Enlightenment can be described as the state in which we obtain spiritual knowledge or more profound insight into the spiritual world. In Buddhism, the idea of enlightenment represents freedom from the endless cycle of death and rebirth, signifying final understanding. Despite this, we do not need to be religious to understand or participate in the concept of obtaining enlightenment.
Technically, the term enlightenment means to ‘fully comprehend’ a situation, and when viewed in this light, we can gain a deeper understanding of how the topic of enlightenment works. Suppose we seek to fully comprehend the ways of the world, or the more expansive universe. In that case, this can appear a daunting and challenging prospect, but through spiritual practices such as guided meditation, many actively search for answers to such broad and marvellous questions.
Modern Ideas of Enlightenment
In the modern western world, the concept of enlightenment has come to mean a more remarkable ability to gain self-knowledge and insight into one’s mind. Many believe that we need enlightenment and activities that pursue an understanding of our true selves because social pressures and conditioning overcome our true selves.
Tools for Obtaining Greater Self-Knowledge
Positive thinking frames life through positive vision. In seeking our higher selves, we must behave and think with positivity. This can be hard, mainly if we have previously found ourselves stuck within a negative mindset, which can be all too easy in a world filled with pressure and problems. By actively asserting positive thoughts, we will find that we develop more positive habits, and negative reviews have less hold on us.
Positivity is also beneficial in reducing stress and physical pain in some cases. The benefits of a positive mindset are near-endless. As well as this, the use of increased positivity can be found in other activities which encourage enlightenment and the deepening of self-knowledge.
Activities that promote positive manifestation, such as visualisation and affirmation, are also helpful in attaining a blissful state of self-knowledge and inner peace, aiding the journey to enlightenment. Visualisation encourages us to use our imaginations, an underestimated but powerful tool, to imagine our most positive potential future and the best outcomes for our goals. Similarly, affirmations cause us to actualise positive self-talk and reasonable beliefs, encouraging us to see the world with more possibility and provide a greater awareness of the self and, in turn, allow us to experience a more profound sense of enlightenment.
Guided meditation is possibly the most effective tool in gaining self-knowledge and a sense of ‘enlightenment’. Guided meditation allows you to turn intensely inwards and assess your thoughts and emotions from a perspective of greater rationality and awareness. This will enable us to increase our positivity, empathy, understanding of ourselves and others, the root of our damaging emotions and traumas, and how we can fix them. Collectively, all these benefits of guided meditation provide a basis for reaching a state of enlightenment or at least heading towards.