The Enlightenment Perspective
To understand the enlightenment perspective it is important to understand what the word enlightenment means. The seed meaning of enlightenment is to illuminate or shed light in a dark space. This ends up being interchangeable with intellectual enlightenment where the light of knowledge is said to destroy the shadow of ignorance.
Intellectual enlightenment is in reference to formal education where students not only learn math and science, but also learn about other cultures. This kind of enlightenment is important in order to develop the brain and higher understanding in cultural issues. Intellectually ignorant people rest on conclusions and opinions that are inaccurate or unhealthy because they have a lack of information to base an opinion on. Intellectually enlightened people have an expanded understanding of how the world works and what needs to happen to achieve their goals.
Enlightenment as a term can also be in reference to a period of time where a culture or nation experienced an era of prosperity and higher education. Just about every modern culture has experienced an age of enlightenment. The vacillation between depression and enlightenment is normal for older cultures such as Egypt, India and the United Kingdom. Younger cultures such as the United States have seen eras of enlightenment and is currently going through a minor age of depression. Depressions, as such, are important for cultures. They serve as a time of reflection and contemplation. If a culture is able to figure out what it values and what will help it get back on its feet, the depression allows a way for a new age of prosperity, or enlightenment.
Spiritual enlightenment is often explained as when a seeker has a profound spiritual occurrence where they experience the unification of everyone and everything in the universe. It is also explained as when a seeker unifies with “God” and the feeling of unification is actually the feeling of “cosmic consciousness”.
Thinking of enlightenment as a process rather than a goal allows a practitioner to remain humble … and continue their personal journey of enlightenment.
The enlightenment perspective is when a practitioner takes the cumulative information on enlightenment and applies it to life. This affects how a practitioner approaches yoga, martial arts and everything else in life; and encourages unconditional love and compassion. Thinking of enlightenment as a process rather than a goal allows a practitioner to remain humble in the knowledge they have and to continue their personal journey of enlightenment. When the ego becomes inflamed it tries to overwhelm an individual’s consciousness and it does this by convincing the mind of superiority,