Enlightenment is what most New Age seekers strive for, but who is to say enlightenment is the end of the journey? Enlightenment is a trap, and usually it requires people to be subjugated to the enlightened one's needs, whims, and "emotions." The "enlightened" individual needs an ashram, a throne, cushions, fancy pillows, someone feeding them grapes, belly dancers, flute players, cellos, and a whole assortment of things that act as confirming symbols of her or his spiritual status. Sure enlightenment sounds nice, but I don't fully buy into it. I think it's mostly an act combined with a little knowledge of metaphysics, and a whole lot of PR and marketing. Now this is not to say "enlightened" people do not serve a purpose - they do. But I want you to question what real enlightenment would look like. Do you think a truly enlightened person would require all of that? Probably not. So many of the people who act as the world's great teachers and claim to be "enlightened" are in fact just savvy marketers and they lack the real tools to help you journey all of the way. Think of this, how can anyone teach you how to go beyond themselves? They can't. So be wary of those people. Learn what you can from them, but do not allow yourself to get trapped under their control. It may be a hard fact to swallow, but the truly enlightened ones are the teachers that go beyond enlightenment. You are infinitely capable, so why would you want to get snarled up in the trappings of "enlightenment" when you could go infinitely beyond the one little title of the so called final destination? Think of this: from your experience, is it or is it not true that anyone that tells you they have transcended human emotions and have entered into a state of enlightenment are more than likely going to turn around and try to suck the money out of your bank account? Of course they are! Because being enlightened is an incredibly expensive title! I chose the above photo because this is what real enlightenment would look like. Do you see an ashram? Do you see any followers, do you see any grapes? No, not a one. He is journeying alone.

Now to a certain extent enlightenment is true. Enlightenment as most people know it simply means to be "spiritually free." Now it is true most people do need a little weight loss for the mind, but human emotions serve a purpose. Emotions act as our protecting mechanism that helps guide us to make wise decisions, but unfortunately emotions do not always follow the rules of rational logic. The reason is because emotions are not always logical. Most people walk around in such a cloud of emotions they are constantly angry, pissed off, or depressed. So when you are in any of those emotional states it is nearly impossible to make a rational decision. This makes it even harder to escape and realize your full potential. I'll give you an example: Imagine a beautiful woman who has been in an unhealthy relationship for some period of time, she hates her situation but she feels powerless to change it. All of her friends question her why she doesn't just dump the rat and move on, but what is her response? "Because I love him..." 

Emotions guide us, however, that doesn't mean that they are guiding us any closer towards our higher destiny or our full potential. This is where the mastery of your emotions comes into play. Mastery of your emotions is the closest thing to enlightenment that exists. Mastery of your emotions will help guide you to live a less painful and more fulfilled life. Emotions are what cause psychological pain. What is psychological pain?  Psychological pain comes from one source: fear. Very intense fear. Where does fear come from? Fear comes from the death of things. I don't necessarily mean physical death, but the change in a pattern or rhythm that you are comfortable with. The loss of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of money, the loss of anything that you value. Any combination of those can threaten your well-being and your lifestyle. So suddenly an argument with the boyfriend can set off a chain reaction of negative emotions that spirals out of control. When things change it makes your life uncertain, but when you can accept uncertainty (and especially accept your own death) you are set free. Being free is being enlightened, and emotions are what hold us down. So stop being afraid and become enlightened! That does not mean you have to have a whole ashram of followers and a fat bank account. The ashram of followers comes along with taking on the role of being a teacher, and if you want to reach a mass-market it will certainly take a certain amount of money and support from friends, followers, and helpers. Just because one is enlightened does not mean they have to teach, and just because one teaches does not mean they are enlightened. Remember that. It will spare you much time. My way is the quick way, I don't like the diddling about. I prefer to helicopter in, do my thing, and get the hell out!

So to wrap up what I am saying, enlightenment is usually little more than a title of power, and it does not necessarily mean that the person is anymore emotionally free than you or I. Now the popular spiritual teachers of the world would argue otherwise, but considering that they have a vested interest in your willing and loyal obedience, they would have to now wouldn't they? The title of "enlightened" is a power similar to momentum. Once the ball gets rolling, the quickening then happens and your life will change drastically in what seems like overnight, but acquiring this quickening does take time and dedication. You will wake up one day and the power will all be there, however that doesn't mean that you have to claim the title of enlightened now does it? Enlightenment is a powerful first step in stepping through the Hidden Door, and yet ultimately the goal is to journey far far beyond acquiring all of the complications of an "enlightened" being. 

If you like what I do and would like to support my efforts; buy my books, donate, or join the members area. I can't claim that you will become enlightened, but you will certainly learn the importance of going beyond it. Now I know you may be thinking, "What? This contradictory ole' dude, saying to go beyond enlightenment and then tries to turn right around and sell me something?" Let me answer the contradiction for you. First off I do not claim to be enlightened, and secondly all things that have value require a fee, at least here in the physical dimension. And without offering my goods and services I would not be able to do what I do, but at no point do I expect anyone to subjugate themselves to me, my website, my teachings, or any combination of the above. I simply want to help set people free and help people raise their energy to the understanding of myself and beyond, and once I have nothing more to teach you. I will shake your hand, give you a hug, pat you on the back, and gently say "Thank you for your support and service. Now get the hell out of here!"