The highest state a person can achieve is enlightenment. Period. But just what is enlightenment, exactly? And how do you become enlightened?
Enlightenment is the divine moment when you become one with the world. It’s the magical moment when you transcend your individual self and become oh so much more.
The good news is this. There is a path to enlightenment. And I would like to share it with you. So come. Let’s go on a journey.
So, just what is enlightenment, exactly?
In India, enlightenment is called Dwijas, which translates to “Twice born.”
The first birth is the one we all know about: our birth by our mother’s womb.
Obviously we were unconscious at this birth. We didn’t make this birth happen. Instead, it happened to us. It was a blessing that was given to us by nature. And we had nothing to do with it.
Because we didn’t create that first birth ourselves. we are not in control of it. And because we are not in control of it, it it can be corrupted, and often is.
The purity and innocence that we are born with can be robbed from us in one moment. You’re probably more than aware of the moments in your life that took away that innocence. And you may have never gotten it back.
So because we have lost the purity that we were born with, we have to get it back again.
And naturally, to be born again we first must die.
It is not a physical death we must endure. Rather, it is the death of that thing called “Self.” You have to kill your “self”. Read that very very carefully please. Kill your “self”. By “self” I mean ego.
The ego is the thing you need to end.
When you remove ego you lose individuality and become one with the universe.
As water from a kettle turns to steam in the air, and becomes one with the universe around it, we too can evaporate like steam, transcend our individuality and become one with the universe.
So, the first thing to know about enlightenment is this. It is the death of “self” It is the beginning of a new version of us, at one with the universe.
Now, firstly, congrats for being special. Because most people do not even think about enlightenment. They don’t think about it. They live trying to make life better for themselves. They desire the attainment of love, joy, and abundance. And all the while they are living this life, they are living as an “I” in a separate “World.”
The problem is, the more we desire, the more we think “I, me, my…” the tighter our sense of “Self” becomes. That is why many people become more ignorant as they age. They desire more and more, and they see themselves as separate from the outside world. Desires feed the self, and the self is the seat of ignorance.
Enlightenment is the removal of desire and the removal of “Self.” It occurs when we step beyond ourselves, when we allow ourselves to be one with the outside world.
So how does enlightenment happen?
I spoke a moment ago about the water in a kettle. Heat turns water to steam and it merges into the world around it. Heat changes the chemical structure of the water, releasing it from one physical form, transforming it into a new state, a state in which it is one with the air around it.
For the human, acceptance is heat.
When we accept the world around us and view it from a point of nonjudgmentalism, we dissolve the ego (the “self”) and become one with the world. We let go of our sense of “self” and become one with the world around us. This is rebirth. This is enlightenment.
Be as the water that heats to become one with the world around it. Heat your spirit through acceptance and love, and you will transform your chemical reality by reaching enlightenment, becoming one with the world around you.
If you want to know how to become enlightened, start with meditation
Meditation is a huge subject today. And people meditate for all different reasons. There are over 700 meditation techniques that offer more than 100 health benefits. But in this guide we’ll be looking at meditation as the way how to become enlightened.
To become enlightened, you need to use meditation techniques in a specific way, in a specific pattern. You have to use the most important techniques, such as Samatha, Vipassana, and Dhyana and put them together into a specific pattern that becomes a path. And that path will lead you to enlightenment.
But don’t worry, I’m about to make this very easy for you.
So, how to use meditation to become enlightened
There is a clear strategy, a way in which you can use the full spectrum of meditative techniques to achieve complete self mastery. This is the best way to become enlightened.
I’ve called that strategy The Path.
“The Path” will take you from wherever you are to where you want to go.
This path is the best way how to become enlightened. But before you take the first step, you need to ask yourself Where am I now?
In order to know how to become enlightened you first need to find what Lao Tzu would call the “impurities of your mind”.
We’re all at different stages in our journey. We’re all at different levels of enlightenment. To get a good idea of where you are exactly, and to discover how to become enlightened, answer the following questions.
How Enlightened Are You? A quiz
Read through each of the questions in the five groups A to E. Give yourself 0 points for every time you answer “Never”, 1 point for every time you answer “Sometimes” and 2 points for every time you answer “Always”. Then add your score up. But don’t worry if you dont get a high score as you’ll find my guide to how to become enlightened below.
Group “A” Questions
|You find it easy to focus on one thing|
|You are able to quieten your thoughts|
|You feel like you have control of your mind|
|You’re rarely scatterbrained|
|You finish one task before beginning another|
|You are rarely irritated|
|You live in the moment|
|You are good at listening to people|
|You rarely forget what you’re doing|
|You feel grounded and stable|
Group “B” Questions
|You accept other people as they are|
|You are calm even when people act negatively|
|You are happy around most people|
You understand that no one is perfect
|You are tolerant of others|
|You enjoy the company of animals|
|You appreciate nature|
|You feel sad when others are sad and happy when they are happy|
|You like to help other people|
|You find it easy to forgive|
Group “C” Questions
|You are able to forgive yourself|
|You accept it when you underperform|
You think positive thinks about yourself
|You accept your own weaknesses|
|You think other people like you|
|You have a realistic view of yourself|
|You feel proud of your accomplishments|
|You give yourself time and space when you need it|
|You are willing to put yourself first when you need to|
|You listen to yourself and accommodate your own needs|
Group “D” Questions
|You are in control of your emotions|
|You find it easy to be inwardly silent|
|You rarely argue with yourself|
|You rarely make life unnecessarily hard for yourself|
|You rarely experience thoughts that surprise or alarm you|
|You understand your own feelings and emotions|
|You are aware of and listen to your intuition|
|You understand your own actions|
|You are aware of negative emotions before they become problematic|
|You feel you have a good relationship with yourself|
Group “E” Questions
|You allow yourself to fully embrace the moment|
|You allow yourself to fully enjoy good times|
|You feel engrossed in meaningful conversation|
|When you have a good conversation, it’s as though there’s nothing but you and the other person|
|You are able to fully focus your mind on what you’re doing|
|You are able to perceive the beauty in the small things|
|If you want to, you can get full engrossed in a good book or film|
|At special times you feel one with another person, place, or thing|
|You appreciate beauty|
|You are able to focus on one thing with absolutely no distractions or thoughts at all|
Read through each of the questions in the five groups A to E. Give yourself 0 points for every time you answer “Never”, 1 point for every time you answer “Sometimes” and 2 points for every time you answer “Always”. Then add your score up. Your answer are important for the next step as I will be showing you , as an individual, how to become enlightened.
The total score is out of 100. What did you score? How enlightened are you?
How Enlightened Are You
If you scored 0 – 30 on the test: This is the lower range and indicates that you need to spend more time meditating and also to make sure you allow yourself to relax.
If you score in this range, you might like to try to become more enlightened. Try some of the easier meditation techniques. You might like to use guided meditations and binaural beats, along with simple breathing meditations, in order to calm and centre your mind.
If you score 30 – 60:
This is the average range. This is the level of enlightenment that most people are at.
This range indicates that you are able to focus fairly well but that you also get distracted by thoughts and feelings.
If you scored in this range you will find it very helpful to practice some of the intermediate meditation techniques, like Anapanasati, Zen walking, and body scan meditation. This will help to improve your focus and to relax and purify your mind.
If you score 60 – 90:
Congratulations. This is a fantastic range to be in.
At this range you are becoming enlightened. This range indicates that you have a high degree of self control and your mind is relaxed and focused. If you’re wanting to know how to become enlightened, the good news is that you already are fairly enlightened.
If you are in this range you already enjoy living in the moment and you are usually in control of your thoughts and feelings, which is why you often experience serenity and happiness.
Try some of the advanced meditation techniques like Dhyana and dynamic meditation to improve your score even more.
If you scored 90 – 100:
Amazing! You are top of the class. You don’t need to know how to become enlightened. You’re already there.
You have an extremely high degree of focus. You are enlightened, or you are close to being enlightened. You are also completely accepting of yourself and of other people. Plus, you live in the moment almost all the time and are able to fully embrace and appreciate the fullness of life.
If you scored in this range you really don’t need to improve very much. Why not use your skills to help other people? Try volunteering, or simply help your friends and family out so they can relax and focus and enjoy the serenity and equanimity that you already enjoy.
How To Improve Your Score So You Become Enlightened
For everyone who scored under 90 on the test, you should consider where your strengths and weaknesses are as this will help you to decide what to do next. This guide will help you to become enlightened.
The test is broken down into different sections, A to E. These sections are designed to test different mental traits as all these traits are important now that we look at how to become enlightened. Let’s take a closer look.
Each individual section (A to E) is marked out of 20.
If you scored less than 10 on group A:
Group A is all about your calmness and inner stillness. Inner stillness is an important part of how to become enlightened. A high score in this category means that you are in control of your thoughts and feelings and are able to silence your mind in order to focus. A low score indicates that your mind is full of noise and that noise prevents you from focussing.
If you score lowly on group A, consider taking steps to become calmer and to focus your mind. You will find it very helpful to practice Samatha meditation, and to use Binaural Beats and guided meditations to help you to relax.
If you scored lowly on group A you will likely score lowly on other groups too. Don’t worry about those other groups yet. Focus your attention on creating inner calmness. Once you are relaxed you will be able to focus more, allowing you to move on to more advanced meditation techniques.
- If this is you, try practicing breathing meditations and these mindful habits for the next two weeks. Then come back and take the test again.
If you scored less than 10 on group B:
Part of how to become enlightened is to cultivate a high level of compassion.
Group B is all about your relationships to other people as well as to animals and nature. If you are an enlightened person you will have lots of compassion for other people.
If you scored highly on group B you find it easy to accept other people and to forgive them of their shortcomings. You most likely enjoy a healthy social life and appreciate other people.
- If you scored less than 10 on this group of questions, try practicing Loving Kindness Meditation and Karuna Meditation, both of which will boost your levels of compassion and your acceptance for others.
If you scored less than 10 on group c:
Group C is all about your relationship to yourself.
If you scored highly on group C it means that you are accepting of yourself, that you recognise both your strengths and weaknesses, and that you have a healthy relationship with yourself. If you scored lowly on group C you may find that you are often judging yourself and have negative thoughts about yourself.
- If you scored lowly on group C, practice both Loving Kindness Meditation and Karuna meditation. This will heighten your self love and make you feel more positively about yourself.
If you score less than 10 on group D:
Group D is all about insight. When you become enlightened you gain great depths of insight.
If you scored highly on group D it means that you fully understand yourself and that you are aware of the workings of your own mind. You are also in touch with intuition and have good self mastery. If you scored lowly on group D you may often surprise yourself and find that you don’t always understand your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
- If you scored lowly on group D, practice Vipassana meditation. This will put you in touch with the inner workings of your mind and heighten your self mastery.
If you scored lowly on group E:
Group E questions are all about your ability to be absorbed in the moment.
If you scored highly on group E you will find that you are able to focus your mind 100% on the task at hand. You are also able to enjoy the moments of your life with absolutely zero distractions.
Few people score highly on group E so if you’re one of them, you should be proud! If you scored lowly on group E you will find that thoughts and feelings hold you back from being completely engrossed in the present moment.
- If you scored lowly on group E, practice mindfulness, Dhyana and Bhakti meditation, all of which will help you to live fully in the moment and to engross yourself in the richness of life.
If you scored lowly in more than one group (as most people do) focus on the first group you struggled with. For instance, if you scored lowly on groups A, C and E, focus on group A first before moving on to C and finally E. This is the way to become enlightened.
Why “The Path” is the route to enlightenment
These groups are ordered as they are for a specific reason.
The first group of questions is all about your level of calmness and focus of mind. If your mind is not calm and focused you will experience all manner of thoughts and feelings which will interfere with your day to day life. These distractions will prevent you from living in the moment and from enjoying life fully.
So the first group of questions regards calmness and serenity, which Buddhist would call Samatha.
Samatha is the essential foundation on which all else is built, and it should be your first priority.
Beginner meditators can use breathing meditations, mindfulness, guided meditations, Binaural Beats and other entry-level techniques to quieten their mind and to find calmness and focus.
Once you have achieved Samatha you can then move on to groups B, C, and D.
Groups B and C can essentially be lumped together. Group B pertains to your feelings about other people. Group C pertains to your feelings about yourself. But both groups are essentially about compassion: Compassion for others and compassion for yourself. You can achieve both by practicing two meditation techniques: Loving Kindness Meditation and Karuna meditation.
Having focused and calmed the mind and then cultivated compassion for yourself and others, you will then be in the right mental space to begin to look deeper and to develop insights. Insight gives you mastery over self and also certain extra-sensory perceptions like intuition and clairvoyance. The path to developing insight is through Vipassana meditation.
Once you have achieved calmness, focus, compassion, and insight, you begin to truly enter the deeper stages of meditation, the stages at which you begin to achieve the Buddhist state of oneness, the state of existing as one with an object, person, or thing. This is what group E is all about. Oneness can be achieved through the practice of Dhyana meditation and Bhakti meditation.
In the end, once you have scored highly in all the groups, A to E, you will have achieved a state of complete calmness and equanimity, with compassion for all, and you will be able to access the deeper parts of your mind through insight. You will also be able to focus your mind to such a degree that you achieve complete oneness.
To make this process clearer, you can find a flowchart on the next page, which will help you to understand the whole process. This chart clearly shows how to become enlightened.
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How to become enlightened flowchart.
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