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.