Spiritual Not Religious: The Delusion of Enlightenment

Sacred Tools for Modern Times #7 — Personal development is a moment to moment process of Awakening

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This is part of a series of stories exploring all aspects of spiritual life. A journey that transcends rites, rituals, ceremonies, trinkets for sale, and all of the other elements of formal religious dogma.

What is Enlightenment?

Enlightenment is deep insight and complete immersion and understanding into the purpose and meaning of all things, including communication with or understanding of the “mind” of the Divine. Though many people especially the followers of certain gurus believe it is a constant and permanent state, most in the Wisdom Path Community where I am a senior teacher believe it is a state one embraces and is embraced from moment to moment. The world is a multi-layered and complex place, yet it is reasonable to accept that at times, some among us have a “full comprehension of all of the subtle patterns that comprise a person, place, thing, or situation”. In a sense, at least at that moment, we might say that person is “Enlightened”.

In the western world the concept of spiritual enlightenment has become synonymous with self-realization and the true self and false self, being regarded as a substantial essence being covered over by social conditioning.

In many Indian religions the Sanskrit words moksha (liberation) or mukti (release) — both from the root muc “to let loose, let go”) is the final extrication of the soul or consciousness from attachment to the sensory nature of the world and the suffering that comes with that attachment.

With advances in physics, many researchers find that the old dualistic theories are not enough for them, do not satisfy their necessities. A serious spiritual seeker man must have not only faith but intellectual inquiry as well.


Meditative, contemplation, introspection, and other approaches to withdrawal from the particular, and identification with the universal, leads to an Awakening to that which is most universal, Consciousness. This transmodern approach is different from the classical religious approach of complete thought suppression.

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