Enlightenment

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Enlightenment is the awareness, realization, and understanding that derives from typically brief Connection Experiences.

Typology

Awakening Experience Types: Glimpse, Happiness, Initiation Experience

Awakening Experience Outcomes: Awakening, Daigo, Enlightenment, Epiphany, Gnosis, Illumination, Kensho, Language, Mushi-dokugo, Revelation, Satori, Shogo, Spiritual Emergency

Notes

The term enlightenment was popularized by "the German philologist and Orientalist Max Müller (1823–1900), who translated the Sanskrit bodhi as enlightenment."[1]

Note the Sanskrit term Bodhi has a wider meaning then just awakening but 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 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 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."[2]

There's a lot of confusion in the literature on what enlightenment means.

As used in the new age movement, it is an opaque[3] and easily confused concept.

Additional Reading

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.

Footnotes

  1. 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.
  2. Bucke, Richard Maurice. Cosmic Consciousness. Book Tree. Kindle Edition.
  3. Jacobs, Bas J. H. “Getting off the Wheel: A Conceptual History of the New Age Concept of Enlightenment.” Numen 67 (2020): 373–401.