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Attaining enlightenment in Eagle County

Catherine Zeeb
Vail CO, Colorado
Columnist Cathy Zeeb

“Awakening doesn’t mean you awaken. Awakening is awakening from the dream of a separate you into simply being Awakeness.”

” Adyshanti, “The Impact of Awakening”

Spiritual awakening or enlightenment is not a goal. There is no destination. You do not “get it” and then you’re done. You will not know everything and everything in your life will not be perfect. It is a process. Trying to become wiser and more loving is a constant battle with self.

We all have profound wisdom. In the tradition of Zen, this is called prajna. It is the heart wisdom, the wisdom of absolute. It is a knowing that at our core, we are at peace ” we are stillness. This wisdom exists in all of us. This is the essence of awakening ” to know this wisdom exists if you let go of your expectation of what awakening looks like.

We must learn to listen. We must learn to listen to the wisdom of Spirit and not let our desires or judgments get in the way. Spirit speaks very clearly to us all the time. In our day-to-day activities, we usually don’t stop long enough to listen.

You don’t have to change to realize who you are. Instead of being so busy that you push wisdom away, be still for just a moment and allow it to appear. Stop trying to make your life different or better for one moment. This is hard for most people. We try so hard to be enlightened that to stop for a moment seems a very high price to pay. The struggle comes in living the truth of your spirit, instead of who you believe your personality makes you.

You do not need to be something bigger, different or special. This is an illusion. As you awaken, your entire ego, personality traits and shadow parts of you will begin to surface. You cannot change or tame anything you don’t recognize. This is most people’s biggest fear ” the “stuff.” The stuff is what you believe defines you and is not a truth in the realm of spirit.

We, as human beings, function from the perspective that we are not whole or complete. We believe that if we read a good book or sit with a teacher and are able to quote things from them, we will be more complete. The truth is that we have to learn to live our own truth, our own awakened being. Learning your truth and living it are two totally different things.

You believe you are not whole or complete because no one ever told you that you already are. You believe that you need to be different or someone else needs to be different because you were not taught that all is perfect just as it is. You believe that things always need fixing. To the ego mind, awakening is terrifying.

Our growth as spiritual beings will create more awakened human beings. We will experience pain, grief, sorrow, sadness, joy, love and delight; it is the human condition. In the realm of spirit, we already are the stillness and the wisdom. We do not need to search for it like we’re looking for the perfect recipe ” it already exists.

This is enlightenment. Enlightenment is gained moment by moment by recognizing when you are human, not good nor bad, just human. Take a breath in that moment and say to yourself that this is a moment of recognizing a thought of the ego-mind and the truth is that you are stillness, peace, compassion and kindness.

Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards and teaches Metaphysics at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. You can visit her website at

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