The Enlightened Individual

transformation-journey-01As spirits in a human body we are living each life here on Earth school to learn, to love, to evolve and bring ourselves ever closer to Source, to God, to the Creator. Everyone’s path is different depending on the stage of development of their Spirit, the lessons they need to learn and what they are being asked to master to move onto the next set of lessons, the next life, the next body. As we evolve, we move toward enlightenment, or liberation from the imprisoning of the mind, true understanding of our existence here on earth and freedom from suffering, freedom from the continuous cycle of death and re-birth.

Let’s look at the characteristics of an enlightened individual.

  1. Non-judgmental.
  2. Lives without fear and desire.
  3. Accepting.
  4. Compassionate.
  5. Kind and loving towards Self and others.
  6. Acts on behalf of the whole rather than the self alone.
  7. Is peaceful, not engaging in harmful thoughts or actions towards any being.
  8. Patient and understanding.
  9. Humble.
  10. Has clarity.
  11. Possesses Inner Strength & Wisdom.
  12. Healthy in Mind, Body & Spirit.
  13. Committed to Spiritual Practice.
  14. An enlightened person always acts with integrity and is honest in all of their dealings.

There are more, but this is the short list.

The enlightened person has a high level of sensitivity, of awareness of all that is happening in the world around them. The greater the sensitivity, the stronger the connection to God. They will also learn how to master their emotions to become stable as to not be swayed by the external forces. They must learn to be highly aware but not so sensitive that other’s words or actions can knock them from their center.

CharlesFrancis writes,

“The enlightened person is a leader. Having awakened to the point of understanding the nature of suffering, she realizes her duty to help other people find freedom from suffering. She leads by example, rather than control. People follow her because of who she is and what she stands for. They want to be more like her. The enlightened person is humble. Since he knows his place in the universe, he doesn’t need validation from others. Therefore, he has nothing to prove to anyone, including himself. His humble nature allows him to be kind and gentle, and be open to everyone he encounters. The enlightened person is patient and understanding because she appreciates how our ignorance creates our own suffering. She understands the challenge of becoming enlightened, so she doesn’t condemn people for their missteps.”

Enlightenment really is all about Freedom. Freedom has been my main quest in this lifetime. It has shown up in my life as wanting to be free from the constraints of a system (the machine) that is flawed and limiting, imprisoning all who are trapped within it’s unnatural confines. It has shown up as wanting to be free from anyone telling me “what to do” either in relationships, in religious organizations or in workplace environments. But ultimately, I am seeking the freedom that accompanies enlightenment, and that is an inside job. I had a spiritual awakening in 2001, but being awakened is just the first step toward becoming enlightened.


How can we become free within our mind’s, within our perception?

One example is to live in Trust that everything is in Divine Order and know that one’s destiny will lead them to the people, the events and what is necessary to express their soul’s deepest offerings. Be patient, stay true to yourself, do the work and let the path unfold. All that is yours is coming to you. To live in trust is to be free of worry.

To be compassionate is to be free from hatred. If you can see that the father who abused you was living in so much pain that he could only express himself through his pain, is to see that this man was hurting and was extremely limited, and unable to break the cycle. With this understanding of his suffering and inability to change it, you will be able to have compassion for this person who carried this much pain and not hold anger or hatred in your heart toward him, but extend your understanding and love so that you may be set free from their pain. Forgiveness frees you from anger.

To be accepting acts to unite all who exist under these stars, to feel the oneness of all beings inhabiting this planet. When we accept we recognize where another person is on their path and we allow them to grow in their own time, at their own pace without judging them. We can then be there for them to lead by example and to teach, offering our support as they evolve, with kindness and understanding. To accept is to give us freedom from judgment.

To live in the present moment is to be free from anxiety. When we project into the future and try and figure out how we are going to solve the problem that we may foresee coming down the road, we move out of the present moment and create anxiety. We can’t solve that problem because we aren’t there yet. So recognize that in the place where we are (right here, right now), we are safe, we have everything we need and we are taken care of. And breathe. And when we get to that place down the road, we will also be in the present moment and we will have what we need to solve our problems. Take one step at a time and free your self from anxiety.

As we begin to set ourselves free from the mental constraints that limit us, we will begin to understand how blessed we really are. As our reactions to events and people change, we will feel lighter. As our perceptions shift, we will align with the Truth. “And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you Free.”

In Love & Truth,

Elizabeth Wright
Spirit Works

References: Leonard Jacobson, Charles A. Francis

Unconditional Love of the Self

immaculate-heart-of-maryI have had the immense pleasure of being able to provide the gift of Light through vibrational healing sessions and spiritual counsel that comes through me from my Higher Self and the beings of Light whom I connect with going on 8 years now…  There are many themes within the sessions that apply to our human existence and I watch and listen as the teachings are brought to the individuals who are working through their issues on their journey (as we all are). The one teaching that I am seeing as a king pin to help all other issues be resolved is learning to love our Self unconditionally.

Some of us are never taught to love ourselves.  To love ourselves is the ultimate love, along with the love of God, for we enter into this world and leave this world with our Self and throughout our existence we are always with our Self, so the relationship we have with our Self is crucial to a happy existence.

The spirit enters the body in each lifetime, passes through the veil from the other side and becomes incarnated.  As we pass through the veil, we forget whence we came from and are raised in our cultures and societies by parents and people who have been conditioned by the minds and hearts of this world.  We forget the unconditional love that we once knew.  It is each person’s responsiblity and challenge in their lifetime to walk themselves back to unconditional love, to truly know the love for the Self.  This can be a long journey, especially for the children who were born to abusive parents or experienced severe trauma, but each of us can do it.  It is our main lesson.

Eric Fromm, a psychologist, states that loving oneself means to “care for oneself, take responsibility for oneself, respect oneself and know oneself”.  I would add that we must honor our Self and have compassion and understanding for our Self. It means that we honor our needs and we find the courage to speak up for ourself when our needs aren’t being met.  It means that when we make mistakes, we find firmness to change while at the same time being loving, not critical of ourselves for making the mistake.  It means that we have firm boundaries and we don’t let anyone treat us with disrespect and if they do, we walk away.  It means that when we need to change something to make our lives work better, that we take the appropriate actions or seek help from others to make the change, if we cannot do it ourselves.  It means we are our own best friend and we look out for ourselves.

I remember a time in my own life when I did not love myself. I was never taught to love myself and there are many of us out there who know this subject was never brought up or discussed…ever!  I was always very critical and judgmental of my self.  I wasn’t even aware of what I was saying to my self (self-talk), but I knew that I didn’t feel good a lot of the time.  Then I began to listen to the words I was saying inside of my head to my own self, and they weren’t very nice!  It has taken me 13 years of working on loving my self to know what it truly feels like to have unconditional love for my self. The first thing we need to do is become aware of the self talk and change it.  We must never berate, judge, criticize or put ourselves down in any way.  Now, I find myself laughing with my self a lot, like a best friend laughs with her best friend, in a jovial, that’s so funny, i can’t believe I did that, goofy kind of way.  It feels fun and light.  I had to practice this changing of the self talk over and over until it became my new inner voice that rules the head. It is the voice of my heart.

Think about someone whom you have total unconditional love for; it could be a pet, a child, a parent, a spouse, a best friend. Really feel that person in your heart.  Now think about a time when they did something wrong.  Did you hate them for it?  Did it change the way you felt about them?  Most likely if you have unconditional love for them, it didn’t…  Now, begin to look at your self in the same way.  Treat your self as you treat your beloved.  Be compassionate and forgiving, be supportive and encouraging, be there for you…always.

Exercise for practicing self-love. Lie down and place your hands over your heart. Close your eyes, connect with your heart and breath deeply in and out of your nose until you feel connected to your own heart. Feel the love you have for your Self and grow the feeling in your heart. Affirm out loud “I AM connected with my Self.” “I Honor my Self”. “I Respect my Self.” “I Trust my Self.” “I Love my Self.” “I will never abandon my Self.” “I AM love.” Repeat these over and over feeling the love in your heart for your self grow. Repeat daily.

As you practice loving yourself you will find that you come to a place of total acceptance of who you are including all the behaviors or ways about you that you once disliked or hated.  As your acceptance of yourself grows, you will find that you are more likely to accept others as they are.  As your acceptance of others grows, you will see your relationships improving.  I can feel when someone is judging me and it doesn’t feel good so I don’t hang out with those people.  When you feel someone accepting you completely, you will want to be with them, trust will evolve and a positive, healthy relationship will blossom.  The same holds true for the relationship with your Self!

As your relationship with your Self deepens and strengthens, you will bring this love with you everywhere you go.  Every issue that arises will be dealt with in a kind and understanding way for your Self as you work to solve it because that will be your new way of being….loving.

self-loveGod/Goddess loves us unconditionally.  This is the Truth.  It may not seem like God/Goddess loves us when our house burns down or our child dies or our body is wracked with cancer, but it is the Absolute Truth as I know it.  God/Goddess sees us as perfect creations of his/her own Self, as a beloved child.  It is through these eyes of love that we are asked to see our own Self.  No matter what mistakes we make, no matter what patterns we repeat, we are here to learn and it may take many lifetimes till we have a true understanding of the best way in which to walk on this Earth, with love in our hearts for our own selves and for all living beings. Until we learn that unconditional love is the way and we act in that way, we are loved right through every step, through every lesson, through every triumph.  Life is so much more enjoyable and beautiful when you can go through each day with unconditional love for your Self. And, each of us deserves it, it is our God-given birthright.