Tuesday, May 20, 2008


We shall not cease from exploration,
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive from where we started
And know the place for the first time.
--T. S. Eliot

Enlightenment is defined as education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge. For Buddhists, it is also considered a blessed state in which the individual transcends desire and suffering and attains Nirvana.

For me, enlightenment has come through being in this program. I not only have come to understand more about myself by working the steps, especially Step Four. But I've come to have a more spiritual feeling. It isn't Nirvana for me yet but I'm at least not suffering as much as I used to.

I have looked for enlightenment throughout my life. I thought that I'd find it in books and was enlightened in many ways. I gained intellectual knowledge but not necessarily wisdom.

Gaining wisdom doesn't come easily and lasting enlightenment in the sense of Nirvana isn't something that many of us achieve. I think that my enlightenment comes as moments of clarity. I know that the journey that I'm on is moving me further along the path to enlightenment. Even though I still have those times when problems and crises arise, those can be seen as preparation for moving another step along the path to enlightenment.


  1. enlightenment comes and go for me. perfect clarity and understanding one moment, even peace and tranquility, and it can disappear as quickly as a puff of smoke in the breeze. yet having realised it exists and that is there and obtainable, motivates me to carry on seeking it.

  2. i believe emotional well-being is the highest form of intelligence. whatever it is that makes us more comfortable and easy with life, is by far the best education we could have.
    glad you are feeling the benefit of the programme! It gets better!

  3. Meditation has helped me realize what enlightenment might be, but I don't think I will ever reach that state in this lifetime. Although, I do work on it constantly. Life is an interesting journey to say the least.

  4. Went to my Alanon meeting tonight and they gave me a workbook to start step 4. Wish me luck!

  5. I just wrote that T.S. Eliot quote on my scooter. Long story there, but I'm traveling now and people are signing my scooter.....

    I'm trying to get in touch with you and can not find an email listed.

    This is not spam at all. In fact, I really hope you will contact me back at peacescooter@gmail.com.

    Your writing is incredibly thoughtful and I hope to discuss this with you.

    Peace and Respect

  6. i've been reading lots on buddhism lately (in between fourth step writing) and feel "led" in that direction for some reason - at least at the moment. it appealed to me many years even before alcoholism took hold. i found a dalai lama book the other day I bought like 8 years ago.


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