People with vastly different visions of spirituality still have in common a quest for enlightenment. They want to be transformed by knowledge that flows directly from the source—the fact that one person’s source is God while another’s is Brahman, Allah, Nirvana, or Being is a minor difference. What really divides us is keeping the doors of perception shut and living with lack of awareness.
We are multidimensional creatures, and a person can attain enlightenment in one area but not another. How are you cutting off your enlightened awareness?
Pure being: When this door is closed, we exist in separation.
Conditioned bliss: When this door is closed, life is joyless. Happiness is only a passing state.
Love: When this door is closed, life is heartless. We feel isolated in a gray world.
Knowingness: When this door is closed, the laws of nature are baffling. Knowledge is gained only through facts and limited personal experience.
Myth and archetypes: When this door is closed, there are no higher models, no heroes or gods, no passionate quests to pursue.
Intuition: When this door is closed, life loses its subtlety. The person lacks insight, has no flashes of brilliance.
Imagination: When this door is closed, the mind is devoid of fantasy. We see everything in literal terms.
Reason: When this door is closed, life makes no sense. We are ruled by random impulses.
Emotion: When this door is closed, feelings are frozen. There is little or no room for compassion and empathy.
Physical body: When this door is closed, life is all mental. The person feels that his or her body is inert, a dead weight to drag around. There is no “juice” to moving and acting in the world.
Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2004).