by Stewart Bitkoff
June 28, 2014
"Enlightenment must come
little by little - otherwise it
- Idries Shah
In spiritual literature, have you ever wondered why there are few
straight forward discussions concerning outcomes of enlightenment;
or said another way, once you have traveled a spiritual path, and
gained inner capacity, for you personally, what will spiritual
ability look like.
Here are a few reasons for this limited discussion, and some
Typically enlightenment means
increased light and increased spiritual
This way of being or inner
experience is very difficult to put into words or physically
describe. Additionally few people are able to tell you
exactly what your future spiritual skill set will look like.
No two people are the same and
spiritual development is dependent upon different factors:
including personal ability and Grace of the Unseen Forces.
Examples of Spiritual Experience
In the literature, some
spiritual experiences described include:
visions, capacity to
read minds, messages from the other side, sublime
ecstatic states, hearing the inner voice, intuitive
understanding, wisdom about certain situations,
dreams that come true, and prescience/knowing.
Because something is described
doesn't mean you will experience the same thing; these
spiritual capacities are dependent upon the needs of the
situation and the emerging design.
Enlightenment is a phenomenon
and process that is viewed, described and developed over a
period of years; ever changing and maturing.
In some schools it is taught
that enlightenment occurs in an overwhelming blast of
brilliance; in other schools, it is taught that the process
is more gradual.
Personal Capacity Varies
Depending upon personal
responsibilities and tasks in the world, our individual
skill set, temperament, spiritual experience and capacity
varies. No two people are the same.
Expectation Blocks Experience
Once you are provided with a
snapshot of what enlightenment might look like; this
snapshot often sets in motion our expectation response,
influencing and even blocking further outcomes.
Spiritual Capacity is Transitory
For the most part, during the
course of daily life, spiritual experience is transitory: it
comes and goes based upon the needs of the situation.
Both Sets of Consciousness Operating
After a time, often it is
possible to have both sets of consciousness operating at the
same time: worldly and spiritual. This is one of the
indicators of more mature development.
Spiritual Capacity is Already Inside You
Enlightenment is characterized
by awakening of certain capacity: by remembering who you are
and that these capacities, for the most part, already are
part of you. Usually, within the context of a spiritual
path, personal spiritual capacity develops naturally.
Spirituality Doesn't Replace Daily
does not replace living in the world or give you 'a leg-up'
on having a pain/stress free existence. It is added capacity
which helps integrate, balance, and put into perspective
life's up and downs.
Emphasis on Different Outcomes
Spiritual paths have as outcome
different experience and abilities. All paths are not the
same and often focus on varied goals. For example, some
paths focus on healing and others on knowing and service to
Unity of Peak Experiences
It has been suggested, that peak
experience of Oneness and Union, with the Godhead, is
essentially the same experience; using different words to
describe this sublime connection.
The use of different
terminology, due to cultural variation, confuses and helps
create a situation where mystery is intensified.
For example, Peace of God,
Union, Nirvana, and Experience of Oneness, may all be
descriptions of a singular peak experience; which, as
indicated earlier, in most spiritual travelers is
Learn to see those things
Which you must do
And those things
Which God/Light must do.
He/she who can recognize the difference
Is on their way to enlightenment.
Most travelers expect enlightenment
To arrive in a flash.
They imagine it is like turning on
A lamp in their home.
This is our desire for haste
And stems from greed.
This process is much slower
And knowledge comes in stages;
And once the Light is on
It cannot be turned off
As easily as hitting a switch.
you have been Given
enough for the journey.