perfection and beauty in all manifestations of reality. See it in the ocean, in flowers, and in humanity.

Everything and everyone is currently operating at its own level of awareness and/or evolution, be it physical or nonphysical. Everyone and everything is what it is right now because that is what it needs to learn or un-learn. People are what they are, and make mistakes, because they truly do not know otherwise (most of the time through ignorance or lack of awareness), or they do not want to know otherwise.

If there is complete and meaningful forgiveness and acceptance of absolutely everything, then there’s nothing to judge, there’s nothing to discriminate against, there’s nothing to condemn, there’s nothing to criticize, there’s nothing to label, there’s nothing to describe, there’s nothing to define, there’s nothing to interpret, there’s nothing to translate, there’s nothing to suppose, there’s nothing to explain, there’s nothing to say, there’s nothing to talk about, there’s nothing to expound upon, there’s nothing to express an opinion about, there’s no thing to make into something, there’s nothing to express a belief about, there’s nothing to emotionalize about, there’s nothing to worry about, there’s nothing to fear, there’s nothing to rationalize, there’s nothing to determine, there’s nothing to hypothesize, there’s nothing to complicate, there’s nothing to solve, there’s nothing to manipulate, there’s nothing to get confused about, there’s nothing to distort, there’s nothing to change, there’s nothing to force, there’s nothing to set right, there’s nothing to fix, there’s nothing to resolve, there’s nothing to alter, there’s nothing to modify, there’s nothing to seek, there’s nothing to search for, there’s nothing to learn, there’s nothing to get, there’s nothing to lose, there’s nothing to gain, there’s nothing to do, there’s nothing to want, there’s nothing to desire, there’s nothing to obtain, there’s nothing to intellectualize, there’s nothing to conceptualize,there’s nothing to verbalize, there’s nothing to communicate, there’s nothing to say, there’s nothing to declare, there’s nothing to communicate, there’s nothing to articulate, there’s nothing to perceive,and there’s nothing to think about at all.

Such is the irony of enlightenment.

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After this realization is experienced, what is left is the feeling of inner peace and ecstatic bliss. Everything simply is.

Existence just is.

Reality just is.

Life just is.

Anything else is a distortion of reality and truth. Keep it within the forefront of your mind that without acceptance of life and reality of being this way, and without the ability to instantly forgive, enlightenment can not be reached.

Perhaps it may be experienced for a few moments thanks to certain entheogenic and empathogenic molecular compounds, but in order to stay within the enlightened state of be-ing, these two processes have to become ingrained within our consciousness and expressed within our daily lives.

Experience the sweet transcendental bliss of enlightenment by paving the path to it with these things, and you will see that it was all worth it more than anything else in existence.

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About the author:

Paul Lenda - bioPaul Lenda is a conscious evolution guide, writer, speaker, workshop facilitator, life coach and celebrator of life wishing to provide an integral role in the personal and collective social transformation of humanity. Paul has degrees in business and psychology, a decade of extensive spiritual practice, a drive for esoteric knowledge and a desire to see and understand the wider horizon of Reality. Paul has spoken at various shows, events and locations and his articles have been published in magazines and journals around the world. Paul’s words will stir up a spirit of action and change, make you question the way you think, and challenge your perception of reality.

From adolescence onward, Paul became an active seeker of everything that was never taught by the established educational systems. By doing so, and by filtering our “the noise”, Paul was able to develop an extensive knowledge base to which he also applied diligent personal practice, verifying what resonated as functional and effective in the evolution and elevation of consciousness. By focusing on maintaining balance in all aspects of his life, Paul offers an approach to conscious evolution that ensures there is harmony in your quest for healing and growth.

Paul also offers private sessions, usually via Skype, for those looking to consciously evolve from where they are to where they envision themselves to be.

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