When people say that they have become ‘enlightened’ and are now ‘a spiritual’ person, they haven’t.
Becoming conscious and awake, enlightened as some describe it, means not identifying with the mind-created self-image or ego. It means no longer having a mind-made story of who we are, the roles we are, the image we have to upkeep and project. So simply dropping our current story and then replacing it with an ‘enlightened’ one is still associating with the mind.
We are conditioned to feel the need to describe ourselves as this role or that, we feel we have to act out that role or story. It is freeing ourselves from this conditioning that allows us just to be, to become our true essence and not a self-created story.
True enlightenment means no longer identifying with the mind and no longer being controlled by its thought and story. Just be, not a role or a story.
Surrendering to, and accepting everything that has happened, as what is, is not to be confused with indifference our weakness.
Indifference and weakness are labels of the mind and are linked to the egoic state that most people spend their entire lives in. There is not weak or strong. Better or worse. These are all the comparatives of the mind.
When we accept within and surrender to exactly what this moment is, then we remove any internal suffering. That does not mean that we have to be happy about what is or agree with everything in the external world.
We can still express our view, but we will express it without the mind-driven egoic state. Opinions, after all, are just opinions and only the ego causes us to defend them at any cost.
The damage that is done to ourselves and others defending opinions, in some cases the collective ego will go to war with the other collective ego and many millions have died because of that.
It means that we can state our view from a position of non-attachment and peace, therefore, likely to be listened too by the other person or persons or with much less resistance. We become an example of light, not an aggressor.
Surrender and acceptance mean inner peace and often exterior peace, and not indifference or weakness.
It’s something humans have not tried.