so many speak about awakening or enlightenment, and in different terms. we each have our own perspective on our awakening as each of our awakenings will be different. we are all here with slightly different vantage-points in this experience called humanity so it only makes sense that each of our own awakenings will be unique.
so many of us try to look for external answers to so many aspects of life when the only truth can be found within. others can give you ideas or hints about the truth or speaking about their own experiences yet these may not necessarily help you. to a certain degree, they can help open you up to the idea of the possibility of this experience or state or way of being called awakening or enlightenment, though their words themselves cannot give you the actual experience or wisdom of what it is like. it’s like someone else trying to describe to you anything in this world. you can’t actually know what it is until you see it, touch it, feel it, hear it, taste it, smell it, sense it, or experience it for yourself. anyone else’s description won’t come close to the real thing. its like looking at a picture instead of going to the place shown in the picture. despite how beautiful or magnificent the image may be, no one can truly experience actually being there (let alone the whole experience of the journey to get there) just by seeing a two-dimensional image.
from an unawakened state, external teachings do help to point the way. they are like road signs or a map along your journey. though all roads go to the same place within. and by no means is this a destination, but rather a continually unfolding path. and sometimes, perhaps often in the beginning, the roads may take you in all sorts of directions. and that’s okay — there is no one perfect way of going about this journey. each experience is unique. the teachings are simply guidance to point you in the right direction inward. when you embark on that route, you’ll know or discover the rest of the way by your own direct experience of it.
coming to rely solely upon someone else’s description of awakening, god, truth, the universe, etc will not serve you. by doing so, you will have to continuously go to this external source for that experience or information. and the more you start to believe these external sources, the greater the chance that you may not be able to tune in to your own truth internally. this is why so many speak of meditation or some sort of process or exercise or breathing technique designed to take you within or into the moment. the mind analyses everything and can get quite loud for some people. learning to tune in deeply to the greater voice or feeling within yourself, beyond the mind, is where you can begin to access your own truth.
once you have discovered that voice within, your true self, you really no longer need any of the external teachings that were merely pointing the way. in fact, going back and following these external teachings may only hinder you in your own path, as by listening to or looking at something outside of yourself, it may reactivate the mind or bring about doubts of your own ability to learn from the inner teacher.
after one has awakened, one may find oneself wanting to share this brilliant experience with the world. and one may not have yet found one’s own voice or ability to do so, and may go look for these external teachings as a means to share with others. however, the further or deeper one goes on one’s own inner journey, the closer to one’s own truth one will become. when truly connecting with one’s truth, one will know clearly what one’s purpose is and how to express it with the world. if it’s related to sharing the experience of awakening, one will know how to do so in one’s own unique way. or if it’s related to a completely different manner of shining one’s own brilliant light, one will find oneself doing that.
rather than describe what the experience of awakening is, or how life will be like after awakening, or what one may encounter in the journey of awakening, simply know it will be the most transformational experience one will have in this life. awakening, and continuing to delve deeper within, can totally turn your life around and will allow you to shine forth quite brilliantly in your own unique ways. regardless of where you currently are in your life, remember to always embrace your inner journey.