Sudden enlightenment can bring on a cascade of potentially disturbing phenomena. Your brain may not work the way it used to. For instance, you may temporarily lose your ability to read.
Help! My brain has stopped working.
Have any of you experienced an inability to read after your awakening? The first time it happened to me was in a restaurant.
I met my best friend at our favorite breakfast spot, and after we were seated and had caught up a bit with each other, I took a look at the menu. Hmmm. What was I going to do with this? I could see all the letters, but they meant absolutely nothing. It was as if I had never actually learned to read.
By that time I had experienced so many impossible things that I was just not going to be phased by this sudden onset of illiteracy. I laughed. It must have been my special laugh…the one I reserve only for the Universe, because my friend looked at me expectantly. What now?
“Hey, do you mind ordering for me? Anything is fine. I’ve forgotten how to read English.”
She’s been such a good sport through the whole thing. Really, I hope all of you have a friend as open and steadfast as I do. I ended up with a lovely mushroom omelet with toast and potatoes.
The next day my literacy skills returned, but this lapse happened a few times over the first year or so. My brain went through periods of just being wiped clean. It’s good to keep a sense of humor at such times and know that it is most likely temporary.
Have any of you had a similar brain wipe experience? If so, please do share it in the comments. I can only pass on what happened to me personally, but I’m sure there are many ways this process plays out for people.
The important thing is to let it pass through you, try to keep a sense of humor and don’t worry yourself trying to find a meaning in it.
You’re newly awakened and the people around you can really feel it. They have “spiritual experiences” in your presence. They perceive the light of Source pouring through you effortlessly, and it takes the expression that is needed most at the moment: strength, compassion, tenderness, clarity. Without even meaning to, you find yourself teaching. You won’t be expecting it at all. You won’t see it coming. But one day, people may start worshiping you.
What happens to karma after spiritual enlightenment? After enlightenment, my karma unwound with breathtaking speed. I also noticed that I catalyzed the karma of those close to me. Finished. Done. Nothing Left. These were the overriding feelings after the jaw dropping novelty of the first few weeks settled in. It…
I’m pretty much in a constant state of amazement, astonishment. Everything is real/not real. Just throughout the day, I’m fuqing astonished at…I don’t know….my curtains, my desk, this weird idea that Time is happening, the constant stream of totally unbelievable, unlikely characters that flit across the screen of my so called life.
The effects of doing dream yoga after spiritual awakening can be fruitful…and strange. My late husband lived in a Tibetan Bonpo monastery for months at a time, where he assisted in cataloging and translating their extensive library. He often photocopied teachings he thought I would find interesting, and among these was a short treatise on dream yoga.
With so many people striving toward enlightenment, what would happen if one morning we all woke up enlightened? It’s such a funny thing to contemplate. And to really contemplate it, you would have to have some kind of idea of what enlightened people are like, in order to extrapolate that out into the world in general.
The persona, or what is popularly called the Ego, is limiting, to be sure. But damned if it doesn’t have its uses!
After spiritual enlightenment, how do you live without one? You look in the mirror, and you don’t even recognize the person looking back at you.