Are You Seeking the Light?
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Are You Seeking the Light?Messages from the masters.
As a spiritual seeker, you have heard the term enlightenment. What does that mean? The word itself refers to the act of attaining spiritual knowledge or insight. It means you are filled with light!
Enlightenment is a term that is usually used by the great Eastern religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. It is rarely used in Western religions. Instead of enlightenment, the Western traditions speak of revelation, a communication from a spiritual entity, like Moses receiving the Torah from God, Allah revealing his final message through the angel Gabriel to Muhammad, and Jesus as the final revelation.
So enlightenment conjures up images of people we believe have attained great spiritual wisdom and unconditional love, like Jesus, or Buddha, or any of the great saints from all the religious traditions. They are also called Ascended Masters—those who have walked the Earth physically and reached a level of enlightenment that allows them to live in their light bodies and to assist those on Earth on their path of spiritual evolution. These Masters have taken at least the Sixth Initiation and can therefore live on the 6th dimension, having fully united with their I AM Presence. Jesus is a Master of the Ancient Wisdom and one of the Ascended Masters. Mother Mary is also an Ascended Master.
There are many Ascended Masters whose main work is to help raise the consciousness of mankind, which means helping individuals raise their awareness. Chances are, you are aware of receiving guidance from an Ascended Master. They communicate with you through your senses, and through feelings and your inner knowing. Your inner guides may come to you as Native Americans, ancient Egyptians or Tibetans, Christian saints, or great Hindu gurus like Ramana Maharshi or Sri Ramakrishna. They teach you to honor Spirit, yourself, and one another, and to bring peace and love into all you do. When you align your energy and consciousness with these enlightened beings, it raises your vibration and transforms your life.
In Buddhism, these enlightened beings are known as bodhisattvas—those who are so full of compassion that they have put off entering nirvana (paradise) in order to help others achieve enlightenment. Many spiritual seekers today who practice any of the various forms of Buddhism take the Bodhisattva vows. The most basic version is simply “May I attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.” Many Buddhist practitioners take the Four Great Vows:
Beings are numberless, I vow to save them
Desires are inexhaustible, I vow to end them
Dharma gates are boundless, I vow to enter them
Buddha’s way is unsurpassable, I vow to become it.
The Four Great Vows may seem impossible, but the understanding is that you vow to fulfill them as best as you can, and that becomes your path to enlightenment.
Mahatmas (meaning “great souls”) are highly evolved beings who are still on earth, helping the spiritual growth of individuals as well as the development of civilization. The Vedas say that it is very rare to come in contact with a mahatma, yet this meeting is available to someone who is a sincere seeker. You may have met a spiritual teacher who is well along the path of enlightenment and is able to help you raise your own consciousness.
What gets in the way of your enlightenment? Fear that you are not enough. Your mind gets in your way and hides the purity of your being. Join me in my Hay House Online Course, “Seeking the Light” and learn how to increase your light exponentially. There, you will learn how to recognize your own inner darkness, how to transform it into light and how to help others come more into their light. Become the leader that you are meant to be. Hope to see you there!