Self Realization, Spiritual Enlightenment, and the Natural Man

Published: Sep 2, 2022 | Revised: Nov 21, 2023
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Self-Realization, Spiritual Enlightenment, and the Natural Man

“When you awaken to truth as it really is, you will have no occult vision, you will have no ‘astral’ experience, no ravishing ecstasy. You will awaken to it in a state of utter stillness, and you will realize truth was always there within you and that reality was always there around you.”

— Paul Brunton —

Many spiritual teachers have claimed that Self-Realization — or Spiritual Enlightenment, if you wish — doesn’t fundamentally change the personality. Yet, a confident calmness, acceptance and serenity, something that’s rather the natural radiation of that which is firmly established, comes about living itself.

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It’s thought that Self-Realization is not something “special,” nothing extraordinary. No blue lights flashing. It’s the most natural thing. It’s just this silent recognition of what-we-really-are.

This recognition breaks down the illusion of being a separate entity and an independent “doer.” It likewise advocates cleaning up loose ends, unfinished business, and “traces” left behind, while living life complying with its natural, spontaneous demands.

It — at the same time — elevates the person into being a fully normal and naturally functioning “phenomenon,” being a Natural Man. All “specials,” all extraordinary “qualities,” all so-called “achievements” are entirely erased from the cognizant level.

The Natural Man looks around and doesn’t see anything “behind” that what shows itself. What is there, is all-there-is, it’s what-is, complete and perfect. It’s one-thing.

Self-Realization doesn’t change anything — on the contrary — all changing ends.

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