There is a little known esoteric secret that is hidden in plain sight but seldom talked about in depth and that is that... it's not the seekers job to become enlightened... because it's only the 'person' that seeks. The seekers job is to find the proper path for them and the rest is done by 'that' which knows better than the 'person'... or the individual.
It's only the 'person' that craves enlightenment... the individual is satisfied with its 'Self'.
It's referred to in different ways by different teachers, such as Paul Brunton, who referred to the difference between the 'long path' and the 'short path'. Gurdjieff, in his own way, referred to it as going from the 'stairway'... to the 'way'. This blog refers to it as moving from the 'path' to the 'road'... the 'road' that leads you to your 'destination'.
Therefore the seekers job, if you will, is not to become 'enlightened'. Their job is to find their way from the 'long path' to the 'short path', or from the 'stairway' to the 'way'... or from the 'path' to the 'road'. Then 'that' which knows better does the rest. So enlightenment is 'none of our business'... so to speak. Our job, if you will, is to just do our part of the job... and leave the 'rest' to 'that' which knows how to 'finish the job'.
Otherwise, the craving for transcendence becomes an obstacle in and of itself... because it leads to 'personal' inflation... at the expense of the individual. The Buddhists refer to this as 'the stink of enlightenment'. The 'stink' that comes from the never ending search for that which already exists.
So how does an individual know if they are on the 'road'? It's simple, they are getting results... as in awareness, detachment, being, will, focus, attention. These are tangible results that are obvious to the individual.
IE: impersonal awareness is the 'road'... that takes you to your destination.
According to Brunton, you get off the long path and onto the short path by living your life 'as if' the goal has already been accomplished. But this is not about fooling yourself into thinking you're enlightened or deluded visions of grandeur for this is a practice... not an attainment. A practice for the sake of the 'person'... not the individual... because the individual is already in touch with being or awareness so it 'knows better'. So this isn't about enlightening the 'person' so much as waking up the individual... by putting the 'person' and its agenda in its proper place... by covertly (slyly) dismissing its expectations.
So there are no claims of any sort as nothing has been attained... only dismissed... in the mind of the individual. So for the individual, nothing has changed... because being or awareness doesn't change.
Thus for the individual... it's just another day. But the days keep getting better and better.
But for now, the 'person' and its agenda have been put in their proper place... and the individual can get on with its life... its impersonal purposeful life.
So for now... its a practice.
Most important though is that it creates 'space' between the 'person' and the individual... IE: it promotes detachment... from the 'person'.
So there are three main benefits to this approach:
1) It puts the 'person' that craves transcendence, in its 'proper place' in relation to the individual being that knows better. This creates detachment or space (as in distance) between the 'person' and the individual which promotes a detached awareness... as in detachment from the 'person'... by cutting off its 'air supply'.
2) The willingness of the individual to refrain from declaring any spiritual attainments encourages the individual to channel their awareness and spiritual insights into their work... thus their work, their life, becomes their 'art'... for the benefit of 'others'.
3) The 'space' that this creates allows 'that' which knows better than the individual to guide it in such a way (through intuitive insights) that promotes their highest good... their highest interest... IE: that which serves their eventual enlightenment... but on the timetable of 'that which knows better'... not the 'persons' timetable... which actually doesn't even exist.
This reveals a hidden esoteric benefit to this approach as the 'person' can never become enlightened... because there are no enlightened 'persons'... only enlightened individuals. Thus its only the individual that is even qualified to become enlightened at some point. Thus by dismissing the false aspirations of the 'person' the individual is actually in a more advantageous position in terms of its eventual enlightenment.
It's a paradox.
In this manner, the individual sidesteps 'the' major 'self' created problem. Thus, when done correctly, the practice relieves the individual of the burden of this major 'self' created problem... which frees up the individuals inner attention to focus on its purpose.
Also, anytime the craving pops up again all you have to 'do' is remind your 'Self' that this is just the 'person' trying to have its way again... and it will subside in the space of your detached awareness. So it's a spiritual practice in and of itself and this practice itself builds will as well as focus.
See these books below for more...
The book below called 'Into the Magic Shop' teaches this technique but it speaks primarily on how to get what you want... by visualizing it as already having happened. But in this case awareness already is 'happening'... so the practice in this case is actually quite similar yet more effective in that you don't have to wait to manifest it... because it's already present. So the results are immediate in this case... and not something that manifests in the future. But the technique is the same.
Into the Magic Shop... By James Doty, MD
The late Paul Brunton taught his short path for decades before his death in the early 80's. It's summed up in the following quote from his Notebooks (which were published posthumously) as the following...
"This notion that we must wait and wait while we slowly progress out of enslavement into liberation, out of ignorance into knowledge, out of the present limitations into a future union with the Divine, is only true if we let it be so. But we need not. We can shift our identification from the ego to the Overself in our habitual thinking, in our daily reactions and attitudes, in our response to events and the world. We have thought our way into this unsatisfactory state; we can unthink our way out of it. By incessantly remembering what we really are, here and now at this very moment, we set ourselves free. Why wait for what already is?"
Paul Bruntons teachings on this have been compiled into a recently released book called 'The Short Path to Enlightenment'...
If you want to know what it's like to have a permanent enlightenment experience then read Paul Bruntons biography (of sorts) linked below, written by his son Kenneth Thurston Hurst. It occurred in the early 60's, several decades after he established daily contact with what he referred to as the 'Overself' or Self'. It's also a great story of what its like to be around such a being in the west. See quote and link below...
"It is this distracting of attention inwardly which is the secret of yoga. In the very midst of these ordeals if you try to switch attention to this remembrance, you will, whilst remaining aware of the external happenings, simultaneously feel the inner presence of something that is like a Witness or a Spectator of it all."
That was from a letter to his son while he was serving with the Royal Navy in WWII... but it's just as relevant today.
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