Are there degrees in enlightenment?

Enlightenment can also be felt and heard in several degrees. AUM can open your inner ear.

The enlightenment of that which is one cannot be experienced but glimpses of it can, if you partly let go of the personality. It will seem to happen in degrees, because as long as there appears to be an ´I´ that think it has the power to let go of anything, you hang onto the person, you appear to be in a world where there seems to be more than one. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

The answer to the question in the headline is both yes and no. Before I start to elaborate on this, I like to remind you, that if two people drink the exact same cup of tea, they will most likely describe it differently. Maybe one of them talk about it in very ecstatic way and the other one in very down-to-earth way. Still it is the same tea, so – in the context of this metaphor – please focus on the tea and not the description, when you read this article.

In the enlightenment of that which is one everything happens in such a speed that there is no way for the mind to do its usual thing of labelling and categorising in order to put everything appear into understandable boxes. This is an after rationalisation, because there is nobody in the enlightenment of that which is one to think such a thing or to be aware of the world, so it is just not there.

This enlightenment is not an experience, neither a state, as there is no ´I´ in it to be aware of something, It is that which is one, and there are no degrees of it. How long time it lasts in the context of linear time is not to say, because it is one perpetual present.

To rise again from the dead, as it feels like when returning from the enlightenment of that which is one to a world where there seems to be more than one, you again appear to be someone definitive. Yet, this is not something you believe to be but pretend to be. But whether you believe or pretend to be there, it is something that requires more than one, and so it seems to hide the enlightenment of that which is one.

You can compare it to activating an app on your computer or smartmedia. When you do it, the desktop – although still there – is hidden until you turn off the app again.

Alexius is like every other person in the world not perfect. But unlike most others he knows, it is not possible to be perfect, because that requires more than one and there is no more than that which is one.

I was very young when the belief in being someone definitive for the first time momentarily was turned off. I did not know about the enlightenment of that which is one from books or anywhere else, and I do not think I had – what the purist may call – a pure mind or body. I probably still do not have, as the enlightenment of that which is one does not change anything in the world. Nothing is transformed into peace, love, purity or whatever. There is no more than that which is one, so there is not something to transform. That is the revelation of enlightenment – and there are no degrees in that.

Balance is a concept invented, so that you can always feel out of balance and therefore constantly is occupied trying to get it. Being on a mission like that, you do not have time to see that there is no balance in an illusion – neither btw in that which is real. Reality is one and it takes two to have a balance.

Balance is a concept invented, so that you can always feel out of balance and therefore constantly being occupied by trying to get it right. On a mission like that, you do not have time to see that there is no balance in an illusion – neither by the way in that which is real, because reality is one and it takes more than one to be in balance. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

Spiritual wannabe´s try to follow special ideas like for example the concept of balance – as if there is any balance in an illusionary world – so that when they have achieved the right balance they are considered spiritual, which they imagine is manifested by them moving at a very slow pace. This state of numbness they have decided is to be in higher consciousness. Yet high consciousness is as illusory as low, as it takes more than one to be have something. If instead they acknowledged, that they do not know what and where they are, the enlightenment of that which is one comes so fast, that the mind has no time to distinguish anything and therefore forget about concepts of spirituality and whatnot.

I have no answer to questions like how come I bid welcome the enlightenment of that which is one, or how come I returned to the world again. All I can say is that in this very moment I am writing this article in a world, that seems to be full of degrees. So yes in such a world you can experience degrees of enlightenment. It is not the enlightenment of that which is one though, but glimpses of it.

When I was a child, I was not allowed to see the fully decorated Christmas tree before Christmas eve. Yet I took some sneak peaks through the keyhole in the door and was very amazed by the light I saw. Those sneak peaks can be compared to glimpses of enlightenment. You are still in your normal world from where you experience something very different, but you do not get the whole of it.

In the context of this metaphor, it is not only the beautiful light from all the candles, you experience looking through the keyhole, you can also hear all the glitter move on the green leaves. In fact if you are more audio than visual minded, it might be these sounds, that bliss you out rather than the light.

Apart from the visual and audiovisual aspects of the enlightenment of that which is one, there are also aspects of feeling and tasting it. You do not, however, need to follow all the aspects to come back to that which is the oneness of you. One aspect will do. Personally I have followed the visual and emotional aspect of the enlightenment of that which is one in the non degree version. Yet, as it is one perpetual present, it cannot be brought back into a world of linear time, so there are just vague memories of it.

Glimpses of the enlightenment of that which is one is experienced through the inner senses, when the outer ones are partly closed. And just like ordinary experiences there are degrees of them and they can be remembered in the world of the outer senses. These glimpses come to me daily in various degrees of the four aspects of the enlightenment of that which is one. The most easy one – in my case – is the emotional experience of hearing and feeling the sound that Aum or Sohang symbolises.

It sounds and feels like the vibrations from an enormous vacuum cleaner or the ventilation plant in an airport. I have met people who have heard this humming when meditating, but disregarded it as a sound coming from their neighbor hovering. People are spending so much time repeating Aum or Sohang in expectation of something mysterious to happen, when all they have to do is to repeat it a few times to get in tune with the humming floating on top of the ´end´ of the word. You can read a practical instruction of how to do this in this article.

The word Aum or Sohang can be compared to the control knob on an analog radio, that you use to fine tune into hearing just one station. When you have gotten it, you do not need the control knob – or in this case the word Aum or Sohang to hear the echo of that which is one. If you hear or feel the humming of that which is one, while still aware of the world, it is a glimpse of enlightenment of that which is one, which is revealed in degrees depending on how much you are unaware of a world, where there seems to be more than one.

All degrees of enlightenment are experiences, and any experience is part of the illusion of the world. It seems though, that these degrees of enlightenment brings you closer to the beginning of the world – before the big bang – which often is experienced as a paradise full of ecstasy and bliss. Yet as any all other experiences these also have an end. So does this article.

The mind may expect a conclusion to the above, but there is none – and if you do not try to make one yourself, you are on the way to experience glimpses of enlightenment. You can read how to speed it up in this article.

Kind regards
Alexius


NOTE: This article is part of hack #5-7.1 From the inner senses through a black hole into that which is one.

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