Path to Enlightenment

Path to Enlightenment

Path to Enlightenment 1920 1280 Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

Many have heard the term enlightenment, or to be enlightened, or becoming enlightened. All these terms are better understood as a process, a verb, an experience not a place or point achieved or where one arrives. To experience what many have known as enlightenment is to experience a lighter side of life. To let go of what was and move into a place of well being, with less darkness, burden, less emotional heaviness such as guilt, shame depression, anxiety. Being open to another perspective, a different view.

It is the moment when we come to an awareness to change from what was to what is, preparing for what can be. This can happen at many levels, lets discuss three for now: the physical, the mind and the spiritual domains. There are many subtle levels, and for now we will introduce major basic concepts.

The body, our physical well being, our health. One of the most challenging aspects of physical health are the habits we are attached to, habits of inactivity, to certain muscle groups. Yes we can walk, however are we stretching out our back, spine, arms neck? Are we letting go of unhealthy foods and consuming more healthy foods. While we discuss the tangible aspects of our life like food and body, we can use our mind to change the physical. We do this first by becoming aware of a desire to change, then we reach that point in time where we are aware of that opportunity in time to change. We are aware of the dichotomy, do we remain the same or do we transition and or transform into a new behavior, do we let go? That moment of awareness is the beginning, a moment of letting go, a moment where we are engaged in an act of change that brings forward an experience of enlightenment, a point of transition and change. Remember change is experience as resistance that we work with and push through the webs of chaos.

The mind or our mental habits, are behavioral and emotional patterns whatever they may be. At the point that we beginning to realize that we are falling into our old patterns of doubt, insecurity, hurt, anger etc. etc and realize how we have often externalized the responsibility to others through blame or judgment or creating a container we have passively accepted as fact, when we realize that we can do this differently the process towards enlightenment begins. It is that space between the past and moving into something different that is a point of awareness, a light of energy, perhaps that space allows us to let go and let be, to sidestep that attachment to a new habit of engagement. The point in time where we let go of the attached behavior is the experience of enlightenment, it is only a point in time with resistance.

The nontangible, the spiritual path. What is this path .. there perhaps are stages of understanding, much of which cannot be explained here or perhaps anywhere, it in itself is the explanation. But in general, and basically speaking it starts with the NOW, the letting go of thoughts, behaviors, emotions which are usually memory of data of some sort or another. Letting go does not mean erasing or blanking out, it just means an awareness of what thought is. A stepping back from that perception, recognizing it is a perception and not a truth. As we enter once again into that space that allows us to step back as we experience that disentanglement, that point in time between what was and what is .. this allows us to accept, and to be with what is. This is the part of the experience .. where we accept what is, and in acceptance we let go of the past memories, a connection to what is without distinction or judgment that would separate us, no evaluating, no right or wrong, no good or bad .. as we move into that place of being one with this is also a stage of transformation or an experience of enlightenment.

So here we have introduced a concept of a pause of a breath within a breath and in that space we find a light of change and transformation…the enlightened space.

May PEACE and HARMONY be a part of your realizations.

Love Always.

– Gary Ruelas


Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

Dr. Ruelas holds doctoral degrees and is licensed to practice in both medicine and psychology. He approaches his patients by gathering and analyzing data differently from other physician’s moving away from a disease model to a holistic functional model. Read Bio

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