Enlightenment WITHOUT God RESULTS in EMPTINESS. Enlightenment WITH God RESULTS in FULFILLMENT.
Please read this article by Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D., Mind/Body Medical Institute, Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School on the FAITH FACTOR.
The Lord's Prayer:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil. Amen.
[1 Kings 19:11,12] And he said, "Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
You will know you have entered the Kingdom of Heaven within you:
[Mat 3:2.4] "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
This may take a little practice. But after you have succeeded at this for a few days, you will be able to use it anytime, anywhere. Afterwards, whenever the temptation comes to do any evil - including your addiction, relax towards it, and you will have total victory.
The PEACE you enjoy as a result of this is the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN - City of Refuge - Sabbath Rest - Promised Land.
Freedom, True Freedom is no longer being driven by the flesh to pursue all kinds of things (money, sex, power, food, alcohol, etc..) but doing righteousness. Letting go of the flesh and the world enables good to rise and be easily done. Worldy desire is like chains holding a person to the bottom of a lake. When the chains of sin and sensual desire are released, the true self floats to the surface. Free to breath fresh air.
Jesus = salvation / enlightenment = letting go. Remember Jesus walking on the water. God is Freedom.
Enlightenment is to become light, unbounded, free to fly, free of sin and sensual desire which shackle the body.
I now am at a place of deep inner peace.
Previously, I had stumbled upon the Kingdom of God while unemployed:
I was unemployed for over a year awhile back. My gut was a mess, with worry and such. My head was spinning. I had prayed all I could, and nothing seemed to work. Finally, without to much thought. I just picked up this little prayer card that was lying around the house. It was a picture of Jesus on the cross. With my head and gut spinning with worry. I sat down and started looking at the wounds of Christ on the cross. My eyes past from hand to head to hand to the gash in His side. Then it felt like a big bucket of holy water just poured over me/through me. All of my worries went away - instantly. And I knew I would have a good job soon - and I did. I have experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I know it is true.
I had focused on the crucified Lord and let go of my problems.
In the relaxing and letting go I entered into that perfect peace which is the realm of God, The True Self. Not knowing exactly what happened, I attempted to HOLD ONTO the Kingdom. This failed and after a time I entered into a period of intense trial and temptation.
Now I know, to remain in the Kingdom, you must maintain an OPEN HANDED attitude about all of life. To hold onto nothing, and let nothing hold onto you. And to remain in the hand of God simply out of love for Him who created me.
I know for certain, simple faith and belief in Jesus is not deep enough to achieve what I am experiencing now. Simple faith and belief did not work for me. I know many people are going through the motions of faith, but because they lack deep commitment, it doesn't really ever go anywhere.
"BELIEVE IN" in John 3:16 means "COMMIT TO".
Commitment in a marriage kind of way to Jesus. He is ''letting go'' of sin and sensual desires. He is the key to enlightenment and Heaven everyone in all religions and philosophies are looking for.
[Luke 17:21] nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
As you read scripture, sing hymns, pray, and go to Church and am open to the Spirit of it, you should realize that the Kingdom of God has to do with:
Praise Yava Aloha!