While there are no concrete steps to attaining enlightenment, there appear to be certain factors that support in the process. One is a desire to acquire or to know this truth. It is crucial to always act with gentleness, forgiveness, and compassion, toward everything, everyone, and even toward oneself. Finally we must surrender our personal will and desires, in every moment of now. (prepare to shut down the ego) Be the observing consciousness that is one with all life.
The Avatar, great teacher Jesus, said, “He who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Also, “Fear not for tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself” (I believe he meant, let the past and future be entirely gone, in order to be in a state of divine presence…… to constantly be in the Kingdom of God, which is always, now.
As we surrender the self, or die unto the self, we are flooded with the life force of eternal presence. (“Lest ye die and are reborn, ye cannot enter the Kingdom of God”) Eternal life is NOW! It can only be in the NOW!
The entire past is gone, and the future is only imagined.
With the quieting of the false self, there can be a new experience of love and joy. Without experiencing this love and joy, we could not possibly tolerate the silencing of the ego. A feeling of becoming nothingness is frightening, indeed. It can be a “dark night of the soul.” Saint John of the Cross described this experience.
In this state, we never again need to fear suffering or death. Our souls are eternal. Eternally now! One day we will drop the ‘tent,’ our body, that houses us, and exist on as a living soul, in spirit. Only God knows the next step for this immortal self. Some have referred to what happens as going to heaven or hell, others believe you come back in another form, or body. Some believe in another life in other universes. The divine Creator, only, knows! from: Awakening Journey 2008 NHT 2/14/2011