Those who seek the light
are merely covering their eyes.
The light is in them now.
Enlightenment is but a recognition,
not a change at all.
….A Course in Miracles
sensations of profound knowing lead us to paradoxical doubt and confusion…..is there anything truly definitive about mystical experience? can we live a good life in the simplicity of our lives? what invites sacred knowledge into our hearts? where is this limitless Absolute?
Experience is shaped by beliefs, and beliefs, in turn, are reinforced by experience. In examining beliefs about enlightenment, what has been learned from hearsay must be distinguished from what has been inwardly observed about he nature of self and reality. As with any myth, some people are inclined to take stories of enlightenment literally; others read them as metaphors of awakening soul. Experiences of illumination are sometimes described as a feeling that the mind and body are literally filled with light. Sometimes the whole universe is perceived as a play of light and shadow. The Absolute always remains beyond duality and relativity. According to the perennial philosophy which embraces both philosophy and theology, a timeless wisdom of divine origin has been forgotten. This sacred knowledge may be revealed either through its historical expressions in various religious traditions or by direct intuition and contemplation…..Frances Vaughan
1) The phenomenal world of matter and individualized consciousness is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all creatures and partial realities have their being and apart from which they would not exist.
2) Human beings are capable not merely of knowing about the Divine Ground. They can realize its existence by direct intuition that unites the knower with what is known.
3) Humans possess a double nature: a phenomenal ego and an eternal Self, the spark of divinity within the soul. It is possible to identify with Spirit or the Divine Ground, which is of the same nature.
4) The purpose of life on earth is to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground.