My Dutch friend Berdine, told me the story of a fishing village in India that had been wiped out in the December 2005 tsunami. Before the disaster the fishermen worked alone in small, old and patched, wooden boats. These boats and much of their village were destroyed by the tsunami. With the tremendous foreign aid that poured into the area the local men were given large and modern metal boats with powerful diesel engine. These bigger boats required men to work together and allowed the fishermen to travel further from shore to fish. Because these villagers and their ancestors before them had fashioned their life around the old boats, and working alone they were not prepared to receive the new boats and the abundance they represented. One local man couldn’t handle the change that this gift brought him. He sold the boat and used the money to buy drink, ruining his life in every way.
I’ve come to think that maybe the gift of Enlightenment is the same. We could have it in a moment, but are we really prepared for it? Will we even know it when we are there? In workshops in Stockholm and Amsterdam Mark said that the Masters spend a lot of time figuring out how to slow down the Light so that we can receive it. White Eagle talked a lot about letting go of goals and living rather from clear intent. Goals still keep us focused on the future, thus disempowering the present. While our intent is something we have in this moment and can live from. Strong, clear and high intent has room for the manifestation of many goals – some great beyond our imagination. In taking the idea of Enlightenment from a future goal to a power of truth in the present, I have moved from focusing on Enlightenment as an end state, to the current state of which I am certain: I am Enlightening. While there is some doubt that I’ll reach Enlightenment in this life, or may not even recognize it, there is no doubt that every day I am becoming lighter and lighter, more peaceful, more joyful, more filled with grace – Enlightening!