I'd like to share with you a groundbreaking download, that I received in March 2016.
The question I asked the Source was "How do we, spiritual seekers, understand the difference between the Buddhist/Zen type of enlightenment, where adepts are forced to become free from any desires and passions, and the modern Western path to enlightenment, which encourages adepts to follow their heart's desires and passions?"
Here is the answer that was received that day:
Both are equally as useless as they are helpful, because the idea of enlightenment of the individual ego-self is in general an illusion. The illusion that changes accordingly to the needs of time and the people of each age, reflecting the needs of the collective consciousness. When something is true, So because it's not true / eternal/ universal - it withstands time and change, it is always true and will be true in 10,000 or 100,000 years.
Versus this "enlightenment", that changes according to people's ideas about it:
From the Ancient Egypt to the Middle Ages to very recently, the idea of enlightenment was very strongly influenced by religion…and religion would usually emphasize and encourage masochism, self-deprivation, and the idea of struggle. Hence, enlightenment was perceived by ego as the absence of struggle achieved through the struggle of all, the rejection of any earthly pleasures, desires, and joyous experiences. This idea of enlightenment reflected the church's need for control, the need for individuals without desires and passions, for monks in heart, those who don't need or strive for anything. Therefore, struggle was the path.
Currently, things are shifting. The collective mind is now moving towards another ideal of enlightenment: absolute joy that is achieved through the joy. Now joy, is the path.
Both concepts are ego-minds inventions, the way ego-mind perceives enlightenment. Ego-mind assigns this meaning to enlightenment depending on what ego-minds needs and wants and is going through.
Neither of these paths are true. Neither leads to enlightenment within these separate bodies of thoughts/ religion/ teachings. Or, conversely, we can say that both are equally true in the realm of human conditions created by human ego-minds, which has nothing to do with real enlightenment, that which is beyond ego mind.
We need to realize that enlightenment as an idea created by ego has nothing to do with real enlightenment. Our egos created an idea that "I," as a separate individual, can become realized and enlightened. But enlightenment is not something that separated individuated ego-self can perceive or achieve. It is impossible for THAT type of enlightenment to exist, for enlightenment is union and therefore cannot be achieved by separating ourselves from others, either in our achievements or in our uniqueness.
Our ego-self will never be able to get enlightened, for we can never achieve REALIZATION while we still believe in separation. Realization IS realizing non-separation, realizing unity with others hence merging the ego-mind with everything and everyone that is. Enlightenment is but a person's realization of the ALLTHATISNESS of his own nature.