What Awakening is not
Enlightenment is consistent and durable volitional Presence. Simple. Yet the spiritual myths abound, and they only do one thing, they STOP YOU AWAKENING below I point out a few. Let's get clear what Enlightenment is, and what it is NOT! This can save you decades of suffering. Tap/click the picture below to watch the video picture below to watch the video.
Brief points on what Awakening is not
The video mentions some of the things Awakening is not, more videos may be made so please send feedback via the contact form and I'll do more videos on this fun and very misleading topic. These below pointers delay people from Awakening to stability for decades, if not their entire lifetime:
Thinking and belief you are Awake or at One
The mind has a surprising capacity to create this belief. Thinking can even generate the sensations of it, a total illusion. Saying it your self like it is a conviction will never work, or most seekers would be abiding in awakening. The obviousness of this is missed. The belief 'I am Awake" can be so strong in some, they will never be open to real Awakening. The videos in this website and the practice I prompt you to do, will indicate if you are stuck here.
Experiences of Awakening
Awakenings happen, then they end (phase 2). Awakening is only in this moment. Not what happened yesterday. If you want to re-experience or have a continuance, then you have fallen out of your immediate Presence. Even thousands of awakenings count as zero if you are not Present now, and now, and now. It is a process, not an end point, though it does become stable and instantly accessible. Until that re-entry becomes a natural habit and very easeful you are not Awakened in an abiding manner.
Bliss is a side product of Presence/Stillness, not what it is. If you are truly Present, you do not care for bliss! While it is a nice thing to talk about and experience, it cannot happen without Presence. Presence is acceptance 100% of Now, be there bliss or not. Bliss can also be created in the mind.
Technically bliss can be created in the mental-body, higher-mental-body or unconscious activation of the bliss-body. These energy bodies are aspects of your spiritual anatomy. Thus bliss in itself is not a true measure of awakening, you may just be fooling yourself.
NOTE: I created bliss in my mental-body and higher-mental-body for years. Therefore I’m talking from experience that this is possible. This is a very tricky subject and very hard to break out of unless you have a stabilised for 5 years plus as Abiding.
Not caring about bliss is a good indicator, as only the seeker (ego's desire for pleasure) in you wants it. It takes about 3 years plus in Abidance not to care about it, because your bodily systems get used to it. It is actually a normal state! Bliss tends to intensify when you deepen into the next level of your awakening, and new layer. I suspect the layers are infinite, its a long journey.
There may be a correlation with awakenings, but it is not the same thing. Awakening is a conscious choice, kundalini is a subconscious rising of powerful Shakti energies that you have no control over. Kundalini may help you to enter the consciousness of Presence more easily or in a stable manner – and it may not, it may only give you an untapped capacity. True kundalini events can take decades to integrate such is the power of this energy if your systems are not ready for them. A 12 volt wire (ie: your body) cannot cope with a 1,000,000 volts of energy, it simply burns it out.
Kundalini events can be pleasant or be painful beyond imagination. True kundalini is not something you want to force or activate consciously. Imagine what it feels like to have your atoms boil – that is how powerful and painful (or blissful) it can be. I know this from actual experience- how extreme this sort of pain can occur with Kundalini. I have experienced my atoms boiling and it was extremely painful, being burnt with a flame would be like an itch in comparison.
Psychic powers of seeing, hearing, feeling or direct knowing
Sidhhi, or spiritual abilities and gifts are not an indication of Awakening. These abnormal abilities can be learned (with years of practice) or inherent as part of your individuality. Often these are a distraction from what Awakening is at its core. I have met many individuals who have these abilities and were not Abiding in Awakening, nor even non-Abiding. Awakenings can trigger psychic abilities. These capacities often act as a huge distraction and create a lot of trouble. If you are investing your time and energy developing these gifts, you probably won't Awaken. Only focusing on Presence and Stillness will Awaken you. And ironically your psychic abilities many increase as you are then Still enough to sense, feel, hear or just 'know'. After Abiding for 5 years "knowing" started to happen to me. But the key risk here is, if Presence and Stillness isn't your number one core requirement- you will get sidetracked. As Presence is my core focus, I have continued to deepen significantly and then entered the Transpersonal cycle of Awakening. I don't let 'spiritual stuff' distract me, though I can teach and mentor people through it, so they Awaken properly as they develop those other skills.
Emotional competence or emotional intelligence (E.Q.)
Being able to hold and work with emotions and the ability to manipulate or manage them is a skill. It may not necessarily be due to Awakening. Just as most Hollywood actors are not Enlightened is clear proof that this is a case - Emotional intelligence can be a form of manipulation. As you awaken you also learn to be with emotion and choose your behaviours. When awakened, you can choose to appear calm or express them. I discuss emotional intelligence and a good video in it the emotions & enlightenment page.
Energy activation’s, Shaktiput, blessings by a Master or other things given to you by an outside source
To receive this is a blessing, they may assist but they are not an outcome to awakening. They may be “time-locked’ thus not manifest until you are ready. It may not manifest at all if you don’t do the internal work to hold what was given. They may feel great to receive but soon it will be a “past event” (phase 2).
Your conscious practice may mean you can receive, hold, and acclimatize to what is given. To take an AwakenedEssence is a type of Shaktiput / Blessing as it holds those vibrations of the beings, crystals, flowers (etc) that went into it. The AwakenedEssence range will not change you in themselves but their vibration opens those pathways and energies to make it easier for you.
If Grace deems it so these Essences may help you shift to a new place - that is why I was told repeatedly to make them.
DNA activation’s of any type (even though this website is full of this material)
Awakening is a conscious choice to be here, and the application thereof. DNA activation’s (either 2 or 12 strand) may help you to deepen into Presence, but in themselves are no measure of Awakening – it is your abidance or entry into the Awakened state (the Stillness) that is the only measure. The conscious vigilance and maintaining of your inner Stillness / Awakening is the only measure.
Having a still mind
One can learn to suppress mind chatter and claim a still mind. A true still mind is one that can have lots of chatter happening yet it is not important as the chatter is the subset of who you are. True stillness happens in the allowance of what is. It is not suppression or control.
The stillness, if true, grows and embraces all of you, including your chattering mind. You will not fight or try to shut up your mind if it is noisy, you will know that by focusing on your Presence it is merely a subset of what you are. Hence the practices in this website and in Mentoring tend to focus below the throat and predominantly in the bottom half of the body.
This lower focus creates a bigger 'body' space and takes you away from the smallness of the mind. Meditation on the crown, 3rd eye chakras is a great way to get lost in mind and be ungrounded. Ungroundedness makes it difficult to be fully present in life. There is a good video on this on the Mind Mastery page.