‘Life’ coming across ‘Wishes’

Aladdin and the Genie

Aladdin is a child laborer who works for a guy that exchanges “new lamps for old”. This guy swaps a “new” lamp for 2-3 replacement old lamps, then brings back the old lamps for Aladdin to polish and make look like new. One day Aladdin sees a princess riding by as he looks out the window, and he falls for her. But then he must return to his lamp polishing. As he polishes one of the old lamps, a genie comes out and offers Aladdin the opportunity to escape the drudgery of his life. Of course, Aladdin’s wish is to marry the princess, but even with the genie’s help he encounters a few obstacles, including that of the Sultan accidentally swallowing his lamp…

I still remember that day when I watched the movie. I was trying to figure out and to list my wishes, but I wasn’t able to choose what I need or what I want and to make a list… Maybe I wasn’t even truely wishing something. maybe evetything was just possible back then…

But I grew up an I had a real long list of my wishes…

That’s how the life is.

When I was a teenager, I met with love and fears. My list had a challenge between my wishes and my fears.  They were generally including a “NOT”… (not loosing, not dying etc…)
Beccause I met with the  death in those years and I had many personal failures.

Years after, in sense of many memories and experiences, I finally decided on my ‘top 3’ : HEALTH, LOVE and HOPE…

Now I deeply know how much important are those three key wishes for a life to go on and to go on ‘happily’. Goals, wars, passions and daily calculations lost my attention after years. Running in circles lost its meaning. Once I was hoping to find a ‘magical lamb’, now I found a better tool: spiritual enlightenment – spiritual awakening…

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A definition of spiritual enlightenment or spiritual awakening  is hard to pin down. This is, in part, because “spiritual enlightenment” and “spiritual awakening” have been used in so many ways to describe so many things, similar to the way in which “love” is used to describe everything from a preference for ice cream to a merging with everything. And it is also because spiritual enlightenment and spiritual awakening are such rich and complex experiences that they are innately hard to define.

Some definitions are very specific and narrow. One such definition for spiritual enlightenment is the complete dissolution of one’s identity as a separate self with no trace of the egoic mind remaining. This sets the bar very high and means that very few people qualify as enlightened… The opposite approach is to say that everyone is enlightened, that there is only awake consciousness. In this view, it’s only a question of whether this natural awakeness has been recognized or not. Of course, when a word describes everything or everyone, it loses some of its usefulness… Perhaps there’s a definition that includes both of these perspectives, which recognizes that consciousness is always awake and enlightened, but the amount of awakeness, or aware consciousness, that is present in any moment can vary. This definition acknowledges that there’s a difference in the amount of awakeness, or enlightened consciousness, that different people experience or that one person experiences at different times but still suggests that the potential for full awareness or becoming enlightened is the same for everybody. If every apparent individual consciousness is infinite in its potential, then each can also be infinite both in its capacity to expand or awaken and in its capacity to contract or identify with a narrow or limited experience.If all consciousness is made of the same essential awareness and light, and if everyone has an equal potential for enlightenment  then all expressions of consciousness are equally valid and valuable. Everyone truly is a Buddha or enlightened being, at least in potential. So defining enlightenment in many ways now makes sense, depending on what is being pointed to. One may use the word enlightenment to point to the state of self-realization beyond the ego or to point to the innate potential for this realization in all of us. As for differentiating between the words enlightenment and awakening, “enlightenment” implies a more finished and constant state of realization, while “awakening” has more of the active quality of a verb and therefore suggests a movement or shift in consciousness. An awakening may be defined as a sudden increase in the overall amount of consciousness an individual is experiencing. There can be small awakenings and bigger awakenings. Not only does consciousness have unlimited potential for the amount of awakeness, but it also has an unlimited potential to shift in any way, at any moment. Consciousness can and sometimes does shift from contracted states of fear, anger, or hurt to expanded states of peace and joy in an instant. Unfortunately, it can also shift in the other direction. Consciousness has no fixed state.

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What really matters is what your awareness is doing right now. How is your consciousness appearing or shifting in this moment? Are you realizing more of your experience and Essence right now? Or are you contracting and limiting your awareness with thoughts and identification? Is any shifting happening from reading these words?

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