The Difference Between Enlightenment & Having Spiritual Experiences

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Enlightenment is not an experience. It is a state of being. It is a radical state of clarity. It is a continuous state of clear awareness. It’s not something you attain, for in the moment of “achieving” this state of clarity, your fundamental belief in the personality self, your hypnotic fixation on personhood is obliterated. You, as you have known yourself, do not cease to exist…you simply see that you never existed in the first place. There is no “you” to attain enlightenment.  In that moment any reality of a “you” who could succeed or fail, attain or not attain, is understood to the very core to be unreal.

It’s not an intellectual understanding. It does not involve the mind or thinking or evaluating or believing. You just see it. It’s like seeing a shadow at night and it looks like it’s moving. You think it’s a dog or a monster or a ghost. The mind fills in the blanks, fills it in and makes it very real for you. Then you turn on the light and you see it is a shadow cast by something that is being blown around by a breeze. You don’t need to think about it, or believe it or anything. You just see it. When you turn off the light, you see the shadow again, but you know what it is and that’s that.

Only, it’s kind of a big deal, especially at first, because every activity, motivation and aspiration is organized around this basic, unexamined bedrock belief in the self.  It’s so fundamental that you don’t even know it’s just a belief, an assumption. Not only is your personal world built around this organizing principle, but so is our entire society. When you wake permanently from the dream of self, the world of men may not make much sense to you, and you may not make much sense to others.

Waking permanently is different than waking for a moment and then going back to sleep. When you wake fully, that moment of waking may seem like an experience, but what follows is a state of being…being awake. That is what the threshold of enlightenment is. When you cross it, you are in a totally different terrain. It’s not a static state, like you “reach” enlightenment and that’s it.  But this is the fundamental threshold of living in a state of basic clarity that is not mental, theoretical or academic.

People who are still sleeping, but waking up from time to time, can be very concerned that no one ever should claim to be enlightened. It doesn’t bother people who are fast asleep as much, but it does seem to really get the hackles up for some people who are popping in and out of direct clarity.  Direct clarity is clarity you are living in this very moment, not clarity you refer back to…referring back to your experiences of momentary wakefulness.  People who pop in and out of clarity can often sit in their dream state referring to the experience of clarity that they had, but are not having in the moment. There are all kinds of strange beliefs floating around. “One who claims to be enlightened is surely not, because an enlightened person would never say so.” Or some such nonsense. There are lots of reasons not to walk around telling people you are enlightened, but false humility is not one of them.

Enlightenment is something people don’t speak much about.  Those who live in this awareness know exactly what it is. You could also be talking to someone so learned in topics such as non-duality and while they could go on at length talking eloquently around it, debating the finer points of it using impeccable spiritual lingo, the living of it, the true direct understanding of it eludes them.  It’s hollow.  It’s intellectual.

Then there are spiritual experiences. They can range from the mild to the spectacular: feelings of oneness to the emergence of rare abilities. How to deal with these changes, how they might affect your life, and how to integrate them. Spiritual experiences and enlightenment are not the same thing. Some enlightened people have these crazy spiritual experiences. It’s also possible that some don’t. Many people have all manner of intense spiritual experiences and have not crossed the threshold of enlightenment.

It’s probably wise not to get too swept away by the spiritual experiences. They can be crazy and intense and reorganize your life, but they come and go. They may leave you with a whole new set of “powers” to deal with and integrate, but a person can get so focused on chasing the experiences, raising their frequency, activating their DNA or whatever, that they lose themselves. It may seem counter intuitive, but spiritual “evolution” as we know and practice it today is not the same as enlightenment. We can be living without food, running more energy, working with angels, or whatever, but that is not the same as enlightenment.

The point of this article is not to value one experience over another, but to bring into focus the difference between the state of enlightenment and the various kinds of spiritual experiences, including the path of spiritual evolution as we are re-defining it in modern culture.

Spiritual experiences are very flashy, we can talk about them for days and never tire.  We can revel in our abilities or the “places” we go. Enlightenment, or awakening, is not like this at all.  To say it is humbling is a comical understatement, as it wipes out the inner personhood to whom pride or shame could accrue. Everything in the whole universe changes, and yet it is at the same time, completely anti-climactic and very ordinary.

Edgar Cayce, Jose Arguelles & The Arcturians

Edgar Cayce and Arcturians“Arcturus is the highest civilization in our galaxy,” said Edgar Cayce, a prophet who lived between the years of 1877-1945.

Further details of Cayce’s life and work are explored in the classic book, There Is a River (1942), by Thomas Sugrue.

The idea of an alien life form that has been visiting Earth from Arcturus is frequently associated with the writings of Edgar Cayce. According to Cayce, the Arcturians are a “fifth dimensional” lifeform. They are highly advanced both technically and spiritually. Arcturus is the name of a star some 37 light-years from the sun. It includes at least a half dozen planetary bodies and is many times larger and much older than our own star and its system.

Since his early writing of this race of beings, Edgar Cayce has been referred to the father of the Arcturians.  Today, many people have discovered the different way to communicate with the Arcturian beings.

Because Arcturians exist in different dimensions (not just the fifth dimension) it is now known that to communicate with the higher planes of existence, one must enter into a dream state.  In this dream state many believe that Edgar Cayce entered into direct communication with the Arcturians.

Many people have claimed to have communicated with the Arcturians.  For example, Norma J. Milanovich is the author of the famous book We the Arcturians, which explains the life style and way of life of these benevolent race of Arcturian Aliens.

The Arcturian legacy and mythology continues and although there are many reasons to believe that these beings are more than just a myth, we continue to explore the possibilities for compelling evidence.  Edgar Cayce gave us the doorway to enter into the universe of a vast existence.

In his book, The Arcturus Probe: Tales & Reports of an Ongoing Investigation, the late philosopher, Jose Arguelles, also examines the Arcturian involvement with our system which began over three million years ago when a space colony-a galactic way station-was established on Velatropa 24.4, otherwise known as Mars. With its 40,000-year warm cycles, Mars provided the perfect experimental way station. If anything went wrong, at least those on the Arcturus system would not be affected–or so it was thought.

According to the book, some of those in command of the Martian project had not considered carefully enough the inexorable efficacy of karma, the law of cause and effect. By the time strange events began to transpire on Mars, little did anyone on Mars or Arcturus reckon the dire consequences of forgetting about their mutual existence. Thus unfolds the tale of the Arcturian experimental way station.

In The Arcturus Probe, you’ll explore the tales of the Arcturus Probe through the transmission of the Mars experience to the neighboring blue planet, V.24.3, otherwise known as Earth, where a more cautiously and intelligently supervised “repeat performance,” as Arguelles tells us, is being played out in a continuing investigation of which we are all a part.

Edgar Cayce has said in his teachings that Arcturus is one of the most advanced civilizations in this galaxy. It is the fifth- dimensional civilization that is a prototype of Earth’s future. Its energy works as an emotional, mental, and spiritual healer for humanity. It is also an energy gateway through which humans pass during death and rebirth. It functions as a way station for nonphysical consciousness to become accustomed to physicality. The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch describes it as the mid-way programming center used by the physical brotherhoods in this universe to govern the many rounds of experiments with “physicals” at this end of the galaxy.

Arcturus itself is the brightest star in the Bootes constellation, which is approximately thirty-six light years from Earth.

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The Arcturians teach that the most fundamental ingredient for living in the fifth dimension is love. Negativity, fear and guilt must be overcome and exchanged for love and light.

The Arcturians work in close connection with the ascended masters whom they call the Brotherhood of the All. They also work closely with what they refer to as the Galactic Command. The Arcturians travel the universe in their starships, which are some of the most advanced in the entire universe.

One of the reasons Earth has not been attacked by warlike negative extraterrestrials has been those civilizations’ fear of the advanced starships of the Arcturians. Their ships are state-of-the-art technology. One of the starships circling the Earth is called the Starship Athena, after the Greek goddess.

Arcturian society is governed by the elders, who are revered by the people of Arcturus for their advanced knowledge, wisdom, and extremely high vibrational frequencies. The higher the vibrational frequency, the closer one is to Light, or spirit, or God.

In the Arcturian system there are no extreme temperatures. Their civilization is one that has transcended duality and lives in oneness. Professions on Arcturus are determined by a person’s vibrational frequency and the colors in his or her aura. For example, those who are in charge of taking care of the children must have violet as the predominant color in their auras, for only the wisest souls are allowed to associate with the young.

The same is true for those who are allowed to give birth. They are screened and tested in terms of their auric and vibrational frequencies, and when chosen by the elders to give birth to an Arcturian child, people go through an amazing process. The vibrations of both individuals involved are raised to a seventh- dimensional frequency for the birthing process to insure bringing in the most highly evolved souls. (The seventh-dimensional frequency is that of an ascended master.) Reproduction is an honor on Arcturus and one of the most highly regarded professions. The actual reproductive act is not performed in a physical sense as it is understood on Earth. On Arcturus it is done through a kind of mind link in which the male and female energies are perfectly balanced. Through this procreation process, some kind of electron force flows through the two beings, and it creates another being that is a replica of the link.

The new life form is then taken to a special room that emanates the proper vibrational frequencies until the being is ready for integration into a family unit on Arcturus. Many beings from Arcturus are seeded onto other planets because the high council has ordered this as a great act.

On Arcturus there is not competition. Every thought, word, deed, and product is judged by its ability to raise the vibration closer to God. If it does not, it does not exist on Arcturus. A person’s frequency of vibration is directly related to the mastery he has over his body, emotions, thoughts, actions, and creations. Arcturians have total mastery over these aspects of self. They have developed the ability to transcend the ego, the separative, lower, fear-based self. Success is judged only in terms of the measure of Light frequency. There are machines that constantly check the vibrational frequencies each individual on the planet is manifesting. If one particular Arcturian receives feedback that he is not meeting his own goals for evolution, then immediately the elders send teachers to help that individual.

arcturian, mothershipThe Arcturian Starships

The Arcturian starships are the finest in the entire universe. They are propelled by crystals that do not come from that planet but from a planet in the Milky Way that has not been discovered by Earthly scientists. These crystals have a way of conducting light energy from the Great Central Sun.

The Arcturians say that they not longer use computers because they long ago outgrew the need for them. They have other systems that are far more advanced. One section of the starship is a replication of Arcturus. It has the ability to take any crewmember back to Arcturus in his etheric body. This helps to strengthen and rejuvenate crewmembers who are away from home for long periods of time as they traverse the universes. Earth’s frequency is very harsh for Arcturians because of their fifth-dimensional frequency.

Arcturians don’t eat but are able to ingest energy. The Arcturians sleep for only a short time once a week, but for them it is a sacred time to soul travel and connect to higher realms of consciousness.

Another room in the Arcturian starship has a complete data bank containing every aspect of Earth life and of life on other planets as well. Arcturians are able to ingest information by means of their telepathic abilities and through their nervous systems. This process is similar to ingesting food but it occurs on an energy level. They are able to assimilate information one hundred times faster than the average human being on Earth.

An Arcturian ship has a room that strengthens the vibration of all who enter so they will not be overwhelmed by even the strongest vibrations of Planet Earth. The Arcturians are able to travel through time. They also have shuttlecraft that are global in shape which are used for activating energy points and grids on Earth that have been lying dormant for many centuries. The Arcturians have been working with Earth since life first started on this planet. They have many bases on Earth, and they also have three bases on the Moon. Many of their bases on Earth are inside mountains. Arcturians can manifest physically, but they also exist in the etheric state, so physical matter is not an obstacle to them.

There is a vaporizing section in a starship that can instantly make any person or object disappear. They use it on a person only if he has died. The amazing thing about this machine is that whatever is vaporized can be resolidified at any time in the future just by checking the ship’s records. The more I learn about Arcturus, the more Star Trek seems realistic.

Many souls are brought to the Arcturian starships during the dream state where they are worked on and helped, although the Arcturians never invade a person’s free choice as the Grays are doing. The Arcturians are here to assist humans in entering the fourth and fifth dimensions of reality and in raising their vibrational frequencies. They stand as the guardians and protectors of higher consciousness in the universe.

They are based in every country on the planet and, and in fact, have bases all over the universe. They are here to educate humanity but have had a difficult time dealing with the government and the military, who are primarily interested in military technology, not spiritual enlightenment. The Arcturians could help in an even greater and more open capacity than they are now, but the people who govern the United States and the world are so materialistically and egoistically oriented that they resist the help of these incredibly advanced beings. Instead, the U.S. government made a deal with the Grays who are very selfish beings interested only in taking over the world for their own greedy purposes.

Source: Dr. Stone

The Cosmic Hologram: Beyond the Brain

Excerpt from The Cosmic Hologram by Jude Currivan PhD

Realizing that everything we call physical reality is the expression of the in-formational intelligence of cosmic mind completely reframes the question of human and indeed all consciousness and cognizance. The view of most neuroscientists has been that our consciousness somehow arises from the brain as a localized phenomenon. Just as a turbine generates energy, so the view goes, our brain generates consciousness—somehow.

That final “somehow” is crucial. While neuroscience has managed to map neural networks in the brain, identifying which areas light up during certain mental processes and progressively noting their holographic nature, there remains no mechanism for the integration of neuronal activities with the immaterial perception of self-awareness.

Based on numerous experimental data on the nonlocality of our consciousness, an alternative has been to view the brain instead as a computer: a receiver and transmitter of nonlocal information. However, with increasing discoveries and the emerging understanding of the cosmic hologram, the computer-brain-mind metaphor is also coming to be seen as too limited in its perspective. Not only does it fail to account for the inter-dimensional communications reported extensively by transpersonal experiencers, but—and even more fundamentally—it still implicitly suggests a duality between the physical world and consciousness.

Instead, the paradigm-shifting view of the cosmic hologram, which recognizes the actual immateriality of the physical realm and the ultimate unity of consciousness, is offering a new view of the brain and its purpose. By identifying the brain as playing an important role in the in-formational organization of the embodied awareness of human beings, it redefines each of us as a unique and microcosmic individuation of the intelligence of the cosmic hologram of our Universe, literally making us co-creators of reality.

Existence, Experience, and Evolution

Following Russian theatre director Constantin Stanislavski’s lead, acting coach Lee Strasberg introduced the idea of method acting to the United States in the 1920s. Such “method” immerses an actor in the personal identification of the role he or she is playing, often remaining “in character” not only when onstage or on a film set, but beyond.

As individuated consciousness, when we incarnate on Earth, most human beings also undertake a process of such acting, where, as spiritual method actors, we immerse ourselves in the drama of our lives. By identifying with the roles we play, and, as we’ve seen, the erroneous perception of materiality, we may marginalize or even forget our innate spiritual consciousness. The egos of our self-awareness instead immerse us in the perception that we’re separate, both from each other and the world around us.

The personas we inhabit during our lives are thus the lenses through which we perceive the Universe—how we relate to it and how it relates to us. So such method acting offers an intensity of presence, which our associated experiences could otherwise appear less “genuine” to us, and in the sense of the cosmic hologram, less creative in its universal manifestation of the nature of physicalized reality.

holographic
By being embodied within the holographic harmony of our Universe we are literally expressions of its creative learning. Through its inherent relativity, reflections, resonances, and ultimate resolutions, we microcosmically express its existence, experience, evolution, and emergence. Such a recognition not only reconciles but integrates the space-time experience of cause and effect with the spontaneous awareness of nonlocal consciousness that transcends physical reality.

Within space-time, the informationally entropic flow of time enables the choices and causes and effects of the life-learning expression of universal consciousness to progressively ensue. While, as an innately integral and non-locally connected entity whose consciousness ultimately transcends space-time, the experiential co-creativity of our Universe in-forms itself and the infinite plenum of cosmic mind. This majestic view of ourselves and our Universe reflecting that of ancient spiritual wisdom, offers us an expanded and newly articulated vision of reality, and our own roles in its unfolding, as being fundamentally purposeful and meaningful.

The Wrong Question

We’ve arrived at a point where, given the ubiquity of consciousness, it seems clear that asking who or what makes our Universe is the wrong question. For progressively, our scientifically based understanding is showing that there’s no “real” separation between maker and what’s made; the appearance of such division is solely the perspective from which individuated aspects of consciousness may view their own holographic imagery.
The eternal intelligence of cosmic mind finds a finite expression through the dynamic co-creativity of our Universe. Its existence, experiences, evolution, and eventual demise is as a unified and non-locally cognizant entity, one of the infinite such expressions of the Oneness of all that is, has ever been, and ever will be.

Thus, each of us is a microcosmic and unique expression playing our own co-creative role in the unfolding self-awareness of the consciousness of our finite Universe and ultimately of the infinite Cosmos. While this has historically been seen solely as a religious, or more correctly, a spiritual perception, this limitation is no longer the case. Instead, the emergent viewpoint of the cosmic hologram that scientific discoveries are increasingly revealing arrives at this same conclusion.

God isn’t “out there,” a creator of the Universe and its creations. Instead, the greatest breakthrough we may make as human beings in the twenty-first century is to recognize that we and everything that we call reality in all dimensions and realms of existence are God, or whatever term we choose for the infinity of cosmic mind, and that we are microcosmic co-creators of its ineffable reality.


The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation by Jude Currivan PhD describes how our understanding of the entire Universe is about to be transformed and crucially at the level of our everyday lives. It shows how the latest scientific discoveries across many fields of study and scales of existence are discovering that the information that upholds our technologies is exactly the same as universal in-formation that is physical reality.

She explains how our entire Universe is in-formed and holographically manifested; how quantum and relativity theories can at last be reconciled by considering energy-matter and space-time as complementary expressions of information and how the cosmic hologram underlies the true origin of species and our own evolution.