Monday Morning Moment by Eric Allen Bell

April 19, 2010

thanks Eric, I needed to read this this morning.  Funny how that works, Jacki


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By Eric Allen Bell
When it comes to the subject of Enlightenment I am no authority. I do
not possess special knowledge nor do I profess to speak to you now from
some elevated state. On all matters Divine there is but one authority
and that is God.

Enlightenment is often said to be a state of conscious communion with Divine Source.
According to some spiritual traditions this state is something of a
finish line. One’s existence is seen to be a cycle of birth, death and
rebirth as one’s soul perfects their karma and eventually reaches a
state of Nirvana or pure bliss.

In the Judeo-Christian world the word "Heaven" is more commonly used. A
person is believed to live only once and at the end of their life will
face judgment. The outcome of this judgment will determine whether or
not a person is worthy enough to enter the Kingdom of God or have to
face eternal damnation. Something of a "get out of jail free card" is
provided for those who believe in the teachings of a specific messiah
or prophet and one’s transgressions in this life can be forgiven such
that they become pure enough enter into a state of permanent God
awareness, living side by side with God forever – so long as they

These are the two main theories or beliefs that dominate the world
religious consciousness. Outside the sphere of religious orientation
are the Agnostics who neither deny nor embrace a concept of the Divine.
Less popular, but growing in numbers these days, are the Atheists who
believe that any concept of God or the Divine is pure fantasy concocted
by the feeble human brain which fears death. To many Atheists science
is the ultimate authority – even though science is the absolute faith
that what one perceives through the sense organs is real, reliable and
complete. It can be argued, from this standpoint then that Atheism is
in fact another form of religion since it is faith-based.

Everything I have described to you thus far is rooted either in logic
or in faith – faith being the belief in things unseen. But there is
another dimension of perception available to us and that is the field
of pure knowing. Direct perception.

The brain-body organism that thinks it is me – that is to say the
accumulated collection of beliefs, experiences, biases, prejudices ,
opinions, sensations, longings, hopes, fears, and other perceptions
which all add up – which all conspire to equal a "person"… This
person has had glimpses of a Divinely perfect state of pure bliss. The
character that thinks it is Eric Allen Bell has thought himself to have
had moments of clear God awareness. The person who I am often
identified with has had a brush with total clarity from time to time,
only to fall back into the survival-oriented, me-centered day to day
existence that is life in the material world.

Can one then, as a person living in the world, have direct perception
of the Divine? Can we experience continuous and conscious communion
with Divine Source while living in this place we call the world?
There is nothing unique about me posing this question to you.

The question is as old as time itself. What is Enlightenment?
How do you experience a continuous awareness of the Divine? If that
which is Divine is infinite, and by its very nature it must be, then
the Divine never loses its awareness of you. Therefore you are always
constantly connected to God. The belief that you are apart from God is
a state of ignorance.

So in an enlightened state one becomes aware of what already is. We
awaken from our sleep. The awakened self already exists concurrent with
the everyday mundane self who is generally unaware of who and what we
are and where we came from.

The awakened self doesn’t need to awaken. The Ego self, by definition
cannot awaken, but will use so-called "spirituality" as a form of self
help and decorate itself with its accomplishments, it’s knowledge and
its belief systems. It uses the spiritual experience as a means of
avoiding anything spiritual at all.

As such, when asking the question "Can the self be awakened?" it is
worthwhile to ask yourself who it is that is asking. Do you imagine
yourself to be a person? If you do imagine yourself to be a person,
know that the person can never be more or less than what it is. The
person has no need for awakening as awakening runs counter to the
survival-based mindset that is the mandate for the society the person
is living in. Only that which is not a person, not a citizen, not a
race or a gender or a set of beliefs can even begin to truly ask the
question, "Who am I?"

If one adds to their arsenal of beliefs that "We are all one" that is
only a thought and should not be confused for real perception. I know
that New York exists, but seeing it for myself is an entirely different
kind of experience.

That which is awake within you does not seek awakening. That which
seeks awakening can never find it as every move it makes is in fact an
attempt to avoid the experience entirely.

Call off the search. There is nothing to find for the one who has not lost anything.
Eric Allen Bell


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