Never Not Not-Two
There can be no enlightenment for a person. This is absolutely clear. So why worry about such a thing? It is a futile goal. Relax...
"I", as this (supposed) person was never enlightened, is not enlightened, and will never be enlightened. There is no enlightenment for any person. So why do so many pursue it?
The Simplest Thing Possible
Here's why: it is a mistake of view, and an identification, and a learning from the culture. It's very simple, in essence. In fact it's the simplest thing possible.
So let's go over those three things:
One, the mistaken view is that enlightenment (awakening, liberation, moksha...) is a becoming, through time, for an object a process, for a separate entity. No, Enlightenment Is: pre-existing infinite, and always everywhere eternal, independent and is All there is. People use the word "God". That's all it is: but not a personal or separate God. The God of all, here, there and everywhere, You, me, it... Always was, always Is, always will be. Infinite. No time, no space, all absolutely interconnected as One.
Two, an identification with a person, and object, a separate entity. This is a mental view, an association of consciousness, what Is, with the appearance of mind and body, the objects or movement of consciousness.
Three, the culture says there is something to obtain, to be, to fix, to change, achieve, a higher being, a higher status, a goal, a process of purification or process of whatever, for the above time-based separate entity identified with. This is rampant in the spiritual culture (and psychological and self-help and New Age cultures, etc. ...).
Never Not Not-Two
Non-Duality. It's just a simple statement of fact. It's not a self-improvement program. It's not about feelings, or what you feel is true, it's about truth – what is always true, factual. It's really the only "thing" that can be relied on, in the long run (or even the short run)...
From the fatal blow to the "ego" – the sense of being a separate long-lasting independent entity - the permanent seeing through a false belief... the lightning bolt that comes from nowhere for no one – there is no going back (even if it gets hidden again, under layers of crud, the accumulated ignoring, conditioning, habits, vasanas, unconscious...).
and the insights, the glimpses,
However, many wonderful things unfold, come as a side-effect as it were, for the experiencing. (Such as the action figure here).
Like: greater harmony, serendipity, enjoyment, connection, beauty, love.... glimpses of genuine peace and happiness, rather than the fake product sold on the marketplace. An ongoing unfolding of newness, surprise, fresh experiences, wonder, creativity.
Sure, there are always things to improve and fix with the mechanism, this functioning through or in apparent time and space. So what. Do it, or don't do it. But that has nothing to do with reality, what's being pointed to here – towards what is real and solid, and cannot be named. That is, what is true, is always true. Being, or existence, and awareness, or consciousness.
I keep saying and writing the same thing, over and over, because I keep hearing the same thing from others...
So why do it? Why not, it's fun, and why pass off confusion when there is clarity... it's not a duty ... think of it as a sort of weird hobby....
Different "teachers" use different words. "Awareness" can be misconstrued as something that can be improved or made better or larger or higher and exorcised and used (like attention can be used, directed) – but that is mind. So a better word is "consciousness". But what is that? It sounds like a thing too, or something that can bbe gotten, imporved, modified... so then that's construed as an object too.
How about "universal intelligence". Some have said "Big Mind".
If you have not had an experience of it though, do you even know what the word is pointing towards?
And, is there a choice, ultimately? Something else for you to ponder... many wonderful mysteries of life.
I can talk all day but it's up to you to discover what's real and true. No one can do it for you. You have to go deep into the questions, not just pick up more ideas and beliefs and opinions. You have to shed what is not true. If you want to know what's real and true. If you don't you don't So what. Birds and animals do what they do.
When you're younger, you want to chase many experiences - lovers, relationships, places to travel, so much to do and learn and have fun with, gain ... the "dance of divine energies"
But things were a little different here for a ling while now, since I saw clearly that Lao Tsu (whoever or whatever he was) knew what he was talking about when he said
Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus the sage knows without traveling;
He sees without looking;
He works without doing.
–Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching
(That being said, I do enjoy moving the vehicle about from time to time, seeing new things, have fresh experiences with people, animals, insects, plants, rocks, trees ... and creating, building new things. That's fun too).
And as I keep repeating endlessly:
It takes no time to be who you are.