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Introduction Opening Goal of Spiritual Wholeness Frontiers of Enlightenment Map of Awakening Pitfalls on the Path Misconceptions of Enlightenment Verification of Attainment

The Goal of Spiritual Wholeness

Crowning the principal aims of evolution — human completion, emancipation from suffering, the end of ignorance, and reunion with the self — is its supreme purpose: expansion into the state of wholeness. While it is true that liberation is the highest goal of all traditions of enlightenment, from the viewpoint of the teaching, liberation that is not based on wholeness is no more than a denial of human existence. True liberation includes transcendence, but is not defined by freedom from ignorance, which we consider to be a ‘negative’ type of enlightenment. Enlightenment is not release from the false, but evolution into the true, at the heart of which lies the state of wholeness founded upon the complete awakening of the soul’s original identity. The state of wholeness cannot be captured by the earthly mentality; it is beyond the imagination of the human mind. In fact, it does not belong to the human reality at all. Only by transcending the dimension of forgetfulness can we access the truth of our future self.

The realization of wholeness is unique for each individual, but the awakening of the inner state is the existential foundation all souls require to become whole. It is only by expanding into the states beyond the mind that the soul can actualize her multifaceted existence beyond the limits of her human identity. Abiding in the inner realm, she gradually merges with the timeless ground of existence, the womb from which she gives birth to her complete presence. We cannot even speak about wholeness and soul-realization in separation from this notion of the unity of the soul with the absolute reality. It is only by the power of her union with the supreme self that the soul finally awakens her ultimate subjectivity.

Although our journey towards wholeness is rooted in expansion into the realm of the inner state, we must not confuse abidance in states beyond the mind with wholeness itself. The one who becomes whole is not the state we abide in, but the individual consciousness that embodies it, our pure subjectivity. To realize her ultimate potential, the soul must not only reach unity with the beyond, she must also awaken her multidimensional body of I am.

Wholeness is a pure reflection of universal perfection in the heart of an individual being. For the soul to become whole, she must reach completion in her human existence and align her human identity with her awakening process. She has to reach maximal integrity within her human personality before she is free to realize herself, for unless the personality matures to the highest level of wisdom and purity, she cannot integrate her human incarnation with her eternal essence. The human consciousness of the soul must be refined to the point that it can serve as a suitable vehicle for her awakening and transcendence.

The state of wholeness is the flowering of a multidimensional awakening through which we evolve into the states beyond the mind, human completion, soul-awakening, ego-transcendence and, finally, surrender into the beyond. We enter the path to wholeness when we remember our evolutionary goal and begin to consciously serve our soul and her enlightenment. From here, the process unfolds as an energetic expansion into the realm of pure subjectivity that is actualized through the opening of the inner state and the awakening to me. Next comes the awakening of the soul, in which our sense of identity shifts from ego to I am. At the culmination of this process, self-realization, the mind is surrendered and one’s relative consciousness merges with the inner realm. The soul reaches the state of transcendence and, liberated from identification with her human personality, returns to the abode of her origin. Dwelling in her primordial home-state, she re-embodies her original condition of wholeness, her eternal identity actualized at last. To become whole is to become a divine being, free of any sense of incompleteness, emancipated from the personality and absolutely one with existence.

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