Enlightenment is not a destination; it is accessible at each and every moment. Put simply, enlightenment is the ability to be authentically ourselves. Liberation allows us to shine our light in all circumstances. When we’re at our best, we do this without thinking. But in order to access this joyous surrender, we must discard the ready-made faces we put on to fit in and comply. If we make a habit of acting according to the presumed wishes of other people, we gradually dim our inner light, and deprive the world of our unique gifts.

Reconnection to our light, our source of power, is possible when we are still and quiet. We must pause long enough to rediscover our solid foundation, unique gifts, and overarching purpose for being. In some cases, this is a long pause, a spiritual sojourn that leads to revelation; in others it is just a deep breath or two to remind us of the essential: that we are exactly where we need to be, at all times.

Everything, and I mean everything, has meaning in the larger context of our life’s journey. The most enlightened among us are able to be with and lean into everything that happens, accepting rather than rejecting what is. From this place of benign acceptance, we can search for solid ground on which to begin shining our light again. Regardless of the circumstance, those with peace in their hearts can always find a way forward.

Almost everybody “sells out” occasionally. We put on a fake smile, we restrain ourselves, we pretend we have everything under control. We do this because we are afraid. We want to keep our jobs and relationships; we want to keep the peace. But the only true peace is in authenticity. The more we are able to ground our being in the truest version of ourselves, the happier we will be.

If you are ready to take the next small step toward aligning with your authentic self, send me an email at ralph@getemergent.com. I’d be happy to help.

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  1. Winnie deloayz on May 24, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    Beautiful. I think I’ll use this in an upcoming event about the path of life for my friend Thayer who is turning 100 in June. Letting go to peace.

  2. PAUL PETER BENEQUISTA on May 25, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    This sounds like a cult or something. I would make it simpler. Live by the Ten Commandments.

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