An aversion to enlightenment


I am starting a course called “Everyday Enlightenment” in the fall – a combination academic and personal exploration as I understand the course syllabus. Admittedly I’ve always been pretty biased against the notion of enlightenment being a desirable goal…. and this morning a quote came across my screen that pretty much summed some of my aversion:

I am not interested in enlightenment if it means detachment from the emotional body, the earth plane, the challenges of being human. I’m interested in enrealment, because it means that my most spiritual moments are inclusive, arising right in the heart of an immersion in all that is human: agony & ecstasy, laundry list & unity consciousness, earth & sky, joy & sorrow, fresh mangoes & stale bread. It’s all God, even the dust that falls off my awakening heart. ~ Jeff Brown

Emotional detachment – even if it was possible to live severed from our evolved emotional selves, do we want to?

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