Enlightenment isn’t something you achieve.
You can’t make it a goal and aim towards it.
You can’t become enlightened through trying to achieve it. This is to completely miss the point – enlightenment is something you realize, something you wake up to.
“Being an outsider to some extent, someone who does not “fit in” with others or is rejected by them for whatever reason, makes life difficult, but it also places you at an advantage as far as enlightenment is concerned. It takes you out of unconsciousness almost by force.” – Eckhart Tolle
Let’s for one moment imagine enlightenment as a path – a swerving road leading to this “end point”.
This path has one direction, but the way you travel it is up to you. Some people may ride a bike, some people may walk, and some may drive. Everyone has the same destination – enlightenment, or completeness. But everyone who tries to reach this end point moves ends up moving further away the more they go towards it.
There are a few however, who realize the truth. They realize that the end point is really just the starting point. Your destination is already here. There is no path. They are enlightened.
Problems with Paths
Paths imply that you must do something in order to reach your destination. But enlightenment isn’t really a path at all, and it cannot be travelled. It is a simple understanding. A path implies a means to an end that is distant in the future.
You don’t want to achieve enlightenment
The whole dilemma ends with this simple statement: “You don’t want to achieve enlightenment”. This doesn’t mean that enlightenment is bad, but it simply reflects the truth.
The desire of something in the future to satisfy you now is to miss the point, which is that our life is 100% perfect right now, the only moment is now, and everything else is just a thought form – an illusion. Something that appears real but isn’t really, as the only ‘real’ thing is the experience you’re having now, so be aware of it 100% and you will feel a load taken off your back.