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Monday
Oct032011

The Satori Experience

A sudden, intuitive insight. A sudden enlightenment. An insight into nothingness. An aha! moment. Those are some of the ways a Satori experience is often described.
 
For most of us, the Satori experience is short-lived, a fleeting moment or a few seconds at most. But it’s also possible to experience extended lengths of Satroi. In fact, it’s possible to live in Satori for extended periods of time. Some people live there permanently. These people are often called Enlightened.
 
Often when a Satori Moment happens, our thinking stops and we become intensely present. Sometimes, there is a surge of energy which is often felt as exhilaration, inspiration or profound peacefulness. Sometimes we have to physically move, such as run around or dance up and down. (Archimedes, because of whom the term Eureka! became popular, is said to have run through the streets of Syracuse naked, shouting Eureka! Eureka! meaning “I have found it!”)


Not all Satori moments are so illustrative. In fact, most of them seem quite uneventful and carry an almost unnoticeable burst of energy. However, once an aha! moment happens, something iside us shifts and the mind never goes back to its original state. This, in my view, is the true definition of learning, a series of aha! moments, no matter how insignificant they seem while experiencing them.

Most learning, as we call it today, consists of loading information into our minds, putting more stuff on top of the stuff we have already collected. The Satori learning happens through the gaps between our thoughts from which the Universal mind can flow.

I have created an interactive page, called Satori Quotes or The Aha! Moment, with some quotes that are meant to give us a glimpse into that which is beyond the mind. Some stop us in our tracks where our minds stop working and we experience a sense of calmness, a feeling of emptiness, a void, a gap. Some give us a bit of a shock and perhaps cause us to laugh or be amused. Some cause us to read the quote a few times or cause us to close our eyes before we can take their full meaning in. And some are just regular old quotes. Read about them here.

Tuesday
Aug262008

What's Enlightenment?

Often we progress in our self development far enough that we begin to think that we are “enlightened” like Jesus, Buddha or Krishna. But we are not there, yet.

It’s one thing to “think” that we are enlightened and another to “know” that we are or to live enlightenment.

One of the things that Enlightenment implies is that we have truly transcenceded our unconscious beliefs; in fact we have no unconscious beliefs. And once we have achieved that state, they either don’t form or if they do, they dissolve quickly.

Sure, we will have conscious beliefs that we form because we need them to function in the world.

Enlightenment also means that we will have “answers” to the following questions, and more questions like them. To the point where we have no need to ask these questions. Not intellectual answers but a deep, experiential “knowing” of the anwers:

  • How is it possible for the One to exist without there being Another?
  • What was there before the Big Bang? If there was Nothing, how did Everything come out of Nothing? If Everything came out of nothing, how could Nothing be Nothing? It must be Everything!
  • Why do we exist? Is it possible NOT to exist? What is existence?

In the end, the Enlightened Ones have to live with the fact that language, even thought, cannot explain the Truths that they know. Because thoughts exist only in the dual universe, not in the Oneness where the truths come from. They can only live that truth.

This is why the Enlightened Ones don’t talk much about enlightenment. It’s not something to talk about. It’s to live it. You can try, but never will be able fully explain yourself.

And they don’t feel the frustration of not being able to express the Truths they know. :-)

Often we think we think we have become “enlightened.” More often than not, the enlightenment that’s being referred to here is more like constantly living in the Present - called Samadhi is Sanskrit (an ancient language from India.)

Or being permanently in a transcendent (meditative) state. This is a skill and the more we stay in that state, the more joy we feel. The more connected we become to the One. The more One we become, that is.

Yet, this is a practice on the way to enlightenment, not enlightenment itself.