Personal-enlightenment


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What if.....?

What if you decided that, as of today, you're going to treat your life as a journey or voyage of exploration, experimentation and discovery - of yourself, of others and of life?

Let's think about this for a minute

What if you were to decide that much of what you've been told about life and its reality is wrong, and that also much of what you have been told about yourself is wrong and that you need to find out more about the reality of who you are and the real nature of your existence? This is what deciding to go on a journey of personal enlightenment means.

What personal enlightenment isn't

Much of what is being promoted today as personal enlightenment actually isn't. Personal enlightenment isn't about holding yourself up to any sort of standard, so it's not about personal self-improvement or learning how to do things better. You have a life. Your life has meaning and irrespective of how you've lived your life there'nobody better at living your life than you. So what is there to improve?

Nor is personal enlightenment of positive thinking, the so called 'law of attraction'. There's no such thing as think it to become reality. If you really want to create reality from your imagination you have to study magic and that is a very serious undertaking.

So what actually is personal enlightenment

At its core personal enlightenment is about taking the decision to a commitment to being yourself and living your life exactly the way you want to live your life and doing all the exploration and experimentation necessary to get the knowledge and awareness of knowing that the way you are living is the only way you want to life. This is about being yourself and being free to be yourself. It's about getting to know different people, seeking out and exploring experiences, and getting to know your own mind. It's about being real and being authentic, it's about having fun, enjoying life, and treating the Social Game as it deserves to be treated, like a game.

It's also about seeking solutions to whatever issues you face from within you, and not from any external sources.

Aspects of personal enlightenment

The two most important things to understand is that existence is cyclical in nature. Everything goes round and round and round based on the creative cycle. A cycle is the same as a wave. Think of a clock face.

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On a clock face you have the numbers 1 to 12 going round clockwise with two hands big and small. So let's say that at 12, on the hour, you have the totality, the universe and other, and at 6 or half past, you have you, the individual. At 3 or quarter past you have inspiration, and at 9 or quarter to you have your environment, society, people. Let the long hand stand for personal experience, and the short hand stand for consciousness.

Just as every hour that passes is marked at 12 as on the hour and at 6 as half past the hour, there's a back and forth ebb and flow between you and everything else. To get to know what's going on around you in the world you have to look inside yourself. But to get to know who you really are and get a deeper understanding of you as an individual you have to go out into the world and explore, experiment and discover. You have to seek out the experiences and go through them, connect to the people you come across, and then process this and internalize it through your mind.

Remember back and forth to and fro, and also round and round and round. Just like in the Pink Floyd song. However only you can know who you really are and only you gets to define who you really are. Only you have access to your Life Path. That Life Path is your highest authority, because it is the record of everything. As it is part of you this means that you are the highest authority in your life.

What you also need for personal enlightenment


While it can be argued that you can go down the shamanistic route and go off and seek your personal enlightenment in isolation it's important to remember that personal enlightenment is achieved through personal experience. A shaman is different from a priest, or a minister in that unlike both, who are appointed by a higher authority and ordained according to a tradition such as you find in religion, a shaman goes off and finds themselves and their enlightenment in isolation disconnected from society. This is because some believe you cannot truly be yourself while you are connected to a society when other people are also trying to define you. They will define you by trying to tell you who you are, by labelling you, by imposing demands and restrictions on you. All these things involve various belief systems which are imposed on you and highlight the necessity of finding your personal autonomy and defining yourself.

However going off into isolation as per many shamanistic traditions is an undertaking which takes place later in life after living in a community or society to have the necessary life experiences worthy of contemplation and meditation. It would be extremely difficult to achieve such a state of isolation to be alone with nature without having any connection with society in your typical Western society. Therefore I  strongly advise becoming part of a community.


Personal enlightenment is a journey, a process of experiences and some of these experiences and undertakings are not easy but can be challenging and difficult. Not everything is going to be easy or straightforward, you're going to make mistakes and get things wrong. Therefore you're going to need support - trusted support - and also be able to learn when to take a break or step back from your journey.


While you are going on your own individual journey of personal enlightenment which is a one time, once only experience which is personal and relative only to you, you're not the first nor will you be the last to make such a journey. You're going to need sources of both inspiration and wisdom from others who have also made their journey and achieved a degree of enlightenment. You may be able to do this within a religious belief, a philosophy, but you also don't need to adhere to any belief system or faith in order to achieve personal enlightenment, because the primary objective is to develop consciousness and your perception of consciousness. This involves going through cycles which have the four stages of perception, inspiration, conception and interaction, which we describe on separate webpages.

Things to consider about personal enlightenment

In a world which appears to becoming more and more lifeless, mindless and soulless and where there is a growth in avoidance by some of anything beyond the physical, more and more people are craving to become more enlightened and aware but don't have a reliable means of finding out how to go about their journey. We do not advocate any particular method of achieving personal enlightenment because we leave that down to the individual to find for themselves. However we give a rough guide of the major components of any personal enlightenment journey.

Acceptance

Acceptance of both yourself and others for being who you really are is a necessary and fundamental part of personal enlightenment. Within this comes acceptance of one's own individuality and that of others, understanding that we are all unique and individual beings each making our own way through life in our own way. This involves accepting not just the lighter, more positive aspects of one's being but also the darker, more negative aspects of our nature. Obviously acceptance here doesn't mean acceptance of negative attitudes or behaviour with a view to perpetuating or continuing harmful cycles, but merely acceptance of their existence. Personal enlightenment is about action, or karma, and about taking action against anything which prevents you or holds you back from developing consciousness and awareness.

Understanding energy

Learning to understand and identify energy in all its various forms is a key step of personal enlightenment. Energy exists on a spectrum which is part of a cycle, and everything in existence is made up of energy of different wavelengths, frequencies and levels of consciousness. While in terms of the Theory of Creativity energy is described as dramatic or traumatic, but this dichotomy or duality is expressed in other ways, such as light energy and dark energy, or energy which is based on love and energy which is based on fear. Learning about energy, where it comes from, and what it does is key to any journey of personal enlightenment.

Understanding power

This goes hand in hand with understanding energy. Understanding power is key to being able to empower yourself and also empower others. Power is about relationships and relativity and the core principle of power is that power exists to be shared. This principles applies not just to two or more points in a relationship but also between the individual and the totality - the universe or cosmos - and this principle applies to power in whatever form it takes whether it be electrical power, solar power, wind power, personal power or political power. Does an individual (or organization) have power to empower others or to disempower others? Do you seek power for reasons of control and to disempower others? Or do you seek power to empower others? part of the process of personal enlightenment is the ability to give up power to the totality so that it can come back to you. This is also often the difference between an attachment and a connection.

Attachments  v. connections

Superficially both imply the same thing, the existence of a relationship but the difference lies in the nature of that relationship. Attachments tend to be things you cling to, and can be such things as personal possessions, money, friendships, relationships, personal beliefs, aspects of your thinking, behaviour and communication which can often keep you in your place and disempower you. However when you let go you cease to become attached and become free. Connection can be pretty much the same things, but they have the effect of empowering you. part of the personal enlightenment process is learning to free yourself from attachments and getting into the habit of developing connections which are significant and meaningful.

Challenging beliefs

What if everything you were taught was a lie? What is much of what you were taught to believe in your education is false and has no basis in reality? What if events you believe took place in the past actually didn't happen? What if passages in a religious scripture such as the Bible or Holy Koran were edited in or changed? This is not to suggest that these things are false or untrue, but just to consider the possibility. A significant part of the process of personal enlightenment is learning to challenge beliefs, both personal beliefs and beliefs held by others. This is essential to becoming grounded in reality, being able to create or discover trith, achieve inspiration, and acquire knowledge, greater awareness, wisdom, and the increased ability to perceive consciousness.

This doesn't apply to just your own personal beliefs, because out in society there's no shortage of people out there willing to sell you their beliefs, impose their beliefs on you, and get you into a situation where you are thinking the way they want you to think, believing what they want you to believe, and accept their definition of you as an individual over your own personal definition of yourself. They do this in various ways by simply telling you what to think and believe, making demands on you, imposing obligations, and even manipulating you and using strategies based on fear, guilt or shame. This also includes much of what social conditioning and social engineering is about, and this has become more widespread in recent years with the development of information technology.

Often the process of process enlightenment is better served through a process of unlearning, examining and discarding beliefs rather than merely replacing older beliefs with new ones. It's important to understand that truth seeking and maintaining contact with both reality and truth are destructive, traumatic negative processes where you are dletting go of attachments and beliefs and facing up to facts which may be uncomfortable, if not painful to accept. This doesn't just relate to general beliefs shared between people such as social or cultural beliefs, but the beliefs which determine the nature of your own thinking, emotional responses and patterns of behaviour. It is this process which is central to any process of personal enlightenment. It isn't always easy, or pleasant and this explains why so many people avoid it or prefer to abidcate personal responsibility for their own choices and actions to some external authority.

Authority

Another fundamental part of the process of personal enlightenment is embracing the fact that you are your own highest authority and rejecting belief systems in which you abdicate personal responsibility for your own choices, decisions and actions to some external authority source, be it religious, political or social. While this carries a greater degree of personal responsibility, simply because you are electing to hold yourself personally responsible for everything you decide, say, do and believe this also comes with the gteater benefits of personal autonomy, freedom, and insight.

It's at this point you will probably become aware that this process of personal enlightenment isn't just about self-improvment, nor is it just merely food for the brain, intellectual stimulus, or indeed a system of one upmanship with your fellow human being, but relates to something which is far deeper. This is about your whole being, your purpose in life, and about making your life significant and meaningful.

Developing meaningfulness and significance

Much of what is written about personal enlightenment, the journey and the process is focussed on mindfulness and awareness. This often doesn't touch on the more important aspect of meaningfulness, the pursuit and achievement of that what is meaningful and fulfilling, which provides the inner peace, the clarity of vision, the happiness and the feelings of security and well being which motivates so many to undertake the journey. Life is after all about the journey, it's about the connections you make to other people, the significance and meaning behind those connections, the experiences you share, the memories you develop and the legacy you create so that you leave behind something of value when you die.

Acquiring the experience

It would be so much easier if the process of personal enlightenment was simply down to thinking and introspection but this is not the case. A necessary part of any journey towards personal enlightenment involves actually going through the experiences and living. This does not mean simply taking part in an economic system, because like language the economic system is physical, man made, and not part of what can be described as actual reality, but is primarily focussed on the exchange and flow of money between people and organizations. To undertake any journey in personal enlightenment you need to get beyond that and go out into the world, the real world, and participate so as to develop the meaningfulness, connections and experiences which are going to be a part of your own personal journey towards enlightenment.

Understanding the connections between individual human creativity, cultural development at local community level, the desire to participate in the development of one's community and also the desire for personal enlightenment Qultura is set up in a way so as to support all of these objectives without imposing any specific ideology or belief systems on anyone. We make freely accessible our theories and contents of our website and also provide the inafrastructure and opportunities through which people can seek out contact and community with others and share ideas, experiences and everything else so as to develop new connections, take action and develop new projects and undertakings. However participation is key.