The very thing that prevents enlightenment is the struggle, the concept of what we think it is.

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Wanting to be in some place or some state other than where we are right here

[Questioner] I have just joined this list from West Yorkshire, UK

Here are some thoughts to share.

The core dilemma is wanting to be in some place or some state other than where we are right here, right now -and whatever state we are in we want to name it - call it sadness, call it joy, call it enlightenment... whatever. In the naming there is loss.

The very thing that prevents enlightenment is the struggle, the search, the longing for it and the concept of what we think it is. There is conflict between what is here right now which we name unenlightenment and where we believe that we want to be, some future state which we name enlightenment. Letting go of this struggle, this cliff-clinging, to take a real hard look at what is right here, right now, is all that is required in essence. So subtle, so sweet...nothing really happens, just a shift in perspective... yet ALL is there.

Shanti, Stephen

[Oshana] Well said. Wonderfully concise. We should have a chat.

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