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A PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT


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[center][center][size=5]A Path to Enlightenment[/size]
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[center][center]By Joseph Mattioli[/center][/center]







[size=4]Enlightenment means many things to many people but is defined in the dictionary as the ‘The state of being enlightened’. To one on a spiritual quest its meaning takes on an abstract quality meaning to experience true reality. [/size]

[size=4]Enlightenment is not something you attain or find. It is something you already have and exists within you but the unconscious you is not aware of. It is sometimes referred to as Divine Consciousness, Christ Consciousness, the Buddha within you and other names. The realization of enlightenment can bring about a profound transformation but it is my purpose here not to describe the transformation but to simplify a path in the most common of terms[/size]

[size=4]Realization appears by the removing of obscurations to the awareness of this state. These obstacles in no particular order are:[/size]

[size=4]Your belief system[/size]
[size=4]Your opinions and feelings[/size]
[size=4]Your perceptions of reality[/size]
[size=4]Your Judgments (The taking of Positions based upon your perceptions)[/size]
[size=4]Your duality of opposites in thinking[/size]
[size=4]Your limited ability to forgive[/size]

[size=4]These things pretty well make up who you think you are and are an integral part of your thinking. It is the death of the old man and the birth of the new that Jesus spoke of. In simplicity, if you could stop thinking and just be aware you would discover enlightenment is yours. It would dawn upon you. (Physical death is not an option… thinking is not a physical phenomenon.)[/size]

[size=4]If one followed a path of focus on unconditional love one would also arrive at enlightenment. Unconditional Love dissolves the obstacles naturally and is the heart path. Removing the Obstacles is the mind path. Either way Love or enlightenment are synonymous because in that state only Love, Peace and joy exist along with existence itself which is Truth.[/size]

[size=4]How does one remove these obstacles? Simply put, by the letting go of their association as one’s real self. In other words, one lets go by surrendering all thoughts other than love and peace to God. This is done by focusing on being aware of your thoughts and surrendering them to God continually. At first this is only done by conscious affirmation but soon develops into a non-verbalizing state that becomes automatic. As you become increasingly disinterested in those thoughts and you start seeing them for what they are then they no longer control your choices and actions. This removes the obscurations (opens the door so to speak) for enlightenment to rush in and you find you are at home.[/size]
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