Another Dimension to Spiritual Enlightenment: Breaking the Cycle of Birth and Death
After writing and publishing my last article, "What Does it Mean to be Spiritually Enlightened?" , I was guided to write even more information regarding spiritual enlightenment. In fact, I was guided in particular to write about reincarnation... the breaking of the birth and death cycle! In the Vedic wisdom tradition and Hinduism, the ultimate goal is to achieve moksha which is the liberation of the soul from the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, or samsara. It is considered to be the end of all suffering. Samsara ends when one attains moksha, liberation. Perhaps attaining moksha is in fact the truest definition of spiritual enlightenment? Something guided me to this conclusion and invited me to channel my thoughts on this subject into this article... Perhaps some of us will actually be able to achieve this most sought after state of true freedom? I suppose one day we should all be able to achieve this? The fact of the matter is, we have just entered a new phase on this planet... a phase where moksha will become more attainable than ever before!
So how is it that we are supposed to achieve such a grand feat? Should we be meditating all day and all night long? Starving ourselves with endless fasts in hopes of reaching an enlightened state? Should we be praying for a way out? Should we abstain from everything we find pleasurable? Doesn't really sound like that much fun! Although perhaps it's more fun than we think? It's just a matter of how much we truly desire attaining our freedom! According to Hinduism, liberation from the birth/ death cycle is achieved by overcoming ignorance and desires. It is a paradox in the sense that overcoming desires also includes overcoming the desire for moksha itself. Ha ha!
Now, I myself am not currently aware of the true and correct answer to this age old spiritual dilemma of ending the birth/ death cycle, however I do have an idea that the answer may lie deep within my subconscious mind (and perhaps deep within all of our subconscious minds) just waiting to emerge at the right time! I do however believe that the first step to achieving an end to the birth/ death cycle, also known as reincarnation, is by knowing that we are in fact trapped in a birth/ death cycle. Awareness is quite important! If we believe that our soul and consciousness dies when our physical body dies than we've already lost! Anyone who believes this will most certainly return again and again to this dimension to do the whole human in a physical body ritual all over again! And to suffer endlessly each time! Yes, if you are not aware of reincarnation, and the fact that we are all trapped in it, you may never escape. And indeed I'm sure that most of us have been prisoners in this cycle for a countless number of lifetimes,... many lifetimes where we were unaware of this reincarnation cycle and perhaps quite a few lifetimes where we were aware of the cycle yet still couldn't figure out how to escape it! Indeed one must reach a certain level of spiritual awareness and enlightenment to even be able to acknowledge that they (and everyone else) are trapped in this endless cycle.
After acknowledging that we are indeed trapped in a cycle of birth and death, I believe it is important to start working on mind expansion techniques, namely meditation, yoga, pranayama breathing, prayer, etc... I believe that one of the most important factors of achieving this most desired state is detachment. We must deeply desire to leave this horrid place, which could be quite difficult if we are attached to our loved ones and hope to be with them again in the next life and so forth. I believe it is quite a comforting thought to know that you will be back here again on earth with your loved ones even after they pass away and you yourself pass away. Thus the true dilemma!
However, if we come to realize that there is no separation between us our loved ones and that we are always connected, regardless of whether we are in a physical body or not... than the idea of never coming back here again in the physical form can easily be acceptable! On that note, I will end this article! Perhaps next week I will continue where I left off. Til next time... contemplate what I've said... Do you want to come back here again or are you ready to break the cycle?
UPDATE MARCH 28, 2022: I'd just like to apologize for ending this article so abruptly! I actually intended to write a lot more. It was almost as if some type of energy/ entity was trying to stop me from finishing this article... an energy/ entity that would have much to lose if we humans figured out how to leave this birth/ death cycle completely! Some thing (or things) must be feeding off of our energy...especially feeding off of our suffering! I actually read a very interesting book about this. Regardless, I believe strongly in the law of attraction. Whatever we think we create. Therefore if we decide that we don't want to come back here again to this physical dimension, after this lifetime, then I believe that there's a strong possibility that we can create this reality! Intuitively I feel like there's some type of password, I just don't know what it is yet! But if I search long and hard enough, if any of us searches long and hard enough... I'm quite sure that the answer (s) will appear! It's all a matter of determination and focus!
Jennie H is a Reiki Master Energy Healer, Co-Founder of Self Saviorz Society California Non-Profit 501(c)(3), Poet, Author and Entertainer with goals to help raise the vibration and consciousness of humanity!