Spiritual enlightenment is the process of opening up fully to the soul, which is light, and living from there. Light is our essence: we are beautiful, peaceful, powerful.
We come into the world as soul, but during the process of socialisation we move away from our essence and turn, instead, to the mind, allowing it to guide us.
This exchange leads to pain, for the mind is where fear resides. Fear makes us doubtful, insecure, stressed. It disempowers us, makes us feel vulnerable. We are always on guard, protecting ourselves from the slightest threat.
Yet all the while, the soul is ever-present, calling us back to the light.
The process of spiritual enlightenment takes us back.
Enlightenment consists of five phases:
- a deep longing
- pain, darkness
- unmasking the mind
- living from the soul
I describe this process in the book, Return to My Soul:A True Story.
Very briefly, from the time I was a teenager, I had a deep longing to find my real self. I didn’t think of my real self in spiritual terms. In fact, if you had asked me back then what I meant by my ‘real self’, I wouldn’t have known what to say. All I knew was that I couldn’t be myself: something inside made me feel restricted and bound. My greatest wish was to break free and live as the person I knew myself to be. I just didn’t know how.
Instead of following a spiritual path, I chose an analytical one. I read a book called Self-Analysis by Karen Horney (1968). In her book, Horney writes that we all have a core, a real self, and that the potential of the real self can be realised. I was thrilled to know this, and began to look inwards. For many years, I practiced inner reflection in order to find my real self.
I also tried meditation, writing down affirmations and praying to God, but nothing seemed to help. I couldn’t find the door I was looking for.
With the breakdown of my marriage in 1999, the door finally opened. Through a series of unusual events, I cracked open, and fell deep inside my body. Here, I experienced intense darkness and pain. Then, one day, in 2002, I suddenly found myself at my core in the most beautiful, golden light. It was so beautiful, that I wished I could stay there forever. It was my soul, the real me I had been wanting to find for so long.
I was left with a choice: to continue living from the ego mind, or from the soul. I chose the soul, and have spent the past eleven years learning how to live from the soul in everyday life.
This phase has also been challenging, because in order to live fully from my soul in the way I wanted to, I’ve had to resolve the pain that I had been carrying, as well as my fear and guilt. What’s been beautiful about this process, is that the more I have remained in the light, the more I’ve become free of these emotions.
Before I round off, I wish to clarify something. In addition to light, the soul can also be experienced as beauty, peace, power, pure awareness, inner knowledge and oneness.
If you’ve had any of the experiences I describe above, I’d love to hear about them. Click here to send me a mail.
Warm wishes, Gabrielle