5 Bright and Powerful Ways to Become Spiritually Enlightened

Spiritual Enlightenment
Joseph Barela, the Author, enjoying his enlightening meditation session.

Here’s the big misconception about Spiritual Enlightenment: It’s something impossible to attain.

That’s what everyone seems to think when they first wake up, of course.

However, over the course of your journey, you may learn different ways to become enlightened.

Here are at least 5 bright and powerful ways you may run across that lead to spiritual enlightenment!

1. Lighten Your Load

Becoming less dense is crucial to enlightenment if you subscribe to the idea that you are a vibrational being. By sticking to “lighter” foods, and moving your body, you naturally lose weight and mass.

Psychologically, diet and exercise set the stage for your Work on the other levels as well. Exercise releases natural antidepressants and also provides a daily goal towards which you can strive. Without goals, it’s almost impossible to lead a happy life!

Also, what better physical goal is there than to extend your life by being active and healthy?

Starting this path is the beginning of what the New Age calls “coming into alignment.” Don’t let the language confuse  you; it just simply means that you operate on four different levels of being:

  1. The Physical
  2. The Mental
  3. The Emotional
  4. The Spiritual

“Coming into alignment” in these terms means that we must acknowledge enlightenment on each level. So now with the first level down (the Physical), we can move on to the next one (the Mental).


2. Kindle the Light of Consciousness

Mental Enlightenment
Carl Gustav Jung was the founder of Analytical Psychology.

In the words of Carl Jung:

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”

From this perspective, enlightenment means to become aware of your hidden, subconscious aspects, also known as your Shadow. Doing so would enable you to be a better force for good in the world.

The subconscious is home to those aspects of you that tend to react rather than respond. They seem to control you when you aren’t thinking and are often the most significant source of your suffering.

Truth seekers regularly work to shed light on the dark spots of their consciousness. They are transmuting their ignorance into awareness. However, when one tends to identify solely with the mental aspects of being, the other three tend to be lacking.

Thus, they come “out of alignment” with themselves. However, to fully enlighten yourself, you must not focus on only the first one or two levels of being.

Thus, by doing Shadow work, you can prepare yourself for Emotional enlightenment.


3. Look on the Bright Side


Life isn’t always what you perceive it to be. Instead, events you may see as unfavorable are, in fact, part of your journey towards good moments.


Building and maintain an optimistic mindset is a critical pillar of spirituality. It’s the acknowledgment of duality.

Duality holds that everything in the Universe has equal and opposite aspects. Emotional enlightenment, then, means knowing there are both “negative” and “positive” perspectives to every experience.

Alan Watts teaches that you can never know the consequences of good or bad fortune. Good luck doesn’t always yield functional outcomes.

Likewise, bad fortune doesn’t always yield adverse results. Instead, what determines good or bad chances is your perspective on them.

Life isn’t always what you perceive it to be. Instead, events you may see as unfavorable are, in fact,  part of your journey towards good moments.

The deeper part of enlightenment on this level starts by digging into your past. There, you can choose to see more and more of your “dark” history as a past filled with “light.”

Once you remove more and more the burden of a “dark” past, you begin to “lighten” the weight of the emotional burden that you carry within.

By digging into your past and clearing up any darkness within you, you begin to open the doorway to Spiritual Enlightenment.


4. Be Light-Hearted

Chakra Enlightenment
Like blooming lotus flowers, the chakras can only open in the presence of light.

New Age thinking considers the Heart Chakra as most important for Spiritual Enlightenment. Why? Because from it, you can be your most compassionate self.

Selfless action and creativity for the highest good of all involved come from compassion. For you to live from that perspective, that particular chakra must be “opened.”

Like blooming lotus flowers, the chakras can only open in the presence of light. However, how do you open them?

You begin by doing the enlightenment work on the previous levels of being. Once you’ve worked on the earlier levels, no longer are you focused on lack, but on the abundance that surrounds you.

No longer do you focus on the heaviness of your past, but on the infinite possibilities that lie ahead of you in your future. Even better: you can focus on the ecstasy of the present moment.

Moreover, no longer do anxious and disappointing thoughts invade your mind.

Instead, you celebrate what you indeed are: spiritual beings living this human experience.

That’s not to say that you will stop experiencing negative thoughts or events. However, you can now encounter them from this higher perspective.

Doing so enables you to better deal with them in a way that does not bring you down, but instead, helps you move forward.


5. Spread Your Light and Love


In living your life from this state of being, you can embrace life for what it is: a miracle.


Enlightenment is not something to attain, nor a destination at which you arrive. Instead, it is the process, the Work, the life-long journey you and everyone else strives to live.

Like happiness, its embodiment depends on your pursuit of it. As such, you could say that enlightenment and happiness are the same and that it is what gives you purpose.

It’s never about the result, but always about growing from one point to another.

How do you know when you’re on that path? You become light-hearted. You become filled with joy and laughter; you become carefree and free-spirited.

You become childlike and wondrous; You reflect the pure innocence of the soul. You could say you become a proper medium through which to channel your soul, ultimately.

You “awaken” your soul within. You allow it to come out and experience the world as it intended to: from within the presence of an enlightened state of being.

In living your life from this state of being, you can embrace life for what it is: a miracle.


Bonus Tip: Help Enlighten Others!


Enlightenment Infographic
Don’t forget download this infographic to share with your friends!


Believe it or not, enlightenment is not the most important thing you could learn on your journey. Instead, learning to open up and share your experiences and insights is what’s important here.

Perhaps your quest for truth has led you to experience many unexplainable things. When viewed from the outside, it may be easy to label them as crazy or impossible.

If you’ve learned to take from those experiences and extract the truth from them, you may see that you’re not so mad after all. Also, of course, only when you’re able to spread the truth will you grow and flourish in the world.

So please, be sure to share your truth in the comments below, and if this article resonates with you, share it with those who might also benefit from or appreciate it.

Together, let’s help spread the light one retweet or hashtag or repost at a time.

After all, we’re all in this together, aren’t we?

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How Do I Achieve Spiritual Growth?

I wasn’t going to write another post until January. But we seem to be having a spiritual emergency. Some online spiritual communities seem to be in a crisis. You’ll realise this as soon as you’re added to the “wrong” group on social media.

Where do we find our spirituality? Where do we find out who and what we are? Where do we discover and achieve true spiritual growth?


Is spiritual growth found in collecting crystals, or playing with tarot and oracle cards?

Is it found in rearranging our wardrobe and beginning to dress a certain way?

Is it found in decorating our home and ourselves a certain way? Hanging dream catchers from the walls?

Is it found in becoming a vegan, or switching our diet to what we feel is the healthiest and most environmentally friendly?

Is it found in burning sage?

Is it found in attaching ourselves to stories?

Is it found in convincing ourselves we are starseeds, indigo and crystal children? Is it found in letting the ego tell stories about ourselves and how extraordinary we are?

Or Twin Flames? Do we succeed in becoming enlightened through an egocentric, obsessive attachment to another?

Is it found in the belief we are light-workers and empaths, or witches and trying act on those beliefs?

Is it found in dreams?

Is it found in ouija boards?

Is it found talking to ghosts?

Is it found in wearing religious symbols or placing them around the home?

Is going to church or spiritual groups enough?

Is it found in psychic visions, pictures we see in the mind and attempts at astral travel? Is it found in the vivid imagination, conjuring up stories and movies?

Is it found in the labels we attach to ourselves that sound spiritual and mystical in origin?

Is it found in practices and lifestyle changes supported by spiritual communities, the trends you’ve all heard of, because these are the things spiritual people do?

Is it found listening to certain kinds of music?

Is it found through sharing philosophical quotes by Rumi or Buddha on social media?

Is it found reading a good book?

Is it found by expressing yourself a certain way, like by choosing to end all conversations with “love and light”?

Is it found in the ego, filling up the emptiness or pain inside of yourself with stuff and labels and stories and more stuff until you are suitably smothered by all the ideas you have that you think make you a spiritual, enlightened, extraordinary and special being?

Are outwardly actions and expressions, and labels and stories and attachments a catalyst for growth, or are these the very things standing in the way of yourself?

Who are you, really?


Your Self.


My Final Word on 2018

2018 was everything it was supposed to be. It was everything I had expected, in ways I wasn’t expecting. It was my year of lessons, of new beginnings and transformation. It was my year to turn 30 years old and joyfully say goodbye to my turbulent twenties.
I thought I knew what was coming, and yes, I did “know”, but I was looking in the wrong direction entirely.
I looked for stories and labels. Looked for an identity to attach to myself that would show everybody I’m the “success” I was “supposed to be”.
Ironic, when my all time favourite quote from any book is “to define is to limit”.
But I’d felt like a failure. How could I not, having grown up hearing all about who I was going to be and what I would become? They said I could be anything and I would definitely be SOMETHING. Definitely no less than a star!
Writer. Actor. Lawyer. Politician. Musician. Doctor. Prime Minister. Psychologist. Label. Label. Label.
I started trying to do what I thought I was “supposed to do”. And lot of this stuff I tried to fill myself up with just made me feel empty.

I tried parties and reconnecting with old friends. I tried making new friends. I enjoyed amazing music. I threw myself violently out of my comfort zone. I took part in various workshops and programs. I started exercising. I started eating well. I started figuring out what suits me and what doesn’t, what works and what doesn’t.

Athena, by Pui Che
Nothing works, not even the stuff that’s supposed to, when you’re doing it all for the wrong reasons. Attachment to stories and ideas, attachment to expectations and avoidance of your whole, true self in the here and now is some of the dumbest things you can inflict on yourself.
I knew by the middle of the year I was heading for something BIG and unavoidable: A neck-breaking twist, that would force my head and eyes to look the right way.
That tower I’d only just started to build, already crumbling down.
This year, I got the all-clear for one cancer and then found out I need tests for another cancer. I’ll find out sooner or later.
I started university, doing what I always wanted and was “supposed to do” and then found out everything I thought I’m “supposed to do” is a lie.
I had never felt closer to someone in my life, someone who has often been a source of a lot of upset for me, and just as I felt we had reached the point of unbreakable, our relationship was severed. It’s both sad and a weight off my shoulders.
I worked hard, studied hard and began training myself up to remake my life, to break away from the shackles of the DWP. I put all my time, money and stock into this “transformation”, to be told by my landlord I can’t run my business from home.
And I got this new home, away from the trauma of the old and it kept falling apart around me. It ceased to be the “thing that I needed to feel better” faster than you can say April Fools.
The year rolled in like a steamroller, squashing everything that I am out of me until there wasn’t much left. I tried to keep turning my head back to where it was most comfortable, looking outside for something to make things better.
Distracting myself with social media. Attaching to stories. Assuming that if I get the things I want, then things will be alright
And all year, it’s like a greater force has been with me all along saying “Stop looking. Start seeing. I’m here. I’m real. I have all these wonderful things waiting for you, if only you’d just notice me.”
My neck “broke”. My head turned. I sat here in darkness for the longest time, finally beginning to ask the right questions and look for the real answers.
So, 2018 is both the start of a new cycle and the ending of an old one. Everything it was “supposed to be”. I’m going on a new journey, full speed ahead, transforming more and calmly going to war with everything in my way, including myself.
I am ready for a brand new year. I’m not becoming something new or old. I’m getting real.