The journey to enlightenment is a journey to simplicity, sobriety, a profound ordinariness, and a place of rest. There are countless awakenings on this journey, and there are certain stages to waking up.
To be fully awake, to experience Reality without any modifications, all identities, ideas, and filters must be washed away. This includes the enlightened identity. The process can be disorienting, but it is the ultimate liberation.
During the awakening process, which has many stages, it may be surprising to find in yourself and others that some of the worst tendencies become dominant. And because developmental work and shadow work are not necessarily required to wake up, awakened ones may not have matured in all areas.
There are four main obstacles to liberation. Willingness and trust are the keys to overcoming the problems, distractions, and traps the ego will manifest to block your way. Learn how to move beyond your comfort zone by pushing through negative thoughts and emotions in order to become more alive, more fluid, more free.
What you want with all your heart is what will manifest sooner or later. Be honest with yourself about what you want, and allow that to evolve over time. If you don’t really want something, then you will be miserable pursuing it. Follow a simple 3-part guideline for getting what you want.
Anyone can become enlightened. The disposition on the advanced path is: If anyone can wake up, why not me? This comes from a place of deep humility that we are all God and creates an opening to Light that might have been blocked by thoughts filled with doubt, low self-esteem or spiritual fatigue.
The advanced path begins when you want spiritual liberation more than anything else and you finally stop the endless cycle of techniques, strategies and practice that keep you from waking up. There are no rules on the advanced path and there is no single formula for success. Instead, the advanced path is a constant orientation toward liberation, a quality of openness and a letting go of all the activity that has prevented you from waking up.