What is enlightenment?
Discussing Point Omega in many cases leads us to the idea of enlightenment as a desired state of mind which supposedly is at present still rare and difficult to achieve, but easier to achieve and more common after we have passed through Point Omega. On this page we will first give some short general statements about what we think enlightenment is and what enlightenment is not. Subsequently, we will add some more in-depth comments on the concept of enlightenment and about how it can be achieved, about what works and what does not work and about why this is the case.
Finally we will give some sources for further reading, we found to be of interest.
Enlightenment is not:
- A state of perpetual happiness and experienced love.
- A state of knowing everything.
- A state of personal power over oneself.
- A state of personal power over one's (social) environment.
- What ordinary religions bring you.
- An ephemeral / passing state of mind.
Enlightenment is a state in which:
- Happiness is easier to reach.
- Reaching happiness is not a primary concern any more.
- Personal matters have lost their all overriding importance.
- The person merges with the flow of events easily and automatically.
- The person readily takes risks by deviating from tradition and common beliefs.
- What all organized religions promise to bring, but never do.
- The natural result of personal growth, if unhampered; the birthright of us all.
- An unusual state of mind (before Point Omega); a state we vaguely seem to remember, but don't know how to reach.
- The ordinary state of mind after Point Omega.
- Permanent and irreversible.
The relationship between organized religion and enlightenment
Religions as power structures. The importance of mass-neuroses for power structures. Tricks of religious structures to prevent people from escaping mass neuroses. Guilt for not having realized enlightenment. Skipping the realization of "telic" and "paratelic" states from common consciousness (hiding the key).
Shortcuts to enlightenment
The difference between ephemeral states of enlightenment and permanent enlightenment. Break throughs versus the results of gradual development. About the dynamic mechanisms of developing enlightenment. Common involuntary tricks of cults to bind people and to prevent a thorough understanding of how enlightenment works (promising but not giving).
Further reading on enlightenment
- The Guru Papers by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstadt (see data in the list of literature)