Most people consider enlightenment to be a better knowledge of the world or a higher consciousness. Being in the present moment, developing your understanding of life and the world around you, and meditation to extend your consciousness are all ways to become enlightened.
In general, no one is enlightened in this life. However, some great souls have been known to appear more enlightened than others. They include many Buddhist monks, Hindu sadhus, Jewish rabbis, and Christian nuns. These individuals have chosen to stay conscious after death (or when they reach their own personal highest level of awareness).
There are two types of enlightenment: satori and samadhi. Satori means sudden awakening and can only be achieved through spiritual practice. Samadhi is a state of deep concentration where the mind is still but its content is clear and there is no distraction. It can also be called "one-pointedness" or "single-mindedness". With enough time and patience, any human being can achieve both satori and samadhi.
Being enlightened has nothing to do with being perfect or having knowledge. Rather, it has everything to do with seeing things as they are, without judgment. From this place of clarity, you can make better decisions for yourself and others.
People often ask me if they can be enlightened.
Although attaining enlightenment is not an easy feat, you may get a bit closer to it every day.
The only way to find out if you're enlightened is to ask someone who isn't (or don't live up to this theory). However, even the people who know you best can't tell you if you're enlightened or not because there's so much diversity within the human race. Some people say they're enlightened but then act differently towards others who aren't as lucky as them. Only you can decide for yourself if you have achieved enlightenment.
However, enlightenment is a journey, not a destination. And self-realization is the starting point or entrance to this journey. The final worth of enlightenment is determined by the person. Obtaining enlightenment and then doing nothing with it will not go you very far.
The only way to find out if this path is for you is to walk it. As you progress along the path, you will come across different experiences that will help clarify what you should be working on next. There are also many teachings available from experienced practitioners who have been where you want to go. Listen to them and apply what you learn.
Ultimately, this is a personal decision. If you feel like you're ready, then start walking down the path toward enlightenment. You won't get there overnight, but you can still make progress in your practice.
The act of being enlightened Living in the condition of illumination means living in spiritual enlightenment. The Enlightenment was an 18th-century intellectual movement marked by a confidence in the power of human reason and reforms in political, religious, and educational ideology.
Enlightenment thinkers rejected many traditional beliefs and practices, including astrology, demonology, alchemy, and magic. They also questioned existing religion, especially Christianity, which they saw as intellectually and morally corrupting the soul.
In addition to rejecting other beliefs and practices, modern scholars generally agree that philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume helped lay the groundwork for modern science by proposing rational explanations for natural phenomena for the first time.
Modern psychologists have also cited the Enlightenment as one of the sources of their discipline: Leibniz proposed a theory of mind similar to contemporary theories; David Hume published An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and Psychological Essays that laid out concepts such as habit and expectation that are central to modern psychology; Thomas Reid popularized the term "mental illness" when he wrote that madness is merely a lack of wisdom or knowledge about reality; and Adam Smith published The Theory of Moral Sentiments, which argues that we act according to our feelings rather than any abstract moral code.