Enlightenment

We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are. —Anaïs Nin

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You should know there is also a heaven in the earth;  to seek it single mindedly is to seek immortality. —Cui Shaoxuan

Most of us see reality as something permanent and solid, that exists outside ourselves. The real world is the business world, the material world, and we are taught how to succeed in this world, how to get things that will make us happy. There are many who think the existence of a reality beyond what they know with their five senses is simply fantasy. Others believe there is something else, but that it is only after death and if we are blessed or saved that we will reach this other world. It isn’t known when Chi Shaoxuan practiced. What is known is that she achieved immortality, that is, she understood the true nature of mortality. A name for this understanding is enlightenment. Enlightenment is the development of virtuous action and wisdom to the highest degree, and it is possible while living within the material world. The Tao is the natural law. The mind of the Tao is within the human mind. To study the Tao is to study the natural order of things, to work with this natural order rather than against it. —Diane Mariechild, in Open Mind, p. 11/7

3a…the Kingdom is within you and it is outside of you. 3b When you understand yourselves you will be understood. And you will realize that you are Sons of the living Father. If you do not know yourselves, then you exist in poverty and you are that poverty. 67 Jesus said: One who knows everything else but who does not know himself knows nothing. 70 When you give rise to that which is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not give rise to it, what you do not have will destroy you. 91 They said to him: Tell us who you are so that we can believe in you. He replied: You analyze the appearance of the sky and earth, but you don’t recognize what is right in front of you, and you don’t know the nature of the present time.

92 Seek and you will find. 108 He who drinks from my mouth will become like I am, and I will become he. And the hidden things will be revealed to him. 113 His disciples asked him: When is the Kingdom coming? He replied: It is not coming in an easily observable manner. People will not be saying, “Look, it’s over here” or “Look, it’s over there.” Rather the Kingdom of the Father is already spread out on the earth, and people aren’t aware of it. —Yeshuah Ben Joseph (Jesus of Nazareth)

from Davies, S. (Trans.). (1948). The gospel of Thomas. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Illuminations.

How do we prepare ourselves to accept that what we are looking for is within? First, we need to turn down the noise of the distractions on the outside so we can see the contrast between what comes from the outside and what can be felt within. 

When we begin to feel that contrast, it becomes easier and easier to see that the peace, the beauty, the joy that we are looking for are already within. Then the acceptance grows that there is a world within. –David Klamph, Words of Peace Global Foundation

Be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind. —Ranier Maria Rilke, poet

The nature of enlightenment:

http://www.daozang.com/sijitzu.php?do=Caging_the_Wind

(See also in the archives folder the post on spirituality.)