In no way, shape or form do I profess to have attained enlightenment. In fact, if someone has to tell you they are enlightened, they are not. Those who have reached true enlightenment, like Jesus, have come to know that:
“… though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of all human beings, and being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Phil 2: 6-8
Enlightenment is not about escaping the human condition or denying the human experience. Enlightenment is about being fully human and embracing all that it means to be human – death and all. While the path toward enlightenment does include ascending toward and coming to know our true Divine nature, as Jesus came to know and which he demonstrated to his disciples. Enlightenment doesn’t end there. As Jesus demonstrated, once we have come to understand our inherent Union with God…
“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17: 22-23
…we then have to bring that Union into our human form and live that union fully. While the journey toward enlightenment begins with ascending, it can only be fulfilled when we allow that Union to descend fully into our human form so it can be lived out in our human experience. In this, we become, like Jesus, fully human and fully divine.
Herein lays the challenge with many of the modern-day interpretations of enlightenment. Instead of honoring the fullness of the human experience, many of the ways in which enlightenment (ascension, 5D consciousness, etc.) is spoken of today, would lead one to believe that enlightenment is all sunshine and roses. It is not. Enlightenment does not mean we have some magical way of avoiding the darkness of the human experience…or that we have to. With true enlightenment, we still experience pain, suffering, sorrow, loss, betrayal, disappointment, and the sharp pain of rejection. When we attain enlightenment, we are not given a “get out of jail free” card. In fact, for many who have attained enlightenment, it seems the human experience is that much more painful. Look at Jesus for example. He was condemned, beaten, and crucified on a cross. Enlightenment didn’t make Jesus’ life easier. If anything, it made it more difficult. HOWEVER….because Jesus had become enlightened – both fully human and fully Divine…..he had the tools within him to face all that life gave him – including his suffering and pain. Jesus didn’t run from, ignore, or try to “la la” the reality of the human experience away….he embraced it….crucifixion and all.
The Order of Melchizedek Training includes study of the Kabbalah and the Tree of Life – tools which guides us in our journey of ascending and descending – ascending into Union and bringing that Union (Love) fully into our human experience. Learn more by clicking on the image below.