Why You Will NEVER Achieve Enlightenment

By Seamus Anthony

By Seamus Anthony

You will never, ever achieve enlightenment.

I will never, ever achieve enlightenment.

The Buddha did not achieve it.

Nor did Jesus.

Nor did Mohamed.

Nor did Lao Tzu.

Nor did Osho.

Nor did Alan Watts, Thomas Merton, Krishnamurti, Chogyam Trungpa, The Maharashi, Rudolf Steiner, Douglas Harding, Mother Theresa, Brad Warner, Deepack Chopra or Eckhart Tolle.

In fact nobody in the history of the world has ever achieved enlightenment.

And nobody ever will.

How can I say this?

Because enlightenment is not something you achieve, it’s something that you realise.

That might just be a little nit-picky matter of one word, but I believe it makes a lot of difference. Why? Because it changes your whole focus. My advice (not that you asked for it) is stop trying to achieve enlightenment (whatever that means to you anyway) and just let that shit go.

Enlightenment isn’t “out there”. You don’t have to become a ‘seeker’ and go on a ‘spiritual journey’
to find it. Nor do you need to go on some kind of Jules Verne type mission to centre of your being to find it either.

Enlightenment is right here in front of your nose. It is something innate. It is everything everywhere.

You realise your inherent enlightenment by accepting what is here now.

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Hi, I'm Seamus Anthony. I am an author, artist and musician from Australia. Here at Rebel Zen, I document my journey as an creative artist and human and in doing so, hopefully help you in your own progress through your life of creativity. Go get your free E-book by me: "Taming The Monkey Mind".

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  1. That is nit-picking. You don’t achieve enlightenment, you achieve the overcoming of your barriers to enlightenment. So it is an achievement. Of course it’s there all the time.

    And there aren’t any tricks to finding reality. The only barrier is yourself. There’s no short cut to escaping that.

    Alexs last blog post..Green campaigners quote

  2. Yes, overcoming your barriers to realising enlightenment is an achievement, you’re right, so we agree. But you don’t achieve enlightenment, you are already inherently enlightened. So my point stands.

  3. @Harmony – thank YOU for your insights also.

    @Meiliken and Lobster – forgive me but I am not sure if you were both being sarcastic or too clever for me (woosh – the sound of comments going right over my head!)

  4. I’m not sure you went as far as I would, and looking at the reader responses then you were lucky you didn’t, but I will step in and push it further.

    You can not achieve, or even realize, enlightenment because when you are one, then by definition there can be no other – especially no you!

    Enlightenment has no doer and no done so anyone seeking it is failing as a person stepping forward to achieve standing still.

    If the ego wants enlightenment then it will want it forever, this can not be achieved or realized. Enlightenment is right there as you say, but not there as opposed to your here, not in space not in time, just …””

    It comes to the non-you as you un-look and as soon as you realize, it goes. Luckily from that perspective the fact of ego being nothing but fabrication is strikingly apparent and can be dissolved with absolute conviction.

    No method obtains it as a method requires a doer. No I achieves is as that is precisely what is lost.

  5. yawn….and give me a break! How do you KNOW this is true? You make these claims as if you know and all you are doing is guessing at best….how tiring, how predictable….and, may I say…it all sounds like a flurry of words saying nothing.

  6. Hi Mike,

    Yes you are right, I don’t KNOW anything for certain but rather than just “guessing”, this is what I have found to be true enough within the limited realm of my experiences to feel pretty certain that I am on to something here at least. I came to these conclusions by doing lots of meditation, reading and contemplation.

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to leave such a positive and constructive comment; thanks to you I’ve really woken up to myself and the error of my ways. (Now get the hell out of my blog.)

    • The journey of enlightenment is not for everyone because full-enlightenment calls for self sacrifice and giving up the desires of this world we see .. and that’s alright, because it’s the choice of the enlighten one, to suffer for the care of the unenlightened … yet the journey of enlightenment calls for choosing the way of Positive energy over ways of negative energy … and if one choose Positive energy, then this world will see you as an enemy and treat you in a very hateful manner … because for some time, this world had fallen into hands whom formulate the very powers and principalities of the atmosphere in support of feeding their forces of negative energy .. and they had done a very good job .. because every negative deed of war, hatred, violence, prejudice, adultery, pedophilia, and every negative thought supports the negative-energy-field of this world ..

      Nevertheless … I consider full-enlightenment is simply a journey which has advanced a consciousness into hidden truth not only in matters of this world … but truth in matters of the celestial world beyond the veil, a world where an enlighten consciousness were to ascend …

      But such a truth, this negative field of energy has also acted as a field of forgetfulness .. and a field which hinders the Positive Light signals which could transit up an individual which had finished the course of enlightenment …

      So a new plan had been put in place .. this includes a High Frequency energy Shift over into a Positive energy field sustained by a Positron grid which is that salvation plan for all people … and then simultaneously follows the ascension of the Enlighten ones into the celestial worlds beyond and above .. ..
      http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/05/13/have-you-achieved-enlighenment/#comment-1608045

  7. Hello everybody,
    If the ego wants enlightenment mcse then it will want it forever, this can not be achieved or realized. Enlightenment is right there as you say, but not there as opposed to your here, not in space not in time.

  8. One perspective is the essence of being is already enlightened. Your current physical incarnation is simply going through the motions of ‘catching up’ or remembering the feeling of unconditional acceptance.

  9. I know this is several years late, but I came across this and I must say…by the amount of negative comments I see here, it would seem that most of you have a long road ahead of you before achieving, or realizing enlightenment. That’s not to say that I have even come close, but I do believe that one of the key steps toward enlightenment is to show compassion to one another, and I’m afraid that I’m not seeing much love here. Why does it matter whether one calls it an achievement or a realization? The goal is the same, is it not? Yes, enlightenment is right in front of you, but it can also be miles away at the same time. It all depends on your individual perspective. One thing I do know to be an undisputable fact, however, is that the path, however long yours may be, is clouded by judgment. The one who first clears the fog of judgment from their vision, will be the first to see the path. Peace and love to you all.

    • Indeed. I really took Mike’s bait up there didn’t I! Maybe I was being sarcastic, I don’t remember.

      I can’t even believe I wrote a blog in this tone, looking back at it. We change with time. 5 years later, and two kids, I feel like Yoda compared to the impatient Luke who wrote this!

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