From the recently released book: From Here to Nowhere: A Spiritual Journey into the Unknown by Mu
Consider your relationship to enlightenment, the void, the Absolute, the clear Light of Reality. Do you approach enlightenment with fear or joyful longing? What is your response to the thought that enlightenment will destroy you? Does that thrill you? Are you on the edge of your seat with impatience for enlightenment to wash your false self away? Or does that fill you with dread? Do you suddenly start shaking with fear that the “you” that you currently know may be lost?
This inquiry is important, because your relationship to enlightenment impacts your ability to recognize it within yourself. We are biologically wired to run away from what we feel may harm us, which is anything we view negatively. Conversely, we are biologically wired to run toward what we feel may benefit us, which is anything we view positively. It’s a primal response. Your assumptions about the awakening process and your relationship to enlightenment profoundly shape your journey. Your thinking mind may say that you want to wake up, but your biology can keep you running away, and that will leave you conflicted and confused.
Take some time to consider your relationship to enlightenment. If you feel that your assumptions around it are creating fear or a blockage of any kind, contemplate if that fear is justified. How might you shift that relationship into something you turn towards, freely and openly, with complete trust?
Enlightenment is not simply turning your attention inward. In fact, most people turn inward and only see all of their patterns and fixed beliefs, missing their true nature completely! Enlightenment is the direct intuition of unmodified consciousness. It is enlightenment recognizing enlightenment.
Excerpted from From Here to Nowhere: A Spiritual Journey into the Unknown © 2019 Mu.
Mu is the author of four books about the direct path of awakening. From Here to Nowhere accelerates awakening and the deepening into full enlightenment, and is available on Amazon.com, CA, UK, FR and DE. Transcending the Advanced Path, a detailed exploration of the shift from realization to full enlightenment, is available on Amazon.com, UK, CA, FR and DE. Walking the Advanced Path, a clear guide for how to navigate the pathway to enlightenment with responsibility, awareness, and grace, is available at Amazon.com, UK, CA, FR and DE. Songs for the Advanced Path is a collection of lyrical verses about the journey to liberation, available at Amazon.com, CA, UK, FR and DE.