NE MT. HOOD—The recent realization that I should be focusing my attention on helping others to awaken the Divine within, rather than on straight-up enlightenment, has left me with a deep felt sense of peace and direction. Though I’m not ready to start down the teaching path, something inside has clicked into a place it didn’t know it was out of.
Similar to the resolution of the Emptiness/Fullness Paradox, this insight into my focus has felt like a release of energy, like a dropping of some unknown burden. A relaxing of tension that I wasn’t previously aware of—yet had gripped me nonetheless.
From what I told Michelle on June 25th:
PS: Don’t cling to the idea of enlightenment. Isn’t this wonderful just as it is? The love, the blending, enfolding, and enlivening of God thru you? At this point, I’m largely in agreement with Adya: Now it is up to Grace (out of your hands).
Today—online and by many of the latest nondual teachers—enlightenment is really nothing more than nihilism in disguise. It is just the mental aspects of nondual theory.
I want nothing to do with their mental games. The mind is the whole problem.
And the awakening of the Divine within is what leads to the lived experience—and not just a mental understanding—of enlightenment.
If your nondual teacher isn’t talking about the Divine (Presence, the Infinite, TaoGodHer, …) on a regular basis, then they may just be confusing nihilism with enlightenment.
We believe in nothing, Lebowski.
— Nihilist #1 threatening the Dude in his bathtub in “The Big Lebowski“
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