Is ‘Enlightenment’ the same as the ‘Breakthrough Event’ that the “Radical Spirituality” essay describes?
Enlightenment has become a media and marketing buzzword in the last 20 years or so. I have chosen to use a neutral term to describe the transformational event that many term “Enlightenment” in order to dispel any romantic notions about it.
Why does the typical spiritual seeker want enlightenment?
They want enlightenment because they live in a culture that prizes acquisitions and they want to acquire it.
Do you think the typical seeker has any idea what enlightenment is?
The typical seeker thinks they can find or achieve enlightenment by following a system, technique or guru. They think enlightenment is something you get, something you add to whatever you already have. In short, it is treated like a possession. What they don’t realize is that the transformational event is traumatic to go through. They don’t gain anything but actually lose part of their self. They are, of course, better off for going thru the event, but most seekers would probably prefer their comfortable spiritual practice over the trauma of a breakthrough event.
It sounds like Breakthrough/Enlightenment event is similar to labor and delivery.
Yes! There are metaphorical similarities except that the mother-to-be knows that delivering a child makes the pain worth it.
So, with that reasoning, should the spiritual seeker approach enlightenment the same way?