Is it realistic to strive for enlightenment Striving toward enlightenment is a goal of millions but is it important or even realistic to become enlightened?

What does it mean to you?

Really, the unattainable goal of being only happy is disheartening for many who want so much to escape their ‘bad’ emotions that indicate they are not enlightened--emotions like anger and fear.

This common path to enlightenment is sending a message to humanity by spiritual leaders that in order to be ‘good’ or enlightened, one must attain a goal, which by its very definition (to transcend emotions like anger, fear and jealousy) dehumanizes the individual, causing them to be ungrounded and lose valuable life experiences.

Embracing a holistic approach to enlightenment that consists of lighting up every part of us, all the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ parts, creates an unconditional acceptance and peace, which is true enlightenment!


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#2 Jason Nelson 2012-09-15 01:24
Hi Montgomery. Thank you for your thoughts. Once we experience enlightenment we are experiencing ourselves (and therefore everyone else) from a place of non-judgment. We may feel emotions like anger, jealousy, love, and recognize our feelings, but we are no longer “controlled” by them, meaning we are observing and choosing our responses in life instead of reacting. True enlightenment is loving every part of ourselves equally. This experience of life brings us peace and understanding of ourself and our surroundings.
‘Ignorance is bliss’ is a choice many of us make when we are not choosing to be real with some aspect of our life. This way of living is actually ungrounding and takes us away from being present with what is actually happening. It’s important to be real and choose to see what is actually happening inside and outside of us. The purpose of our lifetime here is to be fully present for our life experiences.
I hope these explanations help!
#1 Montgomery 2012-09-15 01:19
but once this enlightenment is then gained, what happens next? i understand that enlightenment can help us determine the trivial things in our lives that are not necessary, but isn't there some truth in the term 'ignorance is bliss?'