You're already there!
website is all about techniques for getting enlightened,
but you don't need them. In fact, they may hold you
THIS WEBSITE presents
techniques for getting enlightened. However, I have
a little problem with the idea of using various techniques
to get enlightened: they're not needed! In fact, they
may very well prevent you from ever approaching anything
you might call "enlightenment."
I'd like to offer a few radical ideas that you may have
not considered before:
- Nobody has ever gotten enlightened. Enlightenment
is ever-present, everywhere, here and now!
very act of seeking enlightenment prevents you from
is closer to you than your own skin, and far more
enlightenment, there is nothing to get -- you've got
Let me explain these ideas in further detail.
First of all, everybody is already enlightened. What
is preventing you from realizing it is the search. When
you search for enlightenment, you miss it, because you
already have it. I can't emphasize this enough. It is
so important that I invite you to read this paragraph
over and over, a hundred times!
Enlightenment is an ever-present "state." It is both
a state of being and a process (the process is a state
of being, and the state of being is a process). The
"goal" is the journey, and the journey is the goal.
There is no beginning to it, and no ending. It is simply
here, and wherever you stand, this very moment, it is
yours. In fact, it is the only thing you can call yours.
This very moment, you are God, you are the whole, yet
you keep trying to become what you already are.
There is nothing blocking you from enlightenment. It
is within you already, and the only thing you have to
do to "get it" is to stop looking for it. The longer
you keep looking, the longer you will keep failing to
You may still be asking, "But even so, how do I get
Be honest with yourself. You're a seeker. You're looking
for enlightenment. Just be with that idea. Don't avoid
it, don't deny it. You are looking for it. First, accept
that point. Look at it deeply. Accept yourself the way
you are, now. You don't see yourself as enlightened,
and you think you have to do something to get it. Radical
honesty is called for here. If you feel you're not enlightened
and are seeking enlightenment, admit it to yourself,
now. Don't try to do anything about it, just look at
it as deeply as you can.
When you think about "getting enlightened," you're thinking
about the future. But enlightenment never exists in
the future, it's always present in the Now. The future
never arrives -- time moves from now to now to now,
and the future is really an imaginary idea. You can
only imagine it, but it never gets here, it never arrives.
When you're living in the future (or the past), you
miss what you already are. You're seeking to become
something. That seeking is precisely what's blocking
the understanding that there is no hope in expecting
something to happen in some imaginary future. You don't
need to become anything. You don't need to gain something,
or to get rid of anything. You are perfect, here and
The whole thing is simply a matter of trust. Trust that
enlightenment is prior to you (as body/mind). Before
you were born, enlightenment was. Enlightenment permeates
every atom in the universe. Enlightenment is past-present-future,
all rolled up into one. You might say it's timeless.
You could also say that it's everywhere, and given that
"causation" is not involved, there's nothing you need
to do to get it!
Realizing this is sort of a matter of reversing your
perspective. Instead of thinking about getting enlightened,
know that enlightenment can only get you! It is here;
it has always been here. You have always been enlightened,
but your focus on other things (the constant quest for
sensual gratification, looking for love and acceptance
outside of yourself, living in the past, and seeking
for something in the future) has kept you from understanding
that. A simple shift of focus is needed.
The key is to unlearn everything you've learned about
enlightenment. Forget it all. It takes courage to do
this. Enter a "cloud of unknowing." Admit that you don't
Most of us have been conditioned to think that enlightenment
is this, enlightenment is that. Every teacher, every
guru, every book tells us what enlightenment is and
how to find it. As long as we cling to these ideas,
we'll never discover what it is, because these things
are just ideas that others have told us. It's all second-hand
information, third-hand, fourth-hand. Enlightenment
is always direct, personal, first-hand.
Let go of all these ideas. Give up your religion. Don't
follow Buddha, know yourself as Buddha. You don't need
a path, you are standing on the "end goal." You are
standing there now. There is nowhere to go.
Since birth (and maybe in other lifetimes), you've been
conditioned -- by parents, friends, society, everything
"external" to you. The only thing to do is to realize
this deeply, without trying to analyze it. Understand
deeply that everything you think you are consists simply
of ideas in your mind. Look very closely and deeply
at that. If you realize that clearly, enlightenment
will very simply emerge, become clear as something that
has always been there.
You can take a path if you like, try to become enlightened
through various techniques. Tire yourself out seeking
until you get so sick of searching that you nearly drop
dead of exhaustion, until you're so burned out on looking
for enlightenment somewhere in the future that you can't
stand it anymore, until your head is reeling with confusion.
Only then, maybe you can realize that the search is
futile, that what you've been looking for has been here
all along, that it is ever-presently HereNow.
2000 Tim Gerchmez
is the publisher of
The Core. He has been interested in nondual
spirituality for about a year. He is an on-and-off member
of the Nonduality
Salon mailing list. When asked for biographical information
he replied, "My life occurs from moment to moment. What
happened in the past is unimportant dead information.
All I can say is that there is understanding here, but
how much I cannot say. I sense that nondual understanding
cannot be quantified and defies all attempts at assigning
numbers, formulas or words."