The enlightened state of mind is often described as an expanded state where we are open to the vastness of life and experience. This is in contrast to the thought-based state we use to figure out how to get there. It may be obvious to some that these two modalities are distinct, and represent our normal dualistic nature. But yet we still try to figure out how to get from our chattering mind, full of thoughts and plans, to that state of quiescence and peace where life is somehow as we have been told by the enlightened masters. Does it ever occur to the seeker that reading about swimming while on dry land will not prepare one for actual swimming? To put it bluntly, the modality of thinking and figuring out does not and cannot prepare us or show us the way to the non-thought state that we read about in the books. The first (and only) step is to relinquish the quest to figure out how to reach an enlightened or liberated state. Once you realize that trying to figure it out does not work you must then throw away the book and start to swim on your own. If you feel lost without a book or practice, then it means you are already swimming, albeit awkwardly. Just as with anything else in life, the more you do it, the more proficient you become. The spiritual journey is no different.