All is not what it seems. There is much to be gleaned from the fundamental teachings to which most religions of the west prescribe. They are correct in so far as they go, but there is much that must be learned to go beyond and realize the enlightenment that is within. Beginning your search is that which is not necessary, for that search will only bring you back to the beginning. It is within that the answers are to be found. Rather than searching become aware of all that you are. Therein lies the truth and the truth is all things for there is only the one.
As we ponder the questions that avoid answers we come across the one question that must be answered first. “Who Am I”. Certainly there is the physical being you see in the mirror. Its presence can be seen and felt. The brain tells us that we exist and the egoic mind solidifies this with definitions of who and what we are. I am an American, or I’m a writer, or I’m a republican… and the list goes on and on, but who are we really? What is the truth?
Our egoic mind is clueless in finding the truth, because all it knows is what the five senses tells it what the truth is. All the egoic mind knows is the physical realm. It does not know the spiritual state. It doesn’t know anything beyond this incarnation and yet there are thousands of incarnations that have gone before where who we were was much different. Different jobs, different beliefs, different nationalities. None of which matter and are certain not what defines who we are.
To find what truly defines us we must look inside. The answer is there and has been all the time. It eludes us, however, because we seek it, we grasp for it like some greedy child for an ice cream cone. Awareness of truth will begin the understanding that will let you see what has been there all along. The enlightenment you want has been yours always and is just waiting to be discovered.