What is enlightenment? It is valid to ask ourselves what is the state of enlightenment, even though we know we cannot actually answer the question. In certainty we know that it is simpler than we think it is, not less, but certainly not more than we imagine. In truth we must also know that it is easier to achieve than we imagine it to be, because it is a natural state, not an impossible one.
We know that it is a change of perception, yet so complete a change that it cannot be imagined or intellectually achieved, as though the whole premise or starting point is different. Our every thought and concept derive from a position of self, of unique identity. It is in all that we think and do. To conceive without self is so totally and completely alien to us that it is beyond comprehension. Enlightenment is revelatory because our sense of who we are has to be blown away in order to change the basis of perception.
Now our response is naturally and immediately from a state of oneness. Wholeness now becomes as natural as singularity was before. This state is not trained. We can try, but, if effort is required, it is not the true state. Self realisation is a natural and complete perception of wholeness. Every response, every thought and every action proceeds from wholeness. We do not have to try, this state arises.
When we realise this, we find that we are part of the whole and we cannot complete unless the whole completes. So our focus changes from our own completion, to the completion of all. The world needs us. The world needs people who are dedicated to finding truth. It needs people who will provide an example of an alternative way. Not saints and sages, but people who demonstrate, by the way they live, that there is a way to live life in fulfillment and happiness. The world needs people to demonstrate that there is joy in simplicity, beauty in life and that love is possible in all circumstances.