The biggest barrier to awakening is the belief that it is something rare.
Enlightenment is, in the end, nothing more than the natural state of being.
Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.
Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special, it’s not.
If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred.
I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake
simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience.
They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor.
They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe.
The funny thing about enlightenment is that
when it is authentic,
there is no one to claim it.
Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special.
Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special.
It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence.
Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened,
but when you are enlightened
the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke.
I use the word enlightenment all the time;
not to point you toward it
but to point you beyond it.
Do not get stuck in enlightenment.