Reading And Enlightenment

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.