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What is “Enlightenment” or “Awakening”?


“Enlightenment” is a neurological phenomenon that occurs when an individual is able to simultaneously and accurately comprehend (or utilize) all four cognitive functions. There appears to be some form of cascade effect that causes an alignment of information in all four quadrants. Unconscious memories of seemingly contradictory perceptions are instead understood to be complementary. After enlightenment when not alone with one’s thoughts there is a tendency to live in the moment. I believe this is a result of finding a balance between intuition, which is future oriented, and sensing, which is past oriented. Prior to enlightenment a person with a dominant perceiving preference will tend to be preoccupied with the past or future. Enlightenment doesn’t mean that someone will suddenly acquire facts that they had never experienced, as this is physically impossible. Instead relationships are found between different memories so that a new and more complete understanding of the world is obtained. The first experience is that of tremendous clarity of thought. You wake up and you understand the world so completely and can’t understand why no one else understands because it is so obvious. There is a startling realization of thousands of things simultaneously. Typically people only maintain a few conscious thoughts at a time. Instead of say three, imagine comprehending thousands of things simultaneously! It’s been very reassuring to read about Buddhism and know that I am not alone in this experience.

    I wrote the content above about two months ago.  If you want a more objective and explicit definition, I composed the following; "The experience variously referred to as Enlightenment, Satori, Prajna, Awakening and Healing simply stated, is a neural synaptic cascade that integrates and aligns perceptual and analytical cognitive functions probably at an engrammatic level."  It’s important to note that the experience of “enlightenment” or “awakening” is different for each person. What an individual brings to it in the form or memories and experience determines the level of integrated comprehension during the initial stage of the experience. My initial stage lasted approximately two weeks where I felt like my head was spinning nearly everyday. After this initial integration phase I experienced a variety of internal visualizations that as I reasoned and wrote them allowed me to comprehend answers to questions that have eluded most everyone in this particular dimension (local set of dimensional coordinates). This experience coincided with the following dream on 07/19/2001. This is from my “ideas” journal.

“I had a dream last night where I was walking along the hallways of what were supposed to be the homes or living quarters of very wealthy people. But the hallways appeared poorly constructed and maze like. I saw several well to do people walking out of their homes to go to work. In the hallways near different peoples homes were children’s clothes and toys but everyone was ok with it. While walking down one hallway I pressed my face to a window and saw the most beautiful and terrifying scene. These flimsy structures where built on the very edge of a cliff that appeared to extend miles to my left and right with a sheer cliff face that extended straight down for miles! I couldn’t make out the bottom but the whole scene was remarkably beautiful with dense flora everywhere. The sun was rising in the distance behind another densely forested mountain range and the sky was every color of the rainbow. And here I was leaning with my face against a window, set in what felt like one of the flimsiest walls I had ever known on the precipice of the most terrifying yet beautiful ledge that I could possibly imagine. This dream was in vibrant color!”

I found an insightful interpretation of this type of dream here;

Cliff
“Standing on the edge of a cliff could be a frightening, but at the same time an exhilarating experience. Dreaming about cliffs generally indicates that the dreamer has come to a point of heightened understanding and awareness. An increase in the level of consciousness may have occurred. Through hard work and perseverance, the dreamer may have reached a vantage or plateau of understanding.”
 

    While the earliest stages of my experience included conscious awareness of thousands of things simultaneously that level of conscious awareness is not sustained. Instead, once understood consciously, the memories become sub-conscious where they reside until a task requires their use. On the other hand, the acquisition of all new knowledge and experience is more complete. The more I read, experience and think, the more complete my understanding of everything becomes. In the past people who were capable of comprehending the less obvious features of our existence often went mad, consciously suppressed awareness, misunderstood or suffered various forms of schizophrenia as a form of psychic defense (the response depends on the individual). Out of necessity, and as part of a plan, those aspects will be revealed to everyone globally within the next 12 months. I repeat within, that could mean within one month. I really don’t know the exact timetable but I do know who and what to watch.

    (As of 8/30/01 it would appear as though this process will take at least a couple of months, perhaps three.)  (As of 10/18/01 I'm hypothesizing by the end of the year.  New years eve perhaps.) (As of 01/09/02 I've decided to give up on guessing a date but I still contend based on the decay rate of civilization exemplified by the United States and its deteriorating relationship with other countries, it should wrap up in a matter of months.)  (Well I've found some support for my inability to determine a specific date.  On the other hand my prediction that the truth would be revealed to everyone globally within 12 months was confirmed by Time Magazine's July 1, 2002 cover story.  Of course this is only the biblical angle, for related predictions as well as sociological evidence from a scientific perspective please review this evidence.  I've not seen institutional acceptance of my Pleistocene Mass Extinction theory yet.

Matthew 24 :: King James Version (KJV)
36   But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37   But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38   For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39   And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Apocalypse Now
The biggest book of the summer is about the end of the world. It's also a sign of our troubled times
By NANCY GIBBS, Time Magazine, Posted Sunday, June 23, 2002; 2:31 a.m. EST
"The word apocalypse," he observes, "comes from a Greek word that literally means 'lifting of the veil.' In an apocalyptic age, people feel that the veil of normal, secular reality is lifting, and we can see behind the scenes, see where God and the devil, good and evil are fighting to control the future." To the extent that more people in the U.S. and around the world believe history is accelerating, that ancient prophecies are being fulfilled in real time, "it changes the way people feel about their circumstances, and the way they act.

"I would go for years without anyone asking about the End Times," says Thomas Tewell, senior minister of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in midtown Manhattan—hardly a hothouse of apocalyptic fervor. "But since Sept. 11, hard-core, crusty, cynical New York lawyers and stockbrokers who are not moved by anything are saying, 'Is the world going to end?', 'Are all the events of the Bible coming true?' They want to get right with God. I've never seen anything like it in my 30 years in ministry."

    I realize what I am saying sounds like stereotypical delusional schizophrenia but I assure you it is not.  I've argued this issue on-line with many people and in the end I successfully show with evidence that none of my statements are delusional and I shed light on the flaws in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) due to it'sString theory is radically changing our ideas about the nature of space, opening up the possibility that extra dimensions, rips in the fabric of space, and parallel universes actually exist. complete lack of recognition of normal cognitive functional differentiation and specialization.  You may have noticed I used the phrase “this particular dimension”.  For a better understanding of multiple dimensions as well as several other things I may discuss I recommend reading or referring to the national bestseller and Pulitzer Prize Finalist book, “The Elegant Universe – Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory” by Brian Greene.  Talking about more than three physical dimensions or parallel realities is not easy or usually practical thing to do.  Click the image on the right to go to a NOVA website where you can watch three hours of programming based on Greene's book.

    Purposefully (paradox), last season there was an “Invisible Man” episode where a researcher developed a serum to increase intelligence and administered it to young college students. Eventually all of the students became psychotic and suicidal while stating something like, “You don’t understand”. I know the answer that terrified them. However, I also know why it should not be feared. Coincidentally, it is quite easy to explain and you can find my Pleistocene Mass Extinction Theory in the Ancestry section of this site. The program contained this factual and prophetic quote from Arthur Schopenhauer.

"Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point."

    All “intelligent” life (I believe this may include every living thing) on this planet is increasing in neural (or sensory) complexity at an exponential rate and as a consequence an increased capacity for experiencing pain. As a minor example the sensitivity of my hearing has nearly doubled since my enlightenment. It is painful for me to remain in many public places. Objectively I know it has doubled by remembering the setting on my television volume for comfortable listening. I used to listen to the TV at a volume setting of 26 only a few months ago. Today 15 is comfortable. I believe my other senses are heightened as well. Additionally, I appear to be sleeping only about 5 hours a night instead of 8. There is mounting evidence for the exponential increase in cognitive potential worldwide. Here are only two resources I found with a single web search. I encourage you to perform your own search on this and any other topic I discuss. (here is another, The Flynn Effect)

Experts at loss to explain large jump in average IQ
"It's a genuine mystery," said John Loehlin, a University of Texas-Austin professor of psychology. "All of the explanations given are probably true, but it's still hard to see how they would account for such a large jump."

Increasing intelligence: the Flynn effect
"The increase was highest, 20 points per generation (30 years), in Belgium, Holland and Israel, and lowest, 10 points per generation, in Denmark and Sweden. Although the data are limited, it moreover seems that the increase is accelerating."

    All IQ tests are biased toward certain functional usage, particularly those that use text, language or experience. Those that are fairest utilize matrices and pattern recognition as this measures fundamental cognitive function. The fairest type of IQ test I am aware of is the Raven Progressive Matrices and involves visual pattern recognition.   However all tests are biased and no IQ test can measure the near infinite capacity for conscious and sub-conscious thought or the experience of pain (and pleasure as they apparently follow the same or similar pathways).  Additionally, IQ can be improved in more than one way.  For my hypothesis on why and how IQ is increasing as well as other psychological 'disorders' such as ADD/ADHD, Social Anxiety, and Asperger's syndrome please read at least the following two sections of my Pleistocene Mass Extinction Theory, Introduction and Earth.

    I’m not trying to be elusive but the explanation is rather complex.  Discerning answers for so many questions took me more than two months and involved resolving hundreds of paradoxes, many involving space and time.  Nothing I will explain is beyond the grasp of anyone with at least an average IQ. It appears I simply got there first because of my particular natural cognitive functions and my experience. (There could be others in other countries.  India comes to mind.) While I do know enough to cause hysteria and panic on a global scale, I do not claim to have a “complete” understanding of what is going on. I am continually questioning assumptions and revising and reformulating theories as new data is made available. I will not know exactly what is going on until the theory is tested and the events themselves transpire. I will always attempt to clearly identify a personal or subjective viewpoint. At all other times I will attempt to support my statements with verifiable objective facts and research. If I make a statement that does not appear to be supported by the material I present, please let me know and I will elaborate. The abundance of content on the Internet makes this easy to do. I have a natural tendency to eschew redundancy and avoid presenting material that seems obvious to me.


 

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