Spiritual and relationship expert, teacher, counselor, advisor, speaker, and writer James Gray Robinson

The Path to Enlightenment

I hear people frequently say that they want to be I hear frequently say that they want to be enlightened. I often said that myself. I had no idea of what I was asking for. I thought I was asking for psychic abilities, healing abilities, and peace. In a nutshell, what I was asking for was to lose everything and go crazy. I prayed and prayed that I would be connected with God and be enlightened. I wanted to do this quickly and damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.

The first thing I learned on the path to enlightenment was that I had to lose everything. I lost my family, I lost my long time legal career, and I lost all of my money. Don’t worry; this has a happy ending. But I don’t recommend this for the average citizen. There are not many people who have the resources to pull off a complete redo on the consciousness level. They fall into despair, they commit crimes of mass destruction, or they just go away. This is because of our main operating system, THE EGO, does not like being replaced by higher consciousness.

The first thing I gave up was a $300K a year job because I knew I was I that job for my parents. Even though I was very good at it, I decided to go a different path. The reason being was I knew it was a stepping-stone to something greater. So think of it this way. You are making all kinds of crazy money and living the American dream. However my dream was to feed, heal and save children. I knew enough about agriculture to know that if you don’t cultivate the seeds, the crop will die. Hello!!! Does anyone get the metaphor? So we make the world safe for our children, their children and their children, or we will die.

If you want to know where your consciousness is, look at what you complain about. It will tell you where you are. If you complain about your relationships, you are probably in need of a talk with a spiritual master. If you complain about your financial portfolio, you are probably in need of a talk with a spiritual master. If you complain about your health, you are probably in need of a talk with a spiritual master. So if you complain, go talk to a spiritual master.

A spiritual master knows that all of this is an illusion and an ego game. They don’t care about stuff. They don’t care about relationships. They don’t care about bank accounts. All they care about is your soul. And they will listen very intently to your complaints and laugh. They laugh because they don’t care. They know that there is only one question we need to ask ourselves and that is “am I breathing?” If the answer is “no”, there is no problem. If the answer is “yes”, then there is no problem, only life. And life is messy, chaotic, confusing and frustrating. Even for enlightened people.

The next question is “what are you afraid to give up?” This one is the borderline between enlightenment and living. There is a real borderline to this question because whatever answer comes will be the reason you are unhappy. This is the “oh crap” question because there isn’t any equivocation on this one. This drills down the illusion that we perpetrate on what we need. The answer for enlightened beings is “everything”! For all of us normal people, that may be harder. We find it hard to give up the friends, money, possessions, job, or self esteem.

Here is the secret that everyone is looking for to find happiness: “let it go”. You will never be happy wanting something. You can only be happy not wanting something. Here is a zen statement for you: you won’t get what you want, until you don’t want it. Then you won’t want it. Life is grand, isn’t it!

So when the philosophers talk about peeling the onion, they are only talking about getting into a state where you don’t want the onion. Then it will be possible to be happy. So, here is a list of stuff people want: Soul mate, Job, Health, Longevity, Money, Prestige, Power, Respect. None of this stuff will bring you peace or happiness. The only thing that will bring you happiness is being able to sit with yourself and being able to laugh. If you can do that honestly, sincerely, authentically, everything else is BS. So let go of being right. Be flexible. Be honest. Be sincere. Follow your dream and don’t be distracted.. I often said that myself. I had no idea of what I was asking for. I thought I was asking for psychic abilities, healing abilities, and peace. In a nutshell, what I was asking for was to lose everything and go crazy. I prayed and prayed that I would be connected with God and be enlightened. I wanted to do this quickly and damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.

The first thing I learned on the path to enlightenment was that I had to lose everything. I lost my family, I lost my long time legal career, and I lost all of my money. Don’t worry; this has a happy ending. But I don’t recommend this for the average citizen. There are not many people who have the resources to pull off a complete redo on the consciousness level. They fall into despair, they commit crimes of mass destruction, or they just go away. This is because of our main operating system, THE EGO, does not like being replaced by higher consciousness.

The first thing I gave up was a $300K a year job because I knew I was I that job for my parents. Even though I was very good at it, I decided to go a different path. The reason being was I knew it was a stepping-stone to something greater. So think of it this way. You are making all kinds of crazy money and living the American dream. However my dream was to feed, heal and save children. I knew enough about agriculture to know that if you don’t cultivate the seeds, the crop will die. Hello!!! Does anyone get the metaphor? So we make the world safe for our children, their children and their children, or we will die.

If you want to know where your consciousness is, look at what you complain about. It will tell you where you are. If you complain about your relationships, you are probably in need of a talk with a spiritual master. If you complain about your financial portfolio, you are probably in need of a talk with a spiritual master. If you complain about your health, you are probably in need of a talk with a spiritual master. So if you complain, go talk to a spiritual master.

A spiritual master knows that all of this is an illusion and an ego game. They don’t care about stuff. They don’t care about relationships. They don’t care about bank accounts. All they care about is your soul. And they will listen very intently to your complaints and laugh. They laugh because they don’t care. They know that there is only one question we need to ask ourselves and that is “am I breathing?” If the answer is “no”, there is no problem. If the answer is “yes”, then there is no problem, only life. And life is messy, chaotic, confusing and frustrating. Even for enlightened people.

The next question is “what are you afraid to give up?” This one is the borderline between enlightenment and living. There is a real borderline to this question because whatever answer comes will be the reason you are unhappy. This is the “oh crap” question because there isn’t any equivocation on this one. This drills down the illusion that we perpetrate on what we need. The answer for enlightened beings is “everything”! For all of us normal people, that may be harder. We find it hard to give up the friends, money, possessions, job, or self esteem.

Here is the secret that everyone is looking for to find happiness: “let it go”. You will never be happy wanting something. You can only be happy not wanting something. Here is a zen statement for you: you won’t get what you want, until you don’t want it. Then you won’t want it. Life is grand, isn’t it!

So when the philosophers talk about peeling the onion, they are only talking about getting into a state where you don’t want the onion. Then it will be possible to be happy. So, here is a list of stuff people want: Soul mate, Job, Health, Longevity, Money, Prestige, Power, Respect. None of this stuff will bring you peace or happiness. The only thing that will bring you happiness is being able to sit with yourself and being able to laugh. If you can do that honestly, sincerely, authentically, everything else is BS. So let go of being right. Be flexible. Be honest. Be sincere. Follow your dream and don’t be distracted.

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