Enlightenment is a sudden increase in awareness leading to sudden realization or enhanced understanding. Enlightenment occurs during or following a Connection Experience where the Bodily Ego makes a connection to the Spiritual Ego or some other Monadic Nodewithin The Fabric. Enlightenment is a Connection Outcome. Enlightenment is an example of the Enhanced Intellectual Function that arises upon repeated Connection Experience.
Enhanced Intellectual Function > Breakthrough, Clarification of Consciousness, Clarity, Daigo, Dissonance, Enlightenment, Epiphany, Glimpse, Gnosis, Improved Relationships, Infran, Insight, Jadhb, Moksha, Mukti, Revelation, Satori, Spiritual Emergence
List of Connection Outcomes
Connection Outcome > Connection Pathology, Déjà vu, Emotional Cleansing, Emotional Satisfaction, Enlightenment, Existential Terrors, Healing, Liberation, Perfect Connection, Perfected Connection, Perfection, Permanent Connection, Physical Sensations, Psychotic Mysticism, Realization of Self, Ritambharapragya, Spontaneous Alignment, The Unity, Transformation, Union
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The term enlightenment was popularized by "the German philologist and Orientalist Max Müller (1823–1900), who translated the Sanskrit bodhi as enlightenment."
Note the Sanskrit term Bodhi has a wider meaning then just awakening: awakening, illuminated, enlightened, having attained perfect knowledge and truth, etc.
According to the LP, Enlightenment (more appropriately known as Awakening), is the process of filling "the cup" with Consciousness. It is the ongoing process whereby the monadic consciousness seats itself in the Physical Unit. Awakening is a physical process and depends largely on proper Development of the physical unit. A physical unit that has been properly Developed will awaken (i.e. enlighten) as part of the natural maturation and Connection process.
According to R.M. Bucke, this "intellectual enlightenment or illumination" is so potent and powerful that it can "place the individual on a new plane of existence—would make him almost a member of a new species."
There's a lot of confusion in the literature on what enlightenment means.
As used in the new age movement, it is an opaque and easily confused concept.
Jacobs, Bas J. H. “Getting off the Wheel: A Conceptual History of the New Age Concept of Enlightenment.” Numen 67 (2020): 373–401. Jacobs provides an interesting historical overview of the concepts of enlightenment, nirvana, and moksa as they enter the New Age movement.
- Jacobs, Bas J. H. “Getting off the Wheel: A Conceptual History of the New Age Concept of Enlightenment.” Numen 67 (2020): 373–401. p. 376.
- Bucke, Richard Maurice. Cosmic Consciousness. Book Tree. Kindle Edition.
- Jacobs, Bas J. H. “Getting off the Wheel: A Conceptual History of the New Age Concept of Enlightenment.” Numen 67 (2020): 373–401.