Are we getting closer to enlightenment or Ascension as some call it?

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You will have to answer this yourself. Are you getting closer to enlightenment or Ascension? When you get closer, everyone gets closer. When you awaken, everyone awakens.

There is this idea, this thought, that is common in spiritual circles that human consciousness is evolving and will someday evolve so that all humans are enlightened. There is also the “100th monkey” theory, that when enough humans are awake, all of human consciousness will be awake and thus all humans. I have a number of students. Some are awake. Many are not. I would say, let’s wait and see. Right now I would say no, neither closer nor further away.

What we do have is many more humans than we had in the past. There are seven billion of us on the planet right now. In the past a very small percentage of humans have awakened from the dream of a separate self. I think we are seeing roughly the same percentage now in a greater total number of humans. Therefore there are more awake humans on the planet because there are more humans on the planet. It still seems to be a very small percentage of the total population.

There are many people today, some of them “awakened” spiritual teachers, who claim to be awake. Most that I have met I would say are not yet awake although they have had several awakened experiences in the past. But then their conditioned minds and sense of self identity have distracted them and reclaimed their consciousness. One way to tell, other than just their presence or lack of it, is that they have many theories about awakening and what it is. When we are awake, we no longer give such attention to the conditioned mind to have such theories or believe them. And there are a few “awake” spiritual teachers that most definitely feel awake. Just a moment in their presence and it is clear as a bell. I would say Mooji is one of those. There are still far less than we might hope.

So I would say simply wait and see. If the human population wakes up from this dream of separation, then this is what has happened. If not, then it has not happened. Simple. This is how we know. No need to make conjectures, predictions or theories about it. Leave that to those still trapped in the imaginations of their conditioned minds.

Don’t worry about what the human population is doing. That’s a distraction. It’s just thoughts. Are you waking up? Are you getting closer? That is far more important. When you do, you will no longer be concerned whether we are getting closer or not. You will no longer even care about being awake or about you. You will simply be and you will be exceedingly happy with just this. All is well. All is exceedingly well. It always has been. It always will be. This is what you wake up to. There has never been any separation in all existence. It was just a dream created through conditioned thoughts. Perhaps even now you are beginning to feel this. It is not a thought. It is beyond all thought. It simply is. And so are you.

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Peter Cutler Monk, mystic, author, artist and spiritual teacher

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